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Posts tagged ‘Flash’

6
Jun
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The Apple v. Flash plot thickens

An interesting security advisory appeared on Adobe’s support site this week:

The summary is as follows:

A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems, and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems. This vulnerability (CVE-2010-1297) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat. This advisory will be updated once a schedule has been determined for releasing a fix.

Now, the timing of this is mighty nice for Steve Jobs who’s under fire for not supporting Flash on the iPhone and iPad. But as someone who has to (try to) develop for Flash I can say I’m not surprised. Not by the security advisory nor by Jobs’ and Apple’s position. Flash player always crashes on me and it cranks up my CPU meters more than anything other than video conversion.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Adobe products – Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat – I don’t go through a day without them. There was a time when Flash was also one of my main axes. But no more. JavaScript libraries like jQuery can do many (if not most) of the things Flash has been used for up til now. Flash is a nightmare to develop in and lacks the immediacy of a true scripted environment (you have to compile the movie to see if it works).

Should Jobs have allowed Flash onto Apple’s mobile devices? From a pure market-share perspective: yes. But I can see where he’s coming from and being able to see some Flash-based sites at the cost of having your mobile device crash or lock-up isn’t a trade-off I’d really want to make for people.

15
Oct

NewOrleans.com

Last month I completed development work on NewOrleans.com, the site for the city of New Orleans. This was a massive rework of a legacy site, some parts of which had been around for many, many years. The new deployment’s core is the Joomla CMS. Supporting are phpAdsNew for banner ads, Gallery2 for photos, and Simple Machines Forums.

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27
May
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Aces High Performance Charts

This is a nifty little package I put together using a CSV parser to grind through plane performance data and a slick Flash-based charting package. It allows players of the MMOG “Aces High” to compare their favorite fighter planes in a variety of categories.

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7
Apr

Silicon Chisel Intro Animation

I built this during the glory days of dot-com start-ups. As evidenced by the bottom falling out of the market, a lot of people had no clue what they were doing or getting into.

This design, while somewhat dark, is also kind of whimsical. Background music by Pink Floyd, coupled with images from the Titanic, Scott’s trip to the Antartic, and Guadalcanal represent the contrast between the perception and reality of getting a high-tech start-up to fly.

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