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Some day I’ll be able to run flash on my Mac without bringing it to a halt and melting my legs…

On February 5th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
by Mike

Mac users: dealt with Flash on the internet lately? Of course you have, the internet is practically one big vat of a Flashy hot mess. This time, “hot mess” is not a good thing. The focus on Flash performance may be centered around Apple and Adobe over the mobile sphere right now, but the desktop variant of Flash has it’s own growing pains to speak of. Much like Flash is reported to cause problems for mobile devices, even desktop computers with massive amounts of computing power have problems.

Case in point: my early 2008 MBP with a 2.4GHz processor pegs between 80-100% every damn time I open a flash heavy site. I’ve tried Opera, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Camino. Each time I try, the same process ensures: click, *flash begins*, processor meter widget skyrockets, fans prepare to launch my MBP into the upper atmosphere. For a computer that’s only two years old and still runs a rather modern Core 2 Duo, this is unacceptable. In this sense, Steve Jobs was right — Adobe (Flash) is lazy and slow.

The latest coming from Adobe however promises dramatically increased performance, especially for Macs. “The lazies” are even claiming that because of using OS X’s “CoreAnimation”, Flash 10.1 may be even faster than it’s Windows counterpart at times. Color me intrigued. I’ll reserve judgement until I can actually play with it myself for I’ve experienced a choking computer because of Flash for far too long.

For now, the “first half of 2010″ goal still stands rather vague with no set day, let alone a month for a public release. But you know what? I’ve dealt with piss poor Flash performance on my Mac going on two years now, so what’s a couple more months? I’d rather see them get Flash out the door in a working, useful manner instead of rushing to meet a deadline. Wouldn’t you? I love my Mac’s many functions, but lap stove/egg fryer/skin melter are not some of more immediate choices…


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4 ResponsesLeave a comment
  • Deofol
    February 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm


    Buy a PC. ;)

    • Mike
      February 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      Lol I have one and I merely deal with it. I support them all day at work. By the time I get home I just want to relax. Truth be told though, flash is pretty unoptimized and bug ridden on both windows and mac so its a mixed bag eithr

    • Jordan
      February 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      Worst advice ever!

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