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Chrome Lets You Remove Your Flash and Have It, Too

04 Nov
John Gruber at Daring Fireball has a clever workaround for when you want to have Flash available on demand on a Mac, but don't want it installed by default in all your browsers. John formerly used ClickToFlash with Safari to let him selectively control which Flash content displayed; there's a similar add-on called Flashblock for Firefox. Instead, John removed Flash from the various plug-in directories shared by browsers. He notes that Web sites now feed him alternative content, like static ads, since his browser no longer pretends it can accept Flash only to ignore it. A YouTube extension forces HTML5-compatible video to load, too. When he needs Flash, John launches Google Chrome, which has integral Flash support (it can be disabled, but you can't whitelist or blacklist specific sites). When he's done, he quits Chrome to prevent Flash from chewing cycles in the background.


HP Slate has a bad solution to “too many stickers” syndrome

22 Oct

Daring Fireball points to this little gem in the hands-on gallery our sister site Engadget had with forthcoming Windows would-be iPad competitor, the HP Slate. To explain what you're looking at, you'll need to look into this crystal ball showing an image of HP's product design offices six months ago...

"Hey boss, this HP Slate we're making. It'd be a shame to mess up our sculpted backplate with our usual eleventy billion barcodes and the Windows licence sticker and all that stuff. Maybe we should just slim all that info down somehow?"

The Boss sits back in his chair and sips his Tab. He thinks about how much work it would be to renegotiate the licence sticker requirement with Microsoft, or even to try and convince the support guys that they could make do with just one serial number per product. He sips his Tab again. Then inspiration strikes and he cries, "No, peon! I have a better idea! Tabs! Retractable tabs!"

Yes, dear reader, that's a little pull-out drawer who's only role in life is to hold and display a dizzying array of licencing and serial number data. There's even more of this stuff on the back too.

If an Apple designer pitched this craplution to Steve Jobs, he'd rip their still-beating heart clear out of their chest.

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