Safari has issues with Flash

I have talked about Tidal before and I enjoy the service. I tried to access it today using the newest Mac OS and Safari browser, and had issues. The problem was when I played a song. It asked me to install Flash. Ok, I installed the newest version of Flash. Then I tried to play the song again and it stuttered and mostly didn’t play the song. When I listened to it in Firefox it started and not a single stutter.

This isn’t the first time that Safari has issues with Flash. For years I have tried to use Safari and it has always had flash issues. Since many free web games are flash, Safari isn’t a good browser to play free flash games. I used to use Chrome to play those games, but since have used Firefox. It seems to be more reliable, and Google as I wrote before doesn’t deserve support.

Safari has issues with FlashYes I know that Flash is being discontinued by Adobe. However it isn’t that way yet. Unity seems a natural successor to Flash and many of those free games were remarkable in what they could do. I don’t mind that flash is dying. It has been painful for IT people to support with constant updates. Plus the average person gets tired of always being constantly being asked to update. Even when it is set for auto updates, it requires things like rebooting or closing applications to fix. Annoying I agree.

Flash was a good idea but terribly executed. Many great ideas in IT occur, but get corrupted by so many reasons. Java was a great idea, but it became a mess. Safari was a good idea, but Apple should just give it up. I have tried to use Safari time after time, but there are always issues that prevent me from using it. Besides Flash, Safari has also had problems with compatibility with many websites or crashing. I think that third-party browsers are more stable just because they don’t try to integrate into the weaknesses of the underlying OS.

Perhaps when Flash is no longer popular I will give Safari another try, but I doubt it will be any more compelling than the alternatives.

Drowning in passwords? Passpack can help

I have worked with many people who have problems remembering passwords. It is a problem for almost everyone. Different ways of dealing with this tend to have big security problems. For example, the stickies method on the monitor. Why have a password then? I have found something that is secure, free and has helped people I have helped-Passpack.

Drowning in passwords? Passpack can helpWhy use Passpack? For several reasons.

  1. It is encrypted. You have to use two passwords to get into it. Once you do get into the webpage, you can change or update your passwords.
  2. It is on a webpage. This is safe from hackers however because it is encrypted on your computer. So hackers never get a chance to learn your passwords.
  3. It has a free tier of 100 sites, and a low-cost if you need more.

I and my clients have been using Passpack and it has solved the issue of where to put highly sensitive passwords. Even better the service allows you to export all of your passwords so that you can have a backup if you want. The best of both worlds right?

What else is nice about this service is that once you are logged in, you can simply click on a link to go directly to the site. It also functions as a bookmark manager! So people who use multiple computers can use this password/bookmark manager as a way to keep everything synchronized safely, even private work sites.

This is a really solution for people who use multiple browsers on multiple computers. They may have to use IE at work, but with Passpack it doesn’t matter what browser you use. It works great with Chrome, Firefox. I know because I and my clients have used it successfully with versions of all of these, even older versions. This is a really nice way to share information with a team as well. You can create an account for a team, and then that team has just the passwords they need. Great for small business who maybe can’t afford better services.

Passpack is a winner, and you will be amazed at how often you use it. I was surprised how often I have used it.