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.

Publish to LinkedIn from your WordPress blog automatically

I have been using a third-party free website to do this, but inexplicably it stopped working a few days ago. This wasn’t the first time this has happened, so to me, if something happens multiple times, it’s probably a flaw in the system. I looked for other options to publish to LinkedIn from your WordPress blog automatically and found this – NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

Publish to LinkedIn from your WordPress blog automaticallyI am not receiving any benefit for this review or any review I write on my blog. Just sharing what I find useful. I tried probably a dozen different publish to LinkedIn plugins. Most of them required you to take the ugly and time-consuming step of registering for a LinkedIn API and then copying and pasting it back into their software. Part of being an outstanding program is making things easy for the average person. So anything that isn’t easy or intuitive doesn’t make the cut. This software was remarkable. Once I installed it, it automatically picked up my Twitter/LinkedIn account probably from scanning my browser history. I didn’t have to do any setup. Well I had to do a test post and reconnect to LinkedIn, but that was just a button press, and easy to do.

Setting it up to work with Twitter requires the setup of a developer account which isn’t straightforward. However it is ultimately less time than trying to use a failed third-party update. It turns out that I couldn’t even post to one network even on their basic account. So I deleted my account and just using this plugin.

It doesn’t matter if this problem is due to LinkedIn or the third-party website, but when you have other free tools then it is worth investigating. What is neat about this NextScripts tool is that you can connect to so many different networks. This would be a great help for a social media manager or webmaster who handles marketing for a company. Or for non-profits who don’t have the ability to hire a full-time staff person. It is really neat how for a very low-cost, non-profits can reach an audience they never could in the past. Technology is an enabler ideally.

Update: What happened is that the third-party website changed its pricing structure and only allowed 1 delivery instead of two. Too bad it was a great service.

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