‘Retailers Who Use Flash, My Wallet Salutes You’

‘Retailers Who Use Flash, My Wallet Salutes You’

Here’s a different take on the age-old problem of iOS devices not supporting Adobe Flash: it can stop you from spending money unnecessarily.

Blogger Annabel Astbury made the point succinctly on Twitter:

Adobe Flash: preventing in-bed-iPad-shopping sprees since 2010. Retailers who use Flash, my wallet salutes you.

If you haven’t got willpower, every little bit helps. (Though we have to remind you that brightly-lit gadgets in bed can ruin your sleep even if you resist the lure of shopping.)


  • Only Apple can get away with stubbornly refusing to support something as major as Flash, and have their users consider it a positive.

    Maybe the key to the mythical year of the linux desktop is not to add features, but to take them away?

    • I dislike Apple as much as the next guy, but they’re completely right on this one. Flash is terrible, and anything that can be done to quicken its death is a good thing in my eyes.

    • From Occupy Flash website http://occupyflash.org/ :
      Flash Player is dead. Its time has passed. It’s buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn’t work on most mobile devices. It’s a fossil, left over from the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash present a completely inconsistent (and often unusable) experience for fast-growing percentage of the users who don’t use a desktop browser. It introduces some scary security and privacy issues by way of Flash cookies.

      Flash makes the web less accessible. At this point, it’s holding back the web.

      • From Occupy HTML5 website http://occupyhtml.org/
        Flash is mature. It’s supported by all major desktop browsers. It’s stable when used properly. If not, it crashes a lot, just like every other technology. It requires constant security updates, just like every other web technology. It doesn’t work well on most mobile devices, and for good reasons. It’s a content plugin, developed during the era of closed standards and unilateral corporate control of web technology. Websites that rely on Flash can present a unique (and often unparalleled) experience for the massive percentage of users on a desktop browser. Flash powers some amazing experiences that work consistently across all of the major browsers in a way that cannot be replicated without Flash technology.

        • From OccupyOccupywebsite http://occupyoccupy.org/
          Flash is a buzzword. It’s losing supporte by all major humans. It’s useful when used properly. If not, it annoys a lot, just like every other protest. It requires constant surveillance, just like every other meme. It doesn’t work well these days without mobile devices, so hipsters can still reddit while occupying. It’s an overused meme, developed during the era of the internet, and people thinking they know everything without doing research. Nobody looks back on occupation and says “It was the right thing to do”

          • Arg, spelling and consistency errors abound. My kingdom for an edit function.

  • You’ve got to be kidding me. Flash isn’t the king it used to be. HTML5 is better no doubt. However I will enjoy using BOTH and not missing out. Case in point: we had a unit tute based on onlinequestions using a web app based on, you guessed it, flash. So where I could look up the answers all my ipad /iPhone buddies couldn’t. Just because it is being phased out doesn’t make it any less stupid that you don’t have it now while it is still here and useful

    • Agreed. Flash has its place on the web. A device that doesn’t support it doesn’t get my money.

      For example, I have an Android tablet that I took to a job interview. On it, I had built a Flash portfolio that my potential employer could browse – it worked really well. I didn’t get the job because the company started downsizing instead of hiring, but in principle it would have been good 😛

  • I feel like a lot of people are forgetting what a big part of the flash community is, the animations. I know a lot of it can be saved/converted to avi but I for one, still love a good .swf file, as dodgy as they can be.

  • The employer made a mistake by hiring you then. Why choose someone with flash skills when there are major questions about its future? Any candidate presenting a jQuery portfolio would get an advantage when applying for a job in my team.

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