Tag Archives: Flash

PGA Tour Flash Version Checking Kills Website Access

First things first, Adobe flash should die. It should have died 5 years ago. It’s a terrible, awful plugin that is prone to hacking, memory leaks and a host of other stuff. We all know that!

I watch ONE single sport here on the farm. That sport is golf. Once an avid player, now that I’m in a wheelchair, I can only enjoy the game on TV. Using a standard antenna for television here on the farm, I’m stuck with only watching on the weekends when a match is broadcast on a local network.

When I’ve been interested in watching on a Thursday or Friday, I’ve always relied on the web. PGATourLive has always been my go-to web site for that purpose, until this year.

Wanting to catch up on a couple favourite players this afternoon, I opened the PGA’s video web site and am greeted with a nice new error message.

PGATourLive error message

PGATourLive error message

It seems the webmaster of the PGATourLive website, decided to do version checking for flash, and they refuse to allow you to view their content unless you’re using version 17+

That’s fine, but the version of flash that is used in Linux, always reports as version 11.2.  So even though I’m running the latest version of Flash where Linux is concerned, web sites that do version checking don’t know that!

2 hours of searching the net, trying to find a way to spoof my flash version were unsuccessful, so I guess watching golf via a web browser under Linux is no longer an option. Thanks guys!

Hey PGA Tour, it’s 2016! How about joining the rest of us and use an html5 compliant video format on your sites!

 

Dumping Flash – Bravo To Firefox!

Having lots of time just laying in bed the last month, I’ve used that time to rewrite my 7 web sites to get rid of Flash.

Probably the most hated piece of software on the planet, having major browsers finally block Flash is a huge step to making it all go away. With the new HTML5 video standards so well supported, I found it time to dump all my Flash content.

Fortunately, I don’t use any Flash elements in my web pages themselves, and I really hope that companies remove that type of content. What I do have over my many sites, are tons of video clips.

Using Handbrake I was able to convert about 150 Flash videos over to .mp4,, which will play natively in any modern browser. Of course converting and reuploading all the videos was the easy part. The most time was spent changing all the web pages themselves to remove the Flash commands and  replacing them with the video tag as shown here:

<video width=”900″ height=”506″ controls>
<source src=”movie56.mp4″ type=”video/mp4″>
Your browser does not support the video tag.
</video>

That’s how easy it is to embed a video in a web page now!

Video, tells the browser a movie is on the way. Of course the width and height tell the browser what size to display it, and controls, tells the browser to turn on the playback and volume controls. Next, you define the source and type of video to expect. In my case, mp4.

For a full list of available options with the Video tag: CLICK HERE

Some web sites like Amazon, use Flash for web site display elements, but thankfully, not having Flash turned on, the site still functions just fine. Other sites, if Flash is off, forget even displaying it all all. Fine, I’ll skip that site until they rewrite it!

So my advice, keep Flash turned off, and tell sites you don’t want it any more!

Breaking Things: Flash Plugin

Let’s face it, most of us who know anything about computers, would really like the Flash player to die. It’s always causing problems in our Linux and even our lone Windows 7 computer.

Over the weekend, the Flash player crashed within 10 seconds of starting a video stream. Every time!

What fixed it, was opening the Package Manager, searching for Adobe Flash, and then right clicking on the file name and selecting Mark For Reinstallation.

Flash Reinstall

Flash Reinstall

After it’s reinstalled, the constant crashing went away. Of course you will still get crashes, because hey, it’s Flash!