The real reason why Apple doesn’t like Flash
Ever experienced instances where your workstation starts to chug along very slowly? Or more specifically, have your web browser ever become unresponsive, or crash without any warning? Well, this has happened to me more times than I care to count. If you were browsing the Internet, chances are that the problem can be traced to Flash running amok – 9 out of 10 times.
Below is a screenshots of Flash misbehaving. Note the memory and CPU utilization.
This screenshot shows the updated situation after I killed off the offending Shockwave Flash process. Notice the clear dip in processor utilization.
This issue outlined here is particularly disruptive if you’re working at a cafe without any accessible power outlet. If not detected and rectified immediately, the laptop’s runtime can get dramatically reduced by the excessive processor utilization, cutting short your stay there.
Now, can you imagine your iPhone (or iPad) running Flash? Essentially, the juice in your device or smartphone could well be drained within a few hours. No wonder Apple wasn’t keen to support Flash on the iPhone. Having said that, I’m not sure how this would work out for tablet devices like the JooJoo, which supports Flash. When I interviewed him, founder and CEO Chandra did tell me that the Internet tablet gives “5 hours of continuous operation.” I’ll report back on that once I get the final production unit for review.
Ironically, having Flash crash my browser one time too many was the factor that made me switch from Firefox to Chrome. The Chrome browser offers superior process management (every tab runs as a separate process), which allows me to selectively shut-down errant tabs. The overhead is slightly higher, but I think its a fair price for grater browser stability. Unlike Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, a misbehaving instance (or tab) won’t b
Increasing the range of my wireless Microsoft Mobile Mouse 4000
I did a recent readjustment of my desktop so that my three monitors can be arranged into a usable position. Unfortunately, that meant placing my laptop on a side-table, which is a tad further away from the position where I typically use my Microsoft wireless mouse. However, this resulted in intermittent skipping of the cursor, which goes away when I move the mouse nearer to the nano transceiver. (This never happens when used next to my laptop)
Good thing I remembered this little USB extension gadget I had lying around, which allowed me to do a… mouse extension. I honestly cannot remember which Logitech product it came with, but it seems to work well enough with the Microsoft transceiver so far. I’ll take some photos of my desktop and post them the next time round.