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Adobe Flash Updaters

Adobe’s latest critical security update pushes scareware | ZDNet:

“Adobe did something good this week, releasing a new version of its Flash Player software with automatic updating capabilities.

They also did something truly awful—using their update page to push a third-party scareware program designed to separate naïve PC users from their cash.”

 

(Via ZDNet.)

I have a much easier solution to avoid having to upgrade Flash manually, avoid the malware associated with Flash, and avoid Adobe’s cheap attempts to sell you antivirus you don’t need.

Uninstall Flash.

Problem solved.

Leaving the legacy code behind

Yes, it means acquiring a copy of Windows and yet another copy of Quicken, but it does provide you with a version of Quicken that’s more feature-packed than the one Intuit’s shipping for the Mac, you’re likely to get new features sooner with a Windows version, and, unlike with your current situation, your copy of the application won’t go the way of the dodo because of an operating system upgrade.

I find it odd that of the many solutions offered here in Breen’s piece, none of them is “dump Quicken.” He spells out the options of sticking with Snow Leopard rather than upgrading, dual booting from two OS X versions, complaining about Apple dumping Rosetta in vain, and installing Windows via Boot Camp or virtualization software and then running Quicken through Windows. But nowhere does he mention what is to me the best alternative. Keep moving forward, and dump any software that doesn’t keep up with the times.

If Intuit is too stupid, too arrogant, too in control of this market to see an obvious trend towards Apple’s products, then they deserve to go the way of the dodo. Instead we’re rewarding them for their lack of vision.

Now, I understand Breen’s position, because a lot of his readers no doubt really do feel with products like Quicken that there aren’t any viable alternatives. It’s fair to explore a Windows partition as one alternative to this situation.

But before screwing up every other aspect of my computer workflow, installing alternate operating systems, sacrificing file space, peace of mind, the latest and greatest features etc.—before embarking on anything that inconvenient, I’d make DAMN sure there truly weren’t any viable alternatives.

Heck, I’ll do my finances with an abacus and pencil before I let Quicken take my iMac hostage in this way. Maybe I’m in the minority of Macworld readers who would agree, but why not at least mention the possibility?

Intuit clearly doesn’t care about Mac users. That message is clear. So how many years does this inconvenient kludge of a solution buy you? How long do you put up with Quicken through VMWare and Windows before finally realizing that you have to move on? If Quicken isn’t bothering to keep its Mac version up to date in the face of the Mac’s consistent outpacing the industry in growth, what are the chances Quicken will ever make it to the iPad, which will likely be our main computers a few years from now? Are we going to keep an old PC in the garage running just to keep Quicken alive?

My point is, sooner or later you’ll give up Quicken. Why not do it now?

Extinction is part of the natural evolution of the software industry. Don’t help products marked for extinction limp along; kill them faster, and better alternatives will appear sooner.

Me, I’m already looking for replacements for Photoshop and Illustrator, two programs that I rely on every day, which aren’t nearly as behind the Mac curve as Quicken, but that I’d love to see dead sooner rather than later. Why? Not because I hate Adobe, but because these products have thrived too long because they are a necessity, rather than a benefit to the ecosystem. They are holding back innovation, plain and simple. And the more we finance them, the longer they live to abuse us. Who knows how many years it will take before Photoshop takes advantage of any of these cool new Lion technologies: Versions, Auto-Save, iCloud, etc.?

I don’t plan on sitting around to find out. I may not have found my “Photoshop killer” yet, but I’m investing in all the alternatives, encouraging them to keep working on it.

About Amazon’s new CloudPlayer and CloudDrive

The CloudPlayer works through any web browser that supports Adobe Air.

Okay, you lost me on Adobe Air. Bad choice, Amazon. Write a native app, for crying out loud. It’s not that hard.

I do think this new service is a very wise play from Amazon. Reminds me of when Apple was reluctant to expand iTunes beyond music into video, and some other companies beat them to the punch, which forced Apple’s hand.

Apple likes to wait until conditions are just right for a new product. They waited a LONG time to get into cell phones and tablets. They probably want to wait for better infrastructure and 4G speeds for true “cloud” music services. But the problem is that they already OWN music, so they have to defend their territory.

When you force Apple to release products before they are quite ready, you end up with an Apple TV kind of situation, where the first two or three iterations are sort of cool, but not quite there yet. The availability of content is sparse; pricing is confusing. You get a so-so user experience. It’s the sort of thing where you can tell Steve would have preferred to spend a few more years on it, but he didn’t have a choice. The same thing happened to iWork.com. It looked like that space was going to be important, so Apple got involved in a half-assed sort of way. Really atypical, but it does happen once in a while.

So it’ll be interesting if this development from Amazon forces Apple’s hand on bringing online storage to the iTunes universe before it’s really ready. I think Amazon is smart to go after Apple in this space, considering that unlike every other company on earth, Amazon actually has a depth of retail presence and experience that rivals—if not exceeds—Apple’s own.

Or maybe Apple was smart enough to see this coming, and is already ready with a great service of its own. We’ll find out soon enough.

A company like Amazon can be more nimble with a service like this, because it is the underdog. The music labels are more than happy to grant Amazon online rights that it won’t grant to Apple, precisely because they want to see Steve Jobs knocked down a few pegs. So I imagine the lawyers involved in this are billing a lot of hours.

If this new Amazon service catches Apple off guard and becomes popular, it could also save Android from almost certain long-term obscurity. Unless Amazon is smart and makes its services available on more than just Android. (Hint: I think Bezos is smart enough to spread the love around to every platform imaginable. The Android exclusivity won’t last long.)

Make this a NATIVE Mac app, get it onto iOS (which will be tricky, but they’ll get it there eventually), and you’ll maybe even get MY attention. So long as Apple doesn’t come up with something better in the next few months, that is.

Firefox Mobile: Flash isn’t ready yet

One thing Firefox mobile doesn’t have is support for Flash, even though Android has a big partnership with Adobe to make Flash work on mobile. I spoke with some folks from Mozilla yesterday about this topic. Eventually, Firefox mobile will support Flash, but it is just not there yet in terms of responsiveness. The focus right now is on HTML5 and CSS. It is amazing some of the 3D effects, animations, video, and other in-browser graphics you can now get with HTML5. Check out some of the demos here after you download Firefox to your phone.

And to think, there are still people in the world who think that Apple is just being spiteful not allowing Flash on the iPhone.

Maybe when Jobs said that he was open to the idea of Flash on the iPhone originally, but Adobe just hadn’t shown him any running version of Flash that was up to the task yet, he was being completely sincere. After all, here we are more than FOUR YEARS after the original iPhone, and there still isn’t a version of Flash that isn’t a piece of crap yet.

Four years, people. That’s a century in tech time.

Clearly, Adobe had its head so far up its own ass that it missed the mobile revolution entirely. Flash was clearly never developed with lower-power mobile devices in mind. So they keep trying to shoehorn it down to make it passible. But there’s a point where you’re better off starting clean with a system designed for your needs from the ground up.

But that’s never been Adobe’s way.

And so Firefox mobilea joins the club of “Flash support coming soon.”

Wallaby: Adobe’s way of admitting defeat without admitting defeat

Adobe says that the main goal with Wallaby is to produce output that has the best combination of performance and quality on iOS. This objective betrays Wallaby’s immediate purpose: allowing advertisers to create rich ads that display correctly on the iPhone and iPad. The lack of Flash on iOS impacts both banner advertising on the Web, and ads embedded into applications using Apple’s HTML5-powered iAd. Wallaby allows designers to migrate their designs and hence reduce the costs of supporting these non-Flash platforms.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a tacit admission of defeat by Adobe. Basically, they are acknowledging that if they don’t offer a non-Flash alternative to making web-based ads, someone else will take this authoring market away from them.

The issue is that Adobe is still trying to fulfill this ridiculous promise of “write once, run everywhere.” Business-minded technology execs have been chasing that unicorn for ages now, and it’s never panned out.

And the sad part is, we’re closer than ever to being able to write web content that can truly be written once and run anywhere. It just can’t be done with Flash.

If you want to make ads that run on iOS devices AND on desktop web browsers, don’t write them in Flash and then translate them poorly over to HTML5. Just write them in HTML5 in the first place.

Seriously, any “developer” who complains that he or she wants to keep using Flash to author his or her content is not worth a paycheck. It’s not like Adobe doesn’t completely change the entire Flash scripting language and user interface every year or two, anyway; instead of learning the next version of Flash, just learn how to code Javascript and CSS 3 instead.

A career in technology requires a constant updating of one’s knowledge base. You can’t simply learn to program one language and expect the world to stop moving forward.

Meanwhile, Adobe, get some good authoring tools into Dreamweaver for NATIVE HTML5 creation. If you’re not putting the emphasis of your development time for CS6 on this, you don’t deserve to survive the decade.

Oh, and Ads? The increased desire of content producers to bombard us with ads, coupled with the decreased tolerance of most users for viewing ads is going to lead to a major bubble burst in the near future. But that’s a topic for another day.