I had intended for a different post to go live today, but it looks like the post that was scheduled didn’t save properly so I have quickly thought of something else to write about. Looks like I will get it posted just in time so it is probably going to be shorter than some….
I enjoyed reading yesterday’s #summerblogchallenge post from Christine (@MissNorledge) concerning her top 5 sites for starters. Unfortunately though I was reading it on my iPad and consequently some of the links reminded me of one of my great pet hates.
The two things that drive me round the bend with my laptop is the seemingly constant need to update the Adobe Flash plugin and the Java plugin: neither of these update in a “clean” way, they take far longer than you would expect and break my workflow. I’ve hated Flash for a long time; when I first had a Mac, Flash would regularly crash safari because of some unexpected error. Unfortunately I can’t write as eloquently about my dislike of Flash as Steve Jobs did in 2010 in his famous “Thoughts on Flash” but suffice to say that in general I am extremely happy that neither my iPad nor my iPhone support Flash and I think that the Internet would be a better place without it.
The only niggle is that there are some great maths resources out there that have been written in Flash and Christine’s post highlighted some of them and reminded me of this. Ideally I look for resources that are robust and will work on whatever device I happen to be using. This is especially true of I am intending on letting students access some of them – I know that se of them don’t have a computer at home but do have an iPad so anything incorporating Flash or Java applets is a no-no.
I hope that, over time, more resources which avoid the use of Flash come out and I will try to do my bit and add to them myself.