Typekit is Down

Adobe Typekit is partially down. Some websites using the hosted web fonts service are looking a bit normal. A few websites have fallen back to the standard Arial font. On this site, I use Google fonts called Francois One and Bitter. It’s designed to fall back to sans-serif. It’s unusual for a web font service to go down, but just like everything else, they do go down occasionally.

Adobe Flash in Linux is Slow

Adobe Flash in Ubuntu Linux is slow as molasses. I’ve noticed it while playing Bejeweled Blitz in Facebook. I’ve tried installing different plugins like Shockwave, Gnash, Adobe Flash and Adobe Flash 10, but none made Flash any faster. The Flash games lagged so bad that they were practically impossible to play.

While googling tonight, I came across a website suggesting that I install a Flash plugin called Flashblock-Addon. This add-on plugin disables all Flash programs in a page from loading automatically. The programs can be played manually by clicking on the play button.

The reason this plugin works is because the Adobe Flash plugin for Linux is not tuned properly. This is not a Linux issue, but an Adobe one. The problem is particularly telling if a page has multiple instances of Flash programs running.

The plugin merely disables all flash programs from running automatically. The user can pick and choose which one they want to run limiting the number of Flash instances running in the background.

It’s not really a fix, but more of a workaround.

To install the Flashblock-Addon, you can download it from here.

Adobe Flash Unfit for iPhone

One thing is inherently missing with the iPhone and the iPad when visiting multimedia sites. There are blank screens where videos or animated content are normally displayed. The problem with the iPhone and iPad is it does not support Adobe Flash. Steve Jobs recently was quoted saying Adobe Flash is unfit for the iPhone.

He says it has too many bugs, drains batteries too quickly and is too oriented to personal computers to work on the iPhone and iPad. Jobs cited reliability, security and performance” are the reasons Apple will continue to keep the Adobe Flash off its devices.

Meanwhile, a Google vice president has confirmed that full support for Flash is coming in the next version of Android. Whatever is happening behind the scenes between Apple and Adobe, Google is going to benefit. Android is well positioned to take advantage of the gaping hole Apple has left with Adobe Flash unsupported.

Firefox 3.0.4 in Ubuntu Hardy Heron

After a clean Ubuntu 8.04 install, Firefox 3.0.4 web browser was not working quite right. Flash plugins and MMS videos were not working on some websites that use them. A prime example is the MLS or Major League Soccer website.

This post provides all the details to in order to get your Firefox browser working after a clean Ubuntu install. Just follow the steps below.

1. Install the latest Adobe Flash player. Download it directly from Adobe’s website. Select the Ubuntu 8.04+ deb package. Choose Save to the Desktop. Once saved, go to your Desktop and right click the file. Open it with GDebi Package Installer. Click Install Package!

2. Next, remove the SWFDEC plugin; the open-source replacement for Adobe Flash.

$ sudo apt-get purge swfdec-mozilla

Or you can also use the “autoremove” option.

$ sudo apt-get autoremove swfdec-mozilla

3. Finally, install MPlayer for sites running MMS videos.

$ sudo apt-get install mozilla-mplayer

There you have it. 3 easy steps to get your browser running in no time.