Saturday, June 11, 2011

WTF Asus, Safari, Adobe Flash, Firefox (for mobile)

This is so Spockish.  Asus EEE Transformer is now updated to Honeycomb 3.1, when I got it it was 3.0.1, the market flash was 10.3 at the time so to get flash I had to track down flash 10.2; 10.3 won't install on 3.0.1.   To get Honeycomb 3.1 to install I needed to factory reset the EEE Pad; with 3.1 flash 10.3 was installable from market.  Figured I'd grab Firefox too.  This is where it gets completely illogical; the built in browser is Safari (Apple) and running Safari on Honeycomb 3.1 with flash 10.3 plays flash video; Firefox will not play Flash on my Honeycomb 3.1 Android tablet.  Firefox offers a partial workaround but even that is external to Firefox.  Safari is pretty sucky as a browser on most platforms but on Google's Android it works alright; so sad for the iPad crowd that is still without flash. 
The worst browser in the world goes to Sony's PlayStation 3; "do you want to install the plugin", and extremely minimal video support.  My first computer was an Apple IIe and I played many hours of Jumpman on my black and green screen and wrote papers that required swapping in and out multiple 5.25" floppies; you'd get about 20 pages of a formatted document on 1 floppy.  Since Steve left and returned I left, only I have no desire to return to the Apple.  I lived through Windows 3.11, 95, 98, XP, Vista, & now Windows 7 which is a great OS. 
Firefox I need flash support in the browser; if I set Firefox as default App Market videos aren't even clickable.  This is a great product, the Asus EEE Pad Transformer and although the "about battery" view usage is still in limbo, the battery life I've experienced is as good or better than Asus's claim; but how did Apple's Safari creep onto my Android - it seems there is no way to escape Master Jobs.

By the way, there are enough Honeycomb apps available, and more coming soon; need GameHouse to resize NCIS, could probably actually play on a tablet but after full size credits play and settings are chosen the screen shrinks to phone size.  Found other full screen games.  Wish we Canadians could get in on the Amazon deal but it is not available in the north.  At least Shaw is giving us unlimited internet, hope the twit's get it down south.

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