| Penny Arcade Retired?
, Adobe Flash no more :(
Posted: 10-Jan-2021, 11:41 AM
Realm: Toronto, CAN
First I want to thank you for your long time support of Celtic Radio! We are so happy that we have managed to keep Celtic Radio going even in the face of extreme disruption that is being caused by Google and their browser chrome.
Yes, Google use to be the underdog and we took their browser and dropped Microsoft as we deemed MS as the evil empire.
Now, the tables are turned. Every step of the way Google is trying to create a new internet that requires much more advanced technology then most mom and pop sites have. Behind the scenes for almost 2 years now we have been trying to figure out ways to keep our site going from TLS handshaking to our streams which must now be SSL created. Probably soon google and other browsers are going to pull the plug on regular old internet streams and they will not work in the App store or the browser.
We setup a new secure server about 2 years ago to handle all of this and it has been a tremendous amount work, but not everything can be upgraded on a website that has been around since 2001! Still we are happy that we have kept most things going and our new website will be built on this new server - but we plan on keeping the old site going too.
Now they have pulled the plug on Flash and I do believe it is more about tech controlling who can use their platform rather than a security risk.
Here is what we are going to do:
1. If you have access to IE 11 (Internet Explorer) I would suggest keeping that running. I confirmed my version of IE11 on windows 8 can play all of the flash games. This flash issue effects:
a. Our Celtic Radio Penny Arcade.
b. Our chat room.
c. Some not often used preview players.
2. Eventually we will have a solution for the Flash issue, but the developers have not completed their work on the plugin it is called Ruffle and we will install it on the server so that Flash components will work. I tried it last night but the beta is not ready for deployment so we will keep checking monthly and once it is our flash components will work again.
3. If you notice at the bottom of our pages we recommend the Edge browser by Microsoft. So we have come full circle. The edge browser gives less errors and warnings then Google does. While you might be included to use IE11 for our entire site I think it does have a problem with facebook login, but regular old style login should work.
We will post something later here about our recommended browser, but thank you so much for raising this question and let us know if you can get IE 11 dusted off and working to enjoy the Penny Arcade - if not - I can tell you that our plugin solution will work but not until they reach version 1 of the plugin. You will not have to do anything or install anything it will just work in any browser once this new product is completed.
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