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    What is "flash"?
    Hi all. I'm fairly inept at most computer functions, other than surfing and basic photo stuff. We just got our first mac a few weeks ago. I see some talk about "flash", and "clicktoflash" etc... What is this "flash"? And "clicktoflash"? Is it something that will enhance my web experiences? Please help me understand.

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    Flash:

    Adobe Flash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    ClickToFlash is something that allows you to block Flash content and click on it if you want to see it.

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    It isn't something that most users would really care too much about, but since we're super geeky here, we don't like the flash codec. It makes our CPU work harder than it needs to, unless you're running Windows. Linux and Mac OS X users have been subjected to inefficient coding for too long on our platforms, and we don't want to run our systems into the ground (high cpu use for flash content) just viewing web ads, or streaming video.

    As a result of so many web ads being scripted in the flash codec, clicktoflash also serves as a great ad filter.

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    Thanks for the explanations guys. Would this be a recommended download? Will it extend the life of my mac?

    Aaron

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    Probably not very much, it's just the processor will be doing less work over the long haul, but since flash video is on its way out in favor of HTML 5 anyway, no worries.

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    I was thinking flash was a big coat in a park somewhere lol

    Seriously though good explanations
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    Quote Originally Posted by TattooedMac View Post
    I was thinking flash was a big coat in a park somewhere lol

    Seriously though good explanations
    I think that's flashER!

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    Quote Originally Posted by generic chick View Post
    I think that's flashER!
    HAHA

    Oh yea you got me there lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by generic chick View Post
    I think that's flashER!
    Same difference. They both can be used for good and bad!

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    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the response and explanations. Sounds like it is not a huge deal.

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    flash is nothing but a sudden intense burst of radiant energy

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    Quote Originally Posted by generic chick View Post
    I think that's flashER!
    No, that's the part under your car's dashboard that controls the turn signals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s&g'sdad View Post
    Thanks for the explanations guys. Would this be a recommended download? Will it extend the life of my mac?

    Aaron
    It's preinstalled with OS X so you don't have to decide .
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    It's preinstalled with OS X so you don't have to decide .
    I think the OP meant clicktoflash with that post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkestRitual View Post
    I think the OP meant clicktoflash with that post?
    Perhaps you're right.

    To the OP: If you were talking about ClickToFlash, you can download it here. Note that ClickToFlash is Safari only. If you want something for Firefox, look into FlashBlock. If you were just referring to Flash, it is installed by default.
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