A grand experiment

Flash has crashed for the (hopefully) last time. I’m going to run a little experiment. I’m uninstalling Flash and see how much it affects browsing experience for say, one month.

I suspect that most experiences will be fine on Chrome, except for poorly designed websites who force you to browse information through Flash. For legitimate uses of Flash, like video streaming, I don’t really know who does or does not support Flash yet.

I’ll report back in a month with the results. Or less if you really can’t use the web without Flash anymore.

About Jimmy Bogard

I'm a technical architect with Headspring in Austin, TX. I focus on DDD, distributed systems, and any other acronym-centric design/architecture/methodology. I created AutoMapper and am a co-author of the ASP.NET MVC in Action books.
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  • Flashblock is your friend. Some video sites still use Flash for streaming content and you would probably like to white list those.


  • Marko Vucinic

    very cool experiment ;)

  • Sean Feldman

    I agree with Mikael. Using Flashblock on Chrome was a solution for me, so that by default Flash is disabled, and if I really need to, I can turn it on.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll probably end up going that route, but I’m curious right now how much I really need Flash for normal usage. I haven’t really seen yet what I would miss, so that’s the experiment.

      • I’ve found it goes fairly well, until you encounter that one website you really need, but works with Flash. So I sighed, and reinstalled Flash. But I will check out Flashblock.

  • Steve Sheldon

    I’ve been running that experiment for the past month.  It’s called buying an iPad. :-)

    The most bizarre one for me was a site called SecureSafe which boosts an ipad app that does encryption… and whose website generally works except for the Flash plugin they use for a registration/login screen.

  • I’ll be checking back with you in a month then, because I’ve had a similar notion from time to time.  

  • Jorge Vargas

    You can also disable the flash plugin in the chrome://plugins page. I’ve had it disabled for a while and only when I need it (some weird youtube videos) I have to turn it on. So far its been great :)

  • Musttryharder :(

    wish I was strong enough to go without porn for a month :(

    • Anonymous


  • +1 for FlashBlock.