Memory usage: Flash VS Safari

Flash 10.1 using more memory than Safari

A picture is worth a thousand blog posts. I have no love for Adobe’s Flash -for any plug-in that uses more memory than the web browser it “plugs” already. It’s 2010. We’ve no need for dinky, proprietary plug ins maintained by insular software houses. Part of me thinks industry standards, too, are complete wastes of time and effort, but that’s another 話.

Flash doesn’t belong in mobile phones or tablet computers. And for months, I’ve had the oily inkling that Flash 10 doesn’t belong in desktop computers.

Adobe, 1999 called and wants its plug in back.

  • jim

    haha! BTW, is there an UNinstall for it? 😀

  • Heiko Hartmann

    Sorry, but since Flash and Safari are not doing the same stuff, a comparison of the memory consumption says nothing at all.

    Maybe Flash acquires the memory because it is available. That’s good coding practice.

    Besides, I have 8 GB RAM now (it’s 2010) and I want it to be used by the software. It would be really lame if the software running on my iMac would only use 1 GB of it.

  • The point isn’t good or bad coding, it’s that a plug in is using more memory than Safari, like it or not. Safari is the only app open that is using the plug-in and the only reason it is using it is because there are certain sites (unfortunately TMA uses FLASH) that use it. There shouldn’t be reason to use FLASH of any colour or creed, not in 2010. There is no such thing as good coding if FLASH is needed because flash isn’t part of the net, it is its own walled garden of nastiness. In 1999, it was useful, it simply isn’t anymore and only makes notebooks crunch and churn.

    Shutting down Flash suddenly freed up 600 MB of memory which was promptly used by other apps that really need it: Photoshop (not pictured). It is lame for software to have to use so much RAM – that is also bad coding practice. You don’t need to use all that’s available, one of the reasons I used a nice app for Windows called FooBar rather than iTunes – immediate, small memory footprint and it did everything that iTunes did for music.

    2010 if anything is showing us that we don’t need bloat. The iPad runs on a smaller footprint OS than netbooks do. I’d rather that software devs didn’t suddenly say: “well our software is the most important, so we will use all the RAM these mothers have”. The truth is that in 2010, no one uses one app at a time. If the opposite were true, I’d not care that my 4GB MacBook Pro was suffering under the load of Safari and Flash. Not at all.

    But I’ve at least 5 apps open, often 10 and need all of them at the same time (usually). Behind are many other processes of course, but usually those background processes don’t take up so much space/time/resources.

    2010 is the year when the Cloud/tablet computing/mobile computing will really come forward. The age of gobbling up resources is (I hope) coming to a close and thankfully so as it is 100% unnecessary and quite honestly, rude.

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