On the 25th January 2017, Adobe announced the end of Flash Player (and I blogged about it). A few days ago, it all officially ended. Although with everything else going on right now you might not have noticed it, but a crucial piece of the web's history has been shutdown.
For those not in the know, before web browsers were as capable as they are today (before we had the HTML5 Canvas and all the other modern apis), Adobe put together a browser plugin called Flash Player.
I'm quite sure that sites like Newgrounds, Orisinal, and Nitrome wouldn't have existed if it weren't for Flash.
Naturally, Flash's demise was sure to follow. I agree that turning Flash off is the best thing to do. At the same time though I can't help but feel that there should have been more fanfare about it, and the legacy that Flash is leaving behind.
Thankfully, due to the amazing efforts of BlueMaxima's Flashpoint, over 70 thousand games have been preserved for all to see and play well into the future.
Goodbye, Flash. I'll miss you - you were the first chapter in a much longer tale.