COGConnected: Flashpoint Project Archives 36,000 Flash Games Offline. “Flashpoint is a colossal offline archive of every Flash game the team can scoop up, preserved and protected from ultimate destruction. Flash is vanishing from the internet forever, you see. Adobe is officially killing the system on December 31st, 2020. That means BlueMaxima has less than a year to save every game they can from the slowly sinking ship.”
The Register: Google goes full Anti-Flash-ist, boots Adobe’s insecure monstrosity out of web search index . “Google plans to help Adobe’s Flash exercise its right to be forgotten – by gradually stripping the animated content from its search index, starting some time later this year.”
Genealogy’s Star: The Dangers of Using GEDCOM. “Even back in the time when GEDCOM was commonly used to transfer genealogical data between two programs, the process produced an ‘error’ file with information that could not be copied. Over time, the information that is not transferred has grown as programs implement features that are not supported by the old GEDCOM standard. I have discussed the use of GEDCOM or mentioned the problems associated with using GEDCOM to transfer genealogical data in at least 20 previous blog posts.”
CNET: Adobe Shockwave gets the ax on April 9. “Adobe is retiring Shockwave. On April 9, the browser-based multimedia platform will be discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows won’t be available for download.” ooooh, I am feeling ooooold.
Not new, but new-to-me: an online archive of MIDI files you can play and download. (Thanks to Esther S. for the heads-up.) From the About page: “I wanted to hear some MIDIs, so I searched and found a .zip file with 100K+ MIDI files that someone posted to Reddit. I tried playing a few in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. and then realized that they’ve all dropped the tag. Even Quicktime and VLC couldn’t play back the files.*”