Twenty Years

15 January, 2021

The Wikipedia article for "Anniversary", with a characteristic template notice about uncited words.

Twenty years ago, online encyclopedia Wikipedia was born with surprisingly little fanfare. Starting as an offshoot of the more conventional expert-contributor website Nupedia, it was conceived as little more than a flash-in-the-pan experiment. Nobody would have predicted then that it would turn into one of the web's most essential reference works, a veritable repository of information both informative and interesting - but occasionally inaccurate. [citation needed]

And although it has problems with power-tripping admins and over-zealous editors, I'm happy that it's there. The community is a testament to the power of the common man without the all too frequent handicap represented by the profit motive, and I hope it stays that way for many years to come. Here's to twenty more!

Gone in a Flash

2 January, 2021

Thanks for using Adobe Flash Player.

On 1 January 2021, Adobe Flash was discontinued. In fact, Adobe went so far as to say that:

Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems.

If you've reading this, you should do the same - Flash has more holes than a block of Swiss cheese. I already uninstalled Flash with the advent of Safari 14 - which doesn't support it. This has been a long time coming.