In the course of any given day, I divide my time between two and four computers. As such, I think I have encountered more than my fair share of bugs. A couple of months ago, I received a shiny new P.O.S. for my work desktop. It was the first time that I have ever worked on a Celeron – the transition has, for the most part, been smooth – except when it came to Firefox.
Soon after installation, I noticed that the screen would go black on certain sites. It didn’t happen all of the time and seemed to be more of an issue when multiple tabs were open. Initially, I put it down to memory issues. Then it started happening with greater frequency and went from being an occasional annoyance to something that was truly infuriating. The two sites that were worst for the black screen issue were Feedly and Facebook. I decided to look deeper. Was it a video card issue, a misbehaving plugin… or something else? I literally had two plugins running and one of them was a simple redirect for Google. I turned off hardware acceleration and things seemed to return to normal… then boom, black screen of annoyance.
Then something inside my head clicked and I realized what the issue was – I had forgotten to install Flash. I was reminded, once again, about how much I hate Flash disheartened by the fact that it has not died the natural death that it was supposed once HTML5 landed. What a pain.