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Computing & Technology > Blogging > Old Ipad

Old Ipad

Sometimes older tech gets a second life. I own a 1st generation iPad, which is very heavy and so old it can no longer update the apps I had on it -- not even Skype. It stopped being able to play videos, either, because it needed a current version of Flash.

So all I used the ipad for was music, and some Ambience white-noise clips I like to use sometimes for getting to sleep. I was thinking hard about selling it.

But now Youtube videos are not in Flash anymore; they use html5. So my old ipad can play them again -- it's functional!

Steve Jobs hated Flash so much, and was so insistent he wouldn't have Apple use it, that at least this major site has taken the same direction. Still, I find I can't load CNN or HuffingtonPost, whose videos seem to be flash; also those sites' mobile versions are hard to load.

posted on Oct 29, 2017 3:18 AM ()


Talk English!!!
comment by greatmartin on Oct 29, 2017 6:06 PM ()
Everything you wrote was Sanskrit. I applaud your technical acumen. My friends are beating me up to get a smart phone. I'll probably do it and piggy back on my husband's plan. See future Greasy post on angst over confusion having to do with smart phone.
comment by tealstar on Oct 29, 2017 8:43 AM ()
Yes, ever since I was reminded that dumb phones -- even without a current phone plan -- will still work to call 911 as long as they're charged, I bristled about having to pay for a smartphone. But at least a smartphone gives you a backup internet connection in case your home internet goes down (or the computer is in a coma).
reply by drmaus on Oct 29, 2017 11:41 AM ()
I'd noticed YouTube was running better for me on my Mac, maybe that's why, good to know.
comment by troutbend on Oct 29, 2017 8:41 AM ()
Yes, I guess over time the quality of videos improved astronomically. It helps to have the owner have a massive financial interest in the video ads.
reply by drmaus on Oct 29, 2017 11:45 AM ()
It is nice to be able to use something one once thought useless. You are getting some good out of it again.
comment by elderjane on Oct 29, 2017 6:21 AM ()
I spoke a bit too soon, it has trouble loading bigger sites and often crashes. Things like quirk.tv, with a limited number of videos, will run.
reply by drmaus on Oct 29, 2017 11:46 AM ()

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