Did You Notice Any RSS Feed Problems?

Normally, about 100-150 people arrive here every day through the RSS syndication feature, mostly looking at the daily post.

Over the last two weeks (more or less), that number dropped to 10-50. I prefer to believe something has gone wrong with the WordPress RSS mechanism, rather than that 100 readers suddenly vanished. Of course, the wordpress.com Happiness Engineers can’t find anything amiss…

If you use the RSS feed and experienced any recent problems, please leave a comment explaining the situation.


Adobe Flash for Linux: Parting Gift

Very recently, Youtube videos (including mine) took on a Smurf aspect: blue skin tones and other weird colors. I don’t spend a lot of time watching videos, but I’m pulling together a talk and wanted to be sure my videos still worked.

Come to find out that:

  • Adobe is dropping Flash for Linux after version 11.2
  • The most recent update swapped the UV color channels
  • Adobe can’t reproduce the problem, hence no fix is in the offing

At least for Youtube videos, one can turn on their HTML5 video option to avoid Flash, but that doesn’t fix the other issues.

The recommended FlashVideoReplacer  plugin didn’t work for me in Xubuntu 10.10, alas.