Daily Archives: July 30, 2011

The Flash Cache Flush

We all endure software that seems to grow worse with each upgrade; for me, that includes Ubuntu, the Weather Channel App, and Flash.  I try clinging to the “oldies but goodies” for as long as I can (for example, I use my 9.10 Ubuntu VM far more than my 11.04 one), but forced upgrades are usually inevitable.  Flash is one very necessary evil that must be kept current: it’s either upgrade or stop using some sites.

After a brief period of continually-improving releases, Flash is giving me fits again, at least with the 10.3 version.  I’m again getting bizarre behavior with sites like Nike+, requiring periodic work-arounds.  One often effective fix for Flash problems is to clear its cache.  Fortunately, that’s a quick process:

  1. Open the Flash Settings Panel by hitting this URL: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html.
  2. Scroll through the Websites list to locate and select the site with “issues.”
  3. Click Delete Website.

This often clears things up.

This handy URL shows the installed flash version.