1 (edited by pduncan67 2020-02-17 15:55:36)

Topic: What happens when Flash is no longer supported?

more and more browsers have been dropping support of Flash.  A lot of Widgets require Flash to make your custom settings (i.e. Zip Code, etc.)  How will subscribers be able to setup/modify new or existing devices?
Thanks -

Re: What happens when Flash is no longer supported?

That's a good question, which I don't really have a perfect answer for.

Most of the chumby-authored widgets typically allowed configuration from the widget directly in addition to configuration from the website.  Most of my personal widgets behave the same way.  Third-party widgets, not so much, and there's little I can do about that.

Back in the early days, one of the plans was to offer the ability to provide HTML-based widget configuration as alternatives to the Flash-based configuration (the server keeps a mime type for the uploaded files to keep track of that).  The central problem was that such a configuration would typically require several files (html, css, js, images, etc) as opposed to the simple single-file method used with Flash, and it wasn't totally clear how to host those files properly in a way that was manageable, secure, and safe.

I will look to see if there are any remnants of that in the old server source code - however, even if implemented, third parties would have to go back and revise their widget configuration apps to the new method.  I don't know how much appetite they have for that.

Re: What happens when Flash is no longer supported?

Now that we have finally reached this state and none of my browsers support Flash, is there any way I can manually adjust the configuration of some my my widgets that have to be set up from the Chumby website? Might it be possible for the Chumby itself to run the configuration for the widget, or for some other code running on the Chumby to access and set the configuration data? I can can write Perl code if that helps, and even hand-edit XML files in an ssh session if necessary...

I'm particularly interested in configuring the ImageURL widget http://www.chumby.com/guide/F3549C3C-A7 … EF4/widget since I have a number of those in my channels, and of course the websites they're currently pointing at have all broken over the new year. I guess another option might be if there are any alternative widgets that will load, scale and display an image from an URL that can be entered on the Chumby itself.

I think there are only two widgets I have left running now which still present useful information — the NOAA Weather widget on our I8, and a clock on my bedside C1. The rest are pretty but not informative.