Friday morning I worked at home and had some websites open in Safari and Firefox. When I decided to head over to the office, I shut the lid of my MacBook Pro, but it into its Crumpler Case and put the whole package into my bag.
When I arrived at the office and my desk, I unpacked my MacBook Pro and had to notice that even the Crumpler Case was already… warm, to say the least. The MacBook Pro itself was steaming hot! White hot!
Some Flash-thingy inside Firefox had crashed. Had crashed so badly that it kept the MacBook Pro from going to sleep. The poor thing had been running inside the case and inside the bag for approx. 45 minutes.
That was the moment when I finally decided to ban Flash from my daily use. Now I’m blocking every Flash content in every website by default and allow those I really „need“ manually.
Yes, that does imply a lot of extra work. But I’m not willing to have my MacBook Pro running for possibly hours inside my bag, with its harddrive spinning. Apart from data loss (I’m pretty safe, thanks to Time Machine and Backblaze), I don’t want my 1600€-MacBook Pro to melt inside my bag.
Flash must die!
(Yes, possibly this might also have been a bug in Firefox. Maybe even OS X should have recognized that Flash/Firefox are going crazy and have killed the processes – however, without Flash all of this wouldn’t have been necessary…)