Tips: Updating the Adobe Flash plugin for Firefox, Safari, Opera on Mac

I’ve routinely found the standard Adobe Flash player updater for Mac (OS X/macOS) fails right at the end, without explanation.

However there is a version that always works. Go to:

… and choose Flash player for Safari and Firefox – NPAPI – the download URL is normally:

The opening dialog box should look a bit different – like this:

Adobe Flash Installer

Opera users

Use this version (last tested 10 Feb 2017):

Firefox plugin checker

This is a very fast and handy way of seeing if your copy of Flash or Silverlight is up to date.

Update: Yahoo! Weather

Since the old Yahoo feeds stopped working, I’ve switched my code to use

Note, contrary to what the documentation says, you don’t  need any API keys or authentication.  You can just make a standard GET request and get JSON data back.

The developer page mentions a rate limit of 2,000 signed calls a day but again there’s no indication if/how this is being enforced.

The format is slightly different.  First you need to construct a YQL query, however this is well documented.

Some example PHP code of my own (using the FuelPHP framework):

// Build query for correct city
$BASE_URL      = "";
$yql_query     = sprintf('select * from weather.forecast where woeid in (select woeid from geo.places(1) where woeid=%d)',

$yql_query_url = $BASE_URL . "?q=" . urlencode($yql_query) . "&format=json";

// Make call with cURL
$session = curl_init($yql_query_url);
curl_setopt($session, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
$json = curl_exec($session);

if (curl_errno($session)) {
    \Log::error('Yahoo check: '.curl_error($session));

$weather_data = json_decode($json);

if (! property_exists($weather_data, 'query')) {
    return false;

return $weather_data->query->results->channel;

Note, regardless how much data you request, the results are contained inside a JSON channel object, which is inside results, which in turn is within the main query object.