YouTube Gets Stuck After 2 Seconds

I recently started having an issue with YouTube playing a video without sound for 2 seconds, then stopping. This is a new laptop, so everything is fresh and new, leaving me with a ton of potential culprits: OS X, Safari 3.1.1, Flash, network, Perian, etc….

Googling showed that other people were having this issue across many OSes and browsers. Unfortunately, most of the advice was “reboot” or “change your network buffer” or “YouTube sucks!”. None of which helped me.

What did help, is downgrading from Flash Player 9.0.124.0 to 9.0.47.0 using the Adobe archive of Flash Players. I uninstalled the 9.0.124.0, and installed 9.0.47.0, and poof, no more problems with YouTube videos.

I hope this helps someone.

How to get RichFaces to not crash Safari

RichFaces, a collection of open source JSF Components for building “rich” AJAXy interfaces, unfortunately makes Safari crash or hang or lock up with many of it’s components.

I’m not the one who figured this out, but I wanted to document it here.

You can solve this the same way you solve the JSF/Google Ad issue:

Add this just before the tag on your .xhtml pages or template file: