Contrary to your observations, I've found more and more websites
offering Flash alternatives (html5 video/audio). The QuickTime
plugin, on the other hand, is pretty much dead, like Real. It's
either Flash or no plugin nowadays, and Flash is mostly used when
people don't have the capacity or thoughtfulness to program an
alternative or if they need to protect their content.
We can't translate Flash videos to QuickTime, sadly. Content
that requires Flash and has no html5 alternative can't be displayed
in TenFourFox, so you need another browser (such as Camino) that
can load legacy plugins. Newer plugins (Flash 11+) don't run on
PPC, and newer versions of Firefox/TenFourfox (17+) can't run
Whether this is planned obsolescence I can't say. Apple has been
known for making long-lasting hardware, and, paradoxically, at the
same time is advancing more rapidly in OS development (not
necessarily in the right direction), adding functions that require
the latest processors, motherboards, memory and graphics cards.
Adobe clearly doesn't care about legacy users who payed good money
over the years.
What you can do is use the QuickTime Enabler to play html5
videos in the QuickTime Player (not plugin). This also works on
YouTube, especially on low-end Macs that have a hard time playing
html5 video smoothly in the browser. Download at
and drop the .xpi file into the browser window to install.
Secondly, you can help QuickTime to play more video formats with
Perian. Download at http://www.perian.org
Open the .dmg file and double click Perian.prefPane. It will
install in your System Preferences. The final version is Perian
1.2.3, it's not developed anymore, but still works fine.
As for Safari bookmarks: "Show all bookmarks" in Safari's
Bookmarks menu, then "File>Export bookmarks". The resulting
.html file can be imported to TFF in the Bookmarks library by
clicking the Star button>"Import bookmarks from html".
Finally, two projects (h.264 support and Shumway, an extension
displays pdfs) are in the making. For YouTube you can also use the