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It has been a long four years coming, but as of today, YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video on any modern Web browser. What does that mean? Faster video load times, better compression and smoother frame rates, as well as the joy of saying goodbye to Flash.

These days, the sentiment of anyone who doesn't know how to code being destined to a life of homeless ineptitude has become a fairly common (if mildly exaggerated) one. But of all the ways out there to save yourself from a derelict fate, Jon Duckett's HTML and CSS: Design and Buil Websites, is, perhaps, the most beautiful, information-packed intro to basic web languages you can find.

Sometimes a browser needs to leave a little data on your computer, just a little 5-10KB nibblit, a cookie. HTML5 is a hungrier beast than that which came before it though, and sometimes wants a little more. Maybe 5MB or so. But that's where it should end. Thanks to a little HTML5 vulnerability, however, this site can and will fill your entire hard drive with trash.

Business Insider believes HTML5 apps are primed to overtake native apps on smartphones in the coming years. Steve Jobs was also big on web apps when the iPhone first came out -- sans native app ecosystem -- but didn't have the benefit of the HTML5 standard. Now that HTML5 is here, there are apps that come very very close to replicating the native app experience.

I know there are times when you're cruising down the Internet highway, looking for a laugh as your hair is being blown back by AC when you stumble upon something so annoying that you start shaking your monitor and hope that it just blows up. It happens to all of us. We never do anything. But now you can.

Can't say my browser has ever made me feel insignificant, but ChronoZoom, a HTML5-driven, mixed media website that attempts to visualise the universe's existence does a damn good job. Beware its initial superficiality -- all it takes is a couple of clicks to find yourself lost in the history of, well, everything.

HTML5 and Javascript are quickly becoming the web's unstoppable programming duo, with the combination providing developers with an alternative route to cross-platform nirvana. We're starting to gain a better understanding of what these technologies can do, but until today, I don't think I'd entirely grasped where they were taking us. But I do now, thanks to Mozilla and its Boot2Gecko OS.

Far from Adobe surrendering to Apple and the good HTML5 fight, Adobe's Edge web creator is simply a little shrug and acknowledgment that HTML5, CSS and JavaScript will get them on more mobile devices than Flash will.

I've really started to hate Flash. It either slows down or breaks everything on my PC. So Mac users should be happy to hear that iSwifter, the app that lets iOS users play with Flash content, could soon be replacing Flash on their computers.