After initially underestimating the popularity of the iPad, the author became an early adopter. The iPad was released in April 2010. He bought one a month later and have enjoyed it immensely, except for one thing: Much web-delivered multimedia uses Flash, and the iPad doesn't support Flash. As an alternative, iPad plays multimedia delivered in other formats, including HTML5, an emerging standard-in-progress. Flash advantages are well-known: nimble, ubiquitous, and mature. Flash files are small and use very few computing resources. Even those frequent Flash updates often require nothing more than clicking a button, with no reboot required. Flash is also nearly everywhere, from 95% to 99% of web-accessible devices.