Amazon Prime Instant Video on Ubuntu with Firefox

How to watch Amazon Prime Videos in Ubuntu 14.04

I’ve been frustrated that I can’t watch Amazon Prime videos on Ubuntu, until tonight. I finally got it working. Here’s what I did. Note, only attempt to do this yourself if you know what you are doing. This is just a list of steps of what I did, I’m not telling you what to do.

# Install Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

I didn’t have much luck using the plugin in the repositories, so I went did it this way and it worked.

  1. Go to and download the  .tar.gz version (I got the 64bit since I’m using 64bit Ubuntu) and download the file.
  2. Open your terminal and cd to the directory of your download. In my case the download went to:
    so I ran:
    cd ~/Downloads
  3. Run this command to extract the archive:
    tar -xzvf install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz
  4. Now run this command to copy the plugin files to the appropriate location:
    sudo cp -R usr/* /usr/
  5. Now run this command to copy the plugin to your mozilla firefox plugins directory:
    sudo cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
  6. Now cleanup the leftover extracted files (note: do NOT use sudo with these 2 commands… if you have to use sudo here you’re doing something very wrong — run these 2 commands at your own risk)
    rm -rf usr

# Install Hal

  1. Add the repository so you can install hal… run this command:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
  2. Update and install with this command:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install hal libhal1

# Test it out!

This only works in Firefox (as far as I know), so launch Firefox (if you had it open/running during this process, restart the browser before proceeding). Then go to Amazon Prime Instant Video, pick a video, and go! Enjoy!

# Summary

Here is a list of all the commands I ran, in succession, without all the blah blah blah…

Go to and download the  .tar.gz version (I got the 64bit since I’m using 64bit Ubuntu) and download the file. Open Terminal. Commands:

cd ~/Downloads
tar -xzvf install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64.tar.gz
sudo cp -R usr/* /usr/
sudo cp /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
rm -rf usr
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mjblenner/ppa-hal
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y hal libhal1

# Disclaimer

Don’t do any of this if you don’t know what the commands do. I cannot be responsible for what happens to your computer as a result of your attempt to follow this tutorial. By using this guide you acknowledge that I’m just trying to help describe what process I used to get it to work on my computer and offering it as feedback to anyone else attempting to accomplish the same thing.

As much as possible, be at peace.

We’re all in this together…

I don’t have as much time to write as I’d like, but that’s good because it forces me to condense all the thoughts I have in my mind into something digestible by those who read this rambling.

That being said, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this crazy world we live in. It’s amazing how much diversity there is and at the same time people seem to have a tendency to automatically reject those who are different than themselves and people who insist on forcing diversity. Two sides of the same coin? I try not to think about it too much….

I’m not trying to ignore it, I’ve just come to accept it. I’m not going to change anybody. I have my opinions and so does everyone else. One huge thing I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is that my opinions sure have changed a lot over the years. In some ways that’s terrifying and in some ways that’s comforting.

I disagree with you, but...

There was a time when I was very forceful (and often negative) in expressing (I called it “sharing”) my opinions. I don’t do that anymore (or at least try not to) because I realized that it’s pretty ridiculous considering my opinions are based on my own experiences and observations and I have a bias based on those and many other things. So, if I’ve ever offended you or made you feel bad, I want to take this moment to offer my sincerest apology. I really mean that.

One of my favorite quotes is: “Opinions are immunity from being told your wrong. Paper, rock, and scissors they all have their pros and cons.” (Reliant K).

Anyway, I’m out of time and I’m rambling. “This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder’s head.” (The Big Lebowski).

So what am I blathering about? I guess it all boils down to this: I think the world would be a better place if we would all stop being so ridiculous! It’s about time we accept that we are different and that’s OK. It’s time we accept that people should be allowed to believe what they want and live how they want to live (provided their choices do not infringe on the rights of others). It’s pretty simple really.

Live and let live. Be at peace. If somebody forgot to put sprinkles on your latte, it’s not the end of the world.

Deadpool: "You have failed me brain!"


Let me get right to the point. I often feel scatterbrained. I have too much going on in my mind at any given moment and can’t organize my thoughts sufficiently to get anything productive accomplished. I’m working on it. So far, I’ve found if I can just force myself to do something really simple (like writing this blog post) I can sort of “hack” my brain into focusing long enough to not be so disorganized and that usually helps for a while. So thanks for reading this rambling, it helped me get back on track and so vicariously so have you! Have a great day!

By Greg Pak

Just Another Code Monkey

Being a programmer I’ve always been able to relate to Jonathan Coulton’s “Code Monkey” song. Thankfully as the years have passed the treatment I have received from others has steadily improved.

Anyway, I didn’t start this post to write about the experience of being a programmer, I’ll save that for another time. Instead I wanted to mention that I have really been enjoying the “Code Monkey Save World” comics written by Greg Pak and based on songs by Jonathan Coulton.  I backed their Kickstarter project and am glad I did as I’ve really enjoyed everything so far. The comics are great and everything I hoped they would be and better. The CMSW Acoustic Album is excellent as well.

If you aren’t a backer of the project, you can still get the comics via Comixology and you can get Jonathan Coulton’s music via Amazon.

Note that some of his songs have swear words and/or adult content so they are not for everyone, but if you like humor and are not easily offended by life in general then you might want to give them a listen.

That’s all for now.

I just think this is cool, it has nothing to do with my post.

A New Purpose

Just a quick post to mention that I’m still alive and doing well. Life is busy, but I do miss writing. I have a lot of creative things in mind and most of it is less technical. I think the original purpose is not going to work for me or this site (there are too many sites out there that do it better and more consistently and I’m happy about that).

Being honest with myself here, I haven’t posted in so long because I felt guilty that I could not post quality content within the scope of what I had originally intended this site to be for. Now I realize (or accept, rather) that I need only free myself of that limitation and I can post anything I want. So that is what I will do (and now, hopefully, more often). I think I’ll have some fun with it and let this be an outlet of stress relief for me (and anyone who cares to read it).

So, I look forward to it. See you around folks (figuratively at least).

…the cure for what ails you…

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