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Stop/Fix the Pandora “Are you still listening?” message

Here is a simple by to bypass the “Are you still listening?” message and listen to pandora without that message coming up again. It’s pretty simple drag this link below into your bookmarks. Start Pandora, then go to that bookmark and your all set.

Pandara – I’m Still Listening – drag me into your bookmark toolbar and click when viewing Pandora

Michael at michael.theirwinfamily.net explains how it works below:

How’s it Work?

When Pandora revamped their interface a while back, they moved to an HTML based display. With that, it allows Javascript to interact with the controls. This script simply checks once a second if the button is there. If it is, it clicks on it. That’s it!

Technical details: Pandora includes jQuery for use, so this bookmarklet uses that. The button is selectable because it has the CSS classes still_listening, button, and btn_bg. I find anything that has all three of those buttons and click on it! Pretty simple.

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Make Firefox 4 Save Tabs On Exit

I was surprised this wasn’t a default behavior anymore. Getting Firefox 4 to save on exit wasn’t in the options either which was odd. This is how you get it back:

  1. Type about:config into the location bar and press enter
  2. Just accept the warning message and you’ll see a huge list of options. Don’t get scared of this.
  3. Type the following into the filter box and make sure each one is set to true. Right click and select “toggle” if it’s false.
  • browser.tabs.warnOnClose
  • browser.warnOnQuit
  • browser.warnOnRestart
  • browser.showQuitWarning


How To Embed MP3 Audio Files Into Any Webpage | AutoPlay

This is a Google Reader MP3 Player that you can use on any website and autoplay if you wish. Just use the embed code below & replace the MP3_FILE_URL with a direct link to your own MP3 and your good to go. It doesn’t have any Google branding which is nice, has volume controls & shows the duration of the file.

<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" flashvars="audioUrl=MP3_FILE_URL" src="http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3523697345-audio-player.swf" width="400" height="27" quality="best" wmode="transparent"></embed>

Here it is in action:

If the flash file it links to in the embed goes down your out of luck. But luckily if you download the audio player swf file and link to that instead it will work.

If you want the audio file to autoPlay, add autoPlay=true to the MP3 file URL like so:


CloudFlare Review | Better Speed & Security | Better Bounce Rate & Pageviews | Free CDN (Content Delivery Network) | HostGator

Before I get into my review. Here is an overview is what CloudFlare is about:

CloudFlare protects and accelerates any website online. Once your website is a part of the CloudFlare community, its web traffic is routed through our intelligent global network. We automatically optimize the delivery of your web pages so your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance. We also block threats and limit abusive bots and crawlers from wasting your bandwidth and server resources. The result: CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. | More information about CloudFlare can be found here.

Best of all it is FREE! You get a a lot of features on the free version as well. There is a pro version if you interested in that. But I don’t see a need to upgrade to the pro version currently. But who knows maybe down the road I might.

CloudFlare will cache static files such as images, css and js files. So if your site is dynamic it will run exactly as before but with a key difference. It’s dramatically speed up and protected from the evil doers of the web. I have CloudFlare enabled on several WordPress installs and a Joomla install as well. No issues on any of them whatsoever.

The website speed difference is night and day. With CF (CloudFlare) enabled it was loading within a couple seconds. Here is a 3rd party test I did on a page where the content rarely changes:

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How to use PHP Include for another domain

This would be useful say if you have a file you just want to update in one place but use it on multiple domains. I’ve tested it and it works great. Helped me out a lot for a project I was working on.

$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, "http://www.SlySpyder.com");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, 0);

Replace http://www.SlySpyder.com with the file you want to grab

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Place CubePoints in the BuddyPress Profile and more | WordPress Plugin [Update]

[Update: It's now built into the plugin as of Version 1.6.1]

It shows the points the member has earned. Donate link and rank with image (if enabled).

Grab the CubePoints Buddypress Integration WordPress plugin here

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