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  • Create and customize internet radio streams with Pandora

    Posted on July 28th, 2011 phpguru No comments

    I recently upgraded to an internet-ready Sony Blu-ray disc player which I found out after getting it home that it required a NetGear wireless to wired adapter, not included. Total cost: around $170. I don’t have a 3-D ready HDTV, but if you do, you should definitely get a Sony 3D Blu-ray disc player with Wi Fi.

    Step two, I created an account at Pandora.com, the leading free online music streaming sites. I really like Pandora’s smooth Flash-based UI, though you may prefer Slacker. Either way, the Sony BD player works with Pandora, Slacker, and a few more online music sites, in addition to video sites Netflix, Hulu and several others, and you can also interact with your account from your smart phone or tablet.

    My favorite part about Pandora is the easy way your stream grows in intelligence and becomes better with age. Here’s how it works:

    1. You add a few artists or albums to “seed” your channel.
    2. You can like or dislike music streamed on your channel.
    3. Pandora adds to your original seed artists, other similar artists that other people like, who have the same artists in their channel seeds.
    4. You can make as many streams as you like, or at least plenty to suit the gamut of musical tastes.
    5. And, you can easily share your channels.

    Here are a few of my Free Internet Radio Stations… created and shared for your streaming enjoyment.

    Hawaiian Radio

    AmbientRX

    Best of Trance

    80′s Radio

     

    One more point aboutthe Sony Blu-ray player. Their on-screen user interface is good, and the small, lightweight remote allows you to listen to your Pandora station through your home entertainment center in glorious 5.1 surround sound. The quality is amazing! That’s not even to mention streaming movies and tv shows from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and more straight to your HDTV.

    Good stuff.

     

  • How to see previously viewed ads on Facebook

    Posted on July 23rd, 2011 phpguru No comments

    Here’s the scenario… you were surfing on Facebook, you saw an ad, you clicked on it, saw the coolest site and forgot to bookmark it to check out later, and now you can’t find it again. Searching on Google doesn’t help. So where is the ad you saw before so you can click on it again?

    Facebook Advertising is highly targeted to your likes and interests, and millions of really terrific businesses and organizations run ads on Facebook for that reason, so why doesn’t Facebook make it easier to find ads that Facebook thinks you may like?

    The Facebook AdBoard actually shows you the ads you have seen before*, ads you liked, and you can see if any of your friends liked them, too. You can also see Facebook Sponsored Stories. What a great way for businesses to get involved with their fans! Too bad they’re so buried in an impossible-to-find link.

    There is no information about how to do this that I could find in the Facebook Help files, so I wanted to keep this info posted somewhere I could find it again.

    Thanks to this Question and Answer on Yahoo! I found where you can go to see the Facebook Ads that have been shown to you before.

    Login to Facebook and then visit Facebook Ads Adboard to see the ads that you may have seen recently.

     

    * You just may not remember having seen it, but it was counted as an impression on the Facebook Advertising platform. Still not finding your previously viewed ads after visiting the AdBoard? You may be able to find the ad by viewing the files in your browser cache too.