Slide Show: What's Old is New


I recently started using FlashControl for Chrome to control which site use flash…

I recently started using FlashControl for Chrome to control which site use flash. I was getting annoyed with sites I ran across sucking up my computer's CPU with flash programs. It is annoying how many sites use flash, my own included. I'd swapped out my original JavaScript slide show some time ago for Flickr's slide show to show off my recent LEGO renderings. It always annoyed me that Flickr wrote the slide show using Flash and wouldn't display properly on my iPod. I didn't bother me much until FlashControl started blocking it. It was time to do something about it.

To fix the problem, I actually resurrected my slide show script. I wrote a little Perl package to parse my Flickr feed and updated the slide show to use the new list. I now have a nice little slide show that is fast, works on Chrome, my iPod, and even my Android phone. No, I didn't install Flash on it either. I was also able to update the script to display the title of the image. I used some caching as well to speed up later page displays. I'm pleased enough with the results, but I would still like to add some nice transitions in the future.



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