I want to keep this website (and most of what I do) available without really shitty ads. Below are a few “miners” that you can run on your device in the background to help out by using a tiny bit of your CPU usage to donate.
At the bottom right of every page, you will find a miner which mines a tiny bit of Cryptocurrency (specifically Monero) using your CPU. To enable, simply click the bolt.
NOTE: This will quickly drain battery and heat up your device, only use it on Desktops.
These miners work by playing a radio stream and in return, I get a few points toward a PayPal cashout every month. Simply click one of the stations below and listen, I’ll get 0.25 points per every 15 minutes and every 1000 points is about $3.50. You can only listen to 1 of each at a time, 4 max.
Is this bad for my machine? Can I adjust it to use more or less of my PCs power?
Depends on which miner.
The Crypto Miner will try to auto detect what your PC can handle but if your PC is slowing down, you can try decreasing the Threads and/or Speed by pressing the + and - icons. Also as previously mentioned, it can make your device very hot and drain battery quickly so only do it on desktop PCs.
As for the Radio Miner, definitely not bad. Any device can play an audio stream with no issues. It also uses basically no power. (Screenshot below taken after running all 4 radios at once for 3 days straight, almost no CPU, RAM, and Network usage)
I don’t like the idea of this, do I have to do it?
Absolutely not! While this is way less intrusive than ads, I understand people still might not want to take part or can’t because their hardware is shit.
Can I block Crypto Miners like this?
Yes! Some adblockers already do but if yours doesn’t, you can also download something like minerBlock to explicitly block them.
I would suggest doing this even if you do want to mine as some malicious people have started using it in ads without offering an opt-in/opt-out like me and others have done. It will allow you to whitelist this and other good sites while blocking others.
It says “Disable Your Adblock”, do I have to and How?
Because some websites were shady and added it without telling anyone (Looking at you Pirate Bay), many adblockers added CoinHive to their block lists. This means the miner might not work with Adblock enabled.
There’s 2 things you can do:
- Disable Adblock on this site (or this specifc page if your adblocker allows
- uBlock Origin, AdNauseam, and other uBlock based blockers: Hold down the Ctrl button on your keyboard and click the power icon in the uBlock popup to disable it only on this page. 2nd method below is preferred for uBlock
- Brave Browser: Open Brave Shields Panel and set Ad Control to Allow Ads and Tracking, you can leave the rest of your shields on to continue upgrading HTTPs, blocking 3rd party cookies, etc. It will still work.
- Use your adblocker’s “Advanced Mode” to let only coinhive.com through.
- uBlock Origin, AdNauseam, and other uBlock based blockers: Enable Advanced Mode and use Dynamic Filtering to set coinhive.com to noop or allow
- Whitelist the site in the minerBlock extension I mentioned above
This is cool! How can I do this on my own site
The Crypto Miner is powered by CoinHive so sign up and then use the code on their documentation. If you need help, feel free to contact me.
The Radio Miner is powered by RadioEarn.
I used your old crypto before CoinHive released theirs & it’s broken, HALP
CoinHive changed their URL so replace all mentions of
coinhive.com and you should be good.
I highly recommend you replace the code with the new official miner though if possible as it’s simpler, allows customization of colors, autostart, disabling branding, and more.