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AdBlock - My New Best Friend

I am pretty sure it was jr who recommended AdBlock to me with regard to some issues I had concerning pop-under and hover ads on websites. I finally got around to downloading the Firefox version of the app, and it works very well at minimizing unwanted ads and CPU-draining, slow-loading Flash ads.

In particular the ESPN site no longer hangs up while waiting for clunky Flash ads to load.

For the people with too much time on their hands (and a proclivity to keep cat-oriented memes alive) there is also CatBlock, which converts all ads into LOLcat images.

created by historymike on Aug 07, 2014 at 06:20:50 am     Technology     Comments: 9

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You can try NoScript to take it one step further. Requires permissions for fav sites but its a nice little extension.

posted by Mariner on Aug 07, 2014 at 06:34:50 am     #   2 people liked this

Thanks for the tip, Mariner!

posted by historymike on Aug 07, 2014 at 06:49:24 am     #  

Install Ghostery to see what your browser is downloading from each site. It's amazing the crap that sites want you to download.

Disable JavaScript to increase the speed that pages load and to lower CPU usage. I suppose NoScript will do this on Firefox.

Obviously, disabling JavaScript will break some functions of a website, but when I'm only interested in the article content, that's fine.

posted by jr on Aug 07, 2014 at 07:09:08 am     #   1 person liked this

Thanks for the suggestions! Just stopped by the Blade's website and AdBlock stopped 3 ads, Ghostery had 11 notifications!

I knew their site was full of garbage but that is ridiculous.

posted by idinspired on Aug 07, 2014 at 08:36:38 am     #   1 person liked this

Only 11 trackers? Interesting.

I've seen Ghostery identify over 20 trackers or "things" on the Blade home page and over 30 on an article page.

On many media sites, Ghostery detects over 40 of these trackers, badges, whatever.

For kicks, I recommend disabling JavaScript or block all JavaScript and reload the same article page and then note the dramatic difference in page load time.

Client-side JavaScript certainly has its place for user interfaces and user experiences, but in my opinion, some redesigned media sites have gone way to far with trying to make their desktop/laptop web sites function similar to a native app on a mobile device.

But the crap that Ghostery detects is usually a lot of crap.

We think that we need new computers with faster processors or we need faster internet connections, but what helps speed up web surfing is site owners not abusing the web by forcing users to download a ton of gobblygook.

Maybe that's a selling point for media sites. I'll make micro payments to get the simplified, stripped-down, fast-loading, easy-to-read-on-all-devices version of the website.

How to disable JavaScript in Chrome browser:

(pulldown menu) -> settings
-> show advanced settings
-> privacy
-> content settings
-> (pop-up menu)
-> Do not allow any site to run JavaScript
-> Done

Then bask in your new-found speed.

posted by jr on Aug 07, 2014 at 09:19:20 am     #   2 people liked this

I have adblock and installed. The internet is a much lovelier place because of it.

posted by upso on Aug 07, 2014 at 09:42:23 am     #  

I installed adblock and disconnect to my browser (Safari V 7.0.5) on my mac and one of them is disabling comments on the Blade site and it seems any site that uses Facebook for commenting. I have tried different combinations of turning the apps off and on but no luck in getting them back. Any ideas? I miss not seeing Neal Levine and Adam Smith comments.

posted by daddyg on Aug 11, 2014 at 01:36:36 pm     #  

Oddly if you keep Adblock and disconnect installed but visit the blade via an incognito tab, the comments will usually appear

posted by upso on Aug 11, 2014 at 02:16:23 pm     #  

Thanks! I'll give it a try.

posted by daddyg on Aug 11, 2014 at 02:28:52 pm     #