Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Which Linux Distro is for me...

If you ever wondered which of the hoards of Linux distributions will fit your needs, check this article out. Pretty interesting.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Firefox with Adblock R.O.C.K.S

Buddies, am back with some sexy & amazingly useful information for you...
[No, but it's not glamorous, so if that is what you stepped in for, feel free to step out]

Am here to drive one more nail in M$ Internet Explorer's coffin!!! Firefox has hundreds of extensions and few are just out-of-the-world'ly amazing! Amongst a few extensions that I use, I'm going to demonstrate you the power of Adblock extension.

As the name suggests, you might have guessed by now, its an Ad Blocker. And works so damn well, that you will experience 'love-at-first-sight'!
If you are as paranoid as me about keeping things to the point and clean, you don't want to see anything on a page other than what you intend to see. I find it insanely irritating when a flash/gif ad dancing VERY conspicuously in adjoining column distracts me from my interesting article.
While this extension works well just out of the box, geeks can tweak it to suit their needs. Once you install this extension, it allows you to give list of URLs that you want to block whenever a page tries to refer to it. And it goes well beyond it by supporting EXTREMELY powerful Unix-like Regex!!! What else do you need. Besides images, it can block IFRAMEs, scripts, Flash!!! Take my word it works miracles!

What??? You think I'm kidding, okay, let me show you what a difference it makes.

My setup:
Firefox 1.0.6
Current filter (Filterset.G) : 2005-09-05a.txt
Just import this file into your Adblock extension and BINGO!
I never found a single bit of junk linger on my browser [smiling SMUGLY]!

Sample 1:
Times of India site opened in M$ IE.
Click Image and see a column FULL of adverts on the right side.

Now see Firefox with Adblock below! What! You don't see an ad! W.O.W.!
(Click Images to enlarge)

Also see list of items Adblock blocked!

Sample 2:

ExtremeTech in M$ IE.
See Top row, right hand side column, bottom.. nothing but ads galore!
Be sure to check out all images:
Image 1, Image 2, and Image 3

See in Firefox now!
Be sure to check out all images: Image 1, Image 2 and Image 3

Holy Shit!
is what you just gasped! Isn't it! Not a trace of useless advert!
[You will notice small side-effect that some useful non-advert images are blocked too! But this is a very small price to pay for what you get]

List of blocked items.

One more advantage is, when I'm accessing net from home, where my speed is very limited (modem speed), it saves me much frustration by NOT letting all the ads load before I can read even a line's worth of useful content!

Another interesting feature is that you can click on the little 'Adblock' status at the right hand corner of your window and you will see list of items you can block on the current page. All the items already blocked will be listed italicized! You can really improve/tune/tweak your filters over a period of time by adding to list of items to block. Very rarely have I found some useful images being blocked. But in rare event it does happen, then Enabling/Disabling this filter is just a click away, so that's not a problem, at least for me!

Other favourite-n-sexy Firefox Extensions of mine:
1. FlashGot
2. Gmail Notifier
3. Mozilla Archive Format

I have used all of these for long enough to vouch by their names!
Please feel free to share your experiences.

LONG LIVE FIREFOX: Browsing Redefined, or should I say:
'Browsing Defined'!

Additional References:

1 Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AdBlock

------ update ------
I now use AdBlock Plus and am happily subscribed to Filter Von Dr. Evil
More Filters: http://adblockplus.org/en/subscriptions

Friday, September 02, 2005

Football at it's best!

I have seen a couple of football moves compilation, but this one is THE BEST!
Click here to open in browser, or right click and save-as here.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Unfair: Whites as finding & Non-whites as looting

Why is it that white people are described as finding food!

While non-white people are described as looting food!
Why is it that Whites are said 'Finding' food and the other 'Looting' food. This is really disturbing, isn't it? Don't give me: 'because he's dragging BIG polythene he's looting'. His mates might be in bad shape and carrying food for all! GOD!

Help these brain-damaged morons who discriminate between whites and non-whites! What are the whites so proud of? Anyway, it's NOT their contribution that they are white!!!