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October 2nd, 2000

Turn Popups Off

There are a lot of sites around that use popups for ads – er, besides porn sites, that is. A simple feature I want in my next browser: a checkbox that disables the JavaScript commands to open a new window. I don’t want to turn off JS completely, because it can be useful… that, and it’s a huge pain to go drill down three or four menus to hit a checkbox every time a popup comes into view.

I can’t imagine that it’s hard to implement. Instead, we get skins and enhanced print preview functions. Wow! -pm

Posted in Technology

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday October 2, 2000 -- 9:10:25AM
Paul -- Of course, Opera has exactly this... the option is "Allow documents to open new windows"...

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday October 2, 2000 -- 9:16:22AM
Well, there you go, then. This Ping is null and void. :)

DATE: Monday October 2, 2000 -- 9:35:46AM
All I wanna know is... just what did this have to do with babies? ;)

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday October 2, 2000 -- 9:40:29AM
Paul -- :) It's one feature that I really like having there, but that I don't use all that often. Generally, I'll just automatically close a new window if it pops up. Oddly, though, I very frequently right-click and "Open in new window" when I'm browsing... which results in me often having 15-20 windows open at a time. :)

Rob -- Um... babies don't like pop-up windows either, studies show.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday October 2, 2000 -- 10:55:01AM
Ryan, yeah, I use "Open in New Window" quite often as well. I just checked out Opera and found the command... but I'm demanding: I want it on the toolbar. :) That along with a widget that will open every link in a new window by default (user toggleable, of course.)

A little JavaScript code is available that will do this for IE5+, but I think it's more of a CSS exploit than a real solution.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday October 2, 2000 -- 6:32:41PM
My research has concluded that babies prefer popsicles to popups. I guess that makes me a big baby!

FROM: kris
DATE: Tuesday June 19, 2001 -- 3:26:01PM

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday June 19, 2001 -- 3:57:08PM
That was one comment I certainly wish hadn't "popped up".

FROM: Chris Gregg
DATE: Saturday January 10, 2004 -- 7:04:08 pm

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:49:36 pm

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday March 3, 2005 -- 9:42:14 pm
Man, I'm glad I called this one.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday March 7, 2005 -- 4:17:05 pm
I just wanted to let you know that since I started using Mozilla firefox, that stupid WebSearch program that really f---s up my computer loaded itself again. I had defeated it on IE with the deadly (and free) AdAware + SpyBot combo, then I prevented it from coming back with the prevention software. That combo really killed popups.

I was so impressed that cheap me is going to send the SpyBot guy $10 to help keep is site going.

But then, I still wanted something faster than IE for my dial up connection (Yes, I know I'm burning whale blubber in the nuclear age). The Mozilla browser seems to present a slight improvement, but then it let that damn WebSearch on with its equally dastardly toolbar.

That thing gets in there when you mistype a URL and go to some generic website that wants to hook you up with deals.

I killed it again with AdAware and SpyBot. It hasn't come back yet, even though I'm still using Mozilla Firefox.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 7, 2005 -- 8:07:48 pm
Hm. I suspect there's another application other than Firefox that may be doing the dirty work...

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