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May 28th, 2002

No Mo’ Pop-Ups

This one little checkbox has made web browsing so much better.

It’s featured in Mozilla, and simply by clearing this check box, pop-up and pop-under ads are gone. No muss, no fuss. Yet, it doesn’t kill all JavaScript so I can still have windows open when I want them to do so. So very nice. You’ll need Moz for this; the feature was removed in Netscape 7 and has to be reenabled via a hack.

Another handy feature in Mozilla is the ability to block images from a certain server. Why would you want to do that? Ads, of course. The vast majority of my web browsing experience is now ad-free – and it’s so much more pleasant. There’ve been utilities that do this up at the OS level, but Moz makes it very easy; right-clicking an image (or holding while clicking on Macs) pops up a menu, per normal, and “Block Images From This Server” is an option. That’s it.

It’s nice to know that some browsers like Moz and Opera are adding features that truly benefit users, instead of a bunch of fluff.

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 28, 2002 -- 11:01:18 am
I didn't know about the "block all images from this domain" option. Nice.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 28, 2002 -- 4:36:20 pm
I've been using Opera for the last couple of weeks - disallowing pop up windows also kills user requested pop ups. Am I missing an option somewhere to just kill unrequested pop ups?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 28, 2002 -- 5:01:28 pm
When you say user-requested, what do you mean? You can still SHIFT-Click or right-click and "Open in new window" as you need... or do you mean that a link in a new window opens when you specifically click on it?

If the latter, I don't think there's a way, which is moderately annoying. However, I use NoAds in combination with Opera to help combat this...

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 28, 2002 -- 7:00:12 pm
"User requested" means that the user clicked on a link, spurring a new window created by JavaScript. Pop-ups and -unders occur when the page loads (body.onLoad or .onUnload) and thus, aren't done by the user.

Throw up a link to NoAds, Ryan. The Ping can be a resource, dammit!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday May 28, 2002 -- 7:27:56 pm
Woops -- meant to do that.

FROM: Logic 3:16
DATE: Saturday October 12, 2002 -- 11:45:44 pm
Download and install Proxomitron. It works with any web browser. I've tried every ad/pop-up blocker out there, and Proxomitron is the most configurable and powerful! Blocks banners and other undesirable stuff too.

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