Block Ads and Other Web Nasties with a Hosts File

Block Ads and Other Web Nasties with a Hosts File

After getting fed-up of not being able to read sites in Reeder on my Mac without getting bombarded with ads I looked around for a good hosts file I could use to block the buggers at the network level, rather than rely on plugins such as AdBlock at the application level.

I tried a couple, but the file available at Someone Who Cares聽was the most comprehensive and most up to date I could find.

So what does it do? Basically it takes a (huge) list of known ad/spy/malware domain names and tells your computer their IP address is, i.e. your own computer, rather than their actual IP addresses, so their scripts/ads/viruses/trackers/etc won’t ever load. As a side effect, ad-enabled websites should聽load faster.

Relationship Status

It's Complicated (film)
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Relationship status? Single. Single, single, single, single鈥 OK, maybe it鈥檚 complicated.

For a while it bugged me. After spending the last 10 years with someone, putting their needs before my own, having their constant company鈥 adjusting to single life was unsettling. There days where the loneliness was crushing. Even though I鈥檓 living with my parents it would feel like I was totally alone. The friends I have left all have their own lives and families to look after so aren鈥檛 able to devote much time to socialising with the 鈥楽ingle Guy鈥. Needless to say I haven鈥檛 been out on the town much since the first couple of weeks/months.

But y鈥檏now what? I鈥檓 no longer caring about it as much. I鈥檓 not so much content as I am accepting. This gives me time where I don鈥檛 have to think about anyone but me. I can do what I like[/can afford ;-)], in-between when I have the kids. I can focus on some of my own goals instead of the shared 鈥榝amily鈥 set. I鈥檝e lost weight; a lot of weight for most people, but for me it鈥檚 about half of what I need to lose. I鈥檓 fitter than I have been in years. I鈥檝e taken up a new hobby (well, returned to an old one is more accurate), which allows me to step away from the computer now and then鈥 I鈥檓 even thinking again about the books I want to write.

I haven鈥檛 dated in a while, and while sometimes I think I鈥檇 like to, at other times I just can鈥檛 be bothered with it. I haven鈥檛 seen D in ages. There was something not quite right there and it bugged me. It might have been because the times we did see each other seemed entirely just so she could get me into bed. We still keep in touch, and we went for dinner several weeks ago, but I鈥檝e been keeping her at (friendly) arms length because I don鈥檛 want her to get the wrong impression, or be unfair to her.

And then there鈥檚 鈥楶鈥. P is the ultimate in Bad Ideas, for a huge number of reasons. To describe the relationship between me and P as 鈥榗omplex鈥 would be a massive understatement. And yet I鈥檝e found myself totally enchanted at times. We rarely get to see each other for more than an hour or two at a time, not very often, and there鈥檚 hardly ever any form of physical contact. At times our 鈥榬elationship has seemed like nothing but an extra source of pain in my life. At others it鈥檚 been the only ray of light I can see. Like I said, It鈥檚 Complicated.

CM9 for the HP TouchPad is Almost Ready

I can’t wait for this; I bought the TouchPad in the ‘Fire Sale’ with the express purpose of putting Android on it, but Gingerbread just isn’t quite good enough for tablet use.