I’ve joined the dark side

After spending 20 minutes to get a web page to load, I’ve given up.


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13 Responses to I’ve joined the dark side

  1. briand75 says:

    20 minutes? Must be a record. Loaded with stuff and nonsense I suspect. At least Safari has an Ad Blocker – I don’t think there is such a thing for Chrome.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The iPad/safari just crashes over and over. Restarting the browser sometimes helps. Hard booting the iPad is the last resort. Pages with a comment section are especially prone to problems – especially those that constantly reload. Each crash has to reload the several MB of JavaScript, tracking, ads, etc…

      Turning on the ad blocker made that problem go away.

      The story itself would be a good Libertarian discussion item.


      The story was linked to by Drudge with the predictable nonsense that brings. The mayor of Carollton is a Conservative Christian Republican, but the Drudge minions blame this on Obama and liberals – without reading past the first sentence. The Legislature in Texas has been controlled by republicans since 2003

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Ad blocker is great. I also recommend the free https://www.admuncher.com/ and the free http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman – BOTH WORK from Chrome as well as other browsers. In fact they work for all apps on your PC. Hostsman will block an entire domain and may sometimes block material you wish to see, but it is easy to toggle it off. Its real advantage is that it will block dangerous websites entirely.

  2. Parrott says:

    good for you Fred. I have been using adblock plus on opera and it has made this old Dell run like a champ again. I never knew what it was doing in the background and adblock has allowed things to load . I thought the computer or DSL was freaking out !
    hate all those counter ads. Load this, load that. Crap starts playing in the margins.
    hah no more !

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The going price for LTE seems to start about $10 per GB, which means it costs me $.10 if a web site loads 10 MB of crap. Then you have those sites with top 50 “x” that put one per page, and the bottomless pages that just keep loading more ads.

      At home, my Wifi gets choppy during hours people are at home. I was playing detective today. It looks like my next door neighbor has their router about two feet from my head.

      • Parrott says:

        aluminum foil or copper screen on the wall to shield you from your neighbors wifi. Put some decorative art on it and voilà.
        ‘Southpark nouveau riche’ : )

        yeah from what I have heard the power company’s electric meters are not doing us any favors either.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          Oddly, my power bills are much lower this year. They swapped out the meter a few months ago. I almost called them up to complain my bill was too low and ask them to recheck the meter.

          The LED light bulbs and computers mostly turned off are surely part of it, along with a new smaller refrigerator and the power coming now from fracked natural gas instead of coal.

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    Not completely unrelated, and probably not of interest to anyone but Brian. The web server is running using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Stability). Unlike Fedora, which makes you upgrade every six months, the LTS releases get bug fixes for a guarantee of five years. That means in early 2019, I (or whoever outlives me) will be stuck with an unsupported Operating System.

    16.04 officially came out a few weeks ago. I decided to go ahead and risk the test machine to do the upgrade. It didn’t go well, but not as badly as the Fedora upgrade. The system booted, but no GUI and no internet connectivity. Rather than pulling my remaining hair out, I just reinstalled 14.04 LTS.

    It occurred to me that I can just do all the development on the production machine (no additional cost). With the iPad on an LTE plan from t-mobile, I don’t need a desktop PC at all (or the slow DSL)

  4. JayMar says:

    Ever since Opera came out with the new ad blocker I have been using it and I am quite satisfied with the results. Additionally, I use AdBlock VPN in my iPhone and it works like a charm.

  5. TheChairman says:

    A nice browser you might want to consider is ‘Vivaldi’ (vivaldi.com)… developed by some of the original creators of Opera, who are taking things in the right direction. Wikipedia can provide a better synopsis of it’s origins and evolution.

    Vivaldi is available on all 3 platforms, and uses Chrome’s plugins & extensions (e.g. AdBlock & Ghostery . It’s become my browser of choice: fast, clean, and configurable.

    Fred, for what it’s worth, I haven’t heard a lot of positive experiences regarding 16.04

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I use iOS almost all exclusively. It is constrained by using only the rendering engine built into Safari. I have Chrome and Firefox installed, but rarely use them. Because they are based on Apple’s engine, their ability to be much different than safari is limited.

      I bumped into the first web site that explicitly blocks Adblock – Forbes. Their solution is to disable Adblock for all sites. My biggest wish list item for iOS Safari is per domain settings, like in MSIE “zones” where I can disable JavaScript on a domain basis rather than having to bounce out to the settings app. #1 is letting me control which apps to roll out and after what period of activity. An iPad is not a phone that always needs memory so the phone can ring. It is infuriating that my ssh app disconnects after 60 seconds because iOS doesn’t permit it to stay active in the background.

      I’m open to leaving iOS for a solution that isn’t so Apple centric. I appreciate the security value of their closed software architecture, but they can’t stop wanting to micromanage my use. While there are several workarounds, Apple does not want you to be able to see the source code behind a web page. They are not in charge of that.

      I have no expectation of using a PC in the future to do software development. My desktop is too bulky to play Pokémon

      • TheChairman says:

        Hmm… I knew you used iOS devices, but I just can’t wrap my head around the idea of doing development on a phone/tablet. I need workstation sized monitors (> 23″) for coding and design work.

        Try a plugin called ‘Ghostery’ it lets you whitelist sites/scripting.

        We’re still on the Windows 7/8.x ‘plantation’. No smart phones in our household, I only use Android or iOS in a VM for testing. I must say that watching Windows 10 implode is amusing: “You are all beta testers now”… the result of Agile and Scrum at MS.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          I’m not doing development, just tweaking php scripts once in a while. Admittedly, using pico/nano over ssh is not exactly high productivity, but I’m retired and not billing myself for my time.

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