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April 18, 2005

New Chit

I saw a slashdot article about blocking ads on websites which in the course of reading the article led to an updated filter for the AdBlock Firefox extension. I had considered improving and eventually releasing my filter, but it was nice to see someone had already been doing this.

As you might expect the adblock extension blocks those annoying advertisements you see on websites. Blocking these ads speeds browsing and saves bandwidth. Once the extension is installed, blocking these ads is as easy as right-clicking on them and choosing to "Adblock image". You can use wildcards and regex to improve their effectiveness. This same extension can also block ads served via javascript and iframes.

What this guy did was build a kick-ass list of filters for this extension and has released it into the world.

Adblock Firefox ExtensionTo get this working, you'll need to get the Adblock Extension. They offer nightly builds and they work great. Close and reopen Firefox. Next to get the list of filters I was talking about, go to this site and click on the latest version of the list; the newer ones are at the bottom. It will open a text page, click on the page and hit ctrl+a to select all the text; right click on the highlighted text and copy. Then open a text editor (Kate, Kwrite, vi, Notepad [gasp!], etc.), right click on it and select paste. Then save it as whatever (textfilter.txt) and close it.

Then in Firefox go up to Tools->Adblock->Preferences. If you've already been using this extension, you'll see the filters you've already created. Unless you have some filters for some very obscure site you visit a lot, you can go ahead and delete them all. Leaving filters there is OK, too. Then click on "Adblock Options->Import Filters" near the top of the window. You can now navigate to where you saved that text file and import the list. If you have some filters there already, it will ask you if you want to overwrite them or append the list.

Click "Done" and you're good to go. Many of my website design clients and I use Google's AdSense, this filter I imported blocked these ads. Because I need to see them to design and test sites, I needed to find the rule that blocks AdSense and remove it (or I could have modified it, but who has the time). If, for whatever reason, you want to be able to see AdSense Ads, once again go to Tools->Adblock->Preferences in Firefox and delete or modify the offending rule. I am using the "2005-04-17a" version of the filter, so for me I had to delete the longest rule which starts with "/[^a-z\d=+%](\w*\d+x\d)...".

Being a website designer, I understand that some sites rely on ads to make money or even just to generate enough scratch to pay for the costs involved in keeping a site up. Being an avid internet user, I hate annoying, flashing, intrusive ads; I don't so much mind AdSense because it is light and unobtrusive. I can't remember the last time I (intentionally) clicked an ad, so my blocking them isn't doing anyone any harm, and probably saving advertisers and/or publishers some bandwidth (please conserve bandwidth, do it for the kids). I mention all that to say that I have no heart burn about blocking ads, you shouldn't either. As a self-appointed spokesman for the web developing industry, I give you moral permission to block all the ads you want.

Moving on: I'm an editor at DMOZ, it's the internet's largest human edited directory...you might have heard about it. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I applied for and was granted additional editing privileges in the SuSE category. It was in a horrible state of disrepair and I went to work fixing that which was broken and adding what was obviously missing. So, if you are aware of any SUSE-related sites that are not currently there, please submit them using the "suggest URL" link at the top of the category's page.

There will be a sub-category added in the next couple of days for single pages that are about SUSE, but the rest of the website is not. This category is currently in a little "sandbox" type of area while it is made ready for prime-time. You can see it here. So if you know of a tutorial or FAQ about SUSE on an otherwise non-SUSE specific site, go ahead and submit it to the SUSE category and I'll add it when the new sub category goes live.

There are some specific guidelines that dictate which sites we add, where, and how. So if the site you submit (or your site) does not get added or is not described the way you think it should be, don't be insulted, it is most likely because of one of the rules. If the site you want to submit is not about SUSE or is specifically selling something, it will likely need to be submitted elsewhere.

I'd like to build this category up as best I can in the hopes it will be useful to the community. Your help in submitting sites would be greatly appreciated.

The SUSE WikiI also just started SUSEWiki.org which, as you might guess, is a SUSE Wiki. I initially wondered if there would be enough interest or content to support an entire wiki dedicated just to SUSE, but decided that if tutorials, reviews, tips, etc. were included there would be enough ground to cover. In case you don't know, a Wiki is a site where virtually all of the content can be edited by anyone motivated to do so. So you're reading this right now, you can go over there and edit what is there (hardly anything right now) or create new pages. Everything on the site is released under the GNU Free Documentation License so if it does become a decent resource all the content can be freely used and distributed under those terms. No ads on the site, no hidden agendas.

I thought it would be cool to have a community-run SUSE manual. If this is to work it will need a lot of participation from YOU! If you have experience managing a wiki and would like to get involved with some of the administration, shoot me an email. If you have some tips, tutorials, definitions, reviews, whatever: here is your invitation to submit it to the site. Just run over there, register and start adding stuff.

And finally, SUSE 9.3 has started to hit the streets. A lot of reviews and troubleshooting going on at SuSELinuxSupport and SuSE Forums. As expected, Beagle and Gnome 2.10 have been crowd pleasers.

You can buy SUSE 9.3 at Amazon. Or download the Live DVD here.

Posted 15 years, 6 months ago on April 18, 2005
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Re: New Chit
Now what will be the official suse wiki; yours or this one: http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/SuSE Posted 15 years, 6 months ago by Richard_Bos • • • Reply
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Re: New Chit
I saw that one the other day. My thinking was to have one devoted just to SUSE. I certainly hate duplicating efforts, but I thought a stand-alone SUSE wiki would be a good idea. Posted 15 years, 6 months ago by Damian • • • Reply
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