performance impact of large /etc/hosts files
xfb52 at dial.pipex.com
Wed Dec 12 08:32:46 PST 2007
Warren Block wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Dec 2007, Erich Dollansky wrote:
>> If you still see unwanted content, just add a line and it will be
>> gone during your next visit.
> Like AdBlockPlus, only more work.
>> The beauty is, Internet feels still faster then before.
> Like AdblockPlus.
>> It has one advantage over all those ad removal tools. It filters what
>> I do not like. It has nothing to do with censorship, it just gets rid
>> of all the crap hanging around on every corner of a web page trying
>> to sell you anti virus software or larger dicks.
> Like AdblockPlus. What is the one advantage?
> There are some differences: AdblockPlus removes the ads and lets the
> browser use the space, rather than showing broken pages. And you can
> customize blocked sites differently for different users. And you can
> easily disable it. And it doesn't impact the whole system, just the
> browser. And you can block on regexes, so you don't need hundreds of
> entries to block the big ad farms.
According to it's web pages "*Note*: It is recommended to use at least
Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird 2.0, SeaMonkey 1.1 or Songbird 0.2. Older
versions receive less testing and support for them is likely to be
dropped in a few months."
The other schemes mentioned in this thread (hosts, DNS, squid) work with
any and every web browser. The OP already said he doesn't use Firefox.
I myself still use Mozilla, Opera, and (heaven help me) IE, none of
which are on the list.
As I've already mentioned, I see no broken pages because I don't break
the layout (usually), and the post about squid talked about clear gifs
as replacements which again would not break anything.
AdblockPlus is a valid alternative *if you are just a Firefox user*, but
for everyone else, some other solution is required.
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