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Old 08-11-2007, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default PithHelmet: Ad/Flash block (Mac Safari)

I have been looking for ad and Flash blocking software for Safari, without too much success. That is, there are several, including some that also run on Firefox et al, but none of them worked for me, who knows why.

But yesterday I stumbled upon PithHelmet, and it seems to be doing exactly what I want with no customization. (In fact, I wish it would work with Firefox; the last update to AdBlocker has messed me up, and figuring out how to change the filters has proved tedious.)

Anyway, PithHelmet is blocking all Flash (giving me a symbol that I can click to enable a particular Flash) and all ads, so far. (I need to go over to CompuServe and see if works there, but it works at the Shockwave game site, which is a miracle — hard to discern the wheat from the chaff there!)

It puts a pith helmet symbol in the menu bar. From there you can control it — change filters, look at anything useful in the software, disable it temporarily, and more.

You can download it and try it out, and then send the programmer, Mike Solomon, ten bucks. Very reasonable.

   
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Thanks. I've downloaded and installed it.

Had to remove the ad blocking from my own site, so that I can see the banner ads in my forums.

   
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Thanks. I've downloaded and installed it.

Had to remove the ad blocking from my own site, so that I can see the banner ads in my forums.
I just visited Cooks on CIS, and saw no ads. This little gadget is a winner!

   
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I just visited Cooks on CIS, and saw no ads. This little gadget is a winner!
Indeed!

I need to go back and pay...

   
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Superb. Now I can go back to reading my favourite newspaper (The Independent) which I'd abandoned because of all the animated adverts.

   
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Superb. Now I can go back to reading my favourite newspaper (The Independent) which I'd abandoned because of all the animated adverts.
It is wonderful to be able to turn off the animation.

You can do that in Mozilla browsers (Firefox, for example) as well; but you have to go into the configuration.

That isn’t difficult: type about:config in the URL bar. Search for image.automation_mode and change its value from normal to none. Then restart Firefox.

   
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I'm not keen on Firefox -- it seems to take so long to start up.

   
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I'm not keen on Firefox -- it seems to take so long to start up.
Doesn't bother me. You need to do that only once a day, or less if you leave your computer on. My FF now has been up as long as Windows - which currently is more than 12.5 days.

   
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Doesn't bother me. You need to do that only once a day, or less if you leave your computer on. My FF now has been up as long as Windows - which currently is more than 12.5 days.
That is how I operate, too. I find Firefox gets fretful after a week or 10 days, starts slowing down, sometimes freezing. Then I restart it and all is well again.

My weakness is Shockwave games (the jigsaw puzzle), and I sometimes leave them open for a few days; that may be the problem for me and Firefox. But Ann also complains of slowness.

I must say, Safari is really speedy and nothing seems to faze it.

   
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I must say, Safari is really speedy and nothing seems to faze it.
It's certainly improved. I about to give Safari 3 beta a trial.

   
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