Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Aug 2010 14:02 UTC
Internet & Networking We're still in the slow news period, so let's talk about something we discussed before: blocking advertisements on websites. Up until, well, today, I didn't block ads - not because of some ethical objection or whatever, but simply because I couldn't be bothered to setup AdBlock. Today, after taking a closer look at some of the websites I frequent, I decided to take the plunge and install AdBlock on all my machines. The following set of screenshots should pretty much explain why.
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RE: One of the reasons I use Opera
by Doc Pain on Thu 19th Aug 2010 04:13 UTC in reply to "One of the reasons I use Opera"
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Opera has had fairly good ad blocking capabilities for a while now. Throw in Gestures and a host of other features and well. Here I am.

Yes, 'Im happily using Opera for many years now. Its built-in (!) ability to open pop-ups in the background (new tab, no switching) was a great feature for many years. Sadly, pop-ups are more and more moved into the web site itself - not requiring a new tab, but instead covering the content one wants to read, and even moving along with the content when scrolled. Still, Opera (with no "Flash" installed) can turn unviewable articles into something one can read; the functionality "author mode / user mode" can also help here very much (e. g. by removing all pictures and CSS attributes, leaving the text one is interested in).

Those ads shown on your example pics Thom are disgraceful. Taking up almost half the screen real-estate.

And just imagine the "fun" if you're on a real small screen! :-)

Oh and I also hated those flashing adverts that would distract my attention whilst I'm trying to read something.

Simplest psychology, very basal behavioural control.

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