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Die, Ad, die?

Posted 03-15-2013 at 08:21 PM by rocket357

I hate ads. I took it upon myself to start filtering ads via unbound recently, but then my wife (an avid Google Chrome user) started complaining about the incredibly painful eyesore that is Chrome's way of saying "jeez...this piece of the page rejected my connection attempt".

There must be an easier way, right?

Yup. There is.

On an old sparc box, I put nginx. I configured it to serve 404.gif (a transparent gif) on all 404 errors. Oh, did I mention the only file in it's root is 404.gif, so unless you specifically request the transparent gif, you get the transparent gif? I mean, unless you specifically request it, in which case you get...the transparent gif...

Yup. My firewall redirects dns traffic to my unbound instance, and unbound returns the ip of my nginx sparc machine for known ad servers.

The end result? No ads, no Chrome abuse, and less bandwidth across my internet connection.

Eat that, advertisers.
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    Never was a Duke fan.
    Posted 03-15-2013 at 08:59 PM by VRV VRV is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Duke?
    Posted 03-15-2013 at 09:53 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
 

  



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