Category: Tip Jar

Get news keep ad blocker

Starting June 30, 2016 Indian news site have put in ad blocker mechanisms. So if you don’t want to be tracked you can’t access their news. 

IMHO its no big loss as you can read most of the really important news on sites like the BBC and CNN :p

Or you can use an ad blocker like uBlock Origin on Mozilla Firefox like I do. The plugin is also available on Chrome and on Opera (are there any other noteworthy browsers?)

Of the many ad blockers (free and paid) available ‘Origin is the best. Its completely replaced Ghostery and Disconnect for me. Both add considerable resource overhead (no-no when using an older computer with under 2 GB RAM).  

Update@July 12/16: Times of India web edidition isn’t being bypassed by the ad blocker 🙁 but if you click the stop button when the page loads you can read without ads. 

And ‘Origin let’s you white list specific pages via Ctrl+Click. Not exact but it should tide you over until the news providers come to their senses.

Note-taking apps Keep and Parchi

I’ve rather recently embraced Android. And like any new user have been trawling through the vast Play Store. Of special interest are note taking apps. Because us paper ‘n pen types like to write stuff down. Everywhere 🙂

The bundled (Android KitKat) Note app is a bit sparse on features and its interface sucks! So I use Google Keep to store texts to myself. Keep is tied into the Google’verse so I can auto-backup my stuff to my Google’count. (more…)

Multi-thread Browser Download Manager

I sometimes feel like Diogenes when looking for the quickest way to download files from the Internet. Yes, there are dedicated multi-thread download managers like EagleGet but someone they all fall short one day when I need them the most! So I’ve fallen back on browser based download clients since they are so much easier to use without futzing around with the keyboard. Of course that’s just my opinion. (more…)