55537Re: Whatever happened to "Linux Magazine"? Warning: RANT
- Apr 2 5:32 PM--- In email@example.com, Jeff Lane <sundowner225@...> wrote:
> [...]speeds up surfing,
> My windows Host files are usually several thousand lines long and
> route most all ad servers I know of to localhost.
> and no popups. Firefox's popup blocker catches the rest ;-)An email correspondent revealed this URL to me last night:
Their present (March 15, 2009) hosts file is 16,500 lines long.
With trepidation (given its size), I tested it on one of my Windows
systems and it works fine. It's a pleasure not seeing ads or having
a page load stalled due to an ad site's problems. :-)
Contrary to some instructions at the above URL, the system does not
need to be rebooted to use the modified hosts file.
16+K lines in a hosts file is really pushing it, though, and is
reminiscent of the old hosts file(s) at SRI during ARPANET days.
A DNS-based solution should be considerably more efficient than a
sequential search of the hosts file.
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