How To Escape Flashing Ad Annoyance

Maybe you have an ad blocker. There are reasons, though, to NOT use an ad blocker. One reason might be that they don’t work for you, for some reason. Another is that you use Windoze, and every now and then you have to totally wipe your hard drive and reinstall your system and all your software, and you get tired of re-configuring every stupid thing every time this happens and have fallen into the pattern of living with the defaults. Or, maybe, like me, none of those things are issues because you use Linux, but you still don’t blotto out the ads because as a responsible blogger you feel that you kind of need to see the ads. They are part of the landscape you work in. How can you effectively complain about something that you can’t see? So you live with the ads because you need to see what is showing up on your own blog, and because you don’t want to dampen your peripheral vision.For me, one thing this means is that if a page has really annoying behavior (usually, but not always, as part of the ads) I’ll avoid linking to it. If it has something I might want to blog about, but that is not too important, I just skip it. I try to not point my readers to sites that make noise when you open them, for instance. If I blocked the ads, I could not know to avoid certaiin sites.Still, there are these ads that are really annoying because they flash a lot. Like this ad here:i-2d3d212e44737dcce0f9e410f5cdfd98-7115.gifMost likely, this ad is flashing at you right now. But there is a simple way to stop the flashing.HIT THE ESCAPE KEYThis does not stop all annoying ads. It does stop animated GIF ads, which is a pretty good percentage of the annoying cases.

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9 Responses to How To Escape Flashing Ad Annoyance

  1. IanR says:

    Wow. Cool. Thanks.

  2. Tony P says:

    I haven’t re-installed XP on this machine in the 2.5 years I’ve had it. But then I’m an I.T. guy who knows how to keep my Windows machine running.And um, I just right clicked and selected “Adblock this Image” and poof, gone. I love Firefox and there are two extensions that are must-haves. The first is AdBlock Plus, the other is Flash Block.

  3. Matt Platte says:

    Nice. And so well hidden, right there in the open. For a vim user, you’d think I would have stumbled across this a long time ago.

  4. Dunc says:

    Another is that you use Windoze, and every now and then you have to totally wipe your hard drive and reinstall your system and all your software

    What decade is this? Seriously, it’s not that bad any more. I haven’t had to do that since I got rid of Win95.

  5. Jeff Hebert says:

    Wow, nice tip, thanks Greg!You know, I actually created the ad that caused Yahoo to impose a 10-second looping clause in their contracts. I was under the direction of my boss who insisted we do it in the first place, but nonetheless it was my hand that generated something so loathsome and over-the-top it brought a change to a gigantic corporation.

  6. Todd says:

    Another is that you use Windoze, and every now and then you have to totally wipe your hard drive and reinstall your system and all your software, and you get tired of re-configuring every stupid thing every time this happens and have fallen into the pattern of living with the defaults.I’ve used variations of Windows for about 15 years, and I don’t recall ever having to that for NT, 2000, or XP. Well, except for that time my hard drive crashed, but I blame Western Digital for that one. You sound like one of those Jobs worshipers, when you make stupid statements like that. Advocate Linux and open source software on their merits, and leave the misinformation to the Apple and Microsoft advocates.(see how I did that? I lumped Mac and Windows users together. heh heh)

  7. Andrew says:

    Everyone I know who uses Windows is constantly re-installing it.

  8. Dunc says:

    Everyone I know who uses Windows is constantly re-installing it.

    Beacuse it’s broken, because they’re obsessive tweakers, or because it’s broken because they’re obsessive tweakers?