Ad blocking — Chrome enters the mix

If you’re already using an ad blocker with your favorite Web browsers, you’re in good company. Eliminating the clutter and distraction is one thing (which some browsers’ Reader View can do). But ad clutter also slows down page loading, consumes more battery power, and poses some privacy and security risks. Google and Facebook command the… Continue reading Ad blocking — Chrome enters the mix

Trust, ad-blocking, and do-not-track reality check

So, you’ve been using an ad-blocker and set your Web browsers to not accept cookies and enabled their option / preference to not track you. How’s that working? Well, Re/code’s article “Understanding ‘Do Not Track’: Truth and Consequences” discusses the reality. Make no mistake, this challenge started with publishers. Although many people in the ad… Continue reading Trust, ad-blocking, and do-not-track reality check

Ad Blockers — another study re time and money

I found this recent Tech Times “iOS Ad Blockers Help You Browse Faster And Save Money, NYT Study Finds” article regarding a study by the New York Times of ad blockers interesting — in particular, the quantitative diagrams showing all the items, especially scripts, which are loaded without an ad blocker on various popular sites.… Continue reading Ad Blockers — another study re time and money

Ad blocking — Heinlein, Friedman redux

Well, the game’s afoot. Are you using ad blocking? PC World’s “The price of free: how Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google sell you to advertisers” article summaries how four major companies handle collection of personal data when you use their products and services. Because the latest version of Windows is always asking for information in… Continue reading Ad blocking — Heinlein, Friedman redux

Free app’s — where’s the profit? AVG kicks the hornets’ nest

The “freemium” model for products and services dominates the digital landscape. Many companies use a free version (freeware) to promote their paid-for full version (and in some cases as a goodwill gesture to promote some public good). “Try before buy” is quite useful and these companies sometimes also provide free trial versions (user licenses for… Continue reading Free app’s — where’s the profit? AVG kicks the hornets’ nest