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Old 08-13-2019, 09:12 PM   #21
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I kinda thought the Roku was the same. The only difference is the Roku is already put together?

I don’t know much about those. Like the fire stick, aren’t they services that you pay monthly for?

I just pay $3.25 a month for IP Vanish. Just to avoid any legality on whether streaming is legal off of some servers. Some won’t connect without. Some like YouTube and Kahn academy have there own open servers/content so it doesn’t mater.

If you want to watch stuff that’s not even in theaters yet, better put on the tin foil hat. I just watch older stuff.

The Roku is assembled, just a tad larger than a pack of cigarettes. You just plug it in and connect into the tv via an HDMI cable, it has it's own remote.

Roku channel is free as are a long list of channels. Hulu is like $5.99 a month and netflix pretty similar.
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Old 08-13-2019, 10:05 PM   #22
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I was just looking at all the projects you can build with a Raspberry pi, and wouldn't you know it, you can build an ad blocker for your whole network, instead of software or apps for the phone or the computer.



It's time to shut your Pi-Hole!


https://opensource.com/article/18/2/...s-raspberry-pi


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Got an old Raspberry Pi lying around? Hate seeing ads while browsing the web? Pi-hole is an open source software project that blocks ads for all devices on your home network by routing all advertising servers into nowhere. What's best is it takes just a few minutes to set up.
Pi-hole blocks over 100,000 ad-serving domains, blocks advertisements on any device (including mobiles, tablets, and PCs), and because it completely blocks ads rather than just hiding them, this improves overall network performance (because ads are never downloaded). You can monitor performance and statistics in a web interface, and there's even an API you can use.
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I was just looking at all the projects you can build with a Raspberry pi, and wouldn't you know it, you can build an ad blocker for your whole network, instead of software or apps for the phone or the computer.



It's time to shut your Pi-Hole!


https://opensource.com/article/18/2/...s-raspberry-pi
Thanks! Interesting!
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Congrats Electrician talk. I already block ads on my PC. You have driven me to install ad blocking software for Android. I can't stand the scammy malware pop-ups The banner ads loaded painfully slow causing my clicks on the top toolbar to be registered as ones for the advertising banner I hope you're happy. I'll never see an ad here again.
https://block-this.com/
I'll report back if I have any negative side effects from using this.
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Sorry these have been plaguing you. If we get links of the popups we can try and get them blocked.

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I've notice an uptick just recently with the adds, causing my pc to blink and stutter.
Thought it was my old pc just not keeping pace. Did Windows-7 go out of style yet?
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That sounds like a different thing. What browser are you using with your PC?

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Congrats Electrician talk. I already block ads on my PC. You have driven me to install ad blocking software for Android. I can't stand the scammy malware pop-ups The banner ads loaded painfully slow causing my clicks on the top toolbar to be registered as ones for the advertising banner I hope you're happy. I'll never see an ad here again.
https://block-this.com/
I'll report back if I have any negative side effects from using this.
I tried the link but got a warning before downloading "this kind of file can harm your device," what's up with that?
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I tried the link but got a warning before downloading "this kind of file can harm your device," what's up with that?
Android warns you about any APK you get from anywhere other then the Play Store. Google removed all ad blocking apps including this one from the play store 3 years ago. Apps like this have either disappeared or are hosted elsewhere and have to be sideloaded. They kind of enjoy ad revenue and would prefer not to help you take money from their pockets.
This app is open source so you should have nothing to be concerned about https://github.com/ggsava/block-this/ It works similarly to the pi-hole referenced earlier or the hosts file i use on my PCs: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
All of the above have a list of known ad server domains. They hard code those domains to the IP address 0.0.0.0 instead of the correct address so any requests to download files from those domains check your device for those files instead of their servers. The files requested are not on your device, so that portion of the page never loads.
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