Monday, 27 August, 2001

Eliminate X-10 Popups

Those X-10 camera advertisements that pop under my Internet Explorer browser are the most annoying thing yet on the web.  Spam is a bit of a nuisance, but it's pretty easy to ignore.  These X-10 ads and other pop-up or pop-under gimmicks get on my nerves much more than a couple dozen daily emails.

A coworker pointed me to www.noads.org, where they have a link that will eliminate the X-10 ads for the next 10 years.  Click on the Remove X10 Ad link near the bottom of the page.  The site also provides some information about how marketing companies are using cookies to track your web usage, and how you can prevent that, or at lease reduce it.

Is the World Wide Web destined to become a war with users on one side pitted against advertising and marketing types who are trying to gather information about and push products at us?  Of course, why would I think the Internet would be any different from the billboards, radio, and TV advertisements?  Somebody has to pay for Yahoo's bandwidth and server space.  I guess it's up to me to stop visiting Web sites that use those techniques that I find objectionable.

I think I'm going to turn off cookies for a while and see what happens as I browse.  Or maybe I'll try one of those cookie controller programs that the guys over at No Ads talk about.