Tip for Safer Surfing

I’m getting downright tired of the junk on the web. I’ve been frequenting hundreds of blogs and news sites each week at work to find helpful material for our new PastorBlog. I’ve been disgusted with all the stuff you see on major news sites—obscene immodesty and sometimes even complete nudity (apparently the standard of what’s acceptable is lower in the UK). Amazingly, even some Christian news sites and blogs have this kind of σκύβαλον. That really burns me up, but I digress.

Well, I’ve found another good use for the Web Developer extension for Firefox. I hit five key strokes, and all the images on the page disappear: alt-t-w-i-n. Alt takes you to the toolbar menu. T takes you to the tools category. W takes you to the web developer tools. I takes you to images. N makes all images invisible. It even conveniently spells a word so it’s easy to remember and type! (Alt-t-w-i-m and alt-t-w-i-r both work as well, and the latter might be most useful in that it replaces the image with its description, but twin is the easiest to remember and type. Take your pick.) You can undo it with the same keystrokes, and it will be applied only to the current page. The one downside is that it doesn’t disable flash. Anyone know a way to do that?

Next time there’s a news article that you’d like to read without some girl showing you her body, you might consider this handy little trick. (It also works in Google Reader and Bloglines.)

Update: A friend just recommended the Adblock Plus Firefox extension. Looks like a handy little tool.

Update 2: I just found a way to disable flash. Install the Nuke Anything Enhanced Firefox extension, right click just below or above the flash object, and click “Remove this object.”

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4 Responses to Tip for Safer Surfing

  1. Phil Gons March 6, 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    Neil,

    Glad you’ve found it helpful. I find myself using it frequently.

    Phil

  2. Neil March 6, 2007 at 4:13 pm #

    awesome! the web-developer image disable move is great. I think I could deal with a bit of an image fast

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