Posts Tagged google

Google to roll out wikipedia rival – Google Knol

Google is coming out with Google Knol (Knowledge) which is exactly what Wikipedia is all about. Read on


Firefox (Adblock plus) blocks even Google adsense

I have been using my new laptop at work (my old one crashed at MAX) for two weeks and its been pretty good. Not because the laptop is something extraordinary, its because I installed the latest versions of all the softwares and plugins I use. And the most pleasant part of it is – it has been completely ads free. I did not notice it earlier but once I landed up on sys-con’s site to read some article and I was pleasantly surprised to find no irritating video ad there. For a moment, I thought that may be sys-con has grown up but that was just for a moment :-) . The snapshot shows it all.





Its actually a firefox plugin adblock plus that does it automatically. The most interesting thing was that it even removed google text ads. Its interesting because we have always seen Google promoting firefox and firefox as a browser closer to Google. So now a firefox plugin that blocks google adsense and in turn hurts Google revenue is certainly not going to go well with Google. It will be interesting to see how Google plays it.

So how exactly does adblock plus block the ads? Gecko engine – the engine underneath Firefox, uses a content policy which decides which content should be loaded and which should not. Adblock defines its own policy which gets added to the browser’s policy. It comes with a predefined huge collection of filters and if the url to be loaded matches any of that, it does not let the browser make a request for it. For google adsense, the url contains ‘pagead2′ which you can see in the adblock preference below.


Its also going to hurt many bloggers as lot of them earn substantially from ads and mainly adsense.  Even my blog page contains adsense but I dont mind adblock plus as I haven’t yet earned anything from it anyway. I’m loving it. :-)


Unlimited aliases with Gmail and SPAM protection

Though this hack in Gmail has been known for a while, I read about it today and found it interesting enough to share it. As Amit decribes in his post, GMAIL lets you create unlimited number of aliases for your gmail id and you can then give these aliases on other websites without worrying about spams. The trick is to use ‘+’ addressing!

As he says, gmail ignores anything between ‘+’ and ‘@’ in the email address. So a mail sent to or will all go to In the received mail, “To” will still point to the original id to which it was sent which makes it easy to create spam filters based on the ‘To’ address. If used intelligently, you also get to know which site leaks your address and creates SPAM. So, if I have to give my mail id to any website, I can give ‘’. If I get the spam with ‘to’ address as, I get to know that its that had leaked the id and creates spam.  Pretty cool..