Throwing in my $0.02 on the issue of ad blocking (and getting even more
Use Squid + Dansguardian on another machine
Use PAC file with a very simple "blackhole" proxy server.
PAC file: O'Reilly republished Sheryl Canter's article about PAC files
or detailed info
Windows proxy: Blackhole Proxy
Unix proxy: Noproxy (http://www.schooner.com/~loverso/no-ads/noproxy)
If you are unable to use squid + dansguardian, I highly recommend PAC
file over HOSTS file. Why?
- Easier to maintain than HOSTS file
- Use wildcards (*)
- Block specific paths (not whole hosts)
- Redirect to different ports
- Smaller than HOSTS file (huge HOSTS file can cause problems for some)