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   Escaped commieny  In regards to the certificate problem: One-my login password is unique to Luci so I don't worry about that. And don't log in any where else that is not secure.
Two- I click on the circled "i", arrow over to More Information, then click on permissions and block all except images for the Connection, and block everything, including 'load images' on the mothership. You will see the icons of items you blocked in the address bar. Works for Drudge too. I continue to use Firefox w/Adblock
August 9 at 13:21 EST .

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   Tulsa  Kewl tip. Done and thankyouverymuch.

The certif problem only shows in FF, not other browsers.
August 10 at 11:33 EST .

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   Tulsa  Two (2 ) days in a row without ads. Write Lucianne and thank her. LucianneG@aol.com
August 9 at 11:56 EST .

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   Kono  In all candor, as pathologically-ad-averse as I am, the persistent inattention to the SSL certificate problem (on this and the mother site ) is a FAR bigger issue.

Now that the support staff has beaten back the prevalent ad blockers, could they show one iota of concern for the insecure authentication here?

http://www.lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=919514
August 6 at 11:50 EST .

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   Tulsa  Kono, 2 things. I read about the Brave browser. No ads. It's out of beta. This is their first edition. The set up is much like Firefox only more features are built in. A former Mozilla/Firefox employee (not certain which ) created it. No ads. No tracking. https://www.brave.com/ Several people here already knew about it.


I wrote Luis a long time ago about the certificate. No response. If more people write him or Lucianne, perhaps they will address it. Their emails are on the home page under 'contact'...top of the page in the box.
August 7 at 09:21 EST .

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   Tulsa  I wrote Lucianne and Luis today about the SSL Certificate and the ads. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
August 8 at 11:58 EST .

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   Kono  Mysteriously, this morning all the ads that made the mother site so ugly for the past week or two are no longer there.

The ad-deployment technique that evaded blocking looked pretty impervious to me, so as much as I'd love to hear that ABP caught up to them with a new detection/filter technique, I'm inclined to guess that LCom staff (maybe even our dear Lucianne, herself ) decreed a back-out of the ad code to the earlier method (that ABP was capable of handling ).

Even if this is just a one-day reprieve, I'm grateful for the freedom to read news without having to mentally block out the visually-disturbing images every page, at least for the moment...
August 8 at 12:34 EST .

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   Tulsa  I wrote Luci and Luis 9:50 am EDT. I told her there had been complaints about the SSL Certificate and that I encouraged posters to write her and Luis, not to just post problems to other Ldotters. I told her we all hate the ads, but understand she has to do what she has to do to keep the site open.

The site still is not secure, but I hope and pray they are working on it.

You can download the Brave browser if the ads return. No ads and no tracking. I use it and several others here do.

ABP is being paid to whitelist ads. They do block anything that flashes and blinks. I can't go to Drudge without ABP. It's a nightmare there.

Agree. Even one day without ads is a good thing. They are an assault to the senses and a big distraction. They drive people away.
August 8 at 18:01 EST .

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   GO3  My thoughts from a business case perspective. Response on technical issues for the connection vs. LDot don't rate very high because not very many participate here. If I'm going to expend bucks and expertise it will default to the mother ship. Nothing against LDot or Luis, but I would think it's just a matter of priorities. For example, I've had no resolution on the avatar issue, but oh well, that's the way it goes. I use ad blocker and still get the ads and I just ignore it and move on. One other thing. These "ads" are not traditional ads as we've seen before. These are pushed out to websites by outfits such as Taboola which is paid money by other media and commercial establishments to blast this stuff out as click bait to get a handle on viewing habits and what content at what sites grab people's attention. That kind of mapping is big money so it's hard to resist cashing in on the ads. JMO.
August 9 at 01:36 EST .

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   Tulsa  FYI the Brave browser.
Do I have to pay Brave to block ads?

No. Brave is a browser that blocks ads by default, and it will always be free. If you can afford to support your favorite sites we encourage you to try Brave Payments, but you do not have to pay to use Brave.
August 5 at 17:37 EST .

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   GO3  This is a minor problem compared to others, but for the last three days every time I submit a comment on any wall it brings me back to the first page of that wall. Never did this before.
August 3 at 09:31 EST .

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   Jansgraphix  Where is the 'Connection Lobby'?
August 3 at 08:19 EST .

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   Tulsa  Top of all the walls. Says Main Page/The Lobby.

I just clicked the homepage and had ads. I clicked the Brave icon upper right and clicked allow no cookies. They are gone.

I'm just up and have an appt. shortly, but if I can help, let me know. I'm still getting use to this browser. It's day 2.
August 3 at 08:34 EST .

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   Jansgraphix  Oh right, got it. Thanx. I'm still figuring some things out here. And I noticed that I get logged out here frequently even though I'm always on site. where as on the news site, home page, it's rather a rare event. Maybe the web masters are still 'tinkering' with the site after 'returning' the ads?
August 3 at 10:55 EST .

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   Tulsa  The Connection will time you out. If I take to long to complete a post, I'm timed out. I can go from Wall to Wall and read. I only log in if I need or want to post. If I don't do it within the time frame (unknown ) I'm timed out.
August 3 at 13:02 EST .

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   Tulsa  s/b too long to post.
August 5 at 17:36 EST .

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   Jansgraphix  I used the Brave browser for a while. It didn't seem like it was all that it was cracked up to be to me. It's been a couple of months since I last used it. Maybe they've made some improvements. I still use Firefox and sometimes Opera.
August 2 at 12:57 EST .

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   Tulsa  It's working for me. I'm accepting 'no cookies' on Luci homepage and I have no ads.

Go to the Connection Lobby and read what I 'just' wrote to StormCnter. I'm worn out at the moment.
August 2 at 14:18 EST .

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   Tulsa  I deleted ABP. I deleted AdBlock for Edge(Win. 10 browser which is supposed to block ads...it did...then it stopped ). I'm using Brave.
August 2 at 23:36 EST .

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   Tulsa  https://www.brave.com/

New browser, by Mozilla creator. No ads, it says. No cookies, it says. See what you think. Can't tell if it's still in beta testing or not. It appears payment is optional. Just found it. Would love your opinions. TIA
August 2 at 11:15 EST .

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   Jansgraphix  Yes, the ads are back in full force again. As others noted AdBlock Plus and Firefox did nothing to ease the pain. I tried and tried and tried for several hours. Even the scripts in both ad blockers and the browser did nothing. Well, it does work on a temporary basis. But as soon as you hit refresh... the ugly ads are back. Very discouraging indeed. I hope I find a solution.
August 1 at 21:54 EST .

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   Tulsa  On a pc in Win. 10, using Firefox with AdBlockPlus, I click refresh and the ads disappear. If I exit and return later, I must click refresh again.

When I first used Edge, the browser that came with Win. 10, it blocked all ads. Every one of them. That lasted for months and months. Then about mid July there was a win. 10 and Edge no longer blocks ads.
August 1 at 23:37 EST .

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   Tulsa  8/2/17 refresh no longer removes ads in Firefox.

Above mid July there was a Win. 10 'update'. Sorry.
August 2 at 09:31 EST .

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   Mildred  Hi folks. I left a note on the main page but will follow here. I hope you find the solution. I'm still on Win 7 and I.E. 11 after Firefox went crazy. So far, so good.
August 2 at 10:02 EST .

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   Tulsa  Name a conservative website where I can comment, please. ..you know join and receive a password.

Name as many as come to mind. I've had it with the ads.
August 2 at 10:48 EST .

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   Kono  Today the ugly ads showed up on the mothersite again, and the usual tricks (flushing browser cache, updating adblock filters and reloading ) did not make them go away.
Is that afflicting anybody else here?

Or, more to the point, was anybody else able to regain ad-free-ness?

To be fair, if the site's operators would put the effort in to make the logins here SAFE, I might be willing to tolerate the ugly ads...
August 1 at 14:53 EST .

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   Trackman999  hate the ads but have tolerated them. today the ads and posted articles combined for an on sceeen unreadable mess.
August 1 at 15:15 EST .

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   WAN2  Ad Blocker Plus has worked for a long time. No more. Ditto Firefox. Sad. Lucianne topped my list each day. I move on.
August 1 at 19:27 EST .

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   Tulsa  On a pc, in Win. 10, using Firefox with Adblock Plus, I simply click refresh and the ads disappear. If I exit and return later I must click refresh again to remove the ads.

I guess this could stop working any time, but so far so good
August 1 at 23:41 EST .

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   Tulsa  FYI. Office 2007 will lose support Oct. 2017. No more updates, patches, etc.
July 22 at 10:55 EST .

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   Mike PHX  Buy an iMac!
July 26 at 11:12 EST .

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   Tulsa  We like windows. Besides, we don't even qualify as casual users, so can't justify the price of an iMac and we would need 2.

Had a tech over last evening who is very reasonable. He installed Office 365 for us. For $99, you get 5 downloads for 5 different devices each install from the Windows Store. I shopped everywhere and that is a deal. I shared one download with the laptop and still have 3 more to share. Will contact family in SC...I know only 1 that uses Windows.
July 28 at 09:34 EST .

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   Tulsa  PS. The Office 365 is for pcs or Macs. So possibly some of our peeps in SC can use the other 3 downloads.
July 28 at 23:22 EST .

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   GO3  I use 365 also. Installed on two Windows, one iMac, and one iPad. Works great on all systems.
July 31 at 00:21 EST .

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   Tulsa  GO3, were you as surprised as I at the deal MS has on Office 365? I priced it at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc. and no one could touch $99 for 5 downloads with 5 devices each download.

Never thought I would 'rent' software.

If you want your address book, last name first, I spent considerable time searching the web and found 'how to'. Of course the instructions left out steps the writer assumed everyone knows. It was not easy. Then I noticed an initial or initials in a gray circle on email on the desk and laptop and circuit designs on the laptop. So off I went to find how to remove it. Found that too. Saved the links if you want info.
July 31 at 08:50 EST .

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   Kono  It's still possible to get Office 2013 on Amazon, if you want a version that you can own, instead of rent (like 365 ).

I got the Pro version two years ago there. Enabling the license took a call to customer support (I gave the product license key over the phone, and they enabled it remotely ). It's worked without a hitch ever since.
August 1 at 14:45 EST .

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   Tulsa  Mainstream support for 2013 ends April, 1018 and extended supports ends 2023, assuming we can trust MS. We couldn't when they told us how long Win. 7 would last. Best wishes, Kono.

http://www.allyncs.com/docs/lifecyclesup
port.html
August 1 at 23:52 EST .

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