Firefox: Blacklisting Flash Content

Problem

The Flashblock addon for Firefox can be used to block all Flash content on all webpages. This can get very irritating since some websites use tiny Flash widgets for some UI operations. For example, Gmail uses Flash to allow users to attach files to an email. Rather than blocking all Flash content, I would like all Flash content to be available and would like to specifically pick or blacklist the Flash content that I find irritating (like advertisements).

Solution

Blacklisting cannot be done with Flashblock. It only has a whitelist option to allow certain sources of Flash content. A blacklisting solution that works is to use the AdBlock Plus addon for Firefox. Hover the mouse over any Flash content on a webpage and a Block tab appears at the top-right corner of the content. Click this Block tab to add this Flash source to the blacklist of AdBlock Plus.

Tried with: Flashblock 1.5.15.1, Adblock Plus 2.0.1 and Firefox 9.0.1

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Firefox: Disable the NYTimes Article Popup

Problem

Scroll to the bottom of any article on The New York Times webpage and a popup window slides in at the right bottom. It shows one of many articles NYTimes wants you to read. I find such dynamic behaviour on long-form content webpages highly irritating.

Solution

The solution for this is similar to Disabling the NYTimes Lookup Word Feature. The Javascript that is invoked for this popup is: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/js/app/article/upNext.js

To stop this popup, add this to your Adblock Plus addon: http://*.nytimes.com/js/app/article/upNext.js

Tried with: Adblock Plus 1.3.3 and Firefox 4.0 on Windows 7

Firefox: Disable the NYTimes Lookup Word Feature

Problem

The article webpages of The New York Times have a feature that I find particularly irritating. If I highlight some text on the webpage, it immediately pops up a question-mark (?) window offering to lookup the words for me! This supposed feature also prevents me from right-clicking the highlighted text and performing any operation on them, like copying or Google-searching them.

Solution

By examining the HTML code of a NYTimes article webpage, the following Javascript file is found to be the entry for this Lookup Word feature: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/js/common/screen/altClickToSearch.js

With this information, disabling this feature is easy if you have the Adblock Plus addon installed on Firefox. Just add the following path to Adblock: http://*.nytimes.com/js/common/screen/altClickToSearch.js

Tried with: Adblock Plus 1.3.3 and Firefox 4.0 on Windows 7