Ad-free Olympics Using Pi-hole

Sick of ads when trying to enjoy the Olympics?  Not me.  I have been blocking them since day one!

Pi-hole ad blocker works differently than others because it is a DNS-based ad blocker.  This means ads are blocked before they are downloaded so you can even block ads in apps (like the NBC olympic streaming app). Continue reading “Ad-free Olympics Using Pi-hole”

C.H.I.P. and Pi-hole Gets You Network-wide Ad Blocking for $9

It’s already easy to block ads network-wide with the Pi-hole on a Raspberry Pi, but now you can do it for even less money by running it on a C.H.I.P. microcomputer, which you can buy for $9.  There is a little bit of manual work to get it on the network since it doesn’t come with an Ethernet port.  You also need to install the curl command, but once you do those two things, you can use the same installation command that you use for the Raspberry Pi. Continue reading “C.H.I.P. and Pi-hole Gets You Network-wide Ad Blocking for $9”

Pi-hole: Reaching Critical Mass

The Pi-hole project has been growing steadily for quite some time now and is been becoming difficult to manage.  I usually spend a few hours a night after my full-time job fielding questions and reviewing pull requests.   Lately, it has been mostly responding to people instead of writing code, because without a userbase, there is really no reason for the project, so you are my first priority.  That said, there is still a lot of work to do. Continue reading “Pi-hole: Reaching Critical Mass”

Ethical Ad Blocking: Have Your Pi And Eat It, Too.

The conundrum: Website content is supported by advertisements, but you don’t want to see them.  But when you block ads, you are costing your favorite sites money.

The solution:  Soon, there will be a way to make everyone happy.  Users can pay a subscription to support both the ad-blockers and the content creators and still not see any advertisements. Continue reading “Ethical Ad Blocking: Have Your Pi And Eat It, Too.”

C.H.I.P.’s, Raspberry’s, Bananna’s, and Pi’s, Oh My.

My C.H.I.P. microcomputer just shipped, and as soon as I get it, I am going to try to to turn it into an ad-blocking Pi-hole!  The C.H.I.P. is only $9 and I would like to get it mentioned on their projects page if I can.  I think it could be a cheaper alternative to the Raspberry Pi and just something fun to do in general.  Plus, they also seem to have an affinity for fruit and food.

Whitelist And Historical Stats In The Pi-hole Web Interface

Take a look at the picture below for the updated interface on it’s way. The coding is 90% done, but I have some bugs to fix first.  I prefer to make the software stable before adding new features.  If you would like to help, feel free to submit a pull request. Continue reading “Whitelist And Historical Stats In The Pi-hole Web Interface”

Visualize Ads Blocked In Real Time Using Pi-hole And Logstalgia

The only thing better than blocking advertisements is visualizing them in real time.  There are a few different visualization tools like glTail.rb or goaccess, but my personal favorite is Logstalgia, which is the perfect supplement to the ad-blocking Pi-hole.

The Pi-hole will block ads and also generate a log file for each request.  When a request is made, a “pong ball” gets shot out from the left side of the screen and then the “pong paddle” bounces it back.  When it hits the paddle, it shows the path that was requested by the client and lights up in beautiful colors. Continue reading “Visualize Ads Blocked In Real Time Using Pi-hole And Logstalgia”

Need Help With Your Pi-hole?

Since the comments have been getting pretty difficult to track when trying to help people, I have created a FAQ section on where you can find answers to common questions and even create your own.  I’m happy to answer any questions you have so go ahead and make them there! Continue reading “Need Help With Your Pi-hole?”