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.”

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”