In case not - the headline of the article <a href="http://www.cheatsheet.com/gear-style/why-ad-blocking-in-ios-9-benefits-only-apple.html/?a=viewall" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">(found here)</a>, Why Ad-Blocking in iOS 9 Benefits Only Apple.
I run both Ghostery and uBlock – just to see what is being dumped on me by anyone.
uBlock – 30 requests blocked (across 4 out of 25 domains connected)
Ghostery found 17 trackers
The purple box at the bottom is the Ghostery list of those trackers – all of which have to be loaded for me to use the site.
The reason it benefits ONLY Apple is that if you got to Apple.com and run the same test – you will find Ghostery finds nothing – and uBlock a single thing, probably because Apple doesn’t need that stuff.
Oh – and neither does the end user – you and me – because it slows down our experiences and fills our machines with stuff we don’t want, and causes us to be tracked and ….
But apparently CheatSheet DOES need it (se results above).
Maybe the good news is that what will happen – is that we find a better way to credit content delivery rather than the 21st century equivalent of bloatware.
Meanwhile – Kudos to CheatSheet for calling it Content-blocking in the article – then again – why ‘Ad-blocking’ in the headline ?
On the face of it looks good no ? A simple Apple mail extension provided from Hubspot - that allows you to just check 'track mail' - just before you send, so that you know when someone opens your email. I used it selectively when I was trying to ensure that important things were being seen.
And then Today
Suddenly – none of my email was getting through to my recipients. I escalated to my ISP – Siteground – who really are VERY good BTW – who came back to me in three minutes to highlight that
The reason why the e-mails were bounced back is because they contain an URL which is blocked in the SPAM list https://spamrl.com/.
But – I wasn’t using Sidekick. So, I disabled it – and lo – mail goes through no problem. Needless to say – uninstalled completely.
Which brings me to the second #FAIL
To uninstall I had to use Chrome to go get an uninstall script. Easy enough to find – except when you run it – Apple security won’t let you open it because the script is from an unidentified developer.
So – across to ‘system preferences’ – and accept that running
is ok by me.
All now back to normal. MANY THANKS – again – to Siteground for such rapid response.
And SHAME on Hubspot for allowing their clever little side project to be added to a spam list – but even more – why not just identify yourselves for the uninstall.
How wonderfully coincidental. In Abstentia was the first Porcupine Tree album that I owned and through which, became aware of who Wilson was. Of course - by then (13 years ago) he already had a catalogue that most artists only dream of.
The hardback book looks at material from throughout Wilson’s career, starting with 2002 Porcupine Tree album In Absentia and ending with this year’s solo album Hand. Cannot. Erase.