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 Post subject: Greetings, all: A Question
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:31 am 
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Hello!

There is a question I have about allowing particular sites, either by explicitly adding them to the Trusted Hosts section, or by deleting them from the Bad Hosts section (or both?).

For example, the links to some newsletters will not come up under the hpHOSTS file; among them are those from http://www.pcmag.com/ such as this link to a laptop review posted 5 July: http://enews.pcmag.com/u.d?SYGoULeXBuSrT786e4y1=411 (which redirects to http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365935,00.asp); how might one override that? (At present, I revert to the default MS HOSTS file to access them.)

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AJNorth


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 Post subject: Re: Greetings, all
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:21 am 
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Welcome AJNorth

I do not have a problem accessing pcmag.com

To see if a site is included in hpHosts' HOSTS file go to:
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in the upper right and enter the URL you want to check.

Are you using a HOSTS file manager like HostsMan :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings, all
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:06 pm 
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Hello YoKenny,

Thanks for your reply. A bit warm, eh? (I'm about 85km south of Ottawa.)

I've edited and further refined my question, as it is the links in various e-mails (such as those from pcmag.com) that will not work for me under hpHOSTS, rather than the main site itself; one example (from 5 July) is: http://enews.pcmag.com/u.d?SYGoULeXBuSrT786e4y1=411, which redirects to http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365935,00.asp (in order to get these links to work, I've been temporarily reverting to the default MS HOSTS file).

When placed into Check Website, both links yield "This site is NOT currently listed in hpHosts" (the redirected link produced "Resolution failed" for both IP PTR and Hostname).

Thanks again.

AJNorth

(P.S. This is a Dell Inspirion 8200, P-4M, 1GB RAM, 100 GB HDD, XP Pro SP3, IE8, Java, Flash & fully-patched.)



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Welcome AJNorth

I do not have a problem accessing pcmag.com

To see if a site is included in hpHosts' HOSTS file go to:
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in the upper right and enter the URL you want to check.

Are you using a HOSTS file manager like HostsMan :?:



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 Post subject: Re: Greetings, all: A Question
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 6:29 pm 
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It is a bit warm here but I just think about how cold February is and would rather sit here in shorts drinking Duff beer like Homer Simpson than having to wear a parka like Nanook of the North and have to go make an Iglo for shelter. :lol:
I'm about 85KM east of Toronto In the home of Generous Motors Canada.

That site enews.pcmag.com/u.d?SYGoULeXBuSrT786e4y1=411 has advertisments from link.p0.com:
http://hosts-file.net/?s=link.p0.com&x=21&y=6 <== • ATS - Ad/tracking servers
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 Post subject: Re: Greetings, all: A Question
PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:31 pm 
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Yes, we're currently at 32 C & 60% relative humidity. Amazing as it may seem, I actually favor wx in which I can wear a flannel shirt; for several years I lived in the high desert (Mojave, near Death Valley, California) and became acclimated to dry heat (as well as falling in love with that extraordinary and fragile world). The humidity we have is the real killer (quite literally in some cases...).

Anyway, since most of these links contain an ad component (in this case link.p0.com), is there a convenient way to allow them to function, or to extract the final redirected link (other than toggling back and forth between HOSTS files)? [On a practical level, I don't seem to have found instructions for, or an example of, how to add Trusted HOSTS to the file. For instance, should one enter the I.P. (followed by one or more spaces) and the URL, vice-versa - or some other format? If there is a page of instructions or an example, I would be very much obliged!]

Take good care!

All the best,

AJ


P.S. Remember: it's cocktail hour somewhere.



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It is a bit warm here but I just think about how cold February is and would rather sit here in shorts drinking Duff beer like Homer Simpson than having to wear a parka like Nanook of the North and have to go make an Iglo for shelter. :lol:
I'm about 85KM east of Toronto In the home of Generous Motors Canada.

That site enews.pcmag.com/u.d?SYGoULeXBuSrT786e4y1=411 has advertisments from link.p0.com:
http://hosts-file.net/?s=link.p0.com&x=21&y=6 <== • ATS - Ad/tracking servers
This classification is assigned for domains being used for advert or tracking purposes



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 Post subject: Re: Greetings, all: A Question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:02 am 
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Please use postreply and not quote when responding.

I use HostsMan to manage the HOSTS file and it comes with a browser speedup proxy HostsServer that permits the logging of HOSTS file blocking events thus showing the HOSTS file's effectiveness:
http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman

That is how I found link.p0.com

I worked in Raleigh N.C. for 2.5 years and became accustomed to heat and humidity so now I would rather a bit of humidity than the dry cold of Winter.

This is a good read:
Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Greetings, all: A Question
PostPosted: Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:19 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestion of 'HostsMan'; it looks exactly like what's needed. (MVPS is already bookmarked; hpHOSTS seems to update their file more often...)

If you have the opportunity, visit our desert regions some day; there is a wide diversity of ecologies and some truly amazing vistas to behold (low desert is quite different from high desert). You can find many places where the only thing standing upright is yourself. To me, at least, dry heat is far more comfortable than what we get. If you can find a copy, "Home Is the Desert," by Ann Wooden (1970, Macmillan; reprinted 1984, U. Arizona Press), is a delightful read (the photos are absolutely wonderful). (There are also the books of Edward Abbey, in particular, "Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness.")

Thanks for pointing out the 'Post Reply' feature.

Take care,

AJ



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 Post subject: Re: Greetings, all: A Question
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I remember driving through Phoenix Arizona and when stopping for gas and a place to sleep there was an old type dial thermometer above the entrance to where I had to pay that read 110F at about 11:00pm :o

I did not feel the heat as it was so dry that my sweat was gone as fast as it could appear but much water and wearing only shorts helped.
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