Categories: General/ Technology

I figured while I’m here updating this thing, might as well make a post of something I’ve been making use of.

The scope of a recent home project was to block overall ads, mobile and otherwise, without too much or no additional hardware while home. Ran through many iterations of trying this, from local host files to something like Pi-hole. That’s when I came across AB-Solution.

Pretty handy setup! It will install on your base router/firewall, if you’re running something like Tomato or DD-WRT. These are just two suggestions that allow you to gain access to a command line(SSH) interface in order to use more features like AB-Solution. The install I’ve been running this for awhile now and I can say, I’m impressed. The multilevel adblocking that is brought in from multiple sources, dependent on how aggressive you want to block, is very well done. It self updates, loads on boot, and generally requires very little overhead/maintenance to keep it running. Not to mention, less network congestion from the insane amount of ads on webpages today.

Anyway, figured it was worthy to post. Flux out.


Categories: Games/ General

Big fan of this game and while this is documented elsewhere I wanted to have just the core values of what can be mined without the fluff from other sites.

Carbon (Common)
Base value: 6.9

Thamium9 (Uncommon)
Base value: 20.6

Plutonium (Rare)
Base value: 41.3

Iron (Common)
Base value: 13.8

Zinc (Uncommon)
Base value: 41.3

Titanium (Rare)
Base value: 61.9

Heridium (Common)
Base value: 27.5

Platinum (Uncommon)
Base value: 55

Chrysonite (Rare)
Base value: 82.5

Copper (Uncommon)
Base value: 110

Iridium (Uncommon)
Base value: 96.3

Nickel (Uncommon)
Base value: 137.5

Aluminum (Rare)
Base value: 165

Gold (Rare)
Base value: 220

Emeril (Rare)
Base value: 275

Calium (Very Rare)
Base value: 288.8

Radnox (Very Rare)
Base value: 302.5

Murrine (Very Rare)
Base value: 302.5

Omegon (Very Rare)
Base value: 309.4

Categories: General/ Technology

I posted this on Reddit, but I figured it deserved an entry to the blog as well. Here it is:

I wanted to say Adblock here, but since it isn’t a specific way to get adblock on the browser yet. I am here to offer an additional solution that I’m finding to be suitable for the time being.

It dawned on me that the hosts file could be used to block unwanted sites from displaying content by setting hosts to in the hosts file at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc . It turns out I’m not alone in this. This site here provides an updated text file that can replace your hosts file.

I’m not affiliated with them in any way, more of just sharing my journey to block ads – a crucial reason I wasn’t using Microsoft Edge.

Here is the direct link to the txt file itself:

As always, hope this helps.


Categories: General/ Technology

Hey all. While I am not an active user of Skype, one thing that has always somewhat bothered me about it’s recent use is advertisements in the application itself. While ads in general don’t really bother me, but when it impacts an experience or you hate ads and you just simply want them gone – here is a way to do that.

In Control Panel, head to Internet Options, Security tab. Click Restricted Sites and add . This will block the ads from the application, but will leave a placeholder there in place. To remove this, head to file explorer and browse to C:\users\youruser\AppData\Roaming\Skype\yourskypeuser\config.xml . Open this in a text editor, find the line AdvertPlaceholder>1</AdvertPlaceholder> and delete it!

This is how you block ads in Skype and remove the placeholder for it as well!