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Instead of maintaining your own hosts file yourself, have a look at Pi-Hole.
It's a DNS server you can install on a tiny Linux machine (originally intended for the RasPI, but it'll work in a small Linux VM). It'll block anything it recognizes as an ad server, plus you're free to blacklist/whitelist your own.
The benefit over maintaining your own hosts file is that once you've changed your router settings so it points to it, ads won't even make it to any device on your LAN. Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS, game console, whatever.
Installation is practically a one-liner, so even if you can barely figure out how to install Linux in a VM, you should be able to get it going.
Some ads are worth allowing - CP for example exists only because of ad revenues, so I have the site whitelisted.
But apps with ads is different - it depends to an extent how good the app is and how intrusive the ads.
If you ad small ads that don't distract me from the app, and the app is a good 'un, then I'll pay to remove them - I think of it as a "shareware trial version". If the app is cr@p, or the ads get in the damn way then I'll review the app, say why it's rubbish so others are warned, and uninstall it.
But the ad supported model is a good way to try an app out and see if the coder has any idea what he's doing: far too many are obviously there just for ad revenue and to heck with the actual app!
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I'm being dragged to a new client setup/training event for the next few days...a group of about 40 managers and the admins. It's the least favorite part of the job and I've done everything I could possibly do to avoid the trip, but I've got to go anyway. (in case anything goes wrong, they can point at me)
It's the first time this year I've had to get dressed up for work. Oh well, see you in a few days!
It's the first time this year I've had to get dressed up for work.
How dressed up us "dressed up"?
Most I've toffed up recently was jeans and a short sleeve shirt (one with buttons all the way down!) once last year. I sell the product, not the wrapping. Then again I don't have a boss so no one can tell me otherwise. (Except the missus ... wait till she's not looking and make a run for the door, always trying to [over]dress me up she is )
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The Monkey House Strategy
1) Prevention. Have a reputation for throwing feces at person who come by your office and ask you upsetting questions.
2) If at the meeting, bring an umbrella. When asked, explain it's just that sort of behavior you expect from them and you simply thought it to be prudent.