A couple weeks ago I came across GlimmerBlocker, a proxy-based ad-blocking System Preference for OS X. I’ve been using Safari AdBlock for as long as I can remember so I wasn’t that interest in its ad-blocking features. What caught my attention was that, even though it was designed for Safari, because it acts as a proxy, any browser that supports proxies can benefit from it’s rules. And GlimmerBlocker’s rules are quite powerful.
Unfortunately, I have access to neither but the rules are easy enough to share even without. Here’s two to get you started.
The second is probably more interesting for the non-Mint junkies. It adds two new options to the navigation column on Twitter. It adds a link to your profile page on Favrd and a search form for search.twitter.com—prepopulated to search out indirect @replies. Follow the same steps as above to create a Twitter Filter and rule. Set the Host to “java regexp” and its value to
(www\\.)?twitter\\.com. This time paste the contents of twitter-ego.txt into this rule’s Transform tab. Save and you’re done.
At this point both rules should be working in Safari. To enable them in Firefox, open up its Preferences and select the Advanced tab. Click on the Network tab. Then click on the “Settings…” button under Connection. Choose “Manual proxy configuration.” HTTP Proxy should be
localhost and by default GlimmerBlocker runs on Port
8228. Click Okay and Firefox is now using GlimmerBlocker as well.