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Protecting your computer’s wire tentacles from getting tangled up with the Internet’s less savory sites can be as simple as pasting a few lines of code into a file.

Want to stop your teenage son or daughter downloading games to your computer? Want to stop your husband from watching porn? (we all know the computer forced him to watch it, right?) Or do you want to block all the ads that slow down your Internet browsing?

All the above is easily done. You can even kill access to online casinos. In fact, you can block access to any site, even Google, Bing or Facebook, if you want to.

All you need to know are the domain names of any sites you want to block and the location of the “hosts” file that your computer checks to determine the IP address of any domain name it is asked to visit to block it from checking the remote DNS (Domain Name System) for the registered IP address for that domain.

This method of site blocking works with Windows, Linux, Unix, Posix, Android, Symbian, Mac OSx, iOS and most other operating systems (OS’s). It doesn’t matter whether your OS is installed on a desktop, laptop, netbook, mobile phone, smartphone or other handheld device. You can speed up your browsing, block access to websites and block ads so long as you can locate and edit the computer’s “hosts” file.

The instructions shown here assume you use either Linux or windows. If you use a different OS, consult the Table of Hosts File Locations at the bottom of this page to check the location of your operating system’s hosts file.

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This has to be the funniest shop sign ever. I would have turned this post into a top 10 world’s funniest shop signs but I couldn’t find another 9 to match this one’s hilarity. Is there anything else to add? Me thinks not.

One day while on patrol, a police officer pulled over a car for speeding. He went up to the car and asked the driver to roll down her window. The first thing he noticed, besides the nice red sports car, was how hot the driver was! Blue eyes, blonde, the works.

“I’ve pulled you over for speeding, Ma’am. Could I see your drivers license?”

“What’s a license???” replied the blonde, instantly giving away the fact that she was as dumb as a stump.

“It’s usually in your wallet,” replied the officer. After fumbling for a few minutes, the driver managed to find it. “Now may I see your registration?” asked the cop.

“Registration….. what’s that….?” asked the blonde.

“It’s usually in your glove compartment.” said the cop impatiently. After some more fumbling, she found the registration.

“I’ll be back in a minute.” said the cop and walked back to his car. The officer phoned into the dispatch to run a check on the woman’s license and registration. After a few moments, the dispatcher came back, “Ummm… is this woman driving a red sports car?”

“Yes.” replied the officer

“Is she a drop dead gorgeous blonde?” asked the dispatcher

“Uh… yes.” replied the cop.

“Here’s what you do.” said the dispatcher. “Give her the stuff back, and drop your pants.”

“What!!? I can’t do that. Its… inappropriate.” exclaimed the cop.

“Trust me. Just do it.” said the dispatcher.

So the cop goes back to the car, gives back the license and registration and drops his pants, just as the dispatcher said.

The blonde looks down and sighs….. “Ohh no… not another breathalyzer……”

Hi all, the guys at JournalXtra have kindly created and a load of GIMP brushes and made them available for download for FREE. So far the collection comprises of U.K traffic signs, website buttons and speech bubbles (callouts). I’ve already downloaded them and can attest to their quality.

Visit JournalXtra to get them

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