Apr 09

Firefox ExtensionI have mixed feeling about being on the Internet. When people tell me there is no different between the Internet and the Television I can’t really argue against that.

In my work on the Internet I run into immodesty regularly as do the brothers that work for me. While there is immodesty all around us it is just some thing that I don’t like be subjected to in the workplace.

Perhaps a Different Job OR…

I have learned to look away quickly or focus out what is there but I am still very uncomfortable with this. From time to time I consider what would I tell someone if there were in my position — consider getting a different job.

This month I started praying any time I am tempted with a wrong thought or see immodesty in public or on the Internet. Today I started adding into the mix a short break to read some of the Word when those things happen.

I am very happy that the Lord has laid this on my heart and I am feel like it is a wonderful way to deal with temptations.

To say the least I am very concerning about exposing myself to immodesty and temptation. I feel like I have good victory in this area but I always remind myself “wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1Cor 10:12).

Time To Change

So tonight I decided to see what was out there as far as picture blockers go. I looked for programs that would block Flash and JavaScript ads, and replace all pictures with placeholders so the web pages keep their same form and white space.

I was hoping to find programs that would provide a whitelist where you could add add domains that were trusted and you wanted to see the graphics. Also the ability to right-click on the placeholder of images so you can view them would be a good option.

Here is what I found

ImgLikeOpera 0.6.18 — allows load only the images that you want in Firefox browser. This extension is very useful for non broadband users. Features are placeholders for blocked images, filters domains for one of 4 policies (don’t load images, load cached images only, load images for the originating Web site only, load all images).

Flashblock 1.5.13 — is an extension for the Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with Macromedia Flash content on a webpage and blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content. Here is an example of 3 popular websites with both of these FireFox extensions installed.

Here Is What It Looks Like

Here is some samples of what a few sites look like with with ImgLikeOpera and Flashblock running.

CNN.COM

CNN.COM

TIME.COM

TIME.COM

YOUTUBE.COM

YOUTUBE.COM

I added up this blog to the whitelist in ImgLikeOpera:

ImgLikeOpera Options

Here Is MoreChristLike.Com without images:

MoreChristLike.Com Without Images

Here is MoreChristLike.Com with images:

MoreChristLike.Com With Images

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3 Responses to “Imageless Internet Browsing”

  1. 1. Primitive Christianity Says:

    Hello, Bob!
    You know, I have been thinking the very same things. I am getting more and more disgusted with the internet. I finally came to realize why it seems worse than it did 5 years ago: It is a whole lot more graphical, whereas before it was more text based. And the advertising has increased many fold. So that now you can hardly open a secular site without something flashing, blinking, a video playing etc.
    I just reinstalled flashblocker a few days ago. I had some problems with it on an earlier version of Firefox, but so far it works well. That helps a lot. I may check out the other software you mention. At this point, my work requires using the internet, but I have seriously been pondering how to completely disconnect myself from it in the home. This is also because my son is now 9 years old and has more interest in what I am doing online.
    I seriously think that 20 years from now the churches that today prohibit home internet connections will be better off than those who are trying to control it.
    Mike

  2. 2. Paul Says:

    Hi, I totally agree! The Devil is using internet. Both of you are using internet to encourage God’s people. Everything can be used for good or evil. I hope that both of you, bro Bob, and bro Mike, keep using your sites to glorify God. The more christian witnesses the better, to shine God’s light in this dark world. I hope you both keep your web sites, but do what God would want first, especially for the sake of your son, Mike. I only want to say I appreciate the good reading, and I would encourage you both to keep it up! Thanks.

  3. 3. Russ Says:

    Great Idea! I’ve found it imperative to remind myself where my strength really comes from and whose authority I can rightfully wield while online. Nice post.

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