apache – Wildcards in a Windows hosts file – Stack Overflow

Acrylic DNS Proxy (free, open source) does the job. It creates a proxy DNS server (on your own computer) with its own hosts file. The hosts file accepts wildcards.Download from the offical website

Source: apache – Wildcards in a Windows hosts file – Stack Overflow

Awesome!  Nice, open-source, caching DNS proxy for Windows.  Gives you a hosts file that is extremely flexible.  Can finally say something like “127.0.0.1 >facebook.com” for blocking all of Facebook’s irritatingly ubiquitous JavaScript.

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How to Block Any Website On Your Computer, Phone, or Network | NDTV Gadgets360.com

Blocking websites on Chrome, Firefox, the entire system or, indeed the network, is easy.

Source: How to Block Any Website On Your Computer, Phone, or Network | NDTV Gadgets360.com

Interested in the extension BlockSite for Chrome and Firefox.  Seems very bare, fast, and useful.

Babun – a windows shell you will love!

Source: Babun – a windows shell you will love!

This looks amazingly helpful.  I’m trying it out now.  I found out about it because I was interested in trying out zsh and I also use Cygwin some of the time.  Babun gives you a zsh-friendly, Cygwin-based environment, as well as many other indispensable things (curl, wget, git), right out of the box.  Here’s the FAQ.

Lucee – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lucee

Lucee is open source software that implements a lightweight dynamically-typed scripting language for the Java virtual machine (JVM), facilitating the rapid development of web applications that compile directly to Java bytecode. Lucee is compatible with contemporary CFML script and tag language variants, and provides configurable support for legacy CFML.

Source: Lucee – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This seems pretty cool.  Wish it were around while I was doing ColdFusion development!  There were other alternatives for CFML development, but nothing that looked this beneficial and purposeful.

Boaty McBoatface: What You Get When You Let the Internet Decide – The New York Times

A proposal by a British agency to let the Internet name a research ship is the latest in a trend of web users having some fun with public polls.

Source: Boaty McBoatface: What You Get When You Let the Internet Decide – The New York Times