Block ads on Kakaotalk client

The kakaotalk client on Mac is okay but the Windows client is full of ads: ads in friend list, ads in chat, ads in the corner of the screen, ad under your cursor.

It annoyed me to no end. So what’s the solution? Find a way to block it!

I used a nifty tool called TCP View (very old, but still works). It can resolve domains from IP address and is not as heavy as Wireshark 😉

I looked up the domains kakaotalk.exe connects to and found the following, so I added this to /Windows/System32/drivers/etc/hosts

#Block kakao ads

And voilà! No more annoying ads!

How to turn on the quit confirmation prompt in Chrome

Recently Chrome 69 started to disrespect the keyboard mapping on my Mac, which result in the Cut key becomes the Quit key! I searched for the option to confirm before quitting but the results are all outdated… Unbelievable! So here’s how:

On Linux and Windows

Go to chrome://flags

Search for Warn before quitting


On Mac

Chrome Menu / Warn Before Quitting

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How to set up squid

On Ubuntu

Basic squid conf

/etc/squid3/squid.conf instead of the super bloated default config file

auth_param basic program /usr/lib/squid3/basic_ncsa_auth /etc/squid3/passwords
auth_param basic realm proxy
acl authenticated proxy_auth REQUIRED
http_access allow authenticated

# Choose the port you want. Below we set it to default 3128.
http_port 3128

Setting up a user

sudo htpasswd -c /etc/squid3/passwords username_you_like

and enter a password twice for the chosen username then

sudo service squid3 restart

How to install tinyproxy, the comprehensive guide

You should build from source, since the latest version on Ubuntu repository doesn’t support authentication yet

git clone
sudo apt-get install automake cmake asciidoc 

cd tinyproxy
make && make install

Add authentication

vi /etc/tinyproxy.conf
BasicAuth user password
Allow your.local.ip.address
sudo /etc/init.d/tinyproxy restart