You can still get yourself taken out of zabasearch, and maybe others,
but out means totally out. I want people to find my name and number,
just not my address. If they want to come over here, they can call me
Here in Canada we have
'Free People Search, Reverse Phone Lookup, Business Telephone Directory
| Canada411.ca' (http://www.canada411.com )
and it'll do both reverse phone number look ups and reverse address look
The problem is that it only uses the telephone listings of the companies
that operate the land lines. With more and more people abandoning their
land lines and using their cell phone for everything, these phone number
look up sites are getting more and more useless. They don't have any
cell phone listings in their data bases. And, these companies have to
buy those data bases off the cell phone companies, so they want to
charge for their services to recoup their costs.
Yesterday because of this thread, I looked myself up in swtichboard, and
it offers to find neighbors, so today I thought this would make it a
little easier to look up a lot of my neihbors.**.
For one of them, still on switchboard, it went to a captcha requiest on
whitepages.com. So that makes mayayana right about that. The captcha
was easy, a picture of a house number, but it failed and they said that
it was their fault. I went back and tried agaiin, another house number,
and still didn't work. Anyhow that makes Chris right about having to
enter captchas sometimes. Checking, I see t here are ads, but I
barely notice them.
**I'm going away in the spring for a month or two and I might need to
call a neighbor.
Since you suggested noscript I've been using it, in Firefox, but an
awful lot of pages won't work for me, and I don't know which script to
Plus when I try to display a pdf file in FF nothing at all happens and
there usually are no noscript options to allow anything. I have to go
Of course I woudl have been happy just to download most pdf files, but
that's no longer offered and the add-on pdf-download which used to work
great 4 years ago doesn't do anything now.
I used to use NoScript, and gave up on it several years ago. Most pages
are badly written and fail or do wierd things (the site for my bank had
links that lead to wrong sites) with scripts blocked. When I go to try
enabling some, there's often 30 or more (script origins), most with
| Since you suggested noscript I've been using it, in Firefox, but an
| awful lot of pages won't work for me, and I don't know which script to
The choices are not types of script but sources.
will work to just enable the script from that domain.
Other script from places like Google or ad companies
is generally not needed. But every time you change
the options it will refresh, so it's not hard to just
enable them one at a time until it works.
Example: I just went to time.com. The bottom
item in NoScript options is time.com. If I have trouble
I'll enable that. If I still have trouble I can enable
timeinc.com. I see 5 other domains where script
is coming from. Three are ad/tracking sites and two
are wordpress. It's unlikely that any of those actually
need to be enabled for the page to work.
| Plus when I try to display a pdf file in FF nothing at all happens and
| there usually are no noscript options to allow anything. I have to go
| to SeaMonkey.
| Of course I woudl have been happy just to download most pdf files, but
| that's no longer offered and the add-on pdf-download which used to work
| great 4 years ago doesn't do anything now.
I download all PDFs. I figure that if I want a PDF in
the first place I probably want a copy of it. If you
don't have something assigned to open it then it
will download as any other download.
Unless they've changed it in the past few versions
of Firefox, you can just do the following to have PDFs
treated like ZIPs or other binaries:
Tools -> Options -> Applications -> PDF -> Always Ask
I've looked at but actually never used the Applications tab.
I just checked. I have two versions (different profiles) of FF
running, and the first one I looked at had 3 different entries for pdf,
all set to Always Ask. This is th verion I had added Noscript to.
The other version had only one entry set to Always display or whoever
they set it. I set that to Always ask, but this is the version I wasn't
using when I added Noscript. Still I want to see what happens.
This is enough to keep me busy for a while Unless you can think of
something to add now, I'll get back to you in a few weeks on the xp
newsgroup. Do you mind if I ping your name in the subject line.
| This is enough to keep me busy for a while Unless you can think of
| something to add now, I'll get back to you in a few weeks on the xp
| newsgroup. Do you mind if I ping your name in the subject line.
Sure. That's OK. If you want something else
to keep you busy, check this out:
I just found it yesterday. Very interesting. A Firefox
extension designed to learn by parsing pages you visit
and gradually block all tracking websites, without the
person using it needing to make an effort or understand
anything about online tracking.
| > Worked for me. Got name, address, age, relatives. Only asked for money
| > for more information.
| I had the same result, which is why I posted here.
| Needed a phone number. Thanks for proving my point.
Are you trying to prove a point? I thought you
were trying to get a phone number. Did you
try some of the suggestions? Did you try clearing
It does seem like the whole thing could work a lot
better, though. After all these years of the
Internet, I don't see why I can't log into the local
library -- or some e-equivalent -- and find anything
I can get by visiting the library -- business records,
legal records, periodicals, etc. I can read old magazine
articles at my library, but I can't get them online. Perhaps
some of those were never digitized, but certainly
things like phone numbers and addresses could be
made available by government agencies or libraries
at no substantial cost.
When phone listings first went online, they didn't limit themselves to
what you entered. They positioned you at that point and you could look
and scroll up and down as if you were reading the phone book. I liked
In Baltimore County, and City I think, you can look in the catalog, by
title, author, topic, etc, put a book on hold, whether it's in or out,
renew a book (even after it's due and you owe money. You still owe what
you owed but it stops increasing! There are a whole bunch of things
they call databases that you can use for free. The only one I'm
interested in is the auto database, which isn't that good (it has
recalls, though) but it's free if you come from the library and not
Just about everything I've wanted is online for that here, deeds and
sales records of property, property assessment and tax, not just for
myself but everyone in the county, photostats of the documents involved
(where I can see that a neighbor I dislike twice swore that she'd never
taken a homestead deduction before, even though the second time she had
and was lying), arrest records, court dockets and case history. I
should have made a list of the URLs as I found them. They are not
They used to have a blue section to the phone book with governement
phone numbers. Do they still have that?
| >periodicals, etc. I can read old magazine
| >articles at my library, but I can't get them online. Perhaps
| >some of those were never digitized, but certainly
| >things like phone numbers and addresses could be
| >made available by government agencies or libraries
| >at no substantial cost.
| They used to have a blue section to the phone book with governement
| phone numbers. Do they still have that?
I don't even seem to get phone books anymore.
And in recent years they've got smaller and smaller.
Mine get bigger and there are three competing companies handing them out.
They might be good for poor man's ballistic armor but I never use them. Then
again, I initiate about 5 phone calls a year. Hate the damn things.
| > http://www.zabasearch.com/
| > I see 6 Christopher A. Young's in NY and all phones listed.
| This page didn't even list the guy I
| wanted, much less a phone number.
I just tried using it to check on two friends in
different states and I got both phone number
and full address as the "free" information for
There seems to be something wrong on your end.
Either a browser problem or, more likely, you're
looking up someone who's either unlisted or doesn't
have a landline.
I'm guessing they use phonebook data for these
listings. Maybe there are also other sources, but
if it's only phonebook data then your friend will
need to be listed to be found. (I just tried looking
up someone else who has only a cellphone and,
sue enough, he wasn't found.)
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