You may never have heard of him....but virtually every Firefox user owes a huge debt of gratitude to Rick Petnel, the man who built the best filter list for the indispensable Adblock Plus extension. He’s recently passed away after a short illness...  
 
[EasyList] quickly became the first entry in the list of recommended filters shown after Adblock Plus is installed, and its success at picking up and blocking dozens of types of advertisement – from the simple banner ad to the more complex flash and Java creations that now litter the web – is surely part of the reasons why Firefox is both popular and enjoys a far more favourable reputation than its main rival, Internet Explorer...
 
 
One Man, One Long List, No More Web Ads (Washington Post, June 25, 2008)
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