1) I can check firefox extensions for what you suggest.
But I try to keep my extensions down to a minimum,
because my old pc is already heavily loaded with add-ons and utilities of many types.
Also, I have Snagit, which can record youtube video/audio.
2) okay, filter keywords are not my problem then
3) Now see those command line arguments are for 3rd party applications.
I misunderstood - thought they were for direct use on urls sniffed by urlsnooper
4) Yep, my "only scan this computer/non-promiscuous" setting seems to work
opposite of what's been predicted.
I will try it again in the promiscuous mode to see if it will now work.
5 Arghh! Am I on a network? That word means different things to different
people, and just like the word "love", can cause great misunderstanding.
Where is Rebecca Saxe when I need her. She & Nancy Kanwisher do functional MRI's
at MIT & Harvard, that show where, how and when in the brain,
persons process stimuli to create thoughts about what another
person is perceiving and intending to do, way beyond what the 2nd person merely says or writes.
Believe it or not, there is a special spot in the brain that does this. And it can be
used for good or ilk, as in brain washing by totally ruthless, unaccountable or even
ignorant people operating at a primitive, tribal level. It's more closely related to
the limbic system of fight or flight, friend or foe, and speedier than rational,
cerebral thought. Therefore, it has an advantage for survival, even ahead of
more intelligent types, if the latter don't learn to work effectively together,
as you and others here seem to be. (Sorry for the tangent.)
I have a stand alone, home computer. It is not networked within my home.
However technically, since it does connect to the Internet via an ISP (Comcast),
it IS on a network (at least when I've got my cable modem turned on, and
have a website open.) The internet is a network.
But you have a point. Even when I don't have any browser windows open
to any websites, urlsnooper does receive packets, while my broadband cable
modem is on. So what is it sniffing then? Well Comcast and my computer
have ongoing chatter, to monitor whether my modem power is on, and I think it
tests nearly continuously whether it can send & receive data. That's what the
LED lights are for. At least the 5th one "Activity" whick blinks all the time,
when the modem is on, except when the line is dead sometimes for short
periods in this neighborhood, or when the modem is just powering up for the
first half minute or so.
Meanwhile, I'll retry c-span, and some sites I've never been to, like www.di.fm