Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Solving Server not Found and DNS errors : 5 Free Fast DNS Servers

If you have error or not, it's though exactly a diagnose. Using DNS server can speed up your online experience. Give them a try, it costs nothing. It can be all good and no bad.

DNS is Domain Name System, it's work in simple words is to translate URLs into IP addresses so that you can get the right thing. If it gets overloaded, you may be unable to view all or some websites. Like, if websites like loads but doesn't, you may have a DNS problem.
Also, if you have a DNS problem, the browser will often display error as Server not found.

To correct the trouble, you can use DNS servers. These will be servers that shall respond and process the DNS demands of your computer or network.

Some Gyaan Before we take off:
There are two types of the IP address your computer could be assigned.
  • Static IP
    Your IP address would be same every time you connect to the internet

  • Dynamic IP
      Your computer would be assigned different IP address every time you connect to the internet. In this case, it's good for you. You don't need to see Control panel for now.
There is a simple observation you can make just now, go and check The website shows your IP address(that's all it shows on the page, so i don't need to elaborate). Note it somewhere on notepad, paper or desk or in the form of doodle or on walls or have a Tattoo whatever. Now next time, you start the computer and connect to the internet, go again to, again you'll find the IP address. Check the latest one from the one you noted before. If there's no difference then you have Static IP otherwise you have a Dynamic IP.

Here's the procedure.
  1. The thing is you have to get to your internet connection's properties to instruct it to use a DNS server.
  2. On Windows XP and older versions, it's in Control Panel - Network Connections
  3. Or it can be in the Start Menu - Connect to
  4. Right click your connection and get to it's Properties. (On Windows 7 or Vista,  get straight to the properties of the connection)
  5. Networking Tab - in the list of services, Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  6. Get to it's Properties. You should see this.
You see those boxes for IP addresses, here is your turn to pick up the most handsome numbers from the menu below.

Here's List of DNS Server's that you do the Job, just for free.

Google Public DNS
Google is everywhere. It claims to be the fastest, and i'm sure you would believe it unless you really want to investigate. If time's not a luxury for you, try Namebench. You will find other info there. So back on Google.
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To Access the Blocked on Internet

Internet is the most liberal of all the human inventions. But sometimes, when you get blocked. Here's help.

Presentation for Basic knowledge, bypassing blockages: ComputerWorld

Now a fantastic article: Top 10 Ways to Access Blocked Stuff on The Web

Maintaining Windows: What to keep, What Not.

Windows Maintenance Tips: The Good, Bad, and Useless
Everybody's got an opinion on how to keep a Windows system running fast and smooth. Some tips are timeless, others are bunk that always recirculate. Here's a closer look at what really helps and hurts your Windows PC.
First up, here's the quick chart version, with the tips you're likely to hear floating around the net and from the mouths of casual IT types; each tip is plotted by its reputation and actual value. (More details for how we assigned these values below.) Click the image for a larger view.
Windows Maintenance Tips: The Good, Bad, and Useless
And now a little finer explanation on those points.

Seems Bad, Is Good

Windows Maintenance Tips: The Good, Bad, and Useless

These are those tips that seem like they actually kind of suck, but are in reality pretty good for your system.
Sleeping/Hibernating Instead of Shutting Down: Knowing that your laptop is drawing even just a trickle of power can freak out anyone who's had to pay for an expensive battery replacement, so a lot of people think it's always better to shut down your system when you're not using it. If we're talking PCs, the answer to the question of sleep or shutdown depends on how you feel about your electricity bill. For laptops, the issue of battery life and convenience is a sticky wicket. It takes some time and some vigorous hardware use to boot up your system, so if you know you're only stepping away from your system for, say, less than 3 hours, go ahead and close the lid and suspend it, or hibernate your system if you find it faster starting up. If you're going to be away for a solid bit, shut it down. Either way, don't plug it in if you don't have to, and spend more time getting things done than micro-managing your modern battery.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Funny Product Warnings

Dumb and Funny Warning Labels On Products

Liquid Plummer
Warning: Do not reuse the bottle to store beverages.

Do not spray in eyes.

Bowl Fresh
Safe to use around pets and children, although it is not recommended that either be permitted to drink from toilet.

Toilet Plunger
Caution: Do not use near power lines.

Dremel Electric Rotary Tool
This product not intended for use as a dental drill.

Arm & Hammer Scoopable Cat Litter
Safe to use around pets.

Endust Duster
This product is not defined as flammable by the Consumer Products Safety Commision Regulations. However, this product can be ignited under certain circumstances.

Baby Oil
Keep out of reach of children

Little Ones Baby Lotion
Keep away from children

Hair Coloring
Do not use as an ice cream topping.

Directions: Tear open packet and use.

Dial Soap
Directions: Use like regular soap.

Stridex Foaming Face Wash
May contain foam.

Do not use while taking a shower.
Old Spice Red Zone Deoderant
Use only on underarms.

Zantac 75
Do not take if allergic to zantac.

Sleeping Pills
Warning: May cause Drowsiness

Christmas Lights
Warning: For indoor or outdoor use only.

Bic Lighter
Ignite lighter away from face.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Future: Making gadgets invisible

It is often people imagine a future where our human skills will be lost. We'll be life-forms around plethora of machines helping and regulating us. But while we are advancing towards future, it can be seen slightly. Here's two mind-blowing projects, i was honored to know about.

Sixth Sense
How nice a thought, draw a watch on the wrist and there's time. Make gesture of taking a picture and it it's taken. Like those Harry Potter movies, there is actually in real life videos in the newspaper. Latest status on boarding passes. Solving what should i buy problem. Dialing on the hand. Using paper as a digital medium, you can drag a graph or some paragraph from the paper to the digitally connected paper. Collaboration of this intimate technology is amazing.
It also looks the real version of Hollywood Movie, Minority Report.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Twitter undergoing Vast Redesign

It has become more clear that Twitter is going for an huge redesign project. Twitter designer Doug Bowman, made the progress available on web.
Though the Sneak Peek does not reveals much but certainly more stats. The background is apparently inspiration from the fruit stripe gum. While the awesome, new design is in the public eye. It isn't finalized. The activity of twitter designers was recently seen as twitter adopted the new welcome page.
Twitter recently proposed a new home page design that is out now.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Code Editors gone Online

The list of Online code editors, available from any computer around the globe.

Mozilla labs experiment, it has lots of nifty features and can be embedded in any web project just by adding two files in the header. In order to use, sign-up is required.

No wonder a brilliant online code editor, and best among the list. Though registration is not required for use, sign-in activates advanced features like collaborative work etc. Offers all the features that a code editor should. Supports most programming language.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

[How to] Save Protected Photos

It started with a bet. While stumbling through that image website, i noticed a really cool picture(skateboarding Fly!), it was protected, and if you right click and click save as. They'll will in turn save a GIF file named spaceball of 1x1 pixel resolution. The same applies for every protected picture.
I wanted to save it on my disk but it won't allow me to save it directly. Here's how to save them.
  1.  It would be intrusive if i gave link to any protected picture. So when you find one.
  2. As a line of text is selected, select the image(Drag the mouse from free space aside picture to the picture)
  3. Right click the selection. In Firefox, click view selection source, a windows DOM source of selection would appear.
  4. Go through the small piece of code, for convenience select Wrap long lines from the view menu. Identify the long and distinguished image URL and paste it on address bar
  5. Now you can save it.
It's normal stuff, most of you would have eventually known it. Alas, thanks for the visit.
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