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1430071200 The Tech Guy
1430085600 This Week in Tech

Monday, April 27

1430154000 Tech News Today
1430157600 Triangulation
1430163000 iPad Today
1430170200 Coding 101
1430175600 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, April 28

1430240400 Tech News Today
1430244000 MacBreak Weekly
1430253000 Security Now
1430262000 Tech News 2Night
1430265600 All About Android

Wednesday, April 29

1430321400 FLOSS Weekly
1430326800 Tech News Today
1430330400 Windows Weekly
1430337600 This Week in Google
1430348400 Tech News 2Night
1430350200 Android App Arena
1430355600 Ham Nation

Thursday, April 30

1430413200 Tech News Today
1430416800 Know How...
1430422200 Marketing Mavericks
1430427600 Home Theater Geeks
1430434800 Tech News 2Night
1430436600 The Giz Wiz

Friday, May 1

1430499600 Tech News Today
1430503200 This Week in Law
1430514000 Before You Buy
1430521200 Tech News 2Night

Saturday, May 2

1430589600 The Tech Guy

Sunday, May 3

1430676000 The Tech Guy
1430690400 This Week in Tech

Monday, May 4

1430758800 Tech News Today
1430762400 Triangulation
1430767800 iPad Today
1430775000 Coding 101
1430780400 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, May 5

1430845200 Tech News Today
1430848800 MacBreak Weekly
1430857800 Security Now
1430866800 Tech News 2Night
1430870400 All About Android

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We discuss getting rid of space junk with a tractor beam, viewer feedback straight from Google Plus, and speed up your DNS.

Speeding Up you DNS

The "Domain Name System" is how computers find resources on the Internet. Anytime a computer tries to navigate to a web server or connect to a service (i.e. Google), the computer first needs to request a "DNS Resolution" from a DNS server. The DNS server turns an address like "Google.com" into its IP address equivilant. If your DNS server is slow to respond, it will slow your entire Internet communication session.

Benchmarking your DNS
Try using Steve Gibson's "DNS Benchmark" - It will allow you to test the reliability and responsiveness of DNS servers in your area. You can find it. here.

Choosing a 3rd Party DNS
My personal favorite 3rd Party DNS servers are Google DNS: (8.8.4.4) and OpenDNS: (208.67.222.222)

To configure Windows 7:

  1. "Start"
  2. "Control Panel"
  3. "Network and Sharing Center"
  4. Click "Local Area Connection" (You'll get a popup window for "Local Area Connection Status".)
  5. Click "Properties"
  6. Select "Internet Protocol Version 4"
  7. Click "Properties"
  8. Enable - "Use the following DNS server addresses:"
  9. Enter your two favorite DNS servers
  10. "ok"
  11. "close"
  12. "close"

To configure Mac OSX:

  1. "System Preferences"
  2. "Network"
  3. Select the connection that you want to configure
  4. "Advanced"
  5. Choose the "DNS" tab
  6. Click the "+" sign at the bottom of the "DNS Servers:" box
  7. Enter your 3rd Part DNS server settings
  8. "OK"
  9. "Apply"

To Configure your Router:

  1. Log into your Router
  2. Find the "DHCP Settings" section
  3. Find the DNS subfield
  4. Enter your 3rd Party DNS settings
  5. Save Settings

Editing your Hosts File

For Windows 7:

  1. Open Notepad in Admin mode (Hover over the icon, right click, "Run as Administrator")
  2. "Open a file"
  3. Navigate to "My Computer" - "C:" - "Windows" - "System 32" - "drivers" - "etc" (**You need to make sure that Notepad is seeing "All Files" by clicking the selection box next to the "File Name" field and selecting "All Files" – You will now be able to see the "hosts" file**)
  4. Open the "hosts" file
  5. Enter the IP addresses and URLs of your most commonly visited sites in the format: "IP address (tab) URL"
  6. Save

For OSX:

  1. "Command" + "Shift" + "g"
  2. Type "/private/etc" and hit ENTER
  3. Use your favorite editor to add your most commonly visited sites in the format: "IP address (tab) URL"
  4. Save

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