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Schedule

Sunday, February 1

1422817200 The Tech Guy
1422828000 This Week in Tech

Monday, February 2

1422900000 Tech News Today
1422903600 Triangulation
1422909000 iPad Today
1422921600 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, February 3

1422986400 Tech News Today
1422990000 MacBreak Weekly
1422997200 Security Now
1423004400 Before You Buy
1423008000 Tech News 2Night
1423011600 All About Android
1423020600 Padre's Corner

Wednesday, February 4

1423067400 FLOSS Weekly
1423072800 Tech News Today
1423076400 Windows Weekly
1423083600 This Week in Google
1423094400 Tech News 2Night
1423096200 Android App Arena
1423101600 Ham Nation

Thursday, February 5

1423159200 Tech News Today
1423162800 Know How...
1423166400 Marketing Mavericks
1423171800 Coding 101
1423175400 Home Theater Geeks
1423180800 Tech News 2Night
1423182600 The Giz Wiz

Friday, February 6

1423245600 Tech News Today
1423249200 This Week in Law
1423267200 Tech News 2Night

Saturday, February 7

1423335600 The Tech Guy

Sunday, February 8

1423422000 The Tech Guy
1423436400 This Week in Tech

Monday, February 9

1423504800 Tech News Today
1423508400 Triangulation
1423513800 iPad Today
1423526400 Tech News 2Night

Tuesday, February 10

1423591200 Tech News Today
1423594800 MacBreak Weekly
1423602000 Security Now
1423609200 Before You Buy
1423612800 Tech News 2Night
1423616400 All About Android
1423625400 Padre's Corner

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Viewer Feedback and Speeding up DNS

February 20 2014

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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