HOWTO: Simply Disable Snap Shots From

Well, I got to thinking the other day…and this one isn’t just for me. It’s really for anyone, old friends / acquaintances from Facebook, random wanders from the Internet sky, whomever.

Thanks to the joy and wonder of OpenDNS, I finally disabled Frankly, I hate the thing.

Some may like it, some may not, but for me trying to disable it via their interface simply didn’t function. Needless to say, I think they’re spammers now. Such a sad thing to say for what looked at first like a promising Internet startup. C’est la vie. So…they get banned from my world, at the DNS level.

Step 1 – Go to OpenDNS and chose “Create account” in the upper-right corner of the page.

Step 2 – Do the usual register-for-a-website dance.

Step 3 – Follow their instructions for using OpenDNS. This is quite technical, see their website for details.

Step 4 – Go back to OpenDNS and click on “Settings”. Scroll down to “Manage individual domains”. Leave the “Always block” setting as-is, and enter the following two domains: and, one at a time. Confirm that you wish these to be blocked under any and all circumstances.

Step 5 – Go back to whatever website you really want to see(for me it was a Second Life Gaming blog) and reload it. Voila! No more! *cheers*

Hope this helps someone out there…feel free to leave a comment if this didn’t make sense or you’d just like to say thanks.

Internet Optimization 101

This is mostly for myself, but I wanted to document somewhere the various things I’ve learned from setting up my laptop in the hopes of making the Internet as fast as possible while supporting Internet radio, podcasting, Second Life, etc.

Required Items:

Fast DNS Infrastructure(i.e. OpenDNS) – This company has an entire soon-to-be world-wide infrastructure dedicated to serving DNS as quickly as possible. This is the part of the Internet that turns into a number for your PC to contact. Huge speed bost.

Another option worth mentioning is the publicly available services from a hosting company named Hurricane Electric.  I encountered some problems with OpenDNS and eventually ended up using HE for my DNS.

Fast Local Search – So I discovered the hard way, that if I leave Spotlight enabled(I’m on a Mac, I bet Windows is similar) that it tries in vain to index every cache on my machine…essentially turning into slag. Once Firefox started freaking I decided to fix it. Voila, SO much better. Just a tip. 🙂

Optional Items:

Fast Caching Infrastructure(i.e. squid) – It’s total overkill, but I love it. I currently devote 512MB of RAM and 4GB of HD to what is essentially a massive personal web cache, via a piece of software called squid. It did need some tweaking…following are my customized settings:

./configure –with-aufs-threads=32
http_port localhost:3128
cache_mem 512 MB
maximum_object_size_in_memory 256 MB
cache_dir aufs /usr/local/squid/var/cache 4096 16 256
maximum_object_size 256 MB
shutdown_lifetime 1 seconds
cache_effective_user nobody
cache_effective_group staff
ipcache_size 4096
fqdncache_size 4096

That’s pretty much it. The rest is “standard” squid setup, but dang do these settings make my web surfing just toast. Love it…and hope this helps others.