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This is way cool.  A nice idea and it works pretty well.

OpenDNS says its free address-lookup service makes Web sites load faster, and that it blocks malicious, data-thieving phishing schemes and other threats. Furthermore, the service corrects obvious typos in URLs, sending people to the site they intended to visit, it says.

To pay for it, though, the company serves up ads and a search page, instead of an error page, if the user enters a Web address that doesn't exist or can't be corrected. The approach is similar one used in an unpopular VeriSign service called Site Finder, which was pulled soon after its launch in 2003.
-CNet News

Developer's Corner / DNS Service
« on: July 10, 2006, 11:36 PM »
One important note up front:  I will make a whopping $5.00 if you subscribe to this service.
Second note: I'd tell you the same thing if I didn't.

DNS Made Easy is a DNS plus other stuff service provider.  I have been using them for many years and have had ZERO problems.  I mention this because I have friends and acquaintances who have wasted many hours of their lives sweating over DNS and Mail Server issues, when they really didn't have to.

Yes you can host your own DNS or use the one from your ISP.  If that makes you happy, go for it.  I started using DNS Made Easy when I hosted web sites out of my house.  DNS is notorious for it's ugly configuration and it's terrible security.  I didn't want to learn to write DNS configs or keep up with the daily security patches, so I tried DNS Made Easy.  They have a nice web interface, with lots of pretty pictures and little help wizards. 

The also provide Backup Email Services, Full Email Services and a few other neat things.  They are all reasonably priced and, as I said before, I have had ZERO problems.

They claim 100% uptime on DNS and I believe them.

Here is the link that pays me:

Feel free to ask me any questions or just visit their site.  I hope you save yourself some hassle.

Why Middle Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke
There were over 1.6 million bankruptcy filings last year, up 7.4 percent from the previous year. And according to a new book, more people will end up in bankruptcy this year than will suffer a heart attack, than will be diagnosed with cancer or graduate from college, and it’s not who you would think. Elizabeth Warren is a Harvard law professor and bankruptcy expert and discusses these findings in her new book “The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers Are Going Broke.” She discusses the book on “Today.” Read an excerpt here:

It's interesting to me to see how many people think a "good job" is "safe."  The problem seems to be relying on the 2 incomes for normal stuff.  A good read of "Who moved my cheese" and/or "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" could help a lot of people avoid these situtations.   :two:

General Software Discussion / Firefox sucking CPU
« on: June 21, 2006, 11:13 PM »
I'm runing the latest firefox  I noticed some lag in my system and found that Firefox is sucking up 50% of the CPU.  That kind of sucks.  So I kill ff and started it up again... still being piggy.

I don't recall having this problem with previous versions, so I may just wait for a fix.  Otherwise, I'm looking pretty hard @ Opera 9.  I'm typing this using the big O.

I also pulled down some nice widgets and they're running on my 2nd monitor.  Kinda cool.

Does anyone know if Opera has a "restore crashed session" feature the way Tab Mix Plus does for ff?


Living Room / What do you do at Donation Coder?
« on: June 21, 2006, 11:09 PM »
I was thinking about where I spend my time @ DC and it's 99.99% in the forums.  Is that normal?
Should we take a poll?

Just curious :)

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