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Offline Fury

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Speeding up your browsing
Do you think Hard Light Productions or Game Warden is slow? Try OpenDNS or Google Public DNS. They're both quite likely to give you better internet experience, because not all internet service providers are maintaining their DNS servers properly.

It is also possible that you may not notice an improvement in loading times of HLP or GW, but you may in other sites. So don't give up on them right away, try one a few days, then another the next few days and decide for yourself if they're worth keeping.

 

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
thanks, I have a huge amount of problems to open HLP and GW from home, will try this when I get back tonight.
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Offline MatthTheGeek

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
Err, I didn't know HLP was doing in advertising...
People are stupid, therefore anything popular is at best suspicious.

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
Err, I didn't know HLP was doing in advertising...

Yes, HLP gets at 7% cut of all the profit that Open DNS and Google Public DNS make when you switch to either of them.  Didn't you get the memo?  And we get a 2% cut of all GOG.com FS1 and 2 sales and we're negotiating for a 1% cut of all Descent1 and 2 sales.

:wtf:

:hammer: It's called passing the word.  Let your fellow HLPer know where the good stuff is.

 
Re: Speeding up your browsing
Err, I didn't know HLP was doing in advertising...
Advertising is usually done with the intention of earning money. Hence, advertising an open-source project would be... odd.
This ain't advertising, it's just giving good advice.

 

Offline Mongoose

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
I can't say I've ever experienced enough widespread site slowdowns to make fiddling around with DNS worth the bother.

 

Offline jr2

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
The slowdown would be the lag you get just after you click a link or after you hit the enter key when typing a url in address box, before the status bar says waiting for site: zzz.yyyyy.com  If the page contains data stored on multiple such sites that have to be looked up with DNS queries, then you get more slow downs.  And, if you use your ISP's DNS servers, certain sites just won't load for random reasons. *coughcensoringcough* (such as PirateBay, www.drudgereport.com .. and others that I've seen)

 
Re: Speeding up your browsing
Why would the Drudge Report be censored?
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Offline FUBAR-BDHR

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
Google DNS faster?  I doubt that.  The slowest part of the pages loading are the connections to Google for adds.  Can't see the connections for DNS look ups being any faster. 

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
Yeah, either the Google ads or that annoying little ICQ icon is usually what keeps the page busy for me, but those are after everything else has already loaded.

 

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
well I don't know about you, but I tested both and I'm keeping google's dns... for some reason they seem to load faster than opendns and the regular "automatic" setting (so far).
el hombre vicio...

 

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
Why would the Drudge Report be censored?

I really don't know - it was working fine, then it stopped.  But the only way around it was to do a Google search for it and then click that; then it worked.  But I use OpenDNS now.

 

Offline Jeff Vader

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
Better late yadda yadda. Be quiet, it hasn't even been a month.

Thought I'd mention Comodo Secure DNS as yet another option. Haven't tested it myself much. Or any of the mentioned ones. Usually my ISP's DNS servers function well enough and I've tried OpenDNS and Google Public DNS recently mainly because
- my ISP's DNS servers seemed to lose HLP, so I tried OpenDNS
- OpenDNS claimed that Facebook was banned at the uni, so I tried Google Public DNS.

People who care can always try Comodo as well. I might also do that.
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23:40 < achillion > wait no
23:40 < achillion > evilbagel: ass
23:40 < EveningTea > ?
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14:08 < achillion > there's too much talk of butts and dongs in here
14:08 < achillion > the level of discourse has really plummeted
14:08 < achillion > Let's talk about politics instead
14:08 <@The_E > butts and dongs are part of #hard-light's brand now
14:08 <@The_E > well
14:08 <@The_E > EvilBagel's brand, at least

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01:07 < achillion > penis infection?
01:08 < T-Rog > Chlamydia
01:08 < achillion > O.o
01:09 < achillion > well
01:09 < achillion > I guess that happens
01:09 < T-Rog > at least it's curable
01:09 < achillion > yeah
01:10 < T-Rog > I take it you weren't actually expecting it to be a penis infection
01:10 < achillion > I was not

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14:05 < achillion > until stuff explodes
14:05 < achillion > then you start thinking about it

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Online Colonol Dekker

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
I don't even know what a DNS is/does so i'm a gonna opt out of this topic :D

 

Offline Jeff Vader

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
I don't even know what a DNS is/does so i'm a gonna opt out of this topic :D
Think of it this way. You enter www.hard-light.net to your address bar (or open a bookmark). Your browser doesn't just go to www.hard-light.net and get the contents. No. Nonono. First, your computer will contact a DNS server and ask "wtf is the IP address for www.hard-light.net" and it'll get a response. The response may be "I dunno lol but you should ask ***.***.***.***" and then your computer will contact ***.***.***.***. And this may occur several times during the process. Finally, the computer will get the answer "oh ya I know that fella, it's at ***.***.***.***", your browser will connect to that IP address and you'll get the site you wanted.

DNS is just a way to interpret those numeric IP addresses into URLs like www.google.com. The point of this thread is to make people aware about the fact that performance between DNS servers can be noticeable. Regardless of connection speeds, a poor DNS does have an impact if you have to scour the entire Internet through while looking for the IP for the site you wanted.

Or at least that's how I think it is. I didn't get a very good grade from Computer Networks I. :nervous:
« Last Edit: April 14, 2010, 09:09:48 am by Jeff Vader »
23:40 < achillion > EveningTea: ass
23:40 < achillion > wait no
23:40 < achillion > evilbagel: ass
23:40 < EveningTea > ?
23:40 < achillion > 2-letter tab complete failure

14:08 < achillion > there's too much talk of butts and dongs in here
14:08 < achillion > the level of discourse has really plummeted
14:08 < achillion > Let's talk about politics instead
14:08 <@The_E > butts and dongs are part of #hard-light's brand now
14:08 <@The_E > well
14:08 <@The_E > EvilBagel's brand, at least

01:06 < T-Rog > welp
01:07 < T-Rog > I've got to take some very strong antibiotics
01:07 < achillion > penis infection?
01:08 < T-Rog > Chlamydia
01:08 < achillion > O.o
01:09 < achillion > well
01:09 < achillion > I guess that happens
01:09 < T-Rog > at least it's curable
01:09 < achillion > yeah
01:10 < T-Rog > I take it you weren't actually expecting it to be a penis infection
01:10 < achillion > I was not

14:04 < achillion > Sometimes the way to simplify is to just have a habit and not think about it too much
14:05 < achillion > until stuff explodes
14:05 < achillion > then you start thinking about it

22:16 < T-Rog > I don't know how my gf would feel about Jewish conspiracy porn

15:41 <-INFO > EveningTea [[email protected]] has joined #hard-light
15:47 < EvilBagel> butt
15:51 < Achillion> yes
15:53 <-INFO > EveningTea [[email protected]] has quit [Quit: http://www.mibbit.com ajax IRC Client]

18:53 < Achillion> Dicks are fun

21:41 < MatthTheGeek> you can't spell assassin without two asses

20:05 < sigtau> i'm mining titcoins from now on

00:31 < oldlaptop> Drunken antisocial educated freezing hicks with good Internet == Finland stereotype

11:46 <-INFO > Kobrar [[email protected]] has joined #hard-light
11:50 < achtung> Surely you've heard of DVDA
11:50 < achtung> Double Vaginal Double ANal
11:51 < Kobrar> ...
11:51 <-INFO > Kobrar [[email protected]] has left #hard-light []

 

Offline jr2

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
You've got the gist of it if you don't actually have it.  I can't be arsed to remember how it actually goes but that's pretty much it in a nutshell.  Here's something to try: clicky here:  http://96.31.94.83

OK, how about here: http://207.67.217.231

Here?: http://67.195.160.76

:evil: here :shaking: http://207.46.170.123

Those are the "actual" websites.  when you punch in the address, the IP address must be retrieved.  Keep in mind the IP can change, too.  xD

EDIT: Apparently very rapidly, too.  If those links don't work, well... here's how I got them:

open command prompt
punch in
ping www.hard-light.net

note the IP address that is pinged.

punch in http://<IP address> into your browser.

;)

  

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Re: Speeding up your browsing
Hmm.  I hadn't heard of Comodo, will give it a shot.  OpenDNS has become too annoying for my liking, and Google's has a lot of tracking involved from what I've heard.

Besides Comodo, I've seen recommendations for Level 3's DNS servers.

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Sorry for necro, but it is only news, and we've had some recent issues with routing lately I think, that these might help with.
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