Faster PC and Easy Setup

I was reading one of those techie articles about how to improve your browser performance and, for once, found a really valuable tip. Now, trust me when I say this, I do the normal stuff on a regular basis to keep my lil ole puter running at the best its little number cruncher can do for me … and so I also read these, normally useless, articles with tips on how to improve performance with an attitude of “yeah … and why should I believe you” …

The latest tip I read included a suggestion to use the Google Public DNS service. http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns/

Let me tell you that things are faster and easier and shockingly better after I did it. I mean that Don is sitting here with an almost new computer performance.

So, if you are a semi-techie or even marginally competent in following directions, then do the changes in that document and see for yourself.

I understand the logic and reasoning and I’ll see if I can ‘splain it to ya slowly.

DNS is the system by which your browser (ok, mine and everyone else’s) uses to go to web sites. I’ll make it more simple here: if you type in www.google.com then somewhere between your browser and you seeing the Google page on your screen there is a number of actions taking place. One of these is to do a look-up in a set of tables (kind of like a large scale directory system which interprets that “named” address into some numbers that are the real way the internet works). Most of the look-ups are done on systems set up by the people you pay to connect to the internet (your ISP). They don’t care if you take an extra second or two to get to the page you want and so they don’t put their best speed and energy into this task. Enter Google and their public DNS service. They see their function as giving the best performance for their customers they can (get the difference here???). As a result the search takes less time (now keep in mind we are also talking about a few “back and forth” trips between your computer and this look-up  table site) and your results will vary with how long it takes to complete the look-up.

The end result is faster information to your browser and so faster loads (each item on the page you are  viewing is a complete series of those searches and look-ups) … take 1 second less for each search and you start to see a page load in 5 seconds instead of 15 seconds … make sense now???

Go and do it … or get your teenager to read the thing and set it up for you. It isn’t difficult and the rewards are worth the effort.

Don – speeding down the internet highway in Ensenada, Mexico on the 12 of September 2011.

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