Monday, November 06, 2006

An easy way to speed up your browsing

Last night, I received an invitation to tour the New York Times website for a week during what is called Free Access week over at the newspaper. Since free is about the price I'm willing to pay for a lot of stuff, I zipped right over to their Technology section to see some of the latest stuff from David Pogue, their technology columnist.

I'm not sure whether his stuff is usually behind a firewall, but I took advantage of the chance to look through some of what he's been posting lately. He's one of those "names" that seem to carry a lot of weight in the technology community, so he's usually worth a read.

One of the items that jumped out at me was A faster Web - for free which told how anyone can speed up their web connection, using a service called OpenDNS. Pogue claims that just by starting to use it, his access times for getting web pages to load in his browser were dropping at an amazing rate.

Frankly, it sounded a little too good to be true. It's free, for one thing, and there's no software to install, and no sales people are going to call. You don't have to register, or give away your email address or anything...can this be for real?

Well, I got my router switched over to start using OpenDNS's servers and it really does seem to work. I can cruise around the Web a lot quicker (judging from my own non-scientific clicking), and it works for every computer in the house, just by switching a couple of options on the router.

Try it for yourself. It really works. And thanks, Mr. Pogue, for pointing it out to all of us.

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poguenyt said...

No problem, Dave.

Meanwhile, you'll be happy to learn (I hope) that ALL of my stuff is free at, forever!

--David Pogue

John Roberts said...

Glad that OpenDNS is delivering for you.

Let us know how we can continue to improve. Contact info in the footer of every page on our website.


John Roberts