Free Fast Public DNS Servers List

The most basic task of DNS is to translate hostnames such as theos.in to IP address such as 74.86.49.131. In very simple terms, it can be compared to a phone book. DNS also has other important use such as email routing.

This is my list of better, fast public dns servers and free dns server (as compare to your ISP / DSL / ADSL / cable DNS service providers dns servers). These dns servers are free to all. I was able to improve my browsing speed with following DNS servers. Use any one of the following provider.

The most basic task of DNS is to translate hostnames such as theos.in to IP address such as 74.86.49.131. In very simple terms, it can be compared to a phone book. DNS also has other important use such as email routing.

This is my list of better, fast public dns servers and free dns server (as compare to your ISP / DSL / ADSL / cable DNS service providers dns servers). These dns servers are free to all. I was able to improve my browsing speed with following DNS servers. Use any one of the following provider.
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Tips for Upgrading to Windows Vista

So how do you make sure that your computer is ready for the edition of Windows Vista?

The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor will help you to determine if your Windows XP-based PC can run Windows Vista. You can also use the Upgrade Advisor to determine if your Windows Vista-based PC is ready for an upgrade to a more powerful edition of Windows Vista.

There are also some tips posted by Computerworld:

Microsoft’s new OS is saddled with problems that may dissuade would-be upgraders. If you do decide to upgrade, though, it’s easier than ever before. Here’s the smart way.

Upgrading to Vista: The Gotchas and the Good News

Howto Install MySQL on Windows Vista or Server 2003

This article will help to install MySQL database software on Windows Vista.

This document is written by Chris and focuses on installing MySQL on Windows Vista because its new security features require a few adjustments to allow MySQL to install properly. The general information provided in the paper could also be applied to Windows Server 2003.

From the article:

This week, the lab looks at configuring and installing MySQL – an open source relational database management system which is typically used for web applications.

This paper will provide an overview of configuring & installing this software on Windows. MySQL does not have as many features as PostgreSQL, however, and one would expect it to perform substantially better than PostgreSQL on Windows because of its thread-based architecture (PostgreSQL uses a process-based architecture instead).

MySQL on Windows: Configuration & Install (Download link PDF version)

Cowboy Bebop Soundtrack

Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ) is a Japanese anime series. The series, set in 2071, follows the misadventures and tragedies of a group of bounty hunters, or “cowboys”, traveling on their spaceship, the Bebop. Cowboy Bebop is the first album recorded by The Seatbelts for Cowboy Bebop. It is one of the few soundtracks to a television show to achieve a perfect five star rating from Allmusic.

Cowboy Bebop opening song

Tank!” is the opening song for the series Cowboy Bebop.

Tank! (live) version

Download of the day: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is a cumulative service pack that includes the latest updates and provides enhancements to security and stability. It includes updates, fixes and enhancements to a Windows oses. Service packs are the means by which product updates are distributed.

If you are using any one of the following version, you need to use this service pack:

  • Windows Server 2003 with SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions with SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 Editions with SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems with SP2
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition with SP2

Download link

This is a released to market (RTM) only. You can download service pack by visiting this site. (release note, found via MSDN blog)

20 most wanted Firefox extensions

There is a good list of 20 must-have Firefox extensions published at computer world web site. These plug-ins give you souped-up functionality, better look and feel, and streamlined development tasks.

Currently I am using following two add-ons
1) Google Toolbar
2) Stumble! Toolbar

You can find some other Firefox add-on information here :)

A freshly installed copy of Firefox is a great software package, but what makes this open-source browser so special is the ability to customize it via extensions and themes to really make it yours. The problem is, there are so many available add-ins, it’s tough to know what’s worth installing and what’s just going to junk up your system.
* Tools for taming the Web
* Visual improvements
* Matters of convenience
* Information gatherers
* Web developer essentials

=> 20 must-have Firefox extensions

World’s most secure laptop drive with in built encryption

You can use software based encryption under Windows or Linux/UNIX computer. This is useful if you lost your hard disk or entire laptop is stolen.

Seagate debuts the world’s most secure laptop drive called Momentus 5400 FDE.2 drive with native 128-bit AES encryption. The main benefit is you will save CPU power / cycle as drive use firmware based encryption at the laptop drive level.

This is a standard ATA drive that’s encrypting all the time. It acts like a regular drive, you wouldn’t know the difference.

The Momentus is a serial ATA drive that spins at 5,400 rpm, has a 1.5Gbit/sec throughput and comes with pre-boot authentication and a secure data erasure feature, which overwrites data several times to allow repurposing of the drive. The drive comes in 80GB, 120GB and 160GB capacities. The encryption feature will add about 25% more to the cost of standard Seagate SATA drives and will retail anywhere $130 to $175 for an 80GB drive

=> Seagate debuts the world’s most secure laptop drive

Howto optimize Mac Computer for Performance

The effective mac user blog has posted 11 ways to optimize Mac’s performance.

For example it suggests use of utilities such as OnyX which can repair and optimize Mac computer system.

From the article:

Every now and then, my Macs begin to feel a little sluggish. There are many potential reasons why: I tend to run 8-10 applications all the time – and sometimes push 15 or more. This alone will bog down any Mac.

At other times, I realize that it’s been weeks since I restarted the computer, and a simple restart will solve a lot of these woes.

When those don’t speed things up, I’ve found a number of things I can do to encourage my Macs back to their youthful snappiness.

11 Ways to Optimize Your Mac’s Performance

Exercise helps to boost your brainpower / increases your intelligence

Wake up in the morning and start exercising daily, if you want to keep your brainpower. According to new study exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in a brain region linked with memory and memory loss.

Other benefits of Regular Exercise

=> Avoid problem such as high blood pressure (BP) or diabetes
=> Stay slim and look good
=> Feel energetic
=> See your grand children growing etc

According to this article:

Tests on mice showed they grew new brain cells in a brain region called the dentate gyrus, a part of the hippocampus that is known to be affected in the age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most humans.

The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging scans to help document the process in mice — and then used MRIs to look at the brains of people before and after exercise.

They found the same patterns, which suggests that people also grow new brain cells when they exercise.

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