December 2009


Google Public DNS: Faster Internet Access?


You may have heard about Google’s recent release of Google Public DNS which, amongst other claims, aims to speed-up your browser’s interaction with DNS servers thereby making the internet appear faster. Well, that’s my interpretation anyway.

Google states that “…Google Public DNS takes some new approaches that we believe offer more valid results, increased security, and, in most cases, better performance.”

I was particularly interested in the possible speed increase after finding these benchmarks where the comparative speed of Google Public DNS (, Level 3 ( and OpenDNS ( were tested.

Using these same DNS servers, here are my results for a handful of sites I visit regularly:


Setting Dimensions of OS X Finder Windows


One small annoyance I have with the OS X Finder is its apparent inability to let me set a default Finder window size. However many times I resize windows with the mouse, the Finder will eventually reset them to some arbitrary dimensions.

If, like me, you find this aspect of the Finder’s behaviour particularly irksome then try this AppleScript.


Outbrain and Blogger Read More Links: A Better Solution


A a couple of days back I posted a workaround for using read more links and Outbrain’s Rating Widget (ORW) in Blogger….

“As you’ve no doubt noticed I use post snippets or read more links on my blog using Blogger’s jump-links code. I’ve also recently added the Outbrain Rating Widget (ORW). Unfortunately, the two don’t play well together as the ORW is always displayed above the read more link and I’d rather it appeared below, or failing that, not at all.”

The workaround I posted isn’t particularly elegant and it has a couple of downsides. Afterwards, I got to thinking that there must be a better way. Well, there is and it’s so deceptively simple and effective that I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t think of it before. (more…)

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