How to change the DNS server on your iPhone and iPad

August 5, 2015

How to change the DNS server on your iPhone and iPad

DNS, or Domain Name System, is a server that translates domain names like apple.com to IP addresses, a numerical sequence of numbers that can locate servers on the internet. Your ISP has its own DNS server that is used by default on all your iOS devices, but you can also point it to a different DNS server.

Why would you want to change the default DNS server? Most ISPs’ DNS servers aren’t fast enough, and because DNS lookups are performed very often, this could greatly impact your browsing experience. Many ISPs also redirect you to unwanted sites on some occasions for commercial benefit. If you’ve ever experienced a situation where a site opens up on other connections, but not on your connections, changing the DNS could fix the issue.

So here’s how you change your DNS settings:

  • Open the Settings app on your device, and tap on the Wi-Fi menu.
  • Find out your Wi-Fi connection from the list of available networks, and tap on the “i” button on the right.
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  • Scroll down until you see the DNS section, and tap on the numbers to the right.
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  • A keyboard should appear, and you can now enter the new DNS server address. Tap on Wi-Fi to go back, once you’re done.

What DNS server to use

Of course, you’ll want to know which DNS server you want to use, so here are the options:

  • Google DNS: Google operates a free DNS service that promises speed, performance and security. To use Google’s DNS, use any of these addresses in the DNS field:
    • 8.8.8.8
    • 8.8.4.4
  • OpenDNS: Open DNS is another free DNS service that promises speed, reliability, and security. You can enter either of these addresses to use OpenDNS:
    • 208.67.222.222
    • 208.67.222.220

There are of course a lot of other DNS servers available, and to find the one that’s the best for you, you can use a tool like Namebench.

Reference: http://www.iphonehacks.com/2014/08/change-dns-iphone-ipad.html

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Stay safe online

November 3, 2011

… tips and advice for staying more secure on the web

There are so many fascinating things to do and explore online, but there are also times when the Internet can be a little bit scary. Just like in the offline world, it’s important to keep yourself safe and secure. Whether you’re a new Internet user or an old hand, it’s good to stay updated on the best practices when it comes to sharing your data online and browsing safely. Here we give you advice for staying more secure on the web and an overview of some of the security tools that Google offers.

5 tips for staying safe on the web

Reference: Stay safe online


Practically link together “everything” you do online

October 13, 2011

IFTTT (still in beta release) helps you link together almost everything you do online via its Recipes. Create your own recipe or freely use any of the hundreds pre-written by others made available to you.

Example 1:

All my Foursquare check-ins are captured for tracking purposes in my Google Calendar.
The simple recipe I used is “if {{Any new check-ins on Foursquare}} then {{Quick add event to My Google calendar}}”. Voila!

Example 2:

All my new Tweets with #fb hashtags are now displayed in my Facebook’s news feed.
The recipe is “if {{New tweet by you with hashtag #fb, by @Hadramie then {{Create a status message on my Facebook account’s news feed}}”.

Some of the recipes (currently 4632) in use are:

  • Everytime you are tagged in a photo on Facebook, it will be sent to Dropbox.
  • Bring/donate umbrellas for #OccupyWallSt events if it rains.
  • Creates an Evernote every time you “star” an item in Google Reader.
  • $AAPL new high price to Boxcar

Mind you this is just a tip of the iceberg. The possibilities are enormous. Go concoct your own recipe right now at http://ifttt.com/recipes.


Using Diigo

September 21, 2011

Diigo aims to dramatically improve your online productivity.   Building upon the strengths of award-winning Diigo V4, widely regarded as one of the best and most popular social bookmarking, web annotation, collaborative research services,  Diigo V5.0 has added additional data types (screenshots, pictures, notes, etc) and platform support, such as Chrome, Android, iPad, iPhone, etc.  With Version 5.0, Diigo moves one step further towards its vision of providing the best cloud-based  personal information management (PIM) service that enables users to collect, highlight, access and share a variety of information, on a variety of devices.

Since Diigo started as a social bookmarking service four years ago,  a major update was released every year for the past four years, each taking Diigo to a new height in terms of enhancing productivity for collecting and consuming digital information.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


Malaysian Government Ministries’ Websites

January 4, 2011

I have observed that many Malaysian government department websites are poorly designed, maintained and are less frequently updated for the benefit of the online users. Some are downright outdated by months, while others are unsatisfactorily designed as if done by amateurs. Many websites took the design for granted and are usually scattered with misspelt words and wrong usage of the English grammar. Here are some examples I randomly picked from one of the government departments’ websites:

Bad spelling mistake

Malaysia urged to put a stop to bottle "lettering"?

By right the above caption should be “Malaysia urged to put a stop to bottle “littering”. How can you allow such silly mistakes in an official website of the Department of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Government of Malaysia?

Now about the design. Anybody familiar with photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or CorelDraw would certainly know how to maintain the aspect ratio of a photograph when you enlarge or stretch it to fit a fixed size. The example posted below show an amateurish design with blatant disregard of the aspect ratio (i.e. stretching the photo to the maximum without regard to its visual aesthetic value). The end-result is a horrible looking distorted photograph not fit to be displayed in an official government website:

 

Bad, bad aspect ratio!

Apart from the poorly designed graphics, mistakes in the usage of the English grammar are rampant. The most common one is usually the signage displaying the official operating hours. “Open: 8:00 am; Close 4:00 pm”. The image below is another common mistake:

 

Another common grammar mistake

Department of Environment's Portal Can Be Surf Via Mobile Phone?

The caption above could be correctly rewritten as “Department of Environment’s Portal Can Be Surfed Via Mobile Phones“. I am not an expert linguist but I can spot an English grammar mistake quite easily. The standard of English in Malaysia has seen an imposing deterioration in the past decade or so. The Ministry of Education has a massive responsibility to rectify this problem before our English officially becomes Manglish (Malaysian-English) i.e. another listed form of pidgin English (ref: List of English-based pidgins).

 


Resurrection

October 31, 2008
hp-pavilion-nbookIts been ages since I last wrote in this blog. Laziness being the reason. Now that I got a new laptop I hope to start writing again. I bought myself a spanking new HP Paviliion dv2840tx Notebook which is capable of playing Blu-ray discs, but not burn it. Another thing is that this laptop runs on Vista Premium and dual boots with Mac Leopard OSX. Take that! I guess I must be greedy to have the best OSes running in one box. I was hoping to install Ubuntu initially, but that’s another story. I "did" have Ubuntu installed in my "old" laptop which has been "kidnapped" by my elder sister. That’s another story again! Let’s save it for another day ok? The laptop is so far so good save for the Blu-ray function which refused to recognize the disc no matter how much tweaking which had to be done all without success. I nearly gave up with HP. Nothing in their help webpages told about this absent function to play Blu-ray discs. I googled and found a work around. I had to install a third party software by Cyberlink to solve the problem. Now it works like a gem not! There’s another problem though. I tried to burn the Recovery disc but without success. 4 discs burnt and all became coasters. I don’t know why. The burning went smoothly but the verification got stuck on all four counts. WTF? I still couldn’t figure out the work around to have copies of the recovery discs in my posession. I think I need to get in touch with the HP Service Center.
 
Heres some info about my new notebook:
 

HP Pavilion dv2843TX

 

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750
    (2.0 GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB)
    Intel GM 965 Chipset
  • nVidia Geforce 8400M GS discrete 128MB
  • DDR2 Memory (1024 x 2pcs) 667MHz
  • 160GB HardDisk Drive
  • 14.1″ TFT WXGA LCD with Brightview technology
  • Dual Layer Super Multi Drive (Blu-ray disc play capable)
  • Integrated LAN/Modem/WLAN/Bluetooth
  • Integrated Webcam
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Approx: 2.41KG with 4-cell battery
  • 1-Year International Limited Warranty.

Price: RM3999 (da*n expensive!)

 

 


Starting anew

March 15, 2005
I was on Bloglines before. But there were some restrictions there that I totally despise; like not having a comment facility. How can a blog not have comments? I’m sure visitors would like to leave some remarks – be it kudos or brickbats. But who cares? The owner of the blog should have the liberty to edit or remove any offending comments. Right? I see that MSN Space does allow comments and I certainly hope that the owner of the blog can actually edit or remove any remarks or comments as he/she deems fit.