5 Utilities for Changing DNS Servers in Windows

Even though most people don’t care, there are the few geeks out there who like to change the DNS servers on their system for reasons like speed, privacy and security. I’ve previously written about how you can use OpenDNS, which has a free versions that include parental controls and built-in phishing protection.

Also, depending on where you live or where you travel to, the current DNS provider may not be the fastest. For example, if you’re in New York and you’re using OpenDNS and then you travel down to Los Angeles, you might learn that Google Public DNS is actually faster. You can easily find the fastest DNS server in your area by using a program called NameBench.


I’ve previously written a step-by-step guide to changing your DNS settings on Windows so that you can use these free public DNS servers instead of the ones provided by your ISP. However, who wants to keep changing DNS settings manually? A better way is to have a program do the work for you. In this article, I’ll mention five useful utilities for automating the process of changing DNS settings in Windows.

DNS Jumper

dns jumper

DNS Jumper is my favorite app for this process because it’s got all features that I need in a nice, clean interface. What I really like about it is that it’s portable, meaning you don’t have to install it onto your system. You can just run it from the disk or from a USB drive, if you like. Here are the features that makes this the best DNS switching program:

1. Restore and Default DNS Settings – Saves the original DNS settings, so you can revert back to the original DNS settings just as easily as you changed them. There are two options, restore and default. Restore will change the DNS settings back to the last set of servers you had configured and default will change it back to the ISP settings.

2. Find Fastest DNS Servers – Click the Fastest DNS button and you get a cool little dialog where you can choose the servers you want to test and immediately see which one is the fastest. Then you can click another button and set your DNS servers to the fastest one automatically! Sweet!

find fastest dns

3. Flush DNS – This clears out the DNS resolver cache, making sure that you connecting is using the new DNS settings rather than the old cached settings. Another great option that is very useful.

4. Manual DNS Server – Lastly, you get the option to manually enter DNS servers too, which is again a useful feature because there are times when I don’t want to use a server on the list.

Download DNS Jumper

ChrisPC DNS Switch

chrispc dns switch

ChrisPC DNS Switch is another nice utility that gets the job done, albeit not as well as DNS Jumper. For starters, this program does not let you instantly check the speeds of the various DNS servers in the database, so you have to use a separate program to get that information. Otherwise, it pretty much has all the other features: you can restore your original or previous DNS settings, it flushes the DNS cache when changing DNS servers and you can manually enter DNS servers if you like.

The other cool feature of this program is that it has some DNS Presets like Secure DNS (avoid malware/viruses), Family Safe (blocks porn, drugs, etc), and Anonymous DNS (no tracking). However, this program has to be installed in order to run and there is one small ad going across the bottom of the interface that links to his other software. However, these are minor annoyances overall.

Download ChrisPC DNS Switch



QuickSetDNS is from my favorite company, Nirsoft. These guys are always coming out with crazy useful tools and QuickSetDNS is one of them. The program is great and works all the way up to Windows 8 64-bit, but for whatever reason they decided to only include one option in the public DNS list! If you only plan to use Google Public DNS, it’s fine, but it would have been nice if they added at least a couple more popular options. You can manually add entries and it’s only a one-time task, but it’s still not something the user should have to do.

Overall, it does the switching effortlessly and can be run from USB stick, no install necessary. You can also revert back to the default DNS servers from your router. Hopefully, in a future update, they will add a couple of more DNS servers to the list, then it would be a top contender.

Download QuickSetDNS

Public DNS Server Tool

public dns server tool

Public DNS Server Tool has a smaller list of servers than DNS Jumper and ChrisPC DNS Switch, but it’s got a lot more than the one in QuickSetDNS. Again, though, this program does not have any way to test the speeds of the DNS servers, which is why my favorite is DNS Jumper. You can backup and restore the DNS settings in this program, but you have to manually do it and it saves the file out as a registry file.

One nice feature is the ability to select all network cards in case you have more than one and change the DNS servers for all of them. You also don’t need to install this program, which is nice. Lastly, there is an INIfile you can edit if you want to add more DNS servers to the program interface.

Download Public DNS Server Tool



Unlike the other apps mentioned above, NetSetMan is not designed specifically for changing DNS settings. However, it has features built into it so that you can use it to quickly change your DNS settings. With NetSetMan, you can go to File and click on Get Current Settings to grab the current settings for your computer, which includes the DNS entries.

Then you can create up to 5 additional sets of settings and each one can be set to a different public DNS server. You have to manually set this up, so it’ll take some more time, but if you need a program to manage some other settings in addition to DNS settings, this program is pretty sweet.

Download NetSetMan 

So those are five options for quickly changing your DNS settings on your Windows computer. Hopefully, you’ll be browsing faster, privately, and more securely using these DNS servers. Enjoy!

Source : http://helpdeskgeek.com/free-tools-review/5-utilities-changing-dns-servers-windows-reviewed/

Milk’s Benefits for Fit Guys

Got milk? If you’re trying to put on muscle, you better. Whole milk was once a staple for guys who were packing away calories and moving massive amounts of iron in order to go from pencil neck to bull neck. These days we know enough to shun or restrict the saturated-fat-filled whole variety in favor of skim, but even the fat-free version has its detractors. Some claims against milk link it to childhood diabetes, while others allege widespread pesticide contamination of dairy products. (more…)

GoPro Hero Photography Tips

The GoPro can be an incredible resource for the active photographer. But you don’t have to be an astronaut or adventure seeker to make the most of what this wide angle wonder can do.

Keep these GoPro Hero photography tips in mind and you can create some pretty amazing pictures with very little effort.

GoPro Hero Photography Tips:

  • Be aware that in bright day light conditions the sky can easily be overexposed. Keep this in mind and compose your shot with minimal sky to avoid large white areas in your pictures. Or, expose more for the sky but know that what lies beneath may be underexposed.
  • When using the GoPro as a street camera you probably don’t want to put it in any of its many casings and accessories because the additional bulk that stuff creates will negate the fact that the camera is small and inconspicuous. That said, if it’s raining, put your GoPro in its water-proof case and shoot with confidence knowing that your camera is well protected.
  • Forget zooming in. Using your GoPro on the street will force you to get closer to your subject. You’ll be surprised how close you can (and need to) get to your subject with the GoPro.
  • When taking pictures of people, a good rule of thumb is to stay arms-length away. If you get closer than that the fish eye lens will distort people’s faces. But that can be a fun thing too.
  • Because the GoPro has such a wide angle watch your fingers and toes to make sure they don’t accidentally end up in the shot. Assume anything in front of the camera is within the GoPro’s frame.
  • On a similar note, pay close attention to your shadow during the morning and evening hours when shadows are long. If you are not careful, your shadow will easily be captured by your GoPro.
  • The GoPro is great for landscape photography. Try to keep the horizon line in the center of the frame to avoid showing the curvature of the Earth.
  • You will not be able to control the exposure for your pictures. Everything is automatic with the GoPro.
  • When you are shooting with a naked GoPro keep in mind that the lens is exposed. Keep it clean.

– See more at: http://www.picture-power.com/gopro-hero-photography-tips.html#sthash.mxtykSh8.dpuf

Cycling Technique : Standing Climbing

An understanding of technique and how to use your strength are critical if you want to climb effectively out of the saddle.

Even more costly on the cardiovascular system than seated climbing, a standing climb uses more muscle groups and requires a fit and functional core if you are going to effectively transfer power from your upper to lower body and vice versa. Aside from sprinting, it is the most ‘whole body’ form of exercise on the bike for cyclists. (more…)

Training Effect

Training Effect Guides You for Effective Exercise

Training Effect is a personalized measure to gauge the effect of exercise on aerobic fitness on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0. It helps to see how easy or hard your workouts are by visualizing the effect of the workout automatically, already in real-time. Simply start your workout, exercise freely as you like and stop when satisfied with the result. Based on the results, it is easy to understand the actual effects of your workouts to make sure you are performing the workouts optimally and not too easy or too hard.


Multiple Domain for Single WordPress Installation

I’ve 2 domains (mohdneotech.com & mohdnordin.com) and wanted to point those 2 to the same single wordpress installation. Here’s what I did.

1. Point both domains to same public IP at DNS A record.
2. Just add these 2 lines into wp-config.php

define('WP_SITEURL', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']);
define('WP_HOME', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']);

That’s all =)

Malam Nisfu Syaaban

Tarikh malam Nisfu Syaaban 2013 di Malaysia mengikut kalendar islam. Nisfu Syaaban merupakan pertengahan bulan atau 15 Syaaban dalam kalender Hijrah. Dalam Kaledar islam, 10 Jun 2013 merupakan bermulanya awal bulan Syaaban iaitu 1 Syaaban. Oleh itu, pada 15 hari dalam bulan Syaaban, 24 Jun adalah Nisfu Syaaban yang bersamaan dengan 15 Syaaban 1434H. Manakala malam Nisfu Syaaban pada 23 Jun selepas waktu Maghrib.

Tarikh Penting Bulan Syaaban 2013

  • 1 Syaaban 1434H: 10 Jun 2013
  • 15 Syaaban 1434H: 24 Jun 2013 Isnin (Nisfu Syaaban)
  • Malam Nisfu Syaaban: 23 Jun 2013: sebaik sahaja lepas waktu Maghrib

Pengertian Bulan Syaaban
Nisfu Syaaban (Nisf bermaksud separuh) adalah peristiwa hari ke-15 dalam bulan Syaaban tahun Hijrah. Umat Islam mempercayai yang pada malam Nisfu Syaaban, amalan akan dibawa naik oleh malaikat untuk ditukar dengan lembaran amalan yang baru setelah setahun berlalu. Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. menggalakkan umatnya untuk bangun malam dan berjaga serta beriktikaf sepanjang malam kerana tidak mahu amalan diangkat dalam keadaan tidur atau lalai.

Antara Amalan Pada Nisfu Syaaban
1. Membaca Surah Yasin sebanyak tiga kali pada malamnya.
2. Melakukan Qiamullail.
3. Berpuasa pada siang harinya.

Sumber: Tarikh Malam Nisfu Syaaban 2013 Di Malaysia | melvister.com

Finding Duplicates with SQL

Here’s a handy query for finding duplicates in a table. Suppose you want to find all email addresses in a table that exist more than once :-
SELECT email,
COUNT(email) AS NumOccurrences
FROM users
GROUP BY email
HAVING ( COUNT(email) > 1 )
You could also use this technique to find rows that occur exactly once :-
SELECT email
FROM users
GROUP BY email
HAVING ( COUNT(email) = 1 )