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Australian Internet access. (with handcuffs and chains.)

It may come to no surprise that if you want to rewire a country the size of Australia it’ll take a while. This means that the majority of internet connections is still on ADSL or ADSL2+. The outback is in really bad shape and people over there are relying on satlinks or wireless. This in turn ramps up costs significantly and thats also the reason why telcos and ISP’s are putting caps on subscriptions. Continue reading

Something different

Do you have kids crawling around the internet and you don’t have a clue of what they’re doing. (I know this has nothing to do with storage but I couldn’t leave this one just for myself.)

I’ve had that same problem and I’ve tried numerous things however last week I came across a very nifty service called Open DNS. The good thing is you don’t have to install anything and it works right out of the box. What is basically does is checking on DNS queries and if a query from your ipadress matches a site defined in one of the categories it returns a blocked page. You can even modify this page if you want.

The thing you have to do is change your ISP DNS server to one of theirs and you’re done. The best way to do this is modify your routers configuration (and they have lotst of examples to do that).

Now smart kids obviously know that if you change this DNS server back to your ISP’s ones they can circumvent that. The way to overcome that is to restrict the rights on your PC so they can’t.

Have a look at http://www.opendns.com and start having your kids be safe on the net.

Now be aware that this doesn’t mean it captures all so having multiple security measures like antivirus and a firewall in place is always advisable.