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Which DNS Resolver Should I Use?

This content was originally posted as part of the Chit Chat Across the Pond podcast on 14 April 2018 but since the subject is evergreen it is repeated here as a permanent Page. The tutorial was written completely by Bart Busschots of bartb.ie.

Introduction

In this page, Bart teaches us about DNS Resolvers and helps give us the information to choose the right one for us. To get us there, he starts by explaining the background technologies. He explains DNS and how there are two kinds of servers, he explains DNS Name resolution and why caching is important, and the security problems (and solutions) of DNS. Then he explains how third-party DNS providers can solve some of these problems. He explains their motivations which will inform your own decision. Finally (at about the 1-hour mark) he walks through the solutions offered by OpenDNS, Google, Quad9, and Cloudflare. You can listen along below and read the content and view the diagrams as a guide.

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CCATP #533- Bart Busschots on Choosing a DNS Resolver

In this “Lite” version of Chit Chat Across the Pond (within a NosillaCastaway’s definition of Lite), Bart teaches us about DNS Resolvers and helps give us the information to choose the right one for us. To get us there he starts by explaining the background technologies. He explains DNS and how there’s two kinds of servers, he explains DNS Name resolution and why caching is important, and the security problems (and solutions) of DNS. Then he explains how third-party DNS providers can solve some of these problems. He explains their motivations which will inform your own decision. Finally (at about the 1 hour mark) he walks through the solutions offered by OpenDNS, Google, Quad9 and Cloudflare. I loved this episode and you can tell Bart really loves talking about DNS.

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Security Bits – Google’s Ad Filter, iBoot Leak, iOS Teluga Text Bug

Security Medium 1 — Google’s Ad Filter

On February 15 Google’s Chrome browser gained a nice new feature for controlling ads. It’s been reported on as an ad blocker, but that coverage misses a very important subtlety. Google itself calls the feature ad filtering, and an ad filter describes this feature very well indeed.

Google is an advertising company, it is not in their interest to destroy the advertising industry. They’re trying to solve a subtly different problem — the rise of ad blockers!

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NC #660 Google Year in Search, 2017 What Apps Am I Still Using Part 2, Vimmy & Oh Sh-t Git, Hunt for Missing Menus

We’ll start with part 2 of my year in review of the apps and hardware I’ve talked about in 2017 and I’ll let you know whether I’m still using them. After that, we’ll be joined by Caleb Fong with a couple of Tiny Tip segments on tools for programming. Then Denise Crown will give us a shootout on US streaming service she’s been testing to see if she can cut the cord. Then I’ll wind up the show with a story of missing menus for my father-in-law and how the NosillaCastaways, the Mac Geek Gab listeners and of course Bart helped me solve the problem.

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2017 Year in Review Part 1 – What Am I Still Using?

I’ve always thought it might be interesting to look back on all of the products I’ve reviewed over the years and see what I’m still using. That would be a gargantuan effort, given that I’ve been doing this for over 12 years!

But then I thought, maybe I could look at the past year and see what products are still valuable and what just fell away over time and maybe a quick discussion on why. I went through every blog post to see what I talked about in 2017, so here goes.
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Google Chromebook Pixel – by George from Tulsa

Asus Flip with thought bubble saying I am not a PixelbookHi, this is George from Tulsa sending some virtual help to Steve and Allison as they move Steve’s parents. I’m sure they’d rather I flew to California and helped Steve carry the Steinway, but what they get is this small part of a podcast Allison doesn’t have to build herself.

Find yourself the geek for work, family, and friends? I can’t count how many times I’ve been called on to clean malware from Windows computers. A couple of years ago I threw in the towel, wiped the last version of Windows I owned, and told everyone I hadn’t persuaded to move to Mac I no longer did Windows.

Of course, not everyone I know can afford a Mac, so the folks I couldn’t persuade to buy a Mac, or who wouldn’t maintain theirs and started calling me for Mac clean up, I’ve been recommending get Chromebooks. Heck, they’re cheap enough I’ve given them to friends and family I cut off from my free Windows Support Service. Gave one to a sister-in-law two weeks ago.

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NC #652 Apple vs Google Photos, Share Existing Playlists in Apple Music, Wireless Charging for Mature iPhones, iPhone X

Bart’s Let’s Talk Apple show hits 50 episodes. In Dumb Question I’ll attempt answer whether someone should use Apple Photos or Google Photos (and I’m not as biased as you would expect). In a huge deviation from my published policy, I’ll give you a Tiny Tip about sharing existing playlists in iOS 11. Bezalel review of three products to bring wireless Qi charging to more “mature” iPhones. I’ll tell you the tale of adventure Steve, Pat Dengler and I went through to acquire the iPhone X, and I’ll give you some first impressions. Again, not as biased as you would expect (although I do use the word “magical” more than once.)

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Security Bits – 15 October 2017

Correction – Apple’s Better Cookies are iOS 11 & macOS High Sierra Only

A few weeks ago we looked at Apple’s new and improved cookie handling algorithm in detail, and we at the very least implied it was a Safari 11 feature, but it’s not, it’s an iOS 11 & macOS High Sierra feature. Even though macOS Sierra got a Safari update, it did not get this new feature.

Here is a nice article showing how to control the feature in the two OSes that do support it: www.macobserver.com/….

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NC #626 Lacie Thunderbolt 3 dock, Google Loses Interest in its Phones, Call AppleCare, Brother Head-Mounted Monitor

Chris Ashley from the SMR Podcast was our guest on Chit Chat Across the Pond talking about the new Microsoft hardware and OS announcements this week, I did a deep dive into Finder modifications on ScreenCasts Online, and Bart Busschots had his debut on the Daily Tech News Show. We’ve got two NAB interviews. We talk with Lacie about their 2big Thunderbolt 3 doc with capacity up to 20TB. Then we learn about the Brother head-mounted HD monitor that allows videographers to be comfortable while their camera is in weird positions. I go on a bit of a rant about how Google has seemingly lost interest in supporting Android phones that they’re still selling. Then I’ll tell you about how I found out that the keyboard for my iPad Pro has a secret recall and how I found out.


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