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Yes yes…of course, Firefox and Chrome are solid web browsers. Their wonderful plug-in and web rendering engine speed make them very appealing. However, if you happen to like Opera browser more than anything else but:

  • Really hate those annoying ads.
  • Seriously lazy to add ads URL manually (one by one).
  • Wish that there is a version of adblock+ for Opera 10.
  • Don’t know which file needs to be edited to kill those ads (advertisements).

Here is some remedy for you.

 

Trick number 1: Add advertisements URL and wild card manually

  • At Opera toolbar, click Tools à Advanced à Block Content

     

  • Click Add button and key in the ads URL. Viola

 

Trick number 2: Use custom Javascript to kill those persistent ads,

  • Go to http://adsweep.org/ and download its AdSweep.js
  • Save that JavaScript somewhere in your hard drive. As for my case, I save it in “E:\Opera 10 ads block” folder.
  • At Opera toolbar, click Tools à Preference (Shortcut key: Control+F12)
  • Click on Advanced Tab à Content

  • Click on JavaScript Option… button.


     

  • Click on Choose… button


     

  • Browse for the folder that you save addsweep.js and press OK button


     

  • Done

 

 

Trick number 3: Use custom urlfilter (regularly updated by its author)

  • Download custom urlfilter.ini at http://fanboy.co.nz/adblock/opera/complete/urlfilter.ini
  • Save it somewhere, preferable in the same folder as adsweep.
  • At your Opera browser, type this URL à
    opera:config#URL%20Filter%20File


     

  • Click on Choose.. button
    à
    browse to the folder that you save urlfilter.ini just now à click on urlfilter.ini and click Open button.


     


    Click on Save button and restart your Opera browser.

     

  • Done

     

  • Note: Although the author of this urlfilter.ini does update his list every now and then, this method doesn’t update itself automatically. Therefore, you may need to regularly check (monthly basis perhaps) regularly and manually replace the old urlfilter.ini with the one.

Result:


 

Note2: Please be advised that there is no perfect adblock mechanism. Some persistant and highly evolve ads may skip through once a while. However most of ads now are history for Opera 10.

 

Reference:

  1. http://adblockplus.mozdev.org/easylist/easylist.txt
  2. http://my.opera.com/Tamil/blog/ad-block?startidx=200
  3. http://fanboy.co.nz/adblock/opera/complete/urlfilter.ini
  4. http://www.technobeta.com/download/urlfilter.ini
  5. http://adsweep.org/
  6. http://pgl.yoyo.org/as/serverlist.php?hostformat=operafilter&showintro=0&mimetype=plaintext
  7.  

     


 

Short answer, yes it might!

I have been using Google Public DNS for a few months now and I really like this free service. Without any doubt, Google Public DNS suffer less DNS poisoning attack compare to my local ISP DNS (Streamyx) due to Google large network infrastructure. To make it short, I never suffer any bad DNS lookup problem due to whatever attacks since I use Google Public DNS service.

However, I never fail to wonder that in real practice, is Google Public DNS is actually speed up or slow down my computer DNS lookup. There are 2 ideas that contradict each other and keep fighting to win my subconscious mind. Part of my mind claims that my local ISP DNS server will give the fastest possible response due to geographical factor. Of course it is, right? I am connected with them, therefore in network route perspective; their DNS server should be the closest to my DSL modem. However, my other part of my mind still insists that DNS server response (speed) is not as simple as that. There are several other critical factors such as server raw speed and cache’s record in term of size and accuracy. Due to Google web crawler crawls the webs on daily basis, Google has better web information and domain name with respective IP data, thus they has better cache (in term of size and speed). Furthermore, I believe Google is practicing scalable clustered network (servers) and there is a good chance that one of Google server is located near to my geo/network location.

To clear this doubt, I do some ‘googling’ and found this piece of gem. It’s called as DNS Benchmark, authored by the infamous Steve Gibson.

(Note 1: I pay tonnes of respect to this software craftsman. uTorrent & Spinrite are among his contributions to our wonderful computing experience and as far as my knowledge, most his ‘craftware’ were built by using assembly language! Now that what we call rare).

(Note 2: You may download this software at his website: http://www.grc.com/dev/DNSBench.exe )

 

Screenshot below shows the result which has been conducted by me using Streamyx Combo 110 (1.5 mbps). No other internet activity was running in the background). All other computers connected to the network were turned off.

DNS IP Address

My Local ISP (Streamyx) DNS :: tm.net.my

Google Public DNS

202.188.1.5

8.8.8.8

202.188.0.132

8.8.4.4

202.188.0.133

 

 

I checked “Sort Fastest First” checkbox in this window and the result is as below.

As you can see, top 5 of this result consist of Google Public DNS and my ISP DNS. The fastest is 202.188.1.5 which is my ISP DNS server’s IP. However, Google Public DNS (both IPs) claim 2nd and 3rd position which I rate this pretty consistent. The different between Google and my local ISP response time is almost insignificant.

 

This tabular data tab shows interesting result. Note that among the top 4, Google Public DNS (both IPs) shows better reliability. Ideally we want any DNS server to has 100% reliability percentage, thus our DNS lookup will not ended somewhere else. Or we might just get that plain stupid response from ‘the Internet’ saying that website (which we are looking for) is not exist or bad query while actually, that particular website is running fine and could be accessed by others without any much drama. Google public DNS has 100% reliability on both Dotcom Lookup and Uncached Name (except for IP 8.8.8.8…hmm I might change my primary DNS IP to 8.8.8.4 LOL). In average, Google Public DNS has better reliability compare to my local ISP server yet still able to provide one of the fastest solutions (if not the fastest).

My personal choice would be Google Public DNS!

Well, why don’t you download this tiny software (no installation required and it’s only 151 kB). Enter your local ISP DNS Server IPs and hit that “Run Benchmark” button. And if you are has plenty of time, why not share your result with us J

 

Why not Open DNS? It is free and it provides more features.

First, it is not among the top 3 in speed division. Secondly, in order to enjoy those benefits, we need to register. A lot of data could be gathered silently. Google promise that they will not keep any record longer than 48 hours, therefore better privacy etc. I don’t care much about privacy or anonymity but I do care about speed, reliability and it should work out of the box. No registration pleases XD.

You gotta be kidding me…Maxis broadband (my sis in law pay RM88 for this kind of connection…omg)

The best part is, actual download speed (using IDM) from youtube is faster than speedtest.net where this connection get somewhere around 2 mbps.

Weird isn’t it. Actual download speed is faster than speedtest.net. Not satisfied…let test another download from nzones which I know has very fast server.

Gosh… 600 to 700 kBps (more than 5 Mbps). This is basically 3 times faster than my RM110 streamyx.

Still can’t believe my eyes.

Location : Sg. Buloh,

Time : 3.10 – 3.34 AM

Let’s say that your email address is ‘GeorgeBush@gmail.com’, basically everything sent to any of the following email addresses will be forwarded to your primary email.

  • GeorgeBush@gmail.com
  • G.eorgeBush@gmail.com
  • Ge.orgeBush@gmail.com

  • GeorgeBus.h@gmail.com
  • GeorgeBush@googlemail.com
  • G.eorgeBush@googlemail.com
  • Ge.orgeBush@googlemail.com

  • GeorgeBus.h@googlemail.com

And that’s not all, you can place as many dots as you want, it can be even something like ‘G.e.o.r.g.e.B.u.s.h@gmail.com’ and you’ll still get it on ‘GeorgeBush@gmail.com’

(more…)

From my experience, Izzi Broadband performance fluctuate heavily. From 250 kbps to 1024 kbps (almost). It seem, the ISP ‘divide’ the 1 Mbps line into half or even quater to support more customer who login at the same time while the tower can’t provide adequate bandwidth.

For those who read my 2 previous posts, you will notice that Izzi performance drop significantly at peak hour espcially weekend. Last night, I clocked my izzi performance as low as 250 kbps. But this morning (I assume most of izzi user still sleep @ 6.37 AM or preparing to go to work, except heavy torrenter), i manage to get 94 kBp.

And here is the perfect example, how slow izzi is when peak hour (I record this @ 1.19 AM, 12 Jul 2008 : Saturday)

13 kBps !!??!! OMG, this is not quater but 1/8 of the promise speed. Oh dear.