Tuesday, November 30, 2010

[Contest Over] Grooveshark Shirt and free VIP Contest

Since it is the holiday season, I will be giving away a free Grooveworld tee (pictured below) and a free year of VIP! All you have to do is answer the following question in the comments and I will ship one to you free of charge! Be sure to include your Grooveshark username so I can contact you if you win!

Question: What was the name of Grooveshark's first released client (application)?
Hint: You could upload and download songs.
The correct answer is Sharkbyte

Sizes and colors available:
XS/S/M/L Pink, S/M/L Blue

No Grooveshark employees allowed

Good luck,
James Hartig

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Disable DNS Suffix

If you are using WOW! Internet or your ISP has provided a "Domain Name" when your router gets it IP from the ISP's modem, all of your requests out of your computer will go to *.{domain name}. For instance, google.wowway.com. This is obviously not what you want your computer to be doing, so you can fix it in 2 ways.

The easiest is to just fix it on the router:

Just set the "Domain Name" to a period (.) and it will disable the domain name.
Then you need to RESET EVERY DEVICE on the network. If you don't it won't work.

If you don't have access to the router, then you can change it locally on your Windows computer.

  1. Goto Network Connections (or Network and Sharing Center then to Change Adapter Settings)
  2. Right click on your active connection (Probably Local Area Connection) and select Properties
  3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 and click Properties
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Goto the DNS tab and make it look like this:
Once again, that being a period (.) as the domain name.


James Hartig

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chromium's New Custom DNS Feature

Chromium recently introduced a new Custom DNS feature to their about:labs. This would come in great handy to me as I connect to a VPN but want to keep Chromium on my main DNS and not the VPN's. Sadly the custom DNS feature is Linux-only. After digging a bit through the source code, you can enable it by adding the switch --dns-server. I tried: --dns-server= (for OpenDNS) however, it didn't work for me and Chromium kept coming back saying that it couldn't resolve the domain name.

If you can get it to work on a non-Linux system, let me know how in the comments!

James Hartig