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OpenDNS + del.icio.us

Thursday, 26 April 2007 — by

If you’re a big fan of del.icio.us like I am, then you’ll know all about the stuff you can do with your tags.

So when I read about OpenDNS a few days ago, my first thought was of the possibilities of combining my del.icio.us bookmarks with OpenDNS shortcuts.

I’m glad to report that the union was and is successful.

I can type in simple strings of text into my address bar and bring up my del.icio.us tags without having to type in the full address.

Pure bliss.

“The address bar is how you navigate the Internet. We make your address bar more intelligent. With OpenDNS, you can create shortcuts that let you type something easy-to-remember into your address bar and leap straight where you want to go. And we’ll correct your common spelling mistakes, on the fly. That means when you are typing fast and type yahoo.cmo instead of yahoo.com, you still get there.”

Setting up your computer to use OpenDNS is quite simple, although I did find myself somewhat befuddled initially (note to self: look right, idiot!)

If you’ve got access to your network settings, then you’re laughing. If not, and you work within a company network, then I urge you to berate, belittle and cajole your IT staff into giving OpenDNS a good looking into, because there are other notable advantages to using OpenDNS too, which you can read all about on their own website.

If you are in an office environment, then the possibilities are possibly even greater still:

“[OpenDNS] can be used to configure home and even full office networks. The web site also offers simple walkthroughs for configuring a wide variety of home routers to use OpenDNS’ DNS servers, thus allowing all users on a network to make use of the keyword shortcuts that have been set without having to configure every single computer’s DNS settings. This could come in handy, for example, in small offices who want to enable employees to type into the address bar ‘time’ to access online timesheets with minimal network configuration.”

As is noted in the Ars Technica article, you have to be logged in to make use of your OpenDNS shortcuts, but it’s a price worth paying for the increase in efficiency, especially if you work within a network, and you use intranet applications.

OpenDNS appeals to me because I use LaunchBar, which is a “productivity utility that provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item’s name.”

So my mouse tends to sit idle far more than most.

You want my advice?

Be brave, take the time and make the effort and you’ll be rewarded…

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Anonymous → Thursday, 26 April 2007 @ 16:28 BDT

Nice writeup Wayne! :-)

-David Ulevitch (from OpenDNS)

John Roberts → Thursday, 26 April 2007 @ 17:00 BDT

Thanks, Wayne. One small correction: if you assign your shortcuts to your network(s), then you don’t even have to be signed in.

Go in to your network settings (the wrench icon), and on the left will be a link for “Shortcuts” where you can set which shortcuts apply to that network, by tag. The tag isn’t quite like the delicious tags, but related idea.

This is a powerful, but subtle, idea that we need to explain better.

Note: I use del.icio.us to tag notes about OpenDNS at opendnsmention ;-)

John Roberts
OpenDNS

Wayne Smallman → Thursday, 26 April 2007 @ 17:03 BDT

Hi David and thanks for stopping by. Always appreciated.

As is always the case with things when I find something new, I always want more.

I hope you don’t think me ungrateful? ;-)

Wayne Smallman → Thursday, 26 April 2007 @ 17:07 BDT

Hi John:

“Thanks, Wayne. One small correction: if you assign your shortcuts to your network(s), then you don’t even have to be signed in.”

I stand corrected.

And thanks for the feedback…

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