Random Bad Idea

So, ever since I moved to this apartment in Shorewood and switched over to SBC for the Intertubes, I’ve had a helluva time with the “blogs” section on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel website.  Specifically, any time I tried to access ANY of those various blogs from my laptop (usually trying to get my up-to-the-minute Brewers news), the page would load-load-load, hang, and… kill my router, forcing me to reboot it.  It was only a problem on that one site, but since I visited it often, it really bugged the crap out of me.

Well, the genius finally had a revelation today, and it dawned on me that at some point in 2006 or 2007, I started using OpenDNS.  I think that I was somehow convinced that it would load pages faster, or in some other way make the Internet a vastly more magical experience.  That might have even been true when I started using it (I had myriad problems with the cable connection at Wright Street, for what it’s worth).  I said to myself, “well, let’s troubleshoot this with something easy.”  And wouldn’t you know it, we have a winner– going back to using my ISP’s DNS servers (which, again, I can’t now think of a good reason not to) not only fixed the problem I had with the Journal site, but the whole goddamn Internet seems a lot faster.

Like I said, maybe it’s just that AT&T kicks Time Warner’s ass in this respect.  Either way, I’ll take it.

Just a little update– yeah, that worked for an hour or two, then all hell broke loose on my Internets to the tune of “totally broken.”  I guess I can contend with one slow/busted site, as opposed to the entire Internet.  What a drag to have any problem whatsoever, though…

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