OpenDNS Alternative, SafeDNS

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I had once been a longtime user of OpenDNS for my home and some small businesses that I worked with. It served as a forward lookup DNS server and as a web filter for those networks. OpenDNS performed quite well. I don't know why but I eventually drifted away from OpenDNS as a web filter and implemented Barracuda Web Filters or spun up Squid/Squidguard on pfSense if the need were to arise. Recently though, with my personal company, CloudFirst Technologies, I needed a reliable and AFFORDABLE web filter for my customers. I stumbled across SafeDNS. It seemed to have the same features as OpenDNS but until I tried it, I didn't know how effective it was. I'm happy to report that it is a great alternative to OpenDNS. It blocks…
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WordPress Simple Theme – Page Date Edit

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I've been trying to get the look and feel of this site to a point where I'm happy again and something that has bothered me for some time now is the date at the top of the pages. This was a weird theme decision in my opinion. For what reason would a "static?" page need to have a date at the top of it? Development and coding are not in my wheelhouse but I've always been to understand php and some other languages well enough that I can typically make small changes. In this case, I was able to remove the date from the top of the Page Template (page.php) file. To do this, remove <?php the_date(); ?) from the page.php template. ¬†Appearance --> Editor --> Page Template (page.php) Click…
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Firewall Throughput and Performance Testing with TTCP

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Lately with my pfSense firewall project I've been pretty busy with the configuration but now that I'm slowing down a little and finishing up the last bits, I can concentrate on a very important part of any firewall or server for that matter. I needed a way to test the amount of data (throughput) that the link outside of my firewall could handle and also test the processor and disk usages when at load (performance). I accomplished this by using TTCP, a utility that allows you to send and receive multiple threads of TCP data. At the end of the test, which usually takes about a minute and a half, you get a display of how long the test took, what your buffer size was (that can be modified), and…
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Environmental Technology

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My father subscribes to Inc. magazine which is one of my favorites. I don't get a subscription because my dad gives them to me when he's done and I'm cheap. I think you already knew that from my previous posts of "free" tech, but just in case you didn't know....I am cheap. This in it's own way is an environmentally friendly gesture. Less paper prints, or I would like to think so anyways, though, I'm sure they have a set number of prints they must roll out, I just don't participate in the disposal of those prints, and tree killing. :) I'm not a tree hugger, but I hate printing things out when I don't have to. The same goes for technical things, if I can get it on the…
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