Free Adult Content Filter Using OpenDNS

I have been looking for a solution to Adult Content Filtering for some-time now. A co-worker lead me on to the OpenDNS website, and I noticed that it had the Adult Content blocking feature I was wanting. See here are the steps that I took to get Adult Content Filtering on my home network:

Hardware: Dell XPS M140 Laptop and another Dell Desktop

Operation Systems: Windows XP Professional, Ubuntu 7.10

Internet Browsers: Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2.0

Internet Service Provider: Charter Communications

Steps to use OpenDNS (I choose the wireless router path)

  1. http://www.opendns.com/start
  2. I used a D-Link DI-524 router at home and followed the DI-624 instructions (these are the same instructions)
  3. I then used the following OpenDNS IP addresses: 208.67.222.222 (primary) and 208.67.220.220 (optional)
  4. You should now be set to use OpenDNS (check here) –> http://welcome.opendns.com

If you have made it this far, then you are almost setup for your adult content filtering. To get this working do the remaining steps;

  1. Create an OpenDNS account.
  2. Add your network IP address (top right corner of webpage)
  3. Set the Adult Content to block

Here is a list of the categories you can block:

Block lingerie/bikini sites
Sites displaying or dedicated to lingerie/bikini that could be considered adult-only.

Block nudity sites
Sites that provide images or representations of nudity.

Block pornography sites
Anything relating to pornography, including mild depiction, soft pornography or hard-core pornography.

Block sexuality sites
Sites that provide information, images or implications of bondage, sadism, masochism, fetish, beating, body piercing or self-mutilation.

Block tasteless sites
Sites that contain information on such subjects as mutilation, torture, horror, or the grotesque.

Block adult-themed sites
Sites that are adult in nature and are not defined in other rating categories. Note: This category should only be turned on if you want to be very restrictive on your network.

Block proxy/anonymizer sites
Sites providing proxy bypass information or services. Also, sites that allow the user to surf the net anonymously, including sites that allow the user to send anonymous emails.

There is even a feature that allows you to make exceptions for unblocking specified websites. All you need to do is add the website URL to your dashboard Whitelist. The best part of all this is that it will help keep you more secure from phishing and keep a good portion of the sleazy parts of the internet from our children and yourself. All changes to the OpenDNS dashboard can be applied to all content going through the network. You can even use the same account to monitor multiple network IP’s at a time. I like that this is not software based, and can be accessed through the internet. OpenDNS also gives the administrator the ability to pull reports on what blocked websites are being requested and from what IP address. It also lists the time and day that the activity happened so you can track down who is attempting to access the site.

This service is exactly what I have been looking for. I think this is a great FREE TOOL and I highly recommend it. Thanks OpenDNS for a great service!

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Fixing a Dell XPS M140 Palm Rest Mouse Button

Ok, so our laptop of just over one year ran into some mouse button problems. This problem has gradually been getting worse until yesterday; when the left mouse button on the laptop completely was depressed and would not raise again. The button still worked, but the nice squishy feel of the button was no longer there. So I could not stand it! I followed the instructions for removing the Palm Rest from the laptop, and dug into figuring out the problem. It turned out that there is a little rubber nipple like piece that detached from a volcano like base. When resetting the piece, I made a mistake and pointed the nipple up, when in fact it points down. I was happy with my progress. I had never disassembled my laptop this much, and thought it was kinda fun. Here are some pictures of what I did.

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  1. Picture of all the main computer components taken off
  2. Parts to get to the Palm Rest
  3. The problem with the left mouse button
  4. What is underneath the left mouse button

Conclusion: You can fix this problem, but it does not have the same feel as the right button. The button still works, but experience changed. Thank goodness I still have the option to order the entire “Palm Rest” from Dell for $34.95 with $8.00 for shipping (3-5 days). For me, I will completely replace the “Palm Rest” part of the XPS laptop and call it good.

UPDATE:

One person who found this blog said that this information was invaluable. I am glad that I could help you all out. Here are some pictures from the person who purchased just the touch pad and installed that. Maybe these picture taken by him will help someone else out.

Please read the comments below if you are looking for a solution to just purchase the pouch pad. BEWARE of this though, these touch pads may not work. The safest things to do is purchase the entire Palm Rest from Dell.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!