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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MCTS and MCPD Exams

So recently I just tested for my Microsoft MCTS & MCPD Exams. These exams have been said to be much more technical and difficult than the previous Microsoft Certifications. I found that cramming for the exams (for me) was the best way for me to pass. With such a young family it would make it difficult for me to study over a months time for an exam and then take it. Each MCTS exam depends heavily on the base exam for the MCTS (70-536) Application Foundation Exam. After you get this behemoth complete, you shoot for the Web, Windows or Distributed Exam. Each one you complete gives you a full certification. I completed each of these and then attempted to take the next exam … MCPD EAD. This test seemed to be geared toward guessing the Microsoft answer. I did not pass this one on my first try. It took some additional studying, but the retake proved to be successful.

Microsoft sends you a nice Welcome Kit for the MCPD and MCTS certifications. You also have rights to create your own Logo’s and post your transcript (I have done that for my blog). The transcript page is to prove to your employer or other companies that you truly have the certifications you claim. Way to many people lie in resumes, and this would be an easy thing for an employer to verify.

You can verify transcripts by going to the following and entering a Transcript ID and Password. My transcript can be found with the below information:

https://mcp.microsoft.com/authenticate/validatemcp.aspx

Transcript ID: 777098
Password: you will need to ask me for that

I am glad that I have accomplished the task of becoming Microsoft Certified. Stats show that it makes a difference in an individuals net worth, and it will be interesting to see if this is true. As for my current employment … they have been nothing but great to me.

Windows Live Folders – Expanding the BETA

If you want to test out Windows Live folders, there is a sort time where you can sign up. I know that Beat users are limited, so sign up ASAP. Read what Windows Live Folders Blog reads:

For a limited time, we’re expanding the beta of Windows Live Folders.

You can sign up by clicking the Get Started button here.
We’re not quite ready to expand to additional markets, but we’ll continue to grow in the future, so stay tuned!
Thanks!
Windows Live Folders Team

Let’s see if this works good or not.

  • Store files for Yourself (Free place to make a backup of some of your important files)
  • Share files with Friends
  • Share files with the World

Easter Egg in Microsoft Vista Business DVD Hologram

Take a look at this great easter egg that was found on the new hologram for the Microsoft Windows Vista Business CD. Microsoft does not like this type of behavior, so I am curious to see what actions will be taken.

When I worked for a University as a web developer, I created an easter egg in a CD that was distributed to students. The easter egg was difficult to find and would run a flash program of a PONG game developed by a student. Just so you know, I was given permission to do this by the professor and my boss.

Companies like Macromedia (now Adobe) would include some neat Easter Eggs in their programs. If you are interested in looking up other easter eggs, take a look at http://www.eeggs.com/

DVD Easter Egg