The Most Awesome VPN Tip: How To Make Windows Automatically Use Your Local WiFi/LAN Connection Directly For Requests That Don't Need To Go Through VPN
This tip can also be filed in the "post with the longest title that kind of makes sense but needs more explanation" category.
If you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network), this tip is for you.
- you connect to a VPN to get access to your work/whatever network
- your connection is fast but the VPN connection is balls slow
- you try to stream a bit of online radio, go to a website, watch a video, or do anything, which is automatically routed through the VPN connection but everything TAKES AGES because the VPN connection is the limiting factor
- so not only are you frustrated by hiccupping radio, stuttering video, and a never disappearing progress bar but you're
OK, maybe you did know them – just see for yourself.
The tricks I am going to describe allow you to create unique gmail addresses that still hit your existing gmail inbox, without actually making new gmail accounts.
This can be useful in a variety of situations when you need to use multiple email addresses without having the pain of maintaining them, such as
- using unique emails while registering for the same service more than once (say, paypal)
- giving out a unique email address to see if you start getting spam to it later – that way you know exactly who to blame for it
- more generally, easily create email rules to sort incoming emails into folders, delete them,
Updated: June 10th, 2009
* Lightning Fast is a blatant exaggeration. Got you to look though, didn't it?
Whether you are a web developer or a self-hosting business owner, the only excuse for not activating compression capabilities of your web server can be that you didn't know about it. And now that you are reading this, there is no excuse left at all.
And here it is after compression:
As you see, the difference is quite substantial – almost 30% savings.
So the Comcast installer just left, and I'm sitting here in my new house, on the floor, with no furniture, testing how fast the internet actually is (because who really cares about other stuff?). Comcast Blast is supposed to be 16mbps down and 1mbps up (2 if you're extremely lucky). I'm still collecting my jaw all over the floor though, because these are the speed test results:
That's a 3 mbit per second upload = 375 KB/s. Wow, Comcast, just wow. I know there are many people having complaints about service but after being a customer for 8 years, I really am happy with everything. Blows the puny DSL away.