POP settings

November 12, 2008

For some reason, does not allow you to connect to your email via a client such as Outlook without paying a yearly fee, but does. They’ve got no complaints from me.

In Outlook, use the following settings… under Account > Account Settings, click “New”


on the bottom right, click “more settings”.


click the “outgoing server” tab, and change these settings.


on the “advanced” tab, change the above settings, then keep clicking the “ok”‘s until your back in your inbox.


What is OpenDNS?

November 12, 2008

according to OpenDNS itself…

“no matter where you are in the world your DNS requests are answered by our closest datacenter. Anycast routing also means that you are automatically routed to our next closest datacenter in the event of maintenance or downtime. This makes your Internet faster and more reliable.”

This means your connection to the internet isn’t relying solely on your connection with your ISP, as your DNS ( > queries are sent to OpenDNS instead.

Another fantastic benefit of using the free service is shortcuts. For example, when I want to access my site, I simple type in “fp” without the quotes, and it sends me there.  You can also set parental controls to block certain sites, and OpenDNS blocks websites known to be troublesome or fraudulent, so you don’t put your computer at risk.

Your ISP doesn’t correct domain name typos, or care what sites you visit, legit or not, and often they’re DNS servers are slow because so many customers are using them. OpenDNS avoids this.

To setup OpenDNS on your home computer network go to:

My only beef with the service is their website is a little hard to navigate, so they could improve on that.

I do not work for, or am in any way affiliated with OpenDNS. I’m just a very satisfied user of the service.

Turn off System Restore in Windows Vista

November 10, 2008

1.  Click the ‘Start button’, click ‘Control Panel’, and in the left pane, click ‘Classic Pane’, then click ‘System’.

2. In the left pane, click ‘System Protection’, and click ‘continue’ on the UAC prompt, and enter the administrator password if necessary.

3. To turn on System Protection for a hard disk, select the check box next to the disk, and then click ‘OK’.
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To turn off System Protection for a hard disk, clear the check box next to the disk, and then click ‘OK’.