Free DNS Benchmark Tools – Satisfy Your Need for Speed

Anonymous_Computer_1 Recently, Google made a big splash in the world of domain name servers (DNS), when they offered their own free (open) DNS service. Shortly after Google’s announcement, I posted an article telling you How to Use Google Public DNS on Windows 7 and Windows XP. In that article, I also explain the general idea of what DNS actually does and how it can affect your overall surfing speed.

That wasn’t the end of the story. There were plenty of people who had concerns about the whole Google DNS idea, since Google already influences so much of the Internet with their search engine, advertising and free services.

There are hundreds of alternatives for free and open DNS services but OpenDNS is still the premier (and one of the largest) since it offers all kinds of filtering options for internet safety. For many out there, popularity or safety aren’t a big concern. They feel the need for speed.

Often times, your fastest DNS service is the one provided to you by default from your internet service provider, but sometimes it isn’t. How can you find out which is the fastest?

Here are two free tools that you can use to determine the speed king when it comes to DNS services at your location.


The first, namebench, is a fairly new, free and open source project (FOSS) which is hosted at Google Code. So, once again, Google has their finger in the pie, in a sense. Since it’s open source, I don’t fear that it’s results will be lopsided in favor of any service. It was easy to use, you only have to click a single button (Start Benchmark) to get it started on it’s 10 to 15 minutes of benchmarking. (for Windows, Mac, Linux)


DNS Benchmark

The second, Steve Gibson’s DNS Benchmark, is also fairly new from what I understand. Steve is an old security expert who’s earned our trust with years of service. He codes all of his programs using assembly language and this tool is very compact, weighing in at 176k. It’s just as easy to use , since all you have to do is click a single button (Run Benchmark) to fire it up. I did notice that it finished a bit faster than the other tool did. (Windows only)



Both of these tools will let you make all kinds of changes to the options before you run them. I won’t spend any time here going into those options because they’ll both work fine with their default settings if the average joe needs to use them.

I used both of these freeware tools. Based on the results, I’ve determined that although UltraDNS was slightly faster, I am willing to trade some of that speed for the extra safety of OpenDNS. I used a freeware tool named DNS Jumper to quickly set my DNS settings.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Since both of these tools are free, there’s really no need to make a choice between them. Take a few minutes and run both of them. However, if I had to choose only one, then Steve’s DNS Benchmark would be my choice, only because I’ve used his freeware security tools for years and I trust him implicitly.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (both tools are good)

Take the Jung Typology Test – What Kind of Person Are You?

carl_jung I see all kinds of tests and stupid quizzes that people take in places like Facebook and MySpace, or send via email. This is not one of those tests. Although there may be debate about whether personality tests are valid, the Jung (or Myers-Briggs) Type Indicator tests are most often used by professionals to evaluate people they plan to hire or give career advice to.

These tests consist of a series of questions that are designed to reveal the basic aspects of your personality. The original questionnaire from Myers-Briggs was based on theories from Carl Jung, and first published in 1962.

Here you can see an example of the questions:


Take the test:

You can take this Jung Typology Test at the Humanmetrices website. Naturally, in order to get good results, you have to be honest with yourself. When the test is over, you’ll see the resulting four letters which represent which of the 16 personality types best match your answers. There are also links providing detailed descriptions about each type.

I’ve taken this test twice over the last two years. Both times I ended up with the same result. I’m told that my personality is INTJ. According to some sources, this means that I’m a rare type, which only appears in about 1 to 4 percent of the population.


What kind of person are you?

Be sure to post your results in the comments below.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The Humanmetrics site offers a great free service with few ads. It’s somewhat fun and also very informative. You might learn quite a bit more about what really motivates you and makes you act like you do.

Create, Store and Share Code Snippets Online

Ever tried to share code from Java or C++ on the web? It seems like garbage and totally unreadable. A better way to share is through an awesome tool called Snipt.

Snipt is a tool that lets you create and share code snippets on Twitter, Delicious, StumbleUpon and everywhere else on the web. To use Snipt, simply select the programming platform the code belongs to, select a theme and create your code. If you want to share it on Twitter, provide your Twitter credentials, if you would rather just save it on the web, give your code snippet a name and check the private box.

Once you click snip it, your code would be displayed on the screen. You can then tweet it by clicking on the little twitter icon. You can also share the snippet on, StumbleUpon or through email. The code snippets recently saved by others are also available for browsing, categorized by programming platform. Snipt also lets you create and share code snippets through a desktop application or a WordPress plugin.

You can log in to your Snipt account anytime to view, share or edit your code snippets. Snipt also lets you download the code as a script file, view it as raw text or embed it on blogs and website.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Snipt is a great web-based tool to create, store and share code snippets. It is simple, quick and highly customizable.

Rating: 4/5

Jogstr Allows You to Stumble Through Digg

Do you love StumbleUpon? Do you love Digg? If the answer to both the questions is yes, then you will probably enjoy Jogstr. Jogstr is a web-service which takes the data from Digg and serves it through a StumbleUpon like interface.

Using Jogstr is simple. Just select the categories you are interested in and click on the Jogstr button. Jogstr will randomely select a recently popular item from Digg and display it. If you are only interested in a specific niche, you can also filter stories based on their sub-category. Although Jogstr displays the most popular stories by default, it is possible to configure it to stumble through the Upcoming section instead. Sharing pages is quick and painless thanks to inbuilt support for Twitter, Facebook and pretty much every social bookmarking service you have heard about.

Jogstr - Stumble Through Digg

Techie Buzz Verdict

One of the best things about StumbleUpon is the element of surprise. Once you have selected your areas of interest, it works on its own. Jogstr brings the same experience to Digg. It works really well for the Entertainment as well as Offbeat section. However for the rest of the categories, you may find the traditional Digg interface to be more useful. Jogstr is an interesting idea which has been executed nicely. Give it a try and let us know what you think about it.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

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Create Mind Maps From Text Easily

Mind maps are diagrams to represent ideas, thoughts or any other set of items linked together. It helps users in perceiving the items visually and intuitively. In other words, a mind map takes your raw thoughts and provides you with a structured set of ideas.

There are lots of software and online tools to create mind maps but one of the most convenient ones is Text2Mindmap. As the name suggests, Text2Mindmap takes your text and creates a mind map from it. Simply enter your text in a text box and indent the items that you want to place at a lower level.

Once done, click the Convert To Mind Map button and your mind map would be created.

You can also customize it by choosing the colors for different levels, changing the font style and font size and adjusting the line color and line width. You also have the option to freeze the map or view it on a full screen. Keyboard shortcuts like Tab and Tab + Shift makes it easy to indent or out-dent items. Once created, elements of the diagram can be easily dragged to move the mind map.

After you have created the mind map, it can be easily saved to your computer as a  Jpeg  image.

Create Short URL’s with a Bookmarklet

goo_gl_logo Earlier today, Amit posted a note here, which told you about a Firefox add-on to create short URLs with My immediate thought was:

How can I create links if I’m not using Firefox?

I wasn’t a bit surprised to find an answer at, one of my favorite spots to grab new bookmarklets. Bookmarklets will usually work in any modern web browser. If you don’t know what bookmarklets are, see this FAQ.

Now, I’ll part the curtain to display the Bookmarklet: bookmarklet

Drag the link above and drop it onto your web browser’s Bookmarks Toolbar, or right click and copy the address, then create a new bookmark. You can then move it to your bookmarks toolbar folder.

To use the bookmarklet, all you have to do is click the bookmarklet in your toolbar when you are at a page that you want to shorten the URL for. Here’s what you’ll see when you click the bookmarklet.


After the popup appears, highlight the short URL and copy it.

Here at Techie Buzz, we have also posted several other useful bookmarklets and links to lists of bookmarklets. You can find our posts about bookmarklets here.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

This bookmarklet could use some work. It would be nice if there were an easier way to grab the short URL instead of highlighting and copying. I also have to question the use of for shortening website addresses. Currently, there are far better URL shortening services out there, such as and others we’ve mentioned before.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2/5 (Below Average)

Google DNS Helper Automatically Changes DNS to use Google’s DNS

We have written some lengthy tutorial to setup Google DNS for and ( users follow the Windows 7 tutorial). However, not many users would have the expertise, or want to perform the listed steps in the tutorial.


Google DNS Helper is a small written in C#, which will automatically backup your current DNS records, and update it to use Google DNS servers. You can also easily restore your old DNS with the click of a button.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Very helpful tool, specially for lazy people like me, who want everything done with the click of a button. What is Google DNS? Don’t know yet? Visit our earlier post where we told you about Google DNS and also our editorial where we dissected some view’s by the OpenDNS founder, who is the closest rival of Google DNS.

This software is only 89 KB and works well on Windows 7. It is portable, so you can drop it on a flash drive and change the DNS setting of any computer.

Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)

Download Google DNS Helper

Mowid lets you Perform Tag Searches on YouTube

If you are a YouTube Fan and spend most of the time searching and viewing videos in YouTube, Mowid can come in handy. It is a tag based search engine for YouTube which lets you explore YouTube videos by combining multiple tags (see example).

How Mowid Works

To get started, just browse to the homepage and you will see a scrolling bar right at the top of the page. This bar features the most popular tags on YouTube.


Select one or more tags and the bar narrows your search based on these tags. For example: If you are looking for videos related to box and best, just select them and Mowid shows you the videos accordingly. The more you mix the number of tags, the better and funnier are the results. It’s not just the same boring searches on YouTube and seeing the same videos over and over again. In brief, Mowid helps you find new videos in YouTube containing multiple tags.

The videos are shown in the same page as shown below


You can quickly share the video you saw on Mowid in your social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Delicious and Stumbleupon

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Mowid is a new video search engine which lets you find funny and not so common videos. It allows you to search for videos using tags or specific keywords and there are no sign ups or registrations involved.

Techie-Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average).

SearchZooka: Perform Advanced Search on Multiple Search Engines

Advances searches on Google, Yahoo and other search engines can be a lengthy process. You have to remember the operators for each specific search engine and perform the search. SearchZooka is a a mash up of all the popular search engines and lets you perform advanced searches in one place.

Currently it supports Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Technorati, Digg and Delicious.

How to Use SearchZooka

To start your advanced search, just browse to the homepage and type your query:


You can search for pages that were published within a specific date range. The sites settings allows you to search a specific website or all websites. Next, you can restrict your search for pages whose URL matches with your search query. This feature is not so common with all the popular search engines out there.

Next, You can set the priority of your search according to relevance or date of publication. SearchZooka also supports country and language specific searches.


After you are satisfied with all the search parameters, hit the create button. It opens a new tab with a list of all the search engines where you want to create your advanced search.

Click the search engine and the advanced search results are opened in a new tab. Following are the results when i searched this blog from SearchZooka:


Techie-Buzz Verdict

Searchzooka is a really impressive tool to create advanced searches on multiple search engines. But the resulting page is way too complicated and non web savy users may find it confusing to use. I would also love to see Twitter being integrated, so that we can see relevant tweets as well.

Techie-Buzz rating: 4/5 (Good).

Write, Save and Organize Translations Online

Translating text from one language to another is not an easy task to manage. Automated translators like Babel Fish and Google Translate can be helpful only to a certain extent; beyond that a human element is needed   to assure quality.

EbiWrite is a collection of online tools that help translators in writing, saving and organizing translations. Writing a translation is made easier using two parallel windows so you can look at the original text as well as the translation at the same time.

Here is a list of features offered by EbiWrite:

  • Dual-panel editing.
  • Auto-save option so you don’t lose information.
  • Upload documents and images.
  • Create and share dictionaries.
  • Set an image as the source text.
  • Refer to dictionaries shared by other users.
  • Save your translations with tags.
  • Choose from 6 different themes.

Once you sign-up for a free account, you also get a permanent URL like that you can use to easily access your translations. If you ever feel like you have made a mistake, you can always go back to a previously saved version. EbiWrite is also accessible from any smart phone and provides a print-friendly version of your translations. You can also use a number of keyboard shortcuts on EbiWrite to make navigation quicker.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

EbiWrite offers some really unque and useful tools for translators. They are time-saving, hassle-free and very productive.

Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)