In May 2018, I posted this article: Speed up your browsing with CloudFlare’s public DNS
In that post, I recommended CloudFlare’s DNS, 22.214.171.124. At the time, it was quite fast, and worked perfectly.
Fast forward to today, and I’m afraid that’s no longer the case.
If you switched to CloudFlare’s DNS and you’ve noticed that things like paying via PayPal have become almost useless, read on!
With Chrome version 69, Google was very naughty.
It was quite easy to miss this little tidbit, but it seems Google decided to make Chrome automatically log you in to Chrome itself if you used the browser to log in to any Google web service.
Before, you didn’t have to log in to Chrome itself in order to log in to Google services. With Chrome 69, that changed.
Fortunately, Google introduced the ability to turn off this annoying feature in Chrome 70.
While you’re at at, there are a few other browser “features” you may want to turn off…
I use Firefox as my main browser, which is why I wrote the earlier article Remove individual cookies in Firefox (yes, it changed again).
I also use Chrome as a secondary browser since I have 2 screens and too many tabs for one browser!
Recently, I had to do some testing for a web app. I needed to delete a cookie in Chrome…
Well, whattaya know?!
Unlike Firefox, Google Chrome makes it very easy to remove individual cookies. Plus, you can even block cookies for an entire domain!
Will you allow this site to send notifications?
NO! And stop asking me, dangit!
For ages now, I have put up with these silly popups. Then, one day very recently, I asked myself why.
Why was I putting up with them?!
In the absence of a good answer, I figured out how to turn them off. I’m guessing that if I never bothered to figure it out, you might not have, either.
Our friends over at Mozilla have done it again!
It seems that with Firefox 61, it’s now impossible to delete an individual cookie for a specific web site.
Oh sure, you can clear all cookies, and you can clear all cookies for a certain site…
But if you want to just remove 1 of many cookies for, say, Amazon.com, good luck with that.
The latest versions of Firefox have become increasingly sassy.
Whereas older flavors of FF used to be slow and memory-hungry, things got a lot better starting with Firefox 57.
You can read a bit more about these changes in my article Fix the tab bar (and other stuff) in the new Firefox 57.
Anyway, starting with FF 60, the ability to delete individual cookies for a specific web site has (annoyingly) been removed from the Privacy & Security section of the Options page.
What to do, what to do??
Back on April 1st of this year, CloudFlare announced a new public DNS resolver service.
But in this case, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke at all: the new 126.96.36.199 DNS service is very real and very fast!
Well, that’s nice, but what the heck does DNS do?
And how is it gonna make your web browsing speedier?
Firefox 57 – also known as Firefox Quantum – was released recently, bringing all the glorious new performance improvements to the world.
Well, that’s nice, especially if you pronounce “Firefox Quantum” in a Mr. Moviefone voice… BUT…
The new version of Firefox also includes a “better” tab bar, which is supposed to be better than the old one.
There’s a problem: by default, it kind of sucks.
There are also a few other (annoying) changes.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to fix most of these problems…
Back in the day, Firefox was the web browser to use.
Then came Google’s Chrome, and suddenly ~50% of internet users are using that, instead.
There were many good reasons for this switch, including the fact that Google did a lot of work to make Chrome very fast.
It’s taken them awhile, but it appears that Mozilla has finally caught on.
Version 55 of Firefox comes with some new tricks that just might bring it “back in the game” – and a very neat beta feature…
About half of all internet surfers these days are using Google’s Chrome browser, mostly because it’s awesome.
But many folks, such as myself, still have Firefox around. Firefox is awesome because there is a huge variety of add-ons available, and it’s not yet another Google product.
The problem lately has been that Firefox has become soooo slooOOOW! Like, horribly slow. Like, locking up on me slow…
Despite my best efforts at verifying that an add-on or evil web site was the culprit, it’s still just pokey.
The good news is that this is already changing: turbocharged Firefox is already here, and you can take advantage of it right now!