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Chapter 5. Browser Annoyances > SPEEDUPS AND SHORTCUTS

SPEEDUPS AND SHORTCUTS

INSTANT INTERNET SPEEDUP

The Annoyance:

My life has three speeds: fast, faster, and fastest. I'll do anything to juice up my browsing speed. I've heard about some obscure file called a HOSTS file that can get me to sites super-quickly—how do I use it?

The Fix:

Yes, a HOSTS file can speed up access to certain web sites, if you set it up correctly. But first, a bit of background. You navigate the Web by typing a site's name (called a hostname), such as www.oreilly.com, into your browser. But web servers and Internet routers can't understand English—they need those URLs translated into numeric IP addresses (such as 208.201.239.37). DNS servers do this automatically behind the scenes as you surf the Web.


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