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06 May 12:00

Learn to Use a Safety Razor and Never Buy Overpriced Blades Again

by Alan Henry

If you're still using expensive cartridge razors and getting ripped off with each purchase, or worse you're still using disposables, it's time to give them up and learn to use a safety razor razor. This video from the The Art of Manliness will show you how.



03 May 21:31

Tired Of Buffering? 3 Ways To Speed Up YouTube

by Joel Lee
Scott Pilgrim

try that

speed up youtubeIf you ask me, Internet streaming is one of the best advancements in web technology I’ve ever experienced, at least when it comes to user experience. YouTube has made some serious strides in online video over the last decade – strides which can easily be overlooked and forgotten. But streaming will always suffer from a particular drawback – buffering.

Buffering isn’t just a problem for YouTube; services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO GO all have to buffer their on-demand content. But YouTube is, without a doubt, the largest video streaming site in the world – it’s hard to imagine a person who has Internet access yet hasn’t ever heard of it – which means there are a lot of people out there who complain about slow YouTube buffers.

The following tips may help you out if your YouTube experience has slowed down so much as to become an inconvenience.

Warning: These suggestions to speed up YouTube should only be pursued at your own discretion. I would never suggest something so dangerous or risky that I would never do it, but MakeUseOf claims no responsibility if you mess up your computer or Internet connection in any way after reading this article.

Join YouTube Feather Beta

Even though I’ve been an avid YouTube user for many years, I was surprised to learn about a hidden program called YouTube Feather. As far as I know, it was never really pushed to users in a public way; instead, it’s an “opt-in” feature that claims that it might be able to speed up your YouTube buffering. It’s an official YouTube program so there’s some real promise in it.

speed up youtube

How does it work to speed up YouTube? By stripping away nearly every extraneous feature and implementing some advanced web techniques, YouTube reduces the amount of information being sent to you every time you view a video. This means that there’s more bandwidth allocated for actual video buffering. It’s basically a lightweight version of the service, hence the name YouTube Feather.

When you enable YouTube Feather, you: lose the ability to view and write comments; lose the ability to like or dislike videos; only see five related videos per page. I think that’s a pretty good trade for faster buffering. However, be aware that YouTube Feather is a work-in-progress so it may not work for all videos.

Bypass ISP Throttling

A few months ago, a guy named Mitch Ribar posted an interesting network tweak for Windows that makes some esoteric changes to the firewall which blocks a big range of IP addresses. I’ve seen this tip circulating around the Internet so I took a deeper look at it and, from what I can see, it should work for most users.

The technology behind it works like this. In an effort to preserve bandwidth, some ISPs will throttle bandwidth and download speeds on connections to servers that deliver cached video content, e.g., YouTube. The following command blocks IP addresses on this content delivering network, which forces YouTube to push the actual video straight to you (not the cached version) without any ISP throttling.

how to speed up youtube

  • Click Start, type cmd, right click on the icon and Run as Administrator to open the command prompt.
  • If you see a UAC prompt, click Yes.
  • Copy this command: netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name=”YoutubeBufferTrick” dir=in action=block remoteip=, enable=yes
  • Right click in the command prompt and select Paste.
  • Hit Enter.

If you ever want to remove this alteration from your network, do the same thing except use this command instead:

  • netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name=”YoutubeBufferTrick”

Since this trick blocks a wide range of IP addresses, you may run into a site every once in a while that’s blocked by this trick. Use at your own discretion!

Routing Through a Different DNS

You may be able to speed up YouTube downloads by hooking up your Internet connection to a different DNS, like OpenDNS or Google Public DNS. There’s a lot that can be said on DNS optimization – far more than would fit in this article – so just know that it’s possible (not guaranteed) that changing DNS could improve your YouTube buffering speed.

speed up youtube

Google claims that using its Public DNS service can actually enhance your Internet browsing speed by optimizing the traffic routes between you and your destination servers. But, they offer this caveat:

Note, however, that because nameservers geolocate according to the resolver’s IP address rather than the user’s, Google Public DNS has the same limitations as other open DNS services: that is, the server to which a user is referred might be farther away than one to which a local DNS provider would have referred. This could cause a slower browsing experience for certain sites.

The bottom line: this trick to speed up TouTube may or may not work for you. There’s no real way to know without going ahead and giving it a try.


At the end of the day, one truth remains: your YouTube buffering speed will always be capped by your actual Internet speed. If you have a lousy Basic Package from your ISP and your download rate is limited to snail speeds, you won’t be able to buffer faster than that. In other words, the only surefire way to improve your YouTube buffering speed is to upgrade your Internet plan.

But assuming you have a fast Internet connection already yet still suffer from poor buffering, you may be able to gain something from the tricks outlined above. Give them a try and report back to us to share your experience!

Image Credit: Network Routes Via Shutterstock

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03 May 20:54

jacesiwillsmalec: abbiegoth: heatherm00ch: jordanorsomething: ...

Scott Pilgrim

Dogcats, bitches!






Foxes are weird. They’re like dogcats.



I have a policy to reblog this every time it appears on my dash thank you


29 Apr 12:30

Automagic Is a Powerful, Easy to Use Automation Tool for Android

by Alan Henry
Scott Pilgrim


Android: There are plenty of automation tools available for Android, but Automagic is one of the first we've seen that guides you through the process of creating actions in a smooth, easy-to-follow manner. Don't let the wizard fool you, the app is remarkably powerful.

Automagic is just as powerful as other automation tools, but what makes it really worth a look is the way you design and build the tasks you want to perform. The app guides you through the process by establishing each action as a "flow," consisting of a trigger, an action, and a condition. Then the app walks you through selecting each element, building a flowchart as you go that describes what you want the task to do. You action is shown to you like a flowchart, complete with true/false conditions that lead to different outcomes, and you can make it as simple or as complex as you like.

For example, you can build a simple flowchart that turns off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when your battery gets below 50%, or build a more complicated one that, when your battery is at 50%, checks to see if Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are on and connected to something, and only disconnects them if they're not, or if Wi-Fi is connected to a network that's not your home network, or also change the brightness of your phone in the process, and do on.

Other apps like our previously mentioned favorite Tasker, Llama, and Atooma (among others) all have similar features, but it's Automagic's GUI that makes it stand out. It's is $4 at Google Play, but you can download a 10-day trial version (limited to three flows) to see if it works for you from the developer's website before you buy.

Automagic Automation ($4) | Google Play via How-To Geek

22 Apr 08:58

Напиши об этом в блог!

by fbt
Scott Pilgrim

а то!


13 Apr 19:46

thepeoplesrecord: The House I Live InWebsite | Facebook |...

Scott Pilgrim

note to myself


The House I Live In
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

The People’s Record
Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter

28 Feb 14:31

Staines-Maidenhead (24.02.2013).

Scott Pilgrim

Иногда очень скучаю по Англии, а иногда - не очень.

Первая в этом году прогулка вдоль Темзы (из места, где закончилась предыдущая, вверх по течению, ~30 км).


Пятна-на-Темзе приветствуют несколько мрачноватой табличкой у станции:


Церковь Св.Петра (судя по фотографии на официальном сайте, в немногочисленные летние солнечные дни здесь гораздо лучше):


Темза зимой. +4°C, пасмурно.



Лебедь совершает посадку:


До Виндзора каких-нибудь 15 км:


Хтонического вида статуя цапли (?):


Набережная с мостом 1832 года постройки:


Гостиница с пабом внизу:


Мостик на частный остров:


Мини-кабриолет в неплохом состоянии (Austin Mini 1000, изначально переделанный мастерской Crayford где-то в районе 1975 года и недавно восстановленный):


Срезать через M25 Runnymede Bridge было не самой хорошей идеей — похоже, убирают здесь редко, из-за забора с трассы этого мусора не видно:


Шлюз Bell Weir:



Швартовочные фиговины для лодок и катеров разных размеров:


Кирпично-фахверковый комплекс:


Старый почтовый ящик:


Барабан для задавания ритма гребцам:


Цены за парковку лодок на этом участке:


Старый Виндзор — небольшая деревня в пяти километрах от «нового» Виндзора (куда после постройки там замка еще в XII веке переместилась значительная часть здешнего населения).


Тюдоровские дымоходы:


Угроза потопа миновала:


Конно-спортивная школа:


Второй из двух мостов на Темзе с одинаковым названием "Albert Bridge" (первый — в Лондоне):


Уже виден Виндзорский замок:


Земля на том берегу Темзы — владения короны, о чем напоминают небольшие таблички через каждые 100 метров (как и о том, что незаконное проникновение на территорию является уголовным преступлением). Заборов нет, охраны не видно.


На этом же берегу пейзаж гораздо более уныл:


Victoria Bridge c запертой калиткой — черным ходом на королевские земли:


Jaguar XJS 3.6 (1986) в естественной среде обитания:


В небе видны самолеты, заходящие на посадку в Хитроу:


Про Виндзор я как-нибудь отдельно напишу, материала уже накопилось достаточно.


Одна из двух железнодорожных станций (отсюда поезда ходят до London Waterloo, а со второй, хоть и с пересадкой, но быстрее можно попасть на London Paddington):


Мост, соединяющий Итон и Виндзор, в теплое время года обычно забит туристами:


Телефонную будку напротив замка перекрасили — Кейт с коляской:


Вид со стороны парка Brocas:


Стоимость швартовки:


Еще через километр стоянка уже бесплатна:


Заготовили дров и возвращаются на лодку:


Напротив ипподрома когда-то находилось место для купания учеников Итонского колледжа:


На обратной стороне мемориального камня — выписка из правил:


Распутье (по "bridleway" можно верхом на коне, на "footpath" — нельзя):


Церковь Св. Марии Магдалины несколько нетипична — с деревянной башней, стены датируются XII веком. В 1975 ее планировали снести, но в результате передали местной благотворительной организации для восстановления. Здесь нету постоянных прихожан и священника, ключи можно получить у дежурного на соседнем шлюзе.


Гостиница Oakley Court использовалась для съемок нескольких фильмов ужасов:


Нырять запрещено:


Что за собаки, не уточняется (может, той-терьеры какие-нибудь):


Унылый, но функциональный мост М4:


К этому времени уже совсем стемнело, я практически ничего не фотографировал. Перила из весел:


Конечная точка маршрута — Maidenhead Bridge (построен в 1777, проезд был платным до 1903 года):

15 Oct 07:09

miloserdie: odnoklassniki

Scott Pilgrim

совершает намаз



13 Oct 23:00

Scott Pilgrim

интернет как он есть


16 Sep 01:39


Scott Pilgrim

захотелось джакузи

10 Sep 08:44


Scott Pilgrim

the clit tease!

06 Sep 14:55

erickimberlinbowley: The Loneliest Whale in the World. In 2004,...

Scott Pilgrim



The Loneliest Whale in the World.

In 2004, The New York Times wrote an article about the loneliest whale in the world. Scientists have been tracking her since 1992 and they discovered the problem:

She isn’t like any other baleen whale. Unlike all other whales, she doesn’t have friends. She doesn’t have a family. She doesn’t belong to any tribe, pack or gang. She doesn’t have a lover. She never had one. Her songs come in groups of two to six calls, lasting for five to six seconds each. But her voice is unlike any other baleen whale. It is unique—while the rest of her kind communicate between 12 and 25hz, she sings at 52hz. You see, that’s precisely the problem. No other whales can hear her. Every one of her desperate calls to communicate remains unanswered. Each cry ignored. And, with every lonely song, she becomes sadder and more frustrated, her notes going deeper in despair as the years go by.

Just imagine that massive mammal, floating alone and singing—too big to connect with any of the beings it passes, feeling paradoxically small in the vast stretches of empty, open ocean.

stop im gonna cry

28 Aug 01:59

the derp is out there

Scott Pilgrim


the derp is out there

23 Aug 04:53


Scott Pilgrim

pretty much sums up Drive for me

26 Aug 21:16

Slut Virus

24 Aug 11:58

Scott Pilgrim

eto я


23 Aug 14:41

The sad truth about… (2 Comments)


The sad truth about…

It’s just sad really.


So sad.


liek dis if u cry evrytiem


05 Aug 20:16


13 Aug 09:22

Scott Pilgrim

всё так
02 Aug 21:33

Scott Pilgrim

потому что может
01 Aug 11:30

One Nil

by Gregor
Scott Pilgrim

ето я вообще всегда

One Nil

Here you go. Later than usual because some heavy stuff came up, but better later than never I guess. Thanks for sticking around.

Oh, and I’m way behind on emails, that’s going to take a while to get through.

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31 Jul 23:40

Scott Pilgrim

Хочу в отпуск

25 Jul 08:24

alecshao: Ai Weiwei - Studies in Perspective, 1995-2003 So...

Scott Pilgrim

because fuck you, that's why


Ai Weiwei - Studies in Perspective, 1995-2003

So great.

26 Jul 14:00

Scott Pilgrim

Кажется, это первый раз, когда этот мем сделал мне смешно