Yesterday, Google released yet another product that will disrupt an industry, Google Public DNS. Most people are probably not familiar with what DNS even is, so Google offers this explanation:
Most of us aren’t familiar with DNS because it’s often handled automatically by our Internet Service Provider (ISP), but it provides an essential function for the web. You could think of it as the switchboard of the Internet, converting easy-to-remember domain names – e.g., www.google.com – into the unique Internet Protocol (IP) numbers – e.g., 126.96.36.199 – that computers use to communicate with one another.
This service is usually handled by your Internet provider, but Google’s product aims to replace this with a faster and more secure version. To start using it, follow the instructions on their web page to change either your router or computer settings.
I’ve been using it for the last day and it seems to be much quicker that either my ISP or OpenDNS was. This blog post on the TechSutra site also notes that it seems to be much better for users outside of the US.
I’d definitely recommend making the switch to it today.
UPDATE: as further proof that Google is taking over the world, they released their own dictionary today.