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Re: Sitefinder II, the sequel...

  • From: David Ulevitch
  • Date: Mon Jul 10 11:49:33 2006

On Jul 10, 2006, at 6:44 AM, Gerry Boudreaux wrote:

For those who have not yet seen this:
They will 'correct' your spelling mistakes for you.

I'm happy to answer any and all questions off-list but I want to point out one aspect that hasn't quite been messaged correctly. A big point being missed is the addition of "if you want."

We have written this as a recursive dns service that can do different things to different IPs. You quote from our FAQ but you leave out the cluefull parts of the FAQ so this is one that's important:

How do I turn off phishing protection or typo correction?

If you want to use OpenDNS but do not want phishing protection and/ or typo correction, you may ask us to disable that protection for you.
Currently, setting these preferences requires an OpenDNS team member. In the future, you may manage this preference yourself, if registered. Registration will be free, and not required to use the service. This preference will be offered first for members with a static IP address, and then for those with dynamic IP addresses.

So if you want standard NXDOMAIN, that's fine. Happy to do it. Different strokes for different folks. That's the whole idea.

We're not new at this, or looking to make a quick buck by annoying you with ads. I recommend giving it a try and letting me know your thoughts. The idea of both building an intelligent recursive dns server and a recursive DNS service are both a long time in the making and make a lot of sense. Perhaps we can work on our messaging to more technical audiences. :-)

David Ulevitch

From their FAQ: -------------- Why is OpenDNS smarter?

We fix typos in the URLs you enter whenever we can. For example, if you're using OpenDNS craigslist.og will lead directly to we're not sure what to do with an error, we provide search results for you to choose from.

How does OpenDNS make money?

OpenDNS makes money by offering clearly labeled advertisements alongside search results on error pages. OpenDNS will provide additional services on top of its enhanced DNS service.