Bookmarks - April 2018
Public DNS resolvers, WSL, and how to make colors more legible in the Windows CMD.
Despite being launched on April 1st, this was no April fools joke. Cloudflare made their own public DNS freely available. It’s fast, privacy focussed (no logging) and supports DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS.
- Check out https://22.214.171.124
- See the developer docs for info on setting up DNS over TLS and DNS over HTTPS.
- See this guide for instructions on setting up DNS over TLS using unbound on OpenWRT.
Another privacy oriented public DNS server, this one sponsored by IBM. Currently it doesn’t support DNS over HTTPS or DNS over TLS, so is trumped by 126.96.36.199, but worth using as a secondary server.
- Check out https://www.quad9.net/
Debian and Kali come to WSL
Debian and Kali linux are now available as flavours of the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Download them from the Windows Store.
Colortool for Windows CMD
If you’ve used the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), one of the first things you’ll notice is the unreadable color contrasts. Thankfully there’s a tool that can adjust the color scheme to more legible hues.
- Colortool comes with some preset color schemes, including: campbell - a more readable dark scheme, solarized dark and solarized light.