Mitch of the Mitch’s Space blog might be a god. Or the God, depending on if you are a monotheist. The bottom line is, he made my YouTube run faster — and he might just be able to help your YouTube run faster as well.
It’s a little more “hacker-ish” than I traditionally like to be, what with my ability to fuck everything up and make my Macbook into a paperweight, but I’ve tried it, and by crikey(!) it seems to work. Of course, I am notoriously stupid, so maybe I just think it works … whatever.
The “why it works” is the most complex part to explain, but I think I can dumb it down enough for the both of us: see, sites like Google and its prison b*tch YouTube get slowed down by certain ISPs. Mitch explains he uses TWC (Time Warner Cable), and while we don’t, we’ve noticed a similar lag. So instead of allowing your ISP to send you the straight version of a video, your computer is sending you a cluttered up version that can run really slowly. But following a few simple steps, you can stop your computer from doing that. I’ll give you the steps both on Mac and on Windows.
1. Go to your Applications folder.
2. Select the file marked “Terminal”
3. This opens up a cool Matrix-like window, where it prompts you to enter a system command.
sudo ipfw add reject src-ip 22.214.171.124/24 in
sudo ipfw add reject src-ip 126.96.36.199/16 in
(Those are two separate commands and are to be entered as such)
5. After you hit “Enter,” your terminal will warn you that entering “sudo” codes can fuck up your system. I ignored this because Mitch told me to, and for some reason, I trust Mitch.
6. It will now prompt you to enter a password. Here’s a couple key sub-points that Mitch didn’t explain though:
a. You MUST have a password to enter. Your password is the same one you use to “lock” your computer. I didn’t have one either, so I had to go into my System Preferences (should be a box in your taskbar) and add one via the Accounts icon. It’s worth it if it works for you. Also, you can delete your password afterwards, if you so choose.
b. In the “Terminal” menu, your password won’t show up as having been typed. The cursor bar doesn’t move, so you think maybe you aren’t typing a password at all. You are. Once you’ve entered the password correctly, a prompt will show up stating that you are blocking all IP address ranges from those locations (basically forcing your computer to give you the good stuff — it’s like telling your computer to sort through the skag weed for nothing but the tastiest of buds)
7. You can check to make sure your computer has accepted the codes by typing the following:
sudo ipfw list
(the prompts will show up listing the blocks)
8. If you change your mind after the fact and wish to delete these codes (prob because you think the NSA is trapping you somehow), just go back to terminal, bring up the ipfw list. Next to each command is a reference number. Enter: sudo ipfw delete X and then swap out the X for the reference number. Easy peasy.
9. Hit “Enter.”