On Monday, I blogged (here: http://thepete.com/…y-internet ) about how Time-Warner Cable (aka "Road Runner") was hi-jacking (high-jacking?) web searches. Essentially, if you type in an incomplete on incorrect URL each browser is supposed to do what you want in that situation. In the case of Firefox (the only browser I use), I believe, it defaults to using google to make a best guess as to what you were aiming for. T-W recently started usurping this feature and instead funnels you to an advertising-rich page (seen at the above-linked, uh, link). Internet savior Nate Ritter has come up with a solution.
Here's what he says in a recent post on his site (here: http://blog.perfectspace.com/…erception/ ):
"I really hate their page. It honestly sucks.
So, I turned it off. I disabled it.
If you have the same issue and dont like it, you can disable that setting too. Heres how. Go to http://ww23.rr.com/prefs.php and choose Disable for the option labeled Web Address Error Redirect Service: This preference allows you to opt in or out of Road Runners non-existing domain landing service. Then click the Save button."
I did it and it worked for me. Have a look at the screencap above to see what the page looks like.
Be sure to swing by Nate's blog if you have a mo' and any interest in "community, entrepreneurship and business strategy". He's a great guy--during the San Diego fires last year he live-Twittered the entire experience. I found his Twitterstream infinitely more informative (and engrossing) than the news I would get from CNN or any other mainstream news source. Follow his Twitters here: http://twitter.com/nateritter
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