Originally Posted by imagine_me2
I use a dial up connection. May be my service provider has a caching server.
Whether your isp has or does not have a caching server is, or ought to be, irrelevant. The bottleneck is your slow dial-up link, assuming that it is a standard dial-uup link and you are not, eg, using a dial-up protocol over a fast link. Tghe distiction is between stuff on the local side of the slow dial-up link and stuff on the remote side.
Everything on the remote side can be assumed to work with infinite speed (...it doesn't but...) as the dial-up link is so much slower the speed of the far side should not come into the equation.
But can i use squid on my computer to cache pages.
...yes , you can....but
Also will it increase my browsing speed, since i ve heard that my browser has a cache, and my service provider also has at least one.
The service oproviser cache is irrelevant (unless it gives errors, which is an entirely different topic), but it is true that your browser has a cache. If
you only use a single browser and if
it is a single user machine (or this side of the slow dial-up link is single user) and if
your browser has enough cache and uses it sensibly, then just using an external cache such as squid probably won't help appreciably.
I have done only basic configuration such as,
http_access allow all
I dont much understand the topics such as
2> cache management
3> blocking of websites
could you pls help me out with this.
As you haven't said anything about your environment or needs, the only thing I can say is that there are many aspects of configuration that you make to suit your environment. This is the first mention of blocking of websites; you don't say whether you do or do not want to do it (and if it is a single-user machine, why would you be wanting to block yourself from certain websites....you could just not go to them).
If you do not understand the Domain Name System, I suggest a short course of googling is in order (or read a book...there are a number of good ones). If you mean there is some issue about a Domain Name System server and the advantages (or otherwise) of caching the results of DNS lookups, I think that I should comment that Bind, the 'default' DNS server is probably somewhat more complex than you need or can currently understand, and that there are simpler options out there (...good wiki page!) and it probably (that environment again) doesn't do what you think that you would like, but maybe pdnsd does (although you only think that because you haven't yet understood the system, but that's by the by).
'Cache management': what is your question? If it is 'what manual tasks do I have to do, for housekeeping of the cache' the answer is that, eg, squid, takes care of that. If your question is something else, please explain.
BTW, it is possible that squid is not the best option for you, but in the same way that squid only offers you a marginal advantage over the browser's inbuilt cache, it is quite possible that an even more marginal advance over something that you already have installed is now far from worthwhile.