The Time Warner outage of the last two nights was caused by failure of their domain name server and affected over a million customers in the area. Just goes to show how important domain name service is. While living in Missouri, I had DSL service from our local telephone company. Their DNS service was notoriously flaky – long delays in resolving addresses, not finding addresses, several requests before an address was resolved, etc. etc. It affected not only Web surfing but e-mail service as well.
Luckily, I found an alternative which helped me through my DSL years in Missouri: OpenDNS. They offer DNS services for free, all you have to do is enter their IP addresses in your Network Connections or in the set-up page of your router. Takes only a couple of minutes, and you have quick, uncensored, unbiased DNS service. Want another opinion? Click here.