Monthly Archives: December 2009

Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

An awesome rough-edged version of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ HOME. The foot-tapping contagious happiness emanating from this band is just amazing, leaving you whistling their tunes with a smile on your face for days after. Also: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dreamand Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Home, live @ kcrw

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Namebench Shows iBurst DNS slowness

I just downloaded and installed Namebench, a new open source project that benchmarks DNS servers, with a view of seeing how well my DNS is performing these days. All of these developments stem from the recent launch of Google’s public DNS service and the sudden realisation that a large part of the reason for interweb slowness, if you’re not in Africa, is the length of time it takes for a DNS query to complete. I …

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iBurst Fails to Compete, So They Fake It

The world of consumer broadband is starting to turn a little cut-throat in South Africa. It’s a relief at least – I’ve been waiting for ten years for this to happen. Not to be left out in the cold, iBurst has also dropped their prices to place them on an, erm, even?, footing with the ADSL providers. And they did it not by matching the lower prices, but by splitting their single unified subscription cost …

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