My web browsers often seem to spend a lot of time reporting "looking up host <blah>". I'd like to see less of that in 2014, and spend less time watching nothing happen in the browser's viewport.
http://www.edwin.io/optimized-resolv-conf seems to make sense, but it includes no discussion of a local nameserver, such as the one typically enabled by default in an internet router, only using Google IPs. Anyone have anything to add or dispute what it says?
Are those using routers better off using the one it includes? Better off avoiding?
Is there any convenient way to evaluate average response times from various servers?
Are there logical reasons for avoiding Google's or other high visibility servers?
Are there reasons why the servers provided by the ISP subscribed to shouldn't be preferred?
Can anyone explain why the default timeout is 5s and not more or less? Is it a holdover from times past when the internet was less busy, and often less speedy via dialup or ISDN instead of broadband?