Changing my DNS to google
From what I can tell, almost all cable internet providers have horrible DNS issues. This lead me to search for a way to set my DNS provider to someone else last night, since it was down yet again (thanks charter). I was able to get to google, so I searched and found Google Public DNS.
It's not to bad, set your primary and secondary DNS entries to the 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 addresses and voila faster DNS lookups. I wouldn't recommend it behind corporate firewalls, etc... but for home use that beats dealing with DNS going down from your ISP. Google gets infrastructure right at least.