While reading Hacker News I came across an entry titled Improving your resolv.conf file. The author describes how to use and rotate three nameservers in your /etc/resolv.conf. But how would anyone know which are the fastest nameservers around? The answer is: namebench.
The software will look up your browser history, collect some random hostnames and then run DNS queries. All those queries are benchmarked and in the end the software will tell you, which of the DNS servers was the fastest. In my case the answer was often Google’s own servers, but at some occassions namebench came to different conclusions. In my opinion it’s worth trying out.