Akamai awesomeness and Opendns lameness

Akamai footprint awesomeness.

My IP address.

sandipb@pluto:~$ wget -O - -q http://www.whatismyip.com/automation/n09230945.asp;echo

sandipb@pluto:~$ host domain name pointer ABTS-KK-Dynamic-

Akamai CDN for downloading Adobe AIR.

sandipb@pluto:~$ host airdownload.adobe.com
airdownload.adobe.com is an alias for airdownload.wip3.adobe.com.
airdownload.wip3.adobe.com is an alias for airdownload.adobe.com.edgesuite.net.
airdownload.adobe.com.edgesuite.net is an alias for a1396.g.akamai.net.
a1396.g.akamai.net has address
a1396.g.akamai.net has address

sandipb@pluto:~$ host domain name pointer dsl-KK-static-

I am downloading from a server co-located at my ISP. Industry standard in US, but I feel really great for this to be happening in India. :)

Imagine. Download server in India, three hops, 25 ms away!

sandipb@pluto:~$ mtr  -i 10
My traceroute  [v0.73]
pluto (                                                               Thu Apr 23 01:41:38 2009
Packets               Pings
Host                                                        Loss%   Snt   Last   Avg  Best  Wrst StDev
1.                                               0.0%     1    1.1   1.1   1.1   1.1   0.0
2. ABTS-KK-Dynamic-          0.0%     1   25.4  25.4  25.4  25.4   0.0
3. ABTS-KK-Static-          0.0%     1   24.9  24.9  24.9  24.9   0.0
4. ABTS-KK-static-           0.0%     1   39.0  39.0  39.0  39.0   0.0
5. dsl-KK-static-           0.0%     1   25.0  25.0  25.0  25.0   0.0

Lesson learnt: OpenDNS hurts all this goodness

Thank goodness, I moved off opendns today. This is what opendns was giving me all this past year that I was using it.

sandipb@pluto:~$ dig @ airdownload.adobe.com
airdownload.adobe.com.	85521	IN	CNAME	airdownload.wip3.adobe.com.
airdownload.wip3.adobe.com. 218	IN	CNAME	airdownload.adobe.com.edgesuite.net.
airdownload.adobe.com.edgesuite.net. 20721 IN CNAME a1396.g.akamai.net.
a1396.g.akamai.net.	20	IN	A
a1396.g.akamai.net.	20	IN	A

sandipb@pluto:~$ host domain name pointer a204-2-160-24.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com.

sandipb@pluto:~$ ping -c 1
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=54 time=259 ms

A download server 260ms and 11 hops away in US.

Using opendns is breaking anything which uses CDN. Now I have used opendns for a while and it is nice at its work. But believe me, we spend more time downloading videos and text than querying DNS, and if you have a DNS cache at home (like djbdns) or even your ISP’s DNS, it works a lot as well.

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