Origin: Talking about "fromness" (July 23, 2014) Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In my travels over the years people asked me 'Where are you from?'. It is a mundane, yet profound question. For a digital nomad, home is a transient concept. In my conversations with Dipika of Oranguntan Swing, I shared few ideas that inspired the 'Origin: talking about "Fromness' event. If you are based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Please join this conversation on July 23, 2014.


Poster of Origin: Talking about 'Fromness' in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Skype Audio Quality Issues in gnu/Linux

Skype is an essential tool for a digital nomad. In some versions of gnu/Linux, you'll notice considerable audio quality issues and disturbance (white noise) in Skype. Had to resort to using Skype on Android until I found this solution on Skype community forum.

Run this command in the terminal to start Skype. You'll notice significant improvement in the audio quality.


$ PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=30 skype

Happy Skyping!



The Web We Want: An Open Letter (Video)

The Web is our largest shared resource. Let's keep it free and open for us, and for the next generation.

What kind of Web do you want? Tell us: http://mzl.la/1hHyqBq


Learn more about at webwewant.mozilla.org and WebWeWant.org global movement to defend, claim and change the future of the Web.

Find the fastest DNS Servers with NameBench

In my last post I talked about configuring static DNS entries. Let's go about choosing the fastest DNS servers near your location using Namebench. This tool helps you find the fastest DNS server based on web history, tcpdump output and standardized datasets. You can install it from your package manager or download from code.google.com/p/namebench/.

Namebench DNS benchmarktool screenshot

Here is the list of fastest DNS servers near Nairobi. Tests were run from Zuku Internet connection on Ngong Road, Nairobi

Recommended DNS configuration (fastest + nearest) Nairobi, Kenya

  • Primary Server: 216.194.28.69 (MetConnect-2 US)
  • Secondary Server: 8.8.8.8 (Google Public DNS)
  • Tertiary Server: 78.143.192.10 (Fast GB)

Configure Static DNS Entries in Ubuntu

Here is quick tip to configure custom DNS services like OpenDNS and Google Public DNS servers on gnu/Linux. Using custom DNS services offers performance benefits and enhanced security.

Append add 'dns-nameservers' to your /etc/network/interfaces file. This over-rides the DNS servers assigned by the DHCP service.


dns-nameservers  208.67.222.222 208.67.220.220

Happy Browsing!