When The (Net) Time Stood Still

D-Link, which makes network equipment for the home and other sundry stuff has been blamed by some for choking the Internet Time Servers by hitting them so often that the whole time thing is running late. D-Link apparently had been hitting the time servers hard since August 2005.Poul-Henning Kamp has been trying to get D-Link to mend its ways but nothing has happened so far.
BBC reports that it nearly accounted for 90% of the traffic on some Danish Time Servers.

Mr Kamp said a new line of products sold by D-Link has the list of the net’s time servers written into the software that keeps the devices running. This has revealed that D-Link hardware is also causing problems for 50 other net time servers. The list includes some run by the US military, Nasa, US research organisations and government groups around the world.

Time Servers, while not something we pay attention to are critical part of the broadband life. For instance they play some kinda role in determining times for eBay auctions etc. Like most useful things on the Internet Time Servers are maintained on a non-profit basis and don’t have much money to splurge on bandwidth and hardware.
I find it strange that all these companies who want to make money selling devices or what not to the consumers, but don’t invest in their own infrastructure. D-Link can easily afford to sponsor (or pay for) a time server. It can’t be that much money!