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A new install of mint 12 - I first noticed when using firefox often long pauses and delays (several tens of seconds) in acquiring a site, even if it was on my own LAN. After a pause it would behave normally, loading a page at full speed. After more tinkering I noticed similar problems with all network associated activity e.g. accessing the ssh server even from LAN gave similar response and delays.
I had a look at "tail -f syslog which gives me the following over and over: