April 9th, 2007


Wherein Brad whines some more...

After a week of being off the grid in Belize, I was really looking forward to getting caught back up on everything here in Tokyo.

But with the exception of the Internet access at Dan Kogai's house, my connectivity has been utterly depressing this trip. The conference had overly congested Wifi that barely worked, and my hotel's wired ethernet, while incredibly fast and low-latency, seems to drop my connections every couple minutes, then proceed to drop all packets for 5-30 seconds. Sometimes I have to unplug and plug the Ethernet back in for it to come back alive. And when it comes back alive, it intercepts DNS requests (even if I'm using OpenDNS), and does its own dumb stuff, including bouncing me through its own HTTP server that tells me it's loading the page I requested. (uh, thanks.) Then redirects me to the original place I'd done a DNS lookup on.


Oh yeah, and I keep getting zeroconf-style link-local addresses from other people in the hotel when the DHCP server is slow (which is like always). So I had to hard-code. (and no, my connectivity problems aren't because I'm hard-coding... it happens even with assigned IPs... and I'm getting no warnings about other MAC addresses using my IP, like everybody was at the conference...)

What does it take to get hotel net access that doesn't blow?

Looking forward to getting back home and having reliable net access, ergo keyboard, and a mouse. And not living out of a suitcase.

Tokyo Update

Think I'm done....

☑ YAPC::Asia
☑ Hackathon
☑ Tourism
☑ Business meeting

All that remains is an SAKK party tonight, and flying home tomorrow evening (and arriving tomorrow morning... trippy International Date Line). Ideally with more Russian vocab studying somewhere in there, for Tuesday night's midterm.

Fortunately SAKK's Internet access here at their office is awesome. I should upload some of my cooler Japan photos... Er, my camera's at the hotel. :-)