Everyone's heard of the Bullet Train. The sleek high speed train that goes all over Japan.
We got to take it from Osaka to Nagoya, and will take it again to Tokyo.
It's great - large comfy seats, snacks delivered to you, and it travels at over 100mpg.
Updating this page doesn't happen without getting online, and travelling around the world, that gets... interesting.
Hotels always have a phone, and usually some easy access to the modem. Sometimes, though, the connections aren't right. Anyone but a musician would carry the right tools, cables, and stuff needed to get the line going -
but most of us just wing it.
In Nagoya the phone in the hotel room had no modem out on the phone. No problem - just use the phone line - but the "dial tone" was the beeping one usually found in Japan, and my modem didn't hear it.
No problem - just find another phone extension, dial zero on that for the real dial tone. Ah, but the other phone (on bathroom wall) didn't dial out at all - only there for receiving calls.
So, the soloution: dial zero on the bedside phone. Run to bathroom, take that phone off hook and leave it. Run back to bed, pull phone cord from phone, plug into computer and quickly start dialin procedure before losing the dial tone.
Oh yes, after connection, get back in the bathroom and hang up that phone which is now (if things went successfully) howling like a banshee, and the guy in the next room is about to call hotel security.
(Unless it's a bandmate in the next room, and he's thinking "Oh, so that's how to get online from this place!")