I’ve never blogged from a moving train before. Unfortunately, I won’t be tonight, either. While the GNER train is – miraculously – moving, I just don’t believe you’re so desperate to read my thoughts, dear reader, as to justify my spending £3/hour for access. It’s not the most expensive connection in the world, but still… ugh. Thanks, but no.
On the other hand, I am quite intrigued to know how they manage to keep a stable connection from the train to the outside world. Satellite? Trackside repeaters? Now if only I was online, I could Google around and find out…
For a fleeting instant, I thought there might be something about that on the internal gateway server (which may, in fact, be routing outwith the train, I’m running a traceroute now). But the link is so $DEITYsawful slow, it’s not even loading the page. Oh, and the traceroute isn’t managing to do the reverse-DNS lookup thing, but is hopping furiously – so it looks like the gateway isn’t onboard. Interesting.
Quern:~ jonathan$ traceroute www.gner.co.uk
traceroute to www.gner.co.uk (188.8.131.52), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
1 ims.gnerwifi.train (10.101.0.1) 32.219 ms 67.311 ms 31.421 ms
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Has anyone actually coughed up for this? Is it as turgidly slow as I suspect?
The photo is just South of Berwick, by the way. I’m still reading Kafka on the Shore, but this is more PowerBook Zipping Past the Shore. Close, the mood my PowerBook’s been in of late.