How to Get Your Computer Repaired in Japan
You live in Japan, and your computer is acting up. Perhaps you prefer communicating about the problem in English. Perhaps you manage or work in a branch office of a foreign firm with lots of English-speaking employees. Perhaps you just want some IT advice or training. Perhaps you have a few questions regarding Japan's technology atmosphere. Perhaps your computer imploded. Perhaps you still wet your bed from time to time (like me). Perhaps not. Either way you need some IT help, and Japan's native offerings are not overly preferable. Let's see what we can come up with...
The Hunt For the Ultimate Free Open Source NAS Distro
My aged Netgear NAS was primed and ready for a relaxing retirement, so I pursued a befitting upgrade. I briefly considered an out-of-the-box NAS offering from Qnap or Synology, but reconsidered after considering the high price paired with the wimpy CPU & RAM specs. After considerable consideration I decided to build my own. An OS-less HP Microserver costs a fraction of what a Qnap NAS does, and this way I wouldn't be married to an over-priced, low-spec proprietary platform. But what OS to put on it? My hunt for the ultimate free open source NAS distro began.
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Life in Japan - How to Save Money
Japan--especially the megalopolis areas like Tokyo are notoriously expensive. Finishing the day with a non-empty wallet or bank account can prove a disheartening day-to-day challenge. I offer some tips on how to save money in Japan.
Life in Japan - English-Speaking Internet Service Provider Asahi Net
Great Internet service is not difficult to find here in Japan as this country is known for its hyper-sonic, yet stable Internet infrastructure. What can sometimes be an intimidating task for foreigners is the language skills necessary to complete the sign-up procedures and/or obtain customer support.
Enter Asahi Net. They're an English-speaking Japanese ISP, making it easier to sign-up and obtain support in good ol' English. Their English website, refreshed with a modern look and clear descriptions, does a bang-up job of explaining the various options and offerings.
I myself have been an Asahi Net customer for quite a number of years now, and I've had a more than satisfying customer experience with them. If my memory serves me correctly, my service only went down once during my entire history with them. The cause was a faulty modem, which was promptly replaced by NTT. My service even survived the 2011 earthquake without much more than a brief hiccup. Coolest for me is that they also offer an optional static IP address, making IT guy me the envy of my IT guy cronies.
Even more awesome is that as an Asahi Net customer myself, I can offer my readers deep sign-up discounts.
Simply provide my Asahi Net user ID when you sign-up --> sb8d-pvln
More info on the discounts here: http://asahi-net.jp/en/service/campaign/syokai.html
Best of luck to you, fellow foreigner!
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