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Technology and Travel

December 10, 2009

Do you like to travel? I love traveling and am always excited when professional conferences are held some place interesting so I can combine some sightseeing with professional development. For example, I am completely looking forward to EBLIP6 in 2011 which is to be held in Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. However, I’m a little less thrilled about being on a plane for the approximately 10 hours it will take to get there.

Because the actual traveling part, at least for me, is less enjoyable than the “doing stuff when I actually get to where I’m going,” I love any traveling tips or tricks that will help make the journey smoother. (We can discuss the journey v. destination argument later–I’m all for journeys, just not when they include 3 hour delays in airports without free wi-fi.) Therefore, as promised, here is a post filled with tips and suggestions for making your travel experiences, a little bit better–especially when dealing with airport wi-fi. Use them the next time you are traveling and bookmark them to give to patrons who you help them with questions about traveling.

First up is this fantastic site called Luggage Limits. I don’t know about you, but I am pretty tired of all the extra fees that now accompany any flight. But I especially don’t like to pay for luggage. This site will tell you what your luggage limit is based on airline and departing/arriving airports–such a help and you don’t have to register to use this site. Now if I can only get all of my gear into 2 carry-on bags for the next winter trip to Boston, I’ll be all set.

The wonderful Lifehacker has a great article on the Top 10 Tactics for Protecting Your Stuff. This article is full of easy-to-implement advice for protecting your gear at home and when traveling. If you have any other tips to share, I’d love to read about them in the comments.

One of the most exciting notes for those traveling this holiday season is Google’s free airport wi-fi promotion. But, as all tech savvy travelers know, public wi-fi can be a bit dodgy when it comes to security of your data. However, PC World has come to our collective rescue with the article Google’s Free Airport Wi-Fi: Five Ways to Protect Yourself. Enjoy the holiday traveling a little more with free wi-fi and protect your data at the same time.

This has nothing to do with traveling, unless you are working on website development while traveling:
Browsera Simultaneously Tests Your Site in Different Browsers. Save time and frustration when checking your websites by using Browsera. This will definitely be a help as libraries continue to upgrade their websites.

That is it for today. Have a great weekend, read a lot, leave me some comments, and the Waki Librarian will be back next week with more techie library fun.

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