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August 15, 2011

Tech Tuesday Live Twitter Chat: Bing and Windows Discuss Travel #win7tech

This week we are kicking off a whole discussion about travel because if there is anything I’m wild about its travelling. During the week, you’ll read about my recent glamping excursion, my trip to Las Vegas and my (completely unrealistic) dream of owning a super yacht. Travel will also be the topic of this week’s Tech Tuesday Twitter Chat and we’ll be joined by the folks at Bing.

To participate:

When thinking about travel and travel PCs in general, there are a few things that we really look for in determining the best of the best: weight, durability, battery life and of course, ergonomics. Ergonomics is complicated but there are a few things you can look for: can you lift up the cover with one hand, does the track pad have a smooth, no-stick texture, are the keys “springy” or will your fingers fatigue while using it. The most important thing about travel is that you’ll be using that PC a lot and likely in a lot of cramped areas: planes, trains, etc. If you have a PC that feels good on your fingers and was created with amazing industrial design, you’ll be able to type longer, easier and faster. When I asked @BenThePCGuy about the best two PCs for travel he gave me a sneak peek into a blog post he will be publishing on Wednesday. In particular, he mentioned that he loves the Lenovo X220 because it’s lightweight, extremely durable and with flawless industrial design. The only caveat is that it’s a serious work PC with less style and flair of some other great travel designs. If you (like me) are all about the flash, the Samsung 900x is remarkable: it’s sassy, lightweight and made with duralumin. As Ben said, if they can make a fighter jet out of that stuff, the PC is going to be pretty remarkable.

Oh, here’s a little bit of sweet sauce. You can win the Samsung 9 via a new promotion on Samsung called Tweetcraker. Tweetcracker challenges you to break a code and tweet an answer. The first person to break it will win a Samsung 900x and $10,000 in cash. The second person (and this is what got me excited) to break the next code will win a Samsung 900x and something even better to help them travel the world.

If you get the chance to travel the world, the first place you’ll want to look is Bing Travel. Bing Travel (@Fareologist) helps you to create and track travel plans. Want to know if it’s better to wait a week to book your trip to Alaska or simply looking for the deal of the week, Bing Travel and its twitter handle will be your new best friends. I use it literally all the time.

So, join in the chat, visit the sites and remember to share your favorite travel stories and ideas with me. I’m always looking for some inspiration.

Note we will only be talking about the outlined topic each week and we will not be answering questions outside those topics. Questions for this week may include: What is the best PC for travel? How do I book tickets on my PC to go to Vegas? What are your travel essentials?