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Hipmunk has an iPhone app! Woot!

by Scott on February 23, 2011

Ok I hadn’t intended this week to be mostly iPhone apps.

But this one is to cool to pass up Hipmunks new iPhone app!

Now you can take the agony out of searching for flight on your iPhone.  It doesn’t get much easier than this.  The results are very straightforward and  easy to understand.

Currently there is no in app purchasing of flights.  After you select a flight you are given a time sensitive link to complete the transaction on a computer.  I wonder if Apple wants 30% if you purchase through the app (gross speculation on my part, most likely not the case)

Get it app from the app store. Hipmunk should really have a landing page or a “we have an iPhone app” splash thingy (or acorn to stay within the theme) somewhere on their homepage.

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Get Faster Internet while Traveling

by Scott on February 10, 2011

How often have you heard people complaining about slow internet while traveling?  Enter a website, click, wait on the blank white screen to load.  Sound familiar?  Here’s a tip for all those that travel with a WiFi phone, pad, netbook or laptop to squeeze all the bandwidth you can out of that hotspot you’ve connected to.

Run Google’s DNS benchmark tool,  Namebench.  Here’s why it will help.  When you are surfing the internet the websites you are going to are actually not the words you type in the address.  There’s a number that the words get translated into in the background.

This is the analogy that best fits: When you use the phone book to call someone you don’t type the persons name into the phone, you dial a number.  When your surfing the internet this is all done for you in the background.  Your computer has the “phone book” that looks up the numbers.  The “phone book” is the address of a DNS server, the one I had been using was Comcast’s in Chicago.

If you bring your laptop to Bratislava and your from Minneapolis, everytime you enter a new URL your computer is still using the the Minneapolis “phone book” to look everything up.  This causes a delay because the request has to travel out of it’s way to use the DNS server in Chicago. (and yes, I do realize this isn’t exactly true but it helps make my point, work with me here…)

Namebench will scan for DNS servers that are fastest and closest for your location. Which are not always the same thing.  This even helps at home actually.  I switched the computer I writing this from to one that is 44% faster and definitly notice a difference. The images are from the results of the test I just ran on my laptop.  If your using a WiFi phone or pad you may need to run this from a computer however the server setting will be the same.

This will NOT help upload and download speeds.  You will notice a difference surfing, it will increase you page load speeds (technically the query before the page load). Windows by default is set to automatically get DNS server however it may not be the fastest one. I’m using Comcast right now and when windows gets new DNS numbers it will always get the Comcast server even though they are slower.  The test takes about 5 minutes to run and the FAQ at Google states the first time you run it gives you the most accurate results.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

via Unplgged (Awesome site you should bookmark it)

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Colossal Hipmonk Infographic!

by Scott on February 9, 2011

Over at Hipmonks blog they have an infographic made by Shawn Sanders that is nothing short of mind blowing!

All you can say is WOW!!!

It’s an infographic visualizing baggage fees.  It is no surprise to anyone that baggage fees have gone up over the last couple years but once you make it visual it’s staggering!

The airline with the highest fees?  Delta.  (Gasp! I’m shocked!)  Deltas fees are more then American and United COMBINED.  Delta made $733 Million  and the next closest airline was American at $432 Million. And this only covers the first 3 quarters of 2010.  They are on track to make a Billion dollars (that’s  with a B) on Baggage fees alone!

Now I’m all for a company making money, but having fees that are nearly twice what any of your competitors are charging a little exorbitant?

Who is the Lowest?  Southwest with $23 million, no great shock there.  You have to look for it in the graphic it’s easy to miss.

I’ll skip the whole Southwest-has-made-money-forever and the other-business-models-have-always-struggled discussion.

Via Hipmonk blog

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Lonely Planet Mexico, 12th Edition

by Scott on February 8, 2011

Lonely Planet Mexico, 12th Edition

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Lonely Planet knows Mexico. Whether you want to climb mysterious Maya temples in the Yucatán, eat nouveau Mexican cuisine in the capital, or simply stretch out on a honey-kissed beach at a Pacific coast resort, our 12th edition will guide you through the best of this amazing country.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

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An Idiot Abroad review.

February 7, 2011

Over the weekend I stumbled across An Idiot Abroad in my cable tv lineup.  Which is strange since I don’t get Sky1 or the Science channel. The premise is Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send one of their friends, Karl Pilkington, to see the 7 Wonders of the World.  It’s unlike other travel reality shows […]

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Loney Planet the Travel Book

February 1, 2011

Lonely Planet The Travel Book ISBN13: 9781741792119 Condition: New Notes: BRAND NEW FROM PUBLISHER! BUY WITH CONFIDENCE, Over one million books sold! 98% Positive feedback. Compare our books, prices and service to the competition. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed Highlighted by some of the finest photography in the world, this book offers a glimpse of each country’s […]

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Hipmonk.com is pretty close to the coolest travel search site but…

August 26, 2010

There’s a lot to love about the new travel site Hipmonk.com.  It leaves you thinking why didn’t I think of that.  Putting all of the flight results on a time line.  Brilliant.  It’s fast, slight forward, and ridiculously easy to figure out.  One of the best features in my opinion?  Sort by ‘agony’.  Awesome. Why […]

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Apple MB974ZM/A World Travel Adapter Kit Reviews

August 24, 2010

Apple MB974ZM/A World Travel Adapter Kit World Travel Adapter Kit The Kit is designed to work with iPod, iPhone, Apple MagSafe Power Adapters, Portable Power Adapters, and AirPort Express. The AC plugs included in the World Travel Adapter Kit directly support outlets in North America, Japan, China, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Korea, Australia, and Hong […]

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Liliputing Giving Away an HP Mini 311! Don’t miss this!

December 19, 2009

Liliputing is giving away a HP Mini  311.  It’s not your average 1.6Ghz Atom N270 with a 11.6 in 1366 x 768 pixel HD display, it also has the NVIDIA ION graphics.  That make it HD movie capable.  The ION graphics are important, along with the new Flash 10.1 make netbooks with ION graphics a […]

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All-You-Can-Jet for a Year! The Mind Boggles

December 18, 2009

I don’t live in a JetBlue city but if I won I think I would have to move to one of their hubs just to be able to take advantage of this. JetBlue will be giving away one All-You-Can-Jet  pass for a year for every 250,000 new fans they get on Facebook.  Once you sign […]

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