What makes a great geek vacation? Well, high-speed access from even the most obscure locale is a given. Then throw in some activities to stimulate the brain cells, maybe a dose of electronic entertainment, possibly a bit of techie history, and you're most of the way there. Of course, it also helps if your chosen location is frequented by similarly techie folks and has some out-of-the-mainstream cred, meaning it would make your non-alpha geek friends roll their eyes. Our readers weighed in with their choices. InfoWorld editors share more of the favorites, adding to yesterday's list of top vacation spots.
If you're in search of an adventure getaway that requires you to really get away -- but still don't want to miss that important e-mail message -- there's no reason to mess around at some tropical resort. What you want is to climb the world's highest, most treacherous peak: Mount Everest. At the Base Camp Cyber Cafe, owner and sherpa Tsering Gyaltsen (the grandson of one of Sir Edmund Hillary's sherpa team members) offers satellite-fed 802.11b wireless Internet access at the highest ground-level point on the planet, nearly 18,000 feet above sea level. At about $1 per minute for access, this won't be the cheapest Internet connection you've ever used. But despite Base Camp being situated on a moving glacier on the edge of Everest's Great Ice Fall, at least it's reliable: Service comes via a wireless link between a satellite dish in the nearby town of Namche Bazar and the camp. And there's another good reason to feel good about using the service: Outside of the March-through-May climbing season, the infrastructure provides distance learning opportunities for the sherpa children in town.
Route 128, Boston
Anyone who remembers DEC, Lotus, or Wang will enjoy a trip along this tech-heavy highway that runs from Canton to Gloucester in Boston's suburbs. Although more actual work than tourism takes place here, geek highlights include a pilgrimage to the MIT campus and, of course, its science museum. The first modern American factory opened in the town of Waltham; check it out for early examples of mass-produced goods. In Boston, the Museum of Science offers a wealth of exhibits, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium. While you're in town, try the local sport of candlepin bowling.