Five Geek Treats In New Orleans

Woo-hoo! Team Lifehacker is off to New Orleans next for TechEd 2013. While our focus during the day will definitely be on the Windows Server 2012 news (and the enhancements coming from Windows 8.1), we still want to check out some of the city's cooler geek cred locations during our downtime. Here are five possibilities on the list.

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1. French Quarter

Sure, it's the obvious New Orleans choice -- but there's a reason for that. Coming to town and not hanging around the French quarter would just be wrong. The boozy benefits of Bourbon Street remain a decision for the individual.

2. Vending Machines In Taxis

Yes, you read that right; 250 taxis in New Orleans now have a vending machine built in. $1 for a can of soft drink in a humid location? I'm in on that -- provided my legendary ability to break technology doesn't ruin the touchscreen. More

3. New Orleans Mint

We'll skip the "mint condition" gags and instead point out that this was the only mint that produced both Confederate and American coinage. These days, as well as serving as a museum, it's a jazz club, and mentioning hazz in any New Orleans roundup is compulsory.More

4. Streetcars

The three New Orleans streetcar lines are famous landmarks, but one -- the Riverfront line -- also has a high-tech twist: LCD screens at each stop to indicate when the next train is coming. That's certainly not unknown on a tram line (Melbourne has plenty), but I'll still be checking it out.

5. The National World War II Museum

Quite aside from being a history buff, this has some serious high-tech credentials; it has a 4D cinema and an impressive modern design, along with a pavillion filled with restored Boeing aircraft. Plus we'll be in town for the anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. More Picture: ctj71801


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