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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
01 July 2011
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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The TOURBUS is rolling again! Back in April, there was a major Google shakeup called Panda. It was designed to punish "content farms," automated scrapers that steal content, and other low-quality websites. Unfortunately, there was also a lot of collateral damage, and many good, high-quality sites were adversely affected. Panda hit me like a wrecking ball, and I lost about 70% of my incoming website traffic. Many online publishers were wiped out completely.

I mention this only to let you know why TOURBUS has been paused these past few months. I've been scrambling to retool and will eventually recover. Thanks for your patience, and I hope you will enjoy reading some of the most popular articles I've published recently.   Read on!


The Fastest Internet Connection?
Everyone wants the fastest Internet connection they can get. Today, the giants in high-speed Internet are DSL and cable modem. But a relatively new and still scarce technology called fiber optics may blow them both out of the water. Here's how they stack up, speed-wise...

Free Online College Courses - Part Deux
My previous article about universities that offer free online college courses had readers calling for more. So here are another ten institutions that offer free online college courses. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection, a web browser, and the will to learn...

Top Online Fax Services
Using an online fax service can save you money on paper, ink, the fax machine itself, and machine maintenance. Some of the top online fax services have been in business for many years now. Here is a guide to internet faxing and my picks for the top online fax services...

Finding the Lowest Gas Prices Online
The price of gasoline is of major concern these days. Drivers will go out of their way to save a few cents per gallon. You can burn a lot of gas going from one service station to another looking for deals. But fortunately, you can check gas prices online before you get in the car. Here's how...

Free Word Processing Software
MS Word is the standard word processor of the business world. But with a list price of $140, Word is rather pricey for students, nonprofits, and casual writers. Here are some very capable word processor programs that are priced right for consumers - in fact, they're free...

Prepaid Cell Phone Plans
A reader asks: "I've noticed that mobile phone providers are offering pre-paid cell phones with pay-as-you-go billing. I like the idea of not having a long-term contract, and I don't use my cell phone all that much. Would a pre-paid cell phone be a better option for me?"

Free PC Maintenance Tools
Another reader says: "I know I need to defrag my hard drive every once in a while. Are there any other PC maintenance tasks you recommend doing on a regular basis?" Here's what I recommend...

Should You Install Firefox 5?
Firefox 5 was released on June 21, 2011, just a few months after the debut of its predecessor, Firefox 4. Eventually, Firefox 5 will be pushed out to all users. But if you're tempted to upgrade right away, you may want to read what's new in Firefox 5 and what you may lose by upgrading...

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Free Credit Reports
Protect yourself from Identify Theft - here's how to get 3 free credit reports each year.
Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Free Online College
Everyone knows that college is not cheap. But did you know that some college courses are free, online?
Magic Jack Phone
Magic Jack is a device that plugs into your PC for cheap phone service. Is it a scam, or does it do what it promises?
Free AntiVirus Software
Staying safe online doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are my picks for the best FREE anti-virus software.


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That's all for now, see you next time!
-- Bob Rankin
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