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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 14, Number 18
08 Jul 2009
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Free AntiSpyware / Blu-Ray Death / TomTom Loathing / Windows 7 / Adobe Alternatives / Ubuntu Linux Update
Today's TOURBUS is packed with goodies from the front row, and all the way down the aisle! First, I've got a roundup of Free AntiSpyware Programs that will protect you from cybernasties, and then a prediction: Five Reasons Blu-Ray Will Fail. You'll also learn Why I Hate My TomTom GPS and how to Download Windows7 for Free. Get the scoop on how to Customize Your Windows 7 Desktop, and learn about some Alternatives to Adobe Reader and the latest Ubuntu Linux release. Read on!

Free AntiSpyware Programs
A reader asked: "Everyone seems to recommend a different free antispyware program. Which is the best for protecting me against spyware?" There are several anti-spyware applications that you can use to monitor your computer for suspicious activity, identify known malware and fix problems that develop because of malware.

The best part is that many excellent anti-spyware programs are free! Here's a roundup of the ones I think are effective...

Five Reasons Blu-Ray Will Fail
It's been more than a year since the backers of Blu-ray triumphed in the Format Wars, sending HD-DVD to the technology scrap heap. But consumers don't seem to care. A recent survey indicated that 93 percent of Americans have no plans to buy a Blu-ray player. It's my opinion that sales of Blu-Ray players and Blu-ray discs will not reach the critical mass required to make it a longterm commercial success.

See my five reasons why I think Blu-ray will fail...

Why I Hate My TomTom GPS
I bought a TomTom GO 720 GPS almost a year ago, and I've had nothing but trouble with it. I've owned a few other GPS units, and they all could tell me how to get to Philadelphia, or where the nearest coffee shop was located. But not this one. When I expressed my frustration to a TomTom customer service rep, she basically told me to go buy a Garmin!

Read on to learn how Camden, heavy cream, and the movie "Airplane" convinced me she was right...

Windows 7 Desktop Tweaks
I recently downloaded Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate). It's the final test version before the October 22 release, and it runs great on my 4-year-old Sony Vaio laptop. I've also been trying out all the cool new desktop customization features that enable you to customize the Win7 desktop, as well as helping you navigate more easily between open windows and programs.

Here's a link for the Win7 RC download, and some tips for tricking out your Windows 7 machine with backgrounds, themes, gadgets and other cool stuff...

Download Win7 for FREE or Pre-Order at Half-Price
As I mentioned above, you can download Windows 7 RC and try it out today. It's free, but you can only use it through March 1, 2010, at which time it will begin shutting down every two hours. On June 1, 2010, the RC will expire and cease to function, so you'll need a paid Win7 license.

Fortunately, you can pre-order your copy of Windows 7 Home Premium for $49, or Professional for $99. That's about half off the estimated retail prices...

Alternatives to Adobe Reader
Lots of people have been unhappy with the slow launch time of Adobe Reader, and the large amount of system resources it uses. As a result, several alternative PDF viewers have arisen, and they're all free.

If you have to deal with a lot of PDFs, and Adobe Reader just isn't doing it for you, check out these free alternatives for PDF viewing...

Jump Up to Jaunty Jackalope
Ubuntu is a free Linux-based operating system, with a web browser, office tools, games and a ton of other software. Ubuntu 9.04 (aka Jaunty Jackalope) is the newest version, released in April 2009. Once a toy for geeks, I now rank Ubuntu even with Windows and OS X. It offers everything most people need, for free, in a user-friendly package.

Check out the recent Ubuntu updates, and see if you're ready to make the switch to a Linux desktop...

Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Make Windows Run Faster
Here's my special recipe to clean that icky goo out of your computer's pipes, so Windows will start quicker, run more reliably, and go faster on the info-superhighway.
Free Satellite TV?
Can this software download really give you free satellite TV broadcasts on your PC?
Free Internet Security Software
Staying safe on the Internet doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are my recommendations for the best FREE anti-virus, anti-spyware, and popup blocker software.

Free PC Performance Scan

Since 2004, over 150 million scans have been run at PC Pitstop and Optimize has become the world's most popular computer optimization software.

The all new Optimize 3.0 is an incredibly powerful tool that will now do even more to boost the speed, stability, and overall security of your computer. There has never been a better time to run a FREE Optimize scan and rediscover your PC's true performance.

Run the Free Optimize Scan Now...


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