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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
07 OCT 2009
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Geekly Update / Piggyback Downloads / Data Recovery / Office Web Apps / Startup Programs / Which Linux?
In today's TOURBUS, you'll find a brand new Geekly Update, guaranteed to wipe that arrogant smirk off your co-worker's face. You'll also learn about Piggyback Downloads, and how to get these annoyances off your back. And if you've ever lost or damaged an important file, you'll want to read Help, My Data is Gone!

Are you ready for the day when your documents and spreadsheets are created online? Microsoft Office Web Apps promises to deliver that, some day. I've also got some tips on trimming your Startup Programs, to improve speed and security. And finally, if you're ready to explore alternatives to Windows and Mac, find out Which Linux Version is right for you. Read on!


Geekly Update October 5
Check out Dell's new laptop, claimed to be the world's thinnest and lightest. But what is wireless charging? Apple's App Store celebrates it's first birthday and 2 billion downloads. What's the crappiest app of all? And Meg Whitman wants to replace Arnold as "The Governator" of California. Will she auction off the entire state on eBay?

Get answers to these burning questions and more, in the most recent installment of the Geekly Update...

Piggyback Downloads
You open your Web browser and there's another toolbar you didn't install. Often such annoying programs are sneaked into your computer with other programs that you actually did mean to download. The annoyances "piggyback" a ride onto what you want and are installed along with the desired program.

Here's you the scoop on where piggyback downloads come from, how to get rid of them, and how to avoid picking up more of them...

Help, My Data is Gone!
So you were working on that big presentation for the boss, when suddenly the power went out and your computer shut down. And when you restarted the computer and ran your software it said "Cannot open file; file corrupt" or some equally sickening thing. Now what? The good news is that data is incredibly durable and seldom unrecoverable.

Here are my recommended tips and tools that will help you recover damaged or deleted data files...

Microsoft Office Web Apps
Office Web Apps is Microsoft's answer to Google Docs and other online office apps. Even if you don't have MS Office installed on your computer, "soon" you will be able to create, edit, save, and share Office documents with other people - all in your web browser.

But how soon is soon? Here's the scoop on when Office Web Apps will emerge from the vaporware stage, and how to test drive some of the emerging components now...

Understanding and Managing Startup Programs
If you feel your computer is sluggish, one reason could be an overabundance of Windows startup programs. When you start up Windows, it loads a bunch of programs into memory and runs them in the background where you don't notice them, normally. Some are necessary, some are needless, and some are malicious.

Let's take a look at how YOU can take control over which programs start up with Windows, and pump some speed back into your system...

Which Linux Version Is Right For Me?
So you want to try Linux as a free alternative to Windows, but you feel like you're in a Greek diner with too many choices on the menu? It's true, there are dozens of Linux packages available, for every kind of computer user.

Here's my quick guide to the most popular Linux "distros" in each class, and some tips on selecting a Linux that meets your needs...

Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Free Credit Reports
Protect yourself from Identify Theft -- here's how to get three free credit reports each year.
Make Windows Run Faster
My special recipe to clean the goo out of your computer's pipes, so Windows will start quicker and run more reliably.
Online Backup
Online backup services help you create an off-site backup copy of your important files.
Free Anti-Virus Software
Staying safe online doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are my picks for the best FREE anti-virus software.

Free PC Matic - Performance & Security Scan

PC Matic is a collection of award winning PC Pitstop technologies in one integrated architecture.

No other product on the market today will do as much to improve the overall performance, security & stability of your PC.

Run a Free PC Matic Scan Now!


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