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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 14, Number 18
04 Aug 2009
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Hard Drive Recovery / Backup Image / Gravatars / XP to Win7 / Tenenbaum / Geekly Update
In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn about Hard Drive Recovery Services and Backup Images that will come to your rescue if something bad happens to your hard drive. And avatars? They're old school... get a Gravatar if you're active on blogs or forums. You'll also get the facts on Upgrading From XP to Windows 7, and find out why Joel Tenenbaum owes the RIAA $675,000. Oh, and don't miss the Geekly Update! Read on...

Hard Drive Recovery Services
And as much as we know we should back up all our important files, most people don't. So when your hard drive fails, should you try to fix it yourself, or send it to a hard drive repair service? There are some common hard drive problems that you can fix yourself, with a bit of self-education. But unless you're fairly geeky, trying to save the hard drive yourself may cripple it even further.

Here are some options for both the just-fix-this-thing and the do-it-yourself types when it comes to hard drive recovery...

Create A Backup Image Of Your Hard Drive
If you do everything just right, you'll end up with a perfect hard drive. Your operating system will be bug-free; your applications will play well together; your data will be neatly organized in folders; everything will be just perfect. And then it will change. A lot of unpleasant things can happen to your hard drive, even if you're careful.

If only you could put them back the way they were! That's why you need a backup image of your hard drive...

Do You Have a Gravatar?
I'm sure you've noticed that on certain forums and blogs, some people have an avatar that appears next to their comments. But it can be a nuisance to upload your avatar to every site where you participate. And if you want to change your avatar, you have to do it all over again. Gravatars solve both those problem.

If you're an active participant in online discussions, get a gravatar and get globally recognized! Here's how...

Upgrading From Windows XP to Windows 7
Millions of users have decided to skip Vista and move directly from XP to Win7. But there's a bit of bad news for those people. Unfortunately, you can't directly upgrade an existing Windows XP installation to Windows 7. Microsoft is reserving that option for people who have an existing Windows Vista installation, opting not to provide an "in-place" upgrade option for the XP customers.

But there are three options for XP users who want to migrate to Windows 7. I call them Total Wipeout, Peaceful Coexistence, and Double Upgrade Insanity...

File Sharing Student Fined $675K
Joel Tenenbaum is a grad student at Boston University who was sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for activities on file sharing sites. Tenenbaum was found guilty and has been ordered to pay damages to RIAA in the amount of $675,000. That's $22,500 for each of the 30 songs that he illegally downloaded and distributed via peer to peer networks.

Is Tenenbaum a marytr for Fair Use, or a common criminal? Here's the full story...

The Geekly Update
I've started a new feature on AskBobRankin recently, which I call the Geekly Update. It's a weekly roundup of what I think are the most important stories about the Internet, computing, gadgets, security issues, social networking, web tech, search engines and related topics. And you don't really have to be a geek to get it. You'll never again have to endure the embarrassment of not knowing the latest cyberbuzz at a social gathering.

Instead, YOU will be the Alpha Geek, telling your friends about the latest cool gadget, or alerting them to potential security risks on the Web. Here are a few recent issues of the Geekly Update...

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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