From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 12 Jul 2005 - In The Garage


The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2239
Copyright © Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen - All rights reserved

Hi All! Summer is a good time to clean the garage and rediscover things that you might have forgotten in the rush of life. So in the spirit of that metaphor, the TOURBUS garage is now sparkling clean and full of fun stuff to explore today.

Have you visited the TOURBUS home page recently? You can subscribe to the newsletter, see photos of Bob and Patrick [warning: may frighten small children], play Warp the Busdriver, or find links to the Urban Legend Combat Kit. If that's not exciting enough, here are some more items that are sure to reduce your productivity today.

The Archives

Many of you have been asking when the TOURBUS archives from 2004 and 2005 would be available on the website. The answer is "now." You
can browse through almost TEN YEARS of back issues here:

The Best of Everything

Last year I created a resource called "The Best of Everything" which is my personal annotated compendium of links to the best stuff on the Internet. Everything? Well, not quite, I've been informed. But "The Best of Everything" does have about 100 categories filled with my personal picks, and a description of each resource. If you find something you really like on the site, use the handy "Bookmark This Page" link at the bottom of the page. In just two clicks, the page is squirreled away in your Favorites folder for handy access later.

Very Strange Things on the Web a collection of links to offbeat sites that are fun, amusing or just bizarre. All in good taste, of course. Well-meaning friends who think I don't have enough to amuse me are always sending me links to these "interesting" sites, so I've decided to share them with all of you. In the recent past we featured "French Guy With Bike Horns Plays Classical Music" and "Death of a Printer".

What's your Net-Q?

Have you taken the TOURBUS Pop Quiz? Since it's a known fact that TOURBUS riders are smarter and better looking than the average Internetter, I'm sure you'll pass with flying colors. Here's a link to the quiz, the answers and how to calculate your Net-Q.

Ask Bob!

Do you have questions about your computer or the Internet? My new AskBobRankin website may have the answer. If not, go ahead and ask! I can't answer every question that comes in, but I do read them all and then select the best, most interesting, or most common ones to address on the website. For example, did you know...

...that simply deleting files on your hard drive doesn't actually remove them permanently? ...that the font for printing emails in Outlook Express is controlled by a setting in a completely different program? ...that there is a dictionary of computer terms that explains those strange acronyms and geeky words in plain English?

Pop in and browse around, you'll find details on these topics and other questions as well.

The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2239
Copyright © Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen - All rights reserved

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

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