Internet Movies on Your TV / Windows 8 Preview / Secure Internet Faxing / Reformat Your Hard Drive / Recover Deleted Files / Geekly Update
In today's TOURBUS,
I've got the scoop on how to Watch Internet Movies on Your TV, and a preview of What's Coming in Windows 8, maybe.
And is it likely that your online fax will be intercepted by Russian hackers? Read Is Internet Faxing Secure? to find out.
Also in this issue, a how-to for Reformatting Your Hard Drive on Windows 7,
some tips on Recovering Deleted Files, and latest issue of the Geekly Update.
How to Watch Internet Movies on Your TV
A reader asks: "I love watching movies and TV shows on my PC, but it would be really cool to beam them over to my 50-inch HDTV. I'm just confused by all the different hardware and software options for making it happen. What do you suggest for streaming online video content to my TV set?" Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other web services offer online movies and popular TV shows, but you've spilled too much popcorn on your PC.
Here's how to stream that content to your big screen HDTV with a minimum of fuss...
Windows 8 will be released in 2012, according to some pundits who cite unnamed sources. That seems rather unlikely, given that Windows 7 came out just two years ago. But a 2012 release date dovetails nicely with the end of the Mayan calendar and civilization as we know it. Perhaps it's not a coincidence. :-)
We don't know anything, for sure, about what will be new in Windows 8. But here is what the rumor mill is grinding out right now...
The security of fax transmissions is especially important to healthcare, legal, and financial entities. Even occasional users may wonder if Internet faxing, despite its many advantages, is secure enough to protect their confidentiality and that of their clients. Should you be concerned about the risk of your online fax transmission falling into the wrong hands?
The answer is, it depends. Here's the scoop on the security of both traditional and internet faxing...
Reformatting wipes your hard drive clean of ALL files, and some people are tempted to reformat when their computer is running slow due to a virus or other problems. But that's usually a mistake. If you really do need to reformat a hard drive using Windows 7, the method you should use depends on whether you want to reformat a bootable drive or a secondary drive.
Here are step-by-step guides for both procedures, AND some alternatives that may save you hours of frustration...
"Wait... I didn't mean to delete that file!" It happens to everyone... a stray mouse click or fumbling fingers, and the document, spreadsheet or presentation you just spent hours creating is gone. Or maybe not. Sooner or later, everyone deletes a file which they wish to recover. Recovering deleted files on Windows 7 systems is often possible, but it requires a gentle touch and a bit of luck.
Here are some things to try when you need to recover a deleted file...
ICANN just approved .XXX as the official red-light district of the Internet, so why are pr0n makers mad? Firefox V4 has been downloaded over 43 million users -- will you be switching? Here's the latest edition of the Geekly Update, presented in small bytes. Get the scoop on gadgets & hardware, online happenings, computer security, social networking, web tech and search engines.
It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter, read on...