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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
27 Jan 2010
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Is Online Backup Safe? / Wireless Networks / Repairing Vista or Win7 / Javascript Versus Java / Cleaning a Monitor / Geekly Update
In today's TOURBUS, I'm wondering out loud if Online Backup Services are a safe place for your files. See my analysis of the pros and cons of online backup versus do-it-yourself. And are you down with Wireless Networking? All the cool kids are doing it, so find out how to spread wifi goodness all over your house. I wrote about repairing XP, and you clamored for info on Repairing Vista or Windows 7. So here it is!

I'm also going to answer a question that's been bugging people since 1995... Is Javascript the Same As Java? Are you squirting Windex all over your LCD screens? You might be doing more harm than good. Find out the right way to Clean a Monitor, and boost your IQ by 146% just by reading the latest Geekly Update. Read on!


Are Online Backup Services Safe?
The recent hack of Google by Chinese espionage agencies has raised concerns about the security and safety of online backup services. Is the protection provided by Mozy, Carbonite and other popular backup services enough to keep your files safe from prying eyes, and will your data be there when you need it?

See my analysis of the technical and physical security measures used by online backup providers, and get my verdict on the safety of online backup services...

Wireless Networking
Wireless networking has become the standard in homes and small offices. A wireless network eliminates cable clutter; makes it easy to move computers, printers, scanners, and other devices to convenient places as needed; and provides visitors with quick access to the Internet and other network resources.

If you just got a second computer or laptop that needs an Internet connection, or you want to share a printer without running 50 feet of thick, ugly cabling all through the house, a wireless network will do the trick. Here's how...

Repairing Vista or Windows 7
A hard drive glitch, virus, or other data catastrophe can delete or damage critical system files in any operating system. Windows Vista and Windows 7 offer new repair procedures not found in earlier versions of Windows. I wrote about repairing Windows XP a few weeks ago, and many of you asked for help with Vista and Win7 repairs.

So here are a couple ways to attempt repairs of Vista and Windows 7 installations without having to reformat and reinstall Windows from scratch...

Is Javascript the Same As Java?
They do sound very similar, but that's an unfortunate accident from the dark ages of the Internet. If you read my "What is Java?" article earlier this month, you still might be surprised to see a message advising you to "Please enable Javascript in your browser" when visiting certain websites.

So what is Javascript, and how is it different from Java? Is Javascript safe for everyday use? Here are the answers...

Cleaning a Monitor
Computer screens get dusty, dirty, and dingy just like the windows in your home. But unlike glass windows, computer screens are complex, sensitive electronic devices that can be damaged by incorrect cleaning. Older CRT screens can be cleaned much like glass windows if you exercise some common sense precautions, but cleaning your LCD and plasma screens -- be they computer or TV -- requires a little knowledge and caution.

Here's how to clean various types of computer monitor and television screens safely...

Geekly Update
Flexible e-paper has arrived, with the look and feel of a real newspaper page. Now what will we use to wrap fish? A new study shows kids get an average daily dose of 7 hours and 38 minutes of computer, television and gaming. Is it making them smarter and better looking? And a nasty flaw that's been in Microsoft Windows software for 17 years was recently discovered. Are you vulnerable?

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

Free Credit Reports
Protect yourself from Identify Theft - here's how to get 3 free credit reports each year.
Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Free Online College
Everyone knows that college is not cheap. But did you know that some college courses are free, online?
Magic Jack Phone
Magic Jack is a device that plugs into your PC for cheap phone service. Is it a scam, or does it do what it promises?
Free AntiVirus Software
Staying safe online doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are my picks for the best FREE anti-virus software.

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