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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
17 Sep 2009
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Geekly Update / LifeLock Alternatives / Google By Date / Task Manager / Google Books / Is Cloud Storage Safe? / Android Everywhere
In today's TOURBUS, there's a new installment of the Geekly Update, your low-tech source for nerdy news, with just a hint of irony. You'll learn about Alternatives To Lifelock for identity theft protection, and how to search Google By Date And Time. I'll also unlock the awesome power of Windows Task Manager, and reveal the secrets of Google Books. Find out if Cloud Storage is safe, and if there's an Android in your future. Read on!

Geekly Update September 15
Palm announced the Pixi this week, a smartphone aimed at kids. Is it true there's a remote control electric shock feature in it? Also, the music industry is counting on the Beatles new Rock Band game to solve their sales woes. Is this proof it WASN'T the Internet that killed the music industry? And if you leave your lover, you'd better keep looking over your shoulder. Are hackers after your webmail password?

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

Alternatives To Lifelock Identity Theft Protection
Although LifeLock is probably the best known provider of identity theft protection, there are other companies with similar offerings. Each has its own unique strengths, and there are varying price points. Then there's the question of whether you really even need identity theft insurance.

Oh, and with a little vigilance, you can get do-it-yourself identity theft protection for free. Read on for all the options...

Google Results By Date And Time
When you search for something in Google, you normally have no idea how old the results are. The highest-ranked results may obsolete or not relevant to you, because of Google's page-ranking criteria. Wouldn't it be cool if Google let you find documents based on their age, or search for Web pages that were created in a specific date range?

Thanks to a relatively new Google search feature, now you can search Google by date and time. Here's the scoop on date-based searching...

Windows Task Manager
Task Manager is a utility built into Windows that lets you monitor the applications and hidden services running on your PC, and see if any are hogging the system resources. You can also use it to force a task to shut down; get an idea of how well your Internet connection is doing; or see exactly what users are currently logged into your PC.

The answer may surprise you. Read on to tap in to the power of Task Manager...

Google Books - Fact and Faction
You may have heard that Google is trying to steal all the books ever written. You may also have heard that Google is going to give away all the books ever written. Is there any truth to either one of these rumors? Google Books is putting many books online that you can search for, sample, read in full, even download in PDF format.

Learn why readers love Google Books, and why some authors and publishers fear it. Oh, and don't miss the awesome Google Book Downloader...

Is Cloud Storage Safe?
If you're using cloud-based services like online backup, web-based email and document sharing, are you vulnerable to privacy risks and data loss? Cloud computing and storage is becoming more and more common. But can you trust some company on the other side of the globe with your business and personal data?

Learn the risks of cloud computing, and how you can mitigate them...

Android Everywhere?
If you've been hearing the word 'Android' lately, in connection with mobile phones, you might be wondering "What is Android, and why should I care about it?" Simply put, Android is an operating system designed specifically for mobile phones. The Android philosophy is to make it easy and free for software developers to write cool applications that will run on any Android-based phone. In my opinion, Android is the open source alternative to Apple's iPhone.

Learn more about Android-based phones, what's in it for you, and why the phone companies might not like it...

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.


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