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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 14, Number 8
09 Dec 2008
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Mess Up Your Computer! / Gadget Gifts / Online Shopping Tips / Blu-ray Doomed? / Radar Detectors / Cloud Computing
In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn how (not) to mess up your computer in ten easy steps. I've also got some gadget gift giving recommendations, and online shopping tips that will save you money. On the tech front, find out if Blu-ray will make the cut, then learn about radar detectors and Cloud Computing. Read on!

Aside from actually drop-kicking it or smashing it with a sledge hammer, it's fairly difficult to actually "break" a computer. That said, there are a number of ways to render your computer just slightly more useful than a doorstop.

Certain careless acts can cause crashes, freezes, painfully slow performance, loss of data or invasion of your privacy. Here's my list of Ten Stupid Things You Can Do To Mess Up Your Computer...

Sometimes when I'm shopping for electronics, I get Diner Syndrome. You know that feeling, when there are just too many choices on the menu? If you're looking to purchase a cell phone, music player, Blu-ray player, PDA, pocket video cam, digital camera, or GPS, then you'll find my "Top 3" approach a handy guide.

I scanned the Net for you and found the best deals for the money, as well as the most reliable brands in each category. Read on for my personal recommendations to help you make your gadget gift giving decisions...

So you're just about the hit the "Buy Now" button, and that little voice says: "Are you sure you're getting the best possible deal on this purchase?" You'd be smart to listen to the little voice, because if you haven't done your research with a price comparison search engine, or looked for an online coupon or discount code, you're probably paying more than you should. Here's the scoop on the best price comparison websites, and where to find killer coupons for online deals...

Some tech pundits are saying that Blu-ray won the battle but may be losing the war. In early 2008, after a hotly contested battle against the backers of the HD-DVD format, the Blu-ray camp appeared to emerge victorious in the high-definition DVD wars. But even though prices on Blu-ray players are falling, consumers are not flocking to buy them. See my six reasons why, and find out if there's any hope for the success of Blu-ray in the marketplace...

Have you ever gotten a ticket in a speed trap and wished there was a way to level the playing field? A radar detector on your dashboard could be the answer. Read my review of the Escort Passport 9500ci, which is billed as "The World's Most Intelligent Custom Installed Radar and Laser Defense System." For background information, see my companion article on radar detectors, find out how they work, and get the story of why I have one.

A reader asked: "I'm hearing the term Cloud Computing more and more. One friend told me that it means computers will soon not need a hard drive. Is that correct?"

There's a silver lining of truth in that statement, but you won't have to part with your beloved hard drive any time soon. Cloud Computing is the idea of accessing files, software and computing services through the Internet instead of on your personal computer. One of the primary benefits of Cloud Computing is the ability to create, update and store your files online through any computer that has access to the web. You may already be doing just that! Learn more about Cloud Computing...

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 Calls With Skype
Skype is a software package that lets you make free calls to almost anyone, anywhere in the world. Here's how to get started...
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.

PC Pitstop Introduces Optimize 2.0

The more you use your computer, the slower it will get. Research shows, that after only months of use, your PC will be performing at just a fraction of its original performance.

Run the all new, FREE PC Pitstop Optimize 2.0 scan now and in just minutes, you'll discover numerous ways you can keep your PC running like new. Start the Free Scan Now!

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In case you didn't know, in addition to publishing the TOURBUS newsletter, I also operate Flowers Fast! - an online flower and gift delivery service. Stop in and check out our beautiful holiday arrangements and gourmet gifts. I've tried hard to make the site fast and easy to navigate, and the prices will definitely save you money. Don't forget to use the $5 coupon code and please tell a friend about FlowersFast too.

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

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