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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
17 Dec 2009
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Online College Courses / Domain Names / Starting a Website / Geekly Update /
Memory Cards / Hub, Switch, Router /
WAV to MP3 Converter
In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn how and where to take Free Online College Courses. And if you'd like to start your own website, you'll want to read Buying a Domain Name and Setting Up A Website.

The Geekly Update is guaranteed to improve office banter by 42 percent. On the hardware front, you'll get the scoop on Digital Camera Memory Cards and learn the difference between Hubs, Switches, and Routers. Read on!


Free Online College Courses
Everyone knows that college is not cheap. But did you know that you can take many college courses free, online? Some of the most prestigious universities in the world -- including MIT, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon -- offer thousands of courses free of charge to qualifying students, or to anyone with a Web browser.

You may even get actual college credit! Here's the scoop on free online college courses...

Buying a Domain Name
So you want to create your own dot-com website, but don't know where to start. The first step is to purchase a domain name, your address on the Internet. And that's easier and less expensive than you might think -- typically under $10 a year.

I've got some great tips on selecting and registering your domain name, along with links to some tools that make it easy and hassle-free...

Setting Up A Website
Okay, you've got a domain name, now what? Creating your own website can be free and easy, or as expensive and complicated as a NASA mission to Mars. The cost and complexity of creating your own website depends on what you want to do with it, and how well you want to do it.

Here are some tips on getting started, free versus paid web hosting, and tools to help you build a great web site...

Geekly Update December 14
Sightings of large red UFOs have increased dramatically. Are scientists from the Defense Department responsible? Sir Richard Branson is taking his mom and kids into space. Is it worth $200K to join him? Which devices top Time's list of the coolest electronic gadgets for 2009? And what happens to your Gmail and Facebook accounts when you die?

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

Which Digital Camera Memory Card Do You Need?
A reader asks: "I'm a little confused about all the different memory cards that are available for digital cameras and video cams. The memory card I bought for my digital camera is not recognized by my computer. Can you demystify this for me?" It's true, there are many different formats and options for memory cards. Here's advice on which type to buy, how much storage you need, and how to avoid some common memory card gotchas...

Hub, Switch, Router - What's the Difference?
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a networking hub, switch, and router? Hubs, switches, and routers are all electronic black boxes that let you connect computers and other devices in a network. This type of networking allows for files and folders to be shared by multiple computers, and also allows the sharing of printers and other devices.

So what's the difference? Some people don't know and don't want to know. But if you need to know, here is what you need to know...

WAV to MP3 Audio Converter
Audio files can be created in many formats. One of the oldest and most common formats is WAV - a file extension which stands for Waveform Audio Format. WAV is the main format used on Windows systems, and it has its pros and cons. WAV files are of very high fidelity but they use a lot of disk space and take a long time to download.

Converting your WAV files to MP3 format saves space, but there are tradeoffs. Learn more about free WAV to MP3 converters...

Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Free Credit Reports
Protect yourself from Identify Theft -- here's how to get three free credit reports each year.
Make Windows Run Faster
My special recipe to clean the goo out of your computer's pipes, so Windows will start quicker and run more reliably.
Online Backup
Online backup services help you create an off-site backup copy of your important files.
Free Anti-Virus Software
Staying safe online doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are my picks for the best FREE anti-virus software.

Free PC Matic - Performance & Security Scan

PC Matic is a collection of award winning PC Pitstop technologies in one integrated architecture.

No other product on the market today will do as much to improve the overall performance, security & stability of your PC.

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