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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 14, Number 5
28 Oct 2008
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In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn how to use People Finders to find long-lost friends or dig up facts before that big date. And if you're suffering with a weak cell phone signal, you'll want to read up on Signal Boosters. You'll also get the scoop on setting up an Internet Security Camera, and the cool stuff that's happening in Gmail Labs.   Read on!

Have you Googled yourself lately? You might be surprised to see what turns up. But there are lots of other free people search tools online that can help you find college classmates, high school sweethearts, long lost relatives, even dig up facts about neighbors, potential tenants or job seekers.

The Internet can be a great tool for background checking, public records access, or finding out if any of your neighbors are convicted felons. It also makes it much easier to find and connect with people from your past. Learn how to search by Name, Address and Phone Number, where to do genealogical research, how to use social media sites and other tricks to find people. Here are my recommendations for the best free people and fee-based people finders as well.

Sometimes your cell phone can't pick up a good signal inside a building, on the road, or in remote areas. In some cases, a cell phone signal booster might help. The boosters work sort like of a TV antenna. It gives you more range, and a better connection to the cell phone signal outside of your house, car or building. Some boosters really work well, but there are some scams you should avoid.

For the boosters that work, the prices can range from $100 to $500, and are generally easy to install. Read on to learn how cell phone signal boosters work, and What To Expect From a signal Booster. I've also got reviews of some systems from Zboost, Wilson Electronics, and which products to avoid...

A reader asked: "I have someone in my home during the day to clean and do childcare. Can I install a wireless security camera that can be monitored over the internet? I'd like to be able to look in during the day from my office computer. If so, how expensive are internet security cameras, and what features do you recommend?"

Yes, the technology to remotely monitor a real-time video feed from a security camera is available. Internet security cameras (sometimes called nanny-cams) allow you to access your security videos from nearly any place in the world, if you have access to a computer (or a mobile phone) and the Internet.

Some Internet security cameras allow you to pan, tilt and zoom the camera remotely. Others offer two-way audio, motion detection and email alerts. Is your cleaning lady snooping around in the jewelry cabinet? Is your childcare provider kicking the dog or letting little Johnny cry for hours? Now you can find out. Here's the scoop on installing an internet security camera, and my reviews of three systems:

Gmail has been my favorite web-based email service for several years, and one of the things I like is that they're always adding new features and experimenting with various options to make it easier to use. Gmail Labs is a secret underground bunker, far below Google Headquarters, where caffeine-fueled programmers try out experimental new features for Gmail. Even cooler, you can try out these new Gmail features to see if you like them.

I like Gmail Labs because I get to use fun and useful features before they are officially released to the great unwashed masses. Another advantage of using Gmail Labs is that you get to learn how to use a tool before everyone else, this means by the time the general public is using the tool you'll be a regular guru.

I've been enjoying Quick Links, the Supers Stars feature, the Forgotten Attachment Detector and of course Old Snakey when I need to put my brain in neutral. There are lots more cool features in Gmail Labs that you can experiment with. Read on to learn more about Gmail Labs and what it can do for you...

  • 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.

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