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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 14, Number 14
24 Mar 2009
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Private Browsing / Free Backup / iPod Touch as Phone? / Home Theater PC / TrapCall / Portable Apps
In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn how to surf the web without leaving any tracks, and backup your computer for free. I've got some tips on how to create a super phone with super glue, or turn your home computer into a home theater. Also, get the scoop on TrapCall, and what portable apps can do for you. Read on!

What is Private Browsing?
Private browsing is a web browser mode that will prevent your computer from keeping a log of the web pages you visit. In a nutshell, you're browsing the web without leaving a trace of your online activity. In slightly more technical terms, private browsing will turn off your browsing history, and prevent your searches and downloads from being logged. It will not store any web form data you enter, won't remember passwords, and won't create any cookies.

You can probably think a few unsavory applications for surfing under the radar. But if you share a computer with other people in an office, library, or other public place, private browsing can be a very useful feature. Read on to learn how to enable private browsing in your favorite browser, and more importantly, what the limitations of private browsing are...

Free Backup Solutions
If you run a business on your computer, or just use it to store your photos and music, a hard drive failure can be devastating. Neglecting to backup up your data on a regular basis can lead to data loss, heartbreak and costly recovery fees. I've heard plenty of excuses for not backing up, but fortunately "backup software is too expensive" no longer applies.

There are several free backup software tools and even free online backup services that you can use to backup and manage your data. Read on to see my reviews of several free backup software downloads, and some free online backup services...

My New Phone is an iPod Touch
I had myself talked into buying a new phone, and was eagerly checking out the latest phones, smartphones and PDAs. I was about ready to choose from the Samsung Omnia, the Samsung Saga, or the HTC Touch. They're all slick Verizon phones with wifi and have larger screens for web page viewing. But something happened on the way to the phone store.

My wife had been suggesting that we get an iPod Touch to replace her ancient iPod Shuffle. So I bought one at the local Apple Store, and on the way out I realized that the iPod Touch is everything I wanted in a phone, but without the phone. Read on to find out if I really super-glued the iPod Touch to the back of my LG Voyager...

Turn Your PC Into a Home Theater
Are you ready to turn your home computer into a home theater system? Learn how to choose a monitor that will make your movies look good, find a Blu-ray drive that can also play your DVDs and CDs, and some awesome speakers. I also have tips on how to add a special home theater keyboard, an HD video card, and a TV tuner so you can watch live TV on your PC.

If you have a decent computer, why buy a home theater system that can cost thousands? For a lot less money, I'll show you how to convert your PC into an awesome home theater system at about the quarter of the price...

TrapCall Reveals Blocked Caller ID
Have you heard about TrapCall, the free callerID unblocking service? The premise for TrapCall is pretty straightforward. Trapcall reveals the caller info for numbers that have been blocked or restricted. So if that nasty guy from the collection agency is after you again, instead of seeing PRIVATE or RESTRICTED on your callerID, Trapcall will show the unblocked calling number.

And yes, it really is a free service. Find out how and where TrapCall works, learn about the privacy implications, and give it a try on your mobile phone...

What Are Portable Apps?
You've got your home computer set up just the way you like it. But about when you travel for business, vacation, or even when you're using a friend's computer? Wouldn't it be great to carry all your favorite programs, your browser bookmarks, and custom settings along with you? Using portable apps, you can load up a flash drive with your favorite programs and run them on any computer, directly from the portable drive.

The beauty of portable apps is that you can do that without the hassle of installing software on other computers. And when you unplug your device, there are no worries about leaving any of your personal data behind. Learn more about portable apps, what you can do with them, and where to find the best free apps. Here's the scoop on portable apps...

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.

Free PC Performance Scan

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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