From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 08 Nov 2005 - Remote Access / Backup Power


The Internet Tourbus - U.S. Library of Congress ISSN #1094-2239
Copyright © Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen - All rights reserved

What would you do if there was a file on your PC that you really needed, but you were 1000 miles away? And how do you configure your office so your computer is immune to power outages? Read on!

Remote Access

I carry a laptop when I travel, and I used to worry about forgetting to copy some important file from my desktop machine to the laptop. I'd be in Reno or Dallas, but that darned spreadsheet file and the passwords to my online accounts were on my home computer, 90 minutes north of NYC.

It was very frustrating, but I found a solution. Now I just find the closest Internet connection, log in to my home computer and I can access it remotely, just as if I was sitting right in front of it. Find out how I do this without spending a dime:

URL, Interrupted?

During a recent electrical storm, there was a power outage at Tourbus World Headquarters for about 15 minutes. The lights went out, but my computer and internet connection stayed on without missing a beat. I was able to make phone calls, send & receive emails, and browse the web while my neighbors were all cursing the darkness.

My secret: an Uninterruptible Power Supply. Find out how they work, what features you need, and one thing you should NEVER plug into a UPS device.

Web Moments That Changed the World (or not)

The folks at the Webby Awards are celebrating their 10th anniversary by compiling a list of 10 Web Moments That Changed the World. Some of them I agree are significant, others are ho-hum. And certainly there are some biggies missing from the list. Here are the top five on their list:

  • The Dotcom Boom and Bust (1995-2001)
  • The Drudge Report Breaks Lewinsky Scandal (1998)
  • Amazon's Jeff Bezos Named Time's Man of the Year (December 1999)
  • Elections Worldwide (2004)
  • September 11th (2001)
  • Read my commentary on all ten items, see what I would add to the list, and post your own Top Web Moments ideas, here:

    The Next Best Thing

    Linda from Marlinton, West Virginia recently wrote and said "The next best thing to Tourbus is the Smart Computing magazine that you guys recommend. I've been getting it since last summer and it has solved numerous problems for me and my friends." Thanks, Linda!

    We hope other Tourbus riders will discover the Plain English answers to their computing questions that Smart Computing delivers every month. Do you want to speed up your PC? Eliminate the threat of computer viruses? Get rid of spyware and keep hackers out? Try Smart Computing today -- get your FREE TRIAL issue NOW!

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

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