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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
28 Oct 2009
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Replace Power Supply / Geekly Update / IE8 vs Firefox / Security Essentials / Backup Your Phone / Registry Errors
In today's TOURBUS, we'll go under the hood and learn how to Replace Your Computer's Power Supply. There's also an eerily glowing new edition of the Geekly Update. In addition, you'll find a head-to-head comparison of Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox v3.5 and get the scoop on Microsoft Security Essentials, a new freebie to help keep your computer safe. I've also got a guide to Backing Up Your Mobile Phone, and tips on how to handle Windows Registry Errors. Read on!

How to Replace Your Computer's Power Supply
Your computer's power supply is a critical component. But how can you tell if your power supply is powerful enough, or if it's about to die? How do you decide what kind and capacity of power supply to buy, and how difficult is it to replace a power supply yourself? Don't wait until smoke and flames are shooting out of your computer.

Read on for tips on diagnosing your power supply needs, how to buy a new one, and a guide to Do It Yourself Power Supply Replacement...

Geekly Update October 27
In the Cool But Creepy department, will your car obey signals from space? Would you like a laptop that rolls up like a newspaper? And can you picture yourself sitting in a nook, taking a look at a Nook book cookbook?

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

Internet Explorer 8 Versus Firefox
The browser wars are endless, as Internet Explorer and Firefox continually improve, add features, crash, and improve again. Both browsers take you to the same Internet, and have pretty much the same feature set. Both let you open multiple windows or tabs, both have a "private browsing" mode and each browser has a full-featured set of bookmarking and privacy tools. Neither can leap tall buildings in a single bound, or stop a speeding locomotive.

So how do IE 8 and FireFox 3.5 compare when it comes down to speed, quality of Web page rendering, configurability, and user-friendliness? Here's my analysis...

Microsoft Security Essentials
If you're using Windows Defender, you should know about another free Microsoft security tool. Microsoft has released Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), which protects against a broader spectrum of malware than Defender does, including viruses, rootkits, and trojans as well as spyware. MSE is meant to replace both your existing anti-spyware and anti-virus programs.

Read on to find out how Microsoft Security Essentials stacks up against other security software, and if you should dump what you have now in favor of MSE...

Backup Your Mobile Phone
A reader asks: "Recently I lost my phone, and along with it, all my contacts, music, text messages and apps. It's been expensive and time consuming to reconstruct everything, so I'm looking for a way to back up all the data on my cell phone. What do you recommend?" Many people have a lot of vital data that exists only on their mobile phones: contacts, email, notes, appointments, documents, pictures, and especially text messages.

If your phone gets lost or run over by a bus, how do you recover? Here are backup and recovery solution for most mobile phones...

Windows Registry Errors
The Windows registry is a database of settings for Windows features, programs, data files, and computer hardware. When errors creep into the registry, Windows may behave oddly or not work at all. Registry errors can occur for a number of reasons, including poorly written software or unexpected shutdowns. Over time, every registry accumulates erroroneous and unused entries, that can make Windows run slower and sometimes interfere with the startup of certain programs. If you experience such symptoms, you should clean up your registry.

There are many free and commercial registry cleaner programs out there. However, you should be careful which one you download...

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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