Software Discounts / Laser Printers / Gaming Computers / Internet Voicemail / RFID Chips / Geekly Update
In today's TOURBUS,
you'll learn the secrets of getting Discounts on Popular Software,
and what factors are most important when you Buy a Laser Printer.
If you're into gaming, and thinking about a new rig, you'll want to check out my tips on Cheap Gaming Computers.
Do you still have an old-school answering machine? Internet Voicemail Services can make you more productive.
Should you be worried about the proliferation of RFID chips in personal ID cards? Get the scoop on RFID and Personal Security.
And don't miss the most recent Geekly Updates. Read on!
Discounts on Software
A reader asks: "I need to purchase software for graphic design and word processing. But it's so expensive! Where can I find discounts on popular software packages?" A bit of forethought and research can save you hundreds of dollars on software purchases. If you know how and where to look online for software, and how to find the right coupons and discounts, you can almost always avoid paying retail list prices for software.
Learn the secrets of getting popular software, without breaking the bank...
If you need to print high-quality text and graphics in large volumes, a laser print beats most inkjets. Laser printers churn out pages much faster and the cost-per-page of supplies is lower. Be prepared to shell out more money up front for a laser printer, but not as much as you might think. I found one laser printer for just $30!
Here are some helpful tips to consider when buying a laser printer...
Gaming computers are more expensive than general desktop systems. That's because the frantic real-time action of gaming requires a highly responsive computer and high-performance video functionality. Top-of-the-line gaming computers can cost as much as a good used car. But there are relatively cheap gaming computers that perform well for all but the most demanding players.
Should you buy new, used, or build it yourself? Here's my advice on scoring your next gaming computer...
You do everything else online... why not your voicemail too? If you're still using an old-school answering machine, online voicemail services let you combine the best features of voice messaging with the convenience of email and the Web. Individual users can increase productivity by handling voice messages online, and small businesses will benefit by presenting a professional sounding "virtual office" to callers.
Here are my reviews of the top internet voicemail services...
RFID chips are commonly embedded in merchandise these days to prevent shoplifting. Two more recent trends involve RFID chips in passports, driver's licenses, social services benefits cards, and even debit cards. These applications have raised alarms among security researchers. Is there any truth to the rumor that hackers with special equipment can swipe your personal info as your walk by?
Here's the scoop on your personal security and RFID chips...