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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
06 JAN 2010
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Unlock Cell Phone / Buying a Laptop / Geekly Update / Speed Up Your Computer / Buying A Monitor / Wireless N Routers / Laptop Crash / Who Owns That Website?
In today's TOURBUS, You'll learn how to Unlock Your Cell Phone so you can switch carriers without buying a new one. I've also got some advice on How to Buy a Laptop or a Computer Monitor, and three shiny new editions of the Geekly Update!

Don't miss my handy tips Speeding Up Your Computer and find out if a Wireless N Router will improve your Wi-Fi experience. I hope that 2010 brings you the best of everything, so here's how to prevent a Laptop Hard Drive Crash, and what to do if it does happen. And finally, the curtain is pulled back... now you can find out Who Owns That Website? Read on!


Unlock Your Cell Phone
A reader asks: "I want to switch to another mobile provider, but I love my current phone and don't want to buy a new one. How can I unlock my phone so it will work on any cellular network?" Great question! Mobile service providers lock phones to keep you from switching to a competitor, but consumers want the freedom to switch without buying ew phones.

That should be as simple as switching a SIM card, but not if the phone is locked. Find out which phones CAN be unlocked, and how to do it...

How to Buy a Laptop
The laptop landscape is dotted with thousands of species and subspecies. Which one should you choose -- Netbook or Notebook -- and what are the differences between them? What technical specs are important and how should you buy your laptop - online or in a big electronics store?

Save yourself some time, money and trouble. Read my guide to choosing and buying a laptop that's perfect for you...

Geekly Update
Amazon sold 9.5 million items on December 14th, but not all were books. How many of them were Oster Electric Wine-Bottle Openers? Ford is bring Wifi to your car's dashboard. Will they block access to Facebook while the car is in motion? And those darn netbooks are just too light and easy to carry. How is Aileron Design fixing that problem? Oh, and what does the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner have in common with a six-pack of Miller Lite?

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

Speed Up Your Computer!
Ready to speed up your computer? I've got several easy, free tips you can use. Free tools are built into your operating system to keep your hard drive running at peak performance. And there are several other things you can tweak for increased system speed, in both hardware and software.

Whether a computer is brand new or several years old, it's never fast enough. Here are a few tips to make your computer run faster...

Buying A Monitor
A good computer monitor is one of the best investments you can make. It can save your eyesight and make you more productive. But which one should you buy? The easy answer is "buy the biggest monitor you can afford." The bigger the screen, the more information you can display, and the easier it will be to read. I've got some tips on which monitors offer the best value, how to decipher monitor tech specs and jargon, and a few words on monitor connectors and accesories.

Here are some things you should consider when buying a computer monitor...

Wireless N Routers
You may hear the terms "N router" or "802.11n" when discussing WiFi equipment. The "N" is taken from the "802.11n" wireless standard, which specifies how Wi-Fi equipment should communicate, and allows consumers to mix and match equipment from many manufacturers. Wireless N routers are 2-4 times as fast as the fastest previous "G" standard, offer increased wireless range, and are backward compatible with older wireless equipment.

But will it really benefit you to upgrade to N? Here's the scoop on N wireless, in plain English...

Laptop Hard Drive Crash
The surprising thing is not a laptop hard drive crash, but the rarity with which it happens. When you think about hard drives and what people do with laptops, it's surprising that laptop hard drives don't crash more often. But it does happen.

Learn why laptop hard drives sometimes fail, what you can do to minimize the risk of a laptop hard drive crash, and how to recover if one does happen...

Who Owns That Website?
So you want to find out who's behind a certain website. The reason could be an online store whose customer service hasn't been satisfactory, and you want to call a higher-up. It might be someone who is using your copyrighted work or even pictures of you without permission, and you want to "have a word with him" via phone or attorney.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to know who owns a website, here are some tools that can help you find out...

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

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