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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
24 FEB 2010
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Update Your Device Drivers / Geekly Update / Replace a Hard Drive / Laptop Overheating / 64-Bit Windows / Five Windows 7 Tricks / Fix a Dead Pixel
In today's TOURBUS, You'll learn what a Device Driver is, and why you might need a new one. I've also got a new Geekly Update, with a lemon fresh scent that women love. At least that's what the market research tells me. And is is time for a new hard drive? My semi-illustrated guide on How to Replace a Hard Drive may come in handy!

Is your Overheating Laptop leaving embarassing marks on your legs, or occasionally bursting into flames? Read my tips on how to cool down that laptop, with software, hardware and other gadgets. Also, if you're thinking about moving to Windows 7, check out my article on the pros and cons of 64-Bit Windows and Five Things You Didn't Know Windows 7 Could Do. Finally, I've got some tips on Fixing a Dead Pixel on your computer monitor. Read on!


Update Your Device Drivers
Device drivers are software packages that keep many parts of your computer system running and working together smoothly. As you change the hardware and software components of your system, the device drivers on it may become obsolete. Errors in normal operations like printing, faxing, accessing a network drive, or connecting to a wireless network are a symptom that a device driver may be obsolete or corrupted.

It's important to keep your device drivers up to date. Here's how...

Geekly Update February 22
Religious leaders in Europe are asking churchgoers to abstain from iPods during Lent. How will this affect the price of used Walkman sets on eBay? Barbie finally gets geeky. But does Computer Engineer Barbie come with a pocket protector and a javascript reference card? And the US Congress is throwing money at cyber defenses. Will they hire Russian hackers as security consultants?

Get answers to these questions, and a free set of virtual steak knives, just by reading the most recent installment of the Geekly Update...

How to Replace a Hard Drive
Is it time for a new hard drive? Fortunately, replacing a hard drive in your desktop or laptop computer is pretty simple. You can do it yourself, even if you've never popped the hood on a personal computer. You just have to pay attention to a few details.

Here's a step-by-step guide to replacing your hard drive, and what to do about formatting, partitioning and loading your files on the new drive...

Is Your Laptop Overheating?
Laptop computers can get hot. All those electronic components crammed into a small space generates lots of excess heat. The heat can shorten the life of the electronics, and it can be uncomfortable for the user balancing a laptop on his or her lap. Aside from the fact that heat can damage electronics, there are tales of people suffering burns from overheated laptops, and also reports of laptops exploding into flames.

So consider each of these tips to keep the temperature of your laptop to a practical minimum...

Should You Get 64-Bit Windows?
Most computer users, and most new computers that are sold, use 32-bit technology and can only run a 32-bit operating system. But faster 64-bit computers and 64-bit versions of the Windows operating system are also available. With a 64-bit system, you can have a lot more RAM memory, and use it all with greater speed and efficiency.

Before you rush out to buy a 64-bit computer with 64-bit Windows, is it the right move for you? Let's look at the pros and cons...

Five Things You Didn't Know Windows 7 Could Do
Have you recently upgraded to Windows 7? It's full of little differences from earlier Windows versions, and surprises buried deeply in its complex features. Perhaps you're missing a feature that was familiar in XP or Vista. Or you're looking to explore the Win7 interface and take advantage of some features that are new.

Here are a few things you can do with Windows 7 that many people don't know about...

How to Fix a Dead Pixel on Your Monitor
A pixel is like a tiny light bulb that can illuminate with one or more colors. And just like a light bulb, a pixel can burn out, leaving a dark spot on your screen. A pixel can also become stuck in the "on" position, injecting light that is too bright or the wrong color into your on-screen view.

Is there anything you can do to avoid dead pixels and their opposites - stuck pixels that remain too bright?

Free Credit Reports
Protect yourself from Identify Theft - here's how to get 3 free credit reports each year.
Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Free Online College
Everyone knows that college is not cheap. But did you know that some college courses are free, online?
Magic Jack Phone
Magic Jack is a device that plugs into your PC for cheap phone service. Is it a scam, or does it do what it promises?
Free AntiVirus 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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