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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 14, Number 19
17 Jun 2009
80,000 Riders in Over 100 Countries
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Wolfram Alpha / Credit Reports / Webmail / DTV Transition / Twitter Tools / XP Mode
In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn about a new search engine (pardon me... a knowledge engine) called Wolfram|Alpha. Is it just another geek at the cocktail party, or does it really know the answer to life, the universe, and everything? And have you checked your Credit Report lately? I'll tell you how to do it for free, and avoid the scammers. Also, my Webmail Smackdown compares popular webmail services, and you'll find helpful tips on the DTV Transition. You'll also get the scoop on Windows 7's XP Mode, and don't miss my roundup of Essential Twitter Tools. Read on!

What is Wolfram Alpha?
There's a new search engine in town, a computational knowledge engine, as its creators call it. Wolfram|Alpha has really changed the concept as we know it. Combining the power of the web, many specialized databases, and a computation engine, it's been 20 years in the making and is finally ready for the masses.

I'm calling it the world's largest real-time encyclopedia. Check out Wolfram|Alpha and see what burning questions it can answer for you...

Free Credit Reports Online
A reader asked: "I've heard some people say that I can get a free credit report online, but the websites I looked at want to charge me a fee. Is it true that I can get a free credit report once a year?"

Yes, Virginia, there is a free credit report clause. In 2005, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act gave every U.S. consumer the right to receive a copy of their credit report, free of charge once a year. Read on to learn what's in a credit report, how to get a copy, and the truth about those guys in green tights...

Webmail Smackdown!
Are you still using email software that chains you to your desktop? Consider dropping Outlook, Eudora or Thunderbird, and switch to a web-based email service that allows you to send any receive email from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail are the three most popular webmail services. Let's compare the top webmail offerings and find out which is best for you...

Got Snow? DTV Day Has Arrived
Did your television stop working at midnight on June 12? That was T-Minus-Zero for the much-anticipated digital television switchover. Older TV's with analog receivers will display only snow -- unless you install an analog to digital converter. Even though the US government spent billions to prepare the public for the end of analog television broadcasting, millions of television sets were affected.

If you or someone you know needs help with the DTV transition, here are some helpful articles...

Watch Television on Your Computer
Instead of replacing your TV set, try watching television on your computer instead. You can tune in free over-the-air TV broadcasts by adding a gadget and some software that will pretty much turn your computer into a television set -- complete with Tivo-like features. And since many TV shows are online, you can also watch your favorites right in your web browser -- no need to install any new hardware or software.

Here's the scoop on how to watch live broadcast TV on your PC, and where to look online for recorded shows...

Twelve Essential Twitter Tools
Do you tweet? The popularity of this social networking site has led to the development of many Twitter tools, products and services that enhance the Twitter experience and also make Twitter more fun and accessible.

Using Twitter doesn't automatically make you cool. But if you put a bunch of these awesome Twitter tools, apps and addons to work for you, the chances of achieving a higher standing in the twittosphere are greatly increased...

What is Windows 7 XP Mode?
A reader asked: "I'm getting ready to upgrade my XP system to Windows 7. I've heard there is something called 'XP Mode' that will allow me to run XP programs. What exactly is XP Mode and which programs will need it?"

Most programs written for XP will run fine on Windows 7, but there are some exceptions. To ease the transition, Windows 7 will have an available feature called XP Mode, which will allow users to run a Windows XP environment, on the Win7 desktop.

Read on to learn which programs require XP Mode, and what you'll need under the hood to make it work...

Send a Free Fax
Learn how to send and receive faxes for free, using online fax services.
Make Windows Run Faster
Here's my special recipe to clean that icky goo out of your computer's pipes, so Windows will start quicker, run more reliably, and go faster on the info-superhighway.
Free Satellite TV?
Can this software download really give you free satellite TV broadcasts on your PC?
Free Internet Security Software
Staying safe on the Internet doesn't have to cost big bucks. Here are my recommendations for the best FREE anti-virus, anti-spyware, and popup blocker software.

Free PC Performance Scan

Since 2004, over 150 million scans have been run at PC Pitstop and Optimize has become the world's most popular computer optimization software.

The all new Optimize 3.0 is an incredibly powerful tool that will now do even more to boost the speed, stability, and overall security of your computer. There has never been a better time to run a FREE Optimize scan and rediscover your PC's true performance.

Run the Free Optimize Scan Now...


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