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The Internet Tourbus Newsletter (Turn on Images to View This Message) TOURBUS Vol 15, Number 57
03 Dec 2009
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eSATA Hard Drives / Cheap HDTVs / Malicious Software Removal / Geekly Update / DVD Burning / Download Accelerators / Copying DVDs
In today's TOURBUS, you'll learn about eSATA Hard Drives, why they're good for backups, and where to find HDTVs Under $500. I've also got the scoop on Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool and a Geekly Update that is guaranteed to win friends and influence people.

You'll also find my advice on Free DVD Burning Software, how to use Download Accelerators to speed up your surfing, and tips on Copying a DVD to Your Hard Drive. Read on!


eSATA External Hard Drives
If you're thinking about buying an external hard drive for backups, but you're confused by all the terminology when it comes to connecting the drive, you're not alone. USB... Firewire... or eSATA? If you're not jargon-savvy, connecting your external drive boils down to guesswork.

Learn about the pros and cons of eSATA external drives for file storage and backup...

HDTVs Under $500
HDTVs are fast becoming the rule when it comes to home entertainment, and interest is high during the holiday buying season. And while the number of different models to choose from has increased, prices on high definition televisions are dropping.

I've got some quick reviews of four great HDTVs that are priced under $500, and some HDTV buying tips as well...

Malicious Software Removal Tool
If you already have a firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware protection, do you really need the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) that Microsoft always recommending when you do your Windows Update?

Find out why the MSRT was created, what it does, and whether or not it's needed to protect your computer from malware...

Geekly Update
Oxford's word of the year for 2009 is "unfriend" -- but I would have voted for one of the runners-up. Should you send a Death Ray to your erstwhile Blackberry? Why is AOL's CEO saying no to his $1.5 million bonus? And what in the world is a teraflop?

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

Free DVD Burning Software
Remember CDROMs? Soon they'll join floppy discs in the pages of technology history, filed under "obsolete." The new removable medium for long-term storage of data is the DVD disc, which can hold at least 8 times as much data as a CD.

Get the scoop on free DVD burning software for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. I'll even tell you why they call it "burning"...

Free Download Accelerators
In the dialup days, people downloaded documents and software packages measured in kilobytes. Then came programs and music files in the multi-megabyte range. Now we have full-length high-definition movies measured in gigabytes. These can take hours to download, even over a high-speed connection.

Aside from upgrading your Internet connection, what can you do to accelerate downloads? Here's the answer...

Copy DVD to Hard Drive
Have you run out of slots in your DVD storage tower? Do you find DVDs in the wrong cases, or find a case you've been seeking only to learn it's empty? Many movie buffs have such problems. You can solve this by copying all your DVD movies to a digital library on a hard drive.

Learn about free software to copy DVDs, even those with "Digital Rights Management" copy protection...

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.

Run a Free PC Matic Scan Now!


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