One can find tech news at theregister.com.
If you try to get your credit reports from freecreditreport.com you may have to pay.
www.annualcreditreport.com is truly free.
If you stagger your requests 4 months apart you'll be able to get your free credit reports from each of the 3 credit companies in the shortest time.
External sound cards are available that use the USB port and they work for PC's & Macs.
Search for "usb sound" at ebay.com.
They usually provide headphone & mic ports.
Carnegie Mellon computer science prof Randy Pausch, who died recently from cancer, has a popular viral video; www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/
One does not have to have landline phone number from AT&T to get DSL from them.
Magicjack.com, another VOIP hardware unit, is an alternative to a landline.
A caller wants to share Quickbooks data with a coworker over the internet.
webx.com is one recommendation.