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Let's face it - surfing the Internet on a mobile / cellphone is a frustrating experience. Websites are not meant to be viewed on a small screen - simple as that. Trying to get a cellular / mobile Internet connection working on a laptop is a nightmare for most. With smart phones like the Nokia N95 8Gb or the Apple iPhone this has become a lot easier. It can be turned into a simple WIFI access point. For travelers that's good news reducing complexity and frustration - though a bit of WIFI knowledge and experience is required. A test case from France with the Orange 3G prepaid internet simcard -  La Mobicarte.

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Weak cell phone signals and dropped calls are quite familiar to those living in rural area’s. Specially in mountainous terrain or a large distance from the base tower, having to deal with a weak signal is quite normal. Here’s an example from rural  southern Spain where a simple old-fashioned carkit from the 90’s made all the difference – even for connecting to cellular internet.

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Looking for cheap and easy, plug and play internet on a laptop, notebook or netbook in Spain? Here’s an impression of a 2010 summer time offer by The PhoneHouse. It includes a 3G USB modem (simlock free), simcard and prepaid balance. How easy is it to get connected to the internet? Have a look.
 

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We all love the convenience of having our laptops with us when on trips, trekking or holiday / vacation - with wireless broadband we can stay connected with the world, use e-mail, contact friends through Facebook, and whatever else we want to use our laptops for. Most people don't think of and plan for the consequences of a hard disk failure. Hard drive failure in a laptop is quite a rare occurrence, but when it does happen, the consequences can be catastrophic, especially if you're far off the beaten track. Apart from hard disk failure, other possibilities are that your laptop could be lost, stolen or damaged. Any of these events could mean you lose all the data from your laptop. Even worse, if you have any confidential data, it could fall into other people's hands. It's advisable to have a plan to backup your data regularly. A few light weight options for making backups on the go.
 

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Each time a Anti-virus tool kit expires the thought looms to move on to different and better anti-virus software or to renew the current (free) license. This question largely exists only among those in the windows user community. Though it still might be worth to have some sort of scanner handy on a Mac or Linux based platform for shared USB disks and alike. But whats out there to choose from? Here's an answer from the industry itself.
 

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For those exploring remote areas and require a source of human portable electrical power - options are still fairly limited. Specially when gear needs to be lightweight and power requirements exceeds human powered electricity generation. iLand Green Technologies in Switzerland markets portable flexible solar power panels based on Swiss army technology. Have a look.
 

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Traveling in countries with emerging 3G networks or poor 3G coverage makes catching a 3G signal a new sport. Here’s a simple solution how to improve 3G signal reception over large distances using a Nokia N95 smartphone.
 

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High speed 3G cellular mobile internet in Morocco has expanded rapidly over the past years. In 2010 there are now 3 providers all offering high speed internet on your laptop, notebook or netbook. Read about EVDO and HSPA USB modems marketed by Meditel and INWI  in may 2010.
 

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Since a few years Morocco has extended it’s cellular / mobile phone network with 3G high speed internet access. As a visitor, traveler or tourist it’s now possible to connect your laptop, netbook or notebook to 3G internet through a prepay, PAYG contract. Here’s the story about Maroc Telecom Menara 3G prépayé – a internet simcard that works in a Smartphone, iPhone or 3G USB stick.
 

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Microsoft recently added new filtering and censorship practices via its own search engine, Bing. Testing from the Open Net Initiative (ONI) reveals liberal filtering by Bing in one of the most censored regions in the world: the Arab countries.

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