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Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

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QWe will be heading to Florida soon. The house we are renting will have no Internet connection. I'm thinking about cellular broadband. But I don't want a contract. I only want to use it for the month we'll be in Florida. Is there some kind of prepaid cellular card I can use?
—Howard in Dayton, OH, listening on WHIO 1290 AM

ABroadband is worlds better than dialup. But dialup does have one distinct advantage: It's portable. You can take it anywhere you have a landline.

But you don't need to put up with dialup speeds. There are a few ways you can get broadband away from home.

Your best option may be to use wireless hotspots. There are free hotspots all over the country. You're sure to find one close by.

If you can't find a free hotspot, visit my site. I have some tools that will help you find free hotspots. You can also pay to use a hotspot, if need be. For example, you'll find for-pay Wi-Fi hotspots at Starbucks.

You'll need a Wi-Fi card for your laptop, of course. These days, Wi-Fi is standard on laptops. So, there's a good chance that you're ready to go.

If you need to buy a Wi-Fi card, you'll find them at electronics stores. Expect to pay $50 or less. I would go with an 802.11g model.

An 802.11n card isn't worth the extra expense in your case. The connection will be limited by the broadband speed. Also, hotspots probably won't be using 802.11n access points.

What's the difference between 802.11g and 802.11n? A lot! My tip explains everything without all the techno mumbo jumbo.

Maybe you don't want to use a Wi-Fi hotspot. I can understand that. They can be dangerous. That's particularly true if you're working with sensitive data.

Learn more about the dangers of hotspots in my recent tip. You'll also find out about tools that will help protect your safety.

A cell card gets you on the Web almost anywhere. Learn more here!

Tough times? I have help

The economy is sliding, and taking some of my listeners with it. A lot of people are interested in making money on the Internet. They want to save money, too.

I've got a bunch of ideas on my new Money Center. For instance, I have links to many free programs. Whatever you need to do, you should find a free program. I've got free coupons, and lots of other free stuff.

Want some extra cash? I have many links to legitimate opportunities. Unlike the offers in spam, these have been vetted. They're Kim safe!

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Every day, Team Komando produces some of the best content you'll find anywhere on the Internet. Here is a sampling of what's new on our site today!

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Video of the Day: Millions are drawn to Las Vegas every year. Many hope to hit it big at a casino. David Blaine actually made that happen.

Cool Site of the Day: Perhaps you're selling an object. But you don't know how much to charge. Go to eBay and check the completed sales.

Digital Minute, on your radio: We all like to get a head start on holiday shopping. But this year, the rules are changing. Find out why.

Free Download of the Day: Image-editing programs are fun. However, good ones tend to be costly. But this online program is changing that.

Tip on the site: You have lots of files on your hard drive from Windows updates. Can you delete them? I wouldn't; you could need them.

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