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<!--smart_paging_filter-->This category is reserved for finds by our Editor Rhiannon Dent.

Items should consist of at least two paragraphs.

The first should be a "teaser" paragraph. This paragraph will be automatically published in our RSS feed. It should state the nature of the find and the benefits without mentioning the product name or providing a product link. For example:

"For months I've been looking for a good way of deleting 'undeletable' files. Finally I've discovered a free utility that does the job reliably and simply."

The second paragraph should at the very least, expand the benefits, name the product and provide a product link. For example:

"Unlocker is a tiny 230KB utility that works with Windows 2000 and XP. Vista users are out of luck. Just right click on the 'undeletable file', select 'Delete with Unlocker' from the context menu and next time you boot the file will be gone for good."

You can have a third paragraph if you wish; indeed as many as you like. However there must at least be a second paragraph after the opening "teaser" paragraph.

Firefox Favorite: Element Properties Add-on

Gizmo's Freeware logo with Element Properties pop up window below logo.
One of my favorite Firefox features for years (until it was removed) was the ability to right click on an image or other page element such as a link and have a small window open up with the details such as the size of an image. Element Properties returns the 'Properties' menu item that was removed in Firefox 3.6 to the context menu. :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Dim, Creaky Library Bookshelves

This weeks wallpaper shows a wall of uneven wood bookshelves with creaky wooden ladders, lit by candle lanterns on the shelves, the only source of illumination. Moody and on the dark side, this wallpaper shows icons quite well. Book titles are in Russian since this wallpaper was created by vladstudio. :)

Wallpaper showing old wood bookshelves with creaky wooden ladders, lit by candles

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Website of the Week: SciTech Daily

SciTech Daily has been serving up Science and Technology News since 1998, and doing it quite well I might add. Their blend of content often keeps me looking around the site when I really need to be doing other things. :)

Site logo. The words Sci Tech Daily in gray and blue on darker blue background,

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Wallpaper of the Week: Rounded Soft Colored Stones

This weeks wallpaper is an interesting collection of rounded stones in various colors in a soothing neutral palette of  browns and blue-grays. The stones have various patterns and textures and are very easy on the eyes. Icons show up quite nicely. :)

Image of rounded stones in neutral tones.

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Finds of the Week: Know when to use a JPG and when to use a PNG, How to Put Free eBooks on Your Kindle, Printable Productivity Tools, Linguistic Anonymity on the Internet

Finds of the week page logoFinds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Know when to use a JPG and when to use a PNG

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Wallpaper of the Week: The Pine Forest - Rust and Brown Vertical Trunks

This weeks wallpaper is a study in vertical lines. Tall pine tree trunks create a nicely variegated pattern of brown and rust, with a little of the forest floor and a few green plants showing. It almost looks like a painting. There's not a lot of contrast with desktop icons with this wallpaper, icons are readable but don't pop. 

Brown and Rust Pine Trees form a vertical pattern

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Finds of the Week: Can Your Computer Run That Game?, Test New and Used PC Hardware, Download and Delete What Google Search Knows About You, News That Inspires

Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

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Wallpaper of the Week: Vines of Red Leaves over a Foggy Lake

This weeks wallpaper is a picture of a lake, misty and foggy, with two vines with red leaves trailing down the right side of the screen. The lake is in soft focus with the vines sharp and clear.

Vines with red leaves hanging over a misty lake

Available Resolutions:
Numerous sizes and formats including mobile, HDR and DSLR. See site for complete list.

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YouCam 5 for Free: CyberLink in association with Gizmo's Freeware

A WebCam lets you to connect with everyone in the world for video chats, taking pictures, recording videos and a lot more. To enhance this experience, be a lot more creative and to get the most out of your webcam, Cyberlink YouCam is an excellent piece of software.

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute

Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail. Discover artworks, collections, places and stories from all around the world in a new way.

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