Tech Treats

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.

Under the Sea: Clownfish and Anemones (Wallpaper of the Week)

This weeks wallpaper brings a pair of orange and white striped Clownfish (like Nemo) peering out from the safety of a green sea anemone. I like the clarity of this image. Getting a clear image using underwater photography is not easy even under the best conditions. Desktop icons show up clearly with this wallpaper, but if you need high contrast you might want to skip this one.

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Finds of the Week: Burn .ISO in Windows 8, Ways to Use your Webcam, iOS7 Complete Guide, Best and Worst of the Web, Create List of Installed Programs in Windows

How to Open or Burn an .ISO File in Windows 8
"This very brief tutorial will show you how to open up and view the contents of an .iso file – or burn the .iso to CD/DVD – in Windows 8. The best part – all the software you need is included with Windows 8 itself."

Mount Hood over Trillium Lake in Black & White (Wallpaper of the Week)

This week's wallpaper is a brilliant black and white picture of Mount Hood (in Oregon, USA) reflected over Trillium Lake. What can I say? It's black and white photography done right. :)
In this photo, you're looking over a lake surrounded by trees, with Mt. Hood in the distance. Icons look great on this background.

Bblack and white picture of Mount Hood reflected over lake surrounded by trees

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Blast from the Past: The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive offers permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
The Internet Archive offers material that includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in. It also provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

Finds of the Week: Buffer YouTube Videos, Desktop Wallpaper Calendars, 40 Free Fonts, Martha's Web, Windows 8 Start Screen Patterns

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

How To Buffer Full YouTube Videos Before Playing
As a person on a relatively slow connection, this made my day. :)

Flower Garden: Purple And Orange Poppies (Wallpaper of the Week)

This weeks wallpaper reminds me of a watercolor painting. The colors are soft and diffuse. In the foreground there's a purple poppy and a poppy seed pad in sharp focus, with the background a softer focus in green with a few poppies (orange and purple) as the background. My desktop icons show up nicely with this desktop background.

image of orange and purple poppies against green background

Exposure Guide: Photography Tips, Techniques and News (Website of the Week)

Learn everything from the fundamentals of digital photography to basic maintenance techniques and camera accessories.

logo, the words Exposure Guide in white on black background

Freeware Game of the Week (The Hardest Game Ever Made Is Back !#)

 

Aug 12 - Aug 18

Why, Why did you do this to me! I stayed there motionless waiting for your caressing touch, and make me feel like there's a purpose in my life. But now you've hurted me real bad, and I don't look pretty the way I used to be, and all this because of you. I'm glad that you're beside me during my final moments. These are my last words to you.  

----- Yours only,

The Keyboard 

Finds of the Week: 3 Ways to Back Up Gmail, Thousands of Free Legal Albums, Feedly Tips, Use Chrome Extensions in Opera, Develop A Daily Writing Habit

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

Jellyfish Dance (Wallpaper of the Week)

This weeks wallpaper has colorful jellyfish drifting across a dark background. Icons stand out nicely and the transparency of some of the jellyfish adds to the overall atmosphere.
Note: the wallpaper isn't animated. :)

image of mutli color jellyfish on dark background

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