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.

Lights Across the Continents (Wallpaper of the Week)

This weeks wallpaper shows the continents as if it were night, while populated areas show up as pinpoints of light. I like seeing where the most and least populated areas are, but what really makes this wallpaper is that it's done in shades of dark blue, making a perfect backdrop for desktop icons.

World continents in dark blue, populated areas in white

Visual News - The Cure For Eyeball Boredom (Website of the Week)

Visual News specializes in images with accompanying brief articles on Art, Design, People, News, Technology, and Visualization. If you want to give your eyeballs a treat you'll enjoy this site.

The words Visual News in black text on white background

Outlook.com vs. Gmail, Astronomy Picture of the Day, New Weather Service, Free Sudoku, Learn to Code (Finds of the Week)

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

Does Outlook.com Trump Gmail?
I admit I've been impressed with Outlook.com. It's easy to configure and use, and I really like the interface. This article is a good comparison between the two services. If you use both, do you have a preference?

Frosted Aspen Tree (Wallpaper of the Week)

This weeks wallpaper brings us a winter image. A lone aspen tree sits in a snow covered field, with a tree covered hill rising in the background. The snow covered aspen sparkles white against the blue shadowed trees behind it. Desktop icons are clearly visible with this wallpaper.

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SpeedTest.net (Website of the Week)

Have you ever wondered how fast your internet connection really is? This site will give you the numbers you need.

image of test page

"Speedtest.net puts the most sophisticated broadband testing and analysis tools into the hands of anyone interested in finding out just how connected they actually are. This free service from Ookla opens hundreds of testing locations around the world to anyone curious about the performance of their Internet connection."

Finds of the Week (Draw Diagrams Online, 12 Tips for Google Search, Using the Skydrive app, iFixit, Alt Codes, Brain Teasers)

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

6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle

UPDATE: iGoogle will be shut down in a few days. You still have a little time to export your iGoogle information. The deadline for the demise of iGoogle, Google's start page, is getting closer (read how to export your igoogle feeds). While nothing will completely replace iGoogle, there are some alternatives out there.

Deep In The Redwood Trees (Wallpaper of the Week)

This weeks wallpaper finds us deep in the heart of the redwood tree forests in California. Light falls upon a single redwood, illuminating the dark trees and and plants on the floor of the forest. All in all the image is brooding and deep green. Desktop icons do very well on most of the image, though icons in the center of the image are a bit less visible.

forest of giant redwood trees with one tree illuminated by the sun

Tom's Hardware:- The Authority on Tech (Website of the Week)

 Tom's Hardware "provides millions of readers with unbiased reviews, news and information on technology, consumer electronics, enterprise IT, and helps simplify the purchasing process by providing high-quality content readers can trust."

6 Free Google Reader Alternatives

As you may have heard, Google Reader will be closing its doors on July 1st, 2013. Those of us who use and depend on RSS feeds are scrambling for alternatives. I've selected six that are web based that have (mostly) apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Gizmo's Freeware is Recruiting!

Gizmos Needs YouShare your knowledge of free software with millions of Gizmo's readers by joining our editing team.  Details here.

 
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