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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.

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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Finds of the Week (Default Router Passwords, Software Licenses in Plain English, Useful Science, Hackers Tied to NSA Found at Last)

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, Tech Treats Editor

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Wallpaper of the Week: Bright Sunflower and Sunny Skies

This weeks wallpaper is a bright blue sky with a beautiful yellow sunflower, brought to you by winter. :) So much of the news is about record cold and snowfall in the northern hemisphere that I wanted something brighter to look at. I'm sure anyone caught in the cold and snow are quite tired of winter and wouldn't mind something reminiscent of warmer months......

Bright blue sky with a large yellow sunflower on the right side.

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Website of the Week: Alternative To

I've written about this website before, but I use it so often I thought it deserved another mention. :)

blue rectangle background with the words alternativeto.net in white

AlternativeTo is a new approach to finding good software. Find the application you want to replace and you get great alternatives, based on user recommendations.You'll find free, open source and commercial apps here, and you can sort by the many platforms or type of license.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Forest Fires From Space

This week we have a great shot of smoke caused by forest fires streaming out over the atmosphere as viewed from space.
The image is mostly blue, white and black -  the blue planet with the black of space on the horizon. Icons work ok, though no high contrast.

View of Earth from space. Smoke from wild fires stream out over the planet.

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Finds of the Week (One Click Windows 8 Restore Point, Mars News, Magic Tricks, Futurism)

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

Create a System Restore Point in 1-click with Quick Restore Point Maker
I don't need to create restore points very often but this little utility is sure handy when I do. Works fine with Windows 8.1.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Wild Winter: Snow and the Hawk Owl

This weeks wallpaper is a dramatic shot of a Northern Hawk Owl on the wing as its feet brush the snow - very monochrome with a palette of grey, black and white. Icons do very well with this wallpaper. If you're heading in to the winter months it's a chilly (but awesome) shot. Those headed for warmer months can cool off with this picture.
It took me some time to track down what kind of bird this is and I'm not positive of the ID, so if you have a firm identification that of a different bird let me know.

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Finds of the Week: Human Anatomy, Glacier Works, Chess Academy, Interviewly

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

Human Anatomy: Learn All About the Human Body
InnerBody is your go-to resource for accurate and easy-to-use information about human anatomy, exploring all systems of the human body for free.

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