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Finds of the Week (65 Free Fonts, Outlook.com, Printables for Kids, Download Hi Res Bing Wallpaper)

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

65 Best Free Fonts From 2012
Although not every font in every collection will appeal to everyone, this collection of fonts has some useful and decorative fonts.

Outlook.com adds new features; some of which make transition from Gmail easier!
I've been spending a bit of time lately with outlook.com (also known as hotmail). I like the uncluttered interface and so far I've been able to do all the same operations in outlook.com that I perform in gmail.

Mr Printables: Oodles of free printables for kids
I love the printables on this site. It's aimed toward kids, but I think anyone of any age would enjoy some of them. I'm liking the tiny houses.

The Windows 8 Customization Guide for the Traditional PC User
If you're curious about Windows 8, or have it and want to customize it to your liking this is a helpful article.

Download High Resolution Bing Wallpapers In One Click From Bing Homepage
Bing has some awesome wallpapers. If you enjoy them and want to download high resolution images you'll want to check this article out.

One more thing: I visit popurls almost every day. popurls says "it's the dashboard for the latest web-buzz, a single page that encapsulates up-to-the-minute headlines from the most popular sites on the internet."
It's customizable so you can choose the content you want. It's a single page of news and images from many popular websites with a variety of topics. The default view is a dark background with light colored text, but that can be changed to a white background and the size of the text can be made larger. You'll need to sign up for a free account to permanently save any customizations you want to keep, or you can customize (or not) each visit. It's a great tool for quickly scanning what's happening on the internet.

Until next time,
Rhiannon

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by Festeron on 13. December 2012 - 15:52  (103590)

I've liked the wallpapers on Bing for a few years now. Some of them are truly stunning, others need investigation to figure out what you're looking at. My computer downloads them all using freeware from WallPaperDownloader.com.

It's free to use if all you want to do is grab the daily Bing image and install it as your wallpaper. It will also rotate previously-downloaded wallpapers for you on a timer if you wish. I have it set to change each minute, and often see them on my second monitor. However, if you contribute a small amount (which I did long ago) then you can download their entire library of Bing wallpapers, which now numbers over 2000.

This is a much better solution than the one-click hack mentioned in the article. You don't have to visit the Bing site, it's a no-click, automatic download from multiple Bing global homepages and a wallpaper rotator at no charge, and a giant library of images for $5.

I recommend it (and no, I'm not the author)

by rhiannon on 13. December 2012 - 19:05  (103604)

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll definitely check that out. :)

by e-alias on 13. December 2012 - 0:30  (103560)

Thanks for another power-packed & full-of-goodness post, Rhiannon -

Excellent stuff ... I mean the "65 Best Free Fonts From 2012" from creativenerds.co.uk alone would suffice (I esp. like that many of the 65 included there link to one of my fave font sources: fontsquirrel.com)

And yes, popurls: I've had that bookmarked for years and didn't know it was as customizable as you outlined herein (most likely b/c it is too, way too, easy to get lost in there -- lost in both time and space -- which isn't a bad thing as it can & do get interesting... almost as interesting and rich as your weekly finds)

Thnak you again -

by rhiannon on 13. December 2012 - 4:11  (103563)

e-alias;
I'm glad you like the articles.
I know about losing time at popurls, I seem to end up there for long periods of time reading stuff. I love the variety of material they have. =)

by Roberteh on 12. December 2012 - 21:12  (103558)

Popurls works on E8 but neither Firefox or Aurora....at this end anyway. Popurls site works on all 3.

by rhiannon on 13. December 2012 - 4:07  (103561)

Roberteh;
It shows up fine on Chrome, Firefox, IE10, K-Meleon, and Opera.
I am running the beta versions of Firefox, I don't know if that makes a difference.

by Roberteh on 12. December 2012 - 20:52  (103557)

I tend to look here if I need fonts, for free, They include examples & a quick download right from the main page.
Boasting 1001....I knowing that MS already includes several but there are lots of additional ones to choose from.
http://www.1001freefonts.com Though they might not be voted the best of 2012.

by rhiannon on 13. December 2012 - 4:08  (103562)

Roberteh;
I like that site too.

by rhiannon on 12. December 2012 - 18:39  (103554)

ixan;
The site doesn't have Outlook, the email program that's often found on desktops, it's the new version of hotmail, outlook.com. I like it better than gmail for several reasons. It's really a matter of preference. The things I normally do in email are difficult or not available in gmail.
I access gmail via Thunderbird using IMAP so I rarely visit gmail.

by Roberteh on 12. December 2012 - 15:52  (103549)

populrs...I got black alright (really kind of gray) but no text, with a promise it was still connecting to the intended Home....but at the same time I able to move easily about their tabs.
I don't know.....what ever populrs was, was not for me....they saw to it.

by rhiannon on 12. December 2012 - 18:22  (103552)

Roberteh;
That's odd - it shows up fine in the handful of browsers I use. Did the customize tab work at all?

by Roberteh on 12. December 2012 - 15:39  (103548)

65 fonts...and to get to any, if you can get to them at all, you have to go from link to link to link. Out of 40 attempts, I was able to download 7 but with a lot of redirection or little direction...sometimes the DL button was at the bottom of the page and often no download is/was made available but there is this Appreciation button, which does nothing. Kind of odd for a site that claims "Free" to make this effort so difficult. There are actually a couple that cost if you want a the !!! bold style. One font link is a mistaken/duplicate link back to origami, which I wanted but can't seem to figure out how to get at it. Another sends you to Google Web Fonts Forum and then to SIL Open Font Licence....it's nuts.
With so many fonts available elsewhere on the net and easily gotten....this site is too much work/trouble. I gave up.

by rhiannon on 12. December 2012 - 18:27  (103553)

Roberteh;
I've run into that type of thing on most lists of fonts. Usually you get re-directed to the page of the font designer and the download is there. Sometimes you have to register (I rarely do unless I really want the font), and many designers charge for any other version of the font than the one offered.
It would be good if all the fonts were hosted on the site that creates the list, but I haven't seen that happen.

by ixan on 12. December 2012 - 15:11  (103546)

Why would anyone want to change to Outlook from Gmail? What are the benefits? I can't see any. I'm not being sarcastic I really can't and would be interested to know of any. I don't know if I could change anyway as everything I do is on Google Docs.