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Wallpaper of the Week: Broken Planet

This weeks wallpaper shows a large brown planet breaking apart. Suspended against a field of stars, the interior of the planet is glowing orange. The surface has breaks and cracks, with pieces of the planet being hurled into space on a somewhat horizontal access. Large rock shaped debris created by the eruption are ejected to either side of the sphere. Many of the surface pieces are triangular, lending a uniform aspect to the breaking planet. Icons do well in most areas of this background. Brown and orange are the predominant colors of this wallpaper.

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Public Domain Day: Copyrighted Works from 1923 Become Public Domain January 1st, 2019

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A large number of books, films and other works will enter the Public Domain tomorrow. Films, books, and artwork dating from 1923 are about to enter the US public domain after a 75 year copyright term. It's the largest collection of copyrighted works to enter the public domain since 1998. 

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The Library of Congress lets you stream rare films for free

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The Library of Congress has over 300 free films, clips, commercials and documentaries from 1890 through 1999 in its National Screening Room collection.

The collection lists films about America's past that are deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" and are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress. Most of the fiction and nonfiction movies are in the public domain, available for streaming or downloading.

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An End of Year Thank-you from Gizmo

So another year draws to an end. And what a year. Shocking internet privacy scandals involving some of the largest internet companies in the world, sophisticated hacking by nation states determined to influence free elections, massive video and face recognition surveillance of just about everybody as well as attempts by governments to break down encryption standards with the effect of leaving us all vulnerable and exposed.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Blue Winter Night

This week's wallpaper has a crescent moon hanging over spruce trees with soft focus (bokeh) snow. The foreground has close up, sharply focused spruce branches with two evergreen trees in the background. Bokeh snowflakes fall softly against a blue night sky. This is a quiet, seasonal background that shows icons quite well.

Moon over evergreen trees

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How to reinstall Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 and keep your data and programs intact

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Reinstall Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 without losing any data, installed programs or settings.

If your Windows system is having trouble, sometimes it's a good idea to reinstall the operating system. This method retains your data, programs and settings.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Ama Dablam Mountain, Nepal

This week's wallpaper is a stunning photo of sunset on Ama Dablam, a mountain in the Himalaya range of eastern Nepal. The snow and rock covered slopes rise to a beautifully lit summit wreathed by sunlit clouds.

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