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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."

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"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."

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Get Free Classic eBooks with Modern Typography and Formatting

Standard Ebooks

Load up your e-reader with free classic books that have updated typography, formatting and covers for easy reading.

If you’ve gotten ebooks from Project Gutenberg or the Internet Archive you may have noticed that formatting and design can be inconsistent. This project is republishing public domain ebooks to work well with current ebook readers and standards.

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This Is an Entire Computer Science Curriculum in 1000+ YouTube Videos

Computer Science Curriculum

Want to learn computer science? Here's what you need to know in 1000+ YouTube videos.

40 courses. 4 academic years of Computer Science curriculum. 1079 YouTube videos.

Laconic Machine Learning has put together an equivalent 4 year Computer Science curriculum using quality videos from various sources including MIT. The videos vary in length, up to 4+ hours.

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Get Gorgeous, Minimal Wallpapers for Your Phone

Visuals of Earth wallpaper

The most breathtaking images of the Earth, carefully curated into unique wallpaper collections for your phone.

Visuals of Earth is a curated selection of gorgeous mobile wallpapers you can use for free.  No ads. No popups. No distractions. Just beautiful wallpapers of Earth.

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Wallpaper of the Week: The Sanctuary Mountains Aurora Borealis

This week’s wallpaper is a stunning image of the aurora borealis over a central group of mountains rising up from a large body of water. The mountain, clouds and some of the aurora are reflected in the water. Colors are predominantly in the blue range. Icons show up well on this background. There’s a watermark in the lower right corner by Ellysiumn, the artist who created the image. 

Sanctuary Mountains Aurora Borealis wallpaper

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Watch these Six Free Natural History Programs Streaming in January

Free Smithsonian January programs

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conversation Biology Institute with 6 free programs this month. 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is offering a virtual field trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute; a guided, at-home scientific illustration activity and a behind-the-scenes tour of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo for free this January.

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How to Enable the Alpenglow Theme in Firefox

Firefox Alpenglow theme

Mozilla recently added a colorful default theme to Firefox, here’s how to get it.

Firefox has a new colorful default theme you can enable in the browser or download as an add-on that supports Windows 10 light and dark themes.

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Wallpaper of the Week: "Canopy Creek (Autumn)" by Digital Blasphemy

This week’s wallpaper is a digital image of large trees with many thick branches and large roots extending into shallow water. Thick foliage is fiery oranges tinged with green, backlit by bright yellow and orange light, making the forest appear almost on fire. The darker colors of trunks and branches create a good balance of light and dark. Icons show up fairly well in most areas of this dramatically lit image.

Canopy Creek Autumn wallpaper

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Create Your Own “Blob Opera” with Google’s New Musical Experiment

Google Blob Opera

Create your own opera inspired song with Blob Opera - no music skills required! Blob Opera is a machine learning experiment by David Li in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture that let’s anyone compose opera type music in a web browser.

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Listen to Forest Sounds Around the World With forest sounds is a growing collection of recordings of forest sounds from around the world. 

People around the world recorded the sounds of their forests as part of the Sounds of the Forest sound map. currently has 39 forest sounds to browse and enjoy. Some are quiet, some full of birds and wildlife or water sounds, some with some human touches. 

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