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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.

Wallpaper of the Week: Autumn Cypress Trees

This week’s wallpaper shows off the fall colors of cypress trees reflected in the surrounding water. Cypress trees rise out of the water, their limbs covered with autumn foliage in oranges, yellows, and greens. Icons are pretty visible given the lighter colors of the background.

Wallpaper Autumn Cypress.jpg

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Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with This Browser Add-on

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This browser extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera brings back Facebook’s old layout.

If you use Facebook but aren’t a fan of the new layout, you’re in luck. This add-on for your browser brings back the old Facebook layout.

Install the extension, reload the page, and you’ll see the old Facebook layout. It’s easy to uninstall if you want the new layout back.

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See How Every Website Is Tracking You with This Tool

Blacklight

Instantly reveal the trackers on any website using this free website privacy inspector.

Blacklight lets you scan any website to see how your data is being collected by entering the address of a website. It scans the site and reveals what tracking technologies are being used.

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Automatically Remove Formatted Text from Your Clipboard

ClipboardFusion

This simple free tool automatically removes the formatting from text copied to your Windows clipboard.

ClipboardFusion is a useful free little program that sits in your system tray and monitors your Windows clipboard. When it finds text on the clipboard, it removes all the formatting, including white space and HTML tags, leaving you with pure text that can be pasted into any application.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Milky Way over Dead Vlei, Namibia

This week’s wallpaper is a photo of the Milky Way arching above a tree in the Dead Vlei desert in Namibia. The lone tree sits on white flat sand and dunes rise in the background. This background is subdued and not high contrast. It shows icons very well and is a good choice if you want a quiet background that is distraction free.

Wallpaper Dead Vlie Namibia

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Tame Twitter with This Add-on for Chrome and Firefox

Tweak New Twitter

This extension for Firefox and Chrome based browsers gets rid of some annoyances and makes Twitter more pleasant to use.

Make your Twitter timeline show original content from the people you follow, stay on the Latest Tweets timeline, move retweets to a separate timeline and more with this browser extension.

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Use This Free Tool to Convert PDFs into Online Forms

 

 

Turn PDFs into online forms that are easy to fill out and return for free.

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Turn Your Photos into Art with This Free Program

Fotosketcher

Transform your photos into watercolors, oil paintings, pencil sketches and cartoons with a few mouse clicks.

FotoSketcher is a free program for Windows and macOS that converts digital photos into art automatically.

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Enjoy 50 Hours of Nature Sounds from BBC Earth

BBC Nature Sounds

BBC Earth is offering six 10-hour “visual soundscapes” from nature to relax and unwind.

Immerse yourself in some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth combined with accompanying sounds from nature.

Each 10 hour visual soundscape is a combination of natural sounds and stunning video from the BBC Planet Earth II series, melded into a 10 hour treat for the eyes and ears.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Desert Dunes, Lake, Blue Sky

This week’s wallpaper shows textured sand dunes curving around a topaz blue lake. Overhead, a blue sky. Parts of the sky mirror the texture of the dunes. Created by Samsung, this digital background is a good balance of water, sky, and sand. Icons show up quite well even in the lighter areas of the image.

Background wallpaper desert dunes, lake, sky

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