Tech Treats


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: Icebergs, Mountains, and Sky

This weeks wallpaper has a group of icebergs floating on calm water against some rugged hills that are partially snow covered. The clouds appear to be shelf clouds building up on the left side of the image, casting a soft light over the landscape. It's a little toasty in the northern hemisphere in some places at the moment, it seems a good time for something cool to rest one's gaze on. Some blues, some blacks, some yellows and white snow make up a cool, serene image. Icons work fine with this background.

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Wallpaper of the Week Haleakalā Summit, Aerial View

This weeks wallpaper is a spectacular close aerial view of the summit of the Haleakalā Crater on Maui. A flock of birds are winging their way above the dark opening of the crater, shown against a sky filled with orange clouds. The summit is stark with dark grays and some lighter orange highlights from the sky as the sides angle away from the summit. The is a quite a bit of subtle texture in the layers on the slopes and what might be vegetation. There are some plants that grow nowhere else in the world other than the slopes of Haleakalā.

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This May Be the Simplest and Easiest Online Flowchart Creator

Flow chart

Zen Flowchart is an easy to use online tool for making flowcharts, organization charts, process charts, sitemaps and more. Create a new node with a single click, or link separate nodes easily with smart connectors in a clean uncluttered interface.

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What Do the Function Keys on the Keyboard Do?

Illuminated keyboard

The Function keys on the top row of the keybaord are assigned tasks by the operating system or application. They are often combined with the Alt and Ctrl keys to do certain tasks, and on laptops, can also have dual functions like turning the volume up or down when used with a designated key, usually the Fn key. Read on to add the Function keys to your repertoire of Windows keyboard shortcuts.

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Manage Multiple Gmail Accounts in Your Browser

Checker Plus Gmail browser extension

Manage single or multiple Gmail and Google Apps accounts from your browser with this add-on for Firefox and Chrome.

If you want to keep an eye on your Gmail and get notifications, read, delete, listen to email from your browser without opening a page for Gmail this is a great way to do it.
Whether you have one or or more Gmail accounts this extension brings some useful features to view and manage your email right from your browser.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Colorado Great Sand Dunes

This weeks wallpaper shows the golden hues of Great Sand Dunes Park in Colorado as they head towards far off mountains. Overhead the sky shows blue gray clouds fading to a lighter hue in front while showers march across the face of the far off mountains. The play of light and shadow on the dunes below and the horizontal flow of clouds above create an outstanding contrast in form, texture and color. Icons show up well on most areas of this background.

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