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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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Search Word Origins With This Online Etymology Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary

This online etymology dictionary is a terrific resource to find reliable accounts of the origin and history of English words, phrases, and idioms.

With over 50,000 entries, the Online Etymology Dictionary has enough etymological content for both academic and general interest. It’s accessible enough to be used by anyone.

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Radio Paradise – Eclectic Ad Free Internet Radio

Radio Paradise Internet Radio

Curated a by a real human DJ, Radio Paradise offers high quality sound with no ads or subscriptions.

Radio Paradise is an eclectic, commercial free blend of modern and classic rock, world music, electronica, even a bit of classical and jazz that flows together in a way that makes sense harmonically, rhythmically, and lyrically.

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Get Easy Access to Frequently Used Symbols Not on Your Keyboard

Symbolology copy and paste keyboard characters

Copy and paste commonly used symbols that aren’t on your keyboard using this convenient web page.

Symbololology is a one page site with many commonplace symbols (keyboard characters) that aren't on your keyboard.

It's easy to use, click the symbol to copy it and paste it into whatever you’re working on.

The symbols are divided into these categories:

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Easily Make GIFs From Your Computer Screen

ScreenTto Gif

This small utility is a screen, webcam and sketchboard recorder with an integrated editor. Record, edit and export parts of your PC screen and save them as a GIF or video.

ScreenToGif captures selected areas of your screen, webcam or live drawings from a sketchboard which can be saved as an animated GIF, Apng, video, image, PSD or ScreenToGif project.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Colima Volcano Eruption at Night

This week’s wallpaper shows the Colima Volcano in Mexico erupting at night. It’s a powerful night explosion with lightning, ballistic projectiles and incandescent rock falls. A lightning bolt pierces the night sky as a column of swirling ash erases the stars in its path. The image was captured by Sergio Tapiro,  National Geographic 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year.

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Download Over 8 Million Transparent PNG Images for Free

PNGTAB free transparent PNG images

If you use transparent PNGs and are looking for a site where you don’t have to filter for image types, this site may be just what you’re looking for.

PNGTAB hosts over 8 million transparent PNG images that are free to download for personal use. There are photos, icons, logos, words and phrases, illustrations and more.

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Watch YouTube Videos Without Being Tracked by Google

Watch YouTube videos at Invidious

This site lets you watch YouTube videos with maximum privacy.

Google collects an astonishing amount of data from anyone who uses their services. If you have a Google account and are logged in, the amount of personal data Google collects is larger. When you watch videos on YouTube, Google’s algorithm tracks what you watch and makes recommendations, some of which can be problematic, in particular for children.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Porth Nanven Beach Sunset

This week’s wallpaper shows the sun setting into the sea in Cornwall, England. The shore is a mix of rock formations and a variety of boulders. The calm sea sculpts the sand among the rocks. The round ball of the sun sets in a haze of gray, soft violet and mauve. Icons show up well on this calm background.

Porth Nannven Beach Sunrise wallpaper

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How to Disable and Enable Taskbar Thumbnail Previews in Windows

Disable and Enable taskbar thumbnails

In Windows, if you hover your mouse or touchpad over a program that’s open and running in the taskbar, a small preview appears. If it’s something that annoys you, here’s how to disable it. If it’s something that you like that isn’t working, here’s how to get it back.

There are a few methods to make the taskbar previews stop appearing, most notably increasing the delay in the amount of hover time before a thumbnail appears.

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