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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."

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: Eden Nebula

This week’s wallpaper is an image of an orange, red yellow and white nebula billowing against a background full of stars. Created by starkiteckt, the fiery colors form interesting shapes and colors as the nebula sprawls across the screen. There’s a lot of movement in this wallpaper, if you’re someone who sees shapes in clouds you’ll likely enjoy this background. Icons show up well in most areas.

Eden Nebula Wallpaper

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Show the Day of the Week on the Windows Taskbar Clock

Day of Week Taskbar

Here’s a quick way to customize the taskbar clock so that the day of the week is shown with the time and date.

The day of the week can be added to most versions of Windows, though the method varies slightly depending on what version you’re using. In all versions it’s changed through the classic Control Panel, as of this writing there’s not an option in the Windows 10 Settings to customize the time and date.

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Catalog Your Books, Movies, and Music Online For Free With LibraryThing

LibraryThing

LibraryThing is now a free service – no membership fees, ads, or book limits. It’s an online library-quality catalog for your books (and music and movies) that you own, have read, or want to read.

LibraryThing now has free accounts to catalog and store your media online. LibraryThing was created as a cataloging and social networking site for book lovers, there are now over 2,509,1809 members and 144,276,569 books are cataloged.

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Google's Covid-19 Reports Show Where People Are Staying In

Google Community Mobility Report

Use these charts from Google to see how people in your area or around the globe have changed their movements in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you’ve wondered how people in your area are complying with stay at home orders, you can download Community Mobility Reports from Google in PDF form to view local and global changes.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Red Sunset Beach

This week’s wallpaper is a fiery combination of reds, yellows and oranges as low waves rolling onto shore pick up the sunset colors of the sky. This background could be a painting with its blocks of color and shapes. Icons show up well on this background – its sunset colors are on the darker side of the spectrum.  

Red Sunset Beach Wallpaper

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How to Open Your Web Browser in Private Mode by Default

Open browsers in private mode

Start your favorite browser in private or incognito mode and add some additional privacy to your internet browsing.

Learn how to open Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge chromium, Opera, and Internet Explorer private or incognito mode every time it’s launched on your PC with this article.

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The Internet Archive Launches ‘National Emergency Library’

The Internet Archive Launches ‘National Emergency Library’

National Emergency Library

The Internet Archive is offering free access to its 1.4 million books with no waitlist.

The Internet Archive has launched a National Emergency Library to provide students, teachers and the public around the world access to its volumes with no waitlist.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Dreamy Autumn Forest

This weeks wallpaper is a softly lit forest with some green and autumn colors among the vertical trunks. Suffused light radiates from the rear and softens the trees in the background and highlights the sharper colors and shapes in the foreground. Some light areas create less contrast with icons but overall icons are visible. 

Dreamy Forest Wallpaper

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