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.

Free C#, .NET, and ASP.NET Videos and Tutorials for Beginners

Learn .NET videos

If you want to learn the basics of C#, .NET and ASP.NET these videos are a terrific introduction.

This series of videos on C#, ASP.NET or .NET has been created by Scott Hanselman. The videos are geared towards beginners and offer a self paced introduction to Microsoft's framework.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Winter at Vestrahorn Mountain, Iceland

This weeks wallpaper is an image of Vestrahorn Mountain in Iceland, viewed across partially frozen water. Viewed from shore, the cracked ice close to shore and open water clearly reflects the mountain dusted in snow. Fog obscures part of mountain shoreline. The earth tones of the mountain reflected in the blue tones of water and blue sky above merge to create a harmonious whole. Icons show up quite well against this background.

photo Vestrahorn Mountain, Iceland

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Easily Blur, Pixelate or Black Out Parts of an Image

Road sign with letters redacted

Blur, Pixelate or Black Out part of an image in a few clicks with this online tool.

This site lets you redact parts of an image by adding a blurred, pixelated or black box to any area of an image.
There's no need to open up an image editor to redact parts of an image you don't want to be visible, this web tool makes it quick and painless.

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Malwarebytes Launches Browser Guard for Chrome and Firefox

Malwarebytes Browser Guard screenshot

Malwarebytes has released their browser protection add-on for Firefox and Chrome. It has a few features other similar extensions don't have. Malwarebytes states using their add-on can increase your speed by blocking activity that normally takes up bandwidth and increases load times.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Autumn Leaves

This weeks wallpaper isn't the usual autumn leaf background. This weeks image is an autumn vine with layers of leaves ranging from dusky blue to yellows and oranges. This is a great composition, the colors balance nicely and while it's not a bright or busy background, there's enough texture and color to make it interesting.

leaves changing color on a vining plant

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How To Print Web Pages In Your Browser, Ad Free

Inkjet printer

How to print web pages without ads in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and Safari.

Most web pages have a "Print" option somewhere on the page, but if you run into one that doesn't have a print function, doesn't print properly or one that includes ads, here are some ways to print a web page from your browser minus the advertising. The bonus is that less paper and ink are used in printing pages.

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Extract Text from Images, Videos and PDF's with This Browser Add-On

Copyfish browser add-on

Copyfish is a free optical character recognition (OCR) extension for Firefox and Chrome web browsers. It extracts text from images, videos and PDF files.

This add-on for Chrome and Firefox lets you extract text from almost anything in a browser tab. It can extract text from videos, PDF files, and images including photos, screenshots, memes, error messages, etc.

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