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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: 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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7 Great Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles

Free online jigsaw puzzles.

Jigsaw puzzles have been around for many years in physical, analog and digital form and are as popular today as they have ever been. Here are seven good jigsaw puzzle sites to enjoy. All are accessible in a web browser.

Most sites use HTML5 but a few currently use Adobe Flash which is being phased out as it will be discontinued at the end of 2020.

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Create a Custom Screensaver Using Irfanview

Create screensaver with Irfanview

Use your favorite images to create a custom screensaver in Windows using Irfanview.

This article at Digital Citizen has step by step details to make your own slideshow screensaver using Irfanview and the images on your computer.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Dark Space

This weeks wallpaper is a black interstellar sky with patches of light nebula-type clouds along a horizontal line. The clouds have a few solid areas that contrast with the more transparent parts. All in all a nice dark background with subtle contrast. Icons do quite well on this wallpaper.

Dark Space wallpaper

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Make Chrome Display the Full URL in the Address Bar

Google Chrome browser

Google has tried off and on for years to hide full URL’s in Chrome’s address bar. Here’s how to see the full URL in the current version of Google Chrome.

In the latest version of Google Chrome, Google hid the ‘https://’ and ‘www’ part of a URL. Here are the steps to make Chrome display the whole URL in the address bar:

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Convert Web Page Text to Speech with this Browser Extension

Read Aloud

This browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox uses text-to-speech technology to convert web page text to audio.

Listen to the current web-page article with one click in 40+ languages.

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How to Disable Geolocation in Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge

Disable geolcoation in your browser

Most modern browsers geolocation services within the browser. Geolocation attempts to locate you based on your IP address, Wi-Fi, or network location. Here’s how to disable it in Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

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How To Blur Faces and Strip Metadata from Images

Image Scrubber

This new app enables non-technical users to quickly blur parts of images while also erasing any identifying metadata.

Blur or mask anything in an image and remove metadata (EXIF data) using your mobile, your web browser or offline with this app.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Ocean Sunset Ripple Effect

This week’s wallpaper shows sun sinking behind bright orange and yellow cloud cover. The calm ocean below looks almost like brush strokes, with colors ranging from dark blues and purples to lighter blues and some soft yellows. Icons show up quite well on this background.

Ocean Sunset Ripple Effect wallpaper

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