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.

Download or Listen to Boston Public Library's 48,000+ 78rpm Collection

Music library shelves and cart

Download or listen to more than 48,000 78rpm record “sides” from the Boston Public Library’s sound archive that have been digitized and made freely available by the Internet Archive.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Smoke on the Water

This week's wallpaper is an almost monochrome image of smoke or fog spilling down a wooded, hillside and pouring over the banks onto a calm river. Parts look like a waterfall of fog cascading down the bank. The tops of trees are all that's visible above the mist. This background is muted with a good balance of not too light and not too dark areas. Soft edges manage to convey a sense of movement. Icons show up pretty well on this wallpaper.

Desktop wallpaper fog over river

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Access All Google Services From A Button on Your Browser

Black Menu browser extension screen shot

This browser add-on for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera provides almost instant access to all Google services.

Black Menu for Google gives you quick access to your favorite Google services with a convenient drop-down menu that lets you use Search, Google+, Translate, and many others without leaving the page you’re on.

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Firefox Send Lets You Share Large Files Securely

Firefox Send image

Mozilla's Firefox Send is an incredibly simple and secure way to share large files from any browser.

Firefox Send lets you send encrypted, self destructing files up to 2.5GB from any browser. Anyone can easily transfer files up to 1GB, if you have or create a Firefox account you can transfer files up to 2.5GB.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Machinarium Plaza

This week's wallpaper is an image of a plaza in a machine world, complete with robots, rivets, round structures and odd clocks. This somewhat steam punk appearing background is from Machinarium, a popular multi-platform game. This detailed image shows a round plaza with robots standing or sitting around, surrounded by round metal structures with portholes and doors. This wallpaper is highly detailed in the foreground with the background fading to a sketch like appearance.

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15 Tools to Diagnose Windows Problems

computer monitor with gear wheel and repair tools

You don't have to be an expert to troubleshoot Windows problems with these tools.

These 15 tools can diagnose many problems in Windows. Fix stuck pixels on a monitor, find out what hardware is on a computer, diagnose hard drives, analyze Wi-Fi connections, view active processes, check what devices are on a network, see what's taking space on your hard drive, check for malware and more with this array of diagnostic tools.

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