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.

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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Use These Tips and Tools to Set Up Remote Support for Friends and Family

Set up Remote Support for Friends and Family

If you can’t be on site to help friends and family with computer issues, this article has some good tools and tips on setting up remote support.

If you’re the person family and friends rely on for help with computers it’s a good idea to get remote support set up for the times you can’t be there in person.

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Try this Evernote-like Open Source Note Taking App for Free

Joplin Note Taking App

Joplin is a free, open source, note taking and to-do application for Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS and the terminal.

Joplin is packed with a lot of features, has a great user interface and is easy to configure and use. Joplin can handle a large number of notes that can be organized into notebooks. Notes are searchable and can be copied, tagged and modified either from the application directly or from your own text editor.

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Useful Dashboards for Tracking the Coronavirus

Dashboards tracking Coronavirus

Track the Coronavirus around the world in real time with these dashboards.

These dashboards aggregate data and create maps and visuals that various information about the Coronavirus, where it's been, current statistics, where it's spreading, and its epidemiology and transmission.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Shoreline Boulders

This week’s wallpaper shows a trio of boulders on the shore of Boulder Beach in Dunedin, NZ. Three round boulders rise out of calm water that stretches to the horizon where it meets the muted colors of the sky at first or last light. Icons show up pretty well against this quiet background.
The original image was taken by Boris Baldinger and can be found at Unsplash. The link below is to the Wallpaper Abyss where more sizes are easily downloaded.

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How To View Unsupported Video Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

Icaros video thumbnail viewer

View a wide variety of video formats as thumbnails in Windows Explorer with this program.

Icaros is a tool that allows Windows Explorer (File Manager) to enable and display thumbnails for multiple video formats that aren't supported in Explorer.

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