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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.

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Using Twitter

Blue bird on a brown branch on a white backgroundTwitter can be a very confusing place whether you've been using the social media site for some time or you're brand new to Twitter. It's challenging enough to decide how to say what you want to say using just 140 characters, but figuring out all the @'s and who sees what is even harder.

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40 Free Christmas Wallpapers and Images

Pixabay, my go-to free stock image site, is offering a bundle of 40 free holiday wallpapers and images you can use as wallpaper or any other project you have in mind. There's quite a variety of images including gifts, ornaments, nature, holiday food items, candles and a few fun illustrations. The bundle comes as a downloadable compressed (zipped) file and the download size is a not too big 67 MB.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Arctic Sunset

This weeks free wallpaper has it all - clouds starting to float down ice covered hills, meeting up with silvered water that's dotted with small ice floes. The lighting in this image is superb - a little white gold for the sky, a little silver for the water and a bit of blue for the ice floes. Icons show up nicely on this background.

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Finds of the Week: Hide or Restore Windows Updates, 99 Tech Life Hacks, Morning Short (Daily Short Story), Google About Me

Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

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Wallpaper of the Week: Textured Steel in Black and Silver

This weeks free wallpaper is an image of a textured steel plate in silver and black. There are five silvery raised lines in alternating directions on a background of variegated black. Icons show up nicely on this dark background.

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Don't Want Windows 10? Check Your Windows Update Settings Now

In a recent blog post, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will shortly be pushed to Windows Update as an "Optional" update and, starting in January, all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers will be getting Windows 10 as a "Recommended" update.

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