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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.

Wallpaper of the Week: Sunrise at Driftwood Beach

This weeks wallpaper is a stunning image of the sun rising on the beach, full of rich golds and purples. A dark silhouette of a large piece of driftwood is perfectly placed, complete with gentle waves - the driftwood shadow and water reflections all combine to create a peaceful and calm background. Icons show up well with this wallpaper. The picture was taken at Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA.

Sunrise on a beach with driftwood in foreground

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips

This useful compendium of wide ranging tips and hacks covers the devices that we use, what's on them, and how we use them. There are useful tips for apps and software, plus day to day practical tricks, tips and techniques that save a little time and increase productivity.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Black Layered Lines

This weeks wallpaper is a very dark, very minimalist image of diagonal black lines that create layers of some sort of material. It could be paper, or something else - the result is a background with a goodly amount of detail and texture without being obtrusive. The center of the image is slightly more illuminated than the corners, adding a touch of interest. Icons stand out nicely with this wallpaper. If you like dark minimal wallpapers, take a look - as with all these types of backgrounds, the image here doesn't do it justice.

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Finds of the Week: Paste Text on Sites that Block It, NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome, Instant Logo Search, Windows 95 in a Browser

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

How to Enable Pasting Text on Sites That Block It

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Wallpaper of the Week: Atlantis Labyrinth Nebula

This weeks wallpaper is a digital illustration of a nebula. In this image, masses of blue tinted clouds billow and swirl. Some areas are sculpted with light, some areas are dense and dark, while here and there the bright points of stars are visible. This image looks much better on the screen than it does here, so give it a try, especially if you like dark backgrounds. Icons really pop against this wallpaper. At the moment I'm enjoying a similar background (from a different site) by the same artist.

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Finds of the Week: Microsoft Support Lifecycle, Exit Chrome Completely, Create Invoices Online for Free, Word Spy

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: Nightfall at Lake Aurora

This weeks wallpaper shows off the blues, greens and purples of a night sky Aurora shining softly over a lake flanked by mountains. The mountains are steep on the left side, while the right side is shallower, has some tree cover and tapers off as it nears the water at the far end.While I'm not usually a fan of composite images, this composition of a photo of the Aurora in Iceland and a photo of Lake Bannalp in Switzerland appears flawless. Icons are highly visible on this dark background.

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