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.

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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Get Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade and Keep Using Your Current Windows Version

Windows 10 logo, The words Windows 10 in blue letters on white background

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires on July, 29 2016. Here's what to do if you don't want to run Windows 10 right now, but want to take advantage of the the free upgrade before it runs out and still keep the version of Windows you're using now. (The free upgrade offer is available to anyone who is running a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.)

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Finds of the Week: Easy Copy and Paste Characters, Product Hunt, Empty the Recycling Bin Automatically, Free Guide to Combining Typefaces

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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Get Classic Windows 7 Games in Windows 8 and 10 for Free

Image of Windows 7 Games InstallationPlay the classic, ad free games you loved from Windows 7 (along with Mahjong Titans, Chess Titans and Purble Place from Windows Vista) on computers running Windows 8 and Windows 10. Winaero (who has quite a nice collection of useful free Windows utilities and programs, check them out) has packaged these great games into one downloadable file that will run on Windows 8 and 10.

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Wallpaper of the Week: The Red Forest

This week's wallpaper is an image of a forest full of blazing red leaves on trees with straight, light colored trunks - autumn glory at its finest if you like the reds of that season. There's a nice range of light and dark reds due to the bright light filtering in from the left. Icons are readily visible but not high contrast with this rather dramatic wallpaper.

Forest with red autumn leaves

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Finds of the Week: What Google Knows About You, Take Screenshots in Office and Insert into Documents, 5 Great Uses for USB Drives, Stop Facebook Videos from Playing Automatically

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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Easily Edit Your RSS News Feeds With This Free OPML Editor

Using an RSS reader (News Feed Aggregator) is a fantastic way to keep up with the latest news and information from a lot of different sites, but sites can disappear without warning, leaving you with feeds that are no longer active.

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