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This category is reserved for finds by our Editor Rhiannon. 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 230 KB utility that works with Windows 2000 up to Windows 10. 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: Huayna Picchu Seen Through Machu Picchu’s Access Gate

This weeks wallpaper is nicely framed view of the mountain Huayna Picchu through the stone doorway of Machu Picchu's beautiful stone gateway. The texture and shape of the stone access gate and walled path beyond contrast beautifully with the view of the mountain ahead. Earth tones and plenty of texture make this a great background for your device. Icons are visible but not high contrast with this wallpaper.

Machu Picchu

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Finds of the Week: Fix Stuck Windows Updates / 7 Specialty Browsers / Using Chrome Offline / Free Cassini eBook from NASA

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

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Download Free High Resolution Audubon Bird Prints

Aududon PrintsDownload gorgeous high resolution images of Audubon's Birds of America for free.

The Audubon Society's digital library has made all 435 plates from wildlife artist John J. Audubon's book "The Birds of America" available as free, high resolution downloads. These are outstanding illustrations created by Audubon from 1827 to 1838 while he was exploring the USA.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Yosemite Sunrise

This weeks wallpaper shows Yosemite National Park in California at sunrise. Luminous mists are traveling through the mountains, showing off the view of these well known mountains. A far off waterfall, glowing clouds, and a foreground of well defined trees complete the view. Icons show up fairly well in most areas of this background.

Yosemite National Park at sunrise

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Finds of the Week: Does Windows 10 Spy on You? / Unblock Flash in Browsers / Send Large Files Online for Free / What PC Files to Back Up

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: Autumn Tree Canopy: View from the Ground

This week's wallpaper shows the orange, red, and gold of an autumn tree canopy splashed across the blue of the sky. The view from the ground peers up at trunks and branches that curl and wind in a most unusual way and are as interesting as the colorful cloak of leaves. This is a fairly light background so icons are visible but don't show as easily as darker backgrounds.

Autumn tree canopy

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Finds of the Week: Chrome Flags for Better Browsing / Great Big Story / Windows 10 with No Microsoft Account / Sync Calendar with the Solar System

Finds of the WeekFinds 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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The Best Places to View the August 2017 Solar Eclipse Online

EclipseIf you can't view the upcoming eclipse because you don't live in its path or the weather that day won't cooperate, you can still view the solar eclipse online, no special glasses required.

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Looking for a password? Don't use any of these 306 million

Check PasswordsUse this searchable database of over 300 million exposed passwords to check if a password has been compromised.

The security researcher behind the popular website 'have i been pwned?' has created a searchable database of millions of passwords that were exposed in various data breaches. You can easily check if a password has been exposed in a previous breach with this useful tool.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Full Moon Through Bare Trees

This weeks wallpaper is a shot of the full moon rising through the silhouette of bare black tree branches. The background is a velvety blue. The moon is centered in a circular opening in the tree branches. This is one of those wallpapers that looks much better on your screen than in the image here. Icons show up quite well on this background.

Full moon viewed through bare tree branches

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