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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.

Website of the Week (refdesk.com)

refdesk.com is a site that defies an easy description. It has a little of everything: news of all kinds from all over, search engines, a dictionary and encyclopedia, weather, facts at a glance, several items of the day (such as word of the day), reference tools, and more.

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Freeware Games Of The Week (Continuity, LF2)

Oct 9 - Oct 15

ONLINE GAME

A teamwork by 4 brilliant students, invented the game Continuity, one of the best and innovative platformer puzzlers in my recent memory. It's actually a combination of platforming and sliding tile puzzling game. 

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Freeware Game Of The Week (N-The way of the ninja)

Sep 25 - Oct 1

Disclaimer: I'm not responsible if you lose hours of your working time hooked to your computer screen playing this game.

Get Ready, Inadvertently homicidal robots, evasive ninjas and a whole whack of style!

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Freeware Game Of The Week (Icy Tower)

Sep 18 - 24

Icy Tower is a free game from Free Lunch Design. It is a fun and short, yet addictive game where your only goal is to gain as much score as possible. The game brings you custom characters, unlockable floors types, replays to share with your friends, lots of combo rewards and more! Icy Tower is available for PC Windows, Mac OS X and iPhone & iPod Touch. Enjoy!

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Dangerous Downloads on Legitimate Websites & Search Engines

This is a must read article on how to avoid dangerous downloads from websites.

Bill P, creator of the excellent freeware program WinPatrol has put together a great article on how this can happen to any of us. It has screenshots and examples to help you safely download programs from the internet.

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Hard Drives: Quick Format vs. Full Format

Yes, there is a difference between the two.

All the years I've been formatting things (hard disk drives, floppy disks, USB flash drives, etc.) I've seen format and quick format options without knowing the difference.
I was glad to come across this article that explains the difference between the two types of formatting as it's one of those things that's been rattling around in my brain for years that I've been vaguely curious about but didn't take time to learn.

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