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.

Get Daily Deals on Free and Deeply Discounted eBooks

Stack of book on top with ereader leaning against themIf you want to load up your E-reader with great ebooks you can't go wrong with Bookbub. BookBub is a free daily email service that notifies you of ebooks by popular, bestselling and critically acclaimed independent authors. Their selection of ebooks (for just about any e-reader) is carefully curated, with titles either free or at a significant discount.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Milky Way Rising Over Snowcapped Mountains

This weeks wallpaper is a stunning image of the Milky Way shining above a mountain clearing. The mountains are snowy, and in the middle of the clearing is a group of evergreen trees with the Milky Way rising directly above the trees. Evergreen trees ring the clearing and puffy clouds can be seen in the background just above the mountains. Icons show up quite nicely with this wallpaper.

image of the Milky Way shining above a mountain clearing

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If Your Password Is On This List, It's Time To Change Passwords

black padlock on a background of black and white one's and zero'sThe “Worst Passwords of 2015" list is out, and if you're using one or more of these passwords, it's time to get a new one. SplashData’s fifth annual worst passwords report, compiled from more than 2 million leaked passwords during the year, shows that while some things have changed a little, all in all people are still using the same easy to guess passwords.

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Finds of the Week: Top 10 Lists, Go Directly to Windows 8.1 Desktop, World Wide Words, Daily Writing Tips

Piece of paper pinned to a cork board that says Find 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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Find the Best Free Online Classes from 250+ Universities

Coursebuffet logo. Capital letters CB in white on red background. CourseBuffet helps you find and compare high quality classes from over 250 universities. They list all the courses from Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as Coursera, Udacity, edX, etc. They also list courses from providers like the OpenCourseWare consortium, Saylor, and many others.

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How to Use Firefox Add-ons

Firefox has tons of useful add-ons that can make your browsing safer, use less bandwidth, grab name it, there's probably an add-on for it. If you're not familiar with Firefox or you use Firefox but aren't sure how to use add-ons, this great step-by-step article tells you how to find, install and manage add-ons. Installing add-ons (also known as extensions) is fast and easy once you know how.

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The Most Awe-Inspiring Space Pictures of 2015 from National Geographic

Image of Solar Flares on the Sun

National Geographic has put together a gallery of space photos from the past year. They say "Of the hundreds of awe-inspiring space photos we liked in 2015, here are our picks for the 15 best of the year." For those of us on limited bandwidths, having a small amount of terrific photos to scroll through is refreshing.
The images aren't large enough to use on desktop monitors as wallpaper but smaller devices would work fine.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Radiant Morning Sun

This weeks wallpaper shows the morning sun pouring down from just above a bank of clouds, shining through a tree in a meadow. The rays of the sun peeking through the tree are distinct, making for a striking image. The light on a background of trees and in the meadow is luminous from what appears to be ground fog.
Edges are soft, with yellows, golds and browns dominating. Icons show up quite well with this background.

Image of sun shining through tree in a meadow.

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Finds of the Week: Brilliant Time Zone Site, 520,000+ Awesome Free High Quality Images, Using Metered Connections in Windows 8, View Movie Trailers, Restore Windows to Factory Settings

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

Every Time Zone
From the site "Never warp your brain with Time Zone math again." So useful. :)

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