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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.

Download and Use Portable Linux Applications

Linux users will be glad to see that there's a site for Linux portable apps featuring a number of popular programs along with some for those with more technical experience.

Portable applications (that is, programs that can run on portable devices like USB flash drive and make little to no changes on your system) for Windows have been around for a while, it's great to see them being created for Linux. The article below has a guide on how to use them, a much appreciated feature for those of us who are new to, or dabble in, Linux.

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Find Out Where Shortened URLs Lead To Without Clicking

Shortened URLs are like duct tape - they have a light side, a dark side, and hold some of our micro-universes (like Twitter) together. With some URLs running as long as 200+ characters, URL shorteners are a much needed service.
Sadly, shortened URLs can also redirect users to phishing sites in order to capture personal information (sensitive and otherwise), and worse, can redirect you to malicious web sites loaded with malware.

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Download Over 5000 National Geographic Wallpapers with a Single Click

Some time ago we featured a utility that allows you download lots of National Geographic desktop wallpapers with one click.
Well, that little utility has been updated, you can choose image sizes, and images are downloaded from both the National Geographic website and National Geographic Magazine.

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How To Enable the Built-in PDF Viewer in Google Chrome

The recent releases of Google Chrome (6 and up) have PDF support built-in, but it's not enabled by default.
Here's how to enable the PDF viewer in Chrome.

- Launch Google Chrome. Make sure you are using version 6 or above.
To check which version you have, click on the wrench in the toolbar in the upper right corner and click on About Google Chrome. A box will pop up and display the version. 
The newest version can be downloaded at http://www.google.com/chrome.

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Free "Google Me" Business Card Template

Need a quick, easy, and unusual business card?
This "Google Me" business card template may be right up your alley.
The idea is that you choose a search term on the card that returns you or your organization as the first item in the corresponding Google search listing.
 


 

The template is a downloadable PDF file that you can customize, and can be downloaded on page two.

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How to Solve Google Instant Search Doesn’t Work in Firefox

Right on the heels of the last post on Google Instant Search (How to make Google Instant as default Search Engine in Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer) reader Cancuck50 had some trouble getting this to work in Firefox.

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Improve Your Writing: 30+ Resources for Grammar, Spelling, Copyright and More

This is a great list of tools and resources for improving or learning about grammar, vocabulary and the English language in general. Non-native speakers and those of us with rusty language skills will make good use of this handy list.
The noupe site lists resources for grammar, vocabulary, and copyright with a unusual items in the "More Language Resources" section.
 

Tools and Resources for Grammar, Copywriting, Spelling and More

 

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A New Website that Will Help You Amuse Young Children

Lately I’ve been spending a fair amount of time looking after my daughters’ pre-school children so you can understand why a press release about a new website filled with children’s amusements caught my attention.

“Kidopo offers an innovative coloring application for coloring pages, which simulates a real coloring experience. Other sections of the sites are kids printables, games and craft videos.”


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Free Printable Coloring Pages and Handwriting Worksheets For Kids

Twisty Noodle has an extensive collection printables designed to help kids learn about objects and improve handwriting. The illustrations are very well done. From the site:
"Twisty Noodle has thousands of free coloring pages and handwriting practice worksheets that you can customize and print. We work with top illustrators, artists, and licensed image libraries to offer the most unique selection of coloring pages and handwriting practice worksheets on the internet."

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Debunking Internet Scams, Hoaxes, and Urban Legends

Here's a list of outstanding sites to check out things that seem a little iffy, too good to be true, or say "send this to everyone you know!".
Internet scams, hoaxes and urban legends take many forms so it's good to have a few places you can go to see if something is true or not.

snopes.com: Urban Legends Reference Pages
Launched in 1995, snopes.com is one of the first (and best, in my opinion) sites to target this growing area of interest and usually the first place I go to check on something.

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