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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.

How To Completely Remove Anti-Virus Software in Windows

For whatever reason, anti-virus programs are often difficult to completely remove from computers.
Difficult as in it takes quite a bit of time, knowledge, and often some messing about in the registry to get rid of all the items left behind.

It's such a difficult task that several of the well-known anti-virus vendors have created tools that are specially crafted to remove their programs from computers.

Windows Guides has helpfully put together a list of anti-virus removal tools from several anti-virus vendors.

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MacAttack: 24 Useful Apple Keyboard Shortcuts

We've featured keyboard shortcuts for Windows before (here, here, and here), and now
I'm delighted to say we can now add Mac keyboard shortcuts to the list.

Head on over to the Lost In Technology site for all the shortcuts.

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CD/DVD -R +R RW – What Does it Mean and What's the Difference?

This is one of those questions that rattles around in the back of my brain for years but I'm not curious enough to find out about. There's so much more I'm curious about every day that it gets lost in the background noise.

When I read the title of this article my reaction was "Yeah, what's that all about anyway?"
For anyone else who has wondered about this and for anyone who hasn't but wants to know, the answer is a click away at the article below. Enjoy.

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Blue Screen of Death Survival Guide: Every Error Explained

All you need to know about Blue Screen errors.

Most Windows users are familiar with blue screen errors - the so-called Blue Screen of Death or BSoD. While no one likes to see those white letters on a blue background, they can point you to what might have caused the error. This article covers the most common error messages and how to use them to resolve the problem.

Blue Screen of Death Survival Guide: Every Error Explained

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4 Killer Gmail Features You Might Not Know About

Four more features to add to your Gmail toolbox.

Gmail announced this week that you can now drag and drop images in Gmail. I'm sure there was a chorus from long suffering Gmail users singing "happy day" with overtones of "it's about time". No matter. Here's an article with four lesser known Gmail features you can add to your Gmail toolbox to go along with the new drag and drop images function. I'm liking the "show search options" trick.

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Enable DreamScene in Windows 7

Bring your desktop background to life with this free utility.

DreamScene is a program originally released as part of the Vista Ultimate Extras Pack that animates your desktop background. It was never released for Windows 7 but thanks to  a new free application you can have it in Windows 7 both 32 bit and 64 bit.

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