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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.

View 37,000+ Blueprints for Free

the-blueprints.com has a searchable database with 37,000+ images spanning twelve categories.

'The-Blueprints.com is a website dedicated to collecting 3/4/5-view drawings, templates and blueprints for as many objects as possible. Ranging from humans to tanks and cars to mobile phones, the goal is to provide reference material for 3D modelers, scale modelers, replica builders etc.'
The site doesn't include architectural blueprints, it does have a wide range of other objects in some interesting categories:

- Cars
- Motorcycles
- Trucks

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Where To Find Great Web Apps (Updated)

There are a lot of great web applications out there, these sites will help you find the best ones.

Web apps are applications that are accessed using a web browser.  They have a couple of real pluses -  being able to access them from any web browser anywhere and not having to install a program are two good features. There are web apps for, well, all kinds of things (think google docs or gmail).  The list of uses is huge.
 

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How to Divide Anything into Equal Parts

This is a great technique for dividing paper (or anything else) into equal parts

I learned this trick some years ago from a workshop instructor and have used it for years. This video reminded me of this nice little hack, so I'm passing it along.
Have you ever tried to divide a piece of paper into thirds? It’s difficult. That's where this trick comes in handy. Paul at Dudecraft has made an easy to understand video demonstrating this technique. It’s especially handy if math isn’t your favorite subject. Go watch. It’s worth it.
  

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Organize Your Desktop With Stardock Fences For Windows (only available as a paid version, free version discontinued).

Update: Fences is now a paid program with a free trial. If you want to try it out you'll need to submit and email address and a download link will be sent to that address.
Thanks to rikishi19 for pointing this out. =)

Need to corral those desktop icons? Try this free program from Stardock.

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How To Stop Firefox From Stealing Window Focus

Prevent Firefox from opening when you're doing other things

Firefox turned 5 this week. While no other browser to date has been able to lure me away from Firefox since its first early beta, it does have its flaws and frustrations.

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10 Outstanding Educational Websites

This is a great collection of ten of the top educational sites on the internet.
Educational websites are one of my favorite types of websites. This is a great list of educational websites, some of which I didn't know about, put together by Times Online, a daily national newspaper published in the United Kingdom.
Have fun!
 

The 10 best educational websites - Times Online

 

Signing off for now,
Rhiannon

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111 Excellent Free Icon Packs

View this collection of 111 quality free icon packs, good for use on your computer, with a dock, or on a website.

If you're looking for some terrific icons, check out the ones at mintywhite.com.
Some collections contain one icon, others contain several. There's a mix of sizes, and a mix of formats - some are in .png or .ico only, and some sets have both .png and .ico formats.

If you're looking for a certain type of icon, one or more of these sets probably have what you want.

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