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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.

Fold Your Own Sky King Paper Airplane

Instructions to build your own cool snub-nosed paper aircraft.

I've been folding paper airplanes since I was a kid. Some of them flew a short distance, some of them took a nose dive immediately, and some were dismal failures. Takuo Toda has developed 700 designs for paper airplanes. This site has both a video tutorial and illustrated diagrams so you can create your own.
You'll need to have Flash enabled to view the video.
Have fun!

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Is this Website down, or is it me?

Nifty online tool to check if a website is down.

Not too long ago I went to a website to place an order. It wouldn't load. It wouldn't load in any of the five browsers I tried. Since the site is a large and reputable site I've been using for years, I was puzzled.
A bit of looking led me to the 'down for everyone or just me' website.
This is a great little web based tool that tells you if a site is really down. All you have to do is type in the name of the site and click on the "or just me?" link in blue.

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Google Book Downloader: Save Google Books as PDFs

Free utility that lets you download books in PDF form from Google Books

Google Books is a great place to browse for books, and most books have download links on their web pages, so why would you need a program? Google Book Downloader can do a few more things than the default download. Some features I like are:

- Saves books that are available in "Full View" as PDF files to your system
- Partially downloads any book from Google Books marked as 'Limited preview'

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Get Adobe Flash Without GetPlus in Firefox

Step by step on how to prevent GetPlus being installed with Flash.

With all the news about vulnerabilities in Adobe's Flash Player, I decided to update to the latest version of Flash.
Off I went to the official Adobe Flash plugin download site. I went through the usual hoops; uncheck the box that wanted me to install McAfee etc. The actual Flash download contained GetPlus. Huh? I didn't ask for GetPlus. I wanted the updated Flash Player and nothing else thank you very much.

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The Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows

Short and sweet: if you are interested in software you need to visit this site.


Whether you are a developer or a dabbler there is something for everyone at Scott Hanselman's 2011 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows.
There are several categories that have tons of useful information covering a large (did I say large? I meant amazing) range.
Here are a few of the categories; I'm not going to list all of them and my fingers would fall off trying to give you an overview - you really have to see them for yourself. It's that good.

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Easiest Image Resizing Ever

Resize images from inside Windows Explorer with this free utility

I resize images on a regular basis and until now its been somewhat tedious. 
While I was searching for a program that would sort images by their resolution I found this little gem of a program that resizes images in Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) using a mere right click.

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Check if your computer is windows 7 compatible or not

Microsoft has launched Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC to see if it's ready for Windows 7, and tells you about any known compatibility issues.

check out yourself. click on the link below.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=...

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Documentary Heaven: Food For Your Brain

Need something to watch? Have a look at these free documentaries in 35+ categories.

'Documentary Heaven was set up early July 2009 to provide the public with a vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre out there. We intend on continuously updating the site on a daily basis to bring you nothing but the very best.'


http://documentaryheaven.com/

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Use Your Webcam as a Security Camera and Motion Detector

Free software detects what happens when you aren't there.

Syschat has an article on how to use a webcam as a security device to monitor unattended locations using Yawcam free software. The article outlines two ways to use software to record activity - one takes a picture at regular intervals of your choice and can store them offsite. The other one records activity when motion is detected.

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