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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.

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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The Icon Archive: 31,100 Free Icons for Windows, Mac, and Linux

These icons are great for customizing computers and use in design or other projects (though as always, check the copyright and licensing for public usage).

Editor Update: there are now 293,130 icons / 1,487 iconsets at the Icon Archive.
The preview for new iconsets is easy to use and shows a few icons from the set so you don't have to view the whole iconset.

Icons are categorized by topic, from animals to vintage, making it easy to find something specific.

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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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