Tech Treats


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.

Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week)

This weeks wallpaper shows three big eyed, cartoon-like grinning blue geckos on a black background. They are so goofy they made me laugh, I hope they'll do the same for you. :) Icons get along nicely with this wallpaper.

three big eyed, cartoon-like grinning blue geckos on a black background

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Finds of the Week: Webopedia, 21 iPhone Tricks, Change Windows 8 Start Screen Name, How To Find Lost XP Key, How To Pronounce Words, Still Blog

Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Webopedia is an online dictionary that provides easy-to-understand definitions related to the technology and the internet. Using plain language and avoiding the use of heavy jargon when possible makes the site accessible to users with a wide range of computer knowledge.

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A Touch of Yellow - Yellow Crocus Flowers (Wallpaper of the Week)

This weeks wallpaper consists of bright yellow (crocus) on a softly focused background of a green and yellow field. I thought I'd post a summer-like image this week for anyone that's chilly to downright freezing, especially anyone in the northeastern part of the US. Icons show up surprisingly well against the bright background but might not have enough contrast for some folks.

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How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads

Google has just published some upcoming changes to its terms of service. If you are signed in with a Google account and you +1 some product, Google may now have the right to use your name and picture in certain ads for that product. Although there are limitations on which ads will include your personal information, I suspect many people (including me) will object to being used in any advertising. Here is how to change the setting.

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Looking for Older Versions of Software? Try Old Apps (Website of the Week) has current and older versions of many kinds of software. Most are for Windows (going back to Windows 95) but there are sections for Macintosh and Linux too.

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Purge your PC: Decide What PC Programs Get Booted (Website of the Week)

20 April 2019 Update: Should I Remove It is being integrated into an antivirus product and isn't available as a standalone program

Purge your PC of program clutter and bloatware using this practical site.

site logo with text saying Should I Remove it? in black on a white background

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle

UPDATE: iGoogle will be shut down in a few days. You still have a little time to export your iGoogle information. The deadline for the demise of iGoogle, Google's start page, is getting closer (read how to export your igoogle feeds). While nothing will completely replace iGoogle, there are some alternatives out there.

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6 Free Google Reader Alternatives

As you may have heard, Google Reader will be closing its doors on July 1st, 2013. Those of us who use and depend on RSS feeds are scrambling for alternatives. I've selected six that are web based that have (mostly) apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

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Canyon Waterfall (Wallpaper of the Week)

This week we have a waterfall spilling from a canyon at a great height, falling in to a swirling pool at its base. This stunning image has muted purples and oranges as the sun sets over canyonlands. Icons are highly visible due to the low contrast and muted tones in this image.

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