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.

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. Urban Legends Reference Pages
Launched in 1995, 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.

Article type: 

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.

Article type: 

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.

Article type: 

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.

Article type: 

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.

Article type: 

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

Article type: 

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.

Article type: 


Subscribe to RSS - Tech Treats