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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.

Get Great Weather Data With No Ads

Reliable worldwide weather conditions and forecasts delivered in a clear and concise format - ads not included.

The Weather Underground has been the most accurate and informative site to get weather conditions, local and worldwide, for years. No surprise, since they were the first internet weather service.

Weather Underground Lite is a scaled down version of the "Full" site. The "Full" site has weather blogs, photos, and other features. Its an ad supported site, with paid membership available that removes the ads.

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Free Program Creates Greeting Cards, Booklets, Banners, Posters And More

Sometimes you need a quick and easy program to make flyers, cards or brochures. You don't need Photoshop, you want something simple and fast.

PagePlus SE from Serif Software is great for the job.

With a large selection of preset document layouts, its easy to create greeting cards, booklets, banners, posters and more.

There's a pretty good range of tools included with the program.

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New Uses For Old Laptops

 Need some ideas on what to do with an old laptop, other than get rid of it? Have a look at some of these cheap/free options.

There are some interesting and original ideas in this article to breathe new life into an old laptop. Some of them would work with a desktop.

I like this list, it goes way beyond the standard "turn it into a router" suggestion.
Linux often gets a nod as something to do with old laptops and desktops.

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Elegant, Super Simple To-Do List

Dead simple to-do's. Designed to stay out of your way, be easy to use, and look pretty.

I can't do any better than the above description from the developer's site, other than to add its free, and everyone who has seen it on my desktop immediately wants to know where they can get it.

Doomi is a super simple to do list manager.
Its great looking.

It needs Adobe Air (included with download) to run.
Its pretty. Its easy to use. Have a look.

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Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft

This site really does have the Ultimate List of Windows Software from Microsoft.

Did you know Microsoft has over 150 FREE Windows & Office Programs for Windows?
All free, and all available for download.
Tracking all of them down is a different story.
Until now.
Have a look.
Don't blame me if you get lost for hours and hours. 

Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft


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Simple, Fast Online Stopwatch And Countdown Timer

After trying out timers and stopwatches, both online and downloaded applications, I found one that is easy to use has uncomplicated options.

Online-Stopwatch has prevented many a meal here from being burned, though you can use it for anything - not just timing how long something needs to cook when you and your computer are in one place, and the kitchen is in the other.

It has big buttons that are easy to click, and the alarm is definitely an attention getter.
You need Flash installed or enabled to use it.

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Computer Programming For Beginners, Kids, and Adults

This program aims to bring "fun" back to programming by using a small, easy to learn programming language for beginners.
If you have any interest in learning computer programming, this appplication is aimed at kids, adults, and beginners is a good place to start.

Small Basic is a programming language that is designed to make programming extremely easy, approachable and fun for beginners.
It encourages everyone, from kids to adults to take their first step into the world of programming.

Some information about Small Basic:

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70 Beautiful Dual-Screen Desktop Wallpapers

If you use dual monitors and have noticed that desktop wallpaper hasn't quite caught up to you yet, have a look at this site.  I've also added another site that has dual monitor desktop wallpapers and many triple monitor desktop wallpapers.

Smashing Magazine once again comes through with a list of 70 dual screen desktop wallpaper, collected from various artists and designers around the world.

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Read 14,000+ Non-Copyrighted Books Online

Looking for a good book to read for free? This site has 14,500+ books that are copyright free, many by famous authors.

Book-bot is a great resource where you can read non-copyrighted books online for free. There are titles by famous authors like Mark Twain, Victor Hugo, Aristotle and others.

The site is searchable by title, alphabetically, or by name of the author.
Clicking on a title loads the book in Book-bot’s book reader.

Book-bot

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Create Your Own Printable Photo Calendar For Free!

Give the person who has everything something they don't have - your photos bound up in a calendar format they can use year round.

This site makes creating calendars painless and easy.
Upload your pictures, choose the month and size of the calendar.
Click the "Generate" button, and a calendar with your own photo will appear on your screen in printable PDF format.

Select 12 photos from your collection (one for each month), print them out, bind the pages, and you're done.
 

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