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.

How to Make Your PC Easier on Your Eyes

What a clever idea. F.lux is a freeware program that adjusts the color of your screen depending on the time of day. So at night, F.lux makes the screen look warmer and less glaringly blue than during the day. The end result is a screen that is much easier on the eyes.

F.lux works by changing the color temperature of your display. The default setting is 3400K for night and 6500K for daytime. This can affect color sensitive work such as editing digital photographs but there is a disable switch that allows you to turn F.lux off.

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A Picture Search Engine That's a Must for Online Daters

This interesting suggestion about a site that provides reverse image search was emailed to me by regular site visitor R.F.  I can see it being of great value to others.  The idea is simple: provide a picture or image and the search engine will locate that and similar images on the web. - Gizmo

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How to Convert PDF Files to Word Doc Files for Free

Your best free option is to use an online conversion service. With these services, you upload your PDF file, then download the converted file.

I tried a number of these services, including one offered by Adobe, but in the end I could only recommend this one.

ZamZar. is an excellent general file conversion site, and PDF to DOC is one of the many conversion options available.

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Free Estimates and Bill of Quantities Program

Personally I have no need for this kind of software but I suspect there are many of you who do.

This certainly looks to be a pretty serious program and you can't argue with the price.

Well I guess you could  argue that it's not really free in that they do ask you to provide a lot of personal data in order to register to the product.  It's your call. 


Signing off,

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Lots of Commercial Software for Free

Wikipedia defines abandonware as "computer software that is no longer sold or supported, or whose copyright ownership may be unclear for various reasons."

There is a lot of this stuff around. In fact there are whole websites dedicated to it.

For example there's VetusWare, a site that has a huge range of older commercial apps ranging from Word 6 to AutoCad R13.

Then  there's Abandonia, a site that specializes in classic DOS games.

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Google Cheat Sheet

Essential tips and tricks for Googler's of all kinds.

The link in the original article is dead.
This article at Geekology has similar (and I think better) tips than the original link. I think the formatting in this article is easier to read and understand as well.

Advanced Google search hacks and tricks

(thanks to Anonymous for letting me know)

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A Little Of Everything: 100+ Places To Download Stuff

Download all kinds of programs in several categories at this site

DailyBits has a diverse list of downloadable applcations in 18 categories.

Amongst the 18+ categories you can find Audio Books, Movies, Fonts, Games, Flash Files, MP3's, System Utilities and Web Design.
I ran across some old favorites and found a few gems I hadn't seen before.
This is a good place to spend a little time browsing the various categories.

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Find Downloadable E-Books Using This Free PDF Search Engine

PDF Search Engine is a book search engine search on sites, forums, message boards for pdf files.

I tried a few different searches and was amazed at what's available.

OK, you can find and download a tons of e-books but please respect the copyright of the publishers and the authors.

Signing off,

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100 Tools To Search The Deep Web

This site from the Online College Blog has outstanding search information for finding things the larger search engines don't index.
The search categories are wide ranging:
- Custom Search Engines
- Semantic Search Tools and Databases
- General Search Engines and Databases
- Collaborative Information and Databases
- Academic Search Engines and Databases
- Meta-Search Engines
- Scientific Search Engines and Databases
- Custom Search Engines
Also included are these two segments:

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