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.

15 Tools to Diagnose Windows Problems

computer monitor with gear wheel and repair tools

You don't have to be an expert to troubleshoot Windows problems with these tools.

These 15 tools can diagnose many problems in Windows. Fix stuck pixels on a monitor, find out what hardware is on a computer, diagnose hard drives, analyze Wi-Fi connections, view active processes, check what devices are on a network, see what's taking space on your hard drive, check for malware and more with this array of diagnostic tools.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Arctic Sunset

This week's wallpaper is a stunning sunset in the Arctic. Taken from a snowy hill with a fisheye lens, the sun sits on the horizon under a fiery orange and yellow sky. Light touches the top of the ridge, adding gold highlights to the snow covered rocks. Icons show up very well on this background.

Sunset in the Arctic

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Find Dozens of Free Online Tools for Many Tasks at This Versatile and Useful Site

Pine Tools logo

If you need an online tool for a task related to mathematics, color, text and lists, numbers, date and time, or images, you can probably find it here.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Monochrome Plasma Sphere

This weeks wallpaper is a monochrome image of a dark gray sphere with white plasma light within. It's sitting on a grey surface with a vertical gray surface behind it. Various shades of gray and black create waves and ripples on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. This is one of those backgrounds that's hard to describe and looks more interesting than it sounds. Soft gradations make this wallpaper easy on the eyes and it shows icons quite well. (note: not having a term for the light inside the sphere, I used plasma as it looks similar to plasma lamps)

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