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.

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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Free Harvard Course on Computers

Ever wanted to know how to program computers? Well here is your chance and it wont cost you a cent.

This 12 part online course from Harvard starts from the basics and takes you right through to some quite advanced topics such as writing secure code.  In fact you may get some value from the later part of this course even if you can already program.

The course is available in Flash, MP3, and QuickTime formats with notes, slides, and source code.


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The Definitive Dual Booting Guide

Step by step article on dual booting Windows 7, Linux, Vista and XP

There seems to be a small but growing interest in Linux. One of the good things about Linux is that you can get a Live CD, where everything runs off the CD with no changes to your current system. Another is that you can install Linux as an additional operating system on your computer. When your computer boots up, you pick whether you want to use Linux or Windows.

One of the best things about this article is that it shows how to boot from each system to another system.
Like this:

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Free Online Lectures from Top Rated Universities

Academic Earth features over 1500 lecture videos from MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. Here's a list of subjects:

    * Astronomy
    * Biology
    * Chemistry
    * Computer Science
    * Economics
    * Engineering
    * English
    * Entrepreneurship
    * History
    * Law
    * Mathematics
    * Medicine
    * Philosophy
    * Physics
    * Political Science
    * Psychology
    * Religion

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Fun, Free Printable Coloring Pages

This site a great source for printable coloring pages suitable for kids and adults. is a kid friendly site where anyone can color pages.
The online coloring function is easy to use. Click to pick a color from the palette bar on the left, then click the area on the picture you want colored in.
All the illustrations are printable so they can be colored (or not) later and are segmented enough that using the color picker is easy.

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150,000+ Free Images And Sounds For Microsoft Office

Download over 150,000 free images, clip collections, sounds and templates from Microsoft for use with Office.

I hadn't been to Office Online for quite a while, mostly because I've been frustrated with the search features....errrr, I should say the lack thereof.
Office Online has always had clip art, templates, and more recently, photos that you could download for free.
The templates have been limited to Word and other Office applications, though there have been many that worked in Open Office as well.

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26 Gorgeous Aurora and Color Spectrum Wallpapers

Great collection of wallpapers that have Aurora and Color Spectrum themes.

I love these wallpapers, they are so colorful.....but then, I haven't met a color I didn't like.

The wallpapers come in full screen and wide screen (in various resolutions) plus a few for the iPhone.
I didn't see any for multi-monitors.
The screen resolution varies from wallpaper to wallpaper and within wallpaper packs.

Some of the wallpapers are individual downloads, others come in wallpaper packs.

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Compare 40+ Online To-Do Lists

This site compares over 40 different online To-Do lists.

One of the neat things about this site is that it lists the additional features of each program other than the standard options most to-do's have, like creating and deleting things, editing, and adding lists and tasks.
The list includes some of the most popular online to-list sites such as Backpack and Remember The Milk. Also listed are many that look useful but that I haven't heard of.

If the perfect online to-do list hasn't dropped into your lap yet, have a look here.

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