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 Divide Anything into Equal Parts

This is a great technique for dividing paper (or anything else) into equal parts

I learned this trick some years ago from a workshop instructor and have used it for years. This video reminded me of this nice little hack, so I'm passing it along.
Have you ever tried to divide a piece of paper into thirds? It’s difficult. That's where this trick comes in handy. Paul at Dudecraft has made an easy to understand video demonstrating this technique. It’s especially handy if math isn’t your favorite subject. Go watch. It’s worth it.

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Organize Your Desktop With Stardock Fences For Windows (only available as a paid version, free version discontinued).

Update: Fences is now a paid program with a free trial. If you want to try it out you'll need to submit and email address and a download link will be sent to that address.
Thanks to rikishi19 for pointing this out. =)

Need to corral those desktop icons? Try this free program from Stardock.

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How To Stop Firefox From Stealing Window Focus

Prevent Firefox from opening when you're doing other things

Firefox turned 5 this week. While no other browser to date has been able to lure me away from Firefox since its first early beta, it does have its flaws and frustrations.

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10 Outstanding Educational Websites

This is a great collection of ten of the top educational sites on the internet.
Educational websites are one of my favorite types of websites. This is a great list of educational websites, some of which I didn't know about, put together by Times Online, a daily national newspaper published in the United Kingdom.
Have fun!

The 10 best educational websites - Times Online


Signing off for now,

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111 Excellent Free Icon Packs

View this collection of 111 quality free icon packs, good for use on your computer, with a dock, or on a website.

If you're looking for some terrific icons, check out the ones at
Some collections contain one icon, others contain several. There's a mix of sizes, and a mix of formats - some are in .png or .ico only, and some sets have both .png and .ico formats.

If you're looking for a certain type of icon, one or more of these sets probably have what you want.

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Fold Your Own Sky King Paper Airplane

Instructions to build your own cool snub-nosed paper aircraft.

I've been folding paper airplanes since I was a kid. Some of them flew a short distance, some of them took a nose dive immediately, and some were dismal failures. Takuo Toda has developed 700 designs for paper airplanes. This site has both a video tutorial and illustrated diagrams so you can create your own.
You'll need to have Flash enabled to view the video.
Have fun!

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Is this Website down, or is it me?

Nifty online tool to check if a website is down.

Not too long ago I went to a website to place an order. It wouldn't load. It wouldn't load in any of the five browsers I tried. Since the site is a large and reputable site I've been using for years, I was puzzled.
A bit of looking led me to the 'down for everyone or just me' website.
This is a great little web based tool that tells you if a site is really down. All you have to do is type in the name of the site and click on the "or just me?" link in blue.

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