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.

CD/DVD -R +R RW – What Does it Mean and What's the Difference?

This is one of those questions that rattles around in the back of my brain for years but I'm not curious enough to find out about. There's so much more I'm curious about every day that it gets lost in the background noise.

When I read the title of this article my reaction was "Yeah, what's that all about anyway?"
For anyone else who has wondered about this and for anyone who hasn't but wants to know, the answer is a click away at the article below. Enjoy.

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4 Killer Gmail Features You Might Not Know About

Four more features to add to your Gmail toolbox.

Gmail announced this week that you can now drag and drop images in Gmail. I'm sure there was a chorus from long suffering Gmail users singing "happy day" with overtones of "it's about time". No matter. Here's an article with four lesser known Gmail features you can add to your Gmail toolbox to go along with the new drag and drop images function. I'm liking the "show search options" trick.

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Enable DreamScene in Windows 7

Bring your desktop background to life with this free utility.

DreamScene is a program originally released as part of the Vista Ultimate Extras Pack that animates your desktop background. It was never released for Windows 7 but thanks to  a new free application you can have it in Windows 7 both 32 bit and 64 bit.

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25 Useful and Time Saving Computer Tips

Windows and Mac users can take some time and tedium out of computing using these tips.

It's the little things that make using a computer easier and faster. Things that make using the internet easier, such as typing only the name of the site you want to go in your browser (no www.). If the address uses .com, hitting Ctrl + Enter on your keyboard will automatically add the .com and take you to the site. If a web address ends in .net, hit Shift + Enter, the .net will automatically be added and off you'll go to the site.

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Leave No Trace: How to Completely Erase Your Hard Drives, SSDs and Thumb Drives

Get the why and the how on erasing hard drives in this article.

Gizmodo has a great article on why you need to completely erase hard drives, USB drives, and SSDs and serves up several ways to get the job done. SSD is (in this case) an abbreviation for Solid State Drive, a technology that has been under development and has been making its way into the consumer arena recently. Along with how to erase drives the article has software suggestions, with a section on utilities for certain brands of hard drives; Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate (including Maxtor) and Western Digital.

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