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This category is reserved for finds by our Editor Rhiannon. 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 230 KB utility that works with Windows 2000 up to Windows 10. 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.

Mac Attack: 100 Free Programs for Mac OS X

There's a wide variety of freeware for your Mac OS X to choose from at this site.

If you own a Mac or know someone who does, this is a great list of free programs.
Several of the programs listed are cross platform applications, meaning that they'll run on Macs, Linux and Windows. OpenOffice, IBM Lotus Symphony, GIMP, Inkscape, Jing are a few of the cross platform programs.
Some programs have a web appilcation in addition to a downloadable application, like Yoono.

The applications are nicely broken down into the following categories:

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FREE Download “The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts” eBook

This free eBook contains over 40 pages of tips, tricks and shortcuts for Windows 7.

Written by Nitin Agarwal, this eBook is chock full of information on shortcuts and other tricks and tidbits. In short, this is almost everything you need to know to become a keyboard ninja, or add a few time savers into your day to day computer use.
The book is easy to navigate and the exhaustive index is great for finding a certain topic.

Here's a small sampling of what's in the book:

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Find the Fastest DNS Server for Your Computer

Here are two tools to help you find the fastest DNS servers near you, and one tool that lets you pick one with one click.

Google’s recent introduction of a DNS server provider has caused a bit of a stir.
DNS Servers, short for Domain Name Server (or System or Service) are the underlying system that translates the name (what comes after www.) of an internet domain into its “real” address, which is a series of numbers called an IP (Internet Protocol) address.

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Free Download: Windows 7 Compatibility List

Wondering if your software will run with Windows 7? Check compatibility for 8400+ programs using this list.

I get the Microsoft TechNet Flash via email. Most of the time it contains information for developers and IT pros (most of it out my area of interest). This issue spotlighted the Windows 7 Compatibility List. It contains a list of software that's compatible with Windows 7 that you can download direct from Microsoft. Pretty handy to have around.

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View 37,000+ Blueprints for Free has a searchable database with 37,000+ images spanning twelve categories.

' is a website dedicated to collecting 3/4/5-view drawings, templates and blueprints for as many objects as possible. Ranging from humans to tanks and cars to mobile phones, the goal is to provide reference material for 3D modelers, scale modelers, replica builders etc.'
The site doesn't include architectural blueprints, it does have a wide range of other objects in some interesting categories:

- Cars
- Motorcycles
- Trucks

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Where To Find Great Web Apps (Updated)

There are a lot of great web applications out there, these sites will help you find the best ones.

Web apps are applications that are accessed using a web browser.  They have a couple of real pluses -  being able to access them from any web browser anywhere and not having to install a program are two good features. There are web apps for, well, all kinds of things (think google docs or gmail).  The list of uses is huge.

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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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