Tech Treats

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.

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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Google Book Downloader: Save Google Books as PDFs

Free utility that lets you download books in PDF form from Google Books

Google Books is a great place to browse for books, and most books have download links on their web pages, so why would you need a program? Google Book Downloader can do a few more things than the default download. Some features I like are:

- Saves books that are available in "Full View" as PDF files to your system
- Partially downloads any book from Google Books marked as 'Limited preview'

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Get Adobe Flash Without GetPlus in Firefox

Step by step on how to prevent GetPlus being installed with Flash.

With all the news about vulnerabilities in Adobe's Flash Player, I decided to update to the latest version of Flash.
Off I went to the official Adobe Flash plugin download site. I went through the usual hoops; uncheck the box that wanted me to install McAfee etc. The actual Flash download contained GetPlus. Huh? I didn't ask for GetPlus. I wanted the updated Flash Player and nothing else thank you very much.

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