Finds of the Week: The Malware Museum, USB-C Cables Frying Laptops, 20 Useful and Fun Google Search Tricks, 100+ Free Adult Coloring Pages

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Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Flashback: Visit the Malware Museum
From the site: "The Malware Museum is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety." Definitely a fun visit. 

Some USB-C Cables Frying Laptops
According to some reports, certain USB-C cables have (literally, from the photos) fried laptop computers.  The damage appears to be tied to certain brands - I'd give the article a read before buying any of these types of cables.

20 Cool Google Search Tricks

Here are 20 quite useful and fun things you can do with Google Search. Play games, check weather, sunrise and sunset times, solve geometrical shapes, get conversions for currency and units, and other great stuff. Note: The weather tip didn't work for the small town closest to where I live; I had to plug in the nearest good sized town to get a result. :)

The Ultimate Guide to Free Coloring Pages: 100+ Adult Coloring Pages
Adult coloring books and pages have been exploding in popularity for the last few years. While the books aren't terribly pricey, they tend to be on one topic. This site has a collection of individual pages you can download and print for free. Best of all, they are sorted into categories like general, nature, fantasy, inspirational, quotes, holidays, seasons, kids, and more.


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Thanx for the free coloring pages list...will be checking it out later. Need to remind people that when printing pages to set printer ink to a light gray or you'll spend a fortune on ink...then pages won't really be free. Also those that use markers be careful coloring or you'll smear the black/gray outlines and/or black filled-in spots across where you color and in some cases ruin your marker.

Haven't checked your list closely but didn't see FreePrintable.net there. They have various sites, including one for coloring pages, all free. Fun to check out the other free pages , including graph paper, they have for free. Also includes children's coloring pages.

You can also go to Amazon and find several coloring books free for kindle download. Though says each will include download link for PDF, a few won't, such as many Hobby Habitat books. I just page through coloring books looking for free on Kindle. Many will also be print versions and/or Amazon Prime, but those are not free.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Amazon Kindle for PC for free and then "buy" the books you want. There's something for everyone there...no am not spokesperson for amazon...but have so far downloaded 134 Free coloring books in two weeks. On a good day you will find as many as eight free. Make sure the price says 0.00 before clicking to buy.

Great tips, thanks!

Thank you for the warning about USB C cables. I have a concern.
Although cables should be rated and labeled for the service they are intended for, protecting power supply outputs is easily accomplished with a variety of inexpensive components (high speed fuse if nothing else). If an overdrawing device can damage an expensive laptop, what about shorting due to accidental cable damage? These things happen, and the manufacturer could easily protect the USB or any other outputs. Not having protected outputs may even violate the various standards certifications labeled on the underside of the laptop.

The concept of a malware museum is interesting but at the same time a bit weird. It would be pretty ironic if a malware museum itself was targeted by malware.

Thanks rhiannon,

I'm particularly interested in the free colouring pages but I find their site a bit "clunky".

Have to wade through a few links to find the freebie and then there's not a lot of choice.. should be easier or then, maybe it's just me ?

Pinterest is a good place to find Adult Coloring Book pages if you're interested. Searching Adult Coloring Book Pages seems to bring back the most results. You'll can sign up for an account if you don't have one, and the sites does things I find annoying, like forcing you to click on a button that checks for anyone you know on social media to see what they are pinning before you can navigate the site. If you don't want to sign up for an account, there's a Firefox add-on that let's you browse Pinterest without the content being cut off - there may be one for Chrome too but I haven't looked. Here's the URL for the Firefox add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/pinterest-guest/
Some of the sites have a lot of good pages, some of the sites have a fewer pages, some of them pretty good, some not as good. You have to click through the links to find the ones you like. :)

Good finds Rhiannon. It's worth taking heed of some USB-C cables frying laptops. Google engineer Benson Leung shares what cables and adapters to buy and not to buy in his blog posts here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BensonLeung/posts

Specifically his review of Surjtech's USB A-to-C cable that violated the spec and damaged his laptop: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BensonLeung/posts/aFWWeiybe4P

See also his patch of small USB TypeC and Power Delivery accepted into the linux kernel. https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BensonLeung/posts/bsRtGavwszg

Thanks for the additions Jojo, very useful. Benson Leung has done a great job with the reviews. :)