Finds of the Week: Troubleshoot Performance Issues in Windows / 10 Free Documentary Websites / The Week in Tech / Free Paper Toys


Finds of the WeekFinds 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

Troubleshoot performance issues in Windows 10/8/7
These tips from The Windows Club are helpful if you're running in to performance problems like system crashes, freezing, slow system and programs that don't respond. Some tips include using selective startup, cleaning junk files, hardware diagnostics, and driver updates. There are links to programs that The Windows Club has developed over time as well as helpful articles. I've used some of their utilities over the years and haven't had any issues with them, and all performed as they said they would. Note: if you use ad blocker you will have to disable it or whitelist the site to view it. There are animated GIF ads but I don't find them intrusive or misleading.

10 Sites to Watch Documentaries for Free
If you enjoy watching documentaries here's a list of 10 sites that let you view them for free with no hidden fees or registration needed. Some of the let you create watch lists, add reviews and other minor features. I haven't tested all the sites as my bandwidth is limited. At the time of this writing one of the sites in the article (Documentary Heaven) was offline with a 502 (bad gateway) error message. The site has been around for several years so I believe the issue will be cleared up in the near future.

The Week in Tech TV (TWiT)
The Week in Tech is a series of technology podcasts produced by and usually featuring Leo LaPorte. If you remember the Tech TV cable channel and the Screen Savers show then you're familiar with Leo LaPorte. News, reviews, help, and how to are covered along with well known guests and all are well done and useful. View live or watch the re-runs. You can find a list of shows here.

Free Paper Toys from the Toymaker
I'm going totally analog here and bringing you these free paper toys from illustrator/author Marilyn Scott-Waters. All are printable PDF files, some of them are beautifully illustrated and some are in black and white so you can color them yourself. Some have both illustrated and black and white versions. Fun for both kids and adults, the paper toys come in these categories:  math and learning toys, gifts and boxes, toys that move, fun and whimsy, fairies and magic, and animal and bug friends. Directions and how-to pictures are provided where needed. The toys are sized to fit an 8 1/2" and 11" piece of paper, but I think you could use A4 paper with adjustments needed on a small percentage of toys like the Tiny Library.

You can find more Tech Treats here.

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