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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use
Windows built in search has improved over the years but it can be slow and cumbersome. This Windows search tool is fast and easy to use. Wizfile is a free program that makes searching Windows fast and easy. It searches your system's master file table (MFT) instead of indexing all the files on your... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Morning Forest Fog
This week's wallpaper is an image of morning fog billowing around the forested hills of Vietnam. Light slants in from the left, gilding parts of the fog and silhouetting trees along the ridges that rise to the mountain in the background. Grays and greens dominate the image making for a somewhat mon... Read More

15 Ways To Backup Gmail
There are many reasons to keep a backup of Gmail, especially if it's your only email address. This article presents several diverse ways to back up your Gmail. Keeping Gmail safely backed up is a good practice for several reasons. Lost or forgotten passwords, losing access to your account, or Gmai... Read More

How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1
Microsoft has started blocking newer processors on devices that run Windows 7 and 8.1. Here's how to bypass the "Unsupported Hardware" message. Microsoft blocks newer processors by AMD, Intel and Qualcomm on machines that run Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows Update is also blocked on machines using unsu... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Volcanic Lava Close Up
This week's wallpaper shows a close up image of volcanic lava as it's cooling. One side of the image shows dried lava with its cracks and fissures, while the other side glows orange under cooling lava tubes. Dark with a lot of texture, this background shows icons quite well. Read More ... Read More

Atlas Obscura: A Guide To The World's Weird, Wonderful and Curious Things
Atlas Obscura is an online magazine that aims "to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share" and is "the definitive guide to the world's hidden wonders". Atlas Obscura is an excellent site to find "hidden places, incredible history, scientific marvels, and gastronomical ... Read More

Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now
A new security vulnerability has been discovered in Google Chrome and it's recommended that you update your browser to the latest version. The vulnerability impacts Windows, Mac and Linux versions. The newest version is 67.0.3396.79. "Security researcher Michal Bentkowski discovered and reported a... Read More

Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer
If you often need to share files and clipboard content between multiple devices such as Android, iOS, Windows and Mac, AirDroid reviewed here is a great tool not to miss out. But for Linux users, AirDroid only offers a web platform and does not provide a desktop client for Linux. To fill this gap,... Read More

Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free
YouTube to MP3 Converter is a free (and ad-free) program that downloads videos from YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, Dailymotion, Bandcamp, HypeMachine, Mix Cloud, VEVO and many others so you can listen to them offline. It's easy to use and runs on Windows, macOS and Linux. If you enjoy music videos an... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Creaky Candlelit Library
This week's wallpaper is the Google Library wallpaper by Vladstudio. It's an illustration of an old library, lit with candles, illuminating hand-hewn wood shelves filled with books. Creaky wood ladders are propped against the shelves and step stools are scattered on the floor. Dim and moody, this w... Read More

View Almost Any Document In Your Browser (Chrome, Firefox, Opera)
Docs Online Viewer is a browser extension that opens and views almost any file in your browser without downloading it or opening a third party program and works in Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. If you've ever run into a file or document that you didn't have the right program installed on your device... Read More

How To Delete Your Digital Assistant Conversations (Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri etc.)
Home digital assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Assistant are designed to listen and respond to conversations to provide better service. Here's how to review what's been recorded and how to delete them. The directions here are for Alexa and Google Assistant. Directions for Cortana and Siri can... Read More

Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu 18.04 and Mint 18 after Installation
If you are thinking of installing the latest version of Ubuntu Linux (or Mint Linux 18) then you absolutely must read this updated list of tips, tweaks and enhancements.  Read More ... Read More

Typography for Non-Designers Plus Some Free Font Websites
Typography was once something that designers specialized in, but with advances in technology, more of us are mixing and matching typefaces. Here's a brief but thorough overview so your finished product looks more professional. Whether you're putting together a flyer, presentation, party invitation... Read More

Do You Want to Continue Receiving this Imformation from Gizmo's Freeware?
As you will be painfully aware from the many GDPR confirmation emails you may have recently received, the European Union now requires specific permission from users that they want to receive information from web publishers. So to comply with the GPDR, I am now formally advising you that if you no ... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Sci Fi Planetscape Atmosphere
This week's wallpaper is an image of billowing clouds cutting across the horizon line, with the black of space above the stormy clouds. A few planets float above the turbulent clouds, with the whole lit by a star. The clouds look like oil paint on canvas shown in shades of gray, white, blue, provid... Read More

This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online
Trace is a browser add-on/extension for Firefox and Chrome that blocks multiple tracking techniques used by many websites. Trace is a new browser extension that has some advanced blocking features- it blocks tracking pixels, page ads, media requests, code requests (3rd party scripts and ping reque... Read More

Download 92 Actual Size Printable Rulers For Free
Printable rulers can come in handy several ways, like measuring things that are curved or where you need to wrap a ruler around an object. This site lists places you can download and print not only rulers of all kinds, in centimeters and inches, but protractors, growth charts, yardsticks, meterstic... Read More

Get A Pro License for Microsoft Hyperlapse for Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos
Nobody would like to watch an hour of video on mobile recording a bicycle ride or a family stroll in the park, but the footage can be enjoyable to share with your friends and family if it is turned into a few seconds or a few minutes of timelapse video. A timelapse video tends to be shaky and unev... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Lavender Fields at Sunset
This weeks wallpaper shows straight rows of lavender stretching towards the horizon. Two trees punctuate the rolling hills of purple, sentinels standing watch over purple fields, backlit by scattered low clouds against a soft sunset sky. Icons show up fairly well on this background, less so in the ... Read More

Browse Life Magazine Archive Online For Free
Thanks to collaboration between LIFE and Google you can browse the Life magazine archives online, for free. Life magazine started as a weekly picture magazine in New York City, New York in 1936 and was instrumental in the emerging field of photjournalism. Now every issue of Life Magazine until the... Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: Crimson Night
This week's wallpaper is a dark crimson fantasy style landscape. Mountains rise above red waters while a crimson moon on the horizon casts highlights on a row of mountains. A black tree juts its trunk and branches into the foreground. This dark fantasy style image doesn't have a lot of details, and... Read More

Get Free Downloads From Reddit's Favorite Websites
What happens when someone on ask reddit asks about cool sites where you can download free stuff? Over 5,000 people answer. Here's the best sites culled from all the suggestions. Lifehacker took on the daunting task of sorting through all 5,000 suggestions to bring the best suggestions to you in o... Read More

Close All Open Programs With One Click
Close All is a small but very useful utility that will close all open applications in Windows with a single click. It also lets you choose individual applications to close or leave open. If you have a lot of windows open at one time, you know that closing all those apps one a time is tedious, whet... Read More

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