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Akemi Iwaya

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

Those of you in the northern hemisphere are still feeling winter’s cold bite and likely longing for warmer, more cheerful weather. Take a break from the cold and enjoy the warm, colorful beauty of nature on your desktop with the second in our series of Colorful Butterflies Wallpaper collections.

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Have you ever wondered why our solar system and other large galactic ‘objects’ tend to favor a ‘flat layout’ as opposed to other types of configurations or shapes? YouTube channel MinutePhysics has the answer in today’s awesome explanatory video.

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If you are not familiar with it, you might think of Usenet as a completely different ‘network’ from the Internet, but are they two completely separate entities or are they ‘inter-connected’? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to that question.

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As the deadline for Windows XP’s ‘End of Life’ continues to grow closer, Microsoft has taken another step forward in cutting out support for the aging operating system. Starting April 8, the Windows XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials will also be discontinued in tandem with support for XP.

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Do you have an unused mobile phone cable that you would love to do something fun and awesome with? Then why not turn it into a secret flash drive! Today’s video shows you what you need, and how to do it in just a few easy steps.

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When we visit a website using our favorite browser, we usually just type in the basic part of the URL and ‘arrive’ at the desired location without any problems. But have we reached a point where we can start omitting ‘www’ from the URLs for all websites now, or is it still necessary to add it in?

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You have most likely heard the expression that “no two snowflakes are alike”, but is that actually true? Do you know who the first person to take a picture of a snowflake was? Or when? Learn the answers to these questions and more in today’s fun and fascinating video from PBS Digital Studios.

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Future Space News of 2014 [YouTube]

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Nature wallpapers make great backdrops for any electronic device, providing a refreshing and calming view for our eyes and thoughts. Add a bountiful harvest of beautiful greenery to your iPhone’s screen with the first in our series of ‘Fields of Grass’ Wallpaper collections.

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Whether it is spelling versus pronunciation of words, incorrect scientific knowledge from years gone by, production errors in popular music, and more, our history is full of interesting mistakes, formerly lost knowledge, and mind boggling coincidences that some would classify as missed opportunities.

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When it comes to taking care of your SSD and valuable data, would it be better to use NTFS or FAT32 for the file system on an internal data partition? Today’s post looks at the ‘pros and cons’ of choosing the best file system to use.

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Nearly everyone who has ever lived in a colder climate region has been told that being outside in the cold without the proper amount of clothing will make you sick. But is that actually true or just a myth? YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE discusses the topic and separates fact from fiction in today’s video.

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Most of us have probably never given much thought to all the work that goes into the ‘time and time zone’ part of programming, but it can turn out to be a real nightmare. YouTube channel Computerphile discusses this ‘painful’ topic with examples of how ‘messy’ it can get in today’s video.

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With the newer, more powerful hardware and improved operating systems that we have available to use these days, why does it still take as long as it does to fully boot a computer up each time?

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Were you upset when all access to the classic Downloads Manager Window was stripped out of the latest stable build of Firefox? Then you are definitely going to be pleased to learn about the new ‘Downloads Window’ extension. With this new extension, you can once again have access to, and enjoy that classic Downloads Manager Window goodness!

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It is a time to say goodbye to the old year and embrace the new one. Let the festivities begin on your desktop with our New Year’s 2014 Wallpaper collection.

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Have you ever wondered why the moon has such a distinctive pattern of light and dark areas all across its surface? Then sit back and enjoy learning the answer as YouTube channel SpaceRip takes you on a trip through time, from the Moon’s formation, through significant impacts that it has endured, and more in today’s video.

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You have likely heard other people discussing the use of a proxy to bypass web filters at work, or to browse the internet anonymously, but wondered if a proxy would actually be that useful to you or not. Today’s post looks at the benefits a proxy could bring to your browsing experience.

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Have you found it difficult to wrap your mind around the concept of time dilation? Then today’s video should help make it much easier to understand! Professor Mike Merrifield is back with a terrific explanation of the mathematics behind the slowing of time when observing an object moving close to the speed of light.

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Have you thought about acquiring your own Arduino set up, but wanted to know more about it before making a final decision? Then you will definitely enjoy this video from YouTube channel Computerphile, which not only introduces you to Arduino, but also talks about the awesome projects it can be used for.

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While most of us are content to go with the ‘tried and true’ process of installing the executable files for our favorite software, is it really necessary to do so? Could we actually extract those same executable files rather than install them, and run them the same as their stand-alone cousins?

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The big night is almost here, so why not help your little ones have fun and keep track of Santa’s progress while waiting to go to sleep? Passing those last hours before bedtime can be filled with fun, games, holiday music, and more thanks to the two awesome Santa tracker websites set up by NORAD (with Microsoft) and Google!

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This has definitely been an eventful year with regard to the ongoing controversy surrounding the NSA’s widespread information gathering activities. But how did they manage to ‘access’ the information swept up by their monitoring? YouTube channel Numberphile looks at the arithmetic behind the NSA’s encryption hacking and more in today’s double video feature!

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Walking through woods during each of the seasons can make the experience fresh and new, with each season adding its own mood and magic. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the woods across the year with the first in our series of Through the Woods Wallpaper collections.

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