Wallpaper of the Week: Old Railroad Tracks Draped in Greenery

This weeks wallpaper shows railroad tracks curving along a steep hill, draped with greenery. Green and blue vegetation flows down the hill and over the track, softening the lines of the railroad ties. The straight lines and clear surfaces wood supports not covered by plants provide balance while ground debris adds texture. Icons show up well with this background. Read More

Watch Hand-Picked YouTube Videos Nonstop From This Award-winning App

YouTube was created in February 2005 and it is now the second most visited website in the world. As disclosed by YouTube, it has over 1.9 billion logged-in users visiting YouTube each month and people watch over a billion hours of video every day.

Among them, some users like to sit back and watch YouTube videos one after another without the need to press a button. That’s where YouTube’s autoplay feature comes in and chooses the next related video to play automatically following your viewing history.

If the videos that are selected by the autoplay feature do not regularly suit your interests, then give this award-winning app Neverthink a try. With this app, never think or wonder what to watch; it instantly finds YouTube videos that are hand-picked by a team of curators every day in over 45 channels, which you can select and add to the app.

Neverthink won the 2019’s Google Play Award in the category of Best Living Room Experience. It is available on Android and iOS platforms, as well as accessible from a web browser, making it easier to share any of the YouTube videos from Neverthink with those without the mobile app.  Read More

Best Sites to Download Royalty Free Music

We’ve rounded up the best royalty free music sites that have free music for use in projects such as YouTube videos, podcasts, websites, animations, or other video or music applications.

Royalty free music doesn’t mean free music. Royalty free music comes with a license that allows you to use the music forever. Licenses can be fee based, or like most of the sites listed here, the licensing terms specify that the authors be credited in anything that uses their music. Some of these sites require creating a free account, others don’t need registration.

Royalty free images are the same – royalty free is often confused with free of charge. Many sites say royalty free images, which means there’s a license that usually has a price attached to it.
Royalty free (RF) music and sounds can be songs, sound effects, sound loops, clips, tracks, whatever you might need to add sounds to a project.

Here are some of the best sites to find royalty free music: Read More

Download Flash Games to Play on Your Desktop Before Flash Disappears in 2020

Adobe will be taking down Flash at the end of 2020. If you like to play Flash based games, here’s how to download them to play on your computer when it’s gone.

Adobe will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020. They will continue to issue security updates and maintain compatibility for browsers and operating systems through EOL (End of Life).
If you have favorite Flash based games, the Flashpoint preservation project is dedicated to making the games available to play before they become extinct at the end of 2020.

This article takes you step by step on how to download games to play on your desktop using the Flashpoint preservation project tool. The tool supports Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave, HTML5, Java Applets, Unity Web Player, Microsoft’s Silverlight, 3DVIA Player, 3D Groove GX, PopCap Plugin, and ActiveX and runs on Windows 7 and up.

If your favorite game isn’t listed, you can request that it be added. Some games won’t be available if the developer or publisher doesn’t want them preserved for future use.

(If you’re interested in other, older games and software without Flash, visit the CD-ROM Software Collection at the Internet Archive).

The Flashpoint game master list contains all the games preserved so far, separated by platform and sortable by title, genre, developer, and publisher.  Read More

How to Open and Use Chrome’s Built In Task Manager

Google Chrome has its own built-in task manager that can help find and fix any issues that are causing it to run slow, have dead tabs, or crash.

Tracking down what’s causing problems in a browser can be difficult. The built-in Task Manager in Chrome can help determine if there’s an extension or site that’s causing an issue and end the problem.

Chrome’s Task Manager shows all pages in every open tab and all installed extensions running in Chrome. You can see the amount of memory, processing power, and network activity that’s being used by every tab and extension and terminate any site or extension that’s creating the problem.

By default the Task Manager lists the Memory footprint, CPU, Network and Process ID for tabs and extensions. You can expand the categories listed by right clicking on the extension or tab and checking the item you want to see in the Task Manager. You can add Profile, CPU time, Start Time, GDI handles, USER handles, Image Cache, Script cache, CSS cache, GPU memory, SQLite memory, Java Script memory, Hard faults, Process priority, Memory state, and more to the Task Manager display.

Next time Chrome slows down or crashes, Task Manager is an easy way to see what’s causing the issue and fix it.  Read More