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Jason Fitzpatrick

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

From the vantage point of the human eye, the patterns of a microchip’s surface meld into an indiscernible mass. Under a carefully aimed microscope, however, it’s a world of silicon channels, gates, and transistors.

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Transistors are a critical component of the electronics that drive the modern world. Take a peek at how the very first transistor worked in this informative video.

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At first glance, it would seem that the journey of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings doesn’t span that great a period of time. This infographic highlights the history of the ring from forging to destruction: all 4,860 years and 7 ring bearers.

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One of the benefits of tinkering with electronics and a familiarity with soldering irons is the ability to design interfaces the way you want them. In this case, it was more a redesign: moving the tiny and difficult to access...

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If you’re not a fan of the touchpad-based swipe gestures in Windows 8 there is a way to completely disable them and reclaim your touchpad.

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When it comes to the Sun, we’re most familiar with the wavelengths in the visible spectrum it beams down to Earth, but when viewed with the right equipment a rainbow of diverse wavelengths emerge.

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If the weather is cold enough, it’s possible to toss a pot of boiling water in the air and be rewarded with a miniature snow cloud.

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Earlier this week we shared Earthereal, a stunning time lapse video of photos taken from the International Space Station. Now we’re back with the second, and equally as beautiful, edition.

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Whether you’re a fan of the Portal video game series or not, this artfully executed computer animated music video is sure to entertain.

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In 2003 at the Macworld conference Steve Jobs unveiled Safari, Apple’s entry into the browser wars. In this candid blog post, Don Melton shares how he and his team kept the browser secret.

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If you thought the time zones in your country were a big enough hassle, you’ll find the hodgepodge of time zones observed in Antarctica an outright mess.

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HDTV displays and HD media content are labeled with the designation 1080p and 1080i, but what exactly does that designation mean and how does it impact your purchasing and watching decisions?

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This stunning video is a combination of dozens of time lapse sequences shot by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, all artfully spliced and set to a musical score.

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This Raspberry Pi powered hack turns the simple project board into a combination Pandora streamer/Airplay reciever.

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If you’re looking to capture perfect bokeh, the soft circular out of focus highlights in the background of photos, this video shows you how to nail it every time.

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If ever there was a writing instrument steeped in legend and lore it’s the Fisher Space Pen. Read on to learn more about the writes-anywhere instrument and separate the fact from the fiction.

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This beautiful time-lapse video frames Australia’s newest radio telescope array against a backdrop of stars.

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Sure most people are familiar with the popular consoles of the last three decades like the Sega Genesis or the Playstation, but what about the lesser known consoles like the Arcadia and the CD-i? Check out all the consoles bi...

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Whether you’ve got fond memories of video arcades or you missed out on them entirely, this in-depth look the history and disappearance of American arcades is a fascinating look at early video game culture.

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The Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized computer, took the world by storm in 2012. Read on as we take an inside look at the board and the company behind it–and how they were shocked to sell almost a million of them instead of a thousand.

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From the authors of Life in 5 Seconds, we’re treated to elaborate movies summarized at a glance with straight-to-the-point pictograms.

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On the surface your operating system’s file system might just look like a big pile of folders, but surely there is more to it than that. Read on as we investigate what lies beneath the surface of the file system.

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Explosions and liquid movement both look amazing in slow motion; combine the two into one video and you’ve got a recipe for slow-mo video greatness.

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This clever coffee-table-as-arcade build features a roll-away controller hidden in a drawer beneath it, a large flush-mounted screen, and an actual arcade board serving up the games.

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Even the most simple of activities, like clipping your nails, presents a logistical problem when done in micro-gravity.

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