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.

In order to enjoy more diverse media playback on your Raspberry Pi micro computer, you need to manually enable the MPEG-2 and VC-1 codecs. Read on to see how to do so and enjoy DVD playback and more on your Pi.

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It’s one thing to just hit up to get a rough idea of your internet connection speed, but what if you want to conduct more extensive testing over time to see if you’re really getting your money’s worth from your ISP?

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Increasingly sophisticated phones and data-hungry applications make it easier than ever to blow through your data plan’s cap and incur overage charges. Read on as we show you how to manage your data use and avoid unwelcome charges.

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The Raspberry Pi makes a nice compact platform to attach an indicator light to for all sorts of projects—weather notification, new emails, etc. Read on as we show you how to hook up an LED module to your Pi and set up some basic notifications.

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Historically laptops included a slot in the side for attaching security cables–as seen in the photo here–but increasingly more slender laptops like ultrabooks are omitting the lock-slot from their case design. How do you properly secure a laptop without one?

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If you’re looking to relive the classic titles of yesterday on the console you have today, the Nintendo Wii makes a perfect platform for emulating older Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System titles—read on as we show you how.

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Your home network is likely packed with various Wi-Fi devices transmitting back to the Wi-Fi node; how does the the node handle all the traffic without all the incoming transmissions colliding?

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Mix together one Raspberry Pi and a sprinkle of cheap external hard drives and you have the recipe for an ultra-low-power and always-on network storage device. Read on as we show you how to set up your own Pi-based NAS.

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If the idea of a networked security camera that you can remotely view and receive alerts from appeals to you (but the $$$ of a commercial model does not), read on as we show you how to turn older generation Android phones into sophisticated security cameras.

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Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.

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Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s we all enjoyed increasingly faster CD and DVD drives, but then the growth curve leveled off. Will we ever see faster optical disc drives?

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Old hardware often necessitates all manner of work arounds–in this case the question at hand is whether or not increasing the page file can compensate for the failure of a physical RAM module.

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Over the last year the Raspberry Pi, a cheap credit-card sized computer, has taken the computing and DIY world by storm. Read on as we guide you through everything from buying to powering to running the tiny dynamo.

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An hour after you’ve settled in with your tablet, busy playing a game, it’s still quiet as a mouse but most laptops would be serenading you with the whir of a system fan. Why can tablets forgo a cooling fan?

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Automatic syncing between browsers is handy but if it lets you down (or you prefer not to use it) you can still manually copy extensions between Chrome installations. Read on to see how.

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If you are a fan of 1980s and 90s point-and-click adventures and you have a Wii gathering dust, well then, do we have a proposition for you. Read on to see how you can replay all your point-and-click favorites from the comfort of your couch.

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You can enjoy the convenience of a whole-house land line without shelling out your hard earned money to your local telecommunications provider. Read on as we show you how to ditch the phone bill, keep the land line, and enjoy free local and long distance calling in the process.

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PDF, the ubiquitous document format, is great for sharing documents while preserving fonts, images, and the general layout across platforms. Is there an easy way, however, to preserve that very formatting when copying and pasting text out of the document?

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Customizing the Windows “Send To” context menu is a handy trick people have employed for years to speed up their workflow. Let’s take a look at how you can edit the “Send To” menu in Windows 8 to enjoy a productivity boost.

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If you frequently use applications that prompt you to engage administrative privileges, it can put a kink in your workflow. Is it possible to disable the administrative nagging in Windows 8?

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In addition to asking for the file system you’d like to use, disk formatting tools will also ask for an “Allocation unit size”. What does this mean and what value should you select?

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While you might be most familiar with the freeze dried astronaut food stocked in museum gift shops, the larders of spacecraft and stations looks a little different. Check out the last five decades of space food.

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If you spend a good deal of time listening to Pandora, SoundControl is a handy little Chrome extension that puts simple Pandora client controls right on your toolbar.

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Apple’s iTunes Appstore might be packed full of awesome apps, but the search mechanisms for finding them are a clunky mess. Enjoy proper and detailed Appstore searching from your browser with uQuery.

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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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