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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.

If you have excited little ones in your house and you want to keep an eye on Santa Claus as he makes his global rounds this Christmas Eve, these two handy Santa Trackers will help stir up a little extra Christmas excitement.

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This enormous cache of scanned catalogs from the 1970s and 1980s offer a fun peek at the must-have toys and gadgets of yesteryear. Browse the nearly 300 page collection for a shot of nostalgia and an appreciation for how much...

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What if you took simple fruit-slashing smartphone game Fruit Ninja and turned it into an epic movie? Surely the trailer would look like this well done fan film.

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Despite seeing a new Gangham Style parody every day, we’ve managed to resist posting any of them–until now, that is. This polish parody highlights just how awesome NASA is.

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If one of your passwords is compromised, does that automatically mean that your other passwords are also compromised? While there are quite a few variables at play, the question is an interesting look at what makes a password vulnerable and what you can do to protect yourself.

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This time of year we’re surrounded by holiday decorations all a glow, but it’s hard to hold a candle to the display put on by Saturn back-lit by the Sun.

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Although LEGO designer Mark Anderson didn’t include a back story with his awesome Santa Mech design, we can only assume it’s Santa Claus from a post-apocalyptic landscape where giant robot battles ensure only the ...

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This eye catching DIY desk build combines quite a few things we love into one package–including adjustable height legs, dual monitors, and a slick desk-as-case design.

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This understated desktop wallpaper showcases notable names in science with accompanying icons to represent their contribution to the field.

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Snowflakes start out as tiny bits of dust high in the atmosphere and end up drifting down to us as intricate water crystals. Check out this video to see the process start to finish.

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This curious lamp, powered by an Arduino board and servo motors, is just as playful as the on-screen counterpart that inspired its creation.

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You know your computer isn’t cutting edge, but there’s no need for Windows 7 to constantly remind you. Read on to see how you can disable its constant nagging to adjust your color scheme to improve performance.

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If you’re having trouble picking a holiday film, this handy flowchart can help. Need a film with just the right touch of animation and creepiness? Belief in Santa Claus and swimming pools? The chart has you covered.

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This silent media center PC dissipates heat in a rather clever way; the entire back of the case is one giant heatsink.

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Google60 is a novel little project that mimics the interface of a 1960s-era computer and mashes it up with modern Google search queries. Take it for a spin; you’ll never appreciate the speed of even the slowest modern browser more.

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Admit it, your favorite part of playing The Legend of Zelda games is wantonly smashing the crap out of unsuspecting pots.

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This spectacular computer controlled and synchronized lighting display combines thousands of feet of LED lighting, multiple controllers, and a rock medley to great effect.

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Raspberry Pi, the credit-card sized computer with an ARM processor, now has its own appstore where Raspberry Pi hobbyists and developers can share their creations in a one-stop location accessible to all Raspberry Pi users.

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If you’re fascinating by the Lytro camera–a camera that let’s you change the focus after you’ve taken the photo–this DSLR hack provides a similar post-photo focus processing without the $400 price tag.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your tips and tricks for finding fresh books to enjoy. Now we’re back with tips ranging from the old school to the digital.

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Connectify Dispatch is a network management tool that takes all the connections around you–Ethernet, Wi-Fi nodes, even 3G/4G cellular connections–and combines them into one giant data pipeline.

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From the earliest blinking “Under Construction” signs on web sites to joke images still passed around, the humble little GIF has been with us a long time. Check out this video to learn more about it.

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Do modern computers still need the kind of routine defragmentation procedures that older computers called for? Read on to learn about fragmentation and what modern operating systems and file systems do to minimize performance impacts.

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Tonight is the peak of the Geminid Meteor shower, if you don’t mind braving the cold and have a spot relatively free from light pollution to stretch out in you’ll be able to enjoy one of the more brilliant and bus...

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This eye catching demonstration combines a Chladni Plate, four piles of colored sand, and a rubber mallet to great effect–watch as the plate vibrates pattern after pattern into the sand.

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