Jason Fitzpatrick

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

Routers both modern and antiquated allow users to set static IP addresses for devices on the network, but what’s the practical use of static IP addresses for a home user? Read on as we explore when you should, and shouldn’t, assign a static IP.

about 3 years ago - by  |  29 Replies

Full screen video gaming on Windows has some hazards: tapping the Window key, using any sort of Windows shortcuts like ALT+TAB, or even clicking the mouse in the wrong spot if you’re using multiple monitors can crash your game. Read on as we highlight solutions for each of those problems.

about 3 years ago - by  |  3 Replies

There’s a common misconception that if you have a simple setup, like only one home computer, you don’t need a router. Read on as we explain why even a lone desktop needs a buddy.

about 3 years ago - by  |  11 Replies

If you’ve had enough of loading up an entire power strip with cellphone, tablet, and gadget chargers, we’ve got a space saving solution for you. Read on as we take the tiny-but-power-pushing Bolt for a spin and keep our devices charged up without the clutter.

about 3 years ago - by  |  11 Replies

After months in beta, Valve has finally released Steam Family Sharing for everyone. Read on as we show you how to share your game library with friends and family (and highlight some of the limitations of the system in the process).

about 3 years ago - by  |  5 Replies

There has been a whole lot of talk in the news lately of the rocky relationship between streaming giant Netflix and broadband internet providers. Is it possible to tell if your ISP is messing with your Netflix connection and degrading the quality?

about 3 years ago - by  |  6 Replies

Some game designers thoughtfully include performance checks and on-screen Frames-Per-Second (FPS) readouts for players to analyze, while others don’t. How can you get consistent performance checks and FPS readings regardless? Read on as we show a reader how to get the benchmarks he craves (along with easy screenshots and in-game movie recording to boot).

about 3 years ago - by  |  7 Replies

We’ve shown you how to pick the best backup battery for your computer, but what about configuring it and ensuring your computer shuts down gracefully and safely in the face of power surges, outages, and other undesirable power states? Read on as we show you how to configure a UPS and explain why each feature matters.

about 3 years ago - by  |  3 Replies

When you’re a geek on the move, it’s easy to get overburdened with gadgets. Today we take a look at a handy little gadget that lightens the load: a combination device that’s each an external battery pack, Wi-Fi router, and micro NAS. Read on as we see if it really can kill three birds with one stone.

about 3 years ago - by  |  10 Replies

You’ve unpacked and installed your new HDTV, you’ve fired it up, and despite the expectation that everything should look magnificent on it, you can’t get over how everything looks uncannily smooth and downright weird…almost as if it were sped up (even though it technically isn’t). Read on as we explain why and show you how to fix it.

about 3 years ago - by  |  10 Replies

Whether you’re a bit of a parts hoarder or just trying to reuse old parts and keep them out of the dump, it’s easy to amass a pile of electronic components. Storing them is no good if they’re damaged when you go to use them, though; read on as we talk safe storage and how to keep your old HDD and friends alive.

about 3 years ago - by  |  3 Replies

Dear How-To Geek,

about 3 years ago - by  |  12 Replies

You’ve probably never even attempted it, but wouldn’t it be a fun experiment? How much could you download from the Internet if you put the pedal down and maxed out your connection for an entire month?

about 3 years ago - by  |  7 Replies

You saved an old hard drive (or three) from previous computers and now you’d like to get at the data on it. Is there an easy way to access the data without cracking open your current computer and mounting the hard drives inside?

about 3 years ago - by  |  10 Replies

Your ISP advertises a 40 megabit per second connection, but that doesn’t look anything like the download speed you see when you’re grabbing a big file. What’s the deal? Are you not getting all the bandwidth you’re paying for?

about 3 years ago - by  |  14 Replies

Just because your old Nintendo Entertainment System is alive and well doesn’t mean it can play nice with modern technology. Today we explore why the classic light gun accessory for the NES didn’t make the jump to the 21st century.

about 3 years ago - by  |  1 Reply

Unlike Google-supplied Android apps, the apps from the Amazon Apps for Android store have incredibly high resolution (a requirement for crisp display in the Kindle OS application carousel). Sideloaded apps, however, don’t get the Amazon treatment and come with fuzzy low-res icons. Read on as we show you how to fix your low-res icon woes.

about 3 years ago - by  |  1 Reply

Once upon a time Windows natively displayed thumbnails for PSD files after you installed Photoshop. These days, however, you only get the generic Photoshop icon. How can you get the thumbnails for Photoshop back (and other image and design formats in the process)?

about 3 years ago - by  |  2 Replies

If you’ve recently made the jump to Windows 8 and you’re puzzled over the seemingly limited thumbnail size choices, read on as we highlight how to get extra large thumbnails back (and some very handy keyboard shortcuts that give you access to a whopping 45 thumbnail size choices).

about 3 years ago - by  |  4 Replies

If you need really fast external storage for your laptop, you might be interested to know that you can buy an external solid state drive that connects over USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt… and it is crazy fast. We had to buy one for the office, so we’re reviewing it for you today.

about 3 years ago - by  |  8 Replies

If you work with Windows long enough, especially with folders and files that have long names, you’ll run into a bizarre error: Windows will report that the folder path or file name is too long to move to a new destination or even delete. What’s the deal?

about 3 years ago - by  |  6 Replies

Some people swear by storing their batteries in the refrigerator to extend the lifespan of the battery and keep them fresh (apologies for the obvious food-storage joke). But does it actually help? Is there any legitimate reason for putting your batteries in cold storage?

about 3 years ago - by  |  6 Replies

Although the ebook reader market has been dominated by the Kindle (still going strong) and the Nook (losing steam) for years, there’s a contender rising from the ranks: the Kobo Aura HD. Read on as we put it through the paces.

about 3 years ago - by  |  5 Replies

While GPS tagged photos are handy for always knowing where you took a photo, location data embedded in photos does have unsettling privacy and security implications. Should you be worried about the risk of people tracking you down via photos you post online?

about 3 years ago - by  |  7 Replies

Mailing lists are an old tool in the email arsenal, but their implementation in Gmail isn’t immediately intuitive. Read on as we show you how to email groups using your Gmail account.

about 3 years ago - by  |  1 Reply