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.

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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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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