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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.

Even if you’re eschewing Black Friday and all the shopping that goes with it, we’ve got a deal for you that’s too good to pass up: a free year of remote backup from CrashPlan.

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Wi-Fi protocol supports 13 communication channels; how do these channels relate to the volume of devices you can have on the network and the quality of the connection? Read on learn more about Wi-Fi channel usage.

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This clever animation project combines a real-world set, a great soundtrack, and a novel approach to showcasing the adventure Link goes through to rescue Zelda.

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Whether your holiday decorating is begging for a geeky touch (or your nieces and nephews are begging for something to occupy their time while visiting this holiday), Anthony Herrera’s Star Wars themed paper snowflakes a...

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Google has released the hardware and software source for their high speed/non-destructive book scanner–If you’re looking to scan a large volume of books, save yourself the design work and check out the Linear Book Scanner project.

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving for U.S. readers and we’re interested in what technology our readers, celebrating the holiday or otherwise, are most thankful for. Hop into the comments and share.

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Recent flame-based experiments aboard the International Space Station yielded results scientists simply thought couldn’t happen–combustion in microgravity is a curious thing.

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This clever hack combines a modified wall switch with unused buttons on a universal remote to create one-touch wireless control of the lighting in a media room.

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A data center inside a decommissioned nuclear bunker is interesting enough, but one that looks as futuristic and awesome as the center under Stockholm begs to be seen.

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If you’re currently using any 64-bit version of Windows you may have noticed there are two “Program Files” folders, one for 64-bit and one for 32-bit apps. Why does Windows need to sub-divide them? Read on to see why.

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After more than 30 years of service, NASA has retired their full-scale shuttle training simulator. Take a photo tour and learn where you can visit the trainer and crawl around inside for a more hands-on experience.

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Your brain is a rather impressive piece of hardware; check out this infographic to see its specs laid out including power consumption, calculation speed, and more.

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The newest Google Chrome Experiment, 100,000 Stars, combines web technologies to serve up a 3D star map you can manually zoom about or sit back and enjoy a star tour.

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Getting together for the holidays represents a great oppurtunity to introduce new players to the fun of tabletop gaming. Make sure to introduce them right with these five handy tips.

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Whether in a cup, a can, or a little bottle, millions of us slug back caffeinated beverages everyday. Check out this video to see how it effects your brain and why it keeps you alert.

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If you get a lot of forwards from well meaning relatives and want to instantly and effortlessly verify their content, LazyTruth is a Chrome extension that fact-checks forwarded emails in Gmail.

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If you’re looking for a little morbid simulation to cap off your Friday afternoon, this interactive asteroid impact simulator makes it easy to the results of asteroid impacts big and small.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your tips and tricks for breathing life into an old laptop, now we’re back to share your junk-bin sparing methods.

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Watching YouTube videos on the Wii just got a whole lot easier; YouTube’s native Wii app streamlines the process and cuts out the need for the Internet Channel browser.

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Shortened URLs sure are convenient and compact but they hide the destination URL. Unshorten.it! is a free Chrome/Firefox extension that not only shows you the full URL but will even give you a safety rating–no need to click blindly again.

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What exactly are those installation apps doing as the progress bar whizzes by? If you want to keep a close eye on things, you’ll need the right tools.

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How can you capture all of New York City in LEGO? With a creative mind and the right data.

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Yesterday we showed you an umbrella stand that signals raining/clear skies by color, today we have something even more interesting: an ambient desktop weather station that recreates the outside weather.

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It’s easy to overlook the humble scrollbar, a much used but hardly thought about user interface element. This graphic compares scrollbars over the last thirty years.

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That powerhouse laptop you bought back in 2006 can’t compete with the sleek ultrabook you just unboxed–but that doesn’t mean you should ship it to the dump. How do you give an old laptop a new lease on life?

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