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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.

While you’re exploring your Minecraft world the game is devoting a huge amount of resources to creating it around you. Generating these pieces ahead of time significantly decreases the resource load on your CPU while playing the game which leads to smoother game play with less lag. Read on as we show you how to prepopulate your world map for speedier play.

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Whether you need to update drivers, want to check hardware compatibility, or you’re just curious, it’s way easier to check your motherboard model number with these simple tricks than it is to crack open your computer case to check the board itself. Read on as we show you how to check your motherboard model number from the comfort of your keyboard.

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It happens to even the most cautious explorer: you’re far from home, you die, and all your precious loot is left sitting in a pile far, far away. Tired of losing your loot? No problem. Read on as we show you how to make your Minecraft inventory persist after death (along with some other handy game-changing tricks).

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If you watch a lot of Netflix, Flix Plus provides a veritable Swiss Army knife of improvements to the entire browsing and watching experience. Read on as we highlight the myriad of reasons why it’s foolish to watch Netflix without it.

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Minecraft is a game that begs for creative play and customization of elements big and small. Leave no detail unattended to by following along with our simple tutorial to customize the yellow splash screen text found on the game’s main menu with whatever quotes, quips, or information you desire.

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Most users have a smooth and trouble free experience with the Google Chromecast, but when it misbehaves the experience quickly goes from flawless to nearly unusable. Read on as we highlight the simply tweaks and fixes you can apply to get an underperforming Chromecast zipping along again.

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New devices usher in new questions and the rise of the Chromecast (and other streaming HDMI sticks) have more than a few people curious if they should be unplugging it when they aren’t using it. Let’s clear things up and minimize your streaming hassles in the process.

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If you’ve recently picked up a selfie stick to use with your Android device you may have run into a significant problem: the trigger button doesn’t actually take a photo (but instead zooms the camera in). Read on as we help straighten things out and get you back to taking photos with an extended reach.

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The C: drive is the default installation location for Windows, if you have a CD/DVD drive on your machine it’s likely the D: drive, and any additional drives fall in line after that. What about the A: and B: drives?

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A cheap power strip might protect equipment from power surges, but it does nothing to help when the power goes out and your system comes to a halting crash. Read on as we show you how to buy the right battery backup device for your needs.

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Whether you want to sell off your old smartphone to pay for the new one, add a little cash to your fun money pile, or to put the proceeds toward Christmas, we’re here to help. Read on as we outline the best ways to turn your old gear into money.

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Modern gadgets are power hungry. If you want to make it through a long commute or a cross-country flight without having to plug your tablet or gaming device in, you’re going to need an external battery pack to keep the electrons flowing. Read on as we show you how to shop for a pack that will meet your needs and keep your screens glowing.

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Whether you are setting up your computer speakers or a complex home theater bundle, understanding the art and science of speaker channels and placement is the most critical step in enjoying your new sound system. Read on as we guide you through a crash course in surround sound setup.

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Whether you’re looking for a way to simply extend your Wi-Fi network, bridge your existing Wi-Fi network to a LAN, or create a completely new access point, the Netgear EX6100 can do it all. Read on as we put the multi-faceted little range extender through the paces.

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Once upon a time, when laptops were a far bulkier affair, Ethernet ports were standard. Ever more slender laptop designs eschew the Ethernet port these days but that doesn’t mean you have to go without: read on as we show you how to cheaply and easily add in Ethernet accessibility to even the most razor thin ultrabook.

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Thanks to the recently introduced Chromecast “guest mode” there’s more than one way to give guests access to your Chromecast. Read on as we highlight the different ways you can accomplish the same end: getting everyone in the room sharing their favorite videos.

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In a previous tutorial we took WorldEdit for a spin, a fantastic in-game editor that lets you perform advanced changes to the Minecraft landscape while playing the game. Today we’re looking at MCEdit a powerful external editor used to edit the Minecraft world outside the game just like you’d edit a photo or 3D model.

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While the primary allure of Minecraft is building there are some tasks that are quite tedious and practically beg for a copy and paste button. WorldEdit is that button (and so much more). Read on as we show you how to supercharge your building with an in-game editor that gives you editing tools that turn your Minecraft world into a canvas.

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If you’re looking for a way to 3D render and preserve your favorite Minecraft creations, big or small, as beautiful images then look no further than Chunky. Whether you want to immortalize a whole city or a tiny cottage, it’s the right tool for the job.

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Amazon offers a Bluetooth controller to pair with their Fire TV and Fire TV Stick media units, but if you’re not a fan of shelling out $40 for a controller (especially if you already have some game controllers laying around) you don’t have to. Read on as we show you how to pair both wired, wireless, and Bluetooth third party controllers.

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If you’ve ever had the urge to zoom around your Minecraft world like it was a Google Earth map, Mapcrafter is for you. Read on as we show you how to use this powerful little program to take your entire Minecraft world and render it like 3D model.

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Mushroom biomes, remote villages, temples buried in desert sands, ice spike villages: whatever rare structure or biome that eludes you will elude you no more armed with AMIDST, an external Minecraft tool that’s like having a world map and GPS unit rolled into one. Read on as we show you how to search your Minecraft world with Google Maps ease.

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You read over the local-host server guides, you even set up a local server (or two), but you’ve realized that your home network isn’t fast enough for you to share your server with friends. No worries, today we’re taking a peek at the world of remote Minecraft hosts.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE) is every bit as popular as the PC edition. Today we’re taking a look at how to run a lightweight Minecraft PE server to keep your worlds preserved and available (even when the device they were built with isn’t online).

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While it’s easy enough to share a Minecraft map with other local players on your network, it’s nice to be able to run a dedicated server so people can come and go without the original game host loading up Minecraft. Today we’re looking at how to run a simple local Minecraft server both with and without mods.

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