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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.

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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The fundamental allure of Minecraft is the ability to build anything and make the game whatever you desire it to be. Today, we’re taking a look at mods that help you in that endeavor by adding extra dimensions, major game changes, or providing an outright overhaul to the game.

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The simple and blocky styling of Minecraft is endearing to many fans of the game, but if you’d like a more sophisticated 3D look with realistic lighting, reflections, and enhanced graphics you can achieve the shimmering 3D paradise you crave.

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Minecraft is a fantastic game but there is always room for improvement. Today we’re taking a look at mods big and small that tweak the user interface, biomes, villages and more in Minecraft for a more robust and feature rich place experience.

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Whether you’re a mega modder, someone looking to keep your Minecraft versions and their accompanying worlds in a nice orderly fashion, or you want to totally silo your kids’ Minecraft experience to keep their worlds separate and cut down on the fighting, MultiMC is the solution to your problems.

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Even if you’re not bent on heavily modding Minecraft, every player should install Optifine. Today we’re going to dig into the guts of Optifine and highlight all the ways you can use it to optimize your Minecraft experience whether you’re on a powerhouse gaming rig or an old laptop.

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On its own Minecraft is an awesome game you can lose yourself in for days upon days. With mods installed, Minecraft is the kind of game you can play for years as you can continually reinvent the game with new layers of complexity and content.

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It’s that shop-til-you-drop time of year again and retailers have already spent most of November with teaser sales and ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Read on as we show you how to score the best deals and avoid getting ripped off.

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Some people love Minecraft’s 8-bit chunky look, while others can’t believe a game would look like that these days. Whether you want to make Minecraft look chunkier, smoother, or somewhere in between resource packs make it easy to do so on the PC, pocket, and console editions of Minecraft.

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With the skyrocketing popularity of the Google Chromecast and to a lesser degree the Roku Streaming Stick, 2014 sure shaped up to be the year of the HDMI dongle. Read on as we put Amazon’s brand new entry into the market, the Fire TV Stick, through the paces.

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