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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.

What if your sketch of a circuit could function as a circuit? With conductive ink, it can.

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Android: If you’d like to spend less time pecking at a little onscreen keyboard and more time quickly responding to text messages, DeskSMS pushes your text messages from your phone to your Gmail, GTalk, or DeskSMS web interface.

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Once a week we share some of the reader questions we answer in the Ask HTG roundup; today we’re looking at accessing USB drives in Virtual Machines, how to automatically straighten and crop scanned photos, and how to recover product keys off an old computer.

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If you’re a fan of photography, Star Wars, LEGO, or all of the above, this gallery of images showcases the extremely clever and technically interesting photography of Star Wars fan and photographer Avanaut.

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iOS: If you’re looking for some free cloud storage (and who wouldn’t like a little extra space to sync and backup their files?) Box.net is running a promotion wherein iOS users can download and install their mobile app for a 50GB bonus.

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Firefox: MultiCopy is a simple Firefox add-on that allows you to copy multiple chunks of text sequentially, thanks to a now extended clipboard memory, and then paste that text in the order you copied it.

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Ring lighting is a very flattering light but rings lights are usually expensive, bulky, or both. In this tutorial we see how to craft a ring light for under $25 that is lightweight, inexpensive, and less bulky than other DIY ...

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your tips and tricks for helping friends and family when you can’t sit right down at the terminal with them. Read on to check out how your fellow readers help from afar.

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The Task Manager in Windows 8 has undergone some serious revision, check out this informative post from the Windows 8 Development Team for a run down of all the new features and layouts.

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Over the last 30 years cellphones have gone from monstrous multi-watt consuming bricks to power sipping computers you slip in your pocket. Check out this infographic for a rundown of notable moments in cell phone history.

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Once a week we round up and share excellent reader tips with you. This week we’re looking at removing the restriction on Windows 8’s “Secure Boot”, an open source solution for launching apps from Windows Media Center, and a simple trick to speed up Windows installations.

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Need a secure password and you’re away from your favorite password management app? WolframAlpha, the mathematical search engine, can generate a customizable secure password for you on the fly.

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If you need to share your screen with a friend or peek in on their’s and you don’t want to deal with installing software, QuickScreenShare is a nearly instant and dead simple solution.

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You want to send a file but it’s too big for email, your recipient doesn’t know how to FTP, and they’re behind a restrictive firewall. JustBeamIt can help–drag and drop the file and then send them the ...

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We’ve all been there; a friend, colleague, or relative calls us with a computer problem and there’s simply no good way to diagnose it by their haphazard description alone. When you’re in that situation, how do you help? What tools do you use?

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For video chat, mounting your web cam over your monitor makes sense. For capturing your DIY projects and other filming, however, a boom arm is in order. This clever DIY hack turns a $9 IKEA lamp into a functional camera boom.

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Last week the PlayStation network was breached again–over 93,000 US and European accounts were accessed illegally. It’s yet another reminder that we should all be using strong and varied passwords. Read on for a refresher.

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Whether you’re trying to dodge an angry government, a connection throttling ISP, or the watchful gaze of media conglomerates, anonymizing and encrypting your BitTorrent traffic can help. Read on to learn how.

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If you’re looking for an interesting electronics project that combines something old and something new, this clever build combines a new Arduino chip to re-create a 1970s era microcomputer.

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With this simple hack you can turn any LCD screen into a multidimensional display capable of showing 3D hologram-like images.

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Chrome: If you routinely use popular cloud-based storage solutions like Dropbox, Box.net, Google Docs, and others, Cloud Save allows you to directly download a file from the web to your cloud drive.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader emails we’ve answered and share them. This week we’re looking at removing the shortcut arrow in Windows 7, remapping the Caps Lock Key, and disabling Google Instant Search Results.

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Android: Smart Browser Chooser is a simple application that toggles your browser based on the network you’re connected to–automatically switch to an optimized browser for lower data usage when you’re on your mobile data plan.

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While you’re likely not the kind of person that drinks hard liquor out of a plastic flask, don’t turn your nose up at the cheap little bottles–they make excellent DIY flash diffusers for soft lit photos.

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If you’re looking for a fun project to teach a kid the wonders of electronics tinkering it’s tough to beat a book that lets them spy on their siblings.

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