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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.

Earlier this week we asked you to share your tips and tricks for minimizing your printing costs and getting more out of your home printer. You responded and we’re back with a roundup of your comments.

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Earlier this year the internet was abuzz with the news of the Lytro Camera, a camera that allows you to focus the picture after you’d taken it. People were skeptical, but the camera has been seen in the wild.

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You probably won’t have enough time to knock out all these films before Halloween, but you’ll certainly be able to pick from the top grossing Horror films for your haunted house movie nights.

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If you’re enjoying Windows 8 but you’re not a particularly big fan of the new MetroUI and/or the Ribbon interface, this reader tip will help you disable the features you don’t want.

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Android: Don’t rely on simple signal strength meters to explore the Wi-Fi nodes around you. Wi-Fi Analytics is a free and feature-packed Wi-Fi scanner.

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Upon arriving home you look in your messenger bag and your ebook reader is gone. What do you do? This guide highlights what you need to do for the three most popular readers to minimize your losses.

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Think side-to-side cover flow is so last year? Google Books now has a (rather experimental) and flashy new interface styled after a helix. Check out the video to see it in action.

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Although at-home-printing might be at an all-time low, that doesn’t mean the printer is down and out. This week we want to hear about your home printing setup and what you do to keep costs down.

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iPad: You use your iPad, your spouse uses your iPad, so who gets the privilege of having the iPad remember their Facebook and Gmail info? With OurPad, you both do.

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With a little creative modification, an old film camera and flash can be turned into a subtle tool for invisibly hacking other people’s photos.

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Thousands upon thousands of people would go to Google and type in “what is my IP” only to immediately click the first link to find out. Now Google offers the answer right along with your query results.

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It’s all too easy to get sloppy with your password security as the number of accounts and accompanying passwords pile up. It’s time to start letting LastPass generate and manage your stable of secure passwords.

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Last spring Google rolled out Google Presentations, a slideshow creation tool within Google Docs. Now their launching a revised version with enhanced collaboration tools, transitions and animations, additional themes, and more.

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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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