Jason Fitzpatrick

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

Windows: If you’re looking for a quick and dirty way to create temporary file associations while using your portable apps on a computer, Portable Extension Warlock makes it easy to open files with the apps you want.

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If you’re looking for time-wasting endeavor for a lazy post-holiday Friday, YouTube Slam is a new YouTube offering that pits videos, category by category, against each other.

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If you picked up one of the HP TouchPad’s when they were selling for bargain basement prices you might be interested in this hack to turn the TouchPad into a Kindle clone.

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If you’re looking for a quick and dirty way to convert web pages into eBooks, dotEPUB–available as a bookmarklet and Chrome extension–coverts pages into ePUBs on the fly.

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If you’re a post doc looking to get undergrads interested in the Large Hadron Collider what do you do? Build an awesome 1:50 scale replica of the Collider’s Atlas Detector, naturally.

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With the increasing size and resolution of computer monitors, there’s oh so much more to show off. This week we want to hear all about your tips, tricks, and sources for finding and/or creating awesome desktop wallpapers.

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This DIY hack links an iPhone to a car ignition system. While it’s a bit overkill for the job it also lets you start your car from afar like James Bond.

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Anyone who has worked in the trenches of IT knows that sometimes the only solution at hand involves duct tape and a long wait for a replacement part. Today’s clever field hack skips the duct tape but bridges a damaged cable with a staple.

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If you thought you had a strong dislike of optical media you’ve got nothing on this unsettled feline.

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Last year we showed you how to tether your Android phone to your computer, no rooting required. The only catch was that it cost $16—now we’re back with a just as simple but free-as-in-beer solution.

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If you’re looking for a simple way to increase the security of PIN passcodes on devices with touch screens you can do so by repeating a digit in the sequence.

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It’s one of the lesser known and briefest meteor showers of the year but it makes up for it with a stunning display that peaks at 200+ meteors per hour; catch it tonight.

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The Commodore 64, that little computing powerhouse from the 1980s, turns 30 this week–check out an early Commodore ad for your daily dose of nostalgia.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader letters we’ve answered and share them with the greater audience. This week we’re looking at how to find great airline seats, whether or not you should turn your monitors off, and extending your network with a wireless repeater.

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What would classic Atari games of yesteryear look like if the titles were a bit more realistic? One garage sale haul and some Photoshop work later, we can take a peek at some updated box art.

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This 13 minute video compares, frame for frame, Raiders of the Lost Ark against a mashup of 30 adventure films from 1919 to 1973–it’s a visual feast of adventure action.

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iPad: While you’ll find no shortage of visual-effect apps in the App Store that take advantage of the iPad touch screen, Thicket is polished, fun, and best of all, free.

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Even though computer printers are relatively ubiquitous, you can’t just go pull one off the shelf and be guaranteed a good fit for your needs. Read on as we detail the ins and outs of buying a home printer.

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iOS: Everyone loves the look of a sparkling fresh snow fall, but nobody likes scraping it off their car. Winter Wake-Up adjusts your alarm clock to compensate for bad weather so you can get to work on time.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your geeky New Year’s resolutions and now we’re back to highlight them. Read on to see what your fellow How-To Geek readers are resolving to do in the coming year.

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Windows/OS X: Like a magnificent 8-bit version of the cheesy fireplace DVDs that pop up around the holidays, Fireplace is an interactive screensaver where you can enjoy an 8-bit blaze, roast marshmallows, and more.

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Disembodied dark lords, giant spiders, ghost buddies, there are a remarkable number of similarities between the Hogwart’s and Middle Earth.

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Once a week we round up some of the great tips readers have sent into the tip box. This week we’re looking at how to enable the NumLock by default, stripping ads from iOS apps, and turning Christmas lights into audio-responsive party lights.

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If you’re an electronics tinker and photographer, here’s a DIY project right up your alley: a DIY flash bulb with built in optical slave.

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Unlike traditional app store ranking systems that simply tell you if an app is popular the moment in time you’re looking at it, Mobilewalla monitors rank and popular across time; check out the top apps for each mobile platform.

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