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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.

If you’re looking to do a little gaming this weekend and you’d like to keep your wallet in your pocket, this collection of the top free Steam games will keep you busy and spare your bank account.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share the ways you’ve enhanced your home router. We’ve rounded up the responses here; read on to see how your fellow readers supercharge their home routers.

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Android: If you’re on the prowl for a new place, Trulia’s For Rent app taps into their massive real estate database and serves up listings for you to flag and compare.

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If you’re already looking forward to Halloween, Pandora has eight new stations tuned just for the season.

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In this week’s tips roundup we’re taking a look at an easy way to switch between the desktop and Metro UI in Windows 8, enabling God Mode in Windows 8, and changing the color scheme in the Windows 7 Task Manager.

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iOS: Joypad, a free application for iPhones, turns your phone into a simple NES game controller–additional premium skins replicate other classic controllers.

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Rdio, a music streaming and suggest service, has opened up their entire catalog of 12 million songs to all subscribers–previously only premium subscribers had full access.

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Over the last five years, social news site, Reddit has gone from a “What site?” kind of place to a “Didn’t you read it on Reddit yesterday?” kind of place. This infographic timeline charts the rise of Reddit.

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Sure, you can take your router out of the box, plug it in, and use it with the default settings, but there’s nothing particularly daring or geeky about that. What we’re interested in is all the ways you tweak, enhance, and modify your outer for maximum usefulness.

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Co-Optimus is an excellent resource for gamers interested in co-operative gaming and includes search tools for every major platform, search parameters to drill down through the results, and co-op game reviews.

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Originally introduced by Philip Electronics, Ambilight is a simple system of LED lighting on the back of an HDTV monitor which extends the color scheme of the individual video frames out beyond the actual physical screen. In ...

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Prior to this update Google+ allowed you to lock a comment to prevent sharing and turn off comments, but only after you’d published it. Now you can do it from the start.

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Expand the power of XBMC, the popular open-source media center software, by taking advantage of the add-on system and these great add-ons. Read on to get started using XBMC add-ons.

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There are plenty of software-based temperature monitoring solutions, fewer hardware-based solutions, and even fewer hardware solutions that include prominent visual indicators. This DIY hack changes the lighting on your case ...

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If you’re looking for a simple no-frills countdown timer, Timerr is a web-based solution that’s as easy to use as setting a physical kitchen timer.

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Star Wars fan or not, the Imperial March is an instantly recognizable tune for millions of people. In this extremely geeky video two 3.5″ floppy drives work in tandem to play it.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader questions we’ve answered to share with everyone. This week we’re looking at how to bulk edit the authorship on Microsoft Office docs, set up port forwarding on your router, and remote controlling your Android phone.

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Want to make sure you catch anyone brash enough to loot your beloved media center? Include this PS3 Trojan Horse in the mix to track your gear.

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Windows/Mac/Linux/iOS: Popular screen-dimming software f.lux is now available for jailbroken iOS devices. Install f.lux to enjoy gently adjusted brightness based on the time of day for easy-on-the-eyes computer use.

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We’ve seen Portal-based fan films before but never one that takes this kind of in-depth and behind-the-scenes look inside the company at the core of game–Aperture Science.

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Mac: If you’re looking for a stylish and customizable break timer for Mac OS X, Time Out is a solid pick. Adjust the transparency, control iTunes and other apps, create exclusions, and more.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your bill payment workflow and now we’re back to highlight how you—overwhelmingly!—pay your bills online.

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If you’re concerned you’ve been spending too much time on the internet, whether or not you get this video is a pretty solid indicator of how deep down the rabbit hole you’ve gone.

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Some of these epic technology failures you’ll recall–like the short lived Swatch Internet Time Watches. Others, like the Gizmondo handheld console, you probably never even heard of.

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Once  week we round up the best reader tips and share them here. This week we’re looking at running Windows 8 as a VMware machine, speeding up Windows 7 search with Agent Ransack, and making zip ties reusable.

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