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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.

Christmas lights have come a long way from the original incandescent strands. Newer lights, like GE Color Effects, include LEDs driven by addressable micro-chips. Read on to see how you can hack them into a customizable display.

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Stop suffering through computer glare caused by bright sunlight or stark office lighting; this simple DIY monitor hood cuts out the glare.

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If you’re a fan of popular games Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, you’ll definitely want to check out these bookmarklets that load the games right over the web site you’re visiting.

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Sure you could play your classic arcade games with a modern controller, but what’s the fun in that? This impressive table-top controller console brings back that feeling of being right there at the arcade machine.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite RSS reader; now we’re back to share your RSS favorites, tips, and tricks.

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If Google’s recent Easter Egg–query “do a barrel roll” if you haven’t tried it already–has you curious about other search tricks, this collection of Easter Eggs will keep you busy for awhile.

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Because of its large size and highly reflective surfaces, it’s possible to see the International Space Station (ISS) from Earth. Check out this handy site to see when it’s over your town.

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Once a week we dump out the tips box mailbag and share some of the reader-submitted tips with you. This week we’re looking at creating mind maps on Android devices, desktop Pandora notifications, and easy to use to-do lists.

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Clever Altoids-Tin-Chargers abound, but many feature complex builds. This DIY charger feature a simple schematic more suited for beginners.

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If you could snap shot a minute of global smartphone usage, what would it look like? It’d look a lot like this infographic from Mobclix.

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In September we told you about the beta test of Amazon’s public library lending system. Now they’ve rolled out another lending system for Kindle owners with Amazon Prime accounts.

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Most people talk about the internet in terms of volume of data stored, data transmitted, or even the number of data centers and servers. What about weight? How much does the internet weigh?

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Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a great way to keep up the news and your favorite blogs without having to visit each one individually. This week we’re interested in hearing about your favorite reader and how you make the most of RSS.

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If your favorite headphones are cutting out in one or both ears there is a chance the wire–the highest point of stress and failure in the headphone assembly–needs repair. Check out this guide to repairing headphon...

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Gmail’s new interface isn’t just a paint job; Google has revamped the in-mail search, created an elastic layout for varying size screens, and overhauled the navigation.

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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is an amazing time saver when it works well and a huge time sink when it malfunctions. Check out this comparison of 10 OCR tools to find one best suited for your project.

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You’re outside the reach of local broadband networks but you want to browse the web with ease. Build a whole-house 3G-to-WiFi router to pull down high-speed wireless internet instead.

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It’s the day after Halloween and hundreds of thousands of Jack O’ Lanterns begin their march towards the trash. Some, however, met a spectacular slow-motion end in this 2000 fps video.

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If you’d like to play around with the smooth motion a camera dolly provides (without the expense of a commercial camera dolly) this clever Gorillapod-based hack can get you started on-the-cheap.

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Once a week we share some of the reader emails we’ve answered with the greater HTG readership. This week we’re looking at how to batch resize photos, exporting Outlook Express messages from XP to Windows 7, and cleaning a filthy keyboard.

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Android: If you’d prefer to swipe your finger to switch between apps (instead of opening the task switcher) SwipeSwitcher enables simple swipe-based switching.

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This definitely isn’t the kind of candy you’ll be handing out to trick-or-treaters but for a Halloween party it’s tough to beat glow-in-the-dark candy.

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OpenELEC is an installation and optimization tool for XBMC that aims to make installing and using XBMC. the beloved but sometimes technically challenging media server software, as simple as using a DVD player.

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Fog machines add a nice spooky-vibe to a Halloween celebration but they aren’t exactly cheap. This $5 hack will help you send fog spilling across your table without breaking the bank.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite alternatives to Window’s native file explorer. Now we’re back to highlight your suggestions, tips, and tricks.

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