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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 the thought of reinstalling Windows and all your favorite apps has kept you from upgrading to a Solid State Drive (SSD), we’re here to help. Read on as we show you how to migrate Windows 7 to a speedy new SSD without reinstalling everything.

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Chrome: One if the biggest complaints about the recent Google Reader update is the large spacing between headlines. This simple Google Chrome extension returns the headline rows to their former size.

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If you have a device that doesn’t come with a wall-adapter, this tutorial outlines how you can construct your own using generic parts and, in the process, free yourself from dependency on fickle batteries.

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Google Direct is a new Google search feature that makes it dead simple to add brands to your Google+ network right from your search results.

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Once a week we dump out our reader mailbag, answer reader questions, and share a few of them with you in the process. This week we’re looking at decoding Blue-Screen-of-Death codes, cleaning out a PC, and getting started with scripting.

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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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