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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 need to share your screen with a friend or peek in on their’s and you don’t want to deal with installing software, QuickScreenShare is a nearly instant and dead simple solution.

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You want to send a file but it’s too big for email, your recipient doesn’t know how to FTP, and they’re behind a restrictive firewall. JustBeamIt can help–drag and drop the file and then send them the ...

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We’ve all been there; a friend, colleague, or relative calls us with a computer problem and there’s simply no good way to diagnose it by their haphazard description alone. When you’re in that situation, how do you help? What tools do you use?

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For video chat, mounting your web cam over your monitor makes sense. For capturing your DIY projects and other filming, however, a boom arm is in order. This clever DIY hack turns a $9 IKEA lamp into a functional camera boom.

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Last week the PlayStation network was breached again–over 93,000 US and European accounts were accessed illegally. It’s yet another reminder that we should all be using strong and varied passwords. Read on for a refresher.

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Whether you’re trying to dodge an angry government, a connection throttling ISP, or the watchful gaze of media conglomerates, anonymizing and encrypting your BitTorrent traffic can help. Read on to learn how.

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If you’re looking for an interesting electronics project that combines something old and something new, this clever build combines a new Arduino chip to re-create a 1970s era microcomputer.

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With this simple hack you can turn any LCD screen into a multidimensional display capable of showing 3D hologram-like images.

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Chrome: If you routinely use popular cloud-based storage solutions like Dropbox, Box.net, Google Docs, and others, Cloud Save allows you to directly download a file from the web to your cloud drive.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader emails we’ve answered and share them. This week we’re looking at removing the shortcut arrow in Windows 7, remapping the Caps Lock Key, and disabling Google Instant Search Results.

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Android: Smart Browser Chooser is a simple application that toggles your browser based on the network you’re connected to–automatically switch to an optimized browser for lower data usage when you’re on your mobile data plan.

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While you’re likely not the kind of person that drinks hard liquor out of a plastic flask, don’t turn your nose up at the cheap little bottles–they make excellent DIY flash diffusers for soft lit photos.

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If you’re looking for a fun project to teach a kid the wonders of electronics tinkering it’s tough to beat a book that lets them spy on their siblings.

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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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