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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.

If you’re looking for an electronics project with a bit of holiday cheer, this clever POV Christmas tree combines LEDs, motors, and a simple vision hack to create a glowing Christmas tree.

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Windows: You go to move a file and Windows throws up an “In Use” error. OpenFilesView shows you what application or system process is locking up the files you’re trying to move.

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You shelled out a pile of money for your tablet computer already; skip the expensive stands and prop things up with a DIY model.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite techniques for synchronizing and organizing your browser bookmarks. Now we’re back to highlight the most popular techniques, tricks, and services.

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Earlier this year we showed you how to make a full-size Ruben’s Tube; now make a tiny single-column fire speaker with the Pyro Jam Can.

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Windows: PC On/Off Time is a graphical tool that displays your PC’s uptime, downtime, errors, and more all in a clear and portable package.

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Once a week we round up some of the great reader tips to share. Today we’re looking at an iPad interface emulator for Windows, a fast-access flashlight app for the iPhone, and a Windows-based way to organize Kindle collections.

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Data centers are big business and quietly support and shape much of your online experience. This infographic takes a look at the five largest centers in America.

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Popular free VPN service Hotspot Shield now has a free mobile companion client; browse securely where ever you are.

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Charles Mauro, a user experience and research design expert, offers a point by point teardown of Angry Birds and what exactly makes the game so alluring to so many people. He argues that it isn’t a fluke, but that Angry...

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It’s easy to amass a pile of bookmarks and even easier to end up with a mess on your hands. This week we want to hear your tips and tricks for keeping your bookmarks in order.

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Courtesy of One Minute Physics, a clever video on how–using a simple laser pointer–you can break the speed of light.

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Once upon a time a large hard drive cost as much as a used car (and we have the retro ads to prove it).

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Windows: Unlimited Mouse is a simple application that removes the mouse movement restrictions which keep your mouse cursor from breaking through the edges of the monitor. With it enabled, all edges wrap around to the opposite edge.

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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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