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.

Disembodied dark lords, giant spiders, ghost buddies, there are a remarkable number of similarities between the Hogwart’s and Middle Earth.

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Once a week we round up some of the great tips readers have sent into the tip box. This week we’re looking at how to enable the NumLock by default, stripping ads from iOS apps, and turning Christmas lights into audio-responsive party lights.

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If you’re an electronics tinker and photographer, here’s a DIY project right up your alley: a DIY flash bulb with built in optical slave.

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Unlike traditional app store ranking systems that simply tell you if an app is popular the moment in time you’re looking at it, Mobilewalla monitors rank and popular across time; check out the top apps for each mobile platform.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: If you’re looking for a dead simple way for people to share files with you, Droopy is a mini web server with a singular function: helping people upload files to your computer.

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New Year’s is almost upon us and we’re interested in your geeky New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’ve resolved to learn how to solder or to finally start doing off-site backup, we want to hear all about it.

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Android/iOS: Weather Underground was the first internet weather site and collects data from 22,000+ local neighborhood stations; now you can get that awesome weather reporting on your mobile device.

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How do you create a successful movie? You start with a lonely orphan and build from there. Check out this entertaining graphic to see how to get from orphanhood to happily ever after.

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Another year, another evolutionary step forward in gaming and graphics. Check out this action packed video to review gaming highlights from 2011.

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Bokeh, that creamy out-of-focus area in photos, can be manipulated to achieve subtle and beautiful results. Today we’re going to show you how to turn some dirt cheap materials into a custom bokeh lens hood.

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iOS: If you’re looking for a way to legally (albeit not with Apple’s blessing) get Siri on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad, Spire is a clever port of the application that downloads all the copyrighted components directly from Apple.

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As the size of your Power over Ethernet (PoE) project grows, the price grows along with it. This DIY solution will help you roll out a modest PoE system without breaking the bank.

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Chrome: You have a bunch of tabs open, you want to share them with a friend, but you don’t want to cut and paste all the URLs. One-click solution Tabulate! takes the hassle out of sharing your tabs.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader questions we’ve answered and share them with the greater How-To Geek audience. This week we’re looking at trouble shooting a monitor with black bars, how to retrieve a file from a system restore point, and finding duplicate photos.

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Android: Dropbox just rolled out an update for their Android mobile client; grab it today to enjoy a slew of new features including faster menus, bulk upload, and more.

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If you’re a board game fan you’re all to familiar with how precisely the box components fit when you first unwrap it and how loosely they fit afterwards; use this clever hack to keep things tight and tidy.

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Android: If you’re worried you’re not getting enough sleep but not sure how to keep a close eye on it, SleepBot is feature-packed app that analyze your sleep patterns, integrates with alarm clocks, and more.

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This DIY project combines EL-wire, acrylic, LEDs, and a crystal solution to create an eye catching and geektacular DNA-inspired lamp.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share the games you like killing downtime with; you responded and now we’re back to highlight your favorites.

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In the tradition of holiday-themed horror movies like Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night, Siri is an Apple-product driven horror movie spoof.

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iPad: Popular annotation tool Skitch is now available for the iPad; edit, annotate, and share photo, map, and web page edits on-the-go.

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Once a week we mine the tips box for awesome reader tips; this week we’re sharing a rather clever work around that allows you to stream your music collection from Google Docs.

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Most of the time over-the-top Christmas light displays hover on the edge of neighbor enraging; this dubstep fueled seizure box is sure to irritate the neighbors.

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If you’re looking to pack a little computing power into your kitchen you’d be hard pressed to beat this built-in kitchen computer complete with a massive 17″ touch screen interface.

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We frequently look back at the early days of computing, but we rarely get a chance to see how people in that age saw computers. This 1958 video gives us a peek.

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