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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.

Expand the power of XBMC, the popular open-source media center software, by taking advantage of the add-on system and these great add-ons. Read on to get started using XBMC add-ons.

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There are plenty of software-based temperature monitoring solutions, fewer hardware-based solutions, and even fewer hardware solutions that include prominent visual indicators. This DIY hack changes the lighting on your case ...

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If you’re looking for a simple no-frills countdown timer, Timerr is a web-based solution that’s as easy to use as setting a physical kitchen timer.

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Star Wars fan or not, the Imperial March is an instantly recognizable tune for millions of people. In this extremely geeky video two 3.5″ floppy drives work in tandem to play it.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader questions we’ve answered to share with everyone. This week we’re looking at how to bulk edit the authorship on Microsoft Office docs, set up port forwarding on your router, and remote controlling your Android phone.

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Want to make sure you catch anyone brash enough to loot your beloved media center? Include this PS3 Trojan Horse in the mix to track your gear.

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Windows/Mac/Linux/iOS: Popular screen-dimming software f.lux is now available for jailbroken iOS devices. Install f.lux to enjoy gently adjusted brightness based on the time of day for easy-on-the-eyes computer use.

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We’ve seen Portal-based fan films before but never one that takes this kind of in-depth and behind-the-scenes look inside the company at the core of game–Aperture Science.

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Mac: If you’re looking for a stylish and customizable break timer for Mac OS X, Time Out is a solid pick. Adjust the transparency, control iTunes and other apps, create exclusions, and more.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your bill payment workflow and now we’re back to highlight how you—overwhelmingly!—pay your bills online.

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If you’re concerned you’ve been spending too much time on the internet, whether or not you get this video is a pretty solid indicator of how deep down the rabbit hole you’ve gone.

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Some of these epic technology failures you’ll recall–like the short lived Swatch Internet Time Watches. Others, like the Gizmondo handheld console, you probably never even heard of.

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Once  week we round up the best reader tips and share them here. This week we’re looking at running Windows 8 as a VMware machine, speeding up Windows 7 search with Agent Ransack, and making zip ties reusable.

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Android: If you’re a fan of the travel search engine HipMunk you’ll want to scoot over to the Market and grab a copy of their new, and rather polished, Android application.

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Windows: If you’re a VirtualBox power user, VBoxLauncher generates a custom jumplist of all your VirtualBox machines for easy access.

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Do you know how long your cell provider is storing your text messages, call logs, and other personal information? Find out here.

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Electronic payment is quick, paperless, and easy to keep track of. Have you ditched traditional paper bill payment for online payments?

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Windows/Android/iOS: If you’re reluctant to share photos online because of embedded metadata (like GPS coordinates in pictures taken from your camera phone), PixelGarde offers easy metadata stripping and photo sharing.

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Today Amazon revealed their in-house Android-based tablet, the Kindle Fire, as well as a host of changes to the Kindle lineup.

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Popular presentation sharing web site SlideShare has abandoned flash and shifted entirely to HTML5–you can now view SlideShare on any app that has an HTML5 compliant web browser.

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Google+ now offers easy circle sharing; if you’ve built up a collection of interesting writers, photographers, or other individuals you can readily share that collection with friends.

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After months of being accessible only via Windows-based smartphones, the Windows Phone Marketplace now sports a web portal for easy at-your-desk app browsing.

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Delicious, best known as a cloud-based bookmarking tool, has a new face. Delicious Stacks is a fusion between bookmark sharing and micro blogging.

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Once a week we round up some of the interesting questions you guys mail in, answer them, and share them with the greater readership. This week we’re looking at how to enable Aero in VirtualBox, figuring out how much overhead your RAID array will chew up, and RAW processing without Photoshop.

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Despite the common notion that lots of data is beamed down from satellites the majority of global communications travel through a massive network of high speed cables. Check out this interactive map to see the cables that bind everything together.

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