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.

Words cannot adequately describe just how weird the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special was; it had Bea Arthur, singing princesses, extended Wookie dialog, cartoon interludes, and more. Seeing is believing and we’ve got a copy to share.

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If you’ve made your list, checked it twice, and realized you forgot a few people, take advantage of Free Shipping Day–2,579 retailers ship for free in time for Christmas.

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Once a week we dump out the Tips Box and share some of the great tips you’ve mailed in. This week we’re looking at Ethernet wiring cheat sheets, Wi-Fi cantennas, and easy holiday package tracking.

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Once a year Google publishes their annual Zeitgiest–a review of what the world searched for in the prior year. Read on to check out trends from around the globe.

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Earlier this week we shared some stunning photographs of water drops colliding in air; now we’re back with a 5000 FPS slow-motion video of the same phenomenon.

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Abstract geometric snowflakes are so last year; add some Sci-Fi flair to your holiday decorating with these Star Wars themed paper snowflakes.

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It’s that holiday cheer time of year again and we’re curious how you go about creating and sending your holiday missives. Jump into the comments to share your card creation tips and tricks.

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You may not immediately recognize the man but you certainly know his creations–Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Star Fox, and more.

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If you’re looking for some fun games to chew up a little holiday down time, the Humble Indie Bundle is back with 7 awesome games.

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William Shatner claims Star Trek is the best and Star Wars a mere derivative, Carrier Fisher fires back, and George Takei steps in to broker the peace.

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You’re a geek on the go and it’s important to keep tabs on your torrents when you’re away from home. Today we take a peak at how you can monitor, manage, and even start your torrent downloads when you’re away from your computer.

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LEGO bricks are rectangular and as such we’ve come to expect fairly boxy LEGO constructions. Brick bending is a LEGO trend wherein people build curved LEGO forms using standard rectangular bricks.

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Chrome/Firefox: If you thought other reading tools like Readability stripped away the fluff on a website, you haven’t seen anything yet. SimplyRead rips away everything but the title and body text for an ultra-minimalis...

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What do Super Mario Bros 3, Pokemon Stadium, Counter-Strike, Doom, and Tetris all have in common? You can play them all on your graphing calculator.

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Once a week we round up some of the interesting questions we’ve answered from the Ask How-To Geek mailbox and share them with the greater readership. This week we’re looking at Xbox 360 upgrades, Christmas light wiring, and stripping Kindle DRM.

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If you’re looking for a super simple project to get started with Arduino programming, this DIY blinking Christmas Tree blinker is a great first-timer’s project.

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Still wondering what Spiderman is doing working an office job and who exactly Chuck Testa is? Know Your Meme is here to help with the top 10 memes of 2011.

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Capturing a falling drop of water with a flash strobe is an old trick; photographer Heinz Maier breathes new life into the stunt with multiple–and colorful!–drops of water.

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If you’re looking for a fun Friday afternoon time sink, beautifully styled and narrated RPG Bastion is available as an in-Chrome web app.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite local file search search tips, tricks, and apps. Now we’re back to share the wealth.

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If you’re looking to ad a bit more of a sci-fi twist to your holiday decorations this geodesic gingerbread house is more Moonbase Alpha than grandma’s cottage in the woods.

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In our guide to scoring free Wi-Fi we emphasized the importance of using a secure connection. This comparison of 7 free VPN services will help you pick a VPN tool to lock down your Wi-Fi traffic.

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Once a week we round up some of the tips from the HTG tips box and share them with the greater readership; this week we’re looking at shopping for Kindles with a flowchart, downgrading iOS, and rolling your own DIY soldering pen.

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Industrious Android enthusiasts have begun the process of porting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the Kindle Fire; check out this video to see it in action.

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Snipreel is a web-based app that makes it dead simple to selectively snip and share portions of a YouTube video. Want to share the funniest three sections of the video with friends but not the rest? Snip away.

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