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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.

This DIY guide shows how you can, using a centuries old technique, turn a strand of glass into a powerful and portable microscope.

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Angry Birds seems like an innocent enough, albeit highly addictive, game. Who knew people log 200 million minutes a day playing it and the parent company Rovio is valued at over a billion dollars? You will after checking out ...

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Stop organizing your ebooks like they’re just a tired pile of documents and start organizing them in style with Calibre—an open source ebook organizer that supports metadata, cover flow, format conversion, and more.

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Android: Smozzy takes an unorthodox approach to bringing the web to data-free phones; it delivers web sites–pictures, stylesheets, and all–via text messaging.

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Firefox: ShareMeNot is a simple Firefox add-in that effectively blocks social network buttons–such as Facebook’s Like button–from tracking your activity as you browse the web.

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Android: If you’re a fan of the status bar in WP7 but not in a hurry to get an actual WP7 phone, StatusBar+ brings a WP7 style status bar to Android.

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It’s that Ask How-To Geek time of week again; this week we’re looking at monitoring Android mobile usage, learning Windows keyboard shortcuts, and repairing old photographs.

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This extremely cheap and portable camera stabilizer is a great way to stabilize your photos without resorting to lugging around a tripod.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: If you take your wallpaper acquisition and rotation needs seriously, Wally is a powerhouse of a wallpaper management tool. Download wallpapers automatically, rotate them, and more.

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The last few years hav seen the rise, proliferation, and–potentially–the beginning of the end for daily deal websites like Groupon and Living Social. Check out this infographic to take a peek at daily deal sites and their users.

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We’ve all had to suffer through horrible and seemingly endless video shot by friends and relatives. Follow these simple steps to make sure you’re not inflicting that pain on others.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your tips and tricks for squeezing life out of old computers and hardware. You guys responded with a pile of good ideas and now we’re back to showcase them.

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Outtages.org shares a massive list of status pages for ISPs, mobile providers, individual web services, and more. Find the network status page you’re looking for.

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This week the Star Trek franchise turns 45. Check out this infographic to see a sweeping retrospective that includes everything from the pilot episode to the introduction of the BORG to the current generation movie.

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Once a week we dump out the reader mailbag and share handy reader tips with you. This week we’re looking at quickly resizing windows with a click, changing the default download directory in Windows, and some DIY coffee roasting tips.

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If you’re interested in trying your hand at home roasted coffee but not sure if it’s worth the financial investment, this simple DIY technique uses a popcorn popper to roast your fresh coffee beans.

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iOS: From the clack of your keyboard to the slam of your car door to the jingle of your keys on the counter, your world is filled with sounds. MadPad captures them for on-the-fly music mixing magic.

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This handsome DIY project takes an old stereo cabinet, guts and refinishes it, and packs it full of new speakers, electronics, and a monitor with keyboard and touchpad interface.

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Just because a computer isn’t peppy enough to be your primary machine anymore doesn’t mean it’s worthless. This week we want to hear about your repurposing projects. How do you squeeze life out of an old machine?

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The last ten years have seen a rapid change in the design and output capabilities of television sets. This infographic takes a look at sales history, new technology, and what to look for when buying a new HDTV.

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Last month, Evernote-acquired, Skitch released an Android version. Now Evernote has updated their Android app to integrate with Skitch. It’s a note-taking and annotating double whammy.

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If you’re an astronomy buff with an interest in the lunar program, you don’t want to pass up these newly released high resolution photos of the landing sites and impact craters our moon explorations left behind.

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Last month we showed you how to get started with Usenet using SABnzbd. Now we’re back to show you how to supercharge your SABnzbd experience with add-ons and customizations.

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E-ink is easy to read, ebook readers are lightweight, the only pesky hiccup is that whole electricity thing. Avoid running out of juice, no matter how long your vacation, with this ebook reader solar panel hack.

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Incandescent light bulbs might not be the new kid on the lighting block anymore, but the science behind them is as fascinating as ever.

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