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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.

It’s that back-to-school time of year again and we’re interesting in your tips, tricks, and resources for saving on textbooks.

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Follow along with this DIY guide to craft a custom and sleek acrylic stand for your favorite smartphone (or any small electronic device).

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What do you get when you gut three current-gen consoles, stuff them in an acrylic enclosure, and add some accent lighting? This 3-in-1 mega console.

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Chrome: If you need to keep an eye on shared documents but you don’t want to stare at an open Google Docs pane, WatchDoc monitors your shared documents for changes and notifies you from Chrome toolbar.

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What would BitTorrent look like if it was lightening fast, always available, completely private, and secure? It’d look a lot like Usenet. Read on to learn how to ditch Torrenting and enjoy super speeds and selection on Usenet.

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These Wi-Fi enabled speakers are an inexpensive way to easily set up a whole-house music system without breaking the bank or fishing wire through the walls.

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It’s easy to take the kind of widespread and ubiquitous internet access we have now for granted. Back in the mid 1990s, however, the internet was just starting to get mainstream attention.

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Curious about crowdsourcing? Even if you’re unfamiliar with it, you’ve likely participated in it in some way.

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Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag and answer your pressing tech questions. This week we’re taking a look at what makes portable apps, well, portable,  how to set up an Ubuntu-based Firefox kiosk, and tangle-free headphone storage.

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Ring lights aren’t cheap and usually aren’t particularly customizable. This IKEA-based hack is easy, cheap, and highly customizable.

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If the easy and wireless Bluetooth streaming in modern car stereos has you green–blue?–with envy, this DIY project will help get you started on the path of Bluetooth input hacking.

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Boat Browser is a new mobile browser for Android devices that combines the features of Google Chrome and Apple’s Mobile Safari browser for easy and tabbed navigation.

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Skitch, the wildly popular screen capture and image sharing tool for Mac, is now free and available for Android.

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Earlier this week we asked you to sound off with your Virtual Machine adventures, tips, and tricks. Now we’re back to highlight what you said in this week’s recap.

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If you’ve ever chuckled at a movie with the future set in the present past (or a looming future-present), this futuristic movie timeline is for you.

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Commonly depicted in graphic form, this video showcases the well known Checker Shadow Illusion as a live action sequence.

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Once a week we dip into the tips box and share some of the great reader tips that come our way. This week we’re looking at protecting your ears with automatic volume adjustment in Android, a compact way to take advantage of Windows ReadyBoost, and secure phone charging on the go.

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If you’re a fan of the game Super Paper Mario, you’ll enjoy this real-life stop motion paper-based rendition of the original Super Mario Bros. game.

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Photovine is a new iOS photo sharing application from Google that emphasizes sharing photos on public and thematically grouped “vines”.

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If you’re looking for a clever way to stabilize your camcorder or video-capable DSLR, this chair arm to Steady Cam brace build is for you.

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Virtualization is a handy tool for running an operating system within your operating system. This week we want to hear about your adventures in virtual computing.

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Linux has grown exponentially in the last 20 years; check out this then-and-now style infographic to compare everything from lines of code to user base to number of top super computers running the OS.

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If you’re underwhelmed by the kludgy interface of Facebook’s native chat client, FB Chat Bully will help you tweak it, hide offline users, and more.

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If you’re a big fan of older mechanical keyboards there may come a point where you have to restore one to its former glory. This DIY guide covers everything from brightening the plastic to rewiring the keys for a USB interface.

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If you want to get serious about backing up your Android phone, including everything from system app data to saved Wi-Fi nodes, Titanium Backup can help. Read on to learn how to backup your Android phone from A to Z.

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