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.

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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Minecraft, the wildly popular LEGO-like sandbox building game, has rocketed in popularity over the last two years. Check out this infographic to see the major milestones in Minecraft history.

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If you’re looking for a cheap and easily customized rack for your audio visual and stereo equipment, this clever hack turns IKEA Lack tables into a cut-to-fit stereo rack.

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Increasing the speed at which you locate the files stashed in your local directories, hard drives, and even network drives, is a massive productivity boost. This week we want to hear about your local file search tips and tricks.

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DNSCrypt is an open-source DNS encryption tool, from the makers of popular DNS service OpenDNS, that increases browsing security by encrypting all your DNS requests.

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Keep your camera lens cap close at hand with this simple and dirt cheap DIY lens cap clip.

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iOS: If you’re a big fan of new Night theme in iBooks 1.5 and wish the entire iOS had an easy-on-the-eyes night mode, it does–find out how to adjust the entire UI experience with a few taps.

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Readily available internet access is the lifeblood for laptops, netbooks, tablets, and other portable devices. Whether your travels take you to the local coffee house or across the country, never be without free Wi-Fi again.

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Yesterday NASA announced the discovery of a planet in a habitable zone around a distant star. This distant planet, Kepler22-b, is but one of the many types of planets we’ve discovered.

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If you’re looking for a quick and cheap way to improvise a camera dolly, this clever tutorial shows you how to use a common drawer rail to build a smooth-sliding camera glider.

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Most of the time game glitches end up with people getting stuck behind rocks or the same note in the background music playing over and over. But break dancing bears? That’s a new one.

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Once a week we share three of the questions we’ve answered from the Ask HTG inbox with the greater readership; this week we’re looking at white noise screen savers, efficient file naming systems, and recovering from a password compromise.

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The HDTV market is loaded with high prices, jargon, and more than a few pitfalls for the uneducated consumer. Save your money, spare yourself a headache, and get the best bang for your buck with our detailed HDTV buying guide.

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What does it look like when you recreate popular iPhone video games in real life? A lot like this quirky music video from Hey Geronimo.

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We’ve shared various Quadrotor robot videos with you but we never expected to share one of the robots peacefully building a structure.

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If you’re looking for a cheap way to integrate a touchscreen-controlled stereo into your car, this clever Nook hack turns the inexpensive Android tablet into a polished mobile media center.

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While the burly CPU gets the press releases and the glory, the tiny microprocessor is the unsung hero of the technological revolution.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite tricks for scoring free Wi-Fi while on the road. Now we’re back to share the wealth; read on to see how your fellow readers stay connected while traveling.

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What do you get when you mix fire, hammers, cocktails, and a video camera capable of recording over 5,000 frames per second? This hypnotic video of martini-fueled mayhem.

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If you’re looking to capture smooth pans and steady video without purchasing expensive commercial gear, this DIY stabilizer will give you rock-steady video.

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Once a week we comb through our tips box and reader comments to share useful tips and tricks with everyone. This week we’re looking at how to get the new Google navigation bar ahead of schedule, search the Kindle Lending Library from the web, and how to clear up SD formatting issues.

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