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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.

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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If you’re looking for a dead simple way to play around with stop-motion animation on your Android phone, Gifinator is it.

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From the introduction of commercially viable pagers and cellphones in the 1970s to the smartphones of today; this infographic covers 40 years of innovation and increasing mobile productivity.

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If you’re looking to score a solidly constructed and effective ring flash without dropping a lot of cash, this DIY build is both polished, portable, and efficient.

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Once a week we dip into the reader mailbag and answer your tech questions. This week we’re looking at mobile credit card processing for Android, resizing hard drive partitions, and tethering your Android phone to your laptop.

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WorldCat has released an interactive tool that pulls from their massive library catalog; easily search and trace connections between authors, fictional characters, places, things, and companies.

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Videos have been floating around of the Google cars driving around test tracks, but what about the view from inside the self-driving cars? Step inside with this video.

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It’s a clever mashup; when you run 3D Compass the application combines the view from the phone’s camera with information from the GPS chip to map your location, information from the compass to give your bearing, a...

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