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.

Upgrading your laptop’s hard drive is a great way to get some extra life out of an old machine (or resurrect a dead one). Read on as we walk you through the prep work, the installation, and the followup.

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More than a few readers have written in with the same question: why does the quality of videos sent via text message from their iPhones vary so wildly? Read on as we dig into why it has nothing to do with the quality of your iPhone camera and everything to do with what happens after you take the video.

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Worried your USB charger is under performing or out of spec? Think you’re not getting the real charge time out of that new power bank you bought? If you’re willing to geek-out a little then you can test your USB devices to see if they’re up to snuff.

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Google has thrown their hat in the router and smarthome ring at once with the introduction of their OnHub router, a router that promises to be the easiest and most hassle free router experience you’ve ever had with super easy setup, automatic security updates, smarthome integration, and more. Does it live up to that promise?

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Like many staples of a pre-smarthome age, the humble leak detector has made the jump to the 21st century. Read on as we show you how to integrate a smarthome leak detecting sensor into your home protection arsenal to receive alerts not just at home but wherever you are.

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One of the big complaints Minecraft players have is that Minecraft runs on Java — it’s a pain to deal with because it’s insecure and needs frequent updating to avoid exploits, and they’d rather not deal with it at all. Thanks to a new launcher, Minecraft no longer requires you to install Java, so you can finally remove it.

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Google’s Picasa photo management tool is a really fantastic free tool for consumer photo organization but it has a really annoying habit: it snaps a picture of your entire desktop every time you press the Print Screen button. Let’s take a look at the effective (but very unintuitive) way to fix that.

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Most people have the basics of throwing a movie night down: you get a movie, you get snacks, you get comfortable, and boom, you’re done. When it comes to throwing a movie party in the backyard, however, things get a little trickier. Read on as we show you how to do it stress free.

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Although millions of people have already jumped on the Windows 10 wagon, there are still millions of upgraders waiting in the wings. If you want your upgrade to be as painless as possible read on as we highlight the best practices for upgrading your PC to Windows 10.

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You have a brand new high-capacity flash drive that can store more than the hard drive of your first three computers combined, but when you go to copy a large file it denies you. What gives? Read on as we show you how to solve your flash drive frustrations.

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Most of the time we want our applications online and connected to both our local network and the greater Internet. There are instances, however, when we want to prevent an application from connecting to the Internet. Read on as we show you how to lock down an application via the Windows Firewall.

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Networked, or IP, security cameras are readily available and, with each new generation of products, increasingly sophisticated. Digging through the available options can be overwhelming though; read on as we walk you through the process with a handy security camera shopping checklist.

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When you upgrade Windows 10 your old account comes with you, when you do a clean install you make a new account during the process, but what about if you want to add additional local accounts? Read on as we show you how.

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Generally speaking you image an entire drive to do a drive-at-a-time backup and restoration. Now and then you may find you need to mount a drive image you’ve created to retrieve a file or two. Read on as we show you how to mount a Macrium Reflect backup image as a Windows drive.

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Now that Windows 10 is available for public download and installation people have more questions than ever about the new version of Windows. We’ve rounded up the questions we get most frequently here at How-To Geek and compiled them to help you get up to speed about Windows 10.

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Mobile and broadband data caps alike have made people very conscientious of their data usage. Windows 10 includes a built-in network usage monitor that, unlike its predecessor, is actually a pretty useful way to keep an eye on your bandwidth consumption. Read on as we show you how.

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You’re not interested in a clean install, you don’t want to fuss with wiping your computer, you just want to take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 10. It might be a relatively straight forward process, but it’s always useful to bring a guide. Read on as we walk you through the upgrade process.

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The premium router market is increasingly saturated with high-priced and powerful routers. Even in such a market the D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router stands out both in size and styling as well as performance. Read on as we take a closer look at this flame red and feature packed model.

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The Start Menu is a staple of the Windows experience and should be streamlined, efficient, and unmolested by the greater world beyond the operating system and programs it serves as a portal to. Microsoft brought the Start Menu back to the forefront in Windows 10 but they spoiled it in the process.

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Recently we showed you how to volume limit any device with volume limiting headphones to protect your child’s hearing. You can do the same thing in-device if you have an iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device with a simple iOS setting adjustment.

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It’s extremely convenient to access a local hard drive (be it an internal drive or an external drive) that’s connected to your Windows computer from within a virtual machine running in Hyper-V. It’s not so convenient to figure out exactly how to accomplish that end though. Read on as we walk you through it.

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The Apple Watch is packed with features that aren’t immediately visible at first glance. The music app on the watch immediately (and intuitively) controls the music app on your iPhone but it can also stand alone as its own Bluetooth-enabled iPod-like device. Read on as we show you how to link it to Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

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We’ve all done it: you misplace something important and you spend a lot of time (with a lot of stress) backtracking to locate it again. With Bluetooth tracking devices you can make the hunt a lot easier, less stressful, and even avoid losing the thing in the first place. Read on as we highlight the pros and cons of Bluetooth trackers.

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If there’s one complaint you can expect to hear when a new version of Windows rolls out, it’s “What did they do to the Start Menu?” If you just want the start menu in Windows 10 to look and function the way the Windows 7 Start Menu did, we’re here to help.

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It’s been the bane of laptop users for years: you’re typing away, your palm brushes the trackpad, and the accidental click inserts the cursor in the middle of the text completely screwing things up. Banish the frustration of accidental trackpad clicks with the handy built-in Windows 10 settings.

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