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 your scare-the-tricker-or-treaters CD filled with creaking doors and evil laughter from 1960s horror movies is feeling a little dated, freshen it up with this spooky Star Wars mix.

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In the late 1980s something special happened in Denver. A group of Sci-Fi nerds and robotics enthusiasts said to themselves “You know what would be awesome? Fighting robots.” and the first Battle Bot arena was born.

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Once a week we delve into the tips box and share some of our favorite reader tips. This week we’re looking at voice control for Android (similar to Apple’s Siri), DIY flash diffusers for digital photography, and sending text messages to groups.

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FeedBeater allows you to easily create RSS feeds and email alerts for web sites without native RSS/alert functionality.

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This DIY LED display falls deeply into the “We think it’s awesome; glad he’s not our neighbor” category. Check out the video to see a 1144-channel LED extravaganza.

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Android handsets have a spotty history of getting legitimate and timely updates. This chart lays out the update timelines of popular Android handsets. In the process it presents a fascinating look at how Android phones become orphans.

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This DIY Ambilight–reactive ambient HDTV lighting–setup is brighter and more sophisticated than the original. Check out the video to be blown away by the brightness.

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Windows Explorer has been with us since the early days of Windows and the GUI revolution but that doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for the job. What Windows Explorer alternative do you use to more effectively navigate your files?

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Most DIY soft box projects yield a small 2×2 foot softbox and save you a few buck in the process. This monster-sized build yields a 6×7 softbox for a fraction of the cost of a commercial model.

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Electroluminescent wire (or EL wire for short) is a low-voltage and low-heat way to add some dramatic lighting effects to your Halloween costume. Read on to see how you can easily incorporate it into your outfit this year.

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Android: You don’t have to lose custom ringtone identifiers just because your phone is on vibrate. ViBe sets specific vibration patterns for specific callers.

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Dropbox is a great way to store files in the cloud and access them easily from devices big and small. Today we’re taking a look at how you can supercharge your Dropbox experience with free space upgrades, app integration, and more.

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The newest release of Chrome sports an overhauled New Tab page with better organization, including a cleaner division between apps and frequently visited pages.

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Lensbaby offers a series of camera lenses that feature lens barrels you can shift and twist for dramatic photo effects. This DIY Lensbaby clone offers the same effect on-the-cheap.

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If you’re looking for full length and free documentaries, Documentary.net offers an extensive catalog of documentaries on a wide range of topics.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader questions we’ve recently answered and showcase them. This week we’re looking at how to always display the image size in Google Images, preserving browser tabs while using CCleaner, and what to backup when creating your Windows backup files.

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There’s no need to leave the high-caliber theatrics to Disney when there are DIY guides like this one floating around. Bring the Haunted Mansion’s Singing Ghosts to your front porch.

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If you’re a SciFi fan and looking for some new books to devour, BestSFBooks catalogs the winners of a dozen different Science-Fiction literature awards–check out the best from the present all the way back to the 1950s.

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Whether you’re talking to an automated tech support line, watching Star Trek, or playing with Apple’s new Siri voice assistant, the voice of the computer is female. Science can explain why.

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The annual Orionid meteor shower is approaching its peak; catch a great meteor show this weekend by turning to the night sky at the right time.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your tips and tricks for minimizing your printing costs and getting more out of your home printer. You responded and we’re back with a roundup of your comments.

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Earlier this year the internet was abuzz with the news of the Lytro Camera, a camera that allows you to focus the picture after you’d taken it. People were skeptical, but the camera has been seen in the wild.

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You probably won’t have enough time to knock out all these films before Halloween, but you’ll certainly be able to pick from the top grossing Horror films for your haunted house movie nights.

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If you’re enjoying Windows 8 but you’re not a particularly big fan of the new MetroUI and/or the Ribbon interface, this reader tip will help you disable the features you don’t want.

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Android: Don’t rely on simple signal strength meters to explore the Wi-Fi nodes around you. Wi-Fi Analytics is a free and feature-packed Wi-Fi scanner.

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