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 for an interesting electronics project that combines something old and something new, this clever build combines a new Arduino chip to re-create a 1970s era microcomputer.

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With this simple hack you can turn any LCD screen into a multidimensional display capable of showing 3D hologram-like images.

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Chrome: If you routinely use popular cloud-based storage solutions like Dropbox, Box.net, Google Docs, and others, Cloud Save allows you to directly download a file from the web to your cloud drive.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader emails we’ve answered and share them. This week we’re looking at removing the shortcut arrow in Windows 7, remapping the Caps Lock Key, and disabling Google Instant Search Results.

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Android: Smart Browser Chooser is a simple application that toggles your browser based on the network you’re connected to–automatically switch to an optimized browser for lower data usage when you’re on your mobile data plan.

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While you’re likely not the kind of person that drinks hard liquor out of a plastic flask, don’t turn your nose up at the cheap little bottles–they make excellent DIY flash diffusers for soft lit photos.

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If you’re looking for a fun project to teach a kid the wonders of electronics tinkering it’s tough to beat a book that lets them spy on their siblings.

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If you’re looking to do a little gaming this weekend and you’d like to keep your wallet in your pocket, this collection of the top free Steam games will keep you busy and spare your bank account.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share the ways you’ve enhanced your home router. We’ve rounded up the responses here; read on to see how your fellow readers supercharge their home routers.

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Android: If you’re on the prowl for a new place, Trulia’s For Rent app taps into their massive real estate database and serves up listings for you to flag and compare.

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If you’re already looking forward to Halloween, Pandora has eight new stations tuned just for the season.

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In this week’s tips roundup we’re taking a look at an easy way to switch between the desktop and Metro UI in Windows 8, enabling God Mode in Windows 8, and changing the color scheme in the Windows 7 Task Manager.

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iOS: Joypad, a free application for iPhones, turns your phone into a simple NES game controller–additional premium skins replicate other classic controllers.

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Rdio, a music streaming and suggest service, has opened up their entire catalog of 12 million songs to all subscribers–previously only premium subscribers had full access.

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Over the last five years, social news site, Reddit has gone from a “What site?” kind of place to a “Didn’t you read it on Reddit yesterday?” kind of place. This infographic timeline charts the rise of Reddit.

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Sure, you can take your router out of the box, plug it in, and use it with the default settings, but there’s nothing particularly daring or geeky about that. What we’re interested in is all the ways you tweak, enhance, and modify your outer for maximum usefulness.

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Co-Optimus is an excellent resource for gamers interested in co-operative gaming and includes search tools for every major platform, search parameters to drill down through the results, and co-op game reviews.

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If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add reactive ambient lighting to your computer or HDTV setup, ADALight is a great DIY solution. Check out the video for an impressive demonstration.

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Prior to this update Google+ allowed you to lock a comment to prevent sharing and turn off comments, but only after you’d published it. Now you can do it from the start.

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Expand the power of XBMC, the popular open-source media center software, by taking advantage of the add-on system and these great add-ons. Read on to get started using XBMC add-ons.

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There are plenty of software-based temperature monitoring solutions, fewer hardware-based solutions, and even fewer hardware solutions that include prominent visual indicators. This DIY hack changes the lighting on your case ...

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If you’re looking for a simple no-frills countdown timer, Timerr is a web-based solution that’s as easy to use as setting a physical kitchen timer.

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Star Wars fan or not, the Imperial March is an instantly recognizable tune for millions of people. In this extremely geeky video two 3.5″ floppy drives work in tandem to play it.

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Once a week we round up some of the reader questions we’ve answered to share with everyone. This week we’re looking at how to bulk edit the authorship on Microsoft Office docs, set up port forwarding on your router, and remote controlling your Android phone.

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Want to make sure you catch anyone brash enough to loot your beloved media center? Include this PS3 Trojan Horse in the mix to track your gear.

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