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.

Some of these epic technology failures you’ll recall–like the short lived Swatch Internet Time Watches. Others, like the Gizmondo handheld console, you probably never even heard of.

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Once  week we round up the best reader tips and share them here. This week we’re looking at running Windows 8 as a VMware machine, speeding up Windows 7 search with Agent Ransack, and making zip ties reusable.

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Android: If you’re a fan of the travel search engine HipMunk you’ll want to scoot over to the Market and grab a copy of their new, and rather polished, Android application.

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Windows: If you’re a VirtualBox power user, VBoxLauncher generates a custom jumplist of all your VirtualBox machines for easy access.

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Do you know how long your cell provider is storing your text messages, call logs, and other personal information? Find out here.

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Electronic payment is quick, paperless, and easy to keep track of. Have you ditched traditional paper bill payment for online payments?

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Windows/Android/iOS: If you’re reluctant to share photos online because of embedded metadata (like GPS coordinates in pictures taken from your camera phone), PixelGarde offers easy metadata stripping and photo sharing.

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Today Amazon revealed their in-house Android-based tablet, the Kindle Fire, as well as a host of changes to the Kindle lineup.

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Popular presentation sharing web site SlideShare has abandoned flash and shifted entirely to HTML5–you can now view SlideShare on any app that has an HTML5 compliant web browser.

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Google+ now offers easy circle sharing; if you’ve built up a collection of interesting writers, photographers, or other individuals you can readily share that collection with friends.

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After months of being accessible only via Windows-based smartphones, the Windows Phone Marketplace now sports a web portal for easy at-your-desk app browsing.

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Delicious, best known as a cloud-based bookmarking tool, has a new face. Delicious Stacks is a fusion between bookmark sharing and micro blogging.

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Once a week we round up some of the interesting questions you guys mail in, answer them, and share them with the greater readership. This week we’re looking at how to enable Aero in VirtualBox, figuring out how much overhead your RAID array will chew up, and RAW processing without Photoshop.

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Despite the common notion that lots of data is beamed down from satellites the majority of global communications travel through a massive network of high speed cables. Check out this interactive map to see the cables that bind everything together.

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If you’re interested in experimenting with Usenet but not sure if you’re ready to take the plunge and get a paid account somewhere, XSUsenet is offering free (albeit reduced speed) Usenet accounts.

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This time-lapse video, created from a series of 345 images shot from the International Space Station, showcases Auroras in the upper atmosphere of the Earth in a way we never see them from way down here.

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Twitter is a great way to get interesting links, article updates, and more from How-To Geek and our writers. Read on to learn how you can follow us and pick up some Twitter tips and tricks in the process.

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Following the Facebook F8 conference announcement, Spotify is ditching the invite only model and offering 6 months free unlimited service.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite social networking apps and how you were benefiting from them. Now we’re back to highlight your tips and tricks.

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In a rather stunning display of scientific inquiry and processing, Berkley scientists have successfully created video footage of memory.

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Yesterday Facebook announced their new Timeline view–a radical departure from the current profile structure. Try it right now with this simple trick.

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Once a week we take a look in the tips box and share the tips and tricks you mail in. This week we’re focusing on a great tip that turns an old (and probably unused) CD case into a cable organizer.

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Gmail’s mobile interface just received a welcome update; you can now sign into multiple Gmail accounts, set a mobile signature, and set your vacation message from your phone.

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Could you stay in your house without leaving? Could the internet provide everything? This infographic takes a look at what we’re doing online and how the internet has brought the outside world to our doorstep.

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Worried about high-tech thieves getting the drop on the contents of your RFID enabled identification and credit cards? Craft yourself an RFID-blocking wallet to keep them at bay.

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