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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.

Black Friday is mere days away and the holiday shopping season is upon us. This week we want to hear about your favorite deals apps—how do you find the best deals on the go?

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Yesterday Amazon announced that they now sell more Kindle books than physical books. Where do you fit on this shift towards digital reading?

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With an increasing amount of our lives stored in digital format—financial documents, family photos, work projects—it is increasingly important to backup. This week we take a look at your backup strategies.

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If you’re a student (or at least know one with a .EDU address you can borrow) and you’re in the market for a Windows 7 PC you can score a free Xbox in the process.

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Sous vide, for the unfamiliar, is a process of cooking food in water at precisely controlled temperatures. For example, you can cook a steak by putting it in a vacuum-sealed plastic bag and then cooking it to the exact temper...

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Once a week we dip into the reader mailbag and share some helpful tips. Today we’re looking at Android TXT messaging from your desktop, indexing offline storage volumes, and adding iOS-style folders to your Android homescreen.

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The old standby in spud gun design is a simple chamber with a flammable gas inside and a basic ignition system. JC, of JCOPRO.net, mixed thing up a bit by both changing out the propellant system from an explosive gas to a pne...

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Wired magazine goes beyond simply explaining what the CynaogenMod is and digs into the history of the mod, the legal troubles it has run into, the people involved in the development, and more.

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If you’re bent on customizing every aspect of your Android phone, this helpful guide will show you how to swap out the stock boot animation for a new custom one.

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Data loss is serious—and tragic—business. This week we want to hear about your data backup strategies and how you ensure that your data stays safe, secure, and ready to be resurrected should the Binary Reaper strike.

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Once upon at time before the age of HTML, the internet looked like a command prompt and a world of text. Telehack is a simulation site that recreates the early internet experience.

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At PC Magazine they purchased everything from premium Monster brand HDMI cables ($120) to bargain basement $2 cables and found that there was no difference between the two. This is unsurprising if you know that HDMI cables carry a digital signal.

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Instructables user Matth3w shares a simple tutorial for turning some scrap wood, a handful of bolts, and some segments of Loc-Line modular hosing into a bendable tripod mount you can wrap around things and otherwise mold for ...

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Cookies can be useful when you’re in control of them. Today we’re taking a look at how you can control cookies by blocking them except for when you want them to enhance your user experience.

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Over the last 40 years email has evolved quite a bit; take a peek at this infographic to chart significant milestones in the history of email.

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At The Cheap Geek they share a detailed guide to building your own custom desk without spending a lot of money. You’ll need to be handy with some basic shop tools and willing to get dirty but the end result is worth it....

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For their capstone project in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Cornell, Brian Harding and Cat Jubunski decided to build a stand alone face recognition system. Despite the very high cost of commercial mode...

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Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag to answer your tech questions. This week we take a look at how you can avoid frequent reboots, moving MS Office, and how to share your laptop’s internet connection.

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It’s Monday; if you’re lamenting another weekend past without a cool project then it’s time to add this inexpensive water rocket to your weekend project list.

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On this day in Geek History the first laser was fired in a move that would lead to the development of new tools and the desire of evil villains everywhere to attach lasers to the ocean’s alpha-predators.

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TechCrunch shares a technique for getting Netflix on your unsupported Android device. You’ll need a rooted device, a copy of the Netflix APK, and a willingness to monkey in the guts of your device and trick applications...

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your geeky hobby; you responded in force and shared some really interesting and definitely geeky hobbies and interests. Read on to see what your fellow geeks are up to.

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You can definitely file this trick in your “awesome DIY science” folder. Make magazine shares a technique for creating detailed wood burns without actually applying fire or a hot iron to the wood surface.

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Commercial meter readers are expensive; this DIY hack allows you to cheaply monitor your power consumption for a greener tomorrow (and, realistically, a much lower bill).

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