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.

MIT Senseable City Lab, armed with anonymized mobile phone call and SMS data from ATT, has set out to chart what the US looks like when you map out social communities instead of geographical communities. Watch the video above...

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Earlier this week we asked you to share how (if at all) you monitor your bandwidth for both home networks and mobile devices. We’re back to share your favorite tools and tips.

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Chrome: If you’re annoyed by animated GIFs or just want to pause them to catch a certain frame, Paused! is an open-source Chrome extension that freeze frames GIFs with a single click.

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If you’ve ever seen carbon fiber you’ve likely thought it was some sort of space age material that could only be crafted under carefully controlled conditions in a factory.

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Once a week we crack open the tips box and share the great tips you’ve sent in. This week we’re looking at how to easily set up multiple wallpapers in Windows 7, zip through iBook, and track falling app prices.

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Visit Cantio as a guest and you can search for music to your heart’s content. Sign up for a free account and you can create playlists, watch the videos accompanying the music, and pull up additional artist info. In addi...

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Google Maps for Android is a great way to find your way around but what if you’re in an area with spotty connectivity? The new Download Map Area caches maps for offline use.

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Water goes in and coffee comes out. Simple, right? Although a coffee maker might be simple to use and employ minimal parts to get the job done (and keep the cost down in the process) the physics of the process is fascinating....

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This week we want to hear all about how you monitor your network usage. How do you keep tabs on your home network? How do you keep tabs on your mobile phone or other cellular devices? If you don’t monitor one but monitor the other, we want to hear about that too. What apps, tools, and tricks do you use?

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If you were put off by the complexity of the DIY Wi-Fi radio build we shared earlier this year, an updated version of that build is a much easier weekend project.

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If you enjoy reading long-form essay style articles, Delivereads is a free service that pushes bundles of handpicked articles to your Kindle on a semi-weekly basis.

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JailbreakMe.com has faced legal battles over the last few years, appearing and vanishing as quickly as Apple could lawyer up and attack them. Now that jailbreaking is considered legal under the DMCA the site is back up and he...

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XBMC is an awesome open-source media center application that can be customized, thanks to an easy-to-skin interface,  to give you the best looking media center on the block (and possibly in the county). Read on to see how.

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Want to turn your ringer off except for calls from a select few? SemiSilent selectively mutes your Android ringer so the critical calls come through and the rest stay silent.

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Back in May we shared a video of the Quadrotors from the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP lab. The video showed the Quadrotors executing moves in perfect formation and at break neck speeds. It turns out that when they...

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In the above video Matt Richardson from Make Magazine shows us how to make our own homemade photo developer using simple household materials (like coffee, washing soda, and Vitamin C) combined with cheap development supplies ...

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Once a week we dip into our reader mailbag and answer three of your pressing tech questions. This week we’re looking at how to keep windows always on top, adding custom libraries to the Start Menu, and how to fix a corrupt IE User Agent entry.

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Jeremiah Warren likes strapping cheap cameras to things to see what happens (arrows and chickens for example). In the above video he rigged up a lightweight camera to the stems of various bottle rockets and recorded their fli...

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What does it look like when you set off 5,000 pounds of fireworks on the ground? A lot like this disposal video from the NYPD Bomb Squad.

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In the above video Michael, from Michael’s Photography School, details how you can capture better fireworks photos including how to scout a location, important settings like shutter, aperture, and ISO, and tricks for ca...

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Earlier this week we asked you to share your strategy for installing applications on a new (or rebuilt) computer. The responses piled up and now we’re back to highlight your tips.

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Over at PukinDogPaintball Neild Bingham shares an impressive build. Dubbed the BECC (for Breach-Loaded Electro-Pneumatic Constant-Air Cannon), the modified potato cannon fires slugs of paint balls made from paper towel tubes ...

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In Vermont a Belgium draft horse named Fred, seen in the photo above being tended by his handler Claude, is a distinctly 19th century solution to a 21st century problem; how to run fiber optic cable through remote areas where...

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If you thought a prerequisite for manning a booth at an electronics expo was a passing knowledge of the electronics and games you were promoting, you were wrong.

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Every week we crack open the tips box and share some of the best reader tips. This week we’re looking at android browser zooming, caffeine power naps, and customizing the boot screens on Android devices.

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