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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.

If you’ve ever wished that you could get notification upon the delivery of your physical mail (just like you do with your email) then this hack is for you. Turn a wireless doorbell into a snail mail indicator.

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KinEmote is a Windows-based application that links your Kinect motion-sensing camera to your computer, opening the door to play all manner of games like Angry Birds using the motion of your body.

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When was the last time you read the entire privacy of a web site you were registering at? Never? You wouldn’t be alone and this infographic examination of privacy policies highlights why.

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Things have changed a bit in the Guinness Book of World Records we poured over in our youth; the new version has pages worth of entries related to video games. Here are some of the more colorful ones you likely didn’t know about.

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It was quite a wild ride for this week in Geek History: Steve Jobs gave a demonstration of the first Macintosh computer, beloved geek show MythBusters took to the air, and iconic movie Dr. Strangelove appeared in theatres and our collective consciousness.

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After the release of Firesheep–a Wi-Fi sniffing Firefox extension that made waves last fall–major companies scrambled to beef up their security. Facebook joins the fray this week by adding in total session HTTPS; ...

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Late last year Apple pulled iDOS, a DOS emulator for iOS devices, from the App Store. Just this week it returned with some modifications that prevent you from using iTunes to load in extra DOS apps. Check out how to work arou...

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If you’re looking for a polished web-based EPUB reader, MagicScroll allows you to read books from the web, uploaded from your computer, and even share the books with your friends.

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Whether you want to backup your game saves because you’ve worked so hard on them or you want to import game saves precisely so you don’t have to work so hard, we’ve got you covered.

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Keep My Opt-Outs is a small extension for Google Chrome that permanently enables your opt-out selection across all your instances of Google Chrome.

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When you’ve burned through the last of that 100 CD spindle there’s nothing left to do with it but chuck it in the bin; unless you apply a little DIY spirit to it and recycle it into a glowing desk lamp.

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If you’ve decided to switch full time to using your Google Voice number as your primary number (and there are certainly a slew of features to entice you to do so), here’s a simple guide to doing so.

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Although iTunes usually does a good enough job backing up your data, the backups are encrypted and inaccessible save for totally restoring your system. What if you want to copy your saved games to a new device? Read on to find out how.

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Google has updated their web-based weather widget for mobile browsers. Simply search for “weather” using your smartphone to see a detailed and interactive weather widget at the top of the search results.

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InMaps is a new offering from LinkedIn that charts out all your network connections on a visual map, simultaneously organizing them and showing you how they are interconnected.

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Many people have seen the histogram on their camera (usually by accidentally changing the view mode while reviewing photos) but very few people use it. The histogram is a handy tool once you know how to decode the jagged lit...

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Once a week we dig into our reader mailbag and answer your burning questions. Today we’re taking a peek at how to enable the missing FTP functionality in XBMC, rename your downloaded TV shows, and get access to the Market when emulating Android.

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If you’re looking for an Exposé-like experience on your iOS devices, Multifl0w brings super slick task switching to jailbroken iOS devices.

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Stellarium is a cross-platform planetarium app that has to be seen to be believed. Zoom through the night sky, check out constellations from anywhere on (or off) the planet, watch the rotation of the stars throughout virtual days, and more.

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If you want to keep up on your friends’ Facebook activity but you hate keeping a tab open for Facebook, Facebook Desktop parks Facebook updates and a quick-reply function right in the system tray.

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The year is 1988 and Siskel & Ebert really want you to get a video phone. If nothing else can make you appreciate having a powerful computer capable of clear video chat in your pocket, this will.

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If you’re looking for a dead simple way to wirelessly transfer files to your Android phone, Awesome Drop offers easy browser-to-phone transfer.

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Wildly popular physics-based game Angry Birds, from the development house Rovio, has finally been knocked off the number one slot in the App Store. Knocked off, that is, by a 14 year old boy with his own compelling physics-based game.

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In 1883 Thomas Edison threw the switch on a system of overhead wires that would bring light to the community of Roselle, New Jersey. A steam powered generator powered local businesses, the local Presbyterian church (the first in the world to be lit by electricity), around 40 houses, and 150 street lights. We take electric street lights completely for granted in the 21st century but at the time significant portions of the United States and Europe were still using gas lamps. Edison’s proof-of-concept display in Roselle inspired other communities to switch to safer electric light systems.

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Over the last decade and a half Yahoo! went from the go-to search engine for a significant majority of internet users to, for many,  a mere footnote in the history of the internet’s meteoric rise in popular use.

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