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Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

If the aliens ever invade earth, we’ve now got a plan—stick a Malaysian astrophysicist out front to talk to them. That’s right, the UN is actually planning on appointing an ambassador just in case we make contact.

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Have you ever played the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon trivia game? You’re supposed to figure out how to link one actor back to Kevin Bacon within 6 steps.

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Over at the Windows Phone blog, they’ve just announced that one of the top requests from developers was using Visual Basic to write apps for the phone. Visual Basic? Seriously?

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This is no ordinary pineapple. It can actually hijack people’s wireless connections and get them to use the pineapple to connect to the internet instead of the router they meant to connect to—and then monitor what they are doing.

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When reader Yutaka wrote in telling us that he made a 2-bit CPU on paper, we were scratching our heads—but after reading his article, it’s actually pretty interesting.

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Over at Arstechnica, they’ve figured out that the generic icon used when there’s no picture for a contact is actually a silhouette of Bill Gates.

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Who needs boring pictures of landscapes or posters of Star Wars characters when you could have some real artwork on your walls? These guys have created some amazing artwork from your favorite 8-bit video games.

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Yes, this is a real, working Jump to Conclusions application for your Android phone, and you don’t need to get run over by a truck to make it.

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This is, without question, the nerdiest desktop setup ever. Looks like it’s put together with Rainmeter and… not sure what else. You’ll see lots of close-ups of various system stats and other gadgets all ove...

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Without question, Google Maps is one of the most amazing mobile applications for your Android phone, but it gets even better—there’s a few extra features that you might not have noticed.

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This tutorial isn’t really useful for modern PCs, since the motherboard has the pins instead of the CPU, but it does remind me of a funny story of something that actually happened to me.

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This sticker makes your iPhone 4 look like an NES controller when you’ve got it upside down—sadly they are out of stock, but it seems like it would be easy to create your own similar sticker.

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Kevin Purdy, one of my fellow writers over at Lifehacker and all-around good guy, has just published an excellent book covering everything you could ever want to know about Android—and it’s available online for free.

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Since I spend a large amount of my time testing out applications, taking screenshots, and doing web development, I’m constantly needing to resize windows to various sizes—so I’ve put together an AutoHotkey function that does it for me.

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One of the great things with Android phones is the gigantic collection of widgets that you can install to show all sorts of information on your screen—but what if you don’t want a widget? Here’s how to see the exact battery level without a memory-wasting widget.

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Busy wallpaper images don’t work very well on your iPhone, iPad, or any device where you need to have lots of icons on the screen. Here’s a set of minimalistic wallpaper images that won’t clutter up your desktop.

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Very often, the geek factor of an idea isn’t about how practical it really is—rather, it’s about whether you can figure out how to do it or not.

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You don’t need a gaudy t-shirt to show off how much of a nerd you are—sometimes it’s best to go with understated instead.

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Microsoft is about to release the completely revamped version of their browser, and we got this from Microsoft earlier today:

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If you heavily use your Android phone, you’ve probably come across a situation where a buggy application wasn’t working quite right, but there was no way to exit from the application in the interface. Here’s how to kill any application without a third-party task manager.

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It looks like we’re about to see perfect-quality high-def movies hitting torrents everywhere, even possibly while the movies are still in the theaters.

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If you’re anything like me, you probably have Ubuntu running on your older computers, and they often have smaller hard drives so you’re looking to save every bit of drive space you can. Here’s an easy trick to free up a surprising amount of drive space.

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One of the primary features that kept me using Outlook’s calendar was the desktop notifications that popped up to remind me when it was time for another boring meeting. Now with Google Calendar and Chrome notifications, I’ll never miss the chance to sleep through another meeting.

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When you’re dealing with an application that displays data in a set of columns, it’s often frustrating to have to resize each column separately—but today we’ve got a great trick for you that resizes all the columns with a single keystroke.

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