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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 you’re going to create a fountain, why not use a character from Star Wars?

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When I was a kid, I put together loads of model cars and planes, but I always threw out the runners that connected all the pieces together. Never crossed my mind to use them to construct a gigantic robot.

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If you’ve worked in the admin world for any length of time, you’ve probably run into an instance where you needed to change the hostnames on your server to match some corporate naming standard, but you can’t have downtime either. So how do you change the hostname without rebooting?

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There’s been a lot of talk about Apple’s battle against Flash, their refusal to allow it on any of their mobile platforms, and Google taking the opposite approach—but how well does it really work in practice? Ov...

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So you’re about to setup your new Windows 7 PC into your Homegroup when you realized that you have no idea what the password is. How do you find it? It’s actually pretty simple, if you know where to look.

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Birthday cake is for those who don’t have superhero cupcakes.

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Insomnia [deviantART]

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What better use for your “magical” iPad than to go back in time? This designer transformed a fruit crate into a retro iPad charging doc.

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Have you ever used the Homegroup feature in Windows 7? It’s a great way to share files and printers with all your Windows 7 computers, but if you don’t want it anymore, you can disable or enable the feature easily.

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Inbox overflowing? Sometimes it helps to show only the unread email messages, so you can more quickly scan through the list and clean out your inbox. The select Unread feature in Gmail just checks the boxes next to the unread messages, but here’s how to show only unread.

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Once you’ve done so, save the script and double-click on it to start it up—you’ll be able to scroll the command prompt window with the keyboard now. Personally I prefer using Shift+Page Up or Down to scroll, since that’s the more Linux way to do it.

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If you have been an admin for any length of time, you have certainly discovered situations where a server spikes in CPU use or memory utilization and/or load levels. Running `top` won’t always give you the answer, either. So how do you find those sneaky processes that are chewing up your system resources to be able to kill ‘em?

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What could possibly be more geeky than building your own super computer? Here’s how somebody made their own mini-sized Cray supercomputer.

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We’ve shown you how to add automatically generated text in Microsoft Word, but they changed the text in recent versions of Word from “Quick Brown Fox” to something else. Here’s how to get it back.

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If you’ve got multiple wireless networks or you’ve got one of those dual-band Wireless-N routers that have two separate networks, you might wonder how to tell Windows what network to try to connect to first. Here’s the explanation.

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Linux distributions like Ubuntu open the main menu with Alt+F1 instead of the Windows key that most new Linux users would be expecting, but it used to be simple to change the shortcut key. Since Ubuntu 9.10 the process isn’t so obvious, but we’ve got the instructions for you.

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We’re always on the lookout for the simplest and easiest solution to perform a task, preferably while using the least amount of system resources. Here’s how to minimize to the system tray with a tiny little application helper.

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We’ve already shown you how to customize shortcut keys in any Linux application, but for today’s lesson we’ll take it a step beyond—and assign a shortcut key that switches an open application to be the currently focused window.

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Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VII are, without question, two of the best console role playing games of all time. Here’s a bunch of videos of an orchestra playing modern versions of the music from these retro video games.

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Have a sweet multiple monitor setup going? Here’s a wallpaper designed for up to three screens, though it would work fine on just one or two.

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Why settle for an ordinary cube when you can have one made out of wood? Or if nothing else, you can add it to your collection.

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Ever wanted to customize your Windows 7 logon screen? Here’s a simple utility that can do that, and it also has a bunch of other tweaks built in.

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Researchers at the University of Michigan have created a new technology that can make pixels 8 times smaller than the pixels on the iPhone 4. Impressive!

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Over at the Paperkraft site, they’ve put together a downloadable guide to creating an awesome Mario figure out of paper. Sweet!

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Over at the Chromium blog, they’ve posted some details about the ongoing efforts to overhaul the graphics system to take advantage of your graphics card’s processing power—which means these features will be land...

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