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Once a week we round up some great reader tips from the tips box and reader comments, and share the with the rest of you. This week we’re looking at an alternate way to control Xbox controller in Windows, how to keep your computer cool in the summer heat, and how to build a power DIY book scanner.

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Sometimes the Grim Reaper’s job is quick and simple, but not this time as he comes to claim the soul of an avid gamer. Can they come to an amicable understanding or has this just evolved into Immortal Kombat?

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Sooner or later everything comes full-circle…

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In this video a tone generator is used to shoot specific frequencies through a large drop of mercury which results in a wide array of unique shapes and patterns created by standing waves–but really, you need to see it to appreciate it.

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While Settlers of Catan (a modular board game) and LEGO (a modular building system) seems destined to fit perfectly together, the execution of a functional Catan board out of LEGO bricks is tricky. Check out this polished build to see it done right.

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TimeScapes XII [deviantART]

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If loved the tornado-visualization we posted last month, this visualization of a century of earthquakes around the globe will be right up your alley.

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VPNs and SSH tunnels can both securely “tunnel” network traffic over an encrypted connection. They’re similar in some ways, but different in others – if you’re trying to decide which to use, it helps to understand how each works.

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Windows doesn’t really feel like your own until you’ve tweaked and prodded it a little. This week we’re interested in hearing about your favorite must-have customization trick that takes precedence over all others.

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A lot of people are unhappy with being forced to interact with the new Start Screen in Windows 8 first thing once they have logged into their system. But there is a quick and simple work-around to go directly to Desktop Mode ...

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People sometimes wonder just what is going through Pyro’s head when he is spreading mayhem and destruction. If you are one of them, then here is your chance to see things from Pyro’s ‘unique’ point-of-view!

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If you’re like most geeks, you’ve got a box of aging computer equipment you just haven’t got around to hauling to your city’s haz-mat drop off site. This simple tutorial turns cast off circuit boards into wall art.

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CERN scientists dropped a press release today indicating they’ve found a particle consistent with the long sought after Higgs Boson particle–the “God” particle, that could help radically refine our und...

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If there are any crumbs or cruft left in that part of the keyboard, then it is time to give up!

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If you thought water drops frozen in time were neat, this tutorial shows you how to capture the flow of colored liquids dropped into water–the effects are quite eye catching.

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VLC includes a fairly easy-to-use streaming feature that can stream music and videos over a local network or the Internet. You can tune into the stream using VLC or other media players.

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