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Once a week we dip into the tips box and share some of the gems we find there. This week we’re looking at how to easily generate secure passwords with a personal algorithm, upgrade the font rendering in Windows, and manage your Android volume more effectively.

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Do any of you have similar “dirty computer” horror stories to share? Let us know in the comments!

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Just when you think you have seen the most awesome LEGO projects to date, here is an old school entry that puts LEGO to good use for breaking and entry into a building. Is there no end to the possibilities when it comes to LEGO?

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If you’re looking for the perfect way to accent light your office, living room, or geek cave, this clever and modular LED lighting system can help.

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Looking to save some cash while stocking up on computers, peripherals, apps, and other goodies? Hit up our deal list for discounts on all manner of geeky gear.

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If you’re having a hard time finding a good comic reader for your Mac, Jomic is a lightweight, open source, and snappy comic reader available for both OS X and Windows.

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Tech wallpaper [deviantART]

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Bandito offers a unique method of news generation: it uses your iOS device’s music playlists to create a list of customized news articles focused on the musical acts you’re into.

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DHCP makes it simple to configure network access for your home network, and port forwarding makes it easy to those computers from anywhere. By configuring static DHCP on your DD-WRT router, you can combine the best of both worlds.

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The Windows Event Logs are a tremendous resource as they can not only help you troubleshoot current system issues, but can also provide you with warning signs of potential future problems. So keeping on top of the events your system records can be key to keeping your system running as it should. Unfortunately, sifting through the Event Logs or creating custom views can be a cumbersome manual process.

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Most of us just plug directly into our broadband or indirectly via router when we’re at home. What about when we’re out and about? This week we want to hear about your mobile broadband solutions.

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New Windows update [9GAG]

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A gentleman thought it was safe to spend a bit of time relaxing outdoors until he encountered a new man-eating threat called BearShark. Now he is not safe on land or in the water as he flees for his life! Will he escape or be...

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It’s tricky to backlight a wall-mounted television; this clever design uses the USB port on the HDTV to provide power to a ring of LED lights.

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If you’re an AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile customer and you’re itching for a free and snappy new smartphone, Best Buy is currently running a one day promotion–get a Nexus S for free.

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leaded glass [deviantART]

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Drop Zone is a handy Windows application that creates file transfer hot spots on your desktop. Drag the files onto the hot spot and select from your list of predetermined destinations.

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We’ve covered the manual methods of some fun Photoshop effects—now here’s they are in automatic. Download the How-To Geek Photoshop Action Pack, and get those effects in seconds with the touch of a button.

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