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Whether you can’t get enough Minecraft or you’ve never started playing it, you can hop right into your browser and play a classic edition of the game for free.

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In this week’s game aliens have slipped into town and stolen something from the local gun fighter, which sets off a quest for revenge. Are your shooting skills good enough to help the gun fighter defeat the aliens or will they sit back and laugh at your poor aim?

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Even if you don’t have much drawing talent, it’s surprisingly easy to create a photorealistic caricature from a photograph with good resolution and a few minutes in Photoshop. Grab an image and get ready to become a caricature artist!

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Have you ever wished that instead of having to manually login to a server in order to see the system log, the events would simply come to you? How-To Geek goes into how to setup a syslog collector.

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Windows 8 was clearly designed with touch screens in mind. Using Windows 8 with a mouse can be disorienting at first — many of the tried-and-true Windows interface conventions have changed.

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Zenity adds graphical interfaces to shell scripts with a single command. Shell scripts are a great way to automate repetitive tasks, but they’re normally confined to the terminal — Zenity brings them out of the terminal and onto your desktop.

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Once a week we round up some great tips from the HTG tips box and share them with everyone; this week we’re looking at recycling Android phones for use around the house, increasing safety with a glowing LED switch, and how to easily encrypt Dropbox contents.

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In this video PBS series Off Book takes a look at the history and recent explosion of renewed interest in animated GIFs along with talking to two teams who are working to help the medium evolve.

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Grass, Wheat, Storms [The Paper Wall]

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Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right!

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Windows: If you’re envious of the Mac Launchpad but in no hurry to change operating systems, XLaunchpad brings the experience to Windows.

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Vertical laptop stands are all the space-saving rage right now, but $50 for a lightweight hunk of plastic or metal seems a bit steep. This hack turns an inexpensive napkin stand into a vertical laptop stand.

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The Devolution of Batteries [Graph Jam]

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You can buy a stock Swiss Army knife with a USB drive but they tend to be short on implements and mostly filled with a bulky full-size thumb drive. This hack adds a tiny USB drive to a normal knife for the best of both worlds.

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The Windows 8 desktop looks just like Windows 7, with one exception — no Start button. Losing the Start button isn’t the end of the world — Windows 8 exposes all the familiar options in different ways.

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Gmail’s a Google product, so of course it has powerful search features. But some of Gmail’s search features are hidden and don’t appear in the Search Options pane. Learn Gmail’s search tricks to master your massive inbox.

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Do you have a song stuck in your head? Did you listen to a new song and now you’re humming it? Do you just remember a few words from that song? Or even better, are you currently listening to the song? In either case, you’re in luck, because we have got a list of utilities that can help you identify a new song you’ve heard!

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LXDE is a lightweight desktop alternative to Unity, GNOME and KDE. It’s ideal for old computers or anyone looking for a fast, lightweight system. It’s even lighter than Xubuntu’s XFCE.

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