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Most artists use paint, clay, and other common materials. Todd Johnson uses acrylic, lead, and a particle accelerator.

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Firefox’s Web Developer menu contains tools for inspecting pages, executing arbitrary JavaScript code, and viewing HTTP requests and other messages. Firefox 10 added an all-new Inspector tool and updated Scratchpad.

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When you have lots and lots of tabs open, it’s extremely annoying to suddenly hear a background tab playing some loud noise or music, and then you have to hunt down the right tab to close. Here’s a great Chrome extension that gives you better control.

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Once a week we round up some reader questions from the Ask How-To Geek inbox and share the answers with everyone. This week we’re looking at using multiple Wi-Fi nodes at once, changing the GRUB boot order, and speeding up the slow Silk browser on the Kindle Fire.

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Life in tech support [via Geeks are Sexy]

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As of Ubuntu 10.04, the minimize, maximize, and close buttons on all windows were moved to the left side and the system menu was removed. Prior to version 11.10, you could use several methods to restore the original button arrangement.

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

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Chrome: If you’re looking for an easy way to declutter your Chrome toolbar without actually uninstalling tons of extensions, this clever extension hides and organizes your extension buttons based on context.

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Chrome: If you have a set of tabs you open every morning or while working on specific projects, Session Buddy makes it dead simple to record and restore preconfigured browsing sessions.

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It’s never too late to let that special someone know how you feel about them with these elementary school-style geek valentines. Send them off on Valentine’s day as E-cards, or print them out and share them, and make somebody smile.

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Ever had to wait for a download to finish and wished that you could play a game of Tetris? Even if you have never been in that situation, you can use this trick to increase your geek cred the next time your friends come over.

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Ubuntu and other Linux distributions have extensive package repositories to save you the trouble of compiling anything yourself. Still, sometimes you’ll find an obscure application or a new version of a program that you’ll have to compile from source.

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Firefox Sync allows you to access your open tabs, bookmarks, history, passwords and preferences everywhere, whether you’re using a laptop, desktop or smartphone. Firefox Sync also works as a backup for your browser data.

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Windows: If you’re looking for a way to supplement Window’s Updates system scan with one that covers peripheral programs, FileRex scans over 10,000 applications and checks them for updates.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Canonical’s ending of support for Kubuntu after the 12.04 release, the time of day when e-mail viruses are most likely to appear, the arrival of Chrome on Android, and more.

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Have you always wanted to try Linux but don’t have a spare machine or don’t care to dual boot your main computer? Well, thanks to virtualization technology, you can easily install one operating system inside another on one machine.

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