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Jailbreaking your iDevices allows for more options when it comes to software and usage. The Apple TV is no exception. Here’s how to jailbreak your second generation Apple TV so you can install software like XBMC, Plex, or aTV Flash.

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Normally this cute IKEA nightlight simply displays some LED-powered colors. With hacked guts, however, it becomes a remote controlled indicator.

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This clever DIY wire stripper turns the razor blades into a circuit–the moment you slice through the protective sheath of the wire you’re cutting you get a visual indicator that the wire is ready to be rotated.

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Last week we showed you how to extend your network without wires, this week we’re looking at how you can use use an existing hardwire network to easily and quickly extend your wireless network using simple access points.

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Wi-Fi is a big part of everybody’s daily life. However, it can cause frustration if not set up properly or optimally. Worse than that, it can get you into big trouble if it is not secure.

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If you’re looking to camouflage a wireless repeater in a radio (or any other suitably sized enclosure), this tutorial will show you how to rip apart a Linksys router and stash it in a hidden location.

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We’ve already put your DD-WRT router in first gear with the power of the Opkg package manager. It’s time to install a Transmission and shift gears. How-To Geek explains how to install the BiTorrent client Transmission on DD-WRT.

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If you’re underwhelmed by the reach of your wireless signal, follow along as we show you how to extend your wireless network using routers powered with Tomato firmware.

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In 1977 an Atari 2600 cost $200. Adjusted for inflation that’s $589–more than enough to buy an Xbox 360, Wii, and some accessories for both. Check out this infographic for comparisons between computers, cellphones, and more.

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Over at Hard-H20, a modding and hardware wiki, they share a well documented tutorial for taking a 2-wire fan (which is just power + ground) and upgrading it to a 3-wire fan (power + ground + tachometer). By following along wi...

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Once a week we round up some of the reader letters we’ve answered and share them with the greater audience. This week we’re looking at how to find great airline seats, whether or not you should turn your monitors off, and extending your network with a wireless repeater.

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Once a week we round up some of the great tips readers have sent into the tip box. This week we’re looking at how to enable the NumLock by default, stripping ads from iOS apps, and turning Christmas lights into audio-responsive party lights.

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If you have a notorious present shaker on your Christmas list, prank them with this meows-when-shaken present.

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If you’re looking for a super simple project to get started with Arduino programming, this DIY blinking Christmas Tree blinker is a great first-timer’s project.

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Have you ever wanted to have additional functionality like Email, Bit-torrent or even MySQL directly on your router? Well maybe now you can. How-To Geek dives into how-to install Opkg software on DD-WRT.

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Once a week we round up some of the tips from the HTG tips box and share them with the greater readership; this week we’re looking at shopping for Kindles with a flowchart, downgrading iOS, and rolling your own DIY soldering pen.

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Readily available internet access is the lifeblood for laptops, netbooks, tablets, and other portable devices. Whether your travels take you to the local coffee house or across the country, never be without free Wi-Fi again.

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The open-source Arduino board is the heart of thousands of different DIY projects–it would be easy to think that the Arduino has always been around. The ubiquitous little hobby board, however, is but a scant six years old.

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Think the tech and household items you work with or use on a daily basis are clean? Then think again.

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If you’re interested in electronics tinkering but a bit overwhelmed by learning electronics schematics, this helpful introductory video will get you started.

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A comprehensive network filtering system is overkill if all you want to do is block a handful of web sites. Read on as we show you how—with nothing more than your router—you can selectively block and temporarily restrict individual websites.

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There’s no need to shell out for an expensive commercial leak detector when you can cobble together a simple one from basic parts.

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If you have a device that doesn’t come with a wall-adapter, this tutorial outlines how you can construct your own using generic parts and, in the process, free yourself from dependency on fickle batteries.

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Christmas lights have come a long way from the original incandescent strands. Newer lights, like GE Color Effects, include LEDs driven by addressable micro-chips. Read on to see how you can hack them into a customizable display.

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Clever Altoids-Tin-Chargers abound, but many feature complex builds. This DIY charger feature a simple schematic more suited for beginners.

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