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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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This DIY Ambilight–reactive ambient HDTV lighting–setup is brighter and more sophisticated than the original. Check out the video to be blown away by the brightness.

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Electroluminescent wire (or EL wire for short) is a low-voltage and low-heat way to add some dramatic lighting effects to your Halloween costume. Read on to see how you can easily incorporate it into your outfit this year.

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There’s no need to leave the high-caliber theatrics to Disney when there are DIY guides like this one floating around. Bring the Haunted Mansion’s Singing Ghosts to your front porch.

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Upon arriving home you look in your messenger bag and your ebook reader is gone. What do you do? This guide highlights what you need to do for the three most popular readers to minimize your losses.

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If you’re looking for an interesting electronics project that combines something old and something new, this clever build combines a new Arduino chip to re-create a 1970s era microcomputer.

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If you’re looking for a fun project to teach a kid the wonders of electronics tinkering it’s tough to beat a book that lets them spy on their siblings.

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Earlier this week we asked you to share the ways you’ve enhanced your home router. We’ve rounded up the responses here; read on to see how your fellow readers supercharge their home routers.

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Sure, you can take your router out of the box, plug it in, and use it with the default settings, but there’s nothing particularly daring or geeky about that. What we’re interested in is all the ways you tweak, enhance, and modify your outer for maximum usefulness.

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Originally introduced by Philip Electronics, Ambilight is a simple system of LED lighting on the back of an HDTV monitor which extends the color scheme of the individual video frames out beyond the actual physical screen. In ...

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There are plenty of software-based temperature monitoring solutions, fewer hardware-based solutions, and even fewer hardware solutions that include prominent visual indicators. This DIY hack changes the lighting on your case ...

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