Jason Fitzpatrick

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

If you use Calibre, the veritable Swiss Army knife of ebook management, you might not realize it can also view and organize digital comic books—though it’s a little janky out of the box.

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Your kids love Minecraft, their friends love Minecraft, and they want to play it together when they can’t be in the same physical place—and they’re begging you to make that happen. Don’t worry, you don’t have to figure it out on your own: we’re here to help.

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Mechanical keyboards are known for their distinct sound, but that doesn’t mean that you (or those you share your living space with) are very fond of the loud clatter. Thankfully, it’s incredibly easy and inexpensive to dial down the volume with switch dampeners.

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Increasingly sophisticated phones and data-hungry applications make it easier than ever to blow through your cellphone plan’s data cap…and incur nasty overage charges. Read on as we show you how to manage your data use.

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Mechanical keyboards have legendary longevity, but like any long-lived tool, that doesn’t mean they don’t require occasional replacement parts. Let’s take a well-loved mechanical keyboard and give it a brand new set of keys.

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Plex Media Center is awesome, and voice control is awesome…so what could be better than combining the two? Thanks to a new Alexa skill, you can now issue simple voice commands to your Amazon Echo and control media playback on your Plex Media Server.

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If you’re running more than one Plex Media Center client in your house, then it can sometimes be hard to identify which one is which. Let’s take a look at the not-so-obvious setting you need to tweak to give each of your Plex clients a unique name.

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If you’ve done even some casual searching for digital comics online, you’ve certainly come across plenty of files with the .CBR and .CBZ file extensions. Let’s take a look at these ubiquitous comic formats, why they’re so popular, and how you can read them.

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Google’s Chromecast is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to stream just about anything on your TV. Here’s how to set it up.

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Instagram has never made it a priority to help users upload images from their computers, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. We’ve got a clever and completely safe workaround that will have you uploading content from your computer in no time.

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If you use your iOS device in landscape mode a lot, you’ve likely noticed that it swaps your keyboard with the handwriting interface. Don’t worry! You don’t have to give up on widescreen texting, you just have to set a simple toggle.

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If there’s an Android application you really love and wish you could run on your computer, now you can: there’s a dead simple way to run Android apps on your PC or Mac without the fuss of moonlighting as an Android developer.

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If you’d like to share your local Minecraft game with friends across the internet, it’s a bit more complicated than just pushing a button. Let’s look at the behind-the-scenes settings you have to tweak in order to connect two remote Minecraft players together.

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The Amazon Echo is a very capable speaker that can easily fill up a room with sound. While you can play music directly from the device itself, here’s how to connect your smartphone or tablet to the Amazon Echo and use it as a Bluetooth speaker.

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Despite the increasing storage size of each generation of iPhones and other iOS devices, it’s really easy to stuff them full. If your storage management problem is a result of too much music, there’s a new feature introduced in iOS 10 that makes it easy to optimize your storage and free up space.

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If you have a router or other device in your home that needs periodic reboots to keep it happy, you don’t have to resort to any arcane skills to make that happen. Let’s look at a dead simple way to automatically reboot your devices.

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You’ve got a shiny new iPad, and an old one that’s about to start gathering dust. Don’t let it languish in a drawer—turn it into the ultimate kid’s tablet by cleaning it up, locking it down, and installing kid-friendly apps.

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Snapping a screenshot of your iPhone is a great way to preserve exactly what you see on the screen and, thankfully, it’s dead simple to do since the shortcut is built right into iOS.

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A simple screenshot is great for capturing what’s immediately visible on your monitor, but what if you need to capture an entire webpage? Here are three simple ways you can capture a long web page as one continuous image and, in the process, preserve it exactly as it appears to the viewer.

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The take-for-granted features we enjoy when using an on-screen keyboard—like auto-corrections and auto-capitalization–quickly become a hindrance if you’re using a physical keyboard with your iOS device. Let’s look at how to quickly turn off those features so your physical keyboard acts the way you expect.

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The NES Classic Edition is a new, official clone of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, and one of the best ways to play your favorite retro games. Unfortunately, it’s so popular that it’s nearly impossible to get your hands on one. Don’t pay $300 on eBay when you can use the modestly-priced Raspberry Pi to build your own—with even more games.

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Whether you need to access your company intranet from afar or you want to watch Netflix while on vacation in a foreign country, setting up a VPN on your Amazon Fire tablet makes accessing remote networks a snap.

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Netflix recently introduced a welcome feature: you can download Netflix movies and shows for later offline viewing. But is there a limit to how much content you can download?

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Have a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick you’re not getting much use out of? Now’s the time to dust them off and turn them into a cheap, compact Plex device.

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Living in the future with an on-call voice assistant is great—except when she doesn’t understands your requests. Here are five simple things you can do to ensure that you spend more time enjoying Alexa and less time yelling at her for misunderstanding you.

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