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.

It’s incredibly useful to see both a map and a compass at the same time, but Apple Maps doesn’t display both by default. With a quick tweak, we can fix that, and put the two tools in the same place at the same time.

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Python doesn’t come prepackaged with Windows, but that doesn’t mean Windows users won’t find the flexible programming language useful. It’s not quite a simple as installing the newest version however, so let’s make sure you get the right tools for the task at hand.

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Why manually dim the lights during movie time when your media server can do it for you? With a little tweaking, you can set Plex Media Server to automatically adjust your Hue smart bulbs with custom lighting schemes for movie time, intermission, and the end of the film.

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Saving the output of a Windows Command Prompt command is a great way to get a nice neat copy to share with support staff, analyze longer outputs using your favorite text editor, or otherwise interact with the output with more flexibility than staying in the command window allows for.

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An HDMI port is just an HDMI port, right? Except if you peer closely at the back of your HDTV and other HDMI-capable home theater components, you’ll notice quite a few tiny labels that indicate not all ports are equal. What do those labels mean, and does it matter which port you use?

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If you’re a fan of movie trailers, pre-rolls, and the build up of anticipation leading up to the cinematic experience, then we’ve got a treat for you: Plex Media Server makes it dead simple to recreate that theater magic right at home with both trailers from your own movie collection as well as those of upcoming releases.

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Your once snappy Chrome browser is dragging, and you don’t know why. Do you blame Google, and switch to another browser to feel that new-browser smell once again? Not so fast! A browser reset is much less of a hassle, and will fix all kinds of issues—without deleting all your bookmarks and other data.

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If you look on the back of your TV, you’ll likely see a few HDMI ports—but one of them may be labeled ARC, or something similar. This is no ordinary HDMI port. HDMI ARC can greatly simplify your audio cabling needs and setup if you know where to look for it and how to implement it.

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In the race to create ever slimmer HDTVs, there’s a seldom discussed sacrifice being made: sound quality. Your TV’s built-in speakers are probably terrible, but if you want to fix their anemic sound, adding a sound bar is an easy, inexpensive, and space-saving way to do so.

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A new feature in Chrome radically improves the quality of video casted from the browser to your Chromecast—but only if you toggle a hidden setting on.

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Your providers—from your cable company to your trash company—are more than happy to raise your rates and gouge you for money. But unless you get in their face about it, they’ll never lower them. The key to saving a pile of money is strategic negotiation.

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Streaming content from your Plex Media Server is great, but sometimes—like when you’re going to be offline or stuck with cruddy internet speeds while traveling—there’s no substitution for having a copy of the media stored on your device instead of in the cloud. Fortunately, it’s easy to grab your media and go.

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Just because you want to share a photo with someone doesn’t necessarily mean you want to share the exact location you took it with them. Fortunately, it’s easy to send a photo without sending sensitive data along with it.

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Internet connectivity is the heart of the Plex Media Server experience, but that doesn’t mean there are times (like during local outages or while vacationing away from reliable internet access) you need to go without Plex. Read on as we show you how to tweak things (and why it’s important to set things up before you need offline access).

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You’re busily sharing vacation photos in an iCloud Photo Stream when somebody announces they don’t have an iPhone and can’t participate. What do you do?

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Now that your iCloud profile is front and center in iOS 10, perhaps it’s time to swap out your plain old initials for an actual photo. That way, everyone can see your smiling face when interacting with you through iCloud, iMessage, AirDrop, and other Apple services.

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Whether you want to share family photos with distant relatives or make a shared pool of vacation or event photos with friends, it’s easy to create and share collaborative albums in Google Photos.

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If you don’t want to hear your phone ring, but do want to hear text messages and other notifications, we’ve got a simple solution you can use no matter what phone you have.

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By default, Kodi does not store artwork and other metadata with your actual media, but doing so is highly beneficial. With a quick settings change, you can park your videos and their associated metadata in the same place.

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Whether you want to share photos with one friend or dozens of friends, set up a collaborative album where everyone can dump vacation photos, or even share your album with the whole world, iCloud Photo Sharing makes it easy to share your photos right from your iPhone or iPad.

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AirDrop is a very useful way to transfer local files between iOS devices, but if you have it improperly configured, it’s a bit of a privacy risk. Let’s configure it properly so you don’t end up with strange photos from strange people—even if you don’t use AirDrop, it’s easy to misconfigure it, so follow along anyway to ensure you’ve got the optimum settings.

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Thanks to a new feature in iOS 10.3, you can now see (and remove) every device connected to your Apple account right from your iPhone.

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Plex Media Server is renowned for smooth and intuitive user experience, so you might be a bit surprised if you find yourself puzzled over exactly how to restart your server. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

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If your gadgets never leave your side, what better place to charge them then next to your bed? With some inexpensive parts and a few minutes of time, you can upgrade your nightstand into an all-in-one charging station for your gear.

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If there’s an Apple TV compatible version of your favorite iPhone or iPad app, but it never makes it to your Apple TV, that doesn’t do you a lot of good. Fortunately, with a simple tweak, you can ensure you’re getting the best apps on both your phone and your TV.

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