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.

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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It’s that holiday time of year again, and that means it’s over the river and through the woods to…well, fix your family’s Wi-Fi and other tech problems.

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When your iPhone or iOS device has a flaky connection with Windows, it’s more than a little bit frustrating. With a little troubleshooting, however, you can banish the detected-but-not-identified error for good.

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The Raspberry Pi is a capable little microcomputer, but sometimes it needs a little nudge to muster enough power for what you need. Let’s dust off an old Pi and overclock it to better handle newer and more demanding applications.

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Whether you need subtitles to avoid waking up the kids or you’re awful at understanding regional accents, Plex Media Center makes it easy to download and use subtitles with all your movies and TV shows.

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If you’ve run into a problem deleting a file that Windows complains is “too long”, there is a dead simple solution built right into Windows—no extra apps, hacks, or work around required.

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The Hue Dimmer Switch is a great way to add physical controls to your Hue lighting system but it’s a bit rudimentary. Thanks to a handy little app, however, you can teach the Hue Dimmer Switch a bunch of new tricks—like setting any scene with the click of a button.

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Plex Media Center is best known for super easy playback of local media files, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tap into the power of streaming video. The Channel system makes it easy to add content from a variety of sources ranging from well known TV stations to specialty content.

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If you’re looking for a robust little Plex client for your HDTV, RasPlex offers a polished experience with snappy playback that’s always on, stable, and easy to control.

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Remember the days when Facebook videos only played when you clicked on them? If you want to return to that far finer age, all you need to do is toggle a few tucked-away settings to stop the auto-play madness.

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Most people don’t replace their routers that often, and there are so many important settings, it’s easy to overlook a few and forget how your old one was set up. Here are the first five things you need to do right after powering up your new router.

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It’s that shop-til-you-drop time of year again, and retailers have already spent most of November with teaser sales and ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here’s how to score the best deals and avoid getting ripped off.

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If you want the latest Kindle features right this second (or you missed a past update), the best way to get an immediate update for your Kindle is to do it manually. Read on as we show you how to easily update your Kindle.

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If you’ve noticed a big difference between the quality of the photos and videos on your phone and the versions you upload to Facebook, you’re not imagining things: by default, the Facebook mobile clients upload photos and videos using lower quality settings. Let’s fix that.

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It’s so easy to find interesting things to read online, but it’s tricky to find the time to read them. Fortunately it’s a snap to send all those great articles to your Kindle so you can read them at a convenient time.

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Once a concern that was the province of the paranoid, years worth of reports and revelations have made it readily apparent that people really can spy on you through your webcam. Here’s why you should disable or cover yours.

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Facebook might be the default platform for sharing photos, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only free and easy to use option out there. Here are some other solid photo sharing options to make it easy to share photos with friends and family the way you want to.

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Thanks to Apple’s HomeKit home automation system and the versatility of Siri, you can now control your home lighting with nothing but your voice. Read on as we demonstrate this using Philips Hue.

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There’s nothing as precious and irreplaceable as your personal photos and, with a little forethought and planning, there’s no reason to ever feel the heartbreak of losing even a single one of them to theft, broken devices, or disaster.

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If you’re considering leaving your read-it-later application of choice for greener pastures, you don’t have to start from scratch. Here’s how to move everything from Pocket to Instapaper, or vice versa, without missing a beat.

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Like all voice assistants, Alexa isn’t perfect at understanding everything we say. If you feel like Alexa’s missing a few too many commands, it might be time for a little one-on-one voice training. Read on as we show you how to train Alexa to recognize your speaking voice and get a better user experience in the process.

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Millions of people have an Amazon Prime subscription for one reason: you can get just about anything shipped to your house in two days, with no extra shipping fees. But Amazon Prime comes with a ton of other features that you may not know about. Here are all the ways you can maximize the value of your Prime membership.

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Halloween is one of those holidays that really brings out the tinkerer in a lot of geeks. There’s a veritable laundry list of things to deploy, modify, and enhance all in search of becoming the spookiest house on the block and throwing the best party. Read on as we highlight how easily you can turn a digital projector into a Swiss Army knife of cool Halloween tricks.

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Apple’s HomeKit home control and automation system is largely plug, play, and enjoy, but sometimes stubborn devices need a nudge to play nice. Read on as we show you how to reset both devices and the general HomeKit configuration.

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