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By Akemi Iwaya on December 12th, 2010

This week we learned how to create geeky LED holiday lights with old bottles, dig deeper in Windows Defrag via the command prompt, use Google Chrome’s drag/drop feature to upload files easier, find great gift recommendations by looking through the How-To Geek holiday gift guide, and have fun adding Merry Christmas fonts to our computers.

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Photo by ntr23.

Random Geek Links

It has been a busy week, so we have extra news link goodness with information that is good for you to know.

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Geek Video of the Week

If birds have wings, then why are the Angry Birds using slingshots?

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Photo by Dorkly Bits.

Wait… Birds have Wings, Why are the Angry Ones Using Slingshots?

Sysadmin Geek Tips

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  • How To Setup Email Alerts on Linux Using Gmail or SMTP
    Linux machines may require administrative intervention in countless ways, but without manually logging into them how would you know about it? Here’s how to setup emails to get notified when your machines want some tender love and attention.

Random TinyHacker Links

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  • Red Panda Webcam
    Support Firefox and the Knoxville Zoo’s Red Panda program.
  • Christmas Icons (Icons we like)
    Superb set of holiday icons by lgp85 at deviantArt. Download the .zip and use as .png or convert to .ico at Convertico.com or with tiny app Imagicon.

Super User Questions

Enjoy reading the great answers to this week’s popular questions from Super User

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How-To Geek Weekly Article Recap

Have you had a busy week between work and preparing for the holidays? Get caught up on your HTG reading with our hottest articles of the week.

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One Year Ago on How-To Geek

This week’s batch of retro geeky goodness is all about customizing Windows 7.

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The Geek Note

We would like you to join us in welcoming Jason Fitzpatrick to the writing staff here at How-To Geek. He started with us this past week, so take some time to read through his articles about the Wii, Kindle, & PlayStation 2 Peripherals and leave a friendly comment to say “Hi”! Got a great tip to share? Make sure to send it in to us at tips@howtogeek.com.

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Photo by real00.

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/12/10
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