You know the book. A kid winds up in the forest with nothing but a small hand axe and figures out how to survive. A hatchet is one of the most versatile tools you can take with you in the outdoors, this is how you use one and how you'll manage to keep all your fingers and toes when you do.
The world is awash with tablets, but if you're a nerd who likes to tinker, it's important that you buy one that isn't too tricky to take apart, repair and upgrade. Fortunately, iFixit has released a list which ranks tablets according to their repairability.
Gizmodo reader Tal Ater agreed that Facebook's new chat system is a clusterzuck of confusion, so he created a little program to fix it! It will take off the list anyone who's offline. Here's how to do it:
If you live in the twenty-first century, you've no doubt endured the unutterable agony of a computer breaking down on you. Then comes the excruciating part: bargaining with the incapable hunk of metal to—"Please, for the love of God"—sputter back to life. Well, the next time this happens, perhaps you can use this…
There were complaints that the first firmware update fix for flickering iMac screens made no difference, but now there are whispers that a "combination software and driver patch" will come in "roughly three weeks."
The taskbar in Windows 7 is a revamped combination of the previous Quick Launch and Vista's taskbar, but if you really, really miss Quick Launch, then keep reading.
Here's a fix for the trojan you may have picked up while dipping unprotected into murky pirate waters for a bootleg copy of Apple's iWork '09.
If your iPhone's displaying SMS messages out of order on firmware version 1.1.3, it's because your phone has a different time/date setting from your cellular provider. To fix it, just switch your phone to auto-sync from the network. [Apple]
The Gizmodo crew has been busy playing the hell out of Guitar Hero 2 on Xbox 360 and we are indeed encountering the problematic whammy bar. Luckily instead of taking the guitar back (and have to look like a moron carrying a fake guitar across town) there is a handy DIY fix to the non-responsive whammy bar.
A Kotaku reader—we're sure there are at least two of them—attended a Sony focus group to discuss the PSP Fix, which he assumed was some sort of injected PSP designed to block certain neuroreceptors and incite euphoria in the user. No such luck.