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Top 8 Holiday How-Tos

Looking for some ideas on how to fill your extra time while you're home for the holidays? No problem. We've assembled a collection of fun tech projects for you to make the most out of your holiday recess.

We're not talking about fixer-uppers and system reboots, either--save the computer cleanup and tech tasks for the new year. Instead, we've got some cool ways to tweak your tech.

If you're dying to play with your new toys, we'll show you how to optimize your new HDTV and turn your new Windows 7 PC into a lean mean gaming machine. Got a new iPod or iPhone? We'll show you how to put any videos you want on there.

Those of you who didn't get quite so lucky with holiday loot, never fear--you can still ditch DVR envy and turn your desktop into a media center, give your laptop a second life as a secondary display, and even touch up your photos for free.

Have your own tips for surviving the holidays (DIY projects or otherwise)? Post them in the comments below.

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