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In the late 1980s something special happened in Denver. A group of Sci-Fi nerds and robotics enthusiasts said to themselves “You know what would be awesome? Fighting robots.” and the first Battle Bot arena was born.

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Halloween and your weekend are both almost here, so why not indulge in some holiday themed fun and have the best of both at the same time? In this week’s game your shooting skills will be put to the test as you launch monsters at specific targets in order to clear the levels.

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Do you have an external USB hard drive or flash drive that you use frequently for backups or for use with applications? Every time you plug it in you may get a different drive letter for that drive.

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Once a week we delve into the tips box and share some of our favorite reader tips. This week we’re looking at voice control for Android (similar to Apple’s Siri), DIY flash diffusers for digital photography, and sending text messages to groups.

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The Seven Deadly Keys [via Neatorama]

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Do you prefer a Halloween desktop that is a little more edgy? Then the Ticket to Fear theme may be just what you are looking for. The theme comes with eight wallpapers full of creepy goodness to make your desktop a window into a haunted world.

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If you’ve tried the Windows 8 Developer Preview and found you don’t like the new Start menu, Windows Explorer, and Task Manager, there is a way to make those items look and act like Windows 7.

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FeedBeater allows you to easily create RSS feeds and email alerts for web sites without native RSS/alert functionality.

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This DIY LED display falls deeply into the “We think it’s awesome; glad he’s not our neighbor” category. Check out the video to see a 1144-channel LED extravaganza.

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Android handsets have a spotty history of getting legitimate and timely updates. This chart lays out the update timelines of popular Android handsets. In the process it presents a fascinating look at how Android phones become orphans.

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Pumpkin [deviantART]

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This DIY Ambilight–reactive ambient HDTV lighting–setup is brighter and more sophisticated than the original. Check out the video to be blown away by the brightness.

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Have secret plans to take over the world that you don’t want anyone to be able to read? Encrypt those precious bytes with a custom password before disguising them as an ordinary picture that could fool anyone.

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Windows Explorer has been with us since the early days of Windows and the GUI revolution but that doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for the job. What Windows Explorer alternative do you use to more effectively navigate your files?

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Do you miss the early days of Apple? Then get ready for a trip back in time to view the products available in the 1983 Apple Gift Catalog! The Black Harbor blog has made a scanned copy of the catalog available for your nostal...

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Are you less than pleased with Unity but want to keep using Ubuntu without switching to KDE, XFCE, or LXDE? Then you may want to take a closer look at the GNOME Shell Remix of Ubuntu 11.10.

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We have previously written about how to take ownership of files and folders in Windows 7, but there may be times when you need to take ownership of or assign full permission for certain registry keys. This article shows you how to do this.

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Most DIY soft box projects yield a small 2×2 foot softbox and save you a few buck in the process. This monster-sized build yields a 6×7 softbox for a fraction of the cost of a commercial model.

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