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Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite alternatives to Window’s native file explorer. Now we’re back to highlight your suggestions, tips, and tricks.

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If your scare-the-tricker-or-treaters CD filled with creaking doors and evil laughter from 1960s horror movies is feeling a little dated, freshen it up with this spooky Star Wars mix.

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Minecraft Lost in the snow [deviantART]

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Microsoft Office 2010 Starter edition is a free, ad-supported version of Office 2010 meant to be included on new PCs. It only includes Word and Excel with a subset of features—but it does let you make a portable version. Here’s how to do it.

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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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