OCMS News April 2007

New Xbox 360 and PS3 Covers Added
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Over 50 new Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 game case covers have been added to the Gallery (for those of you who just like to print out game covers for your “backups”). They are high resolution and completely watermark-free. Among the new blood is Assassin’s Creed, Bullet Witch, Dirt, GRAW2, TMNT, Vampire’s Rain, and many others.

Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) : Complete Walkthrough
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
GRAW 2 is by far the best of the best of the Tom Clancy stuff. It is much faster than Rainbow Six, and you get some of the elements of Splinter Cell. Not to mention this is probably the best looking game ever made.

For me, the game begins at a fast pace by throwing many different and varied situations at you, changing settings, and mixing up the gameplay. What helps the best is that the missions aren’t as hard as last time (or I’m just much better), and they are much shorter (same reason against it). The consequence of all this is that the game itself is extremely short, and sadly, suffers at the very end when the pace is slowed and the game extended by two extra levels that seemed a bit pointless.

Virtual Reality Sound Labs’ VR3 Bluetooth Speakerphone
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
“But Mike, my cell phone already has a speakerphone on it.”

Well that’s nice, so does mine, but chances are it is not as good an speaker as the one featured on the VRBT200V (that’s the model in case you were wondering). A clear sounding speaker that has adequate volume on it so that you can hear and be heard quite easily. If you have bluetooth technology on your phone, you will probably understand that driving with that little ear bud clip can get annoying, especially if you have other people in the car and they want to have a conversation with you. Sure you could pull it out and put it into the cup holder, only to forget about it later and place the “Wendy’s” 72 oz. soda on top of it, crushing it appropriately.

The New ‘Matrix’: The World of Second Life
Thursday, April 19, 2007
With the introduction of locations like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and the amazing variety of horizontal and vertical sites the demographics again shifted. Today 60% of the users are 25 and older. While many of the social networking sites are country-centric, many are going global – reaching, touching and entertaining people who have specific subject and avocation interests.

For the social network sites, new entertainment/gaming options are easy add-ons. We’re now seeing Neo pet rearing games (yes including the evolution of our daughter’s Tamagotchis), MMO puzzles, international sports. Is that all there is? Games? No! As The Oracle said… “What do all men with power want? More power.” So feminists don’t get in a bind we believe he meant men in the overall human race term…not just men. Better?

Rainbow Six: Vegas Walkthrough!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
My guide is on the normal settings, and yes, many of my plans will result in you taking a few hits – thankfully you can take a few. So maybe you need to plan extra hard if you go for more challenging fair.

The graphics and gun play are enough to make this a great game, though I could easily see not adding this to your collection; it is the same tactics and game play over and over, with very little variation. Still, something about the fights make this a great game, and the tight spots are way cool. Worth the buy or rent (rent in my case).

Wicked Lasers’ Pulsar 125mW Red Portable Laser Review
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Today, we will be looking at another high powered portable laser. Again, this is no toy by any means. The Pulsar series is a line of high powered red lasers put out by the reputable Wicked Lasers (www.wickedlasers.com). The Pulsar lasers are available in 75mW, 100mW and 125mW. We will be looking at the 125mW Pulsar which emits light at a wavelength of 650nm. We are also going to be looking at the 650nm Red Sport Elite Goggles.

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Lens Yields Professional Results
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Sigma’s DG lenses are optimized for digital SLR cameras, who typically have a CMOS sensor smaller than a film camera’s 35mm frame. The optical construction of the 105mm macro lens is made of 11 elements in 10 groups without any special elements, and features 8 aperture blades. The lens provides a maximum magnification of a 1:1 ratio with a minimum focus distance of 0.313 meters (A 1:1 ratio means that the image on 35mm film is the exact same size at real-life, which translates to huge magnification when viewed on your computer screen at 75dpi). The lens is rather compact compared to other macro lenses with a size of 74x97mm and weighing 460 grams (although the length grows substantially when focusing towards closer subjects). The lens also features an infinity focus, so it can be used for taking portraits or other fixed-length shots.

A Deep Look at the State of the Internet
Thursday, April 05, 2007
The Internet wasn’t developed to be a dangerous place. It wasn’t developed for spammers/scammers which Australia-based Marshal’s Threat Research and Content Engineering Team estimates will represent up to 90% of the email by the end of the year. It wasn’t developed for you to use to buy/sell stuff on eBay, Amazon and the tens of thousands of web-based storefronts. It wasn’t developed for folks to put dumb/dumber and viral ads on for you to download from YouTube. It wasn’t developed so you could buy/sell/steal music, videos, movies from iTunes, Real, Napster, radio stations, TV networks, Hollywood and the myriad of indie sites.

Accelerate Video Encoding with your Video Card’s GPU!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
We have largely become a desensitized society. We have a phenomenal amount of advertisements and product hype blasted into our ears and our eyes on a daily basis, promising that Product X is the latest and greatest thing…ever! The computer hardware industry is simply awash with this kind of marketing spiel: Nvidia’s SLI was to be the greatest thing ever; No, wait! ATI’s CrossFire is the greatest ever; No, wait! The Ageia phys-X processor will change your gaming; Yawn…ho hum…. We’ve heard it all before.

But every now and then, something comes along that is truly unique. So unique, that it actually lives up to the hype. But this is so irregular, that the marketing-types are unused to it; and since they all know the standard drill about shouting at the top of their lungs for one week about the next great thing, and then moving on to something else, they forget about the product they weren’t lying about.

ECS Elitegroup KA3MVP Extreme Crossfire Motherboard Review
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
ATI is now owned by AMD, and the CrossFire Xpress 3200 is based on what was once the chipset known as RD580, but is now the AMD 580X — same thing, new marketing spin. CrossFire Xpress 3200 is AMD/ATI’s highest performance motherboard solution to date, with specifications on-par with pretty much anything Nvidia or Intel has to offer. In fact, there is a CrossFire Xpress 3200 solution for both AMD processors and Intel processors.

With the Xpress 3200 for AM2 and even more importantly the new SB600 Southbridge, ATI has finally added some missing features to the chipset-pair.

OEMs Lick Vista’s Balls
Monday, April 02, 2007
Is it just me or is the whole Vista hype going a wall? Don’t get me wrong… I like Vista and the way it works, although it needs some adjusting to get it working as smoothly as other OSes.

Sure it runs perfect on your new OEM Dell, Compaq, HP with no issues what-so-ever… but what about poor sods like us: the “I hate OEM PCs and I’ll build my own” kind of guys? I’m one of them and I’m well pissed at the people who make my hardware (no rephrase that: I R PISSED) at the software developers.