OCMS News April 2010

Linux Firewall: Overcoming Email Server Problems
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
As discussed in our article “Why Build a Linux Firewall”, there are many advantages to having a custom-built firewall appliance in your home. While these Linux distributions are easy to set up and have nice User Interfaces, they still have some problems. Not every feature of Linux is exposed in the GUI, so while these firewalls are very capable they don’t allow for simple customization.

In this article we show you your options on making your network more secure, and how to preserve your online reputation with a little customization of your Linux firewall. While we use IPcop, many of these tips work on just about any firewall that uses IPtables.

Brink Questions Answered by Richard Ham
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Brink is set on the Ark, a massive artificial city floating far out in the Pacific Ocean, built as a prototype for mankind’s “perfect green future.” It’s a complex that should house around 5,000 people, but unfortunately, the ocean levels have risen, and people from all over the globe have come to Ark as refugees, overrunning the place with a population of 50,000. Resources are running out and people are scared, leaving the whole place on the brink of all-out civil war. When the game starts, you choose if you want to fight as a member of Ark Security or the civilian Resistance movement. Each side of the conflict has their own goals and objectives, and each side thinks they’re “the good guys.”

Vantec NexStar3 SuperSpeed Hard Drive Enclosure
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
An external hard drive enclosure is very handy for several different types of people. Some like to have additional storage for their laptops, while others use their unit as a truly portable device for transporting files between home and work. With SuperSpeed USB you don’t have to sacrifice performance to have the convenience of a portable device.

Vantec has once again stepped in with a slick-looking external hard drive enclosure with the NexStar 3 SuperSpeed. It’s thin, shiny, and most importantly now supports the new USB 3.0 standard to unleash your hard drive’s true potential.

Rosewill RX358 USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure
Friday, April 09, 2010
SuperSpeed USB (otherwise known as USB 3.0) is a new standard for PC peripheral connectivity. Although Intel has been hesitant to make this interface truly standard, more and more vendors are including the technology on their motherboards , and you can even purchase add-on cards to upgrade your current system. The increase in data transfer naturally lends itself to increased hard drive performance, and PC equipment manufacturers are now revealing hard drive enclosures featuring USB 3.0. Rosewill has been making good PC peripherals for several years, including external hard drive enclosures. They have recently introduced their RX358 USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure, which promises the ease of USB with the data capabilities of SATA.

Vantec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Review
Thursday, April 08, 2010
The Vantec SuperSpeed USB 3.0 card is definitely fast. It can supply enough bandwidth for SATA hard drives to work at their full potential, and works much better than the chipsets on many motherboards. While testing USB flash sticks in our test labs, we have discovered that the quality of the chipset on the motherboard greatly affects the USB throughput. Even if you don’t need the extra bandwidth right now, the NEC D720200F1 chip on the SuperSpeed card provided the best performance we have seen on all of our existing USB 2.0 devices. So if you think you’re not getting the most out of your USB devices, then it’s probably your motherboard’s USB chipset and you may want to upgrade to the new technology.

I would recommend Vantec’s SuperSpeed USB 3.0 card to any PC enthusiast, but I have a few improvements for the next generation of cards:

Cooler Master Choiix Air-Through Stash Notebook Cooler Review
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
There is a simple way to keep your netbook or laptop from turning your legs into a hot iron griddle. They’ve been around almost as long as laptops themselves and have proven themselves time and again: Notebook coolers. From the ultra-compact foldaway ones to the gigantic models intended for those widescreen behemoths that people are using now, notebook coolers are everywhere. And they seem to get more inventive, more practical, and uglier by the minute.

The Coolermaster Choiix Air-Through Stash we’re reviewing today meets all that criteria, except the ugly part, and even gives you room to put in up to 500GB of storage. That’s right, you can take an old 2.5” SATA/SSD HDD (up to 500GB) and put it in this bad boy for nondescript data storage. All I can say is that it’s about time someone found a use for all that extra space on notebook coolers that didn’t involve some faux fur-lined drawer that’s just big enough to fit a USB stick.

How To Re-Edge Broken Speakers
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
You have two obvious choices: either buy a new speaker or replace the entire driver assembly. The hidden option number three is to repair the speaker yourself. As long as the paper cone isn’t damaged then really all you have to do is replace the foam and gaskets around the paper cone. This could save you a lot of money, especially the bigger and more expensive your driver is. For around $15 and a little time I was able to repair my driver and salvage my expensive subwoofer.

Doing repair on your speaker may be intimidating to those that aren’t experienced with such things, but it is very easy. Let’s face it; this isn’t rocket science and you don’t have to do anything electronic. If you’ve ever glued popsicle sticks onto construction paper in kindergarten then you’re more than qualified to re-edge your speakers (but you may need help with the Safety Scissors).

Hyperkin PS3 Text Link Remote Reviewed
Saturday, April 03, 2010
My PS3 is practically a dedicated multimedia PC. It streams all of my networked movies and music in just about any format (except Microsoft’s WMVs), and is the primary BluRay player in the living room. To get the real “home theater feel” you need a real remote control rather than turning on the PS3 controller every time you want to watch a movie. There are only a few choices for PS3 remotes, and one of them is the Hyperkin Text Link Remote.

The Hyperkin Text Link remote control looks very promising. It claims to control all of your multimedia functions, doubles as a game controller, and has a full QWERTY keyboard to make text input easier. Not only should this help with configuring player names, but should make chatting on the Playstation Network much easier. Let’s see if it can actually deliver…

Evercool HPK-10025EA Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Friday, April 02, 2010
Now that we are all out from under the watchful eye of the IRS and have successfully cashed our income tax checks, it’s time to put some of that stimulus money back into the economy. I was nice to myself and bought a few creature comforts. A new hi-def, and Xbox 360, and some cushy leather furniture. My gaming area has gotten quite comfortable over the last month or so. Thing is, I have been ignoring my first love. No, not my beautiful girlfriend, you silly asses. My computer. Summer is coming, the heat is rising, and it’s time to prepare my baby for the possibility of overheating. Tis the season to invest in some coolin’ gear!

Evercool is come out with a new CPU cooler for i7 and LGA775 systems that is not only compatible with the latest breeds off Intel processors, it’s low profile and actually looks fairly cool compared to some of the other gawful heatsinks that are roaming the virtual shelves of my favorite hardware sites. Here’s a little info on the HPK-10025EA before we down to the nitty gritty on that biznitch: