OCMS News August 2009

There’s No Good Time To Lose Your Data
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Say storage and people immediately think of a hard or flash drive…tape…optical media. In other words, bit buckets to hold your digital stuff. Until that inevitable fateful day. Like ours…

First, the 2TB drive on your office server won’t boot up. It’s dead. Ten skilled people sit on their hands, wondering how they’re going to meet their deadlines. Then your daughter’s notebook hard drive dies with all of her music, photos, videos, school work and whatever. This IS a real crisis!

The OS Wars
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence. It just seems to be human nature to want your grass … and theirs! We don’t just want our share of the business that is out there, we want our unfair share. That’s certainly true of the PC/CE/communications industry. It’s even more fun when you’re tweaking the biggest bear in the forest.

Apple has always had fun pulling Microsoft’s tail and then running back to their walled garden. Google had fun poking the lumbering giant because they were part of the hip, free generation (o.k., so they follow your every move, record your clicks/visits and sell the info … big deal).

Starcraft 2 Info From Blizzcon 09
Monday, August 24, 2009
Our release target for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the first half of 2010. As with all Blizzard Entertainment games, we will take as much time as needed to ensure the game is as fun, balanced, and polished as possible.

StarCraft II will run on a vibrant new 3D-graphics engine capable of rendering beautiful landscapes as well as massive army sizes. The speed, responsiveness, and epic-scale battles that made the original StarCraft such a memorable game are all realized in 3D with this brand-new engine.

We’re also introducing a number of distinct new units to the protoss, terran, and zerg, and some of the familiar units that return in StarCraft II will have new tricks up their sleeves, which will give the game its own unique flavor. The maps themselves will also offer new interactive elements that enhance the strategic nature of the game and create more tactical points of interest for players to contest. One example of this is the Xel’Naga watchtower structure—when captured, it reveals line of sight over a large area of the map, creating an advantage for the player in control of the tower.

Diablo 3 Info from Blizzcon 09
Monday, August 24, 2009
Returning from Diablo II, the dual-wielding barbarian is one of the stoic guardians of Mount Arreat. Retooled with powerful new abilities and moves, this plate-wearing savage wields ferocious weapons to annihilate the demonic forces threatening the world of Sanctuary.

The fearsome witch doctor hails from the terrifying Tribe of the Five Hills of the legendary umbaru race. The witch doctor is equipped with spells and alchemical powers; can summon mongrels, locust swarms, and zombie armies; and hurls fiery concoctions to annihilate any demon foolish enough to trifle with the powers of the umbaru. The wizard is a wielder of the elements and a master manipulator of time, who combats the hordes of the Burning Hells by launching environment-shattering lightning bolts, channeling explosive arcane energies, and creating pockets of space outside of the normal flow of time.

The monk is a skilled warrior of unparalleled dexterity. Armed with speed, holy fervor, and a quest for physical and spiritual perfection, the monk becomes a deadly apparition in the heat of battle, moving faster than the eye can follow to strike down enemies with a barrage of lightning-fast blows.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Answers From Blizzcon 09
Monday, August 24, 2009
While the attention of the Horde and Alliance remained fixed upon Northrend, an ancient evil has been lying dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane. Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth, nursing his hatred for the inferior creatures that infest the surface realm…and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.

Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

What is the new Battle.net?
Monday, August 24, 2009
We are building the new Battle.net to be the premier online gaming destination. The new Battle.net experience is a full-featured online game service designed specifically around Blizzard Entertainment titles, and will include a complete set of around-the-game features including a state-of-the-art matchmaking system , achievement system, social networking features, structured competitive play options, a marketplace, and much more. Our vision is to create an environment where gamers can compete online, develop an online persona, and stay connected to friends and the rest of the community while enjoying our games. In doing this, the new Battle.net will deliver the ultimate social and competitive experience for Blizzard Entertainment gamers everywhere.

Avatar: The Sweet Gentle Skullfrak
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Many of us have experienced the violent double-dicked skullfrak that Michael Bay calls Transformers…and some of us have even suffered the terrible Spielbergian ass raping called Indiana Jones 4. Well James Cameron has just made sweet beautiful love to my eye sockets.

For 16 glorious minutes on Friday evening James Cameron lovingly cradled the back of my head while delivering his deep confident thrusts to my eye sockets. He showed the mastery of control necessary to achieve a consistently ecstatically satisfying experience. Indeed, James is the master of eye-frakery… and I am his bitch.

Otterbox Defender for iPhone 3G Case Review
Friday, August 21, 2009
The point here ladies and gentlemen, is that you need to put your iPhone in a case the moment you remove it from the box. I have tried several phone cases, and all of them have their strengths and weaknesses. Some cases can even permanently damage your iPhone.

Once again, we turn to Otterbox to protect our portable equipment. Mainly, because we’ve learned to trust them because they’re so good. Their new Defender case for the iPhone 3G is nothing short of outstanding.

CoolerMaster Hyper TX3 Heatsink Review
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Coolermaster has a reputation in the world of hardware cooling. They are well known for their excellent heatsinks and water-cooling devices. I’ve used several of their products over the years and have rarely been disappointed. The old saying goes that you get what you pay for, and with Coolermaster, even if you feel you are buying the name, their reputation always holds up to expectations. So when I got the opportunity to review the Hyper TX3, I jumped on it. So here’s a little preview of what the TX3 claims to do, and then we’ll put it to the test to see what it’s really made of.

7 Most Common Packet-Sniffer Mistakes
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Software default settings are very seldom correct for YOU. For example, a device may say that a SQL server should respond in 50ms. But, if that device is across a WAN with a 200ms ping time–that is highly unlikely. This causes false SLOW SQL messages. This is only an example, but there are many such alerts and messages based on default “thresholds” within this type of software tool’s configuration.

Particulars of your environment may create false alerts or other messages. The definitions of what is an “excessive” delay–latency–broadcasts, etc, are up to you–not the tool.

File Systems Explained!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
File systems are an integral part of any operating systems with the capacity for long term storage. There are two distinct parts of a file system, the mechanism for storing files and the directory structure into which they are organised. In mordern operating systems where it is possibe for several user to access the same files simultaneously it has also become necessary for such features as access control and different forms of file protection to be implemented.

A file is a collection of binary data. A file could represent a program, a document or in some cases part of the file system itself. In modern computing it is quite common for their to be several different storage devices attached to the same computer. A common data structure such as a file system allows the computer to access many different storage devices in the same way, for example, when you look at the contents of a hard drive or a cd you view it through the same interface even though they are completely different mediums with data mapped on them in completely different ways.

Acoustifan 120mm Anti-Vibration Fan Gasket Review
Monday, August 17, 2009
There are a lot of issues with computers that, when not addressed, can lead to either minor annoyances or major malfunction. If your motherboard melts, or your power supply explodes into a fiery ball of death, those are major freaking malfunctions. But what about the minor stuff, like vibration noise issues? There are several options out there to remedy this definite annoyance, but what is worth buying and how much money should you really drop on them? Today, I’m going to review one such device that is meant to decimate your fan vibration issues for good. Acoustifan has provided us with their 120mm Anti-vibration Fan Gasket.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Review
Sunday, August 16, 2009
When Marvel VS Capcom 2 hit arcades in 2000 it marked not just the pinnacle of the crossover fighting genre, but it also was considered the last great 2D fighter for some time. While Street Fighter 4 has changed everything, MVC2’s release on X-box Live and soon Playstation 3 could be just as enjoyable if not more than Capcom’s flagship fighting game, even if it’s a much older title.

The graphics, while almost a decade old, show 2D fighters at their finest. They animate nicely and the 3D graphics compliments of the then Sega Naomi hardware, are also great to look at as well. For a game this old, it holds up quite nicely as a downloadable title. It’s still great to look at and animates very smoothly.

Otterbox 8000 Waterproof Case Review
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Back up the truck: I received the OtterBox 8000 Series Waterproof Case just in time for a camping trip. Although small in size (the 8000 Series case is meant for GPS units, cameras, sunglasses, etc.), I was able to pack around quite a few small objects (like matches, camera, iTouch) locked securely inside of it. During this trip, the case was subjected to a lot of abuse, considering what a klutz I am by nature. I dropped it from my belt while mountain biking, sloshed it in a stream, smashed it with a cooler, and still it survived another day.

Otterbox Armband for iPod Defender Review
Monday, August 10, 2009
To the naked eye, the Defender Armband doesn’t look like much. It is one piece of floppy rubber with one simple strap. However, when matched with a Defender case, the Armband holds the iPod securely, and the thick strap ensures that your iPod won’t slide down your arm. The strap is very easy to adjust and the Velcro is the entire width of the strap, unlike many other cases where the Velcro is a thin strip down the middle of the strap.