OCMS News July 2006

We got a new menu system!
Saturday, July 29, 2006
I’ve finally gotten around to implementing a new DHTML menu system! Usability is greatly improved, as the menu now shows which section you’re currently on, and allows you to drill-down to a specific area within the site.

Since the menu is completely DHTML, image rollovers have been eliminated, so the entire menu is less than 60K, which greatly reduces load time. The menu also supports filters such as real-time transparency, pixelization, fade, shadows, and more! It has been tested and works on nearly every current browser! Woo hoo!

OCZ PC-4000 EB Platinum 2GB DDR Dual-Channel DDR Review!
OCmodshop :: Friday, July 28, 2006

Say that 3 times fast!

The first impression of these modules is that they are beautiful. The heat spreaders are polished and the OCZ logo is embellished on the side, and have OCZ’s trademark weight. They are not light by any means, and fingerprints will easily show up on these polished plates. My first instincts were to jump right in and just ‘clock the snot of of this memory, but I resisted. Instead I started off slow and easy.

Read about the OCZPC4KEBP2GBDDRDC!

WTF is NTFS?
OCmodshop :: Tuesday, July 25, 2006

NTFS or New Technology File System is the standard file system of Windows NT and its descendants: Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Windows versions 95, 98, 98SE and ME cannot natively read NTFS filesystems, although third-party utilities (commercial, shareware & freeware) do exist for this purpose.

WTF is NTFS, anyway?

Orlando in Full Bloom: Dead Man’s Chest Review
OCmodshop :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
Dead Man’s Chest begins with Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) being arrested by Lord Beckett (Tim Hollander) for assisting Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) escape the gallows. Their punishment will be death unless Will can convince Sparrow to give up his magic compass. Elizabeth’s father the Governor helps her escape her cell, and she then pursues the Black Pearl to rescue Will. Meanwhile, Captain Jack acts as a stow-away in a rather unconventional boat…

Talk like a Pirate Day has come early…

Upgrading your Notebook PC
OCModshop :: Thursday, July 20, 2006
“A standard notebook hard drive operates at 4200 RPM (rotations per minute) while modern desktop drives spin at 7200 RPM. This lower speed means slower access to information, which means more time drumming your fingers. Furthermore, notebooks are often sold with only 256MB to 512MB of memory, which is also often shared with the video card. This can cut usable memory by as much as 25% in some cases!”
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Sennheiser MX500 Earphone Review
OCModshop :: Monday, July 17, 2006
Quote: “Looking for a great replacement pair of headphones for your MP3 player or iPod? Or just want to change thoes white iPod headphones to something a little more inconspicuous? Today we find out what Sennheiser has to offer!”
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Bluetake BT500+ Bluetooth Rechargeable Super Mini Mouse:
OCModshop :: Monday, July 17, 2006
“This nifty little rechargeable, cordless, Bluetooth mouse is a great accessory for laptop users that have to have a mouse. The mouse has a right, left, and scroll button. It is pretty basic, but not without its benefits. The mouse features up to a 10 meter range and offers 800pdi resolution. The rechargeable AAA batteries are of the 700mA Ni-MH variety. ”
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Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler Review
OCModshop :: Monday, July 17, 2006
To the point, though. For $150, you could either outfit the perpetual in your system with good, silent air cooling, or the Nautilus 500, and considering that you’ll be running just one fan instead of several, it just makes sense to use something like this when it comes to systems where silence is a golden key.
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Superman Returns : Sizing up the Man of Steel
OCmodshop :: Thursday, July 13, 2006

Superman Returns is the sequel fans have been waiting for. Yes, there were four movies starring Christopher Reeve, but only the first two were actually worth watching. Superman Returns is the long lost Superman III.

However, Superman Returns is a weird jumble of Superman, and Superman II, and doesn’t exactly count as a sequel. Superman Returns begins somewhere in between the first two movies. For about half of the movie I was thinking “Doesn’t Lois Lane know that Clark Kent is Superman?” The answer is yes in Superman II, but during Superman Returns she seems to have no clue! Many oddities of this type occur throughout the movie, and it is best just to pretend they aren’t there.
How Solid is the Man of Steel?

Antec’s P180 Case is Sexier Than You!
OCmodshop :: Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Cases say an awful lot about you as a computer user. Those out there with the clear sides and all that electric blue lighting seem to send out that “I know what I’m doing when I work on my computer, now leave me alone because I’m busy researching worm holes and quantum physics”. Others who posess a newer, colored case leave people thinking that they are concerned about what’s under the hood, two gigs of RAM, a screaming fast graphics card and a hot anime babe as the screen saver. And still there’s the people who still own a plain jane beige tower, quietly hopping online and remaining all aloof about that burgeoning mastercard bill from HAWT/WHET.com.

Great Case, bad Double-Date!

Thermaltake Toughpower 750W Power Supply
OCModshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006

“If you are in the market for a power supply in the 60~750 watt range, one of the new Thermaltake Toughpower units deserve a close look. The 750W model exhibited very good voltage regulation and stability and was quiet, especially while operating under moderate loads. The overall efficiency is very good and Active PFC, sleeved cables, and a 3-year warranty are added pluses. The Toughpower 750W is notably the best power supply I have ever tested from Themaltake.”

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LG KG800 ‘Chocolate Phone’ Review
OCModshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006

“In addition to raising the standard of how mobile phones look and feel, the glossy KG800 is the first handset from LG’s new ‘Black Label’ series of design-led mobile phones, aimed at users who value style as highly as they value technology. LG Electronics says it is the world’s first mobile phone manufacturer to create a completely separate range of exclusively designed, premium mobile products. And although the KG800 sports a respectable standard of technical specification, its primary appeal is its design.”
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OCZ Mini-Kart USB Flash Drive Giveaway
OCModshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006
This OCZ Mini-Kart 1GB USB Flash Drive can be yours! This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere, so long as you are a member of the XYZ Computing Forums. Please feel free to stop by, join up, and engage in some lively and fun discussion. Entering just takes a few seconds.
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Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 2GB Memory Kit
OCModshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006
Kit Review Posted on Thu 6 Jul 2006, 4:11 PM We evaluate the performance of Kingston’s HyperX DDR2-800 2GB Memory Kit. We test this memory on both AMD and Intel platforms, and assess its overclockability as well. Head on over and take a look.
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Logitech’s G3 Laser Mouse Review
OCModshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006
“You’d think that after releasing award-winning peripherals and being at the head of the pack in producing mice, Logitech would kick up their feet for a while. But as other mice manufacturers are in the ring, targeting gamers with as much candy as possible, Logitech is continually evolving its gaming mice to stay ahead of the game.

Today we’re looking at Logitech’s newest addition to its G-series line of laser mice, the G3 Laser Mouse. The G3 has a tough act to follow after we slapped a very rare perfect 10 rating on the G5 and after another approved albeit lesser-rated G7 cordless mouse. So, we might say that the G3, even before taking it out of its package, has its work cut out.”
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The Radeon Experience: A Look at ATI’s Radeon Line
OCmodshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006
Having been fortunate enough to own several different graphics cards from the Radeon family, I have had a pretty nice opportunity to see the variations and advancements from one generation to the next. At times I’ve been thoroughly impressed, and at others dismally disappointed, but on the whole, ATI has delivered a very exciting line. So one day I thought, “How fun it would be to compare the Radeons I’ve owned.” Well, what started as my own little comparison has become a much larger project, and has turned out to be a very enjoyable blast from the past to look at the roots of our present day Radeons. Just as a note, this exploration of the Radeons is not to be a comparison with Nvidia. They have played leap-frog with each other so much in their insatiable battle for the GPU crown, that it is impossible to objectively declare which company’s product is “better.”
Relive your proudest Radeon moments…

Ubisoft Releases Hi-Def Video for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
OCModshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006
“What is the benefit of doing MOCAP instead of traditional animation? Rainbow is all about realism. For that reason it was critical that we create the most fluid and realistic animation possible. Motion Capture allows us to go straight to the source of human movement. Rather than relying on key frame animation, the process of creating motion from scratch, mocap technology allows us to capture and integrate movement performed by trained actors.”
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Testbed Upgrade 2006
OCModshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006
“In the process of upgrading our test system to FX-60 level performance we have generated a few graphs, some of which may be of interest to those readers still sitting on a fast Athlon 32-bit system, but wondering whether to upgrade to AMD64 or just a faster graphics card.”
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Western Digital Scorpio: Another Quiet Notebook Drive
OCModshop :: Friday, July 07, 2006
Western Digital has done little to promote their line of notebook drives, and with the flagship drive coming in at just 120 GB, it’s not hard to see why. Rated according to the usual slew of benchmarks and performance tests, this Scorpio is not particularly noteworthy. But, SPCR doesn’t run the usual slew of benchmarks and performance tests; we are interested in noise. Is the Scorpio quiet enough to earn our approval?
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We Put SiSoft Sandra 2007 To the Test!
OCmodshop :: Thursday, July 06, 2006

SiSoftware is a leader in benchmarking software. Businesses and individuals alike use their tools for monitoring performance on systems. Sandra 2007, SiSoftware’s newest version of their famous Sandra, includes all the modules from the previous versions and comes packed with even more.

When first loading up Sandra 2007, you are presented with a small splash screen and then are taken to the Home tab of the program. The icons shown in the Home are links to other tabs: Tools, Benchmarks, Hardware, Software, and Testing. Almost every icon listed will open a wizard to easily walk you through the process of running that feature.

Avast! – A New Strategy Game from newcomer Primate Games
OCmodshop :: Sunday, July 02, 2006

Avast! is a small, robust, casusal game designed around boardgame-like design with simple strategic elements very similar to chess or checkers. With a pirate/maritime theme, players will find Avast! fun and easy to play. The full version of Avast! comes with 50 levels of game play, and beautifully rendered artwork.

The story of this game is fairly straight forward. At the start of the game you take control of a young lady who is the owner of a bar called “The Lonely Rose”. Unfortunately you’re not very good at it and now have tons of debts to pay off. Business doesn’t look like it’s going to be picking up anytime soon and so in order to pay off the debts you sell the bar, buy a boat and decide to go hunting for pirates to get the rewards… because naturally when you’re in deep financial trouble selling off your only real asset and becoming a pirate bounty hunter is the best choice that makes absolute sense but I digress.

Yo ho ho! (not that kind of ho!)…

NEW Super Mario Bros. Review (Nintendo DS)!
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Mario is back in yet another game. Yes, the pudgy plumber can’t seem to get enough of stomping on those goombas, and rescuing princesses from turtle-dinosaurs could be his only hobby (besides eating of course…). Mario seems to enjoy these monotonous adventures, and for some god-forsaken reason, so do we. Welcome to the *New* Super Mario Bros.!

This time, Mario is happily strolling with the Princess Peach, when she notices that her beloved castle is on fire! While Mario runs off to investigate, Princess Peach is kidnapped by an unknown monster! Witnesses claim the monster is Bowser Jr., who seems to think that Princess Peach is his mother. (Peach is evidently a promiscuous Princess….she must have had strong “mushroom goggles” to mistake Bowser for mustachioed Mario….) The story is…. you guessed it! Rescue Peach from Bowser Jr. and once again save the Mushroom Kingdom.

Oh, Mario! You’re so HUGE!

NEW Super Mario Bros. Review (Nintendo DS)!
OCmodshop :: Saturday, July 01, 2006
Mario is back in yet another game. Yes, the pudgy plumber can’t seem to get enough of stomping on those goombas, and rescuing princesses from turtle-dinosaurs could be his only hobby (besides eating of course…). Mario seems to enjoy these monotonous adventures, and for some god-forsaken reason, so do we. Welcome to the *New* Super Mario Bros.!

This time, Mario is happily strolling with the Princess Peach, when she notices that her beloved castle is on fire! While Mario runs off to investigate, Princess Peach is kidnapped by an unknown monster! Witnesses claim the monster is Bowser Jr., who seems to think that Princess Peach is his mother. (Peach is evidently a promiscuous Princess….she must have had strong “mushroom goggles” to mistake Bowser for mustachioed Mario….) The story is…. you guessed it! Rescue Peach from Bowser Jr. and once again save the Mushroom Kingdom.
Oh, Mario! You’re so HUGE!