OCMS News July 2007

How to Move the Windows Mail Storage Folder in Vista
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Windows Vista comes with the new “Windows Mail”, which replaces Outlook Express (that comes bundled for free with Windows XP). Many people end up using this email client because it’s free and is robust enough for most people’s email needs, and who doesn’t use email these days?

Windows Mail stores your email, folders, accounts, newsgroup and other information in its own storage folder, which is hidden from the user by default for their own protection. What do you do if you want to change the storage location? Worse yet, what if you have a system problem and need to recover your email archive?

How to prevent CHKDSK from running every time your PC Starts
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sometimes you need to check the health of your hard drives by running a diagnostic on them, but you cannot fix any problems because “the system cannot get exclusive access to the drive”. This problem occurs more frequently on the drive in which Windows is installed.

So, you schedule CHKDSK to run before boot (or sometimes Windows will schedule it), and it either takes friggin’ forever, or tries to run a CHKDSK every time you boot! The problem is that a flag has been set on your drive and isn’t being cleared after a successful run. There is a simple procedure to correct this problem, but you have to go through a few screens in Vista or XP to do it.

Ultra Products Giveaway Contest!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
OCmodshop is giving away some great products, sponsored by Ultra! Here are the list of items we’re giving away:

1 Ultra X-Pro 600 Watt Energy Efficient PSU 1 Ultra Grid PC Case 1 Seven-port Buddy USB Hub 1 Hydra 2GB MP3 Players 2 T-shirts (XL)

You can read about the contest details at the official contest page. If you missed out on any of the other Ultra contests this summer, then here’s your chance to load up!

Take High-Def With You!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ah…the joys of business travel. Once again we were grounded at DFW because of thunderstorms after three days of meetings in New York City. We could have done our trip reports but simply wasn’t in the mood. We wanted to let our brain unwind but watching the CNN repeats on the two airport monitors wasn’t on our wishlist.

It was Pinnacle’s PCTV HD Pro Stick and if the package was right it would do it all – anytime, anywhere standard and high-def TV viewing; DVR time-shifting; pause, rewind, fast-forward functions; even the ability to grab area radio stations.

Cirago CST2010 Smart Mobile Storage Review
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
If you are serious about digital photography, then you’ve almost certainly found yourself without enough storage out in the field. Even though high capacity media cards are very affordable, many people end up taking more pictures with higher quality.

Cirago has created their new “Smart Mobile Storage” solution, which is a compact portable enclosure with everything you need to copy digital flash media directly to a standard laptop hard drive… no computer needed!

How to Speed Up Your PC by Removing Windows Services
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
There are lots of little programs used by the Windows operating system that take up memory, waste disk space and CPU clock cycles. These programs are called “services” and include all kinds of things such as UPS support, Netmeeting, QoS packet scheduler, telnet, themes, and alot of other obscure things that the average user doesn’t need.

Escape From Paradise City: Eight New Screenshots
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Get ready to take to the mean streets of Paradise City, as today we have made available eight new screens for Escape from Paradise City, the upcoming action/RTS game in development by Sirius Games and to be published by cdv Software Entertainment USA in North America. The new screens will drop you right into the streets of Paradise City, an urban landscape torn apart by criminal activity. In Escape from Paradise City, you’ll be tasked as an NSA agent to infiltrate the criminal underworld and become the ultimate crime boss by taking out the competition. In the end, you’ll come face-to-face with the city’s mysterious crime lord, who’s more than your average thug – or average human. Escape from Paradise City is set to ship in North America on September 24.

Nine New “Clive Barker’s Jericho” Screenshots
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
We have nine new Screenshots of Clive Barker’s “Jericho”, a new survival-horror, FPS type video game coming for the PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.

A supernatural horror action game with a story devised by the master mythmaker, novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker. Mingling the darkest elements of Barker’s horror fiction and films, Jericho deals with the mysterious reappearance of a lost city in a remote desert. When a form of evil that goes right back to the dawn of days resurfaces from there, a Special Forces squad, trained in both conventional warfare and the arcane arts, is sent in. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the evil that lurks at the heart of the city before it destroys humanity.

Rocketfish Dual-Sided Aluminum Mouse Pad: Better Than SteelSeries?
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Rocketfish has engineered a high-performance mouse pad with both the gamer and design professional in mind (and why not throw in the casual office user, too?). This pad features two textured sides, providing an ultra-smooth surface for PC gamers, and a more textured side to provide more precise control.

Dynex PS/2 to USB Adapter: Use your favorite peripherals again
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Some newer PCs and laptops don’t even have PS/2 ports at all! How are you going to connect your favorite keyboard or mouse to that? Enter the Dynex USB PS/2 adapter, which allows you to connect both a legacy keyboard and mouse at the same time, while only using 1 USB port. This device also is great for converting KVM switches to USB.

The GameTap Experience: What it is and How does it work?
Monday, July 09, 2007
Gametap is a one-stop-shop for emulator junkies, casual gamers and, perhaps most importantly, budget-conscious (aka. cheapskate) players who don’t have $50-60 to drop on a game that may or may not turn out to be a buggy mess.

As of this writing, Gametap has almost 1,000 games in its remarkably intuitive game library. The bulk is made up of great classics (Street Fighter II, Missile Command etc.) and not-so-great ones (Intellivision Skiing, Break Dance) for most major formats stretching back to the Atari 2600 days of yore.

Gears of War PC to be Vista Only?
Monday, July 09, 2007
The PC version of Gears of War is definitely going to be announced at the E3 2007 this week – a leaked video (that got quickly pulled) confirms as much. What’s interesting is the fact that it’s apparently going to be a Games for Windows Live Title.

OCmodshop Store Now Open
Sunday, July 08, 2007
The new OCmodshop store is now open!

The OCMS online store features several hardware products that we just can’t fit in our closets anymore, so we’re offering them to you for insane prices. Most of the available items are brand new, and we will be adding more as they are reviewed.

In addition to great hardware deals, you’ll also find OCMS swag such as T-shirts, case badges, and more.

The Darkness: Complete Walkthrough and Guide
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Just because you’re the Darkness, doesn’t mean you’re an invincible killing robot. Take cover, use your FPS skills! Aim for the head or other critical points when using guns. A few well placed shots and your foes will drop you, powers or not!

Never forget, when you lean around an object, or press up on someone/thing/object, Jackie will aim his guns around them sort of, giving you better accuracy.

If you go around sticking guns in people’s faces, or if you walk away from them while they speak to you about something they find important, they may not be so friendly next time around, so show some respect!

Remove Unnecessary Clutter from Vista’s Taskbar
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
The clock, the current volume, the network status, and the power plan all can be displayed or hidden in Vista’s system tray. Here are the steps to do it. I like all of these notifications enabled in my system tray; however, many people hate them. Certainly, many people will have a reason to hide some of them. For example, if you are not using a laptop, then it is silly to have the power plan displayed.

Here is how to show or hide these notifications in Vista:

How-To: Speed Up Searches in Vista
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Vista’s search capabilities have changed a little from previous Windows versions, and is supposed to index files Instant Search is one of the best aspects of Vista because it allows users to hunt for files from virtually any location in the operating system; search boxes are integrated into the Start menu and into every Windows folder. It’s a welcome addition, as it’s faster and less intrusive than the standalone offerings from Google, MSN, or Yahoo, which were needed to scour your desktop in XP. If you start to notice that your index becomes sluggish in performance or even stops working, you can rebuild the index and regain the performance you seek.