OCMS News March 2006

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Lian Li Case Dressup!
Friday, March 31, 2006
Lian Li cases are extremely popular these days, and it’s easy to see why. Many high-end computer systems call Lian Li their home because of the innovative designs, working space, light weight, and sheer workmanship of their cases. There are many optional add-ons for Lian Li cases, and CoolerGuys.com was kind enough to send over some accessories so we can play a little Lian Li dressup!

Some of Lian Li’s more popular cases are the PC-V1000 and PC-V2000, but many people won’t risk cutting a window themselves. For one, the aluminum is very thick and would eat Dremel wheels for breakfast; and why cut a window when you can buy a professionally cut pre-fabbed window direct from Lian Li themselves?

Rice out your Lian Li

Screen on 4 wheels
OCModshop :: Friday, March 31, 2006

The TFT installation starts our small Car PC series. In this first guide we will show you how you can integrate you touch screen smooth in your Car. That means a lot of use of putty. For demonstration we use a Volkswagen vehicle which is construction in the year 2001. This car is the official project vehicle, at which still further modifications are made. Enjoy!

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Lian Li Case Dressup!
OCmodshop :: Friday, March 31, 2006

Lian Li cases are extremely popular these days, and it’s easy to see why. Many high-end computer systems call Lian Li their home because of the innovative designs, working space, light weight, and sheer workmanship of their cases. There are many optional add-ons for Lian Li cases, and CoolerGuys.com was kind enough to send over some accessories so we can play a little Lian Li dressup!

Some of Lian Li’s more popular cases are the PC-V1000 and PC-V2000, but many people won’t risk cutting a window themselves. For one, the aluminum is very thick and would eat Dremel wheels for breakfast; and why cut a window when you can buy a professionally cut pre-fabbed window direct from Lian Li themselves?
Rice out your Lian Li

Windows Vista and F.E.A.R. : friends or enemies
OCModshop :: Friday, March 31, 2006

The question came up after reading Fuad Abazovic’s article ‘Vista gamers need 2GB plus of memory’.

To find out the answer, I’ve just installed today F.E.A.R. on a Vista (Build 5308) testing plateform, ie my all brand new gamer computer with an Amd Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.4Ghz, a 1 GB of OCZ memory and a Sapphire X800GTO² card.

Here is a shot of Windows Task Manager, running with F.E.A.R., 7 (seven) instances of Internet Explorer 7, Paint (useful with prt scr key !), Windows Explorer, and Windows Photo Gallery.
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Plexi Bending Tutorial at Modders-Inc.com
OCModshop :: Friday, March 31, 2006

Summary: Master Modders Sheldog23 show us one of his secerts for making a custom modded case. Quote: I get asked all the time “How did you bend the Plex for your UTMod?”. After trying to explain it to people and describe what a heating element was, I finally decided to write this handy How-to.
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uCLinux: An Overview
OCModshop :: Friday, March 31, 2006
“I got to know about this Linux kernel when I was talking to one of my friends who’s doing internship at Analog Devices, Bangalore and trying to do something with this kernel and blackfin processor. In the past few years, Linux has become an increasingly popular operating system choice in the embedded devices development sector – especially with consumer products, telecommunications routers and switches, Internet appliances, and industrial and automotive applications.”

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StuffGeek Flash Synchronizer@pc-base.net
OCModshop :: Friday, March 31, 2006

Quote: “The flash Synchronizer will really improve your photos, by allowing you to use a second flash. The extra flash can reduce shadows and give you more light.”

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Jetart VC-2000 VGA Heatsink Cools, Confuses Elderly
Thursday, March 30, 2006
For all the aftermarket equipment out there, your average consumer could easily be swallowed with all of the flashing lights and bright sound of the third party computer hardware industry. Sure to the average computer user, adding on nifty new peripherals or replacing parts that in their eyes they have no need to replace. My father is a prime example of this, he buys a computer once every couple of years and has the things he wants put on it right then and there. His equipment is good for a while, but when his graphics card becomes to slow to run the games he would like to play, he just guts it out until he’s ready to buy another computer, rather then going out and buying a new graphics card. The same could be said for darn near everything else on his system.

So when I told him that I was reviewing a new fan that goes on my graphics card, he seemed a little perplexed?

Read on, true believer…

Jetart VC-2000 VGA Heatsink Cools, Confuses Elderly
OCmodshop :: Thursday, March 30, 2006

For all the aftermarket equipment out there, your average consumer could easily be swallowed with all of the flashing lights and bright sound of the third party computer hardware industry. Sure to the average computer user, adding on nifty new peripherals or replacing parts that in their eyes they have no need to replace. My father is a prime example of this, he buys a computer once every couple of years and has the things he wants put on it right then and there. His equipment is good for a while, but when his graphics card becomes to slow to run the games he would like to play, he just guts it out until he’s ready to buy another computer, rather then going out and buying a new graphics card. The same could be said for darn near everything else on his system.

So when I told him that I was reviewing a new fan that goes on my graphics card, he seemed a little perplexed?

Read on, true believer…

Sea Sonic S12 Power Supply Rides the Clean Power Wave
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Sea Sonic is a rising competitor in the consumer power supply market, dedicated to developing and manufacturing green and silent power supplies. To keep with their promise, the Sea Sonic S12-430W, contains numerous features to keep no only their power supply, but your computer running silent. The following is a list of some of the general features included with the S12:

The back of the power supply is a nice honey comb design to allow for maximum ventilation and to keep with Sea Sonics’ idea of having a silent product. Unlike most power supplies, these units do not have a switch to go from 115v to 220v; they have Universal Free AC input, which allows the unit to select the voltage on its own. This is a very handy feature to prevent any problems that may be caused by having the switch set wrong. The S12 comes with pre-twisted wires on all the cables, which allows for better cable control and cooling in the computer. Also, the ATX motherboard connector can be switch from 20-pin to 24-pin depending on the application. Also shown is a serial ATA connector, the dual CPU power connector, and the connector to monitor the units fans through the motherboard.

Sea Sonic S12 Power Supply Rides the Clean Power Wave
OCmodshop :: Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Sea Sonic is a rising competitor in the consumer power supply market, dedicated to developing and manufacturing green and silent power supplies. To keep with their promise, the Sea Sonic S12-430W, contains numerous features to keep no only their power supply, but your computer running silent. The following is a list of some of the general features included with the S12:

The back of the power supply is a nice honey comb design to allow for maximum ventilation and to keep with Sea Sonics’ idea of having a silent product. Unlike most power supplies, these units do not have a switch to go from 115v to 220v; they have Universal Free AC input, which allows the unit to select the voltage on its own. This is a very handy feature to prevent any problems that may be caused by having the switch set wrong. The S12 comes with pre-twisted wires on all the cables, which allows for better cable control and cooling in the computer. Also, the ATX motherboard connector can be switch from 20-pin to 24-pin depending on the application. Also shown is a serial ATA connector, the dual CPU power connector, and the connector to monitor the units fans through the motherboard.

Read about Seasonic’s S12

Z-RAM, a Breakthrough in Memory Technology – Interview with Jeff Lewis at ISi (LostCircuits)
OCModshop :: Monday, March 27, 2006
Conventional DRAMs are made of capacitors and transistors where the capacitor stores the data and the transistor opens or closes the passgate for the data to enter the system. Innovative Silicon Inc (ISi) have turned the difficulties of manufacturing this standard memory type on an SOI process into a feature by leaving out the capacitor – and guess what, it still works.

We had the chance to grill Jeff Lewis, VP of Worldwide Marketing at ISi regarding the technology, the corporate profile and the potential applications of Z-RAM and got more than a mouthful….

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Yamaha Sound Projector YSP-1000 Review
OCModshop :: Monday, March 27, 2006

“The Yamaha Sound Projector YSP-1000 promises full physical 5 channel surround sound from one single box. This was the solution for me to be able to install a home theater in my new living room without wiring up the whole place and risking divorce. The secret behind the Yamaha Sound Projection technology is the use of walls to reflect sound. The Yamaha YSP-1000 is one of those gadgets that increased my heart-rate when I opened the box. Read the full review to find out if the surround sound performance from a single box can replace the typical 5 loudspeaker setup. ”

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MSI GeForce 7800 GT SLI Investigation at nVnews
OCModshop :: Monday, March 27, 2006
Quote: “To switch things up a bit, we will examine SLI on the Intel platform with MSI’s P4N Diamond motherboard paired up with a couple of NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT’s, one of which is a reference model and the other an MSI NX7800GT-VT2D256E .”

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Possible Spam: Gaming System Specs Guide for the Casual Gamer
OCModshop :: Monday, March 27, 2006
Quote: “Hardcore gamers generally know what they need to run the latest and greatest games on the market. However, many casual gamers don’t have time to invest in gaining this knowledge. For people in this category, I have pulled info from all over the net to identify what will run the hottest games on the market.

I know there are many, many less intense games on the market that won’t require high-end specs and can still run on 900MHz processors. This guide is for the hardcore and casual gamers who want to play games like Counter Strike Source, Half Life 2, Battlefield 2, Empire at War, Age of Empires 3, World of Warcraft, Quake 4, Doom 3, and other demanding games like them.”

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Actiontec VoSKY Call Center Review
OCModshop :: Monday, March 27, 2006

“Founded in 1993, Actiontec Electronics is dedicated to enriching consumers’ lives with great connectivity solutions. Over the years, Actiontec has developed numerous products in broadband, entertainment, home networking and communications categories. Their latest product, VoSKY Call Center has become one of the leading products in IP telephony marked. To be more precise, VoSKY Call Center enables Skype subscribers to use their telephones (cells and landlines) to talk to their Skype friends for free or anywhere else in the world for a small fee.”

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Sony Delays, Microsoft Plays
OCmodshop :: Friday, March 24, 2006

Sony’s decision to delay the launch of the Playstation 3 console from spring to November has given Microsoft’s Xbox 360 time to gain a bigger foothold in the gaming market.

Microsoft knows when it rules the roost, and they know how to play for keeps. They have publicly stated that the third installment of their most profitable franchise, Halo, will be strategically released to compete with the Playstation 3. Industry insiders have confirmed that Halo 3 is already completed and ready to ship, but Microsoft was holding off until spring. Now it appears that Halo 3 may as well be vaporware, because in all likelihood Microsoft will delay its release until November.

Read about Sony’s Great Mistake

Sony Delays, Microsoft Plays
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Sony’s decision to delay the launch of the Playstation 3 console from spring to November has given Microsoft’s Xbox 360 time to gain a bigger foothold in the gaming market.

Microsoft knows when it rules the roost, and they know how to play for keeps. They have publicly stated that the third installment of their most profitable franchise, Halo, will be strategically released to compete with the Playstation 3. Industry insiders have confirmed that Halo 3 is already completed and ready to ship, but Microsoft was holding off until spring. Now it appears that Halo 3 may as well be vaporware, because in all likelihood Microsoft will delay its release until November.

Read about Sony’s Great Mistake

Scythe Kama Bay: Silent But Deadly
Thursday, March 23, 2006
The Kama is simply a silent 120mm fan encased in a steel painted housing and additional mounting hardware. The paint has a nice matte finish and looks very durable. The front of the unit is made of a mesh that allows 60% airflow and a filter. The Kama can be mounted horizontally (laying flat) into a single drive bay, or can be mounted vertically (standing up) to blow air directly into the case, but takes up three drive bays.

The fan is extremely quiet, rotating at 800rpm, with a noise level of 12 dBA! An average room is usually 16-18dBA, so this fan is definately quieter than the computer that hosts it. The fan still manages to push out 30 cubic feet of air per minute, which is quite impressive for a silent fan.

Vantec EZ-Swap2 makes SATA swaps fun!
Thursday, March 23, 2006
One of the most useful server features is a hot-swappable drive bay. Some entry-level servers do not include this feature, or you may have a PC configuration that makes uninstalling hard drives a time-consuming process. Vantec has answered the call with their EZ-Swap2 hot-swappable drive bay. It supports SATA and SATA 2 drives. These can be useful for the desktop user who wants to physically swap out their boot drives, take data with you, or can be used in a RAID array to support hot-swapping of naughty drives.

The EZ-Swap 2 Serial ATA version is as convenient as a mobile rack can get. It allows hard drives to be directly connected without going through additional circuits, thereby reducing the potential for performance loss. The drive is secured inside a cartridge, which is then inserted into a bay chasis. The EZ-Swap 2 SATA also features a clever keylock mechanism to safeguard the drive physically and electronically. Since it uses SATA technology, the EZ-Swap 2 SATA is also hot swappable.

Read how Vantec lets you stick it in the Van!

Vantec EZ-Swap2 makes SATA swaps fun!
OCmodshop :: Thursday, March 23, 2006

One of the most useful server features is a hot-swappable drive bay. Some entry-level servers do not include this feature, or you may have a PC configuration that makes uninstalling hard drives a time-consuming process. Vantec has answered the call with their EZ-Swap2 hot-swappable drive bay. It supports SATA and SATA 2 drives. These can be useful for the desktop user who wants to physically swap out their boot drives, take data with you, or can be used in a RAID array to support hot-swapping of naughty drives.

The EZ-Swap 2 Serial ATA version is as convenient as a mobile rack can get. It allows hard drives to be directly connected without going through additional circuits, thereby reducing the potential for performance loss. The drive is secured inside a cartridge, which is then inserted into a bay chasis. The EZ-Swap 2 SATA also features a clever keylock mechanism to safeguard the drive physically and electronically. Since it uses SATA technology, the EZ-Swap 2 SATA is also hot swappable.

Read how Vantec lets you stick it in the Van!

Thermaltake Tide Water All in One VGA Liquid Cooling Module Review
OCModshop :: Thursday, March 23, 2006
“Water cooling has come a long way in the past few years. With Intel’s recent innovation it could become more maintenance free and mainstream than ever before. In that same vein of relative maintenance-free liquid cooling, Thermaltake brings us the Tide Water All in One VGA Liquid Cooling Module. My first reaction to this was “neat, but probably too good to be true. Was my hunch correct?”

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Scythe Kama Bay: Silent But Deadly @ OCmodshop
OCmodshop :: Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Kama is simply a silent 120mm fan encased in a steel painted housing and additional mounting hardware. The paint has a nice matte finish and looks very durable. The front of the unit is made of a mesh that allows 60% airflow and a filter. The Kama can be mounted horizontally (laying flat) into a single drive bay, or can be mounted vertically (standing up) to blow air directly into the case, but takes up three drive bays.

The fan is extremely quiet, rotating at 800rpm, with a noise level of 12 dBA! An average room is usually 16-18dBA, so this fan is definately quieter than the computer that hosts it. The fan still manages to push out 30 cubic feet of air per minute, which is quite impressive for a silent fan.

Check out the Scythe Kama Bay

Google Office: A Failure Compared to Microsoft Office
OCModshop :: Thursday, March 23, 2006
“After much speculation, Google has lastly released an online word processor, and assuming Google continues to dominate in the near future, I suspect an online version of Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher is on the horizon. While Google’s attempt to dominate its presence continues, it would have a troubling time succeeding with an online office suite for good many reasons.”

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High-end Memory comparison
OCModshop :: Thursday, March 23, 2006

“GEIL, Kingston, Corsair, Teamgroup, Crucial or OCZ Who to choose when going for high-end (overclock) memory? See our tests and deside for yourself. Few our tests and information on these really kick ass memory kits.”

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Antispyware: HitmanPro 2.4 is released!
OCModshop :: Monday, March 20, 2006

Quote: “Developer Mark Loman has worked hard on a new interface and fixed some important issues. After Hitman Pro is installed and the desired instruction/configurations have been carried out, several antispywareprograms will be downloaded of the Internet and Hitman Pro will install the (chosen) programs and will run these independently. Programs such as Ad-Aware, Spy Sweeper, Spybot, SpywareBlaster, CWShredder and the recent developed Micro Sysclean will by means of the automatic update provide you with the latest antispywaredefinitions. After the programmes have scanned the computer on viruses and spy-, ad- and malware a report is generated so you can check what it did and what it found. Please note that you are still in control you decide if you want to delete something or not ;-) ”

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Shuttle SN25P review
OCModshop :: Sunday, March 19, 2006
These last few years of developing more power consuming hardware, especially video cards would let us to believe that the barebone market still targets the customer who doesn’t require top-notch performance. Shuttle has a barebone in its XPC-series who provides what picky gamers are looking for. We have looked at this barebone.

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Ballmer: Xbox will capitalize on PS3 delay
OCModshop :: Sunday, March 19, 2006

NEW YORK (FORTUNE) – After Sony announced on Tuesday that the Playstation 3 won’t launch until November, the Xbox 360 is in a better position to become the top gaming console, says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

“In every other generation, the first guy to 10 million consoles was the number one seller in the generation,” Ballmer told FORTUNE in an interview on Thursday afternoon. “Did we just get an even better opportunity to be the first guy to 10 million? Yeah, of course we did.”

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Xbox 360 Bios HACKED!
OCModshop :: Sunday, March 19, 2006
What is this? A bit more info…

The hack is a modified firmware of the Xbox 360 Hitachi-LG GDR-3120L DVD-ROM drive (the security in the Toshiba/Samsung TS-H943 is said to be similar, so it’s probably also possible with this drive … but it does require it’s own hacked firmware of course). As you (should) know, all Xbox 360 executables (XEX files) are signed by Microsoft (with a private key only MS has). This means that if you try to change anything to the XEX file, the signature will be wrong and the file will not boot.

Now … to protect from booting an exact copy of a game from a DVD-R or other recordable media, microsoft gave each XEX file a ‘mediaflag’. This mediaflag tells the Xbox 360 from which media (cd-r, dvd-r, dvd+r, dvd-rw, hdd, dvdxbox, dvdxbox360, …) the XEX is allowed to boot. Changing this mediaflag in the XEX header is not an option as it’ll break the signature of the file (see above), so … what’s done in this firmware hack is ‘break’ the detection of the disc.

Retail games usually get a mediaflag where they only allow ‘dvdxbox360’ (Xbox 360 discs – different than a normal DVD because it has some specific bad sectors and special info in lead-in/out that can’t be written with a standard dvd burner). The modified firmware will trick the DVD drive into reporting a DVD-R (or other) as a DVDXBOX360 to the Xbox 360.

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Free Xbox Live Weekend Confirmed
OCModshop :: Sunday, March 19, 2006
Microsoft today announced the first Free Xbox Live Gold Weekend, presented courtesy of Verizon. From March 31 through April 2, Xbox 360 gamers are invited to connect to Xbox Live and enjoy an action-packed weekend of multiplayer gaming in a community of 2 million players, free of charge.

The Verizon-sponsored Free Xbox Live Gold Weekend will feature 72 hours of nonstop events, constituting the largest programming effort of online Xbox multiplayer games ever. Events will include the following:


  • A 72-hour multiplayer schedule of the most exciting games on Xbox 360
  • Xbox Live Arcade leaderboard tournaments
  • Xbox Live Play and Win contests

Xbox Live veterans hosting new gamers on Xbox Live

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Analyst: Halo 3 Back in the Frame
OCModshop :: Sunday, March 19, 2006

A leading analyst says PlayStation 3’s delay could prompt Microsoft to seek to sabotage the launch with the timely release of its key Xbox 360 title Halo 3. Hiroshi Kamide, analyst at KBC Securities in Tokyo said, “The Xbox 360 will now have had a year’s head start. The danger is that they could target very big-hitting titles at the launch of the PS3 just to sabotage it. If they release Halo 3 – Microsoft’s biggest selling game – timed to PS3, that will be quite damaging for Sony.”

Last year, Bill Gates famously stated that Halo 3 would be lying in wait for PlayStation 3’s spring launch. But Microsoft then distanced itself from these remarks, as it became clear that the game would not be ready. But PlayStation 3’s delay is bound to have put the prospect of spoiling Sony’s party back on the agenda.

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Microsoft and Epic to Offer Ongoing Exclusive Entertainment Content
OCModshop :: Sunday, March 19, 2006
Microsoft Corp. and music giant Epic Records today announced an agreement to make available a full year of exclusive artist content and high-definition music video downloads free for all Xbox 360 gamers. Over the next year, Xbox 360 and Epic Records will showcase 12 up-and-coming artists through the Artist of the Month (AOM) program via the Xbox Live service, the first and only unified global online entertainment network. Through the alliance, millions of Xbox Live members can enter a monthly sweepstakes with a prize of gaming against some of the hottest musicians through the Xbox Live Game with Fame program.

Kicking off the AOM program on Xbox Live is British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, who recently captured her second top 10 hit in the U.S. with the smash single “Unwritten,” the follow-up to last year’s top 10 hit, “These Words.” “Unwritten,” which currently holds the No. 4 spot on the Top 40 Mainstream Airplay chart, is also exploding on iTunes, making Bedingfield the No. 3 artist overall and making the single the No. 1 most downloaded pop song.

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ECS PA1-Extreme Review
OCModshop :: Sunday, March 19, 2006
Needs Crossfire, but need to stay within a budget? Still want to overclock a bit? ECS may have exactly what your looking for. ECS hasn’t been the most common name heard for building overclocking setups, but they’re making great progress with their Extreme motherboards. While they don’t have DFI’s infinite timings and settings to adjust, they’re certainly not bad. For around $120, it’s hard to beat.

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Team Xtender Delux Chrome XCM 360 FacePlate
OCModshop :: Sunday, March 19, 2006

A picture speaks a thousand words . If you are interested in reselling this product please email us at sales@teamxtender.com. Please leave comments if you are interested purchasing one of these bad boys for your own personal use

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No 100 GB Xbox 360 HD Yet
OCModshop :: Wednesday, March 15, 2006
To answer this rumor getting a lot of steam: during April, will Xbox 360 will come bundled with a 100 gig hard drive? No. Not true. False. Here’s the official statement:

We haven’t announced any additional hard drives for the Xbox 360 beyond the 20GB version available today.

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Transcode 360 Next Build Info
OCModshop :: Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Sorry for the lack of updates people. I am busy with a new release and plan on holding onto it for a bit longer until I can add a couple more features. At the moment the new build mostly consists of improvements in the install process and stuff to help folks with network access and codec problems.

Are there any features you’d like to see added?

In related news, I have in the meantime established a good rappor with the author of My Movies, and once folks are happy with the ease of install for T360, I’m pretty sure I will have the go ahead to implement integration with My Movies.

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nXZEN Plus Bluetooth Headset Review
OCModshop :: Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Quote: The nXZEN Headset was selected by the 2005 American Music Awards for their celebrity gift bag. The gift bag was given to around 110 celebrity presenters, performers, and award recipients including the Rolling Stones. Having a product selected as a gift to be given to famous celebrities is not an easy task, and any such product must be something special.

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XSPC X20 Water cooling kit
OCModshop :: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

“Over the last few years XSPC have produced some products that even the top water cooling companies in the world have taken notice of. However they have always been very much part of the single components crowd, that is until they came up with the X20 kit near the end of last summer. The guys at XSPC have been kind enough to let me road test this kit, and needless to say for such a simple kit I have been very impressed, read on to find out why.”

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Kinc reach 43377 with 3Dmark 03 using air cooled 7900 GTX
OCModshop :: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

With a completely air cooled system, from processor to video cards, the final score achieved was 43377 with 3Dmark03. That’s third place overall, no matter what cooling and can even measure up to systems cooled with liquid nitrogen running GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB cards.

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Scythe Katana Cu CPU Cooler Slices up Competition!
OCmodshop :: Friday, March 10, 2006

The PC air cooling market is getting some stiff competition from liquid cooling products.. Liquid cooling products are becoming more and more inexpensive while shrinking in size, which is giving air coolers a run for their money.

The heatsink and fan feels fairly light, but both of the heat pipes are positioned ¼ of the way out off center. Heat pipes are apparently the latest buzzword these days, but the presentation of them is also important. All four ends of the heat pipes are professionally covered with cap nuts. The base is also one of the best finishes that I have ever seen on an air cooling heat sink. The smooth surface is flawless and reflects like a magical bronze mirror! Even most water-cooling blocks still have some sort of machining marks in them, but this air cooler’s finish is almost perfect. We should see some good results!

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Scythe Katana Cu CPU Cooler Slices up Competition!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
The PC air cooling market is getting some stiff competition from liquid cooling products.. Liquid cooling products are becoming more and more inexpensive while shrinking in size, which is giving air coolers a run for their money.

The heatsink and fan feels fairly light, but both of the heat pipes are positioned ¼ of the way out off center. Heat pipes are apparently the latest buzzword these days, but the presentation of them is also important. All four ends of the heat pipes are professionally covered with cap nuts. The base is also one of the best finishes that I have ever seen on an air cooling heat sink. The smooth surface is flawless and reflects like a magical bronze mirror! Even most water-cooling blocks still have some sort of machining marks in them, but this air cooler’s finish is almost perfect. We should see some good results!

Check out the Ninja Modder’s weapon of Choice!

Thermalright V-1 Ultra VGA Cooler Review
Thursday, March 09, 2006
After many years of producing some of the top-performing CPU heatsinks in the world, Thermalright has entered the video card cooling arena. The manufacturer has previously released the V1 and V1-Ultra, designed to handle the latest pixel-crunchers form nVidia and ATI. Companies like Zalman and ThermalTake have been conquering the PC enthusiast market with innovative products to conquer the flaming beast in the newest graphics cards. ThermalRight has introduced their ThermalRight V1-Ultra heatsink to stake a claim in this territory.

The V1-Ultra is similar to the SI-120 CPU heatsink in terms of design and technology, using a combination of aluminum and copper joined by heatpipes. The main base is all copper, but is coated with nickel so it matches the aluminum and chromed heatpipes. The base contact point is beautifully lapped and mirror smooth, providing optimal surface coneact with the graphics core. A slim, 80mm fan silently moves air through the aluminum fins, and mounting for an additional 80mm fan increases the possible cooling power.

Read how to get ‘cho V-1 on!

GSKILL 2GB F1-4000USU2-2GBHZ PC4000 Reviewed at HardwareXL
OCModshop :: Thursday, March 09, 2006

Quote: “G.Skill is becoming a big name in the overclocking scene, I had the pleasure of playing with 2GB (2x1024Mb) modules from GSKILL, the F1-4000USU2-2GBHZ. PC4000 HZ. Some people managed to do more than 280Mhz at 2,6 volts. We’ll do some benchmarks and answer the ethical question, why the hell 2GB? ”

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Vantec LapCool 4 Notebook Cooler
OCModshop :: Thursday, March 09, 2006
“Looking over the LapCool 4 initially I noticed two things right away; the compact size and how lightweight it is. The weight of the whole package on arrival was 3lbs. Most of that was packaging and the power supply, because the LapCool 4 itself only weighs 14 ounces.”

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Thermalright V-1 Ultra VGA Heatsink Review
OCModshop :: Thursday, March 09, 2006

After many years of producing some of the top-performing CPU heatsinks in the world, Thermalright has entered the video card cooling arena. The manufacturer has previously released the V1 and V1-Ultra, designed to handle the latest pixel-crunchers form nVidia and ATI. Companies like Zalman and ThermalTake have been conquering the PC enthusiast market with innovative products to conquer the flaming beast in the newest graphics cards. ThermalRight has introduced their ThermalRight V1-Ultra heatsink to stake a claim in this territory.

The V1-Ultra is similar to the SI-120 CPU heatsink in terms of design and technology, using a combination of aluminum and copper joined by heatpipes. The main base is all copper, but is coated with nickel so it matches the aluminum and chromed heatpipes. The base contact point is beautifully lapped and mirror smooth, providing optimal surface coneact with the graphics core. A slim, 80mm fan silently moves air through the aluminum fins, and mounting for an additional 80mm fan increases the possible cooling power.

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Thermalright V-1 Ultra VGA Cooler Review
OCmodshop :: Thursday, March 09, 2006

After many years of producing some of the top-performing CPU heatsinks in the world, Thermalright has entered the video card cooling arena. The manufacturer has previously released the V1 and V1-Ultra, designed to handle the latest pixel-crunchers form nVidia and ATI. Companies like Zalman and ThermalTake have been conquering the PC enthusiast market with innovative products to conquer the flaming beast in the newest graphics cards. ThermalRight has introduced their ThermalRight V1-Ultra heatsink to stake a claim in this territory.

The V1-Ultra is similar to the SI-120 CPU heatsink in terms of design and technology, using a combination of aluminum and copper joined by heatpipes. The main base is all copper, but is coated with nickel so it matches the aluminum and chromed heatpipes. The base contact point is beautifully lapped and mirror smooth, providing optimal surface coneact with the graphics core. A slim, 80mm fan silently moves air through the aluminum fins, and mounting for an additional 80mm fan increases the possible cooling power.

Read how to get ‘cho V-1 on!

Sansun Bat Case
OCModshop :: Thursday, March 09, 2006
“A quick Google search will find several reviews of this case, as well a link to the company’s website itself. However, I couldn’t find this case for sale at the normal internet outlets such as Newegg.com, Directron.com, Xoxide.com, or Tigerdirect.com at the time this review was written. It appears that this case is being marketed directly to retail stores themselves or others in the distribution channel, as the SanSun’s information on this case will tell you how many will fit in a shipping container (390 for a 20′ container in case you were wondering.) So if you just have to have it; unless you happen to see this case at your local store, you will have to contact them directly.”

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Double your XTC! OCZ XTC DDR2 PC2-4200 Dual Channel
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
We got more acronymns than you can shake a stick at!

PC gamers have always been on the bleeding edge of technology. As a matter of fact, PC gamers have been the driving economic force creating the need for monster video cards faster processors, and PC evolution in general. DDR2 memory is the latest offspring of the PC evolution, providing more memory bandwidth per cycle than its older DDR brother. This new memory is very versatile and should fulfill the needs of gamers, as well as the server crowd for more serious applications.

OCZ has an extensive lineup of DDR2 memory modules, with each line optimized for particular tasks. The new OCZ PC2-4200 Gold GX was designed with low latencies for the gamer. This new memory features OCZ’s latest heatspreader design, dubbed XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) to allow for increased ventilation and heat disspitation due to its honeycomb design.

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Microsoft says better than Google soon
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006
PARIS (Reuters) – Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT – news) will introduce a search engine better than Google (Nasdaq:GOOG – news) in six months in the United States and Britain followed by Europe, its European president said on Wednesday.

“What we’re saying is that in six months’ time we’ll be more relevant in the U.S. market place than Google,” said Neil Holloway, Microsoft president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“The quality of our search and the relevance of our search from a solution perspective to the consumer will be more relevant,” he told the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit.

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Computer Roll-ups?
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

One day you may roll up your computer and toss it in your bag — no more rugged titanium cases. Today’s visionaries are planning a world of flexible electronics that will make even your svelte new laptop look clunky.

The secret is in the silicon: the stuff electronic components are made of. Although silicon is a rigid and brittle material, scientists have discovered that when it is made into ultra-thin ribbons and wires — 100 nanometers, or one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair — the silicon becomes bendable. What’s more, under the right conditions, it can even stretch.

The bendable silicon wires have been used in flexible computer displays and e-paper. Thin, lightweight and flexible components allow the displays to be larger, and at the same time more portable and less likely to be damaged. But for some applications, bendable isn’t enough. The circuits must also expand and contract and conform to complex shapes.

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Crucial Value RAM DDR400 2x512MB Review @ CACHE-Community
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Quote: Whilst there seem to be many memory brands offering blistering speeds and low latency timings, these are normally aimed at (and designed for) enthusiasts and overclockers. The vast majority of computer users though, are not overclockers, and simply want their computers to run at the speed it is intended to do so, so standard speed memory is normally used. Many of these general computer users however make the mistake of using cheap generic memory either to save a bit of money, or because they simply don’t know any better. Crucial has the answer to this in the form of it’s Value RAM series, which is good quality memory, at budget prices, from one of the most respected names in the memory industry.

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Dave Chappelle spars with old bosses
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Comedian Dave Chappelle says he may never return to his hit Comedy Central show if the cable network goes through with plans to air new episodes culled from material he filmed before leaving the series.

“I feel like it’s kind of a bully move,” Chappelle told the Dayton Daily News in a telephone interview for a story Wednesday. “That’s just how I feel about it. I don’t know if that’s the case. But if people don’t watch it, then I’d be more than happy.”

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DOJ opens probe into online music pricing: sources
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into online music pricing at the world’s major music labels, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The DOJ probe closely tracks a similar investigation by New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer into the pricing of digital music downloads, the sources said.

One music industry source said some subpoenas may have been issued already in connection with the probe, while other labels had been tipped off that subpoenas would likely be coming in the next few days.

It appeared that Sony BMG had already received a subpoena, the second industry source said.

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‘Charmed’ a Casualty of WB-UPN Change
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

NEW YORK – The spell is broken. The witches on “Charmed” won’t be making the move when the WB network combines forces with UPN to become the CW network in the fall.

A WB spokesman confirmed a TV Guide report on Friday that said the supernatural series, which stars Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Holly Marie Combs, will end after eight seasons in May.

With “7th Heaven” having already announced its exit, it means that two WB long-running series won’t move to the CW. The WB and UPN will both shut down in September.

The final episode of “Charmed” will air on May 21, TV Guide said.

“It’s been a hell of a run,” Brad Kern, executive producer, told the magazine. “But all good things must come to an end.”

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AOL thinks people will pay for email…
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006
A variety of interest groups have joined forces to fight a proposed bulk e-mailing fee they claim strikes at the heart of online communication a level playing field for rich and poor.

America Online plans to introduce a service that would charge businesses and other bulk e-mailers a fee to route their e-mail directly to a user’s mailbox without first passing through junk mail filters.

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The 60 inch Subwoofer
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The 60-inch subwoofer absolutely has the capability to produce SPL levels well above 180 dB. It is simple math and the laws of physics.

Actually, before designing it, we looked at a comparison between a large number of conventional subwoofers, or a single giant one. After we did the math, the obvious choice was the one giant woofer. It’s output displacement is comparable to 160+ ten inch woofers. It can move a lot of air!

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Top 10 Strangest Lego Creations
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006

It’s time for our weekly Top 10 list and this week our editors bring you the “Top 10 Strangest (or Coolest…) Lego Creations”. Leave us a comment with your own favorites.

Entries include Lego computer case, iPod, Han Solo in Carbonite, cars, Nintendo, Harpsichord, and many others!

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Study finds one in 10 telecommuters works naked
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006
SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 5 (UPI) — Some 10 percent of worldwide telecommuters wear nothing at all while working at home, finds a survey by the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based SonicWALL.

About 39 percent of respondents of both sexes said they wear sweats while working from home, but 12 percent of males and 7 percent of females wear nothing at all, according to a survey of 941 remote and mobile workers worldwide conducted by Insight Express and SonicWALL, a provider of integrated network security and productivity solutions.

Forty-four percent of women surveyed said they showered on work-at-home days, as opposed to 30 percent of men.

Seventy-six percent of the employees surveyed believe that working remotely from home is an aid to productivity and 61 percent are convinced that their managers agree with them.

More than half of the survey’s respondents accessed the corporate network from home on a daily basis, with 86 percent logging in remotely several times a week.

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Neither Firefox nor IE are perfect (well, duh!)
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006
MARCH 07, 2006 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – A report issued today by Symantec Corp. seeks to satisfy users of both Mozilla Corp.’s Firefox browser and Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer.

In its latest Internet Security Threat Report, covering the last six months of 2005, the company now features two different ways of counting browser bugs: one that finds that Internet Explorer has the most vulnerabilities, and a second that reveals Firefox as the bug leader.

Firefox had the highest number of “vendor-confirmed” vulnerabilities, with 13 bugs reported during the six months covered by the report, compared with Internet Explorer’s 12, said Dave Cole, a director of Symantec Security Response.

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64-bit Hauppauge PVR card drivers!
OCModshop :: Tuesday, March 07, 2006
I got this bit of info from Hauppauge themselves!

Hello, at the present time we are working on a 64 bit driver and application for the PVR 150 & PVR 500. We do not have 64 bit software available for any other WinTV devices at the present time. We are currently working with the chipset manufacturers for updates and should have a 64 bit driver available for other PVR products fairly soon, by the end of the first Quarter.

So, all you 64-bit fans hold tight! You might be able to find more at their site.