OCMS News October 2005

Interview with VC from Arctic Cooling @ NGOHQ
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Quote: Today we had the chance to present some questions to Van Can TRAN from Arctic Cooling, but before we get to that we would like to present some information about Arctic Cooling as a company.

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Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000 Review
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 01, 2005
“Sharkoon came up with a new silent solution when it comes to fans, namely the Silent Eagle range. The Silent Eagle comes in 2 different versions, the Eagle 1000 and Eagle 2000 where the number stands for the rotation speed of the propeller. So what is so exciting about this new Silent Eagle 2000 and is it actually any different from many other silent fans on the market? Sharkoon itself sets the trend, and differentiates themselves from the other brands. Let’s find out together what that means…”

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Seagate 5.0GB USB2.0 Pocket Hard Drive Review @ CACHE-Community
OCModshop :: Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Quote: This funny looking USB 2.0 hard drive from Seagate has a retractable USB cable, enclosed 5GB 1″ Hard drive and a very cool blue activity light. It is a step further than a USB stick, in that it offers a whopping 5GB of truly portable storage, on its speedy shock-tollerant hard disk. It also boasts plug-and-play connectivity and a hot-swappable interface, and is compatible with both PCs and Macs.

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Professional vs. Amateur Digital Cameras – Where do you Draw the Line?
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
OCmodshop’s Photography Journalist has written an article about the differences between amateur digital cameras and professional gear.

The strictest distinction between an amateur and a professional camera is the lens type. SLR (single lens reflex) cameras have the ability to swap lenses. Point and shoot cameras have a fixed lens that cannot be removed. All point and shoot cameras are amateur cameras. However, not all SLRs are professional cameras. Professional SLRs all have approximately the same size lens fitting. If you buy a camera with very small lenses you can be sure that this is a nonprofessional SLR. Many cameras today also balance on the line between amateur and professional cameras. This is where the debate becomes more a matter of opinion then a technical one.

Direct comparison of 11 AMD Athlon 64 Socket 754 & 939 Motherboards
OCModshop :: Tuesday, October 25, 2005

In order to keep the overview before the purchase of an AMD Athlon 64 Motherboard, a new comparison list of all so far on ocinside.de tested Motherboards is now online. In the overview is a summary of all results and the most important overclocking options e.g. multiplier, Vcore, etc.

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[BoPC] BoPCNews – SuperJoy5 Reviewed @ BurnOutPC.com
OCModshop :: Tuesday, October 25, 2005

What else is there left to say? It works, and without any troubles at all. As long as you play games that support additional controllers like a joypad or a racing wheel. And if you want force feedback, than you will not be sure if the game supports that, than it will work without any problems with your playstation controller. Again a fine product available at merconnet for a reasonable price. Too bad there’s still no memorycard functionality though, although it’s already been figured out by other manufactures in the time that Bleem! was popular.”

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HP Photosmart 475 Photo Printer @ Bytesector
OCModshop :: Monday, October 24, 2005
“The rise of digital photography also brought the rise of the infamous question “Where do I get my pictures from?” Admit it, no matter how tech savvy you are, you did ask that question when you first became aware of digital photography. Initially, it seemed you had to relegate your photos to your computer, but now you have plenty of options for publishing your pictures. Today, we will examine how well the HP Photosmart 475 photo printer is able to meet your needs. While sceptical of the concept of printing your own pictures, I was very impressed with this printer’s results.”

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Flock Web Browser Reviews
OCModshop :: Monday, October 24, 2005
“Flock is the latest Web browser to enter the market. It’s written using Mozilla’s Firefox code as its base and they just developed Flock off of it. Flock takes Firefox to a whole new level without bloating the browser like Microsoft has done to Internet Explorer. They managed to add quite a bit of multimedia features that Firefox (or any other browser for that matter) doesn’t have. Even better, it works on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.”

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OCMODSHOP looking for a few good men! (or women)
OCmodshop :: Monday, October 10, 2005
We’re ramping up the website, and need some additional staff! We need journalists in many technology areas that are experts in gaming, graphics, photography, networking, and modders. We are also looking for female models to promote the site and pose with products. If you’re up to the task, send a request to alan@ocmodshop.com.


OCmodshop will expand its review coverage to home theater, gadgets (cellphones, PDAs and other handhelds), gaming (consoles and game reviews) and digital photography. We may also need some voice talent for upcoming Podcasts. OCMS will also expand its articles to photography and graphic how-tos, and gaming articles (online gaming articles, gaming cheats and walkthroughs).

We would like to expand our gaming and industry coverage, so gaming applicants must be willing to review the latest games, attend and cover LAN parties and other gaming events. Modders and Reviewers should have a background in PC hardware and modding. All applicants must be at least 18 to be considered.

PCMech: Elegantly Advanced
OCModshop :: Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Quoting Wikipedia: “The observation made in 1965 by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the integrated circuit was invented. Moore predicted that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future.” So, does this law apply today? If is does, what are its effects on society?

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AC Ryan AcrylPanel Mirror2 – Perfect mirror and see-through acryl
OCModshop :: Wednesday, October 05, 2005

How do I use it? It all depends on how you use it! Use it as a window in a dark casing without lights; it appears as a mirror so you won’t even see the slightest thing in your case. But when you turn on the CCFL lights, the mirror transforms itself into a clear sheet of acryl! Use AC Ryan AcrylPanel Mirror2 for your custom watercooling reservoir, windows, as custom logo/applique on your existing acryl window, etc. etc. There are tons of possibilities, use it on its own or in combination with other AC Ryan AcrylPanels and Meshxpanels. Ever thought of building your own casing? Use AC Ryan AcrylPanel Mirror2 for that job and create a totally unique custom casing! Combine with AC Ryan Constructx to totally customise your mods: Build your custom casings from scratch (or with prefab parts) or mod your current systems.

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Bigbruin.com Review: HEC Group ACE 580UB ATX Power Supply
OCModshop :: Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Quote: Let me start off by saying that I only buy 3 different manufactures of power supplies: PC Power & Cooling, Enermax, and Antec. I have had great luck, no failures, and rock solid results with all 3 of those companies. However, after testing out this power supply and seeing how stable it performs, I would now consider HEC Group when I need a new power supply unit.

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Beef Jerky Shootout @ MHW
OCModshop :: Tuesday, October 04, 2005


“But, I’d like to present a little different light on this unique snack. I suspect… no, I KNOW… that many of you are lardbutts. Heck, I’m one too! Unfortunately, one of the downsides of intense computing and gaming means that many of us do not obtain the optimal level of physical activity. Furthermore, I mind myself snacking more and more while working on the computer – and that’s where beef jerky comes in.”

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Google Desktop & Homepage
OCModshop :: Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Regardless about how you feel about the company’s constant growth and development, one thing is for sure: GoogleLife is here to stay. I will admit I have given my computer over to Google and I will share my experiences with both the Google Personal Homepage and the new Google Desktop (Beta2).

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MobiBLU DAH-1500i MP3 Review @ PDAToday.com
OCModshop :: Tuesday, October 04, 2005
“I recently returned from Taiwan where I attended the Taipei Summer Computer I.T. Show. Among all the aisles of the latest computer gear, there were hundreds of new MP3 players. I saw many iPod clones, a variety of hard drive based models, and more pocket sized players than I can remember. Many new models have color screens and video capability, which I found to be mostly useless since they are usually too small to watch video and the player does not have enough memory to storage a large video file. Some players allow you to read e-books, although the screens are so small that you will need a magnifying glass. The main point is that many manufacturers are adding features and elements to their products to differentiate them in a crowded market. Mostly they are more expensive and have features that seem “cool”, but are not useful. A good MP3 player is all about audio. What I was looking for was a player with a cool design, easy to use, excellent sound quality, and is not full of features that I have to pay for, but will never use more than once. ”

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