OCMS News October 2006

Everquest 2 Halloween Video Postcard posted in the Gallery!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Enjoy a Halloween video postcard from your friends from EverQuest!

How Super-Fly is Ultra’s MicroFly Case?
Monday, October 30, 2006
Rather than a flat desktop that would fit in an entertainment center, or a mini-tower that’s just a smaller ATX case, the Microfly is sort of squareish at the front. It is 11.25” wide by 9” high by 15” deep. The metal sides and top are all very light and the aluminum case is surprisingly mobile. A handle mounted on the front is an inspired feature because its unusual shape is best suited for being trucked to people’s houses and set-up on makeshift desks for LAN events, but it also looks nice as part of any home-computing setup. The black, glossy paint adds a special layer of class.

New Videos & Photos Added to OCmodshop Gallery
Monday, October 30, 2006
We have some new videos added to the OCmodshop gallery. We’ve added classic commercials from 3dfx, Atari, computer animation, LAN Party videos, Star Wars Fan Films, and more!
http://gallery.ocmodshop.com/gallery.asp?categoryid=342

We’ve also added a TON of photos from Microsoft company events, like product launches, Bill Gates’ press meetings, and Steve Ballmer acting like… well, Steve Ballmer!
http://gallery.ocmodshop.com/gallery.asp?categoryid=201

Ecommerce Tips for Beginners
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
ECommerce is tough. It involves a lot of details, forethought, guts, and work. And if you are just beginning, the odds are stacked against you. Let’s try to bring the odds back in your favor. I am going to point you in one direction. It’s what I wish someone would have told me when I was starting. You need to learn that it’s all about the market.

Choosing the right Portable MP3 player (part 1)
Monday, October 23, 2006
MP3 players are everywhere! It seems that the number of makes and models in this market is growing daily, with features and capabilities intended to appeal to just about anyone shopping for one of these devices.

Saint’s Row Cheats (Xbox 360)
Monday, October 23, 2006
To enter these cheats, go to the pause menu and tab over to your phone. Select DIAL and enter a code from below before pressing CALL. Then go into the CHEATS section of your phone and enable them. Make sure you have another copy of your saved game on file…

Become a delinquent with Rockstar’s “Bully” (PS2)
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a white-trash 15-year old delinquent would be like? Here’s your chance!

Bully is Rockstar’s latest attempt at creating the most controversial game on the planet. Have they succeeded? In some ways, the answer is “yes”.

Lego Star Wars 2 Cheats Posted
Saturday, October 21, 2006
We have two new articles that give you all the power brick locations and codes for all the unlockable characters!
Power Brick Locations
Unlockable Characters

New and Improved OCmodshop Gallery!
Friday, October 20, 2006
OCmodshop has a new and improved gallery! We offer way more than just images of cases and hardware (and of course the OCMS models). We have Xbox 360 DVD covers, manuals, MP3s, game MIDIs and much more! Take a look at http://gallery.ocmodshop.com

Okami Cheats posted (Playstation 2)
Friday, October 20, 2006
Instructions on how to become an Okami god! We got techniques on how to master Okami for the Playstation 2.

Dead Rising – How to Defeat Brock (the final boss)
Thursday, October 19, 2006
In Overtime mode, you have to defeat Brock to get the “true” ending, but Brock can be difficult to beat. To make matters worse, you have to fight him barehanded. To make things even worse, you have to fight on a small platform and can easily get knocked off into a crowd of zombies. Here are strategies to easily defeat Brock…

ECommerce Beginners – The Tip I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me
Paul McGillivary :: Wednesday, October 25, 2006
ECommerce is tough. It involves a lot of details, forethought, guts, and work. And if you are just beginning, the odds are stacked against you. Let’s try to bring the odds back in your favor. I am going to point you in one direction. It’s what I wish someone would have told me when I was starting. You need to learn that it’s all about the market.

Shrinking Storage…Keeping Data Safe, Close At Hand
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
In observance of the hard drive’s 50th anniversary, we cajoled our kids into visiting the computer museum in San Jose. Seemed like an interesting way to get them to understand the technology that has impregnated their lives.


5 Ways To Backup Your Data…
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The data on your hard drive is the most critical item inside your computer, and the only item which can not be replaced. It may be an unwanted hassle and expense to replace a defective memory module, monitor, or processor, but there is no replacing data once lost.

ATA vs SATA
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The performance of computer systems has been steadily increasing as faster processors, memory, and video cards are continuously being developed. The one key component that is often neglected when looking at improving the performance of a computer system is the hard drive. Hard drive manufacturers have been constantly evolving the basic hard drive used in modern computer systems for the last 25 years, and the last few years have seen some exciting developments from faster spindle speeds, larger caches, better reliability, and increased data transmission speeds.

Dead Rising: The Feel-Good Game of the Season
Thursday, October 12, 2006
A recent study involving the preparedness of Seattle area residents has found that despite public awareness and a rather large county budget for the defense of zombie attacks, the area is primed for a zombie uprising. The study, conducted by the League of Women Zombie slayers and their counterparts, The Ash Campbell Institute for Smiting the Undead, revealed that Seattle as a whole is lacking the rudimentary tools for adequate zombie defense. “For goodness sake’s we’re a bunch of meaty treats just waiting to be gobbled up by the undead!” Ana Polley, head of the League of Women Zombie Slayers was quoted as saying at last month’s Zombie Prevention and Elimination conference held at the Seattle Red Lion.

To X-Finity and Beyond! Ultra’s X-Finity 500W PSU
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Ultra X-Finity™ 500 Watt PSU w/ Active PFC appears to be exactly what one would look for in a power supply of this energy rating. First, it is in an attractive enclosure of black brushed aluminum, with well fitting seems, and strong-looking materials. It is also very heavy – lots of circuitry as work here. The cables are what Ultra calls, FlexForce: They are designed to make routing and space-management better inside your case. They are an attractive black and silver scheme, and much more pleasant to use than the standard red-black-black-yellow cables. Of particular interest is the huge 12cm fan, which spins relatively slowly, and is very quiet. Yes, I would certainly be proud to show off this power supply. But does it perform?

A Cheap Video Card that Doesn’t Suck – eVGA 7600GT PCIe
Monday, October 09, 2006
The GeForce 7600 GT is based on the G73 core and is essentially half of Nvidia’s flagship single core product, the 7900 GTX; it has half the pixel pipelines (more recently referred to as ALUs), half the raster operators, and half the texture units. But since the 7900 GTX is insanely fast anyway, and the 7600 GT core and memory are clocked just a little slower than the 7900 GTX, the 7600 GT is plenty fast.

Sleek as Hell and Power to Boot: Ultra’s X-Connect 2 550W PSU
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
If we have learned one thing from television, it’s that more power is a good thing. Tim the “Tool man” Taylor always wanted more power in everything he did. Captain Kirk demanded more power from his chief engineer “Scotty” and by george he got it. And I challenge anyone to try and and find someone out there who has uttered the words “We all would have made it through that wormhole if only we had less power.”

Ultra’s Aluminus Case Enlightens You
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Nearly every component of a computer is designed to go into a case. There have been plain boring cases built for the last 30 or years, with very few manufacturers taking the time to make their computers look as appealing as their performance. A few exceptions pop into mind: Apple, Alienware, and well…those are really the only two that come to mind easily. See what I mean? Most DIY enthusiasts try to get a case that will try to look good as well as be serviceable; maybe paint it, or cut a hole somewhere, or go all-out and build their own case from scratch. An area that has been very popular is to put a see-through window on the case, so you can look at all of those hundreds of dollars in hardware put to good use. A few years ago, you really had to cut your own hole using tools, but those days are gone my friends, because now there is…The Aluminus!

HTPC on the Cheap: Intervideo’s HomeTheater
Monday, October 02, 2006
Some of us find ourselves without a signed and stamped Windows Media Center Edition PC. At least, that’s the situation I find myself in. Without built-in features like TV-tuning and remote control, I am left to search for third-party solutions. Intervideo wants to help and offers one solution, the broadly named Home Theater package that claims to “Turn your PC into an entertainment center” by helping you watch TV, DVDs and other videos while listening to music and viewing pictures. And no, not all at the same time.