OCMS News October 2010

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 (PC) Review
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The Force Unleashed 2 has a lot of improvements over its predacessor. The controls are greatly improved, and the storyline is compelling, but perhaps not as much as the original game. The Achilles Heel of this game is that it is painfully short… as in you can finish it in 5 hours short. I thought the gamplay of the original FU was short at about 12 hours, but this is absolutely ridiculous for a full-priced game.

Studios like to blame poor sales numbers on piracy, but a large part of these financial woes could be that people don’t want to spend $50 for a five-hour experience. How can a studio expect to make money when every single review of their game advises consumers to just rent it. No studio can make huge sales numbers when the only copies sold are to GameFly.

Seagate FreeAgent Go 500GB Hard Drive Review
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Everybody needs a lot more digital storage these days, even your grandma. Most people have tons of music, videos, photos, and documents all in digital format. An average person’s digital collection of media would easily fill several rooms if they were in a “physical” format. It’s always handy to have several portable hard drives on you; some people use it for backup, others for transferring files between places, and some use them just because they’ve run out of room elsewhere. I usually find myself in the last scenario, even though I have multiple terabytes on a home network.

One of the better-known hard drive manufacturers is Seagate, who have been making hard drives for over since 1979. Now Seagate is offering small 2.5″ hard drives in an attractive case called the Seagate FreeAgent Go, and they’re available in capacities of 250GB up to 1TB.

NZXT Vulcan Mini Case Review
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Once I got it all uncovered, I got a good look at this thing. It’s a matte black, which is something I’m fond of in my chassis, and it has that aggressive look that most case companies have been moving toward. Straight edges, sharp corners, and recesses that house buttons and ports that as a whole looks like it could be a cousin to that box from Hellraiser.

The port/button panel on the top front houses the eSata, USB 2.0 and audio ports. Beside that is the brushed aluminum power and reset button set. I always get a little disappointed when they don’t put a firewire port on these, right up front. I hate having to search for mine amid the wires sticking out of the back. The side that comes off sports a mostly mesh makeup, designed to hold a 200mm fan that will probably sound like an airliner touching down.

Understand and Implement a Home Network
Monday, October 25, 2010
People want to be able to share a single broadband Internet connection to several computers in the house. There are many different devices that you can use to make up your home network. If you have never heard network terminology device names like router, hub, etc may seem confusing.

The purpose of most of these devices is to control how the network passes around information. This information is sent in the form of “packets”. I will refer to the term packet several times in this article. It simply means the data that the network is transporting. I will now explain the purpose of the major components of a home network.

How to Fix 100% CPU Usage on Synology Diskstation NAS
Saturday, October 23, 2010
There are so many new features to DSM 3.0 that you really owe it to yourself to explore every icon. The sleek interface uses so much AJAX to the point that it runs virtually like a PC desktop, all within a web browser. One of the things I came across while exploring the Resource Monitor was that my NAS’s CPU usage was constantly at 100%. The 1GHz processor has a lot to do since it runs so many services and even calculates RAID parity in software, but there was no way that it should be pegged that much. Because the CPU was constantly used, the NAS would not enter into any power-saving modes when not in use.

CPU usage back down to 5% after implementing this fix. Notice how ‘convert’ is no longer in the list

After futher investigation I discovered what was causing the problem, and how to resolve it. I clicked on the CPU graph to open up a sub-window that contained information about all the running processes. It appeared that the “convert” command was using up 99% of the CPU’s time.

Halo: Reach Walkthrough
Saturday, October 23, 2010
The final Halo game by Bungie is the Halo game that showed signs of great progress coming to fruition. ODST was a step in the wrong direction, a slow, awkwardly paced, dark game that never once felt important enough to finish. Reach grabs you fast and revs up the pace in a hurry.

Reach follows you, Noble Six, as you are part of the first line of defense for the events leading into the first game – you’re like when a gentleman puts his coat in the puddle of water for a lady, except you are throwing your body in the water so Master Chief can teabag you and steal your girl. The events are epic enough to care for, the story is paced correctly, and the action keeps things interesting while amping up the difficulty as you play.

Symbolic Links: Easily Expand Your NAS UPNP Library
Friday, October 22, 2010
In order to increase the capacity of your UPNP library then you normally have to just upgrade your entire array, which can be rather costly with NASes using 4 disks or more. Although hard drives are cheaper today (you can get a 1.5TB drive for less than $100), you have to buy at least four of them at once.

If you don’t have money flowing out of your wallet, then you can purchase a single hard drive, slap it in an enclosure, and connect it to the USB or eSATA port of your NAS. But then the problem arises about how to get the UPNP server to see your video and music files. The answer lies with the use of Symbolic Links!

In Win Dragon Slayer PC Case Review
Friday, October 22, 2010
PC Case designs have come a long way from the beige boxes from the previous century. Thanks to the modding and gaming scenes, manufacturers try to lure in new customers with sleek and innovative designs that not only allow your computer to perform its best, but inspire envy at LAN parties. Most PC cases are intended for either full-fledged ATX cases, or small form factor PCs, but not much attention has been paid for Mini-ATX motherboards.

In Win has a new mid-range PC case, dubbed the Dragon Slayer, which accomodates a micro-ATX mainboard. Most micro-ATX cases were aimed at the home theater segment, as these motherboards were usually not considered powerful enough for an enthusiast-level gaming rig. Times have changed, apparently, as this case is equipped to tame even the most monstrous heat-producing equipment, but we’ll get into that on the next page.

Data Storage – Flash Memory Continues to Grow
Friday, October 22, 2010
No one stands in long lines late into the night when a new flash or hard drive hits the store, but they’re having a tough time producing enough to keep pace with what we’re doing with our personal/business things. The only exciting day was back in 1956 when IBM shipped the 305 RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control) storage solution.