OCMS News September 2006

EXTREME Widescreen Gaming: Matrox TripleHead2Go!
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
In addition, you can actually use this device for what is called surround design, meaning, you can have three monitors independently working, displaying three entirely different desktops, and yet you can still run your mouse across the three screens as easily as you do with one, eliminating window swapping with increased productivity in your newly set up workstation.

Can Blogs be Commercialized?
Marken Communications :: Thursday, September 21, 2006
The blogosphere is a relatively new phenomenon that has arrived on the scene and a growing number of people are advancing the idea that it is a great opportunity for companies to sell ideas, products and services cheaply. The problem is that people forget that the blog also allows people to “push back” in a very public manner. The blogosphere remains a community activity of personal and like-minded people communicating together. Other opportunities have emerged in the Web 2.0 world and perhaps…just perhaps a business blog may not be the best solution.

Tell your Boss where to Stick it with Verbatim’s Store’n’Go 2GB USB U3 Drive
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
If you’re not concerned about your boss snooping on you, then you should be. 9 out of 10 employers snoop on their employee’s electronic activity. Many have used a computer’s cookies, history, and browsing cache to justify employee termination. In today’s society of expendable employees, it is wise to always contain your worktime browsing’s evidence to your own personal property. This will not stop a determined employer if they really want to fire you, but weeding through traffic logs takes a lot of time and research. When looking to can somebody, the easiest first place to look is the files stored on the employee’s PC first.

IPTV – Who Will Make Money Off The Matrix?
Marken Communications :: Monday, September 18, 2006
“A déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something,” – Trinity in the 1999 movie The Matrix

What do you get the Modder who has everything? Vantec Slot Protectors
Monday, September 18, 2006
The inside of a computer case is often covered in dust. More importantly, dust can settle inside unoccupied PCI and RAM slots. Over time, the dust build-up can become significant enough to cause contact problems with newly installed PCI cards or extra RAM memory. With Vantec’s PCI/RAM Slot Protectors, you can easily prevent dust from settling inside your PCI/RAM slots. Additionally, the Vantec PCI/RAM Slot Protectors are UV-Reactive, a perfect accessory for systems with windowed cases and UV lighting.

A PC Tech’s Best Friend: Vantec’s IDE to USB Adapter!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Vantec has been making great products for the computer mechanics and enthusiasts alike for years, and this product will increase your productivity if you need to backup harddrives a lot whilst repairing computers. Normally you need to shutdown the PC and plug in the hardrive into your IDE port (making sure to set the correct master/slave jumpers) and reboot again, then when done copying the data you need to shut it down again, and so on… it gets quite annoying if you have to do that all day, so this is where this little cable comes in.

Logisys Phone Smart LED Keyboard illuminates, innovates
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Keyboards are the primary input device for computers today, and been one of the most overlooked when it comes to modding. There are many choices of bling for cases, mice, and even monitors, but the lowly keyboard needs love, too! Several years ago, innovative modders began using flexible EL lighting tape in their keyboard bases to add that final elite touch to their rigs, which was a laborous and messy undertaking. Now inexpensive LEDs are being used in keyboards to offer more Bling for the Buck. Logisys offers their Phone Smart LED keyboard, which they claim is one of the brightest available, and also notifies you when your cell phone rings.

Danger Den nVidia Watercooling Kit & MAG II-LE Pump!
Monday, September 11, 2006
As our faithful readers might know we have a small history to reviewing DangerDen products (henceforth referred to as “DD”), and OCMS is proud to review yet another piece of fine craftsmanship in watercooling: the first NVIDIA-recommended watercooling kit in the world! Yes, that’s right! DD got the NVIDIA recommended seal, making it the first ever watercooling company to be honored.

Vantec NexStar 3: USB & Firewire external enclosure
Monday, September 11, 2006
By just looking at the boxart you know instantly what your dealing with, so the box shows us this version has a USB 2.0 and(!) a firewire connection and additional information is on the back.

Now as showed on the box is that you can get anything up to 480Mbps on USB2.0 and looking in the manual we can get up to 400Mbps for firewire, so it’s a bit slower, but we’ll see how much in the benchmarking.

PAX 06 Swag Giveaway Contest!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
OCmodshop was at the Penny Arcade Expo ’06 in Bellevue, Washington, and we picked up lots of swag!

We are giving away the promotional items we picked up with a random drawing. Just fill out your name and email address and you will be automatically entered in the drawing. The contest ends on Friday, September 15th and the winner will be contacted via email.

Here’s what you get:

Painkiller: Hell Wars delivers promise of pain, killing
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Is your brain tired after the long missions of Halo’s campaign? Do you ache after lengthy sessions of Battlefield 2? Are you eyes tired after interminable creeping in Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory? Here. Take one and call me in the morning. Painkiller is just what you need.

Double Layer DVD Recording Explained
DVD Insider :: Wednesday, September 06, 2006
While consumers around the world have enjoyed burning their own DVDs for a few years now, the inevitable question of “what’s next” is now upon the industry. Certainly blue laser technologies such as Blu-Ray will one day become affordable and prevalent; however consumers today are still very much in love with DVD. The DVD format is mature, high quality content is widely available, and players are low cost and now installed in approximately 53 percent of U.S. households.

Downloadable HL2: Episode Two Gameplay Movie 1 & 2
Valve Software :: Tuesday, September 05, 2006
OCmodshop brings you two new downloadable videos of Half-Life 2: Episode 2 that show off some of the gameplay features, and reveal a little of the technical updates to the Source engine.