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EDITORIAL Christian Uybengkee BUSINESS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
STAFF Editor-in-Chief ALEX AMADEO

Abs Abando
Assistant Editor TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT
JESUS DOMINGO
RJAY GREGORIO
Rod Bier TELLE GREGORIO
DIY Section Editor
LEGAL
JayDee / Rjay JASON MIGRIÑO
Programming / Software Section Editor
ADMINISTRATION
Jonas Martinez ROSEL AMADEO
Games Editor CHRISTIAN MANINGDING

Contributing TPC Writers MARKETING


HERMANN THOMAS CALERO
Abs Abando, Christian Uybengkee, Jonas Martinez, Michael Angelo ZES MARTINEZ
Factor, Omar Mandawe, Rod Bier, Rogel Naval, Ross Flores Del
Rosario, Allan Sabado, Willy Palacios, Nonoy Ativo, Ronaldo Bejarin,
Ritz Marcelino, Albert Two Ingreso

Layout and Design


Christian Uybengkee, Marlon Abril, Franco Sibal,
Catherine Villanueva, Rea Diwata Mendoza
Patrick Anthoy Abando

Production Officers
Jun Cosme, Philip Fetalvero

Research Assistant
Allaine Zagala, Tina Soriano

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CONTENTS
FEATURE
14 Show Us Your Rig
12 TipidPC Events
20 Building from Scratch
22 Clarkdale Overclocking Guide

PREVIEW
24 Multi-Media Player to the Xtreme!

EXCLUSIVE
30 HDSLR : The Future of Cinematography
28 The Ipad Experience
29 Ipad as a Business Tool
32 Do Filipinos Need Facebook on their Mobile Phones?
34 LanShop: Generation í
42 A Member’s Call Center Life
46 Digital DJ’s Dream Dillema
48 Mobile Phone Vs. SmartPhone

SPOTLIGHT
51 The Man Behind SoftBox Solutions
52 Opening the Doors of Open Pinoy
54 Team Nikon Bullies

TECH GUIDES
56 Battery-Saving Tips for DSLR
62 High Dynamic Range Photography
58 Photography and Digicam
64 Photoshop Enhancement
66 Photographic Composition

DO-IT-YOURSELF
71 Carbon Fiber Sticker Mod ON THE COVER
68 Making an Ipad Concealment Case The D.I.Y Gurus
76 PSU Acrylic Conversion headed by Rod Bier a.k.a. Cham_e_
78 PSU Wire Sleeving lyon, Rogel Naval a.k.a Hertzblaster
80 Home-made Projector and Omar Mandawe a.k.a sledge
84 Mouse IR Led Replacement
88 Making an Aquarium PC Digital Artwork by:
92 The Xtreamer Case Modification Patrick Abando a.k.a Fibz

GAME CENTRAL
96 Tron 2011
98 Medal of Honor 2010
100 PS3 Game Reviews
102 Mafia II

COMMUNITY GUIDE
104 Identity Theft
105 Phishing

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ALEX AMADEO a.k.a. ReB
Managing Director
TipidPC.com Inc.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE Alex Amadeo a.k.a. ReB

MESSAGE FROM THE CORE TEAM

Sweet. Our very own magazine. After several years of yearning We approached Ayokis_stuff again and this time around we are
and hard work, one of our visions is coming to fruition. I can still adamant that we wanted to come out with our own magazine. We
remember back in 2003 as we were mapping out TipidPC’s plan are proud of our members – their expertise, creativity, resourcefulness
for the next five years over a dinner meeting at my house. Ideas and their ability to innovate and improvise is second to none, and the
were running in different directions at the same time as eight guys magazine was our way of to showcase the community. 2 months later,
were speaking their minds out. It was a bit surreal. In those twenty- ‘TipidPC Magazine’ was born. We would like to thank everyone who
two minutes of verbal chaos, goimon suggested that we should also contributed and helped us in making this issue a reality - you’re now
publish our own magazine, to complement the website. At that time, part of TPC history.
the magazine’s concept was not yet clear, but nonetheless, we had
it staked as one of the site’s direction in the future. A couple of years In succeeding issues we will venture in using Taglish format to preserve
have passed and the idea still remained just a vision. the Pinoy flavor and the TipidPC culture, just as we have envisioned
for the magazine. I am confident that this magazine will open a
Our first big chance came in 2005 when Ayokis_stuff and I explored treasure chest brimming with talent and unleash the true potential of
on the possibility of doing collaborations for the magazine. Ayokis_ the TipidPC Community.
stuff was already publishing his own magazine, Airsoft Extreme,
back then. Enjoy!

First thing that we needed to establish was the magazine’s concept.


We wanted a concept that would go hand-in-hand with the site’s
vision.

We always get praises that our forum is a great source of


information, even for things beyond technology. It was evident in
the forums that we have a lot of highly skilled, expert, talented
and unselfish TipidPC members, willingly sharing their knowledge
to fellow members who needed help, without expecting anything in
return. We wanted to highlight this in our upcoming project and we
decided it was the perfect concept for the magazine.

Though even with a clear direction, we still held back. With all the
cost involved for the project, doubts started to cloud our thoughts - if
we could really sustain the project. We then had a realization, we
were not yet ready.

Fast forward to 2011, our community will be celebrating it’s 10th


year this July and we gave the idea of the magazine a second look.
TIPIDPC
We were moving to our new corporate office in Alexander House
along Amorsolo St. in Makati and everything seems to be in place., COMMUNITY
I thought, at long last the ball was finally rolling. I knew then that it
was time. We were ready. UNLEASHED
CONTRIBUTORS
1. ABS ABANDO a.k.a Sunryzr is a freelance writer 1 2 3
and television director for both local and international
media with over 20-years experience in both photography
and videography. His work includes critically-acclaimed
documentaries which aired on the History Channel, a short
film which won the Best Picture award in 2009 and several tv
shows and indie films. He is currently a segment director for
a local television network where he puts all his knowledge
and experience to practical use.

2. CHRISTIAN UYBENGKEE a.k.a Ayokis_stuff


Has been a member of TPC since 2003. He conducted
special events for tpc and now assigned to spearhead TPC
magazine and the current Editor-in-Chief. A Publisher of
AirsoftXtreme International Magazine and Airsoft Buyers 4 5 6
guide magazine which circulates from 9 countries here and
abroad. He has been in the I.T. Industry for the past 18 years
and has served in various International companies like:
International School Colombo, Asian Devevelopment Bank,
Cybernet, Sivat Koma Korea etc..

3. JONAS MARTINEZ a.k.a Redwing001 He


holds an Associate degree majoring in Cobol Programming
from Systems Technology Institute batch 1993, finished
an electronic technician vocational course in 1991. First
started working as a call center agent way back in 2004
and presently working as a freelance online writer. Hobbies
7 8 9
include computer hardware repair and performance
optimization, automotive mechanic, electronics design and
DIY manufacturing. Became a tipidpc member in 2003. An
avid PC gamer and overclocker, electronic circuit designer
and DIY (Do-It-Yourself) expert.

4. MICHAEL ANGELO FACTOR a.k.a. Mixmasta


is one of the DJs behind Pump Mixers International, an
international group of Pinoy DJs that give away mixes like
The Weekly Top 7, The 10 Minute Madness and Partee
Mixes.Check them out at TipidPC.com under The Remix
thread
10 11 12

5. OMAR MANDAWE a.k.a sledge attended


BSECE at the Technological University of the Philippines
Manila. Presently working as Maintenance Engineer from
a company specializing in telecom power generation and
maintenance . A hobbyist with interest in electronics related
to audio-video, personal computer hardware, peripherals
and CCTV imaging and telescope making.Started out as
TPC member in 2005. “I spend most of my time designing/
redesigning different things I use every day. I really like
customizing my stuff”.

6. ROD BIER a.k.a Cham_e_lyon is a TipidPC


member since 2002. Some of his contributions to the
community includes the forming of the United Modders 9. ALLAN D. SABADO a.k.a. Adsventure 12. RONALDO BEJARIN a.k.a. bartman1973
Philippines. Together with it’s Core Team, they have helped is an engineering manager in an electronic safety is currently working in one semiconductor company in
a lot of TipidPC members troublehoot their motherboard systems company Gen Trias Cavite as a technical supervisor. A computer
BIOS problems thru the Forum thread titled “Boot Block enthusiast who loves to push the computer to the
recovery for free” which he posted. 10. WILLY PALACIOS a.k.a wheelee has limit. Became an overclocker after a few guys in tpc
been a member of TPC earlier than 2004 & have been named dm and ral teached him how to overclock his
tinkering with PC’s since the 386 era and when the s478 processor. Have represented our country in
Pentiums came out Overclocking has become a hobby 3 overclocking competition (Irontech and MOA c/o
7. ROGEL NAVAL a.k.a Hertzblaster holds a degree ever since. His new found hobby, photography, started MSI and GOOC2010 c/o Gigabyte)in Asia and one
in Electrical Engineering from UST batch 1986. Presently overclocker’s summit in Taiwan. Been a TPC member
in the late 90’s & ever since have been learning the
working as Business Unit Manager at an American-based since April 01, 2004 .
tricks of the trade. Currently using a Pentax system &
company specializing in process chemicals and equipment
is fond of those manual lens. Graduated from HAU in 13. RITZ MARCELINO a.k.a rsa1 is an
in an industrial set-up. A hobbyist with interest in electronics
Pampanga in ‘86 & now currently working in China as Electronics and Communication Engineering graduate
related to audio-video, personal computer hardware,
a PCB designer. from Don Bosco Technical College batch 2003. Worked
peripherals and also software. Started out as TPC member
in 2002 . Became an overclocker fan for some time until for a consulting company and in one of the world’s
2003 when he became interested with DIY projector. leading financial service providers as SAP BW IT
11. NONOY ATIVO a.k.a. nonoy_1969 is a consultant for 5 years now. An amateur photographer,
social activist who believes that technology rightfully musician, sports-minded, online gamer and certified
belongs to the masses and they should have every TPC addict. Joined TPC in 2006 and loves hanging in
possible opportunity to learn how to use it in their The Lounge.
8. ROSS FLORES DEL ROSARIO a.k.a. daily lives. He works in a manufacturing company
extracool holds a degree in Electronics and doing events and promotions all over the country. He 14. ALBERT TWO INGRESO a.k.a
Communications Engineering from Mapua Institute of graduated from U.P. Diliman with a degree in B.S. alberttwomi holds a bachelor’s degree in Avionics
Technology. He was formerly the ICT Officer of the United Geography. He can construct a map of a place just Technology from AirLink International Aviation College,
Nations World Food Programme. Presently a businessman by walking around but this was before GPS became Batch 2010. Presently attending SIA Engineering
managing several businesses, including an Internet Cafe. mainstream. A photography enthusiast by day and an Philippines’ Aircraft Maintenance Training Program in
One of his colleagues introduced him to the forums at TPC avid PC gamer by night he finds it hard to find hours to Clark, Pampanga. A TPC/TCP member since 2006,
last 2004, he got the idea of turning the workshop into a squeeze in sleep. He loves to read and yearns to have with interest in computer hardware and software,
LAN or Gaming Shop opened initially to his neighbors during an iPad to view his collection of downloaded PDFs. as well as games on various platforms. Currently an
weekends and holidays. active member on the MSI Gaming Laptops thread,
with contributions such as various D-I-Y projects for
effective system cooling.

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FEATURE

TIPIDPC EVENTS TIPIDPC COVERED EVENTS, SEMINARS,


PRODUCT PROMOTIONS AND LAUNCHING

NVIDIA GAME TOURNAMENT


Nvidia sent an exclusive invitation to TipidPC Also present were TipidPC President, Alex
members to participate in a NVDIA LAN Amadeo and Western Digital representatives.
Game attended in by 20 hand-picked TipidPC
gamers. Gamers, professionals and students From among the 20 participants, only 2 TPC
converged at the SM Megamall where the members remained for the elimination round
event was held. with the winner taking home a US$200 cash
prize.
The TipidPC editorial staff was there
spearheaded by Chris and Rod.

SILVERSTONE DINNER MEETING


TipidPC Editorial Board meet up with SilverStone
representatives from Taiwan together with guys
TIPIDPC & TIPIDCP COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING PARTY from Fine Upgrades Philippines, distributor of
Silverstone products.

The most awaited community event of the year is


the TipidPC Thanksgiving Party where members
of both TipidPC and TipidCP meet face to face.
The party was held in Libis last December 2010
and attended by members from TPC veterans,
admins, owners, and premium members.

The hosts, Taba, Goimon and Ayokis brought the


house down with their wit and humor. Members
and sponsors provided fantastic prizes.
Notebook, airsoft guns and NZXT casing were
among the top giveaways of the night.

TipidPC is always grateful for the support and


attendance of members. Everyone enjoyed--
even those who were not lucky enough to bring
home prizes!

Aside from the food, TipidPC members took


home TipidPC umbrella which were made
available only for that event. See you on the next
TipidPC EVENT.

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THANKSGIVING
PARTY 2010
Dec. 11, 2010
AMBERBASE
EASTWOOD

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Show us your rig

Computer Specs:
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955BE
Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD70
Memory: G. Skill Trident 1600MHz (2Gbx2)
Videocard: Inno3D GTX 260 Gold Edition 216SP
Souncard: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro
HDD: Western Digital 1TB Green Edition
ODD: LG DVD-RW w/ Lightscribe
PSU: Corsair HX650
Casing: Coolermaster 690 II+
HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B
Auxiliary: Coolermaster 120mm 90cfm (6Pcs)
Others: Coolermaster 4-in-3 Device Module

CODENAME:
AMD ROIDS
FAUST

Glenn M. Pantay a.k.a k3itaro_mpg


I’m a TPC member since March 19, 2005. I’m a Switching Engineer of a telecom
company. I’m fond of building pc because I would like to showcase my crafts and give ideas to
those who want to start building an inexpensive but eye-catching pc’s. This is also my way of giv-
ing credit to those guys who influenced and taught me the perfect way to build a rig.

I am not into much modification right now because I don’t have a place to do it. But if given a chance, I would like to
start a career in PC-building here in my province.
I just change the fan blade of the auxiliaries to color blue, change red LED to blue and put some sleeve on the wire to
compensate the theme of my rig.

Show us your rig

The “Time Wasting Machine”

Gilbert N. Arbuis a.k.a. Monyuka

I’m a TPC member since December of 2007. I am IT professional. I’m fond of building
PC’s because I just like to keep up with the latest hardware. Building custom pc/modding
is like a hobby to me. Computer Specs:
proc: Intel I7 920
mobo: Asus P6TD Deluxe
One main reason why I build/mod my pc is to get what I really need at a cheaper price ram: 3GB G.Skill Trident
and gain that extra performance and aesthetics. vc: Sapphire Raden HD5550 Ultimate
case: Thermaltake Level 10
cooling: CoolerMaster V8
monitor: 3x Acer 17” LCD (for Eyefinity setup)

Modifications done:
extra case fans, wire sleeving, cable management
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Show us your rig

Computer Specs:
Intel Q6600 QuadCore 2.4ghz
DFI Lanparty P45 t2rs Plus
Gskill Trident 4GB
Inno3D 9500GT
1TB Western Digital HDD
Corsair H50 CPU LCS
Corsair TX750watts
CoolerMaster Cosmos RC1000k
Thermaltake Turbo fan
Corsair H50 Fans

Modifications done:
Car Paint K92 Orange
Daniel Anthony Nopueto a.k.a Frontosa06
2k Urethane For TopCoat
PowderCoated Inside I am employed at a pharmaceutical company in Quezon City. I am interested in Computer
Acrylic Cuts And Bend For exhaust Fans By: TantricModz assembly and modifying parts of computer case. I love to change the original paint of
CarbonFiber stickers By: Chezzowicked computer case to a custom color paint so it will look different from others, Im a Facebook
Cable sleeves for great and clean looks of cables addict.
Cable Management for better Ventilation I’m a member of rignoobies, a group of computer enthusiast here in TipidPC.com

Show us your rig

Computer Specs:
Intel Core i7 920 2.66ghz stock,3.6ghz at OC
Asus Rampage II Extreme
Corsair H50 Hybrid Cooler
Corsair Dominator 6gb Triple Channel Kit 1600mhz at 1600mhz
2 Palit GTX 480 Stock speed, in SLI
Joseph Malixi a.k.a Jomal Corsair AX 1200W PSU
Two Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm
One Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200rpm
Jomal and his “ Black Minimalist Rig” Asus 22x Combo Drive
Corsair 800D Full Tower Chassis (All Stock Corsair Fans)
I’m a practicing government physician in our province in Bataan. I started building my Acer P241w Monitor
own computer 2 years ago, got inspired from rigs posted in TipidPC, then started to Razer Lycosa Mirror Edition
upgrade my PC. Razer Salmosa gaming mouse
Razer Kabuto gaming surface
Altec Lansing VS3251
I started to modify my PC with spray painting. Got addicted to cable sleeving and then APC Smart Ups 1500VA 980Watts
everything follows. Then I ventured in selling in TPC. The further upgrades led me to
finish building my present gaming/workstation rig. This year I started to realize that I want Mods Done:
my current rig to be very simple, clean looking, yet elegant and robust. Spray painted red motherboard components with flat black
Cable sleeved all Chassis and fan cables black
Spray painted monitor base flat black
Cable management
Blue laminating sheet covering on ROG motherboard logo

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Show us your rig
Mitchelle S. Aquino
a.k.a. Vanguardwars

I’m a TPC member since April


01, 2009. I’m an ECE graduate
from UE-Caloocan. Right now
I’m a Senior Mainframe Devel-
oper in Makati.

I’m an electronics enthusiast.


Computer Specs:
Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz (over- I always enjoy tinkering elec-
clocked to 3.3GHz using OC Genie Lite) tronic stuff. But when I got my
Motherboard: MSI 880GMA-E45 first rig last March 2009, that’s
RAM: 2 x 2GB Team Elite DDR3 1066MHz (CL9)
Video Card: XFX ATi Radeon HD5770 (Model: when I started thinking on how
HD577X-ZNFC) I could make my rig look nice
HDD: 1 x 320GB Western Digital Caviar Blue and efficient at the same time.
ODD: Lite-On DVD-RW DL
Power Supply: CoolerMaster 750W GX Series My case at that time is a Mid-
CPU Cooler: DeepCool IceEdge 400 XT Tower m-ATX Neutron Case.
Case Fans: 1 x 120mm Everflow Fan
1 x 92mm Delta Fan
5.25” Drive Bay HDD Cooler Then I found TPC. To my sur-
prise, modding is like a big
Modifications done: thing around TPC, and I start-
Chasis (Exterior as a whole): Painted with Glossy Black, and manually buffed to mirror-finish.
Chasis (Interior): Painted with Glossy Black, un-buffed to mirror-finish. ed hopping into forums until I
Painted the Motherboard tray and the HDD/ODD cage to Glossy Yellow-Orange. stumbled upon the “United Modders Philippine Thread”. That’s when I started my first,
Sleeved most of the wires using Flexo PET. and current, project (I coined it as Neutron-Reborn) with the help of the guys in the thread,
Top Panel: Installed 2mm-thick Acrylic window
Left Side Panel: N/A specially Cham_E_Lyon. The current project took me a year to finish because modding
Right Side Panel: Installed 2mm-thick Acrylic window demands a lot of time, and I only had weekends to do it. Up to now it is continuously
Back Panel: Removed the mesh cover for the 80mm fan and installed an Acrylic adapter modded by applying carbon fiber vinyl stickers to some parts. My rig isn’t that perfect or
(with grills) to accommodate an 80mm or 92mm fan.
Installed Silverstone Aero Slots. flawless, but for me, it is and I love it.
Bottom Panel: Drilled a 120mm blow-hole (from 80mm)
Installed Silverstone 120mm Fan Filter The theme I used in my project is inspired by a rig from a member of TPC. I really liked
Front Panel: Re-designed the aesthetics.
Re-arranged the buttons, LEDs, and USB ports. the yellow stripes and glossy black combination. The one that took most of my time is the
Installed a Front Mesh for Air Intake. painting process because I only have spray paint cans and it took forever to dry. And the
Installed a DIY 3-channel Fan Controller (max of 1A per channel) using LM317. gruesome part is the manual wet sanding and buffing.
Replaced the power and reset buttons with Vandal push buttons (no LEDs).
Replaced the Power and HDD LED indicators with BLUE LEDs.
Installed a 2mm Acrylic bumpers/guard I’m planning to start a new project but I have yet to finalize the concept and design and
Modified the 120mm Everflow fan to BLUE fan hopefully it won’t take me a year to finish it.
Modified the 92mm Delta Fan to BLUE fan
Modified the 5.25” Drive Bay HDD Cooler

Show us your rig

Computer Specs:

Processor - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600


Motherboard - Emaxx P45 Pro
Memory - 2*2gb Team Xtreem Dark CL4 800mhz
Video Card - Inno3d GTX 460 768mb OC Edition
Hard Disk - Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black
Cooler - Corsair H50 Liquid Cooling
Power Supply - Cougar CM Power 700w
Accessories - Xigmatek fans, Deep Cool Rockman fan controller
Case - Modified Exodus Case

Modifications done:
Exterior
Powdercoated (White)
Customized window design for top and side panel with acrylic
Body filled front panel, customized 120mm blowhole,
Replaced power and reset button
Manuel Florenz E. De Guzman a.k.a. Renzdg Customized 2x1in. Aluminum Case Foot
I’m a TPC member since July 18, 2009. I graduated from University of Santo Tomas Deep Cool Rockman fan controller led changed from blue to orange
in 2009 and started to work as a graphic artist. Art and design is one of my specialty.
Interior
I decided to apply it to my hobby thats why I got into modifying computer cases . I love Powdercoated base (white), ODD and FDD bay (flat black)
playing games and I’m into graphic design. By joining and being friends with UMP made 90mm rear exhaust mount modified to 120mm (for H50)
me more motivated, gain new knowledge and learn more skills. Winning the Silverstone ODD bay mesh cover for cab
“The Rave” Case Modification Contest is one of my greatest achievement in the field of
modding with Team Kublai composed of biglou, bluepuz, redburn, zer09, vanguardwars,
hanich and specially kharr who lead us to win the contest.

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Paolo Getueza a.k.a. Pao88GTSLi Show us your rig
I’m a TPC member since April 2008. I’m a student at
St. Paul University – Quezon City, taking up Bach-
elor of Science in Information Technology. I’m fond
of assembling system units because it feels like as-
sembling real cars when I crank them up. Also, it’s
been a decade since I hooked myself to PC building
and PC gaming,

I learned a lot from online material or through my mis-


takes such as burning rams and disk (lol). Since I’m
not a fan of other things, I spend a lot of time playing
and building system units thus making it my primary hobby.

The first modification I’ve done with the Raven


was to change its stock bay. I had several revi-
sions. The first was to replicate Mr. Medina’s
Raven (of course, with permission) and then
I decided to design my own. It came out to be
like armor with blade in the final version. The
clear acrylic behind the armor-like acrylic is
lit up by red L.E.D. to have that luminous ef-
fect. It even looked like a zealot in StarCraft 2.
Master Cham painted the case with an auto-
mobile paint and I decided that the secondary
color such as the mesh and PSU guard to be
colored as red.
I chose black and red color combination since
my hardware dominated that color combina-
tion, my custom water-cooling kit too. Master
Cham also created a custom side panel which
I revised. The cables in the interior are sleeved
with white and red too. Some lights such as
CCFL and KAMA-METER Multifunctional Con-
troller for the Bay.
Computer Specs:
Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.8Ghz – Water-cooled / ASUS Rampage III Formula / Inno3D GTX 580
OCZ Triple Channel Memory Kit PC 12800 @ 1866Mhz
Creative X-Fi Elite Pro / 2x 1TB WD Caviar Black SATA3 in RAID0
1X 2TB WD Caviar Green SATA3
Corsair HX620 620W
Modified Silverstone RV-02

Show us your rig

Computer Specs:
Mother Board: MSI X58 Pro-E socket 1366 for i7
Processor: Intel i7 920 @ 2.67 ghz. socket 1366
Memory: Corsair Dominator Triple Channel DDR1600 3*1gb
Video Card: Nvidia GTX460 1gb DDR5
Hard Drive: 1x640gb Western Digital Caviar Black and 1x500gb Seagate Barracuda
Power Supply: Corsair HX 750watts Modular Cable Power Supply
Case: Silverstone RV-01bw

Modifications done:
* Set-up the 240mm Radiator at the top of the Power Supply to Accomodate my Water
Cooling Loop inside the CPU.

* I put a Sound Activated Module + 2pcs. Strip Led (color blue) at the Top portion of my
Side Panel Window and say (Party Life ^_^)

* Cable Management using a p-clip and Akasa Zip Tie

* I place Cooler Master Aerogate II and Cooler Master Musketeer Led at the Front Panel
Bay to Add Some Flavor on my Raven-01 Simple Panel.

Ricardo Omaña Mangundayao a.k.a


LiljHoN_05

I’m a tpc member since May 18, 2009. I’m a 22-year old father
of a 1-year old baby girl and I have a small business of trading
computer accessories. I really love it and this is for life.

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FEATURE

BUILDING FROM SCRATCH


By: Ariz Cabiaz a.k.a Incubus_boy08

The 4th genaration rig

or high definition graphics and a great

F
berian Sun and Red Alert 2. I was torn between terested in PC racing games. I got hooked up
gameplay experience, a powerful gam- the Playstation console and the computer. At with Need for Speed which was also one of my
ing rig with style is what every gamer first I was an avid Playstation guy but when I top games on the PS console. Unfortunately,
needs. Since I am a gamer myself, a started enjoying the PC, I spent more time on my computer wasn’t able to handle the graph-
number of rigs have already come my way. Let the PC than on the consoles. ics demand of that game so I felt the need to
me share my experiences from my first com- upgrade the setup that I had. That time I got a
puter all the way to my soon-to-be rig. The Aspire PC broke after 2-3 years. It was pretty sweet deal from a friend who sold me his
kind of hard for me back then since I have to LGA 775 Pentium 4 processor together with the
I got my first so-called “rig” back in 2002. It was play outside or else I’ll stick with Playstation board so I decided to start from there.
Acer Aspire 6000 desktop series which was a once again. Fortunately, we got a budget to 1 ST
gift from my dad when I was in high school. I build a replacement for the broken Aspire. The ACER ASPIRE 6000 series desktop G
EN
was surprised since I was not expecting that build was not hardcore. It was a budget rig.
my dad will buy a computer for us back then. It No discrete graphics but it could still play the
includes an Acer scanner and an Epson print- games that I wanted to play. We just replaced • Processor: Intel Celeron 667 MHz, 128KB L2
er. It was one of the first models in the Acer As- the CPU with a new one since the monitor, cache, 66Mhz FSB, Socket 370
pire desktop lineup. The specs of it were, well, speakers and other peripherals were still work-
• Motherboard: OEM Board with SIS 620 chipset
I can say in the midrange level of those years. ing. Also it was my first AMD build since AMD is
The fastest processor available back then was known for their affordable desktop processors. mATX form factor
Intel’s Pentium III clocked at 800 MHz. It’s too It was a clock speed war back then since AMD • Memory: 64 MB PC133 SDRAM
bad I don’t have it anymore since it was “scav- first broke the Gigahertz speed barrier which
• Storage: 10 GB Seagate 5400 RPM Ultra ATA
enged” as was already broken and we don’t means serious competition with Intel.
know then how to fix it. Worse, it was hard to • Graphics: Integrated 2D/ 3D Graphics with 8
find a computer technician back then. So that’s the build. As you can see, I just re- MB system memory share
placed some parts to beef up my aging com-
• Power Supply: OEM PSU
So, as far as the specs are concerned, I know puter and still used what I can carry-on from
it’s not capable to play the modern games of the Aspire desktop since I’m on a budget build. • Casing: Acer Aspire series micro-ATX Casing
today, but hey, it served me well back then. Well at least it can still play most of the games • Keyboard and mouse: Acer Aspire Mouse and
One of the games I used to play with my As- that I’ve been playing. Not much to share about
Keyboard w/ Volume control, Web and Sleep
pire computer was Counter-Strike Beta 6.5 this one since I was busy playing with friends
up to version 1, the very first FPS shooter on a Local Network setting rather than by my- buttons
that I played and still playing until this day. Of self. • Monitor: 15” Acer Aspire monitor
course, Half-Life was also on my list. My first
• Speakers: Acer Aspire USB Powered speakers
real-time strategy, Command and Conquer: Ti- There was also a period of time when I was in-

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some of you haven’t heard about the company to power, I am ready. I already have my Ener-
I used my P4 rig throughout my college days. but they produce very great RAMs. They have max Revolution 1050w for it. I’m just waiting for
I played different games and I’m not limited to a lifetime warranty all of their RAMs plus each Nvidia and AMD’s final lineup of graphic cards
Counterstrike and Red Alert anymore. It was RAM contains an aluminum heat speaker. Re- so that I can decide on which path to choose. If
the dawn of Warcraft mod “DOTA” back then so ally not bad for its price. Also, I did not forget I can complete the build before the next issue,
I gave it a try. I also played some of the games the power supply, since it was the one that will then I will be glad to share it to you guys! See
from the Need for Speed and Medal of Honor make all of the hardwares run. I chose the you soon!
franchise. HEC Cougar 700 because HEC are the mak-
ers of some OEM PSU on desktops, which I
After graduating from college, I was very eager knew were always on 24/7. I later upgraded to
to find a job so that I can buy the things that an 850w Xigmatek PSU because of my GTX
I wanted. One of them is my very own gam- 295. I also used an aftermarket heatsink on the
ing rig. Luckily, I landed a job eventually and processor, specifically Deep Cool’s Ice Blade
started saving money to buy my very first gam- Pro. I used two fans to get a push-pull setup
ing rig. I can say that it’s not easy since I need so that it can dissipate the heat faster and give
to consider other personal expenses. me lower temps (provided that I am running an
unlocked quad core AMD Phenom 3.8GHz).
Finally, The time came when I had enough I was able to play the latest games with it on a
money to buy one. I can’t say that it’s a hard- 1680x1050 resolution LG 22” LCD. I believed
core gaming rig but rather a casual one since that it can take whatever game I threw at it
I didn’t have much money to spend on a very and still give me a playable frame per second
pricey computer. Since I was on a budget, my count.
focus was on the graphics card which is the #1
priority when building a gaming rig. I used Nvid- Well there you have it. I know it’s not the best
ia’s GTX 260 gaming rig out
then later
“ At first I was an avid Playstation guy but there since I’m
upgraded to
when I started enjoying the PC, I spent on a tight budget
GTX 295. And
more time on the PC than on the consoles. ” and this is how
when thinking far I can go with
of a bang-for- my savings.
the-buck processor, I looked at AMD’s Phenom Nonetheless, it can still play any game on high-
II lineup. I can only afford dual cores that time est settings possible and can generate play-
and when I heard the unlocking capabilities of able FPS count.
some AMD Phenoms partnered with a good un- I’m now planning on my next build. This time I
locking board, I can have a quad core proces- want to try multi-monitor gaming, which I know,
sor on a dual core price. So I gambled. I bought needs more money and processing power.
a Gigabyte 770 motherboard. Gigabyte is wide- I’m eyeing on AMD’s six core processor to-
ly known for their high quality boards and they gether with either AMD Radeons 6900 series
never fail to live up to their label. I’ve been us- in Crossfire or Nvidia’s GTX 500 series in SLI.
ing this motherboard until now given that I have Also, I’m probably getting a decent full tower
a quad core which was overclocked to 3.8GHz case since the parts that I’ll be getting will gen-
(default was dual core 3.1 GHz). For the RAMs erate a lot of heat and will eat up 600 watts of
I chose TEAM’s Elite DDR3 series. Maybe power at least when in full load. When it comes The 1st genaration rig

2 ND 3 RD 4 TH
AMD build (Upgrade from Aspire desktop) G 3rd upgrade G Latest Gaming Rig Setup G
EN EN EN

• Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1800+ 1.5 GHz, 256 • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, Socket • Processor: AMD Phenom II x2 550 Black Edi-
KB L2 Cache, 266 MT/s FSB, Socket A (462) LGA 775 tion 3.1 GHz, Socket AM3 (Unlocked to x4 B50
• Motherboard: ECS L7VMM2 VIA KM266 & • Motherboard: ECS P4M800PRO-M 3.8 GHz)
VT8235 Chipset • Memory: 2x512 MB Apacer DDR 400 RAM • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P
• Memory: Generic 256 MB RAM • Storage: Seagate 80GB 7200 RPM Ultra ATA • Memory: 2GB Team Elite RAM
• Storage: Seagate 40GB 5400 RPM Ultra ATA • Graphics: 128MB Gigabyte Radeon 9250 • Storage: Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
• Graphics: Integrated S3 ProSavage8 2D/3D then upgraded later to 256 MB Inno3D Geforce • Graphics: Zotac Geforce GTX 295
Graphics FX5500 • Power Supply: Xigmatek NRP 850W
• Power Supply: Generic 400 watt ATX Power • Power Supply: Generic 550 watt ATX Power • Casing: Modded Epraizer Hummer ATX case
Supply Supply • Keyboard and mouse: A4Tech x7 G800 and
• Casing: Standard ATX casing with Window • Casing: Duke ATX Casing Logitech Wireless mouse
side-panel • Keyboard and mouse: A4tech KB28G keyboard • Monitor: LG W2252TQ 22” LCD
• Keyboard and mouse: Acer Aspire Mouse and and mouse • Speakers: Devant DV-2000 2.1 Speakers
Keyboard w/ Volume control, Web and Sleep • Monitor: 17” Samsung monitor

buttons • Speakers: Eacan 2.1 speakers later upgraded

• Monitor: 15” Acer Aspire monitor to Creative SBS 350

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speakers
FEATURE

CLARKDALE OVERCLOCKING GUIDE


Ronaldo Bejarin a.k.a. By: Bartman1973

T
here are so many users these This is also a critical one since it supplies the mem-
days still researching the web on ory controller and PCIe of the system. I have been
overclocking for quite sometime and my recommen-
how to speed-up their systems by dation is not to go above 1.4V. Adjusting this voltage
overclocking. However, most of will have a direct impact on the blck frequency and
the QPI link frequency.
them don’t know where to start. I
am also receiving a lot of private - DRAM voltage is another key ingredient in over-
messages about how they can overclock and cloking your system. Adding more voltage to the ram
will allow you to increase its operating speed as well.
stabilize their system. With the launching of Intel published a rule that the stock VTT and DRAM
Tipid PC magazine, I have decided to make voltage should not differ by 0.5v. Since I recommend
1.4V for the QPI/VTT, that means that you can go up
a small contribution by writing a step by step
to maybe 1.85V on the Dram voltage which is more
guide on overclocking your Clarkdale proces- than enough for a Clarkdale system.
sors.
What about those DDR3s in the market? Some - Most Clarkdale systems come with built in graphics.
Most motherboards also have ports ready like VGA,
people get confused between the memory
One critical thing to know before jumping into DVI and HDMi if in case you want to utilize the built it
clock speed and the DDR speed. To simplify graphics. My recommendation for this one is also not
overclocking is your motherboard’s BIOS.
things, we will use DDR3 1600 as example. to go beyond 1.4v.
Please do not be afraid to look at what’s in-
DDR3 1600 is actually running at 800Mhz but
side your BIOS as well as the settings. If you
with the DDR (Dual Data Rate) technology, it is Now it’s time to get to the real action. I usually
think that you have messed up something, just
actually allowing the memory to process twice go to the BIOS first and select load optimized
load the system defaults or sometimes press-
per clock cycle . defaults, then the next thing that I usually do is
ing the “Clear CMOS” will do the trick. Most
to disable the “unnecessary stuff” or the things
motherboard manufacturers now have a built
Before going into the actual overclocking steps, lets that I really don’t need. Examples are the
in “Clear CMOS“ switch or if your motherboard us first look at some of the important voltages to know
1394, COM ports, extra SATA/PATA control-
when overclocking.
doesn’t have one, just look for the CMOS re-
ler from Jmicron controller. I also disable the
set jumper. - First and foremost is the CPU core voltage or better
power saving features like EIST, C1E and the
known as Vcore. This is directly related to the over-
clocking that we will be doing. The more frequency C states. Once done, reboot the system and
The next item we need to understand is the
we want our processor to run on, the more voltage we see if your setup will go to windows.
Base Clock or you can always see it in the need to add. If you ask me what the safe overclocking
voltage is, the answer is there is no actual or fixed
BIOS as “Bclk “. Base clock and ratios are the
value. I have read somewhere that the max voltage After that restart, go again to the BIOS setup.
two most important things that we need to un- we can apply to an Intel processor is 1.55v on the
In order to achieve high bclock frequency, we
derstand in order for us to determine how fast Vcore BUT we must always check the temperature of
the system when applying any overclocking and volt- need to adjust the QPI/VTT voltage. Setting
our system is. The default base clock for all
age change. You can just download a free program in the multiplier to a lower value is also a key for
P55/H55/H57 is 133, while the ratio, or better the net called REAL temp or CORE Temp to monitor
us to attain high bclck. Correct VTT can give
the temperature of the system while on LOAD. Intel
known as the multiplier, varies from one proc-
says 100C – 105C is the max operating temperature you high bclock which also equates to a good
essor to another. CPU frequency is actually of the processor. Believe me, your system can reach
overclocked system. The default voltage of
the base clock multiplied by the ratio/multiplier. that temperature if you are stressing the system with
IBT (Intel Burn Test) or Wprime with all cores enabled. the QPI is 1.15 V.
Example : 133 – Base clock default x 21
CPU clock ratio = 2793 CPU Speed - The next on my list will be the QPI/VTT voltages.

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to continue to repeat this until you reach your
setup below:
For testing purposes below will be the initial desired overclock state.
- Core i3 530 – set the multiplier back to 22
setup: Memory overclocking is another thing. It can be
- QPI / VTT – Leave your stable QPI voltage (
a bit tricky and I will not be discussing it here.
- Core i3 530 – set the multiplier to 15 lets use 1.36V as the example stable vtt )
During the testing phase just be sure to adjust
instead of the default 22. - Set your bclock to 150 ( Most often on a core
your RAM to the correct ratio and to the nearest
- Set the QPI / VTT to 1.2 VS the 1.15 i3 530, 150 bclk is a walk in the park )
rated frequency. You can see that in the BIOS
stock
setting as well.
- Bclock set to 150 Mhz VS the stock
133Mhz
The built in graphics controller for Clark-
That setup above will give us 2250 MHZ VS, dale processors are overclockable. In
the stock 2926 Mhz of the core i3 530. Af- most cases they are just good for
ter doing the settings above, reboot the probably 900Mhz or just a bit
system and let it go to windows and more. There is also a sepa-
load the free temp monitoring soft- rate frequency for this in the
ware. Load the stress testing tool BIOS along with voltage
like Intel Burn Test. Let it run 5 times adjustments. If you want
to test the stability of your system. to overclock this, you can
If no error is encountered, again go increase 5MHz per step
to the BIOS and adjust the bclock and again 0.025 increase
by 5 MHZ. Reboot the system and in the GPU voltage also
follow the procedure above until in the BIOS. Instead of
you reach your desired bclk. 200 running IBT, I usually use
is already a good number for futuremark or sometimes
the core i3 530. 3D Mark vantage and will
only click the GPU test. I
If the test fails, go to the don’t recommend built in
BIOS again and increase graphics overclocking but
your QPI / VTT. Usually i f you want to experiment
boards set the adjust- with your system you can
ments to 0.025V (250mv) do the procedure above.
per step. Repeat again until
it passes the stress testing. Take I usually run IBT for 30
note that the recommended QPI/VTT is 1.4V minutes to one hour to check
only. system stability. IBT can really stress
your system. I have never seen any other pro-
The setup above will give us 3300 Mhz VS the
gram that generates a lot of heat like IBT.
stock 2926 MHZ. We will use the same proce-
Now that we have the stable and high bclock, dure above wherein we need to load windows,
the next thing to do is to find the stable CPU That’s about it for my quick Clarkdale over-
real temp and run stress testing. If the test runs
frequency. What we will do is play again with clocking guide. There are tons of information
without error, then you can go back to the BIOS
bclock and the core voltage. in the web and there are still so many settings
and add 5Hmz and run the test again. If the
in the bios to play with. I have written this guide
system fails to boot, raise the core voltage by 1
For us to find a good CPU frequency lets do the for us to help TPC community or probably the
step at a time which is again 0.025V. You need
soon to be readers of this magazine.

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PREVIEW

MULTI-MEDIA PLAYER TO THE XTREME!

“Introducing the xtreamer pro: Your all in one multi-media player!”


INTRODUCTION XTREAMER UNIT
I’m really fascinated in the different kinds of multi-media The Xtreamer is encased in hard aluminum and plas-
players: whatever the make or model as long as it plays tic. It’s so light and it doesn’t feel like any media player
my favorite movies and music at the end of a long, tiring I’ve seen. It’s quite deceiving. Maybe future versions
day. I always thought all multi-media players were cre- of the Xtreamer will be more flashy and attractive but
ated equal and I didn’t care much. That was until I found what really matters is what’s inside rather than the
the Xtreamer... looks.

I was wondering what the fuss was all about seeing All the connections and ports are located at the back
that the Xtreamer caused quite a stir in the forums. The of the unit: RCA ports, LAN port, USB host, Optical
Xtreamer was a hot topic in the TPC forums. It was then 7.1 port, HDMI port and power port. At the front are
that I started to do some research but the experience the HDMI, USB ports and LED indicators for power, “The first time I saw the
was not complete until I had the chance to handle the HDDA (hard disk A) and HDDB (hard disk B), NAS Xtreamer pro, I found it
extreamer itself and saw its capabilities. mode and network indicator. difficult to believe that
this AVR like device will
INSIDE THE BOX A small exhaust fan cools the unit and there is also perform as advertised...
On the box is the “X” for the Xtreamer and the packaging a small switch which I thought was for powering on. Until I personally tried
is quite nice. Before opening it, I read through the fea- This was actually a selector for which drive you would it. “
tures and functions indicated at the back; High-resolution want to run whether it be hard drive A or hard drive B. I
multimedia library supporting many formats, HDD to USB found this arrangement quite odd. Another significant
file copying, diverse music file supported, digital photo al- flaw of the Xtreamer is the lack of external controls
bum, NAS (Network Attached Storage) capabilities, sup- making the unit totally reliant on the remote. Without
ports USB devices, UPNP, HDMI output and 7.1 audio the remote, the unit is entirely useless.
channel output. I was overwhelmed by all these features!
A CLOSER LOOK RECOMMENDED
Once I opened its box, I honestly wasn’t so impressed Inside the Xtreamer are slots for two (2) hard disks.
by the physical appearance of the Xtreamer. It simply Each slot contains a maximum capacity of 2TB (ter- EDITORS
looked like an AVR colored in black and stamped with abyte) totalling a whole unit of 4TB. (Hard disk not CHOICE
the “Xtreamer” logo. There was nothing unusual with the included when purchasing Xtreamer). The USB slots
accessories included. Just the usual; USB wireless LAN allow you to use external flash or hard disk.
with dock, HDMI cable, USB slave cable, RCA analog
cable and remote control unit. There was no instruction Note: You can only use Sata drives. IDE drives will not
manual though there was a “quick start guide”. I was in- work with the Xtreamer.
terested in the technical details but there was no reading
material included. I found these quite surprising. Sata drives slide easily into the slots. The only difficult

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The Xtreamer is package with
its own remote control. Theres
no way for you to turn on the
xtreamer but thru this Xtreamer
remote controller. So, be careful
not to lose it.

part was opening the plastic body cover. I was keypad arrangement is the same as any ordinary RCA: This is the most basic audio/video output for
thinking since this was made of plastic, it may remote with the addition of several special keys analog screen. Most ordinary tv sets work on this
be susceptible to breakage although it takes specifically for the Xtreamer like; Home, add, signal. RCA monitors are not as clear or as well-
some getting used to. eject, select, delete, page up, page down, subti- defined. A few of the RCA monitor’s advantages
tle, audio and “sync subtitle”. are it’s lack of fancy cables and attachments, and
that it’s low cost.
STORAGE The remote also has another function: with the
We tried out the Xtreamer using a Western addition of a cellphone and wifi. Like the illustra- Note: the RCA connection must first be configured
Digital Caviar green 1TB sata hard disk with a tion shows, all you need is a wifi-enabled phone when using an RCA monitor for the first time.
64mb cache for fast response. We started out with browser. It will work with the iPhone or any
with a 1TB drive just to see how many movie android phone. On your phone; select the brows-
files can actually be stored. A full length movie er and type the following: http://192.168.2.102/ USING THE XTREAMER
coming from an orginal Blue-ray then convert- rc, the Xtreamer icon will soon appear along with I had difficulty finding the “power-on” button for
ed, can take up anywhere from 2GB to 16GB your phone’s browser. Always make sure that the the Xtreamer. Little did I realize that the unit did
per movie. Since the Xtreamer can play video Xtreamer is connected to the wifi or LAN to pair not have a power button at all! It was only when I
at 1080p, we decided to go full-resolution from up both devices. referred the user’s guide that I realized how vital
720p to 1080p. We found that we could only the remote was--only the remote can power up the
pack 140 high-resolution movies into the 1TB One apparent disadvantage is that you cannot unit!
drive. That was good enough considering that use the phone to remotely turn on the Xtreamer.
these movies will all be viewed in full-HD. With For this, you will need the dedicated remote unit The screen interface is very straightforward and
a 2TB drive, 280-300 movies can be stored supplied. it’s easy to recall how to navigate using the remote
while a 4TB can save up to almost 600. Imag- to access your files. I tried viewing “.mkv” 1080p
ine all those hours of entertainment contained CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCREEN HD movie files ripped from blue ray disks. The vid-
in a tiny box! HDMI: To get the most out of your HD movies, an eo takes up most of the screen of an HDMI moni-
HDMI screen offers the best possible resolution tor. When I used the same movie files on an RCA
REMOTE CONTROL in full 1080p HD since the Xtreamer is capable monitor, the quality is equal to that of an ordinary
This is actually the “life” of the Xtreamer. With- of full-HD video output. The rich, crisp and sharp dvd player.
out it, there’s no way to manually operate the images will only be enjoyed by using an HDMI
many functions it offers. The remote control is screen provided that your movie files have been
powered by 2-AAA batteries. It is very respon- ripped from blue-ray and encoded and transfered
sive and is essential in powering the unit. The in “.mkv” format. Xtreamer Provided by: PCTrends

Xtreamer is available @
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Hard discs ( WD Caviar Green ) Provided


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Next, I tried playing MP4 files. They worked well But if you have a fast internet connection,
with acceptable resolution. AVI and MOV files streaming video files is a breeze with the
worked equally well. Xtreamer. One powerful feature of the
Xtreamer are the default internet chan-
MUSIC GALORE nels. One doesn’t need to browse the net
Aside from playing blue ray-ripped movie files just to search for news, upcoming mov-
and MP4, I also tried playing MP3 music and the ies, events, etc. The nice thing about the
sound quality was quite acceptable. One will ap- Xtreamer is since there are default chan-
preciate sound quality more when the optical 7.1 nels, you go straight to where you want to;
speaker system is used. Otherwise, 5.1 or 2.1 CNN. Fox, Yahoo, Discovery, etc.
would be just about right for your listening pleas-
ure. You can also view online photos via Flickr
or upload photos to your favorite social
networking sites.
INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
One amazing feature of the Xtreamer is internet SCORE Scoring system: 1 lowest / 10 highest
connectivity. On the main menu you will find the Aesthetics: 7
“Xtreaming” item. You can use UTP or WiFi con- Internet: 9
nection which needs to be hooked up to a router. I Functionality: 7
first tried internet radio and I was surprised at the User friendliness: 7
variety of radio stations already set as “default” Ease of use: 8
on the Xtreamer. Radio stations around the world
as classified according to music genre; 70’s, 80’s, We would highly recommend the Xtream-
pop, jazz and everything else are just a touch of er for movie buffs who like to watch in
a button away. I also tried searching for my fa- high-def. As a multimedia player, nothing beats
vorite videos on YouTube but just like a regular the Xtreamer’s 4TB storage capacity which can
computer, you’ll need to wait for the video to load. be further beefed up by its provision for external
storage.
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EXCLUSIVE

The IPad Experience


By: Christian Uybengkee a.k.a Ayokis_stuff

t first, I was skeptical about the new versions of the iPad.

A iPad because I thought it was all


but an oversized iPhone and I saw
BATTERY
I found that the iPad could go 6-8 hours
no practical use for it since I already had a straight with all the functions but I mostly
laptop. I was wrong! write and use the internet. Though the
manufacturer claims a 10-hour battery life,
So, I did some research on this new gadget it may not always be possible especially
hoping to find out how this tablet would fit when using the WiFi function which eats
my personal needs. From all the information up a lot of power. Realistically speaking,
I gathered, all I found was high-definition 8-hours isn’t so bad considering that an
graphics and games which had no practical average laptop would run for a maximum of
use but then again, I was wrong the 2nd time only 2-3 hours and maybe less when using
around. wireless connection. My only disappoint-
ment in this department is charging time
The more I saw the features of the iPad, the which can take up to 5-hours from1% to
more I wanted to get one! When I finally got 100%. I would like to see Apple make a fast
needs. Instead of the traditional downloadable
it, I was so excited about the item inside the charger for iPads.
PDF magazine, the Early Edition application
box and I couldn’t believe I was getting my
allows you to update an article in real time
hands on something I could only watch on “I like the fact that I don’t according to your time zone. It doesn’t matter
YouTube! Yes, externally it does look like an waste time booting up” where you are as long as you’re connected,
oversized iPhone but there was more than
the application feeds the info and updates
meets the eye. This tablet was loaded with
previous news items. It can also play videos,
very useful features! APPLICATIONS
audio and interactive programs. There are
The iPad comes with built-in applications
tons of applications available online through
SCREEN that would be just fine if all you’ll do is
the Apple store and iTunes store.
The 9.7 screen isn’t that big nor is it too surf the net and check your email, watch
small. I found these dimensions just right movies, play games or listen to music.
GAMES
and it doesn’t cause eye strain. The pop-up When I installed applications like Face-
I was already impressed with iPhone games
keyboard is very responsive and easy to book for iPad, Office HD(word and excel
and when I thought things couldn’t get any
use whether in portrait or landscape mode. files), NIV Bible, wordbook dictionary,
better, I was wrong again for the third time! I
It is arranged in “QWERTY” fashion and sketchpad, voice recorder, early edition,
had the chance to play with the following iPad
special characters are readily available via Popular Mechanics, retouch for iPad, and
HD games. When they said “HD”, they really
the “SHIFT” key. Setting the brightness mode FM radio(internet radio for iPad), I saw this
meant HD!
in the middle, I find that I can look at the tablet in a whole new light! I can edit down-
screen and not feel any discomfort although I loaded word and excel files and transfer
I tried out Angry Birds and Angry Birds Hal-
wish they had incorporated the retina display them to either MacBook or PC. Of course I
loween edition. Just like Plants vs. Zombies,
similar to that used on the iPhone. I’m sure can do that on my iPhone but it’s really just
it surely was a cure for boring moments when
this will become standard feature on future too small to type on. But this one fits my
I just needed to pass the time but I was really
blown away with Asphalt 5 and
Splinter Cell, Badminton HD
and Hockey HD. Clarity of the
graphics and responsiveness
are amazing! You’re gaming ex-
perience will never be the same
until you try your hand at any
one of these—they are a must!

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WIFI AND INTERNET CONCLUSION
I take advantage of WiFi wherever and whenever I could to check my I would highly recommend the iPad to anyone looking for a multi-pur-
emails. Much of my outgoing emails get sent through this iPad more pose gadget with an exceptionally long battery life, instant connectivity,
than my desktop. I like the fact that I don’t waste time booting up. I no- recreational value because of the awesome HD games available and
ticed though that you need to refresh the wifi connection often because productivity for basic office tasks which you can do on the fly. The iPad
there are times when the signal goes flat. I don’t experience this kind is also a must for professional photographers or enthusiasts. It has a
of trouble when using a notebook but nothing beats an iPad’s speed camera connection kit which allows instant previews straight from the
since you don’t need to set up anything to get connected to the web. camera plus the large LCD screen allows one to see which files are
good or bad and best of all, the iPad also reads RAW files.
PEFORMANCE
I’m really satisfied with the performance of the iPad and it outperforms I’m definitely happy with the iPad and for a working professional like
a netbook in certain aspects like wifi connectivity and startup time but myself who’s out on the road a lot, my iPad is like a virtual office I can
an iPad will not be able to render high-quality videos or PDF files for take with me anywhere and I’m never out of touch. If an improved ver-
publishing. Applications like Retouch serve almost the same purpose sion is in the works, I’m certainly saving up to get one!
as Photoshop but it does have limitations although it’s much more
simplified and easy to use.

EXCLUSIVE

Ipad as a Business tool


Allan D. Sabado a.k.a. Adsventure

Working as an engineering manager in an electronic security and a minute and this could not be done with my laptop coming from an
safety systems company enables me to use technology devices in my “off” status. Ease of access, battery life that lasts at least 8 hours and
everyday work. One of my functions is to provide technical support portability of the iPad makes it an indispensable tool in my profession.
to our Sales, Projects and Maintenance Departments; thus, having With the very simple user interface of the iPad, even my 5-year old
a handy source of technical references is an advantage. This is the kid, who is still a beginner at reading, learned how to access and
main reason why I invested in a 32GB iPad. Although I use a laptop use the iPad just by watching his older siblings. My three other kids
computer as a primary computing device, most of the time I use my enjoy playing iPad games and they usually visit the iTunes Apps
iPad as a tool in providing technical assistance at the project site. With Store to download free games and entertainment apps. My kids do
the GoodReader application in my iPad, I’m able to take the technical the customization in my iPad and they take pride in finding apps
library along with me. My iPad that are shared within the family.
contains equipment manuals,
“Although I use a laptop computer as a pri- The installation of applications
datasheets, and other technical
mary computing device, most of the time is something that differentiates
documents that I use as refer- I use my iPad as a tool in providing tech- an iPad from a laptop or desktop
ence during system program- nical assistance at the project site.” computer as iPad applications
ming and troubleshooting. can be disposed of quickly and easily. My wife, who is fond of reading
Being a Professional Electronics Engineer and the Lead Auditor of our pocketbooks and non-fiction books, enjoys the iBooks application for
company’s ISO 9001:2008 Internal Quality Audit, I have to read techni- its 600+ e-books content and also for the way the pages are flipped
cal books in order to keep up with technology and enhance my knowl- like a real book. It has also been our habit to watch high-definition
edge in the industry standards. Having the industry standards in my movies at home during weekend afternoons as a sort of family-bond-
iPad as a ready reference is a big help in the practice of my profession. ing and the iPad serves as a useful tool in screening movie contents
Stored in my iPad are the ISO 9001:2008 Philippine National Stand- through the IMDb apps. Through it, we are able to determine the rat-
ards, NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code, RA 6541 National Building ing of movies and check for scenes that are not suitable for kids.
Code of the Philippines, RA9292 Electronics Engineering Law of the Apple iPad is expensive, but as my whole family uses this device and
Philippines, and other electronic system design guidelines used as my each member gets something from it, it provides more bang for the
“standard and codes” reference. Accessing these reference documents buck.
through iPad is very much faster than accessing them through my lap-
top computer. Any reference document could be accessed in less than

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EXCLUSIVE

Abs Abando is a writer/director/photographer with over 20-years experience in both


“HDSLR’s and the Future of Cinematography” print and video. He is currently involved in a number of documentaries for international

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release and a weekly television show in a local tv network
By: ABS ABANDO a.k.a Sunryzr

here was a growing debate about incorporating HD


video in the latest DSLR’S in the market starting with the Nikon D90.
Admittedly, I was among those who hinted out the possible flaws and
handling issues that were to be experienced by cinematographers
who wanted to transition from the traditional to what seemed, at the
time, as a “growing fad”.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Having been in the television production business for almost 2-dec-
ades, I’ve seen technology progress from U-matic to Betacam and
eventually, digital video—DVC Pro, DV Cam and the like. Camera
makers have taken advantage of “miniaturization”, and over the
years, the recording medium, i.e. tape has indeed shrunk from the
Bible-sized U-matics to the pocket-sized, mini-DV. Film crews now
had the option of carrying recording mediums that could capture
more footage in lighter packages. The KC-20’s of the U-matic age
lasted only up to 20-minutes while the mini-DV’s could give you
almost an hour of footage.

“One major advantage of the


HDSLR is size, something we
filmmakers exploit to the hilt!”
2-years ago, I was part of a team that won the “Best Short Film”
award in Thailand. We were one of the first filmmakers who shot
entirely on the Canon 5D Mark2. Having been involved in such a
production as assistant director and focus puller, I have now become
a true believer in the HDSLR! As a professional cinematographer
and segment director for television, I have seen the merits of having
a compact-sized camera capable of shooting at angles that were
thought of as impossible in the not-so-distant past. I’ve personally
handled most shoulder-mounted video cameras, and my current
issue for tv is the Panasanic HPX500, P2HD.

HANDLING is difficult to achieve with any other video platform. shooting difficult considering that the cinematogra-
Nikon had the right idea, it seems when it intro- pher needs to stretch his arms out to see the LCD
duced the D90 back in 2008. One of the major The only apparent disadvantage of HDSLR’s is monitor which, by the very posture alone, makes
drawbacks of the D90 is that it can only shoot ergonomics; SLR’s were meant to be held in the the camera very shaky. I find it difficult shooting
at 720 aspect ratio. It overheats and as a result palm of the hand, vertically-oriented specifically for “freehand” this way and the fixed LCD placement of
has—at its worst, 30-seconds of roll time, no stills. Video and cinema cameras are held with the the HDSLR makes it very difficult to make high or low
manual exposure override and no audio input or palm of the hand leveled against the horizon—a angle shots without the use of an external monitor.
output jacks! At best, the D90 was a good point- design that allows for long roll times and minimal
and-shoot video camera with a marginally good camera shake. ALTERNATIVE CAMERA ANGLES
image quality. Canon, having been at the forefront One major advantage of the HDSLR is size,
of video technology since the days of the XL-1 had Another fault of the HDSLR regardless of brand something we filmmakers exploit to the hilt! I’ve shot
simply shrunk the innards and installed them in is the orientation of the “record/roll” button which sequences which were impossible to do on a regular
the 5D Mark2. in some cases is the same activator for the “live- HD camera such as a “point-of-view” or POV shot of
view” feature. Personally, I find this as an over- a shooter engaging targets a la “Counter Strike”. This
One of the things we filmmakers love about sight for manufacturers and designers since the was done using a Canon 500D with a customized
HDSLR’s is the fact that we virtually use any lens thumb will definitely tilt the camera as it presses shoulder mount. It has also been easier to shoot at
available to normal, photo-only SLR cameras. the “roll” button to make the exposure resulting in “worm’s eye view” provided an external monitor is
The ability to throw the background almost totally visible camera shakes as one starts and stops roll- used.
off-focus, manually zoom and focus are just some ing. This may be a minor problem but as a working
of the attributes that make the 5D and others like professional, I find this quite annoying. I was with a German production crew recently and
it the darling of upcoming filmmakers and profes- we shot a lot of “guerilla-style” footage; going to
sionals alike. HDSLR’s have a distinct “look” that It is this same feature that also makes hand-held places within Metro Manila which required permits
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to film sequences. Since we were shooting with entails a small portion of the cost considering that This is not to say that full-sized HD video camera
an HDSLR, it made the Germans look like tourists you don’t need to pay thousands of pesos for fuel, systems have become modern dinosaurs in the film
enjoying the sights where we would otherwise pilot’s fee and cost of insurance. and television industry. The HDSLR has earned its
be accosted by authorities for shooting without a rightful place in a world where size matters and the
permit. THE FUTURE final image is king!
HDSLR’s have indeed revolutionized the filmmak-
Not only does the HDSLR give you a different ing and television industry. Most tv series, short
camera perspective, it also allows for everything films and documentaries are now being shot using
to be shrunk; equipment and costs included! No this medium. The “look”, the unusual camera
longer will a full-sized rail or crane system be angles and movements, low cost implications
required. All that is needed these days is a good and other technical advantages are just a few of
“slider” and “mini-jib” to get fantastic tracking and the reasons that make the director of photogra-
crane shots. Aerial footage is also now possible phy or cameraman and his HDSLR absolutely
by using specially-modified RC helicopters which inseparable!
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EXCLUSIVE

Do Filipinos need Facebook on their mobile phone?


By: Abs Abando a.k.a. Sunryzr

P
erhaps the amazing it was to just type a friend’s one friend for at least a few months
greatest internet phenomenon this last name and find out who that person is until my other friends started opening
decade has been the proliferation of connected to. Personally, I’ve found their own accounts my personal net-
social networking sites. Never before long lost friends on my Facebook work grew and I found myself either
have people all over the globe been account as well. And in my spare searching for other acquaintances or
connected on such a personal level. time, I find myself uploading photos or updating my personal page. At least
Thanks to “Friendster”, “MySpace” and writing about the day that was. now I found a social networking site
“Facebook”. I signed up for a Facebook account where I know 98% of those on my
I remember friends telling me how as far back as late 2007. I had only friends list. And although I still have

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Friendster, Multiply and MySpace accounts, I film and analog technology, I’ve come to appre-
hardly ever login. I guess I never really found ciate the advantages that the high-megapixel
a need to maintain more than one-social DSLR and HD-video has to offer. Almost on a
network site. daily basis, I carry my laptop and a digital voice
This brings to mind why or what was it that recorder as part of my peripherals. I have a
made Facebook “THE” social networking site “survival kit” with USB cables, iPod charger,
it is today. Try walking into any internet shop flash disk, card reader and portable broadband.
at any given time of the day and it will not be Ironically, I have yet to acquire a 3G or 4G
surprising to find at least half of the custom- mobile phone.
ers logged in to their “FB” accounts. This may prompt people to think that I’m stuck
Maybe it’s for the “chat” function, maybe in the 19th century But in all honesty, it’s all a
it’s tagging photos or playing “Farmville” or matter of practicality. Since I do have my laptop
“Mafia Wars”. and broadband—let
Mind you, these alone the conven-
“ Try walking into any internet shop at
features aren’t any given time of the day and it will not be ience of a WiFi-
exclusive to surprising to find at least half of the cus- ready coffee shop—I
Facebook but tomers logged in to their “FB” accounts “ find it superfluous to
this site remains have another gadget
the most which functions in
popular choice! much the same way but is small enough to fit
The Philippines has been online since the in my pocket. Portability might be a good idea
mid-90’s. That’s a few years earlier than the if I was just lazing around and taking a break in
proliferation of pre-paid phones and Short between assignments. Unfortunately, I do keep
Message Sending(SMS) or simply, “texting.” a full calendar and there are scripts that needs
Even with the availability of portable “net getting done, and photos and videos for editing
books” and broadband, much of the popula- or preview. At the end of the day, one simply
tion still relies on mobile phones for commu- needs to ask himself, “how long do I expect to
nication. This may be the reason behind the be online?” or “how important is it that I update
popularity of QWERTY-keypad, WiFi-ready my Facebook page or chat with my friends?”
mobile phones. Technology is truly a wonderful thing. Each and
But do we really need Facebook on our every one of us has a wish list of gadgets and
mobile phones? This might be a rhetorical gizmos we’d like to have and some that will sim-
question but think about this for a moment. ply make us drool. Maybe the simpler question
As a media professional, since the days of to ask is; “Can I afford to get the iPhone 4?”

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EXCLUSIVE

LANSHOP: GENERATION í
By: Ross Flores Del Rosario a.k.a extracool

“ Kuya, Pa-extend
ng 15 minutes !”
howls a few of my customers who were
nearing the end of a vicious match with
a rival clan online. They were playing a
popular online game, and their team was
ahead by only a few points. There were
several spectators in the shop. Some
were cheering with enthusiasm and an-
ticipating success. Some were just si-
lently awaiting the outcome... And finally,
after a few more minutes, the crowd
suddenly goes wild! Sure enough, the
group announced their win with fervor...
the spectators were patting the players
on the back, and everyone on the team
were seemingly on cloud nine. possible by the Internet. The things that one
can do in an Internet Cafe are countless.
This is just one of those typical days That is why the things that could happen are
inside an Internet Cafe. Sometimes it countless as well.
would be just people from all walks of
life either chatting with their friends or As proprietors or owners of an Internet Cafe
relatives abroad, updating their social or LAN Shop, we definitely have plenty of
networking sites status, levelling up their interesting stories to tell. A lot of things are
online game characters, jobhunting on- worth mentioning, but let me begin from the
line, researching for a report, watching grass roots by giving you some insights on
streaming videos, adding an entry in their how the business usually starts, some of its
blog, and a myriad of other things made positive and negative aspects , the variety of
complementing side-businesses, and how we
see the business several years from now.

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“Kuya, pa-rent...
open time !”
Nowadays, the business has become
one of the most popular choices among
starting entrepreneurs or businessmen.
There is now an Internet Cafe in almost
every street, and quite a number of them
near schools and commercial areas.
There is also a big chance that there is
already one in your neighborhood, situ-
ated at one portion of the house, usually
at the garage or a part of the living room.
It’s availability is competing to that of the
common “sari-sari” or variety store. The
business really seems lucrative enough
to people’s perspective, probably be-
cause of the crowd that it draws, the
The market may be better when near the col-
choice of reasonably-priced computer
leges and universities, but expect a greater
hardware available, Internet Service Pro-
number of similar businesses existing within
viders with affordable Internet connec-
said areas. Thus, its our choice whether to
tion, and easy access to a wide array of
compete with many or take a pioneering spirit
programs and utilities.
somewhere not yet saturated.

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“ Kuya, laagggggg!”
Choosing the right hardware and soft-
ware, and the appropriate Internet con-
nection is critical in our operation. If our
target market is only the Internet crowd
like surfers, chatters, bloggers, etc, then
a computer with moderate specifications
would be enough, But if our market caters
to the hardcore gamers, then it would be a
necessity to provide better specifications
like dedicated video cards, more memory,
and a fast processor, all installed with the
popular and new online games, with a few
units installed with the latest offline games
out in the market like NBA 2k11, Darksid-
ers, or Deadrising 2. Most of us would
prefer assembling computer units that
would cater to both markets. beyond our control. There would be down-
times and intermittent connection speeds that
That is why we make sure we provide would sometimes last for several days, plus
high-end specifications if budget permits, the added tension caused by the difficulty in
or make upgrades on one or two com- calling for their technical support to quickly re-
puter at a time. To further compete, es- solve the problem.
pecially with newly opened shops, some
of us would need to constantly upgrade My customers would be yelling “Kuya, lag!”
our computers to keep up with the system or “Kuya, walang Internet!”, causing us fur-
requirements of the new games and the ther headaches and stress. While most of us
multi-tasking demand of the new genera- are knowledgeable in doing our own trouble-
tion of customers. Both target markets shooting and repair of hardware and software,
would require the most suitable inter- a lot of us prefers securing the services of a
net connection based on the number of technician to setup and maintain our Internet
computer units in our shop. Most of the Cafe. It usually is more convenient to have
time, the problems encountered are with an IT background, but with computers becom-
our ISPs because their performance is ing more and more user-friendly, it only takes
very little time until one becomes accustomed
to the ins and outs of our computer setup.

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“Kuya, may wall hack
kayo?” and Industry (DTI), then get a Baranggay
clearance, and then a Business permit from
the Mayor’s office. Registering our busi-
ness at the Bureau of Internal Revenue
(BIR) would make our legal obligation com-
plete.

Most software require us to pay for a license


to legally use their intellectual property. We
start by procuring operating systems like
Windows XP or Windows 7, Some of us
has the option to use open source alterna-
tives like the different flavor of Linux. The
Microsoft operating systems is still the most
popular since the best games are functional
only on Windows.

Likewise, Office Automation programs


like MS Office, full versions of Anti-Virus
programs like Symantec Anti-Virus, Photo-
Editing softwares like Adobe Photoshop,
Getting the required permits or licenses is nec- and even the ever popular network games
essary if we want to go legit, and avoid the has- like Warcraft 3 (DOTA) or Counterstrike, re-
sle of sudden inspections from the OMB, the quire us to pay for the license per computer.
Business Licensing Office of our city, or even However, there are alternative open source
the baranggay. We usually begin by registering counterparts and Online games available to
a business name at the Department of Trade us for free.

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“Kuya, pa-print !” We offer printing, scanning, and fax
services. Some of us have photocopy-
ing, laminating, and binding machines
as well. Some also have expanded to
printing photos and personalized designs
on invitations, flyers, brochures, t-shirts,
mugs, pins, keychains, etc. Many of us
could easily offer Audio/Video and Music
Remix editing services, aside from CD
or DVD duplication or burning. The more
technically-inclined owners accept PC
repair, tutorials, network installation, and
even setting up an Internet Cafe for other
entrepreneurs interested in running the
same business.

Some of us even sell snacks and drinks


inside the shop or outside in a separate
food cart. However, selling food has a lot
of issues to consider. It’s going to cause
problems with cleanliness, potential dam-
There are also other services that we offer age to machines, extra space required
that would complement our computer rental and even the potential cluttering of your
services. shop with non-Internet customers.

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competitions for our gamer clients to win
“Kuya, pa-stop time!” prizes and recognition as top gamers of
the shop. Still some of us would rather im-
prove and expand our services or facilities
rather than sacrifice our daily income by
lowering our rates. Some customers re-
main loyal to our shop especially the ones
who value the friendship and camaraderie
we shared already. Yet some will still go
for the lowest rates, or would try out the
recently opened shop with the latest com-
puter specifications.

We would also take time out to maintain


our shops aesthetics and cleanliness. The
convenience and looks of our shop also
adds as an additional factor to attract cus-
tomers. We sometimes use posters that
Online game providers giveaway for free
to brighten up the place. Some of us have
uniquely designed computer tables and
counters. While some of us make use of
dimmed lights to create a warm and cozy
Competition would suddenly come out of no- ambience. We take an extra effort to make
where and catch us by surprise that some- our shop stand out from the rest. Some
times we take time off to contemplate and ask customers do prefer to rent at a clean,
ourselves if its time to raise the white flag. I well maintained and airconditioned shop.
woke up one day realizing every street corner Yet, there are quite a number as well
in our neighborhood already has an Internet who would ignore the lack of comfort and
Cafe. cleanliness just as long as the rates are
low, the computers are tolerable, and the
To retain our customers and to attract new Internet connection is acceptable. Its actu-
ones, some of us would use pricing as a tool to ally turning out to be a fight for the best
have an edge over others. We lower our rates services at the lowest price which some-
believing it would keep our business afloat. times makes us lose our profit-generating
Some of us would resort to offering promos, goal. Our overhead costs goes high while
freebies, discounts, giveaways and/or mem- our sales goes down. The Return of In-
bership perks. Some would offer contests or vestment (ROI)now usually takes longer
as compared to how it was several years
ago.

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“Kuya, Game Over
na?”

Do we see ourselves still running the


same business a few years from now?
Why not?... The trend reveals the future
generation would be more advanced in
terms of acceptance and usage of new
technology. Almost everyone now needs
access to the Internet, in order to make
use of the potential of their gadgets.

Although many can now afford to have


their own Internet subscription at the
comforts of their own homes, a lot of
people still go to Internet Cafes to di-
rectly mingle with friends and have fun
playing a competitive network or online place. Similarly, it is equally rewarding when
game. There is a virtual world out there, we see our customers having a splendid time
but the personal, in-the-flesh interaction inside our shop.
with their peers, friends, and colleagues
remains priceless. The laughter, the On a final note, our business may not be the
cheers, and sometimes taunting of their best business around. But if it brings us joy
barkadas, add a youthful spirit in them. and happiness everytime we see a customer
People on the go would also have an pleased with our services, plus a little bit of
easy and immediate access to the In- adrenaline rush and excitement when we’re
ternet everywhere. It is always great to suddenly caught in the middle of fixing a
access our email on our own time and faulty PC or two during peak hours then we
should definitely keep our shops open.

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EXCLUSIVE

A members call center life


By: Jonas Martinez a.k.a. redwing000

“I submitted my resume to someone who posted an ads in


TipidPC for TSR of a gaming account, I knew the ad gener-
ated a lot of responses and if I remember correctly it went to
20 odd pages for people who applied. Only 2 of us were hired.”

For most people, the typical call center give them and yet, for some odd reason
agent is someone you can figure out eas- they accepted me.
ily. For one thing they work at night, sleep For a month I was given language and
in the daytime, drink too much and they corporate training before we were given
just look different from the rest. account specific training in Market Market.
I really could not remember much of what
I should know, I was one of them. I am was said, because I was either still in
known as redwing0001 in Tipidpc.com. shock from being hired or culture shocked
I have been a member for the better of due to the change in environment. You
the past seven years, starting from way have to remember that prior to December
back in 2003 when I joined a then small 2004, I had not worked a day in my life
community of computer enthusiasts in a corporate environment, You can just
who just wanted to be a part of a larger imagine what a change in environment
community. Back then I was unemployed does to you.
and just wanted to spend time looking for
computer parts, or join the forums to see When I got into EA Games, they were just
what other people have to say. starting, and I was a member of batch
2. There were 24 of us newbies in the
In 2004 I got my big break as I was account and there were mainly 2 lines of
employed. It was December and I started business for EA Games; the phone queue
out as a Technical Support Level 1 agent and the email support, which was just be-
for Telus, then known as Ambergris solu- ing started. I was first placed on the phone
tions. The account that I worked for was queue but since I really had no prior expe-
EA Games. EA as in Electronic Arts. And rience with handling phone calls, I sort of
yes, I am and will always be a gamer. froze. I could not remember anything from
I submitted my resume to someone who our training and I just could not handle it.
posted an ads in Tipidpc for TSR for a It was then that I was assigned to the
gaming account. I knew the ad generated email support (thank God) for me to be
a lot of responses, and if I remember cor- able to train properly. I was even luckier
rectly it went to 20 odd pages for people to be seated beside a veteran agent from
who applied. Only 2 of us were hired. batch 1 named Noel (sorry, I forgot his
surname). There, I was able to slowly train
I did not know if it was fate or destiny and get better with handling email support
that got me there. All I know is that I was queries and if needed (although at the time
given a primary interview, which I passed we in the email group really did not want
and then a final interview. After that I was to), handle phone queues if it was queue-
employed and I signed the contract. I did ing. Being in email support of EA Games is
not even have any formal documents to probably what made me what I am today.
The defining moment in my career was
when we in the email support became so
efficient, we did not (or the clients could
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Martinez
Name: Jonas
dwing0001
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not) add extra agents. The account for EA believe it even up to now. I still feel that I resigned from Dell after 5 months, one
Games was small by comparison so we tend the email support contributed so much to month shy for me to be regularized.
to be quite close to each other. You have to the development of the Technical Support Even if I did not finish my term with Dell,
remember I was just one of the agents who of EA Games that when they decided to I knew my performance was more than
were also gamers, and there were more pack up and move back the US mainland enough for regularization
than 120 of us there. in 2008, they thought there was enough It was painful for me to resign but it was
development in the Philippines to be able a decision that I had to make. I had fam-
Each month specially if EA would release to train people in the US. ily problems back then, that required me
a new game, we need to play it. This is to to be in the house. Two years passed
be able to know how it runst or discover any After I left EA games in April 2008, I then by before I was able to finally find work
bugs that EA is not aware of and be able applied for a Technical Support for Dell again, but this time as an online writer.
to answer questions regarding the game. and was placed in the XPS support. I also I did not want to leave the house so I
Those are just excuses in order to be able to had luck there. At the time when I was chose a home based job.
play a new game. hired by Dell, they had a company outing
and all new hirees were included. For those who are new to the call center
At first, all of us in the account were in industry, I just have to say that it is im-
night shift But soon after the first year, the portant that you
clients decided that the present yourself in
email group would be
transferred to the day shift.
“ Dressing properly is a dead give- a formal manner.
Your speaking and
To me, nothing else could away to your personality. If you listening skills can
even come close. I am in be improved with
the call center, in the email are an emo or a punkista, don’t training but if you
account, playing games,
working in the daytime, in-
show it. This is a corporation” want to make a de-
finitive impact with
side a Mall. your interviewer,
you have to speak
Everything seems perfect. The account was different and for the first the way an English newscaster would
I mean to those who know how a call center time since 2004, I was to accept phone speak.
agent works, you know that you are con- calls. This was the time that I had to ac-
trolled by time. We in the email support cept the change and I was no longer able Dressing properly is a dead giveaway to
aren’t. We could eat anytime we wanted to, to work in my own time. This was real, and your personality. If you are an emo or a
go to bathroom or smoke breaks, eat and fortunately I came prepared. punkista, don’t show it. This is a corpo-
surf the internet while working. ration. You are applying in a corporation
To know how the IT department in a call I just had to remember how I did email that is why you need to dress in a busi-
center works, you have to remember that all support to work my way through the ness or formal attire when you apply for
access to the internet is shut off, depending phone calls. call center position.
on the account rules.
The experience with Dell taught me that No t-shirts with loud messages. No torn
The clients said that would wreak havoc you never really change how you work, jeans or cargo pants. No loafers. Long
with their online web application and since you just change what you work on. This sleeved polo shirt with matching slacks
we play games as well, we cannot play was the time I had to polish my English and leather shoes, a necktie is not nec-
online, like the Battlefield series, Medal of speaking and listening skills. Since my essary but you will look better in the in-
Honor, Need for Speed, The Sims, etc. But email days, my time management was terview with it.
all these game have an online capability and awful. I almost was not able to keep up
we needed to be able to connect to know with the AHT that Dell set for all XPS Look formal as well by cutting your hair,
how this work, so that we can answer any agents. shaving your beard or moustache (for
question the customers may have regarding men) and dressing correctly for women.
the online part of the game. Still, the experience with Dell taught me Sometimes, the most unexpected thing
that you cannot just work on the same comes your way and you can only de-
I can’t even remember our team even hav- thing for years on end. There has to be cide if you really want it or not. You have
ing a team building in a resort somewhere, an improvement in what you do, and how to decide right then and there. There is
We just went down to one of the bars in Mar- you do it. I really wanted to do emails all no second chance with that. If you want
ket Market and had our team building there. my life but it was hard to find non voice it, it will come.
It was so surreal to me that I still cannot accounts.

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Where the Filipino Mobile Phone Enthusiasts Converge

TRADING SWAPPING FORUM COMMUNITY

TIPIDPC MAGAZINE 45
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Angelo Factor a.k.a. DJ Mixmasta Mykl or mixmasta of TipidPC.com is one of the DJs behind Pump Mixers International, an

DIGITAL DJ’S DREAM DILLEMA international group of Pinoy DJs that give away mixes like The Weekly Top 7, The 10 Minute Madness and Partee Mixes.Check them
out at TipidPC.com under The Remix thread

By: Michael Angelo Factor a.k.a Mixmasta

-M X
cu l es 4
Her

to take you to new heights but not taking away the


T he days when your friendly DJ uses a ton of gadg-
ets and miles of wires are on the endangered list old time favorite vinyls. Almost perfection right?
So, let’s get it on. These two up and coming DJ
already. Most club DJs nowadays are seen with laptops
while hosting parties. You can do the same thing in your controllers are the Hercules 4-MX and the Traktor
own bedroom or backyard. This is where the DJ in all Kontrol S4. Let’s start with the former and what it
of us is discovered. Now let me show you what the next brings to the table
level of DJ-ing is.
Key features
Type : 4-deck professional digital DJ controller
You are about to face a world filled with lots of D-Word.
Sound card : built-in sound interface
4 D’s to be exact. That is because the age of 4 Deck DJ Built : rugged metal
Controllers are here, and will stay for quite a long while. Ports : 4 RCA connectors, 4 mono connectors,
You may be a Club goer, Bedroom DJ, Semi-Pro, Con- Input : 1 microphone ¼’’ jack mono input
trollerist, Hobbyist, Mobile DJ, Pro DJ, Amateur DJ or Output : 1 headphones ¼’’ jack stereo output,
simply wants to start learning on how to be a DJ. You’re Jogwheel type : 2 large (12cm) jog wheels with touch
in for a treat as this is for the music enthusiasts. Having detection
Total Key Commands : 89 commands on 2 decks and
four decks mean you can play and control 4 different
165 commands on 4 decks
audio or songs all the same time. That’s a huge room to Bundled Software : VIRTUAL DJ 7 LE
unleash unimaginable possibilities.
Minimum configuration
The two controllers that are being talked about can run PC minimum requirements
with just a laptop and the controller itself plus a USB Windows® XP/Vista/7 (32-/64-bit)
cable. Of course, a banging speaker set will help and a 1.5GHz CPU or higher
1GB of RAM or more
knowledge on DJ software is an advantage.
USB port with USB bus power
Stereo speakers &/or headphones
If you’re the kind of DJ who still has turntables and/or
CDs but wants to seriously embrace and experience Mac minimum requirements
digital, these beasts are good choices for you because Mac OS® 10.5/10.6
it allows you to plug through your current setup and use 1.5GHz CPU or higher
one mixer to integrate the lot so you can still cure the 1GB RAM or more
USB port with USB bus power
itch for scratching. These powerful 4 Deckers are here
Stereo speakers &/or headphones

THE OVERALL : This gear is for both amateur and advanced DJ’s as the settings are very flexible to one’s mixing knowledge.
Provided of course you know what the PLAY button is for. I even plan to purchase this baby sometime around 2011 as one of
my favorite DJs is promoting this, DJ Dow Jones of South Rakkas.

Just this baby and a laptop will be enough to bring the party place to its roof when given to a skilled DJ. The size and weight of
this gear would be just right for the mobile DJ.

So if you have some cash stored under you kitchen sink, you can have this for $449.99 or £399.99. Not so cheap right? But
look at what it offers and its possibilities. I can surely see this baby still rocking clubs in 2 to 4 years time. Not a bad investment
I should say

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Trak
t or K
ontr
ol S
4
Key features
Type : premium-quality 4 channel DJ mixer
Sound card : built-in 24 bit/96 kHz soundcard Mac System Requirements:
Built : Wood with aluminum casing and inner felt padding Mac OS X 10.5 or higher, Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz,
Ports : 4 RCA connectors, 4 mono connectors, MIDI 2 GB RAM
passthrough USB 2.0 port, DVD drive, 6 GB free disk space for
Input : RCA stereo inputs, footswitch jack, two analog complete installation
input channels (switchable line and phono)
Output : TRS and RCA outputs, headphone, microphone
Jogwheel type : high-quality electromagnetic jog wheels In the package
Total Key Commands : 101 commands on basic mode S4 hardware controller with built-in audio interface
Bundled Software : TRAKTOR PRO S4 software TRAKTOR PRO S4 software
USB cable
Minimum configuration Power supply
PC System Requirements Manual
Windows XP (latest Service Pack, 32 Bit), Vista®/Win- Keyboard function mapping
dows 7 (latest Service Pack, 32/64 Bit), Pentium/Athlon *Optional flight case & bag
XP 1.8 GHz OR Core2/AMD Athlon X2, 2 GB RAM
USB 2.0 port, DVD drive, 6 GB free disk space for
complete installation

OVERALL - This one’s a soldier in full battle gear with the latest weaponry that can start a new revolution in the club scene.
It boasts of 10 years of workmanship and dedication. I’d say this one’s the Numark’s NS7 killer, if it is not dead yet. Sorry
Numark and Serato fans but the NS7 isn’t mobile enough and is not as powerful as this baby. This defines the modern edge of
software and hardware harmony. Check the videos and all the presentations by DJ Shiftee and see what this gear is capable
of.

There is no official release date yet but rumors say this will be out before March of 2011 But you can pre-order it now. That
may not be enough time to save up for most of us though as the price of this bully is a hefty $999 or 899 EUR. You can buy a
moped bike or an old modeled car with that kind of money.

But for a dedicated DJ, that price is all worth it as this gear brings priceless happiness to people attending his or her party. With
the Traktor DJ Software offerring chained effects and an additional Loop Rocorder that acts like a 5th Deck which brings this
controller would bring a whole new dimension.

THE MIXDOWN. You’ve just met two of the top controllers that will soon takeover the DJ market.
So which one would you choose? I’d say, if you have the unmountable passion to be a great DJ and
of course the extra moolah stashed somewhere, go for Native Instrument’s Traktor Kontrol S4. But if
you have the passion and want to be a mainstay on a club or just a mixing enthusiast with much love
for the music and the mixing like me, then go for the Hercules 4-MX. Whichever you choose, you still
win as these two are not really that different if given to a skilled DJ.

Remember, music is life. No place or moment is complete without music. These controllers just brings
you to a different level that you seldom find even after the sun goes down. Music is still loved even
without these controller but without these controllers, modern DJs would be limited. So, let’s enjoy
what each brings. Music is life and life is a party! So Pump it UP!

TIPIDPC MAGAZINE 47
EXCLUSIVE

MOBILE PHONE VS SMARTPHONE

“It may have sounded like science-fiction a few years back but we are now living the life-imitates-
art manifestation with the debut of the iPhone and Android. Touch-screen phones and QWERTY
phones are now becoming the norm. The future has indeed arrived and we are living it now”

elecommunications technolo- those who need to de-pressurize in between own personal entertainment system.

T
gy has come a long way since calls.
the days of the “ice scraper” Wireless application protocol or WAP revolu-
phones. I remember how ex- BEYOND BASIC tionized the 3G phones in recent years but
orbitant retail prices were for Fast-forward to today: phone manufacturers with the development of WiFi technology,
mobile phones in the past. and designers have determined that the lowly smart phones have since been built with their
What you got was a dinosaur mobile phone needs to be able to handle more own wireless capabilities. No longer will you
of a device which was cumber- than just basic phone functions. Several years need a full-sized laptop to check your e-mail,
some and not quite useful given the inherent back, “polyphonic” ring tones became the all you need is the smartphone you would nor-
disadvantages of analog technology. norm and pretty soon, music storage was in- mally carry in your pocket.
corporated into the on-board memory. Shortly
after that came digital photography and soon,
In the last few years, mobile phone features everyone was a mobile photographer! WiFi and Sci-Fi
have become more and more sophisticated It may have sounded like science-fiction a few
but the most popular these days is multi- years back but we are now seeing the life-im-
media messaging; using both image and au-
“ No longer will you need a itates-art manifestation with the debut of the
dio to communicate. Hardly any new mobile full-sized laptop to check your iPhone and Android. Touch-screen phones
phone nowadays does not come with—at the and QWERTY phones are now becoming the
very least—a VGA camera.
e-mail, all you need is the norm.
smartphone you would nor-
This unique capability has now turned the The future has indeed arrived and we are liv-
lowly mobile phone into what is now known
mally carry in your pocket ” ing it now. I can’t help but think how some sci-fi
as, the “smart phone”. movies overlooked this—that we may actually
But what else can a smartphone do? be communicating with someone who doesn’t
CONVENTIONAL COMMUNICATION Smart phones are basically designed to func- need to be tied down to a landline or that a
The mobile phone has 2-basic functions: call tion in much the same way as a laptop. It has phone may be carried around in one’s pocket
and short-message sending. For calls, one its own beefed up memory capacity by way of or that you actually see who you’re talking to,
gets the basic “taking” and “making” the micro-SD cards. You can also manage files kind of like the “Beam-me-up-Scottie” reality
calls, barring, forwarding and most of these loaded into these memory cards; photos, mu- we’re already living now.
features may actually be dictated by the net- sic and video. Subsequently, the same files
work provider. can be shared in a number of ways; Bluetooth, More than just a mere multi-media device,
USB and MMS just to name a few. the smartphone is a pocket-sized computer
For messaging, the only thing that would you can take with you anywhere and you will
distinguish one phone brand from the other Some phone models include proprietary ap- never be out of touch!
will be the display options for the LCD moni- plications that allow them to edit photos, mu-
tor which most of the time, is not capable of sic and sometimes even video. You can make
handling graphics or photos. The most it will your own ringtones or copy music files onto
do might be to function as music player for the memory card and use your phone as your

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TIPIDPC MAGAZINE 49
Balualua
Name: Rodel
not
Username: An
: So ftb ox Solutions
Company
e: 2003
Member Sinc
TP C Gr ou ps :

Airsoft Group
Technowarrior
Night Boys
/ TPC Friday

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SPOTLIGHT

FEATURED MEMBER

THE MAN Annot has been known as one of the


pioneers in TPC. We have had sever-

BEHIND
al transactions with him and we know
for a fact that he gives good deals to
his clients.

SOFTBOX
The TPC editorial board sought out
legitimate premium members for an
up-close and personal look. In this

SOLUTIONS
maiden issue, we chose the man be-
hind Softbox Solutions. We were inter-
ested in learning about the beginnings
of Softbox Solutions and where they
are now.

“Sometimes there are customers who order in the morning and expect
delivery by lunch time.We’ve been known to deliver that fast. People
give us feedback that say we’re like a pizza delivery service!”

TPC: How long have you been a TPC member? TPC: What is Softbox Solutions known for? a refund.
ANNOT: We have a delivery team of motorcycle riders
ANNOT: I signed up in 2004 so that’s about 7-years. who cover most of the business districts, Makati, ANNOT: Sometimes there are customers who order
Ortigas and The Fort. in the morning and expect delivery by lunch time.
TPC: In those 7-years, how long have you been sell- We’ve been known to deliver that fast. People give
ing? TPC: How does that work?papano ang proseso nya? us feedback that say we’re like a pizza delivery
service!
ANNOT: I started selling in 2005 with PC parts, USB/ ANNOT: We post our items on TPC, customers inquire
Hard disk enclosures and such… and when they like an item, they have it delivered. TPC: So you want Softbox to be known for fast re-
We usually deliver on the same day and if we can’t we sponse delivery?
TPC: Did that start your career with Softbox? try our best to deliver as soon as humanly
possible. ANNOT: Yes and we target those who don’t want to
ANNOT: Not yet, at that time we only catered to cor- go out and shop for items.
porate clients. I already had a corporate retail busi- TPC: So you deliver on time and via motorcycle. Have
ness then.We sell consumables and doing IT serv- you ever been swindled by a buyer? TPC: What’s the most salable item you are selling?
ices. We also had software solutions and a team of
programmers. ANNOT: Thank God we haven’t had that yet. ANNOT: External hard disks. It’s been our best sell-
ing item since we started out in 2005. We also have
TPC: So how did you end up at TipidPC? TPC: What’s the warranty period for your items? media players.

ANNOT: A member named, Caloy told me about ANNOT: We give a 1-year warranty for hard disks and ANNOT: Those in the province and those who are
TPC. I asked him to sell a computer for me. He post- PC parts. The hard disks come with a 3-year manu- not familiar with us, I can assure you that I will not
ed it on the site then he told me about it. I signed up facturer’s warranty. If for example a hard disk breaks ruin my reputation for just a small amount of money.
but I wasn’t so active back then. I was more into the down after 1-year, they can avail of the manufacturer’s I won’t allow it. Also, our hard disks are carefully
forums and just lurking around warranty through us but at extra cost. The warranty packed in bubble plastic, shell and box so there is
covers just the unit and not the data stored. I want to no danger of damage while shipping. So far, none
TPC: Did TPC help you in terms of sales? in what make that clear because some customers insist that of our provincial customers have returned our prod-
way? we also replace files lost in the hard disks. ucts.

ANNOT: Yes, TPC helped my business prosper.I TPC: How many days does it take to replace an item? If you would like to deal with Annot, just look at his
would you say that at least 75% of my business items and you will not regret the pleasant experi-
comes from TPC. ANNOT: It really depends on the item. For hard disks, ence with him or your purchase!
depending on availability it takes 2-3 days up to a
I used to generate more business in corporate ac- week. If it takes more than 15-days and we still get
counts, but now, I do more trading in the website and no time frame from a distributor, we give the buyer the
I get to meet a lot of corportate clients there. option of replacing an item of equal value or simply

TIPIDPC MAGAZINE 51
SPOTLIGHT

Opening
the Doors
of Open
Pinoy
FEATURED PREMIUM STORE

Open pinoy fairly sells cheap computer items at an affordable


prices. The prices of their products are well executed and
neatly arranged. Buyers can check out open pinoy website
@ www.openpinoy.com
Open Pinoy opens a wide range of Filipino Affordable
PC Products

T
he first time I went to the ing around and handing out flyers to rake opened to the public but we have 2-other
Open Pinoy branch in Manda- in customers because they don’t need to branches, one in Greenhills and one in
luyong, my first impression on force anyone to come over. Since its prod- Makati. We still concentrate on trading on-
the place was that of a ware- ucts and services are needed, customers line.
house selling second-hand just keep coming. This shop is perfect for TPC: How does TPC help Open Pinoy?
and scrap computer parts. I techies. OP : TPC provides an attractive and popular
actually thought that all Open website for IT device users and purchasers.
Pinoy branches were the same until I I sat down with Open Pinoy and tried to find So, while we use the OP banner, we have
was able to visit their store in Greenhills out what makes this store tick! many visitors who come to our website
seven years after. The Greenhills branch through TPC. We benefit from the online
was strategically located between large TPC: Why the name Open Pinoy? trading board and we do most negotiations
IT shops- considered as the IT capital of OP: Open Pinoy came to be in the hope of through the TPC website.
Manila. serving Filipinos with high-quality products
and devices at affordable prices meaning-- TPC: How long have you been a supporter
As we entered, we were greeted by a very it’s OPEN to all Pinoys! of TPC?
accommodating manager. The shop was OP: Why not ask Alex (TPC’s Managing Di-
entertaining a handful of customers con- TPC: How long has OP been around? rector)? (laughs)
sidering it was 3pm in the afternoon at OP : We’ve been in the business for 9-years.
that time. But amidst the store’s crowd, the TPC: Is the Mandaluyong branch the first TPC: What are the top selling products here
sales staff were very friendly on attending one? at OP?
to their needs. OP : Yes, this is where we started and OP : We are direct importers of laptops and
surveillance systems and as such, we offer
The store has a collection
of PC parts, surveillance
monitors, brand new and
refurbished units which ap-
pear to be from out of the
box. In other words, they
got everything electronics.
It’s very rare that you would
find Open Pinoy staff walk-

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them at the lowest prices. vicing. OP guarantees we know
what we’re selling so we know
TPC: How is the relationship of customers, buyers and sellers with exactly how to serve the client
the TPC guys? and attend to their needs. That’s
OP : In our posts, we always explain what the item is all about, why one of our strongest points.
they might need it and comparative specs. Let’s say you have a friend
who needs a laptop but isn’t so techie. We talk to them not in technical Since we do business online,
terms but in a language that they can understand. We post pictures there are no limits. A provincial
of the items showing the actual physical condition of each product. client can shop 24/7 from our
This is what makes us different from others--that they just show one website and they can place or-
picture plus the specs and cost. We focus more on the needs of the ders even at midnight. We pro-
clients. cess their orders the morning
after.
TPC: How about warranties?
OP : For some parts, we offer a 2-year warranty, for brand new units, TPC: How long does it take to
a 1-year warranty and 3-6 months on used items. place an order after it is placed
online? What’s your turnaround
TPC: How do you support customers online? time?
OP : If anyone has a problem with their units, regardless if they’re OP : We deliver within 24-hours but it also depends on the courier ser-
customers or not, they can post their questions and we answer them vice.
right away. We also have our care center and call managers to at-
tend to customers’ querries from 10am-7pm, Monday to Saturday. We TPC: What are the future plans of OP?
strive our best to reply ASAP! OP: We expect many people to avail of our product because we know
we offer high-quality products at reasonable prices. We don’t want our
TPC: What assurance can we get after purchasing from OP? customers to spend on something they can’t use.
OP : We give the best after-sales service, our website assures all OP
clients that they can contact us anytime if they encounter any prob- We also would like our name as a computer brand here in the Philippines
lems. We also deliver our items on-time through courier services. The and it will be proudly Filipino, the Open Pinoy computer.
OP name is their guarantee!
For those who may be interested with what Open Pinoy offers, you can
TPC: What does OP offer that others don’t? visit their website www.openpinoy.com for more details.
OP : Frankly speaking, all stores are the same. We have the same
items and roughly the same prices. We make good on after-sales ser-

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DIGITAL ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY

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FEATURED TPC SUB-GROUP

Team Nikon

Original photos taken and submitted by: Team Nikon Bullies


Bullies
TNB or Team Nikon Bullies is a group of pho-
tography enthusiasts, all owning and utilizing
Nikon branded cameras. However, we are not
officially affiliated with Nikon. We meet regu-
larly to attend events, photography gather-
ings, photowalks, or to simply chill out, that
includes bullying each other out. LOL.
Seriously....

We started in the D40 thread of TipidPC. Reg-


ular eyeballers of the said thread soon real-
ized the need for an organization, primarily for
event and eyeball (EB) organizing. On March
2009, TNB or Team Nikon Bullies was born.
The founding members were Noel Gonong,
Jay Guillermo, Julie Buenaobra, Yohan dela
Cruz, Dennis Tingle, Blade Orlanes, Sean
Ilgauson, and Meann Legarda. To date, we
have more than 50 members. We come from
different walks of life, but we share the same
passion – photography.

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TECH GUIDES

“BATTERY-SAVING TIPS FOR YOUR DSLR”


By: Abs Abando a.k.a. Sunryzr

hotography and video technology has Missing a shot is a photographer’s worst function; just like tip #1, playing back im-

P come a long way since I first picked


up my Dad’s 35mm, all-mechanical,
single-lens reflex camera. As a novice
nightmare. I remember devising a way to re-
load film as fast as possible or planning my
shots ahead so I would have the opportunity
ages requires the use of the LCD monitor
which drains the batteries considerably.
One advantage of turning off playback is
photographer, the most I had to worry about to reload without taking a break from the ac- that you get to shoot faster sequential shots
was how I was going to take a shot since all tion. Plus, with today’s high-capacity memory because the camera isn’t taking the time to
the camera functions at the time didn’t need cards, there is hardly an excuse for photo- write the image on the card and presenting it
for any type of power source. Most of the graphers to reload in the middle of an event. for playback on the monitor. If you’re shoot-
shots I took required only the existing light With a good selection of wide-telezooms in ing on “continuous” drive mode, this is defi-
source so I barely needed flash. At the time, it the market, a photographer can keep his eye nitely a plus! Besides, today’s DSLRs are
was the only accessory that need- meant to take near-perfect shots so
ed batteries. unless you’re really hopeless as
a photographer, you’ll get good
More than 30-years since then, exposures 90% of the time.
I now have to constantly check
the camera’s LCD monitor which FOR Point-and-shoot cam-
showed me readouts for ex- eras:
posure, frame count, metering 1. More advanced P&S cameras
mode, AF mode, drive mode and are equipped with an optical
the all-important, “battery life viewfinder. Just like the DSLR,
indicator”. For me, that’s a little use it more often than the “live
too much information to absorb view” monitor.
in a single glance! Despite the 2. Turn off the “record review”
convenience of automation, the function.
photographer also has to keep 3. Play back the images only af-
up with how his equipment per- ter you’ve completed the shoot.
forms; something which was to- With P&S, these cameras are
tally unheard of in the past. Back designed to give near-perfect
then, all we needed to do was shots automatically so there’s
feel and listen to the sound of the really no need to worry.
shutter clicking. 4. Plan your shots ahead; try to
on the viewfinder almost indefinitely. break the habit of turning the camera on
So, why not just carry spare batteries on a and off periodically. You might think you’re
shoot? True, but then again how many of us FOR DSLRS and Video cameras: saving battery power but you’re not. The
can afford the high cost of lithium ion batteries 1. Use the viewfinder more often. The LCD “start-up” process of a digital camera uses
which are standard-issue in today’s cameras? monitor uses up a lot of power and heats up up more juice every time it’s turned on.
Ok, carrying spares might just be the solution the camera. The only exception to this rule
but not all of us are working professionals who is when taking HD videos with your DSLR. Technology may seem to do a lot for you but
have the luxury of not only having spare bat- Another reason why it’s good to use the view- sometimes, it’s “old school” common sense
teries but also extra camera bodies! finder is that it allows you to take steadier that can turn you into a good photographer
shots and you will hardly over or underex- or videographer. Happy shooting!
Having been a photographer most of my pose images.
natural life, it’s the decisive moment that truly 2. Turn off the autofocus(AF) function. Unless
mattered. Simply put, what if that shot-of-a- you’re using high-end and pricey “ultrasonic”
lifetime pops up in front of your lens and the lenses, autofocus just takes up a lot of the
batteries run flat? There are no albums for camera’s juice.
missed shots! 3. Turn off the camera’s “Record Review”

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TECH GUIDES

Photography & Digicam


By: Willy Palacios a.k.a. wheelee

I started making photography a hobby back in the 90s with my


first digicam, a 1 mega pixel Kodak DCS120. From there, I’ve
been trying to learn the tricks of the trade ever since. And
through the course of time I’ve managed to pick up tips and tricks
from books, online forums and pro’s out there and it’s time to pay it
forward.

There are literally a lot of tricks on what you can do with you camera
and your photo but as with most we’ll start with the basics. Know your
A typical Mode Dial
camera and read the manual even in one fast sweep. We don’t want
to be sorry when the time arises. New digicams nowadays have more Program Mode (P)
features than we could ever use. Here are some of the most com- P mode is similar to Auto mode. The camera will do most of the
monly used ones on either a Point and shoot (P&S) or digital single setup but it allows the user to manually override some settings like
lens reflex (DSLR) camera. flash, ISO, white balance, focus or other settings depending on the
camera brand being used. Use P mode if you want minimal adjust-
Camera Modes: ment and the rest is up to the camera.
Until now, you could’ve just been shooting in “Auto” mode. But now
you want to up the ante with your photography skills going all the way Shutter Priority Mode (S or Tv- Time Value)
to full manual mode - Learn the Tools, Hone the Skills. Most cameras In the S or Tv mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera sets
nowadays have a dial mode switch on either the left or right top side the aperture. With high shutter speeds, you can freeze fast action
of the body, well unless your camera is an Auto mode only camera. shots. If slow shutter speed is used, you can blur the motion or have
Labels are P, S, A, M for Programmed, Shutter (sometimes Tv), Ap- the feeling of movement. Ever wondered how they made that flowing
erture (Av), Manual mode. Also the Full Auto mode and subject mode water silky smooth? In low light shotsyou might also use a slow shut-
(the ones with different pictures) are on the same dial. although I’m ter but a tripod might be needed.
guessing no one uses these modes ;)

Some Shooting Tips:


1. When shooting against a very bright back- 3. Always keep filters ready, like Neutral tery. You won’t regret it. The same goes for
ground or against the sun, use fill-in flash Density (ND), if you’re going to shoot in your flash gun.
so that the subject will be exposed properly, daylight. ND filters help to cut the light **Be very careful when charging your bat-
unless you’re doing a silhouette shot. Avoid going in your camera, like when you want teries and make sure the contacts don’t
taking pictures of people with the sun in their to shoot flowing water showing motion in short when placed in bags or pockets**
face since they will tend to squint or have broad daylight. Also keep UV (ultra violet)
funny facial expression because of the blind- filters handy. They help protect your lens 5. Memory cards - buy the fastest and big-
ing brightness. Also the picture could be over specially the front element from scratches. gest one you can afford especially now that
exposed. But choose ones that don’t create a lot of modern digital cameras have the ability to
flare, otherwise you might ruin that priced record 1080p mode. Slower cards buffering
2. If you don’t have time to set the camera, shot. can be a problem. Remember to label them
use P-mode and Auto ISO. The Auto ISO because the chance of overwriting a card
level can be pre-set in the order you desire. 4. Remember to always keep your batter- full of your just taken baby pictures could
In P mode (programmed) most of the settings ies charged. I learned that the hard way. I happen. Buy multiple cards for backup and
are being done by the camera to get a prop- went out for a photo shoot then just after future use.
erly exposed shot. Although you could still a few clicks – kaput! - wasted chance and
change certain settings in the camera, check time. So, remember to fully charge your 6. Make sure to check the settings of your
your user manual. batteries and if possible get an extra bat- camera when shooting in different modes

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and when changing locations. Case in camera. 9. Invest in a good dry box to keep your
point, I did a CWB (custom white balance) equipment in. In places where humidity
in one shoot then moved on to a differ- 8. Make your own quickie stabilizer like a is high, the possibility of mold or fungus
ent place. Pictures came out with a hue tension string or a bean bag. Fill a small growth is most likely. So it’s best to keep
of blue :( also forgetting to lower the ISO cloth pouch with mongo beans or rice to your valuable lens and bodies in a secure
when shooting outdoors after coming from about ¾ full and use that to sit your camera cabinet. There are electronic dry cabinets
an indoor shoot. when needed. For the tension string, tie a wherein the RL (relative humidity) can be
knot around a metal screw that fits in the kept at a certain level to keep those nasty
7. Never ever point you camera directly to tripod mount of your camera. Cut a good fungus out. A setting of 45~55% RH is usu-
the sun especially when you are looking length that you can step on and use the ally recommended.
through the viewfinder. There have been tension to stabilize your cam. As they say, a
cases also when some lasers or laser cheap tripod is better than no tripod at all. 10. Always bring your camera! You’ll never
lights damaged the CCD/ CMOS of the know when that once in a lifetime shot will
come your way.

Aperture Priority Mode (A or Av- Aperture Value) Rule of Thirds


In the A or Av mode you set the desired aperture or lens opening I guess this is one of the most used rule that you’ll hear or read about.
and the camera sets the proper shutter speed to expose the scene If you noticed, some cameras, even P&S, have some sort of a grid on
properly. With a large f-stops (small aperture or lens opening) you the LCD screen or view finder and most can be turned on or off. If your
will need more light and will have a large depth of field. With a camera doesn’t have one, imagine your LCD screen or view finder is
small f-stop (large aperture or lens opening) you will need less light split into nine equal sections with two horizontal and two vertical lines
and will have a small or shallow depth of field. running across your screen. By placing your main subject near where
the lines cross you tend to pull the viewers eye towards that area
Manual Mode (M) almost instantly. Try doing some experiments wherein the main subject
In M mode you have full control of the camera settings. You set the is dead center and one that’s placed in any of the thirds and see which
shutter speed, aperture, ISO, WB etc. depending on how you want is more pleasing to view.
your picture to come out, either under exposed or over exposed.
Although cumbersome for others, the need to use M mode might
arise like in tricky lighting situations or if you want to be creative in
your own way.

Subject Mode
This is where you see those pictures drawn on the Mode Dial like
a face (portrait), flower (macro), mountain (landscape), running
man (sports) and the one that looks like a video camera, obviously
for taking videos. Most of these modes are rarely used unless you
want to experiment or compare settings. Try them out but don’t be
limited by these modes. Try to experiment and make shooting a fun
experience. This

I myself shoot mostly in Aperture (A) mode or in Programmed (P)


but switches to Manual (M) mode when certain effects are needed
or when doing a setup shot. Once you’ve learned these methods,
try to use them and take off from just being a Point and Shoot
person.

Composition Rules
Well actually, there are no rules in photography as different people
will interpret or look at the same picture differently. But here are
some general rules that you may follow to make your photo more
pleasing to the viewer. To This
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Motion

Give the viewers a sense of move-


ment by using a slow shutter speed
to capture flowing water or people’s
movement.

photographs taken by willy

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Leading Lines
When the viewer sees this kind of photos, his eyes
are being drawn to the lines as if he is having his own
journey & is being pulled towards a central point.

Symmetry & Pattern


Symmetrical balance or sometimes called mirror image,
two halves of the picture should look the same.

Perspective
Show depth & magnitude

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High Dynamic
Range
Photography

TECH GUIDES

HDR Photography
By: Nonoy Ativo a.k.a. nonoy_1969

I
t’s All about Light!
How do you now capture a wider dynamic range if
your medium cannot record or map the whole range? Baking the Cake
Photographs and images are all about light,
the amount of light and the intensity of the In digital photography, we can create the
The old world solution by painters was to add contrast
light. With too much or too little light you end same effect using high dynamic range
to their scenes. Contrast, which is used interchange-
up with images that are either too dark and difficult to imaging techniques. To begin, you will
ably with dynamic range, was the application of satu-
perceive or too bright and washed out. Light used to
rated colors of opposing hues and putting black or need the following:
produce images is expressed as luminance. It is de-
white colors at the edge of the objects in the painting.
fined as the state or quality of reflecting light and the
This created sharper and more intense colors in the
intensity of light emitted from a surface per unit area in 1. A digital camera, preferably a DSLR
painting. This high contrast technique created the il-
a given direction. Dynamic ranges, therefore, are the
lusion of brighter and livelier paintings like El Greco’s but a good point and shoot will do the job.
spectrum from dark to light in scenes that you would
La Agoria en el Jardin: But you will need to change the shut-
want to photograph. Dynamic range is the measured
ratio between high and low extremes in a set of val- ter speed to achieve different exposure
ues.
levels. A P&S with manual setting is
The problem is real world scenes contain light ranges preferred
that exceed 50,000:1 dynamic range while media has
been limited to recording 300:1 dynamic range. 2. A tripod; you need to have a stable
camera when taking several exposures
You end up with images like this
of the same scene, you also do not want
motion flow

3. An HDR software like Photomatix

4. An image-editing software like Adobe


Lightroom

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Here are
samples of
the same
shot with a
difference
of 2 stops:

This is how the fused images of the 3 images with different exposures look like

1. Choose your scene.

For starters, it is best to select landscapes or


non-moving objects.

2. Adjust your camera settings and turn on


exposure bracketing. Set it to differ by 2 stops.

3. Mount your camera on the tripod and


compose the scene. To minimize shakes and Here is a comparison of a fused image that was tone-mapped (left) and the same image that had
blurry images, you may want to turn off your some artistic editing done (right):
lens’ AF mode.
Good to Know ping is the process of reducing contrast ratios
4. Set it to a timed shutter release or use a in selected portions of the image. Usually,
remote or cable shutter release. This is espe- HDR photography is high involvement in the pixels attached to each other are altered such
cially critical if the scene you are shooting has sense that you need to know how to use that they have similar contrast ratios. This will
naturally low light. Shoot around 3-6 images of image-editing software to create an outstand- allow you to create different effects with your
the scene. ing image. You will need to use the merged images.
luminance in your photo and further enhance If you want to output an HDR image on paper
5. After the shoot, download the images to it. This means that you need to develop the or on a display, you must somehow convert
your computer and use the HDR software to eye for good (and bad) use of contrast and the wide-intensity range in the image to the
merge the images. Most HDR software are color. lower range supported by the display. One old
easy to use and you can use it intuitively. The tone-mapping method is the manual dodge-
software will generate an image that merges First, most CRT and LCD monitors are es- and-burn technique familiar to photographers
all your shots. sentially low dynamic range. You need to – where you manually select different tonal
configure your monitor to render your images ranges for different regions of the image, using
However, this is an unfinished image. Using according to its capability. Calibrate it so that a dodging or a burning tool. HDR software will
your eye, creativity and style, you can further what you see onscreen is also what comes of course support manual dodge and burn.
edit the image by adjusting elements. Adobe out on print later. Reduce the contrast of the Another solution is to use an automated tone
Lightroom can help you do this easily. screen and bring it close to zero so that you mapping filter to reduce the dynamic range of
will see the actual contrast of your images an HDR image.
Other photographers are able to create HDR- instead of the screen’s rendering. Overall, HDR photography can be very excit-
like effects directly from their cameras by ing because of the prospect of creating a
simply shooting the scene and without having Next, LDR devices, like your monitor, repre- scene that will look very different because of
to edit the images. This is done by using long sent HDR images by cropping the dynamic the play of light or the merging of luminance
exposures and aided by filters to manage the range. The darkest and brightest portions values in the scene. And the best part – even
entry of light into the camera sensor. Infra-red are removed while leaving the middle values beginners with a P&S can do it effortlessly.
photography is also another form of HDR pho- untouched. The next time you shoot a scene try to get
tography that uses opposing black and white several exposures of the same shot and do
Lastly, learn to do tone mapping. Tone map- your very own HDR impression on the scene.
hues to create an image.
Happy shooting!
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TECH GUIDES

PHOTOSHOP ENHANCEMENT
By: Ritzel Marcelino a.k.a. rsa1

Building the Perfect Exposure


Some people would call it as butchery on the art of photography while others coin it as the modern day darkroom. This argument I believe is an end-
less debate between the norms and the diverse. In my opinion, digital photography with no digital editing can be compared to film photography with
no darkroom. Just imagine how pictures would look like undeveloped and resting in film cans.

Thousands of photoshop techniques can be obtained in the web today. I have reviewed them as well and only a few coincide to what I call as es-
sential and at the same time effortless.

In this article, I will be sharing some of my commonly used photoshop enhancement and image manipulation techniques and as a bonus, I will also
be sharing low-light HDR technique.

BACKGROUND EXPOSURE

1) Open the picture file that you want to edit in Adobe


Camera Raw editor. Check the background light if over or
underexposed. There are four settings you can toggle to suit
your mood-, Exposure, Recovery, Vibrance and Saturation.
Once you’re satisfied with your settings, select Open Image.
Save it as bground.psd.

FOREGROUND EXPOSURE

2) Re-open the original picture in Adobe Camera Raw editor


but this time change the setting for the Foreground subject.
Using this time the Exposure, Contrast and Blacks, change
the settings to the desired specification. Save it as fground.
psd afterwards.

SPLITTING EXPOSURE

3) Open bground.psd in Adobe Photoshop Elements and


select Image > Magic Extractor. Choose Foreground Brush
Tool (B) and change Brush Size to your discretion. Doodle
on the background. You can remove unwanted images
using the Background Brush Tool (P). Select Preview any-
time to see your selection. Press OK once completed.

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COMBINING EXPOSURE

4) Choose Select All (Ctrl+A) then Copy (Ctrl+C) then Paste


(Ctrl+V) it in the fground.psd. Select Move (V) to align the
bground above the fground. Create new layer by select-
ing Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to adjust the
Shadow and the Highlights.

Comparing End Results

This is the first image taken in raw format without any image
manipulation

Final Image

After the simple image manipulation, the end result is as-


toundingly rich in color and picture perfect.

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TECH GUIDES

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION
By: Raymund Daquioag a.k.a. aresdi

I
t’s the pleasing arrangement of sub- Good or correct composition is impossible
ject matter elements within the picture to define precisely. There are no hard-and-
area. Creative photography depends fast rules to follow that ensure good compo-
foremost on the photographer’s ability sition in every photograph. There are only
to see as the camera sees because the principles and elements that provide
a photograph does not reproduce a a means of achieving pleasing composi-
scene quite the way we see it. The tion when applied properly. Some of these
camera sees and records only a small principles and elements are as follows:
isolated part of the larger scene, reduces it to
only two dimensions, frames it, and freezes it. It 1. Center of interest
does not discriminate as we do. When we look at 2. Subject placement
a scene we selectively see only the important el- 3. Simplicity
ements and more or less ignore the rest. A cam- 4. Viewpoint and camera angle
era, on the other hand, sees all the details within 5. Balance
the field of view. This is the reason some of our 6. Shapes and lines
pictures are often disappointing. Backgrounds 7. Pattern
may be cluttered with objects we do not remem- 8. Volume
ber, our subjects are smaller in the frame or less 9. Lighting
striking than we recall, or the entire scene may 10. Texture
lack significance and life. 11. Tone
12. Contrast
With experience and knowledge of your equip- 13. Framing
Good pictures are seldom created by chance.
ment, you begin to “think through your camera” 14. Foreground
so you are free to concentrate on composition. 15. Background
Devote serious study to the principles of good 16. Perspective
composition. Study books and magazine arti-
cles on composition. You should analyze vari- As you study these principles of composi-
ous media: motion pictures, TV, magazines, tion, you should soon come to a realization
books and newspapers, and evaluate what you that some are very similar and overlap one
see. What is good about this picture or that TV another a great deal.
image? What is bad about it? What principles
of good composition could you apply in a differ- Because all or most of these principles must
ent way to make the picture better. be considered and applied each time you
take a picture, it may all seem quite confus-
ing at first. With experience you can develop
To make the most of any subject, you must un- a sense of composition, and your consid-
derstand the basic principles of composition. eration and application of the principles will
The way you arrange the elements of a scene become almost second nature. This is not
within a picture, catch the viewer’s attention, to suggest that you can allow yourself to be-
please the eye, or make a clear statement are come complacent or careless in the applica-
all qualities of good composition. By developing tion of the principles of composition. Doing
photographic composition skills, you can pro- so will be immediately obvious because the
duce photographs that suggest movement, life, results you produce will be snapshots, not
depth, shape, and form, recreating the impact of professional photographs.
the original scene.

How are photographic composition skills devel- Next Issue:


oped? You look, you study, you practice. Every Discussion of the Principles and Elements
time you take a picture, look all around within
the viewfinder. Consider the way each element
will be recorded and how it relates to the overall
composition. You must become thoroughly famil-
iar with the camera and learn how the operation
of each control alters the image.

Experiment with the camera and look at the re- PHOTOGRAPHY & MULTIMEDIA
sults carefully to see if they meet your expecta- in.vision.09@gmail.com
tions. +639236660471

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11. Vernier Caliper -
1. Power Drill - is one is a precision instrument
tool a DIY’er must not live
without. It is very useful commonly used for determining
for boring small holes the diameter of objects and to
with drill bit attachments measure gaps.
to large holes with the
holesaw attachments.
There are dedicated types
of attachments for each
kind of material.

12. Acrylic Cutter-


only used for cutting straight
through acrylic sheets.
2. Rotary Tool - a
versatile tool, it can
do almost anything 1 4 5
from grinding, routing,
sanding and cutting off
any material be it wood, 13.Wire Cutter/ Stripper - it
plastic or metal. grips and removes the wire
3
6 7 insulator to expose the copper
wire.
3. Crimper - is a handy
tool for network cabling.
2
It presses the pins of the
connector to make full
contact with the wires. 14. Solder Sucker-
helps make the job easier by
removing excess solder from
the circuit.
4. Allen Wrench set - the tool
to use to tighten and loosen
Allen-type bolts.

15. Soldering Lead -is


the main element that
5. Hammer - for a DIY’er it’s bonds two electrical/
main purpose is for center
marking pilot-holes for drilling electronic contacts.
and making bends or repairing 8 9 10
dents on sheet metals.

16. Metric Tape -


used fo measuring long
6. Philips Screwdriver - as
it’s name implies it’s basic pieces of material and a
function is to drive Philips very handy tool
type screws/bolts.

1 7 . P r e c i s i o n
7. Flathead Screwdriver - Screwdriver Set -
mainly used for Flat type bolt basically used to manage
or screws. small screws/bolts.
14

15
13
8. Rotary Tool accessories - 18. Soldering Iron.- it
composed of sanding drums, melts the Solder Lead
router bits, grinding/buffing to form a sturdy contact
attachments and cutting between two points in a
wheels. 12 circuit.

9. Flatnose Pliers - have 11


endless uses for a DIY’er. They
grip, bend, turn things and 18 19.MultiPurpose Cutter
straighten things out. 17 - used for cutting or
trimming soft and thin
materials like paper,
plastic sheets or plywood.
10. Needlenose Pliers - are
most commonly used for
bending angles in wire or 16
narrow metal strips. They have
a sharp wire cutter near the 20. Staright-Edge Rule-
pivot.
19 is another precision
20
instrument for drawing
straight lines.

D.I.Y TOOLS OF TRADE


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Making an Ipad Concealment Case


TPC EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE

Ipad Inside a used Authorware bookcase

T here are a number of products out there for


the iPad but these are mostly to protect the
precious unit.
But what if you were on the MRT or
any public place and you needed to
check your mail or get online?

This is clearly a security issue and


you wouldn’t want anyone to steal
your precious iPad. Hold-up and
snatching cases are on the rise
since the age of the notebook
and other portable smart devices.
Some of these criminals go as far as hurting their
victims. One way to avoid this problem is to find
a less conspicuous way of transporting your iPad
to avoid the prying eyes of criminal elements.

Here’s one unique way that we would like to


share with you. Here’s how…

Master cham_e_lyons
personal coffee mug

1 Start by cleaning the edges of the


pages of the book you intend to use.
A fine-grade sandpaper is best for
2 Apply the white glue evenly on the
entire surface of the pages. Let this
dry for at least 2-hours. Repeat the
3 Trace the iPad on the front page and
etch the pages using a cutter

this. Once the pages are sanded, we process until you get the desired
can now apply white glue hardness of the pages

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4 Measure the depth of the cut out using


the iPad as a basis 5 Once the desired depth is achieved,
apply white glue to the base of the hole
using a brush until the pages harden
6 Measure the hole and the amount of
felt paper needed

7 Cut the felt paper according to the


measurements. Use a straight edge
and cutter to make precise cuts
8 Attach the felt paper on the interior of
the hole. Make sure to apply the glue
evenly so as not to make lumps on
9 Trace out the iPad on the felt paper.
Make sure there is no excess felt
paper
the felt paper

Cut out the iPad pattern on the


10 felt paper. You may use a pair of
scissors for this
11 Round off the edges to conform
to the iPad 12 Apply white glue evenly to the
hole

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13 Attach the iPad-cut felt paper


14 Using the paint brush handle, iron
out the edges to make sure the
glue spreads evenly
15 Measure the page size of the book
and cut out the same amount of
felt paper

Cut out the middle portion of


16 Compare the cut out with the
actual size of the page. Make 17 Apply enough white glue to the felt
paper. Iron out the edges so that it
sticks completely
18 the felt paper and use the “dug
out” portion of the book as
sure these are the same
measurement

Attach Velcro pads to the


19 Cut out a portion of felt paper in
the same size of the book cover.
Apply white glue to the cover
20 Attach the felt paper with white
glue 21 corners. This will serve as the
concealment case closure and
secure the iPad inside

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SilverStone Case is exclusively provided by:


Carbon Fiber Sticker Mod Silverstone Technology Col , LTD thru Fine Upgrades Philippines

Transforming an
Ordinary SilverStone
casing to a modded
Carbon Fiber Case
Carbon Fiber is one of the hottest topics in the TipidPC
forums. Silverstone was so gracious to give us an original
casing for us to DIY. TipidPC editors were challenged as to
how to make the Silverstone better looking than it already
was. We planned out a “mod” that would not in any way alter
the structure of the Silverstone case, so we thought about
“carbon-fiber” adhesive covers.

This was a good way to add excitement and color to a casing


instead of the usual black or silver trim. Here’s how to properly
do it:

The Original
SilverStone
Casing

1 Take out all the parts that will not be


covered; USB/Audio ports, buttons 2 This is the front cover of the
Silverstone precision PS-05 series.
It will be a little difficult to apply the
3 These are the bay covers for the
drives. We will apply carbon fiber
adhesive on them to give it that “two-
and LED lights
sticker along the edges so we will tone” look
avoid covering them

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4 This is the side panel where the


motherboard tray is located. This is
a good surface to cover because it is
5 The windowed panel is one of the
more difficult areas to cover because
of the cut middle section and rounded
6 The top panel has the most
complicated surface area so it is best
to avoid covering the contours like the
flat corners segmented sides

Carefully peel off the carbon fiber


7 Start by measuring the amount of
sticker base to be used on each
component of the casing. Let’s cover
8 Leave an allowance of at least ¼-inch
on the edges of the sticker base
to ensure that all surfaces will be
9 sticker by using a cutter until the
adhesive side is completely separated
the flat side panel first covered from the wax backing

Start applying the sticker on one


10 Before applying the sticker, spray
the adhesive surface with diluted
shampoo. In case you make a
11 edge to make sure it is squared
onto the panel
12 Carefully stick on the carbon
fiber adhesive using a squeegee
or an old credit card to make
mistake in positioning, the slick sure that no shampoo and air is
surface prevents the sticker trapped between the sticker and
from completely attaching to the the panel and no bubbles will
panel and will allow you to make form on the surface
corrections easier

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Use your fingers for the shaped


13 Use the tip of a brush to iron out
the edges and conform to the 14 edges 15 Use a hair blower to shape the
sticker and follow the form of the
edges. Be careful to use only
shape of the panel
medium heat. Do this for all the
corners of the panel

After cutting, press down gently


16 For the side panel, make sure
there is allowance at the edges
to completely cover the window
17 Cover the front panel completely
and cut away excess sticker
especially for the ports and bay
18 and evenly on the sticker so that it
will not come off easily
cut covers

19 Use a stencil knife to cut out


intricately shaped parts of the
panel
20 Measure and cut enough sticker
material for the bay covers but
leave some allowance. This
21 Re-attach the bay covers and all
the other parts to reassemble the
case - Done! Kick-azz Carbon
should be the easiest part to apply Fiber Case
because it is small and flat

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SilverStone Power Supply is exclusively provided by:


PSU Acrylic Conversion Silverstone Technology Col , LTD thru Fine Upgrades Philippines

Converting a regular
Silverstone PSU to
Acrylic PSU

B
y using a Silverstone power supply unit, we
transformed an ordinary looking power sup-
ply to a more pleasing piece of equipment by
encasing it in acrylic. It is important to note,
though that doing such a modification may actually
void the warranty that comes with the unit if modded
within the warranty period so be careful. You should
also understand whether this type of modification is for
you because once it’s done, the changes are perma-
nent.

Silverstone gave TPC special permission for us to be


able to tinker around with their PSU for the benefit of
our readers’ enjoyment. Here’s how to turn that drab,
old PSU into an acrylic Silverstone PSU

1 The power supply fresh from the


box. 2 The side with the warranty seal to re-
mind us the warranty will be void as
soon as we remove the original cover.
3 The part with the brand label and
specifications

4 Comparing the acrylic material to


the original metal cover which it will 5 We now loosen the four screws
around the edges of the cover 6 We then remove the fan with the grill
and transfer it to the acrylic cover.
replace.

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7 With the new acrylic cover ready, we


compare it to the metal cover. 8 Since the fan location is a little bit off-
center we made sure it is in its proper
place. Then we traced the fanhole
9 Now its time to cut the hole. We can
use either a rotary tool with router at-
tachments or diamond cutting disk or
to the acrylic cover. We then make a jigsaw with fine-tooth blade.
used of the grill as template using the
traced pattern as refference.

After cutting the hole, a little fil-


10 ing and sanding would make the
edges smooth.Then with the use
11 Assemble the cover and fan in
this sequence: Fangrill acrylic
cover then fan. Place the fan
12 Secure 2 pieces of narrow -cut
strips of double adhesive tape
long enough to reach both ends
of the power drill with the 6mm screws on each of the fangrills of each sides of the acrylic cover.
bolt we bore the holes for the screw holes then tighten.
fanscrews.And the acrylic cover
screws.

Then put the cover to its


13 Check the fanscrew area for
cracks. 14 proper orientation.Stick the
double adhesive to the met-
The Finish Silverstone
PSU ACRYLIC

al frame and put the four


mounting screws of the
acrylic cover.

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SilverStone Power Supply is exclusively provided by:


PSU Wire Sleeving Silverstone Technology Col , LTD thru Fine Upgrades Philippines

Proper wire sleeving of


Silverstone PSU
Here we illustrate using a Silverstone brand power sup-
ply unit how to properly “sleeve” wires. It’s not enough
that you have a fancy looking rig, it also pays to bun-
dle your wires neatly for that extra sleek look! For PC-
modders who want to make their wiring look neat when
looking into the PC casing, Here’s how it’s done:

Tools we use:
4 Pin Molex Removal Tool.
A special improvised tool
used mainly for removing
pins of both female and
male IDE Power connectors

Precision Flat Screw Driver.


This is used for removing
pins of ATX Connectors

1 The Silverstone 500W without the


sleeve and the sleeving kit from Fine 2 Upon opening the package, this is
how the Silverstone 500W looks like 3 The actual appearance of the Power
supply when taken out of the packag-
ing
Upgrades

4
The wires are composed of; 1-24pin
ATX, dual 6-pin PCI connectors,
1-8pin EPS 12 connector, 2- triple
5 First, we sleeve the 5-pin SATA
cable. 6 Make a sketch of all the connectors
and take note of the color of the wiring
so as not to get confused when the
SATA connector, 2-triple 4-pin IDE bundle is assembled and sleeved.
connector and single floppy connec-
tors which we will bundle by using
sleeves.

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D.I.Y PSU WIRE SLEEVING

Measure the wires to get the exact


7 Start removing the cover of the SATA
connector and take out the wires one
by one.
8 size of the sleeve needed. 9 Cut just the right length of sleeve
needed for the wires.

10 Expand the sleeves and insert the


wires until they reach the other
end.
11 Prepare the shrink tube to be
used to secure the sleeves. 12 Cut just the right length of shrink-
able tube for both ends of the
sleeve.

Attach the connectors according


13 Insert the sleeve into the shrink-
able tube and position it on both
ends of the sleeves.
14 to the sketch made at the begin-
ning of the process.
15 Make sure that all the connec-
tors are attached properly.

Heat the shrinkable tubes using


17 Neatly arrange the sleeves and
shrinkable tube. 18 a lighter or blower to secure the
sleeves in position.
19 Repeat the process for every
piece of wiring of the power
supply until all are covered
in sleeves.

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Holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from UST batch 1986. Presently working as business unit manager at an
American based company specializing in process chemicals and equipments in an industrial set-up.
HOME MADE PROJECTOR A Hobbyist with interest in electronics related to audio-video ,personal computer hardware, peripherals and also
software mostly related to audio-video editing. Started out as TPC member on 2002 . Became an overclocker fan for
By: Rogel Naval a.k.a. Hertzblaster some time until 2003 when I became interested with diy projector.

LCD PROJECTOR
FOR HOME
VIEWING AND
GAMING WITH
100 INCH SCREEN
SIZE
Led Projector Inside Complete Led Projector

How it works?

I t all started out using a phased out


projection panel which originally cost
more than 100,000 pesos in the late 90’s.
These projectors were mainly used for pre-
sentation or non-moving image and usu-
ally used by large and rich companies only.
It is LCD in an enclosure and put on top
of the overhead projector, power it up and
you will see a large projected image using
pc as the image source. The quality of LCD
or projection panel is very poor for movie
Led 100w 7 inches LCD Led 100w 7 inches LCD
or moving images . Early 2000 came the
proliferation of 15 inch high quality xga lcd
which cost around 15t-20t pesos then.

It was the golden years for people involved


in diy projector globally and all builders
are crazily buying new 15 inch lcd like
myself to be used as projector using the
Overhead projector set-up as the starting
point. It was easy. Just strip down the diy
compatible LCD monitor and put it on top
of the overhead projector and replace the
bulb with high wattage metal halide bulb.
You will experience a big screen format
that you have never experienced before
in the comfort of your own home. It didn’t 15 inch xga LCD 250w bulb HD 15.4 inch LCD 250w bulb
hurt as well that it earned you a lot of “pogi”
points from your friends and relatives alike.

Sample of projection panel 15 inch xga LCD 250w bulb 15 inch xga LCD 250w bulb

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With the price of commercial projectors going down, I myself started to become aware of the electric
the number of DIY builders started moving away ity bills I paid every month. I spend less and less
slowly from building their own projectors. hours watching in my projector. I tried to find a DIY-Projector-
lesser wattage high lumens bulb but to no avail.
I also stopped this hobby when last 2007, my 8.4 Some people still continued to visit and post in Advance Mode
inch lcd broke. I then bought a used Infocus X1 pro- my thread at tipidpc and they are posting about
jector worth 15k php and was contented with it, but the advancement in LED technology, specially the Builders enjoyed the benefits of low cost
not for long. The bulb’s cost and repair scared me. pocket size LED projector. build and cheap bulb while enjoying
I have to consciously watch the hour usage of the high definition moving images in large
screen. But as builders knowledge in
projector every time I use it. I got fed up with this sys- I became interested again and search for high lu- diy projector progress, we became
tem. I wasn’t comfortable with worrying the number mens LED. I found them in China, one consumes aware of the major limitation of diy pro-
jector
of running hours left for the bulb 100watts and emits 7000-10,000 lumens which
are mainly used for street lighting in rich countries. 1.Brightness is not comparable to com-
I sold it for 12k pesos after less than 3 months. My first led projector came about last July 2010 mercial projector.Main problem was the
big bulb arc that we used compared
and I am happy to commercial projector bulb. Basis of
Then I started to make serious effort to improve the Still, as the big LED emitting area is not optimum comparison then was the famous Info-
cus x1 which are both good for mov-
diy projector. Successfully found a supplier for small for DIY projector. I am now doing some research ies and presentation and cost $1000
bulb arc and lenses in China at a reasonable price.. and searching for suppliers for customized LED in year 2004 while diy projector budget
Then, I finally found a good source of 7 inch wi- design including its driver ,. As of now, the LED was $500.
descreen lcds. I completed all the parts sourcing commercial projector that can project 100 inch 2. Diy projector size becomes annoying-
last Oct 2008. Now, the diy projector brightness image with good brightness can cost more than Small size lcd, at least with svga resolu-
tion was hard to come by.
is comparable to commercial projector brightness. 100t pesos.
Sounds like an easy task right? Well it isn’t. In fact, 3. Heat and noise is becoming annoying
I got scammed over so many times it wasn’t funny Major parts especially the led and lens are not lo- also- We are using 250-400w bulb HQI-
Bulb. A very strong fan is needed to dis-
anymore. However, my determination to learn the cally available. I found Fresnel lens at Rialto Ave- sipate the heat in the box to protect the
trade, and improve my projector still got the best of nida but at a very stiff price and are intended for lcd thus creating a lot of noise.
me. Year 2009, I guess more than 100 people suc- overhead projectors only. Condenser lens can be 4. Very difficult to source correct lens
cessfully built a diy projector. found at Hidalgo Quiapo but then again at a very for optimum projector design. Lens are
high price. Old ohp parts can be used for 15 -10 mostly available from used overhead
projector.
Here comes the issue of high electricity cost here in inch lcd but need to replace the light source. Used
the Philippines in the early parts of 2010. DIY projec- OHP can be source at different surplus stores like
tor bulb uses 250w generic HSD bulbs. HMR in Mandaluyong.

My first home made projector – Year 2004 using AUO 8.4 inch lcd 800x600

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Improved box design Sizing it up

As of Oct 2010, WORK IN PROGRESS – LED emitting area redesign


with China Supplier. And for those of you who are interested, here is the
simple guide and parts needed to successfully build your own projector.

Requirements
1. Knowledge in basic /elementary electricity and electronics is
important.
2. A good skill in carpentry is very important as well. I guess a high
school student can build this project.
3. Correct tools- lessen the time to build
4. Safety awareness – self -explanatory. Avoid shortcuts.
5. Patience- everybody has this but needs to be practiced.

BUILDING YOUR OWN PROJECTOR


A. PARTS NEEDED
1. PROJECTION Triplet LENS – Magnify the image from the lcd.
2. Field Fresnel lens- Converge the lighted image from the lcd to the
projection lens
3. LCD- recommended size is 4-15 inches. DIy compatible. At least
640x480 resolution. At least with vga input.
4. Collimating Fresnel lens- Collect s the light from the light source and
create light rays perpendicular to the lcd. A. BUILDING GUIDE
5.Condenser lens- gathers light from the source and concentrate the The idea is to install all parts in an enclosure with correct spacing and
light effectively to collimating Fresnel. alignment ( perfectly straight ,center to center and at right angles .) Your
6. Bulb/led- light source of very high lumen output, high color tempera- basis for the spacing would be the lens’ focal length. There is no specific
ture formula, so you would need to do with a trial-and-error test to get the
7. Reflector ( for bulb only) - makes useful wasted light from the bulb. optimal spacing.
8. Fans- cools down the lcd and the enclosure
9. Ballast, capacitor and ignitor for bulb controls power delivered to The biggest challenge for the builder is how to mount all the parts together.
the bulb This where the builders’ common sense, creativity, resourcefulness and
10. LED driver- Constant current. Controls power delivered to the led patience will be tested.
11. 12volts DC power supply for LCD and fan One other important thing you would need to know is how to take care of
each parts. These are very fragile and being careful would save you time
and money from the damages.

PARTS SPACING
1. Projection Triplet lens has a specified focal length. It
focuses on the LCD. If the focal length is 265mm, then the
distance between the lcd and projection lens is 265mm.
2. Field Fresnel lens or front Fresnel lens has a specified
focal length. This focuses on the projection lens. If the field
Fresnel lens has a focal length of 220mm, then the distance
between the projection lens and the field Fresnel is also
220mm.
3. LCD to front Fresnel distances should be at least ¼ inch or

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Advantages of LED over bulb You can also visit my website and
check out the step by step guide. I’m
1. Low power cost still trying hard to document the step
2. Less heat .Less fan power, less fan noise and prolongs by step build process in a very de-
lcd life. tailed and well- presented manner for
3. Lightweight. No more heavy ballast newbies to easily follow. Check out
4. Projector size became smaller other builder’s work and creativity.
5. Better color temperature and improve image contrast
and color 6.50,000 hours at least LED life. No more
worries on bulb life…………… Happy building!
7. Safer to build as no worry of bulb exploding.

Disadvantages
Links and reference
1. Bigger arc than HSD bulb and hence image sharpness
www.alinbox.com
it is too close, you will see the groove rings of the and brightness is not as good as using HSD bulb
www.lumenlab.com
Fresnel lens in the projected image. Fresnel lens is a 2. Higher initial cost.
http://z6.invisionfree.com/diyprojec-
thin flat acrylic with concentric grooved rings. torphils/index.php?act=idx
4. LCD to Collimating Fresnel lens distance is 1 inch. http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/diy-
Distance is standard just to allow for cooling purposes. 2. Bulb life- with the advent of led, led in DIY projec projectors/
tor has much longer life. http://diyprojectorkits.com/
5. Collimating lens to light source distance is dictated by 3. Electricty cost- you can use as low as 80w led
the focal length of collimating lens. If the focal length of compared to 150-200w bulb from commercial projector
collimating lens is 120mm, then the distance between the 4. Total cost- diy is cheaper.About 16t for DIY and
light source and the collimating lens is 120mm. 23t for commercial branded projector
5. Image quality- debatable. Depends on quality
This is a simple guide. Know the focal length of the lens and of LCD for diy
you will know the spacing between the parts. Install all the 6. Brightness- commercial projector is brighter.
parts in the correct position (straight, at right angles and all 7. Repairs and maintenance - 100% in favour DIY
parts are aligned from center to center ), power the light 8. Portability- commercial still smaller
source and you will see very good results . 9. Noise – favors DIY using led
10. Heat- favors DIY Projector using led
Present day comparison between DIY LED projector and 11. Electricity cost- in favour of DIY led projector
commercial projector using bulb (commercial projector 12. Zoom lens -100% favors commercial projector.
using LED as of now is better.beyond the reach of many No zoom lens for DIY Projector
people) 13. Evenness of light distribution- commercial
Projector is better.
1. Bulb cost- diy is cheaper for the bulb or LED

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Mouse IR LED Replacement


By: Omar Mandawe a.k.a sledge

n optical mouse is one of the most

A important components of a good


gaming rig. Some of us spend lots of
cash trying to get the best one for gaming. An
expensive gaming rig is nothing more than a
brick without a mouse! It’s simple as that…
So here’s the catch!

Scenario number 1. While enjoying your


game your mouse suddenly goes crazy! (Cur-
sor is moving like a wild dog, out of control or
may not move at all). Most probably there is
something wrong with the LED emitter.

1 2

Step 1: Step 2:
Open up the mouse by removing screws from the Look for the LED transmitter on the board. Usually
bottom and remove the screw holding its circuit board it’s a 3mm clear white transparent LED type. Then,
from its casing using the precision screw drivers. use the soldering iron to remove the LED from its
circuit board. Be careful not to damage any other
Step 3: components from the circuit board. Usually they are
Get your donor remote control and put some bat- very small and can be damaged very easily.
teries on it. Using the multi-meter tester set to DC
mode. Check if the batteries are still working. 3.3

Scenario number 2: So you have a mouse 3.1

that is working perfectly but the light coming


from the bottom is bothering you, and you
want to get rid of the light without throwing
away the mouse!

Here’s what you need to fix the problem for both

scenarios: Now, get your mobile phone and set it to camera mode. Point
the emitter side of the remote control towards your mobile
1. The mouse
phone’s camera while pressing a button from the remote
2. Donor IR remote control unit (damaged/broken 3.2 control to confirm if the IR emitter is working.

remote controls with working LED transmitter


Mobile phones with cameras are good in detecting IR
from old household appliances). Or, purchase an light imitations. If the IR emitter is still working you will observe
a blinking light emitted from the transmitter end of the remote
IR LED emitter from electronics store.
control.
3. Soldering iron and soldering led.
If the donor remote control emitter fails to work, try finding oth-
4. Precision screw drivers. er donor remote controls or purchase an IR LED emitter. Open
5. Mobile white camera! up the donor remote control and locate the IR LED transmitter.
Trust me on this one, it’s probably the only LED component
6. Multi-meter tester (Optional) sticking out of the circuit board. Again, using the soldering iron
carefully remove the IR transmitter from its circuit board.

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4.1 4.3

4.2

Step 4: Step 5:
Get the IR LED and try your best to mimic the orientation of the original LED to have the proper alignment and The moment of truth! Connect the mouse to the rig.
the proper polarity for the IR LED to work. Now, carefully solder the terminals of the IR LED to the circuit board. Again, using your mobile phone’s camera confirm if
Alignment is important because it affects the sensitivity of the sensor. the IR LED is working.

Now, using your mobile phone check again if the IR LED is working! Put the mouse back together again! Check if the cursor is
Note: In the event that you don’t observe the IR working as intended! If it does, Congratulations! You’ve just pimped your mouse IR system!
LED to be working at all using the mobile phone,
need not to worry, try removing the IR LED and A myth from gamers say that modding the mouse to IR system gives a feeling of improved sensitivity, reflex and response time for
change its terminal orientation to correct its polar- intense gaming experience! My seven-year old son says the modified mouse reacts faster and is more sensitive compared to the
standard mouse he is using. He is a first person shooter gamer slash addict. He is currently playing Call of Duty BLACK OPS…
ity! Too bad he can’t do a review… Enjoy playing with your newly pimped IR system mouse!

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Make your own Aquarium PC

E
By: Rod Bier aka Cham_e_lyon

ver since the renovation in our Makati Office started, I can’t seem to
figure out what design we would use for the counter at the reception
area. Definitely, a simple counter will not cut it. We need
something to impress visitors just in case we cannot af-
ford to hire a pretty, intelligent, always smiling lady to staff
the front desk. I’m currently in the job site and trying to
compose myself - took a deep breath, exhaled and enter plane of clarity...
uh-hmmm. Nah, didn’t work. It’s really hard to concentrate and pull out any
creative thoughts if you’re in a work place and the only time people would
open their mouth is when to ask you have to buy and spend for this and
that. Expenses are getting out of hand and if I probably paste all the receipts
that has been piling up, I bet it would be enough to cover 2 king size beds.

Is our desire for a regal reception counter now dashed by financial con-
straint? I refuse. Maybe in the process we may have overreached way
beyond our limitation. Maybe instead of impressing all we need is just to
get visitors or onlookers curious. I think I might just have the answer and
crossed my fingers that Master cham_e_lyon (cham) would be up for the
task. I asked cham if he can make an Aquarium PC, he said yes without bat-
ting an eyelash and like some mad scientist, quickly scribbled a list of things
we would need. After an hour he came back and presented the concept
aquarium pc. Today, the Aquarium PC isn’t as novel back then. I’ve seen
one in the internet back in early 2000’s, but never actually got to see one
up close. I guess so too for many of our members. Let the magic hands of
master cham show how its done. - ReB

Case Construction
The Design Template

Step 1: Step 2: Step 3:


First we had to determine how big the aquarium
should be. All the plans were put on paper until we After receiving the laser cut parts, we tested the fit We assembled the rear panel and PCI panels,
came up with a final design. Initially we thought about and saw that it needed some sanding because the Then the bottom panel with the motherboard tray
doing it entirely by hand but we decide that would be fit was tight attached
time consuming and agreed to have the case laser
cut. The design was laid out in Corel then emailed
to the supplier

Step 4: Step 5: Step 6:


The front panel was also a tight fit and required The case is nearly complete…wait, that’s not right? This is the critical part—making sure that the joints are
some sanding for a better fit The placement of the PCI plate is all wrong so we secure and structurally sound. We had to use MC so-
had to take it apart and put it back together again! lution which is strong, and easily bonds, and vaporiz-
es quickly. The next adhesive was Plexi Bond cement
for its sealant and viscosity. Lastly, silicone sealant for
leak-proofing.

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Parts Testing

Step 7: Step 8: Step 9:


Using the power supply tester, we checked for de- We checked the conductivity of the oil and the Next, we checked for a reaction between the ca-
fects. We needed the power supply to work and to LED indicator did not light up. This was because pacitor and plastic connectors, and the oil used.
test the conductivity of the oil the oil did not have direct contact with the posi- After a week, there was no change
tive line of the power supply unit

Assembling the Aquarium PC

Step 10: Step 11: Step 12:


The PC parts were attached to the acrylic mother In the middle of the process, we decided to alter The wires of the power supply unit were encased
board tray the design and agreed to put a motherboard port in black split loom to avoid clutter.
plate to give the illusion that the motherboard was
afloat in the liquid

Step 13: Step 14: Step 15:


A new top panel was also made for the attachment We tried to insert the motherboard tray but it did We tried aligning the motherboard rear plate and
of extension cables. This was also encased in split not fit so we had to trim it. After trimming, we had the top plate to ensure a proper fit
loom for the USB, power switches at power supply. to make sure the edges were sanded clean so as
This allowed for a more convenient way to connect not to contaminate the oil with acrylic dust
external peripherals. It’s just too bad that VGA male
to female extension cables are no longer available
in the market

Step 16: Step 17: Step 18:


After another attempt at inserting the motherboard We opened the top cover again and neatly arranged More oil was added and we replaced ordinary
tray, we turned on the pc and gradually filled the the cables to make it more pleasing fans with LED fans to make it more attractive
aquarium with oil

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Xtreme Modding
By: Rod Bier aka Cham_e_lyon

THE XTREAMER
CASE MODIFICATION
The Xtreamer is one good product with fantastic
capabilities but it has one downside--overheating.
This became apparent after using the Xtreamer for
an hour or longer. You can feel the casing heat up
caused by the 2-hard disks inside. In the forum,
there are varying opinions on how to cool the
Xtreamer.

We at the TPC LAB engineered a simple solution


and found a way to tackle this problem and here is
our version:

A Modded Xtreamer

Fig 1: Regular temp before turning it on


Fig 2: Temperature of 2 WD HDD on normal
modded after using it for 2hrs.
Fig 3: Temperature of 2 WD HDD when
we modded the item

Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3

Xtreamer Construction and Modification Materials used for modifications: CDR-king 3.5 hard disc drive cooler,
wire mesh, strip of wire,
bosny flat black spray paint

Step 1: Step 2: Step 3:


MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE JUST TO BE The Xtreamer case is made of thick, 2.5mm alumi- We use a rotary tool to complete the cutting of the
SURE! We planned to make a cut above the logo num which is why we drilled a series of holes the aluminum case
on one side going towards the other to make cutting easier with a rotary tool

Step 4: Step 5: Step 6:


Until the drilled case is finally cut, we can see the We smoothed out the cut edges using a metal file We found a suitable mesh from a scrap PC to comple-
railings inside which help ease the insertion of the and sand paper ment the Xtreamer case
hard disk which comes in contact with the SATA
connectors

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Step 7: Step 8: Step 9:
No special tools were used to bend the scrap mesh After bending the mesh, we had to find a way to A “tin-snip” was used to cut away both ends of the
into shape. At first it did not fit well so we repeated trim off the excess mesh so as not to cover the Xtreamer logo
the process until it was perfect

Step 10: Step 11: Step 12:


The mesh was colored with flat black paint. Sand Using the insulation from an old mouse cable, the Holes were also drilled at the bottom of the case
paper and water were used to remove the old edges of the mesh were covered for safety where there was no conflict with the internal
paint on the scrap mesh to allow the new paint to and aesthetics parts
evenly coat the surface

Step 13: Step 14: Step 15:


Because of the thickness of the aluminum, we had We purchased a hard disk cooler and a laptop The hard disk cooler fan was removed
difficulty cutting the middle portion. The edges were cooler
then sanded and filed

Step 16: Step 17:


The cooler bracket was also painted in flat black to The laptop cooler fan was replaced so that the
match the Xtreamer USB would be the power source and the entire A Finished Modded Xtreamer Product
assembly was attached to the bottom of the
Xtreamer for effective cooling.

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ACTIVE GAME
THREADS AT THE
FORUM

STARCRAFT 2
DEFENCE OF THE ANCIENTS
BATTLE FIELD BAD COMPANY
ALLIANCE OF VALIANT ARMS
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
GRAN TURISMO 5
HEROES OF NEWEARTH
GTA IV
NBA 2K11
MEDAL OF HONOR 2010
WORLD OF WARCRAFT
DEVIL MAY CRY 4
DRAGON AGE UNIVERSE
CROSSFIRE
CABAL ONLINE
COMPANY OF HEROES
CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS
NEED FOR SPEED SHIFT

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GAME CENTRAL

TRON 2011
By: Jonas Martinez a.k.a redwing000

I
t has been a number of years since TRON gamepad compatibility list of the game. Most of

had a game built out of the franchise, us that have experienced TRON previously will

TRON: Evolution was just released and it not be happy with the current game. It feels like

would seem to be the game that would continue it was not done properly, although their intentions

that TRON tradition. Unfortunately, the chang- to use the principles of parkour, capoeira for the

es that were instituted on this game makes it combat and the TRON 2.0 graphics just does not

a bit too platformy for everyone’s taste. TRON make up for how the game was done.

2.0 game was built from the monolith engine

and was a first person shooter. Don’t get me wrong, TRON: EVOLUTION are for

those who have experience with button mashing

TRON: EVOLUTION is a third person game and experience in playing Prince of Persia for

similar to Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia, the consoles, it is that confusing and for those

that combines wall walking (yes, you heard who were expecting something like the old TRON

me right, wall walking), grappling and a very game, nada. It is not for you.

confusing camera view when in the fighting Besides, the entire game itself is pretty linear,

scenes. At least Tomb Raider and Prince of with no optional objectives for extra things or side

Persia had a more polished game engine to adventures for extra experience, just follow the

go with it. TRON: EVOLUTION was designed arrow to get to the next level and button mash

as a prequel to the movie TRON: LEGACY, your way there.

and stars mostly the same characters that you It is that simple. One other thought, though, there

would find in the movie. You play as a face- are certain ways to do things to replenish your

less program affectionately called ‘Anon’ that life and replenish your disc powers. You need to

Kevin Flynn, the main character in the game find how it is done correctly otherwise, you can-

and the movie, sends to investigate a potential not use your special attack more than four times.

conspiracy in the world of TRON.

In retrospect, TRON:EVOLUTION was a badly

For the console version of the game, you use created game but the planning was done cor-

the game controller to control your character. rectly. It felt like this game was not made as a se-

A number of button combinations enable your quel but a re-introduction to a new TRON game.

character to do special attacks using four types If you are a hard core TRON fan, you will love this

of identity discs, the heavy disc, the bomb game, if not, you may see this game as a haphaz-

disc, the stasis disc and the corruption disc. ard collection of moves and gameplay that seems

to have come from other games.

While it is a good game by itself, the problem

is that it is not a good TRON game. Even for It is bad though because the neon coloring of

the PC game, you would need to use a game this TRON world was like made by someone who

pad just to be able to do certain things to ad- was color blind, with black and neon colors being

vance to the next objective. Another problem is used in majority of the scenes.

that most game pads will not work with TRON The light cycle parts of the game was good, but

and you may still need to do some research on short and personally, it did not make me smile, I

how to enable game pads that are not on the still found the TRON 2.0 light cycle parts much

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better planned than this. The tank scenes were your front and you forget that the enemy is to
horrible controller wise. It seems that just want- your left.
ing to turn left or right on the game pad confuses There are good things about TRON that merit
the tank when you are shooting. attention. The sad part is, they are so few that
When controlling Anon, the camera would not fol- you barely notice them compared to its’ bad
low the character, or at least where the character points. One of the things I liked about it is that
would face. This would seem like a decision not it’s the prequel to TRON: Legacy. You get to
done in the best of judgement. know what happens to Kevin Flynn at the start
This makes for a potentially frustrating gaming of the film. This makes up for the utterly plain
experience when you have 6 enemies going at color theme of black with neon (What’s up with
you from all directions and you cannot immedi- that?)
ately turn to who is shooting at you or see where I have to admit that I was disappointed big time
Anon is facing, specially in scenes where Anon with TRON:EVOLUTION. At the start I was ex-
need to solve a problem of going from where he cited to play a TRON game again until I started
is, to go to another level upwards and the only playing extensively. After that it became more
thing that is telling you this is an arrow pointing of a chore playing this game than anything
upwards. As else.
soon as you do “ It is bad though because the neon color-
the move that ing of this TRON world was like made by some- In the
you believe is one who was color blind, with black and neon end I
correct, Anon colors being used in majority of the scenes.” give this
is already fly- g a m e
ing through the air, the camera would then im- a low to fair rating. The gameplay was bad
mediately change views and more often than not, enough. Throw in the puzzles, the grappling
you miss the landing point and has to start over and the wall walking, and you get something
the puzzle again. that was designed for another game, maybe

Assasin’s Creed or Prince of Persia,but defi-


Another thing that I am quite annoyed in TRON is nitely not TRON. The disc battles were good,
that the camera seems to move when he is stand- however, the camera angles and the way they
ing still. It is like the camera has a mind of its own used the light cycle in the single player game
and you tend to keep on trying to move it back really lame. In fact, you can complete the light
to the position where you want it to be specially cycle scenes half asleep. The tank scenes are
if you need to take a look at where you are sup- just horrible, and they still haunt me till now
posed to jump so that you are aligned with the Just imagine shooting down a cargo plane with
landing point. the tank cannon. How unimaginative. The con-

trols of the tank make me cringe.


When Anon fights the orange colored kernels and

the yellow colored infected, you need to manu- All in all, it was a badly done game. If only it
ally aim to where you want to shoot the disc even was not a TRON game with multiplayer gaming
when you are facing another way. Although this capabilities, then I would never buy this. TRON
makes for an entertaining way to do combat, it 2.0 was absolutely better, gameplay wise, than
is hardly entertaining to fire a special attack to this one

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GAME CENTRAL

MEDAL OF HONOR 2010


By: Ariz Cabiaz a.k.a Incubus_boy08

A
t last, after 3 years of waiting, a reboot of On all of the missions you either have a buddy or a
the franchise was released. Let’s see if team. You get different assistance from your buddies
the new Medal of Honor 2010 is worth the aside killing Taliban forces. One is the buddy boost
years of waiting in which your teammate helps you to reach a certain
area.
INTRODUCTION
Gamers who are fans of first person shooter games
wouldn’t forget Electronic Arts’ Medal of Honor series. Another one is that you can request ammo from any
It’s a multi-platform game which originally debuted of your team members as long as the weapon you
on the Playstation back in the year 1999. As far as want to request ammo for is from your team. You can
the Medal of Honor franchise is concerned, I have pick-up the rifles of the enemy but you can’t request
played the Playstation releases (Medal of Honor and ammo for it.
Medal of Honor: Underground) and the ones released
on PC (Allied Assault, Spearhead, Breakthrough, Pa- The realism that you will feel on this game was very
cific Assault and Airborne). All of them took place in good as far as other shooters are concerned. Com-
the World War II era. I was surprised when Electronic munication with your team mate is also excellent. I
Arts decided to give the franchise a reboot and make never played a shooter like this before wherein the
it fall on a modern day setting. clues on getting on your next move will always be
showed right in your face. I mean, you must use your
The game’s developer Danger Close and DICE prob- listening comprehension to follow an order which
ably felt the impact made by fellow FPS franchise again adds up to promoting team work and makes
Call of Duty and decided to call it a modern day FPS you feel that you and your team were on a real
competition. The last MOH release was MOH: Air- military mission. This campaign is not for those who
borne back in 2007. I thought EA has left this game wanted to go always on solo like Rambo would.
in the dark and chose its other game Battlefield: Bad
Company 2 as their entry to the modern day FPS
battle. But my thoughts were wrong and here is the I commend EA for creating such an interest-
game, alive and kicking. I felt the excitement to play ing storyline such as they did on Battlefield: Bad
this game after years of being clueless if this game Company 2. While playing the game, you will have
will be resurrected. Let’s get straight into the game the feeling that you are playing more of a true to life
itself. Hua..! Hua..! story rather than fiction based. Well that is because
this campaign is based on real-life military Operation
Anaconda back in 2002 in Afghanistan. Towards the
A little trivia: Did you know that the first Medal of Honor end of the campaign, you will feel the value of broth-
storyline was created by the legend producer/director erhood that military men always show to each other.
Steven Spielberg. Also, when Medal of Honor 2010 was The disappointing thing is the campaign is short. You
released, a book of the same title was released written by can finish it in about 4-6 hours depending on the dif-
famous gulf war survivor turned novelist Chris Ryan. It ficulty and your experience with shooters. I hope EA
covers the back story of the game. made it a little longer.

Graphics and effects were also good on this one


THE GAME given that it uses two of the very remarkable game
The game is developed by Danger Close (EA Los engines. Lighting and textures were also great.
Angeles) and DICE (EA Digital Illusions CE) and pub-
lished by Electronic Arts. Looking at the picture used Realistic settings makes the character able to shatter
for the disc cover, this one is not like our ordinary glasses, break woods, heck even shoot and destroy
Medal of Honor game. walls. Well, not all walls, but at least there are some
that you could tear down if you want to.
There are two game engines used in the game. The
single player campaign used a modified version of Weapons were nice. There are lots of weapons used
Unreal Engine 3 and the multiplayer mode uses the depending on the mission. My personal favorite was
The multiplayer mode is where Medal of Honor
Frostbite game engine. The Frostbite (used also on the Dusty and Deuce’s sniper mission on the moun-
shines. It borrows it’s sister game’s Frostbite engine.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2) game engine requires tains. Altough violent, I love how the enemies’ heads
I wonder why EA did that but whatever the reason of
more powerful hardware than the Unreal game pop off when you have a headshot. We also got
using different game engines on single and multiplay-
engine. So if you’re planning to go multiplayer online, nightvision goggles for dark areas, optical markers
er mode,they still did a good job. At first, multiplayer
you might want to consider first the recommended for support strike and many more arsenal of modern
felt that it was a Call of Duty clone but it wasn’t.
system requirements in order to play the game at its weaponry. One thing that bothers me is the pistol
optimal performance. A system with a dual-core CPU, ammo. It was infinite! How in the world can you carry
There are only 3 classes namely rifleman, special
2GB of RAM and at least an Nvidia 9800GT graphics infinite ammunition?
ops and sniper. Each class has it’s own set of weap-
card will give you good frames at 1280x1024 resolu- ons. You can choose between two teams, OPFOR
tions. Cinematics were nothing new but it makes the whole
and Coalition. OPFOR being the Taliban like team
The single player campaign gave me the experience campaign much appealing to the player.
and Coalition for the Tier1 Ops. Currently there are 8
of what an elite Tier1 Ops job is. The game focuses maps and 4 multiplayer modes to choose from. Apart
on teamwork and team play. For more than half of When you finish the single player campaign, Tier
from the great graphics, this time almost all things in
the campaign, I am switching roles between two ops 1 mode will be unlocked. Well to sum it up, Tier 1
the environment are destructible too.
codenamed “Rabbit” and “Deuce.” For the rest of the mode is just a replay of the campaign mode with a
game, I’m also switching characters namely Dante little twist. It’s much more difficult and there are no
The gun and environment sounds were never com-
Adams, an army Ranger and Apache pilot Capt. Brad checkpoints. When you die, you will start over again
promised as they sounded almost real you will feel
Hawkins. Most of the story happens on the Afghan on the level that you are in. The goal of the mode is
like that you are in a real warzone. Explosions sound
mountains. to finish the level as fast as possible

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big. You can also hear other player’s characters game Bad Company 2, I think it’s not a copycat of the
speak as they play along. game nor Call of Duty Modern Warfare series clone.
It has it’s own identity which makes tha game unique
compared to other shooters, brotherhood and team-
One of the main difference of this game and COD work that reaches even with strangers. Multiplayer
is it’s way of rewarding players on their way up to is awesome. Realism is second to none. I just hope
the rank. As players rank up, they can have more that on the next MOH franchise, EA will put more at-
customization on their weapons and skins but no ad- tention to realistic events such as destructible things,
ditional rewards that can alter their physical combat finite pistol ammo, etc. I love playing the multiplayer
aspects such as longer life, more armor, faster mode since it all boils down to the skills. At first, I had
running and the like. Personally, I find that way much a hard time getting used to the game but after playing
better since in the end, it will all be pure skills rather several hours, I really enjoyed it. I just hope that EA
than relying on the invincibility of your character. will pay attention to cheaters and hackers that can
Once again, that adds up to the realism of the game. spoil the game and also for future expansions and
Thank god they chose not to produce bionic soldiers maps. This way, Medal of Honor can continue on to
playing on the game. be played worldwide.

CONCLUSION
Well I was surprised with this Medal of Honor reboot.
It was bundled with a short but very great storyline.
Not bad at all. Getting experience from its sister
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PS3 GAME REVIEWS GOD OF WAR III
each is a must to efficiently defeat them.
R emember the rusty-but-trusty Blades of
Chaos? After the defeat of Ares, it was re-
placed with a nearly identical pair, the glow- If you have created a combo for the Blades of Cha-
ing-red-when-fully-upgraded Blades of Athena. os, or even the Blades of Athena early on, you’ll
Now that he’s on the third and last installment on have to recreate them from scratch as God of War
the PlayStation platform, revenge would not be any III lets Kratos use the Blades of Exile in conjunction
sweeter without the newly designed yet still familiar with other blade-chain-forearm orientated weap-
blades, the Blades of Exile. ons. to add more fury to what seems to be more
than enough blood and gore, thanks to the switch-
“In the end, there will be only chaos.” - Kratos on-demand system. The D-pad contains all four pri-
mary slaughter tools ready for disposal on a single
Yes. Kratos is back still as the God of War in SCE press. To add more action, each has its own magic.
Santa Monica’s God of War III. This time, he carries Overall, the weapon system caters to new levels of
DEVELOPER: Santa Monica Studio/Sony Computer with him the rage of revenge. the hack-and-slash genre. Need I say more?
Entertainment
Just like the previous God of War games released Throughout the game, Kratos will pass awe-inspir-
for the PlayStation 2, challenging mini games (but- ing locations, including the heart of Gaia, the Pit
GAMEPLAY: [9.5] ton-executions) during boss fights are still present, of Tartarus, and the Realm of Hades. In his quest
Ever-challenging gameplay ensures the game is never and mind-boggling puzzles and complex contrap- to kill his father, Zeus, he will cross various gods,
boring even after 10 tries on a boss fight tions to advance to levels that are brilliantly jaw- goddesses, and famous Greek people. Stunning
dropping are still a challenge to complete. Throw in cinematics in between cut scenes will help explain
STORYLINE: [10.0] goddesses in bikinis if not at all nude and you can the story behind what drives the Spartan god.
Greek Mythology applied in GOW is award-winning break away from all the action-packed chaos. And
what made the series a smash hit is its storyline, Playtime is short, but every minute played is well
GRAPHICS: [9.5] written almost as exactly as history books state with worth the cost. And besides, once the game is fin-
Robust yet still elegant Kratos as one of the exceptions. ished, the very hard mode will be available and the
Challenge mode will be more than inviting. There,
SOUND: [9.0]
A new set of weapons is introduced, you can test whatever you have mastered and see
Immersive in almost every part of the game
though some were retained, like the if you are up to the challenge.
ones collected from God of War II like If you are seeking for a fast-paced hack-and-slash
the Icarus Wings and Bow of Apollo. that packs action and gore, join Kratos as he
New weapons are acquired after finish- quenches his thirst for revenge and be blown by
REVIEWED AND
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ing off a god, or a demigod in Hercu- the mythology behind the story. God of War III is
Albert two Ingreso les’ case. Though this time, weapons
a.k.a. alberttwomi have their strengths and weaknesses definitely a must-have for your PlayStation 3.
against specific enemies so mastering

RED DEAD REDEMPTION


O pen-world games that allow free-roaming on
a highly interactive world are always among
interesting scenery, but random events that make the
game feel alive and real, like duels just at sundown,
the best game investments as they equal to hun- bandits robbing a carriage or terrorizing a townsfolk,
dreds of hours of fun. The genre blurs the comple- or just a wild bear encounter. These activities may help
tion point as there is enjoyably none, and where break the boredom from the main storyline missions,
missions can be completed a little later if exploring which I doubt would occur.
the vast world is your idea to break the boredom
brought about by the storyline tasks. Fun mini games are also squeezed in the game aside
from Marston’s quest, which include a chance to play
Red Dead Redemption from known developer, poker. In some cases break wild horses and herd
Rockstar Games, brings the open-world platform stampeding cattle, and tear down wanted posters in
to a higher level. From the streets of Grand Theft town and hunt down outlaws – all of which are only
Auto’s Liberty City, Rockstar takes us to a highly- a few things available to keep you busy while horse-
interactive western setting where horses are the galloping around the western wild. DEVELOPER: Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar North/
only known mode of convenient transportation, and Rockstar Games
where boots and spurs do cowboys justice. Red Dead Redemption, like the previous GTA games,
GAMEPLAY: [10.0]
offers fun and entertainment by the bucketload. It is Excellent in the sense that every element in the
Building on the success of what seemed to be a an almost complete game in every sense. Its open game contributes to something that equates to fun
solid sandbox game, Rockstar made Red Dead Re- world setting will immerse you for hours, plus the at-
demption a game that keeps on giving. tention to detail to every element makes it come to life. STORYLINE: [9.0]
Online multiplayer even multiplies the experience by There’s not much to the plot, but side missions make
The story of Red Dead Redemption revolves a hundred laughs and smiles. Red Dead Redemption it interesting nonetheless
around a deeply flawed protagonist, John Marston. is a must-have PS3 game, be it for the curious kids at
In search for a man, Marston travels to the lawless, home, or for the adventurous elderly. GRAPHICS: [9.0]
savage yet awe-inspiring town of Armadillo. During Graphics may not be the best, but the detail in a vast
the train ride, Marston eavesdrops on fellow pas- open world setting is enough compensation
sengers for a little background of the town, then
finally explores Armadillo in the middle of the vast SOUND: [8.5]
desert right after setting off the train. Soundtrack is good overall, sound effects are better
(like the pianist in the opening of the game)
The western setting of the game offers eye-candy
everywhere you pan the camera at - cactus-filled MULTIPLAYER: [10.0]
plains, smooth-sweeping sand dunes, and moun- Online play allows a lot to do for players, endless
technically
tain-peaks just a little below a good afternoon
sunset. And what awaits you in every area of the
vast sandbox is not just the relaxing and somewhat

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NBA 2K11
Y ear after improvements make an incredible
sports game. Rosters are traded here and
pects of the game: player models receive more
contrast, light details, and more fit jerseys (yes,
there, and some coach switch teams in a year. no floating jerseys and black spaces in-between);
Annually, roster and team updates are a must. Well, seamless transition on the dribbling system thanks
a must maybe some years ago. to the new Iso-Motion Dribbling Control and Dy-
namic Shot Control for all the shot-types imagin-
The staggering amount of work put in the NBA 2K able for the creative shooter.
series made it the best multi-platform basketball
game in the past 3 years. Updates were not limited The cover tells us what’s more in store for us in the
to only the rosters and teams, but added features game The highlight of 2K11 is the added Jordan
make its yearly release quite interesting includ- Challenge - reenacting the legendary MJ winning
ing graphical tweaks, better player controls, and a moves in 10 different scenarios, and the MJ: Creat-
whole lot more. And as expected, 2K11 packs new ing a Legend mode - crafting Jordan from a newly-
DEVELOPER: Visual Concepts/2K Sports features on its release: The Michael Jordan game drafted rookie to your own version of the icon; and
mode (as the front cover suggests). the historic Chicago Bulls at their prime, available
to fare out against any NBA team.
GAMEPLAY: [9.5] Relive the epic rivalry with the Chicago Bulls-led
With a lot of game modes to choose from, 2K11 is not Michael Jordan against the powerhouse LA Lakers, Still present is The Association mode which takes
your average basketball game feel The Wade-James-Bosh courtside-like hype, you inside the league where you have to deal with
or take command of the veteran-filled Celtics from all the problems as the team GM, and also as the
GRAPHICS: [9.5] your PlayStation 3. With stunning graphics, im- team coach.
Refined compared to last year’s 2K10, with better light- proved physics, and that oh-so-cool depth of field
ing and contrast effect make you either an audience along the side- Online play let’s you challenge other players, and
line, or roll the replay and feel like watching a ball gives you access to download content via 2K
SOUND: [9.0] game in HD. Strategic Plays, realism-influenced Share.
OST is superb, with tracks varying from mellow booze player movements including facial expressions,
to noisy hip-hop raps
and total ball control that lets you do all your ball 2K11 is a must have for NBA fans. A truly enjoyable
dreams of being an NBA star, be it a one-handed basketball experience awaits those who have not
MULTIPLAYER: [10.0]
Online play lets you challenge NBA fans from around crossover, or a mid-air double-clutch just an inch tried the NBA 2K series. Jump ball!
the world with their favorite team before your shoes hit the floor, elevate the basket-
ball gaming experience to higher levels of fun.
Improvements from 2K10 are seen on various as-

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MAFIA II
The Story Except for the first chapter, the entire game takes
The main character of the game is Vito Scalleta. He place on a fictional city called Empire Bay. It’s a very
was born in Sicily in 1925 to a very poor family. Their large city but don’t be fooled - Mafia II is not an open-
family immigrated to America a few years later hop- world sandbox type of game. It is very linear and not
ing for a better life. As Vito grew up, he got involved like Grand Theft Auto where you can choose the next
with a criminal named Joe. They became best mission you will take. After each chapter, you jump
friends and they robbed shops together. However, right into the next mission or you are required to go to
Vito got caught in one of their robbery session. He a specific location for the next mission. There are no
was given a choice - rot in jail or serve the country side missions or mini games.
by enlisting in the army. He ended up in Sicily in
World War II. He got injured in the war and was sent Yes, you can rob banks and steal cars but money is
home for a leave. Joe welcomed him home and, by insignificant especially in the latter parts of the game.
the help of Mafia connection, he was discharged But in stealing cars, you are now required to pick the
from the army. Vito discovers that their family is in a locks which make things a bit realistic. Cruising in
big debt because of his dead father. With no other the city is also realistic - cops will chase you if you go
DEVELOPER: 2K Czech above the speed limit. Your infraction aggravates if
means, Vito went with Joe for a job. Joe introduced
him to Henry Tomasino, a hitman of the Clement you resist arrest or try to run away. Hit-and-run infrac-
Mafia family. tions will make the police use lethal force - they will
shoot you on sight. The wanted system in this game
is improved compared to other games. The plate
number of your car is recognized by the police and
they recognize your appearance, too. There are two
ways to make the wanted status go away. You can
change the car or the plate number and change your
clothes. The easier way is to find a phone booth, call
the police and bribe them if you have enough cash.

Graphics and Visual Effects


2K Czech has done an excellent job in the graphics
department of this game. The game is very detailed -
Mafia II is not really a sequel to the first game but realistic shadows, mirror reflections, dynamic ligthing,
it is somehow related. In the second to the last chap- and other eye candy. Shooting glass, wood, and
ter, it will be revealed who killed Tommy Angelo, the concrete gives realistic debris. In gunfights, you will
main character of the first game. see debris flying everywhere - chunks and tidbits of
concrete fly away when you shoot columns, post, and
The Gameplay walls. The game also use PhysX which makes the
The gunfight, like in most 3rd person shooters, is visual effects look better. But even without PhysX, the
based on cover-and-shoot gameplay. You won’t last game still looks great.
for 10 seconds in a gunfight if you don’t use cover.
Almost everything in the game can be used for cover The game does not have very high system require-
- drums, crates, pile of boxes, cars, walls, and etc. ments if PhysX is diabled. I only used a GeForce
But unlike other 3rd person shooters, you cannot 9800GT and I can run the game at 1920 x 1080
blind fire from a cover. Also, there is no maneuver resoltion with high graphic detail but no Anti-aliasing.
for switching from cover to another cover. This is a Average framerate was 40fps. Enabling PhysX on
big let down coz games like Army of Two, Uncharted 1920 x 1080 resolution will at least require a very
2, Vanquish, and Gears of War allows you to switch powerful nVIDIA graphics card like the GeForce GTX
to an adjacent cover. In my opinion, the cover-and- 480. But you can use an entry-level nvIDIA graphics
shoot gameplay lacks depth. You cannot even blind like the GTS 250 or GTS 450 as a dedicated card for
throw a grenade when in cover. The enemy AI is running PhysX.
average but enemies do not flank you even if you
stay too long in the same cover. On some parts of
the game, you will be forced to fight using melee Verdict
combat. The melee combat is improved compared to If you are a big fan of the first game, then you will be
the first game but there are no other melee weapon pleased with Mafia II. For those who want a sandbox,
except for your fists. You have two basic attacks - open world style of game, then you might want to look
light hit and heavy hit. Combo using the light hit is for another game.
fast and will leave your opponent staggered for a
bit. The heavy hit combo is slower but can knock
your enemy to the ground, leaving him open for a
finishing attack. The game does not have a health The Good
bar. The game gets darker gray as you get shot. • Excellent graphic detail
Take cover and stop taking damage to replenish • Uses PhysX
your health. • Features realistic guns from the 1950’s
• Gunfights are brutal and satisfying
Weapons featured in this game are realistic and, of • Melee combat is simple but fun and engaging
course, from the 1950’s. These include the Magnum, • Great story narration
• Cutscenes makes you feel like watching movies
pump-action shotgun, Tommy Gun, .38 re-
volver, Colt 1911, and many others. For thrown
The Bad
weapons, you only have MkII grenade and • Cover-and-shoot gameplay lacks depth
molotov cocktail. There are gun shops scat- • Has little or no replay value
tered around the city but I didn’t even buy one • Money is insignificant especially in the latter parts of
weapon. All the weapons I used to finish the the game
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SUBMITTED BY: game are only pick ups from dead enemies. • Very linear
NYLMAR GARCIA
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SECURITY ALERT
“Identity theft” is when someone makes use of your name and other personal
information for unauthorized online purchases or to malign another person in an
internet forum or other forms of mischief. It is a common problem for anyone who
uses the internet.

Two female members accompanied us to No-


A
s a member of various forums, I experi-
enced Identity Theft firsthand. I was called valiches to confront the alleged scammer and
by an admin to see about a person who file the necessary complaints.
was in jail in Novaliches. Apparently, the
police arrested a man who was in possession The perpetrator was caught when he was ar-
of multiple SIM cards. According to the investi- rested for molesting a passenger in a jeepney.
gators, the SIM cards contained text messages At the precint, it was discovered that the man
sent to this person’s victims. Most of the victims has several ID cards which included a Police
of the malicious text messages turned out to be ID and a whole bunch of SIM cards. When
members of different trading sites locally. One the SIM cards were inserted into a cellphone,
of the victims sought help which then led to the it revealed text messages from irate victims.
apprehension of the criminal. We hope that we have unmasked a possible
modus operandi for scammers and this should
Identity theft starts when you give out personal serve as a warning for those looking for bar-
information; full name, birthdate, contact infor- gains and paying through bank deposit.
mation, etc, etc...One way where personal in-
formation is extracted is when you submit re- Another disturbing fact is that some unscrupu-
sume’s online. Identity thieves use this sort of lous individuals use or name drop reputable or Tips to avoid scammers
information to open fake bank accounts. known members. If these scammers get hold
1. Carefully check a person’s profile
of vital information, they can post items and
After fabricating an identity, they will purchase make online transactions. They will claim that 2. If the person is not a legitimate member of any forum
trading site, always give in to doubt
SIM cards and advertise bogus items on trad- they are < @#$@ > and they are having dif-
ing sites. They will generate their own positive ficulty logging in so the customer should trans- 3. If an item is “too cheap”, better think twice about it
feedback to fool prospects into some sense of act business using their bogus account. 4. Check the legitimate feedbacks of a seller
credibility but in reality, the feedback comes
5. Avoid sending resumes online and do not give
from only one or two people who have created When we finally saw the suspect detained in away vital personal information especially to strange
multiple accounts. Novaliches, he name dropped a legitimate companies or users
member who’s identity he assumed. It was ob- 6. Research on an item before you buy
This should serve as a warning to those who vious that the thief used this member’s name
7. Never make a bank deposit unless you are
submit resume’s online. Beware of “identity to gain credibility. We feel sorry for the victims absolutely sure who owns the account
thieves”. of this criminal.
8. Meet up in a public place, visible to other people

9. Avoid dealing with unknown members

10. Be vigilant

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Phis
hing
SECURITY ALERT
This is one form of internet fraud wherein unscrupulous individuals extract personal
information and use them for illegal transactions.

meet-ups, and you can’t


fathom how they
could afford such a
luxury item.
Some tips to avoid Phishing
This is how card-
ers operate and 1. When in doubt, DON’T!
this has a lot to
2. Make sure a website is legitimate before
do with phishing. giving away credit card details and personal
They create information.
fake websites
3. Avoid submitting resumes when you doubt
and make it
the legitimacy of an agency.
attractive
to surfers. 4. If someone sends a private message asking
Anyone for personal information, Do not give it unless
you know the person.
who wants to
buy the items 5. Be careful when signing in to your email
displayed account.
there will
surely in-
put their
credit card
details and

I n some se- other personal Any personal information they collect will be
lected trading websites, Phishing is information which will then used to open up fake credit card accounts in
commonly done in order to swindle other b e used to make fake credit which they determine the credit limit. These
members of the site. The best example cards. These fake cards will then be used accounts will be used again to make purchas-
of phishing sites are adult-content websites. to purchase merchandise from legitimate es in your name without your knowledge.
These sites are easy to create and they gen- websites like Amazon.com, Newegg, etc.
erate lots of internet traffic. This is the perfect After 2-3 weeks after they’ve received their Emails are also prone to phishing. Phishers
place to get information. Former members of items, you’ll be surprised that your credit will create a fake Gmail or Yahoo which claims
our community (who has been banned) commit card statement will reflect purchases you to have lost their database and needs you to
this type of offense. They are called “carders”, did not make! This is a classic “phishing” re-enter your login and password. Do not fall
people who use other people’s info for their own technique. prey to this sort of charade. The information
benefit. To this day, there are countless number they gather from you will be used to access
of carders in the world wide web as we know it, Another form of information extraction is by your email accounts.
and this should serve as a warning to all. establishing a fake company and asking
for resumes online. We have received nu-
Doesn’t it make you wonder that a seller, who merous reports of incidents like this so be
apparaently isn’t well-off, can sell items val- careful about sharing personal information.
ued at almost P100,000 at half the price? At Even within the other known website/s,
close scrutiny, you will discover that this person “phishers” are lurking so be very vigilant.
doesn’t have their own car, commutes to do

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