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  1. Hey folks, I just wanted to toss this in here for you, because it's something awesome that I firmly believe we'll all be able to benefit from - both in the short and long term! http://bit.ly/dragonblogger-modboxxarticle01
  2. Thanks for the compliment, I appreciate all feedback (especially positive, haha). Also, thanks to Bill for finding that info out, it's not really surprising that they use the same engineers and manufacturers, given that it's been commonplace for practically the entire time we've had home computers. Obviously, the most memorable one is the Chieftec Dragon case, which had what, at least 10 other companies using the same exact (or slightly adjusted) case, but with different brandings on them? Obviously, this is great business for Haixu, and the more oems that toss business their way, the better, but to a limited extent. I mean, there's only so much that a company can do for others before everything looks exactly the same (again, look at the Chieftec Dragon, for example), but at least they have some great business nevertheless. The only thing I really wish was different, is that I wish these companies actually listened to what their customers want, but after discussing with some of the reps, all I keep getting is "well we just don't want to be like xxxx or xxxx, we want something unique" when attempting to explain why they made something the opposite of what we customers asked for and turned out to actually be what they claim they wanted it not to be. I mean, really, what's the point in asking for our input if you're just going to do the opposite anyway? I'm not claiming Deepcool's doing this, they actually don't even bother to ask our input at all and instead just have this apparently super-secret methodology with their designs (as you can see in my reviews, I clearly point out as much as I can muster, suggesting areas which need improvement and even giving suggestions on how it could be improved). I've had other companies, however, whose reps have actually told me exactly what I just stated. We need more companies who are willing to not only listen to what we say, but to actually then go and apply it as well. Some are getting better, and noticeably so, but there's still a lot of room for improvement. Heck, having a Pangu V2 in my hands, I'm able to see every possible positive and negative w/out even putting a single piece of hardware into it, and even have ideas popping out at me like mad, regarding potential mods and such. I've had people ask me many times "How do you know how this works, without knowing all of the mathematical or scientific details?" and I've always had difficulty explaining it to them, and then I saw The Lego Movie. If you watch it, and see how the Master Builders see everything around them, that's how I see this stuff. It's kinda weird and difficult to explain, but that's really how it is. When I look at these PC cases, that's how I see them in my head, and I comb over every single detail I can, repeatedly, just to ensure I give as complete a review as possible. Sorry about my multi-paragraph response, lol, my brain just kind-of kicked it into overdrive for a moment. B)
  3. Hey there guys 'n gals, I just wanted to drop by again and show you my latest PC case review. I've more coming very soon as well, but this is my latest. Thanks for checking it out, and I'd appreciate any feedback you may have, either on here, on the article and/or on the YouTube video. *thumbs up* Article url: http://www.dragonblogger.com/review-deepcool-pangu-v2-sw-pc-case Btw, I actually have 2 of this case, and my son wants 1 of them for his PC, so the Warhammer mod I was going to do last year is now being changed up a lot and done with 1 of these cases. We're both very excited for it, and when I start the post on there, I'll let y'all know. Hopefully it'll be very soon though. Anyway... Oh yes, before I forget, our good pal Iggy "Zangza" Castillo also did a review and build-in with the Corsair Obsidian 450d as well: http://www.dragonblogger.com/unboxing-and-how-to-build-a-pc-using-a-corsair-obsidian-450d/ so check that out too, please, if you're interested. It really is done quite well and is very informative.
  4. I still don't understand why all of these companies call these enclosures/cases chassis'. They're not chassis' at all, they're full enclosures, complete with the body and all. I digress.
  5. Ahem... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=310874992400869&set=a.310874842400884.1073741841.100644210090616&type=3&theater
  6. Hey there guys and gals, I just did a review article for Dragonblogger, unboxing and reviewing the Bitfenix Comrade PC case that I recently bought. Please feel free to take a look at it and let me know what you think. I believe that you may just be a little surprised with this particular article, but you have to check it out to find out... ;) I'm receiving NO compensation for this article, btw, in case anyone was wondering, but this is the beginning of my re-launch as a blogger, reviewer, etc. Article url: http://www.dragonblogger.com/bitfenix-comrade-unboxing-and-review/ Oh, and Jeremy told me to post it here, in case anyone wondered. ;)
  7. From the initial post: "You have until Midnight, Central Time on 5/15/14. I will announce the winner's name on 5/16/14" So... one more week, yay!
  8. I would use it as the housing for the AMD-based HTPC I'm building for my livingroom. Early grats to whomever wins this thing, btw, and thanks to Fractal Design and Bill Owen for this opportunity.
  9. I'll have to draw up a play-by-play, but I FINALLY remembered something... Roughly about a year ago, when I was (still) working on my last mod project (that ever-elusive-and-yet-to-be-completed Projekt Optimus Prime keyboard and mouse mod), I was trying to figure out how in the world I would heat the plastic tubing (a piece from the center of a DVD+R cakebox spindle) and bend it at the same time, slowly of course. Well, I didn't have anything flexible on hand, except for a junk rotary tool flex shaft that I'd taken apart (one of those knock-off generic types not worth a dime). Well, I decided to go for it, as I had nothing else. I inserted the flex shaft (still had the steel coil inside the rubber housing), and while I heated the plastic "tubing" gently, I pulled on the flex shaft in the direction I needed it to go. Well all went well until I noticed that the bottom part was melting too much, I panicked, yanked the flex shaft and it slapped me in the face!!! I was wearing safety glasses (those epic S&W ones Bill sells and recommends), but it didn't save the rest of my face, lol. Let's just say I had a red streak across my face, vertically, for a good few hours, and it didn't feel all too great either. Did it stop me from modding that night? Heck no! I got right back on the horse and tried to figure something else out, but man did that hot, melted plastic ever hurt, especially with hot steel coil behind it!!! My share (Idk if it's my first or 100th time, lol)... https://www.facebook.com/The.Mighty.El.Rondo/posts/10200732933159405?stream_ref=1
  10. As tempting as that sounds (lol), I'm the only one working now, here at home, so I kinda need not injure myself on purpose (or otherwise). I'm certain I've done something to screw up before, just a matter of recalling it. :)
  11. I'll have to think long and hard about this one, as I'm usually always very careful and safe, lol. Sadly, this contest kinda makes me wish that wasn't always the case!
  12. Shutter speed was 1 second. I used my "trusty" tripod for the shot, with a 2 second timer, to eliminate potential camera shake. As to the lighting in the pic, that is actually how the lighting was for the situation. The main lighting for this image was just some squiggly bulbs in our dining room ceiling fan (roughly a good 15 feet or so away), the background lighting was just one squiggly bulb in a torchier lamp off to the right and back a bit. But yeah, I agree the lighting seems off, but that's literally how it looked outside the camera as well. Here are the original pic's properties: I was going to do faster ISO, but I just couldn't get it to be bright enough when I did that. Weird. I'm still getting used to it though, so it's no biggie. I wasn't going for pro with that shot anyway, lol.
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