Archive for February, 2012

WD Launches the Sentinel in the Philippines

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

WD Sentinel_PRNWhile having the same name but completely unrelated to Mass Effect 3’s Sentinel Player Class, Western Digital Philippines has recently launched it’s newest storage solution in the country, the WD Sentinel Network Attached Storage – WD Sentinel DX4000 to be precise.

It comes along with a Windows Storage Server 2008R2 Essentials OS (more compatibility with your pre-existing Windows Server environment), Intel D525 Atom Dual Core CPU (to save on power requirements). This provides a centralized shared storage and automatic server based backup for up to 25 PCs or Macs in the network. This device helps small business owners in their storage needs (though, for people like me who needs as much storage and running multiple computers would probably qualify as well). And hopefully I do get to own one as well Open-mouthed smile

Here’s what the people behind the device say about it:

“The WD Sentinel small office storage server is the ideal storage, backup, and secure remote access solution for any SMB,” said Thomas Gallivan, vice president of marketing for WD’s SMB Solutions Group. “The ability to have centralized storage that is both on-premise and offers secure remote access provides a small business owner and employees the flexibility needed for today’s mobile lifestyle. WD is providing small business owners with a hands-free solution that offers complete data protection and unparalleled peace-of-mind.”

“The requirement for collaboration across multiple devices and locations necessitates the need for a centralized storage solution in today’s SMB environment”, said David Tuhy, General Manager, Intel Data Center and Connected Systems Group. “Intel is working closely with the industry and companies like Western Digital to provide the technology that is at the core of these storage solutions and provide SMBs a platform to manage, organize and secure their data to ensure business continuity.”

“Built on Windows Storage Server, WD Sentinel gives small business customers the storage and file services capabilities of Windows Server, as well as a solution aimed specifically at the SMB segment,” said Thomas Pfenning, general manager, Storage, at Microsoft. “We are pleased to see WD Sentinel serve our mutual customers.”

As for other features aside from the Server OS running they are presented as Five Levels of Data Protection

WD Sentinel DX4000 provides five levels of data protection for every device on the small office network and is supported by WD Guardian Services.

1. The Drives Inside: Pre-configured with WD’s award-winning enterprise-class drives for durability and reliability.

2. RAID: Featuring levels 1 and 5 for data protection and speed.

3. Daily Backup: Automatic backup and recovery software provides daily full system back ups for up to 25 devices on your network. Simply set it and forget it.

4. Redundant Network Connectivity: Dual Gigabit Ethernet configured in Adaptive Fault Tolerance (AFT) automatically switches to second network port in the event of a network failure.

5. Optional Disaster Recovery Protection: Connect to the small business cloud provided by optional disaster recovery software and store your data offsite for disaster recovery.

WD Sentinel is certified to be compatible with a variety of Operating Systems (OS) including Windows XP, Windows Vista®, and Windows 7. In addition, WD Sentinel is compatible with Mac OS X® Leopard® and Snow Leopard® for file sharing among Windows, Mac and Unix/Linux operating systems and allows businesses to share files with clients, consultants, and inter-office personnel regardless of the OS used.

WD Guardian™ Services for Small Business

WD Sentinel DX4000 is backed by WD’s world-class customer service and support. All WD Sentinel small business customers will receive free tech support for 30 days from the time of the first call. WD Sentinel customers may wish to upgrade their service plan to one of three options:

1. WD Guardian Express: Offers next-day parts replacement service including shipping and handling costs.

2. WD Guardian Pro: Offers a one year support agreement with WD service, express parts replacement and priority access to technical support.

3. Guardian Extended Care: Service that extends the product warranty from the standard three year warranty to five years.

Price and Availability

WD Sentinel DX4000 small office storage server is available at select retailers and is distributed by Iontech Technologies Inc. and EA Global Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. in the Philippines. MSRP is PhP 46,265.00 for 4 TB and Php 70,482.00 for the 8 TB.

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About WD

WD®, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and home entertainment products.

WD was founded in 1970. The company’s storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company’s website ( to access a variety of financial and investor information.

Mass Effect 3 Beta is now out

February 15, 2012 1 comment

now for some Mass Effect news.

The Beta is out now.

Look for it under the free games in Origin.




Next up, I’ll give a guide on how to make GTA IV up to date w/ new graphics. And I’ll see if I can update Battlefield 2 compatibility with Windows 7 (it’s been a while shooting down bots).

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Need for Speed: The Run Review

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

After the cycle of Need For Speed: Shift 2 last 2010, late 2011 saw the release of Need for Speed: The Run.

The game returns to the arcade style racing game. The premise is quite simple. The main character made some bad decisions and connections with loan sharks from a mafia. In order to pay off these debts, he’s joined a race that spans from the west to the east coast. However, the mafia is in the race, hoping to take the lead out and win the money for themselves.

The premise is pretty much the same as those in Cannonball Run where it’s a big Point to Point race and whoever gets to the finish line first gets a large prize.

The game features an impressive line up of vehicles, featuring new cars like the latest BMW M3 model as a starting car. They are nicely modeled after their real counterparts; something that was improving steadily over the years. Car stats are quite simple to understand, and there’s little customization involved. Gearheads would probably stick to Shift 2 for a while longer.

As the game goes, it’s a massive sprint race that is split up into smaller races with varying vistas normally found while driving in the US highway system. Buildings, farms, factories and mountains are just some of the stuff to see. However there are some points in the game that required us to get out on foot and literally run and find another car to use.

Gameplay in this game is repetitive as it’s mostly a choice between a sprint race, a knockout race, time based race or a chase sequence. Though other races could be joined under the challenge section of the game where the other cars could be acquired. I was able to beat the entire game under 4 hours, which is very short (I’ve yet to finish Shift 2, and I’ve been playing that for a long time).

Suffice to say, the NFS franchise was picking up again with NFS: Shift 2 but it seems it lost its steam with this NFS: The Run.

Pictures will be up once I capture them.

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