The history of OC3D is storied, with many tales of daring adventures, truly epic coffee consumption, late night deadlines and the occasional controversy.
Now gather round children, because today we're going to be focussing on a specific member of the OC3D family, the man that brought many of you here and, with the aid of some sturdy rope and a cattle prod, keeps many of you here, TinyTomLogan. Why exactly are we focussing upon Tom today you may ask. Well there are two big events that have tied together nicely and made for the perfect opportunity to tell you a story.
We have to start with the sad part of the tale, and yet one that has also become inspiring. Time To Live Customs was created in tribute to Tom's Mum after her desperately sad passing six years ago, this Wednesday (the 16th). The loss of any loved one is always hard, but to lose someone who is such a vital part of our lives, and so young, would be enough to destroy many men. Wisely Tom decided that it was Time To Live, and thus to direct his energies towards his true passion. No not women and beer. Hardware.
From humble beginnings TTL was instantly a Custom PC company which pushed the boundaries of what should be possible and, as we'll see later, eventually the Youtube channel and then eventually his role as OC3D Oberführer. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Yes, dear readers, this inconspicuous shed in Southern England was the womb from which TTL was born. Long time subscribers will recognise the inside as the backdrop for many Youtube videos.
So what exactly made TTL special? When it was started the most customisable case was always a Lian Li. This was back in the days when companies hardly bothered with watercooling options or, heaven forbid, providing radiator support out of the box. Thus fan holes were needed. Because of the light aluminium construction the majority of people were just cutting a large rectangle hole in the roof for the fans, and then using a off the shelf bolt on fan grill. Trying something more complicated with a laser just buckled the metal because of the heat created when cutting. So Tom realised this and went to a water cutting firm with a loads of designs and managed to integrate the grill directly into the roof with some seriously cool designs.
We think you'll all agree that this is a big step up from the simplicity of a jigsaw cut hole and an off the shelf grill! That swirly grill was first cut by Tom in 2008, if you look a certain famous modder called Bill thats Owns his own company may have borrowed that design since!
With creativity and a passion for the industry, Tom was quickly brought into the fold here at OC3D and we expanded into our first few videos. To say that the snowball effect took hold would be to underestimate the speed with which the OC3D.tv arm of our operations exploded. That nicely brings us to the second of the reasons for our little celebration.
We have just passed 80,000 subscribers. For an independent website not backed by the bland corporate monster of the publishing houses, that focusses upon the enthusiast end of the technology spectrum, we think that's worthy of balloons and a celebratory slap up meal and Mrs Miggins' Pie Shop. Its also worth noting for all of the UK review sites no matter how big or small OC3D.tv is #1 in the UK and high up in the top 10 world wide.
Introducing me to the team was one of the first things Tom did with his new found powers, and we made sure that we brought you full coverage of every hardware development. Whether you preferred the more studious written side, or the more irreverent video offerings, you know that OC3D has you covered. It wasn't always the slick production it is now though. If you've never taken a moment to delve deep into the history of our Youtube Channel, you should do. After all you might be missing some real gems.
What do you mean you don't believe me? To the next page!
Some Youtube Gems
We've never been the kind of team that pretends to be all serious and studious. We're passionate, but this should be fun. If we wanted to be in an industry that squeezed all the fun out of life we'd be politicians or, horror of horrors, work for the print media.
To that end we consider you all related to the OC3D family. We're the brothers, our forum members and Youtube subscribers are our cousins, our dear readers are Aunties and Uncles, and even you, if you're here for the first time wondering what all the fuss is about, are welcome to grab a drink and join in the dancing. Just be careful of Grandma's hip. So as you're family we know you don't mind a little bit of silliness. So we bring you a short history of Tom's Youtube Exploits™.
We said that there were humble beginnings, and what's more humble than learning how to light, in a shed, on a cheap camera with dodgy sound? It's not even in widescreen. If these early efforts were any older they'd have come with a pianist and some title cards.
We quickly moved away from the shed to our current offices, and as a present Tom was allowed to be surrounded by high end hardware and enjoy the attentions of the lady who burst from the cake. She left such an impression upon him that, as you can see, even weeks later he was still imagining cupping her breasts.
But it hasn't all been dimly lit sheds and imaginary breasts. No siree. There have been some deeply serious moments such as the Halloween edition of the Bitfenix Colossus review, and that time when Tom was held prisoner and so we had to employ a stand-in who didn't quite understand the 100% kick ass nature of our show.
Even I, your current storyteller, was fortunate enough to receive an outstanding TTL system. Here you can see the moment when Tom has a vision of the future courier mishandling that meant the Bengal rig would never look more beautiful than it is here. You have all benefited too as, with our partners and sponsors, we've been able to bring you endless competitions offering everything from t-shirts to entire systems.
Here you can see Tom enjoying the aftermath of another OC3D review that told the truth rather than toeing the party line and the many fun conference calls that it caused. But raise your own glass both in memory of Mrs Logan whose sad passing was the catalyst that allowed us to bring you so much, and to the 80,000 Subscribers who are kind enough to allow us to fill their feed up with our thoughts on the hardware industry.
Just be careful not to forget the glass is on your chair when you sit down.
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