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Utility to make IT framework open-source

US utility, Duke Power Co., plans to go from consumer of open-source software to contributor on September 1 by making an internally developed application framework available to other companies through the SourceForge.net Web site.

Cheap hits: downloading music

The wait is over. You can finally access music online legally, locally and cheaply - but there is still a long way to go before the full potential of downloading music is realised.

The long view on Longhorn

In its first preview at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference last year, Windows XP successor Longhorn was shown running a 20-year-old copy of Visicalc. Ancient DOS software won't be the lone occupant of the Longhorn compatibility box. Win...

Documents that do more

In this day and age, printed documents are just not enough. Whether you want to repurpose material for the Web, create PDF files or change something into an e-book, PC World is here to show you how.

Goodbye vinyl, hello MP3

Respectable collection of MP3 files wasn't enough for Robert Blincoe. He wanted to be able to enjoy all those old tunes from his youth too - without having to pay for them a second time. Here he explains how to convert your much-loved vinyl or audiot...

Coming soon: The wireless music player

Sometimes you see a convergence of technology trends that result into a new device or product and you slap yourself on the head and say, "Why didn't I think of that?" That happened when I met recently with officials from MusicGremlin, which plans to ...

DIY Net defence

Go online without a firewall and you’re asking for trouble. Why risk it? There are lots of products — including free software — out there that can help. Here’s how to set one up.

Take the privacy test

It starts out innocently enough. You’re browsing the Web, dreaming of the weekend and your next golf game, and you happen across a great-looking site that promises to drop your handicap in three easy lessons. Sounds good, but you’ve got a meeting in ...

Microsoft .Net report card

Determining exactly what .Net is may be the hardest part of measuring its success. The confusion goes way back to June 2000, when Bill Gates framed the .Net initiative in consumerish terms as an Internet "platform" to support all sorts of devices. As...

Download dos & dont's

Shareware can save you a bundle if you avoid the downside of downloading. Here's how to save on software - safely.

The Mac turns 20

It was insanely great, the computer for the rest of us, and out to change the world. The Apple Computer Inc. Macintosh marks its twentieth birthday this week, and -- hubris and hype aside -- the Mac has made an acknowledged impact on personal computi...

The PC World password safety test

Life online means living with--and trying to remember--passwords. Lots of them. Your Internet, e-mail, and instant messaging accounts require you to enter a user name and a password. So do secure online bank, credit card, mutual fund, and shopping We...

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STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

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The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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