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PC Software: Where’s the Blanket Charlie Brown?

Poor little Linus has had to hide his security blanket from his horrible auntie who wants the grubby cloth relegated to the dustbin. The only problem is he hid it at Charlie Brown’s house and Charlie has managed to lose it. It is your job, as either ...

BlackIce PC Protection 3.5

BlackIce, although often lumped together with personal firewalls such as ZoneAlarm and Kerio Personal Firewall, is an IDS (intrusion detection system), making it more like a nightclub bouncer than a swipecard entry system.

LifeView Fly TV-Box, X-Media Dreambox TV Tuner boxes

Both these tuner boxes are designed to be con­nected to a CRT or LCD monitor to watch TV with any signal, without having to power on your PC. Alternatively, you can hook up just about any external device including DVD players, VCRs, games consoles, a...

3GHz and Hyper-threading tests

In December 2002's print issue of PC World (on page 94) we talked about Intel's new 3.06GHz Pentium 4 CPU and three new chipsets -- the Intel 845PE, the enhanced version of the 850E, and the 845GE -- which will cater for it and its new feature, Hyper...

Microsoft Windows .NET Server 2003, RC1

Windows .NET Server 2003 is almost here and many IT depart­ments will be debating whether or not to upgrade their systems. There will be four main editions (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web), and although the naming scheme is a little confus...

Directory Opus 6.2 File Manager

If you’ve everwondered if there was a better way of doing things when using Windows Explorer, this is the program for you. Directory Opus, built from the ground up for the Windows OS (and now supporting XP), offers an Explorer replacement and much mo...

ACT 6 Smart Contact Manager 2001 Rev 1

The latest editions of Best Soft­ware’s ACT and Surado’s Smart Contact Manager each try to serve you a gourmet contact-management meal with a side dish of basic sales planning and forecasting. ACT’s recipe is much tastier.

Adobe Premiere 6.5 suite

Version 6.0 of Premiere provided belated but vital support for FireWire and DV (digital video)-enabled hardware. A year later, this new version addresses two remaining major weaknesses: the lack of real-time software previews and disappointing titlin...

Apple Mac OS X 10.2

Mac OS X version 10.2 (codenamed Jaguar), featuring over 150 amazing new features and applications, is now on sale for $229 at Apple Authorised Resellers and the online Apple Computer Store (www.apple.com.au/store).

NEC MobilePro 300E Pocket PC

This latest Pocket PC from NEC, the MobilePro 300E, has a good, but very common spec: a 206MHz StrongARM processor, 64MB of RAM, 32MB Flash ROM and a 3.5in TFT backlit 16-bit 320x240 colour screen (which isn’t bad, but isn’t as bright as that of the ...

Intel Pro/Wireless 5000 LAN Dual Access Point

If your growing business wants to give employees fast 802.11a (Wi-Fi5) wireless access to an existing Ethernet network yet still support slower — but more popular — 802.11b (Wi-Fi) equipment, then Intel has a deal for you.

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Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

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

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

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

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

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

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

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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