PC World - June 2000

COVER STORY

68 IS LINUX RIGHT FOR YOU?

The pros and cons of making the switch

What makes Linux so special compared with other OSs? The answer is that it's inexpensive to install and maintain, resists crashes better, and can run on numerous platforms - from Intel-based PCs and Apple Macintoshes to high-end Sun servers. But are you any closer to ditching Windows than you were six months ago? Here's what you need to know before you decide.

FEATURES

55 WEB AND YOU

Cyber cents: manage your money online

Despite Australia having a reputation for its rapid uptake of new technology, our population remains suspicious of doing business online, and when it comes to putting our bank account details on a Web site, some of us are downright petrified. Our look at the current state of online banking should calm those fears.

62 PCS IN YOUR POCKET

Check out the hottest handhelds

Personal digital assistants have gone from geeky gadgets to professional power toys. With the latest performance improvements, some new hues, as well as pricing to suit a range of budgets - this may be the time to join the handheld crowd.

79 WINDOWS 2000 PERFORMANCE TESTS

Real world apps, real world PC performanceAs everyone knows, Windows 2000 is the latest and greatest thing from Microsoft. In this feature we endeavour, via benchmark testing comparisons on AMD and Intel machines, to show you how your applications - such as graphics, spreadsheets, word processors, web browsers and databases - will perform under different configurations if you do decide to use Windows 2000.

NEWS

16 JUDGE RULES: MICROSOFT BROKE LAW

Microsoft is found guilty of violating federal antitrust laws, but its marketing tactics were not illegal16 WORM MAKES EMERGENCY CALLSA new virus-like "worm" program threatens to render your PC inoperative17 AUSSIES STORM COMDEX ASIA 2000A wide range of agreements and deals was made in Singapore by a group of IT companies17 BIG BROTHER CAN'T SACK YOU FOR UNION E-MAILAnsett faces a fine for sacking an employee using e-mail for union business18 STORM BREWS OVER NEW MEMORYIndependent evidence implies RDRAM might not be the next best thing18 UTILITY COMBATS SPYWAREOptOut stops ads transmitting more than marketing data18 DOES IE 5.5 DITCH STANDARDS?

The Web Standards Project accuses Microsoft of abandoning W3C standards20 DIGITAL SPIES ARE WATCHING YOUWatch what you say, and where you send it20 CREDIT CARD HACKS - WHO'S TO BLAME?

Microsoft says end users are not using IIS security features correctly20 GST SOFTWARE WARSAccounting software providers in the race to GST compatibility22 ZAPLETS ENLIVEN YOUR E-MAILFireDrop wants to deliver dynamic messages into your inbox24 alt.netCatch me if you can - students who cheat onlineFIRST LOOKS26 MetaCreations Carrara27 Leo BabyNet PC28 Epson Stylus Photo 870 and Sony UP-DP1030 Halfbrain.com's BrainMatter and Bitlocker31 Dell Dimension B-1000r Special Edition32 WinFax Pro10; SurfSaver Pro 2 and Web Space Professional34 Macromedia Director 8; CuteFTP 4 35 Castlewood Orb 2.2GB USB 38 HP DeskJet 930C39 Adobe LiveMotion40 Netscape 6IN YOUR SPECIAL 32 PAGE eComWorld SUPPLEMENTe4 Stage 1: How the Internet works for business e8 Stage 2: Why did you decide to take the plunge? e12 Stage 3: Work with the experts e16 Stage 4: Strategy, strategy, strategy! e22 Stage 5: Internet technology enabling your business e26 Stage 6: Building an information site LINUXWORLD.COM.AU109 Using LinuxSun's StarOffice 5.2 Beta110 TechnologyMultihead in X112 Putting Linux to workBeowulf: a new approach to supercomputingHERE'S HOW114 UpgraderMulti-boot: Adding Linux and BeOS to your Windows machine118 Windows 9xCustomising the daily tip120 Windows 2000Open one file type in different applications122 Mac OSWireless networking with AirPortHelp Screen124 Windows 9x Protect against catastrophic in-stalls; run programs at shutdown; securely delete sensitive files; overcome halted defrags, part II; open one file type in many apps126 Internet Command your modem with HyperTerminal; maximise new IE windows; ICS remote disconnection utility128 Word Processing Build automatic return addresses in Word; insert dates post-haste; switch column formats mid-page; delete unneeded Word backups130 Spreadsheets Handle fractions in Excel; unlink a chart series from its data range; avoid error displays132 Hardware Overcome your BIOS fear134 Bugs and Fixes IomegaWare 2000 2.2.1; Windows 2000 - Iomega Patch; Office 2000 SR1; PageMillDEPARTMENTS12 EDITORIALE-Commerce solutions?

42 OPINIONS

42 Beware of the speedbumps

By Beverley Head

44 Who is winning the desktop race?

By Nicholas Petreley

48 When did phones become Nikes?

By Mark Stafford

50 Travelling on the Net By Ian Yates

52 READERS' FORUM plus DILBERT

BACKBYTES

169 SKILLS

Linux training takes off

Courses on offer

170 BOOK REVIEW

I want my MP3

Making Money Online (The neatest little guide to . . .)Hacking Exposed171 WEB REVIEWThe Kooks MuseumMemepoolSoulbathPeacefire172 GADGETS AND GIZMOSSony CyberShotEricsson R320sCOMPTV-linkBirdfishSpirit Set-Top SurferPCMCIA to USB AdapterAmstrad Em@ilerCreative SurroundStation174 GAMESEvolvaMetal FatigueSuperbike 2000176 BYTESBACKBEST BUYS84 PCSHOME PCSPeripherals Plus Athlon 700Dell Dimension XPS B-800rDell Dimension XPS T-700rPeripherals Plus Athlon 600Gateway Performance 850xlPeripherals Plus Athlon 800Digital Star Power Pro P3-600Peripherals Plus Intel Pentium III 600Dell Dimension XPS T-550Compaq Presario 7500BUSINESS PCSGateway E-4400Acer AcerPower Sn14Dell Dimension L-500cxSUB-$2000 PCsBeyond SuperO M-ClassDell Dimension L-600rPeripherals Plus Athlon 600Packard Bell Club 533C94 NOTEBOOKSPOWER NOTEBOOKSGateway Solo 2150xl DeluxeCompaq Armada E500Gateway Solo 9300xl DeluxeCompaq Armada M700Acer TravelMate 734TLDell Inspiron 3800IBM ThinkPad 600XVALUE NOTEBOOKSCompaq Armada M300IBM ThinkPad iSeries 14AMCompaq Presario 1200Dell Latitude LS100 WEBCAMSAcer DVC-V6 Video Capture KitCreative VideoBlaster Webcam GoCreative VideoBlaster WebCam 3CU-99AC Digital PC CameraIVUCam Digital CameraKodak DVC325 Digital Video CameraLifeTV KitLogitech QuickCam ProLogitech QuickCam WebNogatech USB MicroCamPhilips Vesta Pro PC Camera PCVC680KSwann SmartCam DeluxeSwann SmartCam Professional

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