PC World - September 2000



Windows Millennium super guide

As the venerable Windows 9x line enters its twilight years, you've gotta ask, "What's in it for me?" A little multimedia razzle-dazzle, a little more idiot-proofing, the shipping version of Internet Explorer 5.5 -- but not much more. We put the final shipping code of Windows Me to the test, trying out its system recovery, file protection, Internet and digital media doodads. We also compared its startup, shutdown and overall performance with Windows 98's. Here's the lowdown on Me.


Update Windows 98 with WinMe's features

Here's the deal: many of Windows Me's more compelling features -- better audio software, better graphics handling, better system tools -- are available right now for Windows 98 users. And getting a hold of many of these features won't cost you more than a few minutes of download time. We've rounded up a passel of cool tools that will give you Windows Me-like features.



Net nasties

Horror stories abound of children falling prey to paedophiles and sex fiends on the Internet. There is enough truth in the reports to make it sensible to protect children while they are online. Parents must be able to monitor and, if necessary, filter, not only what comes in from the Internet but what goes out from their own computer. We give some tips and pointers for helping your children deal with the Net, and review different blocking software.


File sharing exposed

The Internet has always been about sharing information. Web sites, e-mail, ICQ and many other programs entice us to share our thoughts and files. Earlier this year, Napster brought file sharing to the front line. So, what is file sharing? This month we explain the issues, while filling you in on the latest programs.


The risk and the glory

Whether you cheer in the stands or from the couch, or even log onto the Net to get the latest stats, facts and feeds from the Games, there is a network of IT bringing the results home in a split second. PC World investigates the immense risks facing the official IT sponsors in the quest for glory.


16 Gaming legislation imminent

Concerned about Australia's growing gambling problem, the Federal Government has announced a retrospective 12-month moratorium on online gambling16 Music fans tune in to the NetAlmost half of the Australians who access the Internet - some 42 per cent - have visited music Web sites16 Online privacy fears growing as fast as the NetPeople who surf the Web offer information about themselves as they go, which is then compiled, bought and sold17 GSTAssist hacker heroic?

The man who recently breached the GSTAssist Web site's security system e-mailed entrants to inform them of the vulnerability17 You've got (official) mailIn what AOL considers a move to deal with Internet scams, the ISP has begun to mark genuine e-mail from it with added graphics or colour20 E-privacy: Committee sitsA Senate Select Committee will look into the protection of user and consumer information obtained electronically, including by Internet and EFTPOS20 FBI unveils CarnivoreFBI officials have unveiled and demonstrated a new program, nicknamed "Carnivore", which works by intercepting part of the stream of packets that moves across network for analysis.

20 Ziggy fires bolt at senior managementAustralia's biggest telco is preparing to shed a large slab of senior management, with warnings sent via e-mail by Telstra's CEO20 Microsoft releases patch to fix IE security holeMicrosoft has issued a patch for an Internet Explorer bug that it said could overwrite files and eventually crash computers21 Datacasting: Australia a Third World country, says MicrosoftThe passage of long-awaited legislation covering new broadcast technologies has been critisiced by industry21 Fortune 100 failing e-mail testMore than 40 per cent of top US and UK public companies are failing to take the Internet seriously as a way to deal with customers22 Infosys partners BullantIndian software consulting giant Infosys joins Australian firm Bullant to develop interactive applications for low-bandwidth devices22 US frees encryptionThe US government has announced an update to its encryption export policy affecting companies that sell encryption software22 Global roamingThe number of phone users connected on the GSM Network will reach 733 million people worldwide by 200428 tech.filesSplitting chips -- Thunderbird vs. Coppermine, the last PIII, Duron thrashes CeleronFIRST LOOKS30 HP OfficeJet and Xerox WorkCentre31 Olympus DC4800 and Kodak C-303032 Palm m100, Videologic SonicFury34 Epson EMP-710, Ad busters; Proxomotron36 HP CD-Writer Plus 9310i, ZoneAlarm and Personal Firewall 200038 Dreamweaver UltraDev39 Platypus QikDrive840 Sony Vaio PCG-XE7, OziExplorer42 Cassiopeia E-115, NEC MobilePro 780LINUXWORLD.COM.AU113 Using LinuxFinancial software for Linux114 Linux TechnologyJava on Linux 116 Putting Linux to workViewing PDF documents under LinuxECOMWORLDe6 Stage 10: Business to business ecommerce e6 Stage 11: Business to government ecommerceHERE'S HOW118 UpgraderGetting the most from USB connectivity122 Windows 9xMastering the Details view in Windows Explorer124 Windows 2000Theme your desktop;remove unwanted components; personalise your menus; use digital audio126 Mac OSShare an Internet connection128 Graphics How to manage or locate your images129 Audio A few tricks to help fine tune WinampHelp Screen 130 Windows 9x Get your PC to boot up faster; Emptying temporary Internet files; Keep your CD-ROM drive in one place; Protect file associations; Searching in archives; Quick, convenient defrags; Create a tip for the shortcut file 134 Internet Create an ad-free world; Bypass Outlook Express' import impasse; Tidy up Web page errors136 Word Processing Use tables to enliven document formats; Convert footnotes to endnotes and vice versa 138 Hardware Increase your workspace with multiple monitors; Add another EIDE drive; Prevent automatic CD program launches 139 Bugs and Fixes BeOS 5.0.1 Update; Outlook E-mail attachment update; Half-life EDITORIALYou can't stop the music44 OPINIONS44 From personal to pervasiveBy Beverley Head48 Is little Billy the life of the party?

By Nicholas Petreley

50 Let's all play the Internet game

By Mark Stafford

42 Day dream believers

By Ian Yates




Networking in the real world


Creating Motion Graphics with After EffectsComputers for Small BusinessProgramming Interviews Exposed 179 WEB REVIEWMailsurfeighty-eightynineWhite Pages Directory SearchDeath Row Serial Killer Profile TestAustralian Security Intelligence OrganisationOnline applications180 GADGETS AND GIZMOS Rubber BanditTru ConnectWorld Travel Connection KitPalm surfingUSB Ethernet adapterRugged cameraMini-mouseKangoo Jumps182 GAMESDiablo 2StarLancerMotocross Madness 2 184 BYTESBACKBEST BUYS88 PCSHOME PCSPeripherals Plus Athlon 800Gateway Select 850Peripherals Plus Athlon 700Dell Dimension XPS B-800rPackard Bell Platinum 933Digital Star Power-733Acer Aspire 6490Digital Star Power-600Compaq Presario 3588BUSINESS PCSDell Dimension 4100Gateway E-3400Peripherals Plus Dual Processing PIII 733Dell Precision 220Bluefire Dione 99EIBM NetVista 50ACompaq iPaq Legacy FreeSUB $2000 PCSPeripherals Plus Duron 600Beyond SuperO M-ClassPackard Bell Club 533C98 NOTEBOOKS POWER NOTEBOOKSCompaq Armada E500Acer TravelMate 602 TERCompaq Armada M700IBM ThinkPad T20Dell Inspiron 3800Gateway Solo 9300xl DeluxeVALUE NOTEBOOKSToshiba Portege 3440CTToshiba Satellite 2230CDSWestan ArmabookGateway Solo 3300104 LCD MONITORSAcer LCD Monitor FP558Acer LCD Monitor FP855Cornerstone f825IBM T54AIBM T56AIBM T86ALG Electronics SW570LSNEC LCD1525VNEC LCD1810XPanasonic LC50SPanasonic LC90SPhilips 150PPhilips 181ASProview VGASamsung SyncMaster 150MpSamsung SyncMaster 170MpSamsung SyncMaster 570MpSharp LL-T181ASony CPDM151Sony SDM-N50Viewsonic VP 151

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