PC World September 2004 Contents

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Digital home alone: a simple guide to creating your own digital home

The long-awaited dream of the digital home is closer than you think. However, the diversity of products available, and the options for integrating them, can make creating a digital setup appear unnecessarily complicated! We sort out some of the technologies now available to help you start building your own digital world.

Web and you: Grown-Up Messaging

Not just a tool for kids to chat online, instant messaging is coming into its own as a business communication tool. PC World shows why adults might want to take a closer look at this internet phenomenon.

Get the best free software: Tools For Work & Play

Some of the best things in life are still free – including 90 tools and sites PC World has compiled to help you work smarter, communicate better and have more fun on your machine

Tune in to digital TV delights: What is it all about?

Digital TV is promising a new age of entertainment, but you need to equip yourself with knowledge before splashing out on that wide screen. PC World tells all you need to know to be part of the digital audience.

BYO Media PC: Customised Design

The multimedia world of high technology entertainment is as close as your PC. We show you how to build your own personalised media-savvy machine to handle TV, music and much more.


Apple iPod Mini
Creative Zen Portable Media Center
NetGear MP101
ASUS Extreme AX 600XT, Olympus Camedia C-770UZ

Norton Password Manager 2004
Google GMail, Serious Magic Visual Communicator Studio
Corel WordPerfect Office 12

Quick Takes
Mio 168 Mobile GPS Navigation system, Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album 5 Deluxe, Dell Axim X30 30, Viewpoint Toolbar, Phonette freephone, AMD Sempron 2800+, Vodtel FONEMOSA 4400A


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Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
PCQuest 3D Guru
Plus Corporation Altera FX-530
APUS Universe Extreme 3200XE
Adrenalin A38
Plus Corporation Inspire A73

PCs: $1500-$3500
Infocom Gaming Beast 3.2
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
APUS Universe Pro 3200AR
Altech Computers GameForce Mercenary
ARC Elite Gamer 64
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award Pro series
Pioneer Computers Digital Home
Acer Aspire RC900
Scorpion Technology Z Box
Acer Aspire T310

PCs: Sub-$1500
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Pacstar Australia Elise
PcXpress Advance 1400
Trinity International AMD Super Deluxe 1500
APUS Universe 2800AX
107 Notebooks

Notebooks: Over $4000
ITC Millennia 7200
IBM ThinkPad T41p
Fujitsu Lifebook E8010
Acer TravelMate 8005LMi

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9100
Pioneer Power Notebook D520E
ITC Millennia 7100
Digital Star PowerNote 258SA
Asus M6S00N

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Optima Centoris G595
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1600XR
Astone Z9
Pioneer SOHO Notebook
ModTech CIVIC Diamond Pro

TV tuner cards
Internal Digital TV Tuner devices
AverMedia AverTV DVB-T 771
Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T
Pioneer DreamVision
External Digital TV Tuner devices
Nebula DigiTV USB


WINDOWS XP:Essential tools for Windows XP
Mac OS:Mac Office
LINUX:Hot and streamy
PHP:PHP 5: New iterations
AUDIO:The power of 10
GRAPHICS:The clearer picture: Part II
CD & DVD: Das Boot
HELP SCREEN:Windows All Windows — Unwanted guests; WINDOWS 98/Me — Spool sample, Peaking interest; Windows XP — Back to backup, Run and hide Microsoft Office Expansion contraction Hardware Ironic error message, Zero to hero, BIOS blues, Sound advice Security Violated system


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