PC World April 2004 contents

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Top time-saving tips: PC secrets and shortcuts

We share our favourite secrets for working faster, not harder - from file management shortcuts to photo editing tricks. You'll find a host of time-saving tips to help you save hours on your computing chores.

Web and you: 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.

The Linux experiment: Fed up with windows?

Our intrepid reporter had enough of Windows hassles - so he went on a Microsoft-free diet for four weeks. He discovered that Linux is stable and highly customisable, and there are lots of apps, but it can be demanding for Windows users.

Join the blogosphere: Mouth off

Blogging - publishing an online diary - is now easier than ever with about a dozen sites offering hosting services. PC World outlines the steps involved in setting up your own weblog.

20 things you didn't know your PC could do: old dog, new tricks

To celebrate our milestone 20th birthday this month, we've got 20 ways to teach your old machine some new tricks - from the amazingly practical to the practically amazing.


Thomson Lyra PDP2860
Intel Pentium 4 CPU (Prescott)
Hercules DJ Console, Nimble V5
Netgear WGT624
BenQ DC C50

Microsoft Windows 64-bit Edition
Ulead My Scrapbook 2, Legacy Family Tree Premium 4.0

Quick Takes
Hardware: Sapphire All-in-Wonder 9600 Pro, Albatron GeForce FX 5700 Ultra, Sony Cyber-Shot U40, Allmice KVM Switch, Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 2070SB, APC Back-UPS RS 800VA, Axis 205 Network Camera, Mobile Bluetooth Headset; Software: Discreet Combustion 3.0, Now Up-To-Date & Contact, Microsoft Virtual PC 2004


IN DEPTH: Crank out a hit at home
WINDOWS XP: Give XP Pro more Internet nous
LINUX: Users and groups
AUDIO: Make free phone calls from your PC
MAC OS: Making music with GarageBand
GRAPHICS: Understanding selection tools: Part II, the lasso
PHP: Pattern matching with PHP: Part IV
DIGITAL VIDEO: Creating blockbuster titles


To find out more about how we rated this month's LCD monitors Best Buys, check out our LCD monitor testing methodology

Motherboard settings

Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
Altech Computers GameForce Commander
Plus Corporation Inspire P32
Acer Veriton 7600G
Adrenalin Computers Extreme E32
Plus Corporation Astra A641

i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
Altech Computers GameForce Mercenary
Trinity International AMD Super Power Pack
Acer Aspire RC900
Scorpion Technology Z Box
Plus Corporation Astra H31
APUS Universe Pro 2800
Trinity International P4 Power Pack
Infocom Gaming Beast 1.2
Pioneer Power PC

PCs: Sub-$1500
Trinity International P4 Deluxe Pack II
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Altech Computer GameForce Sniper
Plus Corporation Aspect V27
Trinity International AMD Deluxe Pack II

Notebooks: Over $4000
Pioneer Power Athlon64 8355
ITC Millennia 7100
Hi-Grade Notino C6700
LG Electronics LM50-3
Dell Precision M60

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Pioneer Power D470
Acer Ferrari 3000 Lmi
Mitac MiNote 8060B
QDI Alacritas 520-K8
Protac Excel G736

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Mitac MiNote 8080
Twinhead efio 152i
BenQ Joybook 5000-V02
Stone M3700
Gigabyte NB501-P1524XP

LCD monitors
Acer AL175W
AG Neovo E-17A
Auriga L17AX
BenQ FP767
EIZO FlexScan L550
EIZO FlexScan L557
Futura HD-17A
IBM ThinkVision L170p
LG Flatron L1710B
Mitsubishi Electric Diamond View DV175
NEC AccuSync LCD71V
Panasonic PanaView TX-LCD17AESIL
Philips 170S4
Samsung 172x
Sony SDM-S74
UMAX MaxVision V7
ViewSonic VG710sa


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