PC World May 2006 Contents

In the May 2006 issue of PC World, available now:

What's On the DVD

Cover Story

Windows Hacks

Get the most out of your version of Windows with some registry tweaks.

Thumb Drive Tricks

Your humble USB drive has some uses you may not know about.

The New Virus Fighters

How effective are today's security packages at protecting your PC against the nasties of the Internet?

Super-Size Me

These projectors for home and business use will give you the best picture in town.

Bargain Hunt Blunders

Some tips and tricks to ensure you don't hit a snag when shopping for a bargain PC.

Startup

Industry news -- Important issues and events in the world of IT
Quick takes -- Previewing the hottest new high tech each month

Every month

  • Editorial
  • Readers Forum
  • Backbytes

First looks

    Hardware
  • HARD DRIVE Seagate Momentus 5400.3
  • WIRELESS ROUTER Linksys WRT543G3
  • DVD BURNER BenQ DW1650
  • MOTHERBOARD ASRock 939SLI-eSATA2
  • GRAPHICS CARD ASUS EN7800GT TOP Silencer
  • PCs Altech Gameforce Commander; HP Pavilion a1370a
  • ADSL 2+ MODEM/ROUTER Linksys WAG54G
  • LCD MONITOR ASUS PW191
  • PHOTO PRINTER Canon Pixma iP6600D
  • NOTEBOOK PCs Toshiba Satellite A100; Mitac DL75, Acer Ferrari 4006 WLMi; Fujitsu N3530

Software

  • OPERATING SYSTEM Windows Vista Beta Build 5308
  • VIRTUAL DESKTOP GoToMyPC 5.0
  • ONLINE BACKUP SOS Online Backup
  • INSTANT MESSENGER Google Talk Beta
  • ONLINE DESKTOP Goowy
  • WEB DESIGN NetObjects Fusion 9.0

Here's How

  • Helpscreen: Your PC problems answered
  • Internet: Microsoft goes open-source
  • Video: Using our cover disc giveaway
  • Linux: Where to find Ubuntu's missing bits
  • Networking: Sharing your Outlook Address Book
  • Office: Fixes, charts and the new toolbar
  • Imaging: How JPEG is ruining your images
  • Audio: The bell tolls for vinyl decks

IN THE TEST CENTRE

PCs
PCs from $1500-$3000 and over $3000

Notebooks
The top five under $2500 and the top five from $2500-$4000

Wireless routers
The top 10 wireless routers, all $300 or less

Graphics cards
Nine high-end contenders

DVD burners
Our 10 favourite DVD burners

LCD MONITORS
Ten 19in LCD monitors under $1000

Digital TV tuners
Eight of the best TV tuners

ADSL2 modems
The top six modems for ADSL2 Internet

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