PC World July 2004 contents

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Outwardly mobile

Road warrior superguide Working on the road isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be — but technology can help. PC World rounds up the latest tools to help the road warrior stay in touch, and we take a look at some of the sleekest, best-performing notebooks to keep you productive for longer.

Web and you: Make the Web work for you

The story goes that the Internet puts the world at your fingertips, but that very wealth of information can make finding things all the more difficult. PC World takes a look at online search engines and shows you how to make sure they get straight to the point.

Trouble-free PC: How to recover from disaster

Utilities can identify and correct problems on your computer before crashes occur, and sometimes they can repair the damage after a mishap. We test 16 utilities designed to keep your system running strong, today and tomorrow.

The gear to buy with tax-time dollars

Establishing or expanding an existing office setup doesn’t have to cost the earth. This month we help you identify the best buys for you, plus the right time to buy — to make sure you don’t break the bottom line!

Gaming gladiators: Direct from e3

Tonnes of new titles, games with more grunt, renewed online action, plus hot new handhelds were unveiled at this year’s E3 expo in Los Angeles. We showcase the top titles for 2004 and present our list of games to watch for and games to miss.

FIRST LOOKS

Hardware
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra, ASUS Radeon AX800 Pro
Panasonic eView (TX-LCD17JAGBLK), Iomega REV Drive
AMD Athlon 64 FX-30
Nikon Coolpix 8700

Software
Onspeed
Evermore EIOffce 2004
Lycoris Desktop/LX
Sony Pictures Digital Vegas 5, Adaptec Sonic MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5.2

Quick Takes
Zensonic Z300, LG DP5932P, InFocus LP120, Hitachi Deskstar 7K400, PalmOne Zire 31 and 72, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX1, APC Back-UPS RS 1000

BEST BUYS

Tech.Files
Keeping your cool

Sweet Spot
CPUs
Graphics cards
Motherboards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives
Monitors

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera FX-530
Altech Computers GameForce Commander
Plus Corporation Inspire A73
Australia IT X Series
Plus Corporation Inspire P73

PCs: $1500-$3500
Infocom Gaming Beast 3.2
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
Altech Computers GameForce Mercenary
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award Pro series
Trinity International AMD Super Power Pack
Pioneer Computers Digital Home
Acer Aspire RC900
Scorpion Technology Z Box
Plus Corporation Astra H31
APUS Universe Pro 2800

PCs: Sub-$1500
Trinity International P4 Deluxe
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Pacstar Australia Elise
i-Tech AMD Athlon 2800+ XP Award series
Altech Computer GameForce Sniper

Notebooks: Over $4000
IBM ThinkPad T41p (2373 GEM)
ITC Millennia 7200
Acer TravelMate 8005LMi
Pioneer Power Athlon64 8355
Dell Precision M60

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9100
QDI Alacritas W730-K8
ITC Millennia 7100
Asus M6S00N
Pioneer Power D470

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1600XR
BenQ Joybook 5100 V04
Pioneer SOHO Notebook
Mitac MiNote 8060B

Photo printers
Canon CP-330
Canon i990
Canon i9950
Epson Stylus Photo R310
HP Designjet 30n
HP Photosmart 245
HP Photosmart 7960
Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock 6000

HERE'S HOW

IN DEPTH: That syncing feeling
Upgrader: Cutting out the middleman
WINDOWS XP: Restricted access
Mac OS: Take command of your OS
LINUX: Setting up an NFS share
PHP: Error reporting in PHP: Part II
AUDIO: Best free audio software: Part II
GRAPHICS: Recovering lost images
DIGITAL VIDEO: Getting that film look
CD & DVD: Working with ISO files
HELP SCREEN:Windows All Windows — spring clean your System Tray; Windows XP — Backup breakdown; Losing the log-in; Hardware -- Saving space; CD wronger; Identify your modem; Internet -- Outlook Express angst; Looking for closure; Building blocks; Miscellaneous Multi-tasking music; Wordless; Bad discs?

DEPARTMENTS

  • EDITORIAL
  • NEWS plus Broadband
  • LINUXWORLD.COM.AU
  • READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: Book Review, Skills, Web Review, Gadgets and Gizmos, Games,
  • Bytesback
  • ADVERTISERS INDEX


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