PC World February 2002

COVER STORY

Top 20 Technology Trends for 2002.

Twenty products, trends, and technologies that will change PCs in 2002 - and beyond. We've picked 20 trends and technologies that will have the greatest impact on personal computing for business and home use. We polled trend watchers, technologists, industry experts, and our own editors to uncover the products that will change how you work - and possibly even how you live.

FEATURES

49 Web and you.

School's in - online.

It's that time of year again - time for kids to go back to school. While parents breathe a sigh of relief, school students have a brand new year to look forward to. Although it seems like a great deal of education content on the Net now comes with a price tag - as sites struggle to make money - much Web material for students is still available for free. To help you prepare for the new school year we've gathered together a wealth of resources for primary and secondary students, as well as some sites that offer information that will appeal to students across the spectrum.

64 Gaming's All-stars.

Latest new games + fantastic free games.

We round up the best online games as well as the biggest new releases to help kickstart your gaming action this summer. First, take a break with the Web's most addictive puzzles, sports simulations and other diversions - no CD required. Then, we take a look at the 10 hottest new games to hit the market.

74 The Big Pixel.

Reviewed: 10+ High-end Digital Cameras.

High-end digital cameras are finally starting to come down in price. To help you find the best deal, we review the latest crop - from new compact 4-megapixel models to good choices for home and business use. It's a great time for digital cameras. With 4-megapixel models hitting store shelves, photography buffs are getting more for their money than ever before. These new high-end cameras take digital photography to new heights, producing images that look as good as - and, in some cases, even better than - images on film.

FIRST LOOKS

HARDWARE:

36 Canon MultiPass L60; Apple iPod.

38 NEC MultiSync LCD1830; 3Com 10Mbps LAN CF+ Card.

40 Sony DCRIP7E.

SOFTWARE:

30 Mandrake Linux Gaming Edition.

32 Quark XPress 5.0 beta.

34 EasyOffice Premium 3 and StarOffice 6 beta.

40 Pinnacle Studio Version 7.

BEST BUYS:

84 PCS.

HOME PCS:

Acer Aspire EL; Infocom Gaming Beast; Packard Bell iXtreme 1500DVR; CWS GamePro 9000; Peripherals Plus P4 1.7GHz; Cougar Athlon GeForce3; Microtech Senator 1400; Dell Dimension 8200; Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.4GHz DDR.

SUB $2000 PCS:

e@Pc Dream Machine - Series 8; Peripherals Plus Pentium 4 1.5GHz; e@Pc Dream Machine - Series 7; Infocom Multimedia System; CWS HomePro 3000; SATO GamePC J-G50; Peripherals Plus Duron 950; Beam Micro Systems AMD Performance; Australia IT Bravura 1900 Series; Microtech Calais 900.

BUSINESS PCS:

Peripherals Plus Athlon MP 1900+; Peripherals Plus Athlon XP 1800+; Peripherals Plus Athlon MP 1.2; Acer Veriton 7200; Acer Veriton 7200; CWS BusinessPro 8000; SATO Dragon PC, J-D25; Infocom PIV Workstation; e@Pc Dominator - Series 8; Peripherals Plus Athlon 1.3GHz.

92 NOTEBOOKS:

OVER $6000:

IBM ThinkPad A30p; Dell Latitude C400; Toshiba Tecra 9000; IBM ThinkPad T23; $3001-$6000; Dell Latitude C810; Compaq Presario 1700; Toshiba Satellite 3000; Toshiba Portege 4000; Sony Vaio FX990; Toshiba Satellite 5000.

SUB-$3000:

ASUS M1; ASUS A1300; Optima Dynamis A1300DJ; Pioneer SOHO Notebook; IBM ThinkPad R30; Toshiba Satellite 1800.

NEWS

12 Healthy e-com appetite.

12 com.au gets cheaper.

14 Handhelds embed Linux.

14 Nimda takes top spot.

16 Fake Epson cartridges.

16 Pay music service debuts.

18 Memory cost to drop.

18 Corel's new roadmap.

20 Broadband:

ACCC watches Telstra; Lack of integration hits ADSL.

24 alt.net.

But is it art? - fan art.

26 tech.files.

Athlon slayer arrives - Intel's Northwood P4 CPU.

DEPARTMENTS

10 EDITORIAL: A fortunate life.

42 OPINIONS:

42 Brad Grimes: Forgot your site password? Just Yodlee.

44 Nicholas Petreley: Lowered Xpectations.

46 READERS' FORUM.

103 LINUXWORLD.COM.AU.

Using Linux: Great games, great price (free!).

BACKBYTES

153 SKILLS:

Training needed for call centre career.

154 BOOK REVIEW:

Buying and Selling Online.

How to Do Everything with Your Scanner.

Hacker's Challenge.

155 WEB REVIEW:

Surprise.com.

Fast Forward.

Captain Haddock's curses.

Australian Privacy Commissioner.

100 years of the Nobel prizes.

156 GADGETS AND GIZMOS:

Segway Human Transporter.

Nixvue Digital Album.

Sony digital TV.

Wacom Cintiq 550.

Parachute backpack.

SimCycle.

DataPlay digital media.

Airboard.

158 GAMES:

Mad Dash Racing.

Aliens vs Predator 2.

Gothic.

Warcraft III.

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.

Batman: Vengeance.

160 BYTESBACK.

HERE'S HOW

104 UPGRADER:

Installing a new hard drive: Part 1.

108 WINDOWS 9x:

Transfer Outlook Express settings.

110 WINDOWS 2000:

Scripting solutions.

112 WINDOWS ME:

Toolbar tips.

114 WINDOWS XP:

Compress those files; Pin shortcuts.

116 LINUX:

USB modems.

117 MAC OS:

Using iTunes 2.

118 AUDIO:

EZ-Mixer 1.0 SE.

119 GRAPHICS:

Scanning and resolution.

120 HTML:

Troubleshooting.

121 PHP:

Dealing with databases.

122 HELP SCREEN:

Operating Systems 122:

Windows - Perform tasks on shutdown; Time-stamp your notes; Linux - Disk partitioningOffice Applications 123.

Office XP - Shortcuts for Word and Outlook.

Internet 124.

Quick and simple searches with Explorer; Get, set IE's Quick Search; Use Google in XP.

Hardware 125: Get the most from your display and graphics card; Designate your driver; Get unbusy.

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