PC World April 2002


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56 Must-see DV.

Buying guide to create digital videos.

Become a hotshot movie producer with this ultimate guide to digital video making. From buying a camcorder to how to kit out your PC to make your next video - we'll show you how! In this guide we'll point out what you need to look out for when buying a DV camera, as well as options for capture cards and software suites.

FEATURES

51 Web and you.

The language of the World Wide Web.

Travellers and would-be linguists - make the Net your first destination. You'll find a wealth of resources for learning a new language online.

70 Browsing and Beyond.

Top tools and Net neccessities.

The best tools can make a real difference in how efficiently and safely you travel the Web. To help you find the best Internet applications, we evaluated the newest versions of leading products in four areas: Web browsers, e-mail programs, instant messaging clients, and digital media players.

78 Word: The Write Stuff.

Be a word wiz!

Fifteen essential tips for smarter, faster word processing - for version 6 or later of Word or WordPerfect. The workhorse of any office suite, whether preloaded or store bought, is its word processing application. We present ways to get more from your word processor.

86 Get the right PC.

Specs you want; price you need.

The quest for the right machine can often be a confusing, wearying and trying one. It is very easy to get bamboozled by a myriad of details suddenly thrust upon you when you shop around for a new PC. In this article, we offer some information to help you determine which current system best suits your wants and budget.

92 Holey Software.

Protect your PC from buggy apps.

Buggy software has long been the bane of computer users, but bugs can cause double the trouble when they involve a security hole. New security bugs that let hackers attack your data appear weekly. Here's why apps are so full of holes and how you can protect yourself.

FIRST LOOKS

HARDWARE:

30 Dell Inspiron 8200.

32 Palm m515, Palm m130, Sony Clié, NEC MobilePro P300.

36 Creative Labs Extigy, ViewSonic ViewPanel VG191.

40 Panasonic DMR-E20, iRiver SlimX IMP-350.

42 Maxtor Personal Storage 160GB 3000XT.

44 Hewlett-Packard DVD100i

SOFTWARE:

34 Ulead VideoStudio 6, PhotoImpact 7.0.

42 ScanSoft Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred 6.

44 Desktop DNA 3.5.

46 PowerQuest Drive Image 5.0 and Norton Ghost 2002.

BEST BUYS

102 PCS:

OVER $4000: Xenon Metro 855 Multimedia PC; Peripherals Plus Athlon MP 1900+; Peripherals Plus Inspire P73; Acer Veriton 7200D.

$2001-$4000: Hallmark Viewmaster eXtrema ND02AH; Dell Dimension 4400; Infocom Gaming Beast; Acer Aspire EL; Peripherals Plus Centra R31; Acer Veriton 7200; Peripherals Plus Aspect V11; Peripherals Plus Athlon XP 1800+; Hallmark Viewmaster eXtrema ND82MP; Infocom PIV Workstation.

SUB-$2000: CWS HomePro 3000; SATO GamePC J-G50; IPS A1700-Bis.

114 NOTEBOOKS.

OVER $6000: Dell Latitude C400; $3001-$6000; Dell Inspiron 8100; Dell Latitude C810; Xenon Metro M30; ASUS S1300; Toshiba Portege 4000; IBM ThinkPad A30; Sony Vaio FX990; Compaq Presario 700; Toshiba Satellite Pro 6000.

SUB-$3000: Digital Star PowerNote 240MDT; Pioneer SOHO Notebook; ASUS A1300; Acer Aspire 1200XV; Dell Inspiron 2600.

NEWS

16 GeForce4 goes titanium.

18 Sun embraces Linux.

18 Microsoft ready for Biz.

19 OptusNet accounts hacked.

20 AMD to move into PDAs.

20 ACCC defends gamers.

22 broadband.

Broadband market opens.

24 alt.net.

Hide and seek - music copy protection.

26 tech.files.

New graphics cards - NVIDIA GeForce4 vs. ATI Radeon 8500.

DEPARTMENTS

12 EDITORIAL: Get ya head read!

46 READERS' FORUM plus DILBERT.

125 LINUXWORLD.COM.AU.

Using Linux: DV for free.

BACKBYTES

169 SKILLS.

Digital video training.

170 BOOK REVIEW:

Rough Guide to the Internet (2002 Edition).

Computer Desktop Encyclopedia (9th Edition).

PC Performance Tuning & Upgrading.

171 WEB REVIEW:

TNT Magazine.

Subway Navigator.

Backyard Birdwatch.

The Program.

Art appreciation online.

172 GADGETS AND GIZMOS:

XyLoc.

RemotePoint RF.

Pilot Pentopia.

Imation RipGO.

Fujitsu MHR series.

Hitachi Wearable Internet Appliance.

Multi Function Numeric Keypad.

Mouse pad pads.

174 GAMES:

Harry Potter.

Rally Championship Xtreme.

Silent Hunter II.

New Legends.

Jet Set Radio Future.

176 BYTESBACK.

HERE'S HOW

126 UPGRADER: Installing an AMD processor.

130 WINDOWS 2000: Basic and Dynamic Disks and Volumes.

132 WINDOWS ME: Setting up multiple monitors.

134 WINDOWS XP: Burning desire.

136 LINUX: Secure communications with OpenSSH.

138 MAC OS: Using iPhoto: Part 2.

140 AUDIO: Capturing vinyl with LP Recorder.

141 GRAPHICS: Restoring photographs: Part 2.

142 HTML: Advanced forms.

143 PHP: Search multiple fields.

144 HELP SCREEN:

Operating Systems:.

Windows XP - Get more from the Search tool.

Office Applications:

Office XP - More macros; Excel - Sheets happen; Drag and drop.

Internet:

Get that #@&* spyware off my computer!; Switch browsers at will.

Hardware:

Any AGP port in a storm?; Keyboards and mice vs. USB-only PCs; Spend your cache wisely.

Bugs and Fixes:

Windows 2000 security rollup package.

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