PC World September 2002

COVER STORY

56 Dance to the digital tune.

Big audio dynamite.

Napster may have faded, but the revolution lives on. Here's everything you need to know to turn your PC into a digital music centre. We examine the state of play with online music, followed by some advice for creating digital music and a look at some of the devices available for playing MP3s.

FEATURES

41 Web and You.

Food fight.

How many times have you found yourself pushing a trolley down supermarket aisle after aisle and thought "there must be a better way!"? For most people, the weekly shop is a chore they'd like to avoid. If you suffer from trolley rage, the Net offers a way to skip the whole supermarket experience - but will you pay for the privilege?

47 Learning from 11 September.

Security at what cost?.

Twelve months on we are still feeling the aftershocks of the 11 September attacks on the United States. As well as the horrific personal cost of the tragedy, the event has focused attention on the role technology can play in maintaining security. But at what price to our privacy and freedom?

51 2GHz notebooks get set to go Head to head.

Intel's P4-M processor for notebooks now clocks in at 2GHz. All of the notebooks in this review would serve well as desktop replacements, although some are more portable and thus better suited to taking on the road. Stand back as we take some of the first of these speedy offerings for a spin.

70 Tools for trouble-free computing.

System saviours.

Utilities - applications that maintain and repair your system - help your PC run better and more dependably. We tested 22 utilities and grouped them according to task. Whether your PC is brand new or showing its age, the best utilities will keep it in tip-top shape.

80 Scan a good deal.

Scanner superguide.

Scanners can be a vital piece of office equipment, bridging the gap between the paper and digital cultures. We bring you details of different scanners for different users.

8 EDITORIAL.

10 NEWS: 16 Broadband, 18 Tech.Files, 20 Alt.Net.

35 LINUXWORLD.COM.AU.

36 READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert.

176 ADVERTISERS INDEX.

169 BACKBYTES: 169 Book Review, 170 Skills, 171 Web Review,172 Gadgets and Gizmos, 174 Games, 176 Bytesback.

FIRST LOOKS

Hardware.

23 Pinnacle PCTV Pro.

24 Panasonic SV-AV10; Canon Digital Ixus V2.

30 Hewlett-Packard DVD200e; Matrox Parhelia.

Software.

26 iFinger 2.0; Kaspersky AntiVirus Personal Pro 4.0.

28 Drive Image 2002; Lycoris Desktop/LX Amethyst Update 2.

Quick Takes.

32 Hardware: Sony Handycam, Creative Webcam, B&O BeoSound 2 MP3 player, iRiver ChromeX MP3 player, Xenon Metro 500 LCD-PC, Sanyo Projector, 17in iMac, Shirt-pocket PC; Software: Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere 6.5, FileMaker 6, AskSam 5.

HERE'S HOW

120 UPGRADER Implementing RAID.

122 IN DEPTH Demystifying the defrag tool.

126 WINDOWS XP HOME Enhance with Plus!.

127 WINDOWS XP PRO Safe sharing.

128 MAC OS Running Linux software on Mac OS X.

130 LINUX Using a CD writer.

132 AUDIO Recording an Internet radio stream.

134 GRAPHICS Getting arty: Part I.

136 HTML Create your own photo gallery: Part I.

138 PHP Security of PHP scripts: Part II.

140 DIGITAL VIDEO The impact of audio in video.

142 HELP SCREEN.

Operating Systems

Windows XP - Rename multiple files or folders at once; Time to lose some FAT?; Windows 2000, XP - Hide your shared drive; All Windows - Print directory listings instantly.

Hardware.

Will overclocking give an old CPU new pep?; CRT monitors: native unrest.

Internet.

Crush your own cookies; Listen to a world of radio stations on the Internet; Latest software tweaks.

Miscellaneous.

Find it visually with Visual Control Panel.

BEST BUYS

88 PCs.

Over $4000.

Altech Computers Redstorm 2.2GHz.

Altech Computers Redstorm 2.4GHz.

Xenon Metro 855 Multimedia PC.

Altech Computers Red Cyclone 2.2GHz.

Dell Optiplex GX260.

Rantronix Real Time Series RRTMP-100.

$2001-$4000.

Altech Computers Blue Wind 2GHz.

Acer Aspire G600.

Marvel Legend MSPro2000.

Xenon Atomic 420 Multimedia PC.

Dell Dimension 4500.

Acer Veriton 7200D.

Plus Corporation Stealth G14.

Peripherals Plus Athlon MP1900+.

Peripherals Plus Inspire P73.

IPS P4-2260D-Bis.

Sub-$2000.

TI AMD Deluxe Pack.

Plus Corporation Inteq R27.

Altech Computers Hyperdrive 1700.

Marvel Computers 1700XP Home.

Infocom Multimedia System.

AcerPower Sd.

Altech Computers Viper XP.

CWS QuamPro 5007.

Mitac PC-GMAX-M6Y2.

Marvel Executive 1200A7V.

103 Notebooks.

Over $6000.

IBM ThinkPad T30.

IBM ThinkPad A31p.

$3001-$6000.

Dell Inspiron 8200.

Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100.

Compaq Evo n800v.

Protac Excel 5600.

ASUS L3800.

Sub-$3000.

Digital Star PowerNote 240MDT.

IBM ThinkPad R31.

Pioneer SOHO Notebook.

Toshiba Satellite 1400.

Digital Star PowerNote 240MRT 1200T.

Pioneer AMD Notebook.


111 Scanners.

BenQ S2W 4300U.

BenQ S2W 5300U.

Canon CanoScan D1250U2F.

Canon CanoScan N676U.

Epson Perfection 1660 Photo.

Genius ColorPage-HR6X.

HP Scanjet 2300C.

HP Scanjet 3570C.

HP Scanjet 5400C.

Mitsubishi 650U.

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