PC World February 2005 Contents

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Notebook overdrive: Boost your notebook's performance

You don't have to buy a new notebook computer to get top performance. We look at a range of easy upgrades and useful add-ons to bring your older 'book back up to date!

Scam defence -- phishy business

Identity theft is one of the world's fastest-growing crimes. Phishers and other online thieves are targeting your money and personal data - and they're getting sneakier. Here's how to defend yourself and how to repair the damage if you get scammed.

Tech vision: what's new and next

The products you use are about to get smarter, faster, smaller, cheaper, and more colourful. Here's your guide to what's ahead in PCs, software, mobile gadgets, home electronics, and more.

Latest Linuxes: Talking to Windows

Linux holds the promise of an open source Windows alternative, but is it fulfilled? We look at several new Linux distributions and see how well they communicate in a Windows world.

Data safeguards: Paranoia pays off

Your private info is vulnerable to more than just hackers. But which tools should you use to keep sensitive data from prying eyes? We look at fingerprint scanners, security keys, encryption software and more.


Hardware ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe Dvico TViX Canon EOS 20D

Software EzyCashBook+, Jasc Paint Shop Pro 9 Microsoft Encarta 2005 Premium Suite CD, Encyclopadia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2005 DVD

Quick Takes Dell Axim X50v, PalmOne Tungsten T5, O2 Xda II mini ASUS WL-WDD, MyDVD Studio Deluxe 6.0, ACECAD DigiMemo A501, Alpha Software Alpha Five 6


Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera FX-55
Plus Corporation Aspect A50
Plus Corporation Altera A38
APUS Universe Extreme 3200XE
Emagen Lightspeed FX

PCs: $1500-$3500

APUS Universe Pro 3500A9
Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
Trinity International AMD 3500
Emagen Vitesse 64
Infocom mCentre Pro
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
APUS Universe 3200P-7X2
PCQuest Paradox
APUS Universe Pro 3200AR
ARC Spider A643

PCs: Sub-$1500
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Plus Corporation Aspect S45
Trinity International P4 Deluxe 1550
Trinity International AMD Super Deluxe 1500
ARC Spider P4

Notebooks: Over $4000
Toshiba Qosmio G10
Pioneer Power Notebook 870P
Acer TravelMate 8006LMi
ITC Millennia 7300
ITC Millennia 7201

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9200
Pioneer Power Notebook 470K
AOpen OpenBook 1557GLS
Fujitsu Lifebook E8010

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Pioneer CentriNote 805
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1615.R
Targa Xtender A510
Acer Extensa 3002WLM

Inkjet multi-function devices

Brother DCP-110C
Brother MFC-620CN
Canon MP780
Epson 1500
Epson 3500
Epson 6500
HP 1315
HP 2710
Lexmark P6250
Lexmark X7170


IMAGING: There's no escape
AUDIO Control freaks
DIGITAL VIDEO: Trick shots LINUX: Coming out of your shell
NETWORKING: Carry on streaming INTERNET: One careful owner
HELP SCREEN: Windows Me Used, but not seen; Windows XP Green square; Time slip; Listing heavily; HARDWARE SMART move; Failing memory; MISCELLANEOUS Crash and burn; Error code; Persistent files.


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  • BACKBYTES: Xbox Halo 2; ASUS Vento 3600 chassis; Nintendo DS; PC Half-Life 2; Rosner MP3Blue; Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas; Sony PSP; Bose SoundDock; Belkin tunedok; BELKIN OMNIDOCK-L; Sony Ericsson K500i; APC TPC-1900PI.

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