PC World August 2003 contents

What's On the CD


Put it on DVD: Slick discs

With affordable burners and easier video editing software, there’s never been a better time to turn videos into slick discs you can share. In this article, we focus mostly on video editing and DVD authoring. We’ve also included advice on shopping for the right DV camcorder, outlined some optimal PC configurations, and pointed out some good DVD drives to consider.


Web and you: Slim down your site

A leaner, meaner Web site means faster pages for visitors — and lower costs for you. The more popular your site, the more it’s going to cost you to deliver the pages. This month, PC World reveals techniques for cutting back on the bandwidth without sacrificing quality.

Troubleshoot PC disasters: 20+ fixes

What do you do when your computer suddenly seems possessed? Whether it’s satanic software or a hard drive from hell, hundreds of vexing problems can make it difficult to get anything done.

Happy snaps the digital way: Snappy shots

Take better digital pics — and more easily manage your photo albums. We show you how to organise your collection once and for all. We’ve also included advice on how to improve your portrait photography — one of the hardest genres to master


Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, Gigabyte 8PENXP (i865PE)
Kodak LS 633
AG Neovo X215, Fujitsu ScanSnap

27 Corel WordPerfect Office 11 Standard, Broderbund 3D Home Landscape Designer Deluxe 5
28 Sonic Foundry Vegas 4.0 and Vegas+DVD, Ulead StudioQuartet
30 Jaws PDF Creator 3.0, Inspiration 7

Quick Takes
Hardware: Asetek Waterchill KT03 CPU cooling kit, Western Digital 10,000rpm Serial ATA hard disk, Optus Qtek7070 Smartphone, Sony DCR-PC105, JNC iAudio SSF-200, Canon MV650i, Toshiba Portege R100, Fujitsu Lifebook P5010, Sony Vaio PCG-Z1GP, Epson EMP-7800 projector


UPGRADER: DIY external storage
IN DEPTH: Dual booting Windows 98 and XP
WINDOWS XP HOME: Remote Assistance
WINDOWS XP PRO: Boost app performance with a RAMdisk
MAC OS: iTunes 4: beyond music playback
LINUX: Advanced SpamAssassin tips
AUDIO: Authoring a surround sound DVD
GRAPHICS: Using Jaws PDF Creator
PHP: A closer look at arrays


To find out more about how we test and rate products for the Best Buys section, check out the PC World Best Buys Legend.

Peripheral connectivity

Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Astra H31
Xenon Atomic 675x
Dell Dimension 8300
Plus Corporation Astra H11

PCs: $1500-$3500
Trinity International AMD Pro Pack
Plus Corporation Inspire A36
Infocom Gaming Beast
Trinity International P4 Super Deluxe
Acer Aspire T300
Infocom Infomod
AcerPower ST
Infocom M-100
PC-XITE Xtreme Pro Series
SATO-Ritmo SN41G

PCs: Sub-$1500
PC eXpress Avatar 2600
Trinity International P4 Deluxe Pack
Hotmicks Value 2083
Trinity International P4 Dream Pack
APUS Universe 2200

Notebooks: Over $4000
Hi-Grade UltiNote M6600
Hi-Grade Notino W6700
IBM ThinkPad T40
Toshiba Tecra S1
Acer TravelMate 803LCi

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Hi-Grade Notino C1000
Dell Inspiron 5100
Hi-Grade Notino R5400
Dell Inspiron 8500
Acer TravelMate 283XC

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Hi-Grade Notino 4400
Targa Visionary XP
Acer TravelMate 234XC
Twinhead Efio! 2B18
Sony Vaio PCG-FR700

External storage: Pocket-sized
LaCie Data Bank 20GB
AnyPak ZIV300K3 USB Hard drive 40GB
Iomega HDD 20GB
LaCie MobileDrive 40GB
Silicon Memory Clearlight 40GB
Targa HD25U 20GB

External storage: Desktop-sized
Iomega HDD 80GB
Mapower 60GB
Maxtor Personal Storage 5000DV 200GB
Silicon Memory IceCube 120GB

External storage: Portable combination
AOpen Combi IT ESV-188i
InCoder INC-TS24C-C1
LG GCC-5241P
Silicon Memory Cold Chisel

Imation IMW402440EA
Mitsubishi Diamond Data DD522452UE-158
Sony CRX-2100U

AOpen IT EHD-2412U
Sony DRX-510UL


  • NEWS: Broadband
  • READERS’ FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: Book Review, Skills, Web Review, Gadgets and Gizmos, Games, Bytesback

Coming up in the September issue:

  • Best free stuff on the Net: essential sites, services, and tools
  • Videoconferencing workshop: chat face-to-face online
  • Tailor-made PCs: upgrade a PC to suit your latest interests
  • Web and you: get the most from Google
  • Broadband special: make the most of superfast connections
  • Test Centre: webcams

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