PC World - February 2001



Part One: Choosing The Right Components

You don't need a PhD in electronic engineering to build your own PC: a Philips screwdriver and a little patience is all it takes. Over three issues, we'll be building a multimedia PC that can be used for office applications and games. In this the first workshop, PC World shows you how to choose your components and gives a "step-by-step guide to putting them together.



Is your PC watching you?

If you lie awake at night fretting about personal privacy and your computer, consider this: the biggest threat may not be the government or the operator of the Web site you visited late last night, but your business partner, your boss, or even your spouse. A new wave of low-cost, easy-to-use monitoring products is available to home and small-business users. Dubbed snoopware, these products do everything their large-scale corporate cousins can - and in some cases, even more.


Germ wars

What will be the next virulent outbreak? No one knows, except that it's guaranteed to be more lethal than ever. From the first computer virus in 1987 to the global computer meltdown that accompanied the Love Letter in 2000, viruses have become more dangerous and more easily spread. And things will just get worse. We show you how to kill viruses before they infect your system.


Fool-proof scanning

The paperless office might never become a reality, but you can at least take a step in the right direction by digitally archiving documents using a scanner. Here's how to tidy your desk and clear your overflowing out-tray. We take you through the basics, like hooking up your scanner to your PC, calibrating your monitor, and using OCR software so you can scan text documents.



A bill has passed to halt new gambling sites for a year14 TOSHIBA OFFERS MPEG-4 DECODERThe first production silicon MPEG-4 decoder is now available14 IP TELEPHONY MARKET TO DOUBLE YEARLYAsia-Pacific IP telephony will be worth $US6.9 billion by 200514 AUSTRALIA SAYS NO TO PHONE WARNINGSGovernment rejects moves to issue health warnings on mobile telephones16 CHELLO CANCELS MERGER WITH EXCITE@HOMEMerger plans have been abandoned16 DIGITAL CAMERA FEATURES BUILT-IN PRINTERA Canon digital still camera features integrated bubble-jet colour printer16 BERTELSMANN TEAMS WITH TV SERVICEBertelsmann explores venture with Net-based RecordTV16 HP PENTIUM 4 PCs PULLED BY US STOREUS Best Buy retail outlets remove early P4 PCs from their shelves16A Microsoft OUTLINES MEDIA FUTUREThe next generation of Microsoft media software applications is revealed16A VIA SHIPS INTEGRATED CHIPSET FOR DURONNew chipset should boost sales of low-cost PCs with AMD's Duron16A MOTOROLA TO OFFER GAMES ON MOBILESMotorola and Sega are to bring computer games to mobile phones16A YAHOO OFFERS ENCRYPTED E-MAIL"SecureDelivery" ensures message and attachments are encrypted and stored online18 SIEMENS PLANS KID-LOCATOR PHONESNew wireless handset integrates GPS 18 big changes for PC DESIGN Size and colour are critical in determining a design's success18 FRONTPAGE 10 SECOND BETA RELEASEDNew tools for Web site creation, control and management are on offer18 PORN FILTER ON E-MAIL EASILY TRICKEDPORNsweeper software can be fooled by inventive mail users20 broadbandStream a little dream: the best broadband sites22 alt.netThe supercomputer on your desktop26 tech.filesBuses & bitsFIRST LO0KSHARDWARE36 Maxtor 1394 External Storage38 Logitech iFeel and Microsoft Trackball40 ABM Workgroup Server, Nike PSA[Play 12042 LapLink PCsyncSOFTWARE30 Adobe GoLive 5.032 Propellerhead Reason 1.034 Xara X, Relatively Yours II36 PowerQuest Second Chance 2.0LINUXWORLD.COM.AU109 Using LinuxThe new KDE110 Linux TechnologyUpdating the kernel112 Putting Linux to workRunning Windows appsECOMWORLDStage 20: Australia's e-commerce report card e4HERE'S HOW114 UPGRADERInstalling a new motherboard117 WINDOWS 9XFlash-upgrade your BIOS; Clean the right-click menu118 WINDOWS 2000Many uses of the Resource Kit119 WINDOWS ME Using Compressed Folders; Windows' own DVD player120 MAC OSSpeed up startup122 AUDIOEditing audio files123 GRAPHICSAnimated GIFs124 HELP SCREEN124 Windows 9xCheck your e-mail on anybody's computer; One file type, two apps125 Word ProcessingPaste without formatting; Quick tab options; Save paper in Word 2000; Character shortcuts in Word; Get more editing space127 InternetBookmark management; Shrinking toolbars128 HardwareSurvive a disk crash; Offline printer warning129 Bugs and FixesVM flaw in IE; Windows Me bugs round-upDEPARTMENTS10 EDITORIAL Help at hand!


44 The great leap forward

By Beverley Head

46 Straight to the source

By Nicholas Petreley

48 The click

By Mark Stafford

50 Good enough then?

By Ian Yates




Project managers reap rewards


HTML: Your Visual Blueprint for Designing Effective Web PagesMP3 UndergroundMicrosoft Step By Step: Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition151 WEB REVIEWSpot that satellite!

The Internet Oracle


The good old days



Pocket lie detector


PDA phone

GPS for Palm

Mouse with memory

IBM's big screen



Starship Troopers

No One Lives Forever

Gunman Chronicles



80 PCS


Peripherals Plus AMD Athlon 800

Dell Dimension 8100

Peripherals Plus AMD Athlon 1GHz

Compaq Presario 7000

Dell Dimension 4100

Peripherals Plus AMD Athlon 800

Gateway Performance 1500XL

Digital Star IntelliPro 866GX

Peripherals Plus AMD Duron 650

Hewlett-Packard Pavilion 8629


Acer Veriton 7102

Acer Veriton 5100

Gateway E-4400

Micro-Pro Business Workstation

IPS P-45

Peripherals Plus Dual Processing PIII 733Dell Precision 220Acer Veriton FP2Micro-Pro LP200TSUB-$2000 PCsIPS D-20Compaq Presario 5000Peripherals Plus Duron 600Abound AMD K7-800 AthlonHewlett-Packard Pavilion 661790 NOTEBOOKS POWER NOTEBOOKSDell Inspiron 4000Compaq Armada M700Hewlett-Packard OmniBook 6000Beyond ClipperPro WorkBook Gateway Solo 9300XLIBM ThinkPad T21Toshiba Tecra 8100VALUE NOTEBOOKSSharp PC-AX20Gateway Solo 1150CLPanasonic Toughbook CF-71Digital Star 350CT 650PToshiba Portege 3440CT97 SCANNERS Acer S2W 4300U Agfa SnapScan e20Agfa SnapScan e40Agfa SnapScan e50Canon CanoScan FB1210UCanon CanoScan N1220UEpson Perfection 640UEpson Perfection 1240UGenius ColorPage-HR6Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 3400CHewlett-Packard ScanJet 4300CMicrotek ScanMaker 4600Mitsubishi Diamond View DV648UMitsubishi Diamond View DV648UTMustek 1200USB Plus

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