PC World August 2002


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50 The ultimate how-to guide.

How to do everything.

Month after month, many of PC World's most popular features have one thing in common: they're how-to articles full of tips for making the most of technology at work and at home. So we've gathered together over 120 tips in this jam-packed special guide. Check out these sections to get started:

51 How to troubleshoot your PC.

56 How to buy the best stuff.

62 How to evade data disaster.

66 How to improve your images.

68 How to take back your privacy.

FEATURES

45 Web and You. i'll be with you in an instant.

Instant Messaging leaves e-mail in the dust because it lets you chat and exchange files and links in real time. Leave that laden e-mail box behind and get in on IM - the little app that we can't do without. Estimates vary, but it's a safe bet that around 400 million people are IM-equipped. So, what are you waiting for?

74 The no-hassle networking guide.

Well-connected.

Ready to connect your PCs quickly and securely, with no additional wires? The time is right - and we've got answers to all your questions. Not yet ready to take to the air? Our setup and security tips are applicable to both new-style wireless networks and tried-and-true wired hookups.

85 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Gaming's expo in depth.

Every year gamers eagerly await news from E3 - the leading video game tradeshow. Well, here it is! All the news and top picks from one of the best E3 shows in years. Plus, get ready for online gaming: if E3 is anything to go by, it's going to go huge in 2002.

DEPARTMENTS

8 Editorial.

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

41 LinuxWorld.com.au .

42 Readers' Forum Plus Dilbert .

184 Advertisers Index .

177 Backbytes: 177 Book Review, 178 Skills, 179 Web Review,180 Gadgets and Gizmos, 182 Games, 184 Bytesback.

FIRST LOOKS

Hardware:

23 Dell Latitude C840.

24 ASUS P4B533-E and Gigabyte GA-8IEXP .

29 Creative Digital MP3 Player 2.

31 mStation Car Jukebox.

32 Toshiba Pocket PC e310 and e740, and Sony Clié PEG-NR70VG.

38 Teac CD-W540EK, LG GCE-8400B.

Software:

26 TrendMicro PC-cillin 2002; CrossOver Office.

28 Macromedia Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX and ColdFusion MX.

34 Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1, beta 1.

36 Microsoft Works Suite 2002.

HERE'S HOW

126 UPGRADER Reclaim hard-drive space.

128 IN DEPTH PC maintenance.

134 WINDOWS XP HOME Protecting your data and privacy.

135 WINDOWS XP PRO How to use NTFS Reparse Points.

136 MAC OS Relive arcade nostalgia.

138 LINUX Using a digital camera with Linux.

140 AUDIO Increasing MP3 encoding quality.

141 GRAPHICS Working with text.

142 HTML Making your site live.

144 PHP Security of PHP scripts.

146 DIGITAL VIDEO Live streaming: is it for you?.

148 HELP SCREEN.

Operating Systems

Windows XP - Old BIOS causing install woes?; Windows 98 - Is a clean reinstall necessary?

Office Applications.

Office XP - Redefine a style based on existing text; A selective tip.

Hardware.

Skip the new monitor; Faulty battery or BIOS?; Two printers, one PC.

Internet.

Stop those wicked scripts; Worm alert; Edit sites in IE address bar.

Miscellaneous.

Use the Briefcase; Monitor sluggish systems.

Miscellaneous.

XP clashes with USB mice.

BEST BUYS

95 PCs.

Over $4000 .

Altech Computers Redstorm 2.2GHz.

Altech Computers Redstorm 2.4GHz.

Xenon Metro 855 Multimedia PC.

Altech Computers Red Cyclone 2.2GHz.

Plus Corporation Stealth G14.

Peripherals Plus Athlon MP 1900+.

Rantronix Real Time Series RRTMP-100.

$2001-$4000.

Altech Computers Blue Wind 2GHz.

Marvel Legend MSPro2000 XP.

Acer Aspire G600.

Marvel Performer 2 XP2000.

Digital Star IntelliPro 2000GX.

Acer Veriton 7200D.

Peripherals Plus Inspire P73.

Acer Veriton 7200.

Peripherals Plus Aspect V11.

IPS A2000-Bis.

Sub-$2000.

Altech Computers Hyperdrive 1700.

Marvel Computers 1700XP Home.

Infocom Multimedia System.

AcerPower Sd.

IPS A1700-Bis.

Altech Computers Viper XP.

Mitac PC-GMAX264M-M4Y2.

Marvel Executive 1200A7V.

107 Notebooks.

Over $6000.

IBM ThinkPad T30.

$3001-$6000.

Dell Inspiron 8200.

Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100.

Protac Excel 5600.

Dell Latitude C810.

Acer TravelMate 633LC.

Sub-$3000.

Digital Star PowerNote 240MDT.

Acer Aspire 1202XV.

Pioneer SOHO Notebook.

Digital Star PowerNote 240MRT 1200T.

Pioneer AMD Notebook.

113 Personal andSOHO laser printers.

Brother HL-1440.

Canon LBP-810.

Epson EPL-6100.

Fuji-Xerox Phaser P3110.

Kyocera Mita ECOSYS FS-1010.

Lexmark E322.

Minolta-QMS PagePro 1250E.

OKI OKIPAGE 8z.

Panasonic KX-P7100.

Samsung ML1450.

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