PC World June 2005 Contents

What's On the CD

COVER STORY

Supercharge your PC

Get more 'go' out of your gear! Here's over a dozen unexpected ways to hack, tweak and tune your PC and related products to unleash the true potential of the technology that you already own.

Features

Network attached storage

You don't need a new server - just plug in a NAS device and start sharing more data straight away.


5-minute PC fixes
Our guide to 35 lightning-fast fixes will provide rapid relief from the most common hardware and software problems - Windows, printers, networks, office files, browsers, monitors and more!

Camera phone tips

Make poor pics a thing of the past - our quick-tip guide shows you how to take stunning shots with just a camera phone! Plus, lots of other slick tricks for multi-talented mobiles.

STARTUP

Industry news
Crime fighters turn to Microsoft
IBM, Sanyo announce fuel cell
Adobe to buy Macromedia
Windows update phishing scam
RFID to open gates at World Cup

Sweet Spot
Dual-core and Hyper-Threading
Tiny hard drive and MP3 player
New case + cheap LCDs

Quick Takes
Destinator 3 GPS for Pocket PC
Olympus M:robe 500i
MSN Messenger 7.0 software
Nokia 9300 Communicator

FIRST LOOKS

Sony PlayStation Portable
Viewsonic VX924 LCD monitor
Telstra BigPond GameNow
JVC GR-D250AA video camera
Epson Perfection 4990 Photo
Audigy2 ZS Notebook
Roku SoundBridge M1000
Archos PMA430 and i-Station PMP1000 media players
OpenOffice.org 2.0 BETA
28 Acrobat 7 Professional
30 Linux! Linspire Five-O

HERE'S HOW

OFFICE: Fully functional
AUDIO: Getting a bit vocal
DIGITAL VIDEO: Cutting edge effects
LINUX: Running Linux on a shoestring
INTERNET: Feed your face
IMAGING: In my element
BACK TO BASICS: Power supplies
HELP SCREEN: WINDOWS: Windows Me; Restoration piece; Windows XP; Transfer request; Blank look; INTERNET: Dial-up dialogue; Spellcheck headache; Status symbol; Forgotten password; SECURITY: MyWebSearch?; Delete dialer; miscellaneous; External influence; Down to earth

EVERY MONTH

  • EDITORIAL
  • READERS' FORUM
  • BACKBYTES World of Warcraft; Top 5 PC games to watch for in 2005; ASUS WL-530G Wireless router; PS2 Gran Turismo 4; Eyetop DVD glasses; PC: LOTR: Battle for the Middle Earth; Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400 II film scanner; TDK Slimline NX-02CD speaker system; Gigabyte G-Power Pro cooler - CPU cooler; Siemens S65 mobile phone; Primera DS630 Disc Shredder
  • ADVERTISERS INDEX


BEST BUYS

PCs: Sub-$1500
Altech Gameforce Sniper
TI AMD Power Pack 1500
TI P4 Deluxe 1550
Modtech Civic 3217.dx
ARC DVD Workstation

PCs: $1500-$3500
APUS Universe Pro 3500A9
Alsotech Vogue Torosaurus Lite
PCQuest Gamebox
APUS Galaxy Media
ARC Gamer 6600

PCs: Over $3500
Plus Corporation Altera FX-55
Adrenalin A35-SLI
APUS Universe Pro 4000A9-64A
Plus Corporation Aspect A50
Plus Corporation Aries FX-55 SLI

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Pioneer DreamBook Slim 805
ModTech Civic Panoramic
Optima Centoris W259-3165
ASUS A4L
Acer TravelMate 2304LCi

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
Dell Inspiron 9300
ASUS V6000V
IBM ThinkPad T43
BluechipIT OpenBook Z71A
Sony Vaio VGN-FS18GP

Photo printers
DYE-SUBLIMATION
Canon SELPHY CP400
Kodak EasyShare dock Series 3
Olympus CAMEDIA P-10
INKJET
Epson PictureMate
HP Photosmart 375
Canon SELPHY DS700
Lexmark P310

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