PC World November 2002


Whats On the CD

COVER STORY

47 Buyers' Guide 2002.

Complete guide to buying everything.

"What should I buy?" PC World editors and Test Centre technicians are asked that question frequently. Our first-ever Buyers' Guide issue has answers for 16 of the most important types of computer products. Don't go shopping before you read this!

48 The Box: Office & Home PCs, Notebook PCs.

56 Inside the Box: CD-RW Drives, ReWritable DVD Drives, Hard Drives, Graphics Boards, Motherboards.

66 Outside the Box: Home Networking Gear, Broadband, Printers, Monitors, Scanners.

78 Beyond the Box: Digital Cameras, DV Camcorders, PDAs, MP3 Players.

FEATURES

41 Web and you.

Take back your privacy.

It's a nosy world online! Stealthware programs track your surfing activity; Web sites ask questions that can seem way too personal; and then there's the most invasive method to watch you: keystroke logging.

What's a privacy-hungry Internet user to do? We show you how to neutralise nosy Web sites and stop stealthware and other snoops in their tracks with these utilities and tips.

89 Protect your PC.

13 antivirus and firewall tools compared.

From dangerous new viruses to stealthy hackers, the assaults on your computer just keep coming. Who's in charge here? You - with these tools. In this article we report on the dangers threatening your system and recap the results of our testing and hands-on evaluations. Our findings will help you choose the best utilities for your PC protection toolkit: antivirus, firewall, and antistealthware programs that lock out intruders.

DEPARTMENTS:

8 EDITORIAL.

10 NEWS.

16 Broadband.

18 Alt.Net.

35 LINUXWORLD.COM.AU.

36 READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert.

193 BACKBYTES:

193 Book Review.

194 Web Review.

195 Skills.

196 Gadgets and Gizmos.

198 Games.

200 Bytesback / 200

ADVERTISERS INDEX.

FIRST LOOKS

Hardware.

21 LifeView Fly TV-Box, X-Media Dreambox.

22 Cornea MP704, Hercules ProphetView 920 DVI, Samsung SyncMaster 181T.

24 Yamaha CRW-F1.

Software.

24 Microsoft .NET Server 2003 RC1.

26 Directory Opus 6.2.

28 ACT 6, Smart Contact Manager 2001 Rev 1.

30 Adobe Premiere 6.5.

Quick Takes.

32Hardware: Iomega zips up storage speed; Philips DVD recorder; InFocus LP650 projector; Evoluent VerticalMouse; Easy label printing; Intel Pro/Wireless 5000 LAN Dual Access Point; NEC MobilePro 300E Pocket PC; 200GB Western Digital arrives; Software: PartitionMagic 8.0; Windows Media Player 9 beta debuts; Apple Mac OS X 10.2.

HERE'S HOW.

150 UPGRADER Get maximum speed from new drives.

152 IN DEPTH Stay up to speed with drivers.

154 WINDOWS XP HOME System Restore.

155 WINDOWS XP PRO L2TP and IPsec virtual private networking.

156 MAC OS Introducing Mac's Jaguar.

158 LINUX Secure communications with GPG.

159 AUDIO ID3 tag editing and file renaming.

160 GRAPHICS Getting arty: Part III.

162 HTML Basic Cascading Style Sheets:Part I.

163 PHP Dynamic image creation.

164 DIGITAL VIDEO Get your story straight.

167 HELP SCREEN.

Operating Systems All Windows - Share programs the easy way on a multiuser PC; A better way to rename files.

Hardware Keep your hardware upgrades hassle-free.

Internet Stop Outlook messages from hogging disk space; Secure instant messages Miscellaneous Close apps simultaneously with shortcut; Time-stamping in ExcelBugs and Fixes Plug dangerous holes in Word, Excel; Windows Media Player security fix.

BEST BUYS.

104 Tech.Files.

Graphics and storage get boosted.

107 PCs.

OVER $4000.

Metalbox Systems BeF.

Plus Corporation Argon T17.

Xenon Metro 855 Multimedia PC.

Plus Corporation Dezign I23.

Xenon Systems Nitro 855.

Dell Optiplex GX260.

Rantronix Real Time Series RRTMP-100.

$2001-$4000.

Infocom Gaming Beast.

Dell Dimension 4550.

Plus Corporation Astra El 11.

Acer Aspire G600.

Marvel Legend MSPro2000 XP.

Acer Veriton 7200D.

Plus Corporation Stealth G14.

Peripherals Plus Athlon MP1900+.

Peripherals Plus Inspire P73.

IPS P4-2260D-Bis.

SUB-$2000.

TI AMD Deluxe Pack.

Plus Corporation Inteq R27.

Infocom Multimedia PC.

CWS HomePro 3010.

AcerPower Sd.

Altech Computers Viper XP.

TI Business Pack.

CWS QuamPro 5007.

Mitac PC-GMAX-M6Y2.

119 Notebooks.

OVER $6000.

Toshiba Satellite 5110.

Dell Precision M50.

$3001-$6000.

Dell Inspiron 8200.

Compaq Evo n1000v.

Digital Star PowerNote CL10-2000.

CWS ASUS L3800.

Toshiba Satellite Pro 6100.

SUB-$3000.

Sony Vaio FX990.

Acer TravelMate 223X.

Leading Pacific AOpen 1845.

Pioneer SOHO Notebook.

Toshiba Satellite 1400.

129 Graphics cards.

ATI RADEON 9700 PRO.

Creative 3D Blaster 5 RX9700 Pro.

Gigabyte GV R9700 Pro.

Hercules 3D Prophet 9700 Pro.

PowerColor Radeon 9700 Pro.

Sapphire Radeon 9700Pro.

ATI RADEON 9000.

Creative 3D Blaster 5 RX9000 Pro.

Gigabyte GV-R9000 Pro.

Hercules 3D Prophet 9000 Pro.

Sapphire Radeon 9000 Atlantis Pro.

Tyan Tachyon G9000Pro.

ATI RADEON 8500LE.

HIS Excalibur Radeon 8500LE.

Sapphire Radeon 8500LE 128MB.

PowerColor Radeon 7500.

MATROX.

Matrox G450.

Matrox G550.

Matrox Parhelia 512.

NVIDIA GEFORCE4 TI 4600.

Abit Siluro GF4 Ti 4600.

Albatron GeForce4 Ti 4600.

ASUS V8460 Ultra Deluxe Ti 4600.

Gainward Ultra/750 XP Golden Sample.

Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD.

MSI GeForce4 Ti 4600-VTD.

Sparkle GeForce4 Ti 4600 Platinum.

Triplex Millennium Silver GeForce4 Ti 4600.

NVIDIA GEFORCE4 TI 4400.

ASUS V8440.

VisionTek Xtasy.

NVIDIA GEFORCE4 TI 4200.

Albatron GeForce4 Ti 4200 Turbo.

ASUS V8420 Deluxe.

Gainward Ultra/650TV Golden Sample.

Leadtek WinFast A250LE TD.

Sparkle GeForce4 Ti 4200.

Triplex Millennium Silver Ti 4200.

X-Micro GeForce4 Ti 4200.

NVIDIA GEFORCE4 MX440.

ASUS V8170 GeForce4 MX440.

Auriga GeForce4 MX440.

MSI GeForce4 MX440.

Triplex Millennium Silver MX440.

NVIDIA QUADRO 4 750 XGL.

Leadtek Quadro 4 750 XGL.

SIS XABRE400.

ECS AG400 Xabre400.

Triplex Millennium Silver XabrePro.

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