PC World January 2003

What's On the CD


What’s hot for 2003
All the PCs, CPUs, peripherals and gadgets to watch for this year! Predictions are always perilous in the PC industry, but one thing’s certain: technology buying decisions won’t become any easier in 2003. New gizmos — and old standbys with new shapes, sizes, and functions — will improve your communications, make your workload seem lighter, and maybe even make your life a little more enjoyable.


Web & You: Sites for job seekers
You ideal job is out there! We show you how to use to Net to make your next career move. If you’re thinking of a job change to start 2003, or you’re a recent school leaver or graduate, this story is for you.

Triple XP play: 3 new windows
Microsoft is spinning off three new Windows variations — including one for the headline-grabbing Tablet PCs — for specialised home and business uses. They could well find appreciative niche audiences. Should you give them a whirl?

Dynamic downloads: low-cost tools
Forget pricey shrink-wrapped software. We uncover 25 shareware and freeware gems — from office workhorses to must-have Web utilities and handheld apps — all promising help with an array of functions.

Trouble-free computing: no pc disasters
We’re dreaming of the day of disaster-free PCs, but in the meantime here’s some advice on how to recover from a crash — plus steps to stop serious problems before they happen.

Test your metal: hot new games
This month PC World delivers a bumper selection of over 30 must-play games for the PC, PS2 and Xbox! Plus, we pick the hottest PC titles for 2003. Let the games begin!


Hi-Grade UltiNote M6600 ViewSonic V1100, Fujitsu Stylistic ST4110 Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Platinum, Inspire 6.1 6600 NEC LT260; Logitech Z-680 AX4B-533 Tube; Nikon Coolpix 5700

UnitedLinux 1.0 Beta 3; SignPoster 4.0 Microsoft Office 11 Beta; Ulead PhotoImpact 8 Pinnacle Expression, VideoWave Movie Creator IBM ViaVoice 10.0 Windows Pro USB edition

Quick Takes
HARDWARE: Toshiba e330 Pocket PC; Archos Jukebox Multimedia 20; Maxtor Personal Storage 5000LE; MadWaves Madplayer; Motorola Bluetooth headset; Logitech MX700 Cordless Optical Mouse; Kodak EasyShare DX; PowerBook G4 with DVD Burning; Lexmark X75; SOFTWARE: Ezijobz Business Manager; Macromedia Contribute


UPGRADER: Installing a CD-RW drive
IN DEPTH: Upgrading Internet Explorer
WINDOWS XP HOME: Connecting to the Internet
WINDOWS XP PRO: How to manage DNS: Part II
MAC OS: P2P file sharing under OS X
LINUX: Linux runlevels
AUDIO: Making music using ACID
GRAPHICS: Improve your enlargements
HTML: Table variability
PHP: Objects and PHP
DIGITAL VIDEO: Using Movie Maker


PCs: Over $4000
Australia IT AIT T5 Series
Dell Dimension 8250
Metalbox Systems BeF
Plus Corporation Argon T17
Plus Corporation Dezign I23
Xenon Systems Nitro 855

PCS: $2001-$4000
Trinity International Computers P4 Deluxe Home Pack
Infocom Gaming Beast
Dell Dimension 4550
Australia IT AIT M2 Series
Meghead Megapack
Acer Veriton 7200D
Plus Corporation Stealth G14
Plus Corporation Athlon MP1900+
PC Direct Elite MBS

PCS: Sub-$2000
Trinity International Computers P4 Home Pack
Plus Corporation Inteq R27
Infocom Multimedia PC
Dell Dimension 2350
CWS HomePro 3010
AcerPower Sd
Altech Computers Viper XP
Altech Computers Sputnik Pro
CWS QuamPro 5007

Notebooks: OVER $6000
Dell Precision M50

Notebooks: $3001-$6000
Dell Inspiron 8200
Toshiba Satellite 5110
Compaq Evo N1000v
IBM ThinkPad T30
Compaq Evo N1000c
Hi-Grade Notino R5400
Toshiba Satellite 2410

Notebooks: SUB-$3000
Toshiba Satellite 1410
AOpen 1846
Targa Traveller M1
IBM ThinkPad R31
Twinhead Efio 2312

Internal CD-RW drives
AOpen CRW4850
BenQ 4816P
Imation IMW482448IA
Iomega 30988800
Mitsubishi Diamond Data DD481648-058
MSI MS-8348-A
Panasonic UJDD420-KIT
Sony CRX-210A1
Yamaha CRWF1


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