PC World December 2002

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The Insider’s Guide to Fixing Windows
In this special report, we’ve assembled a time-saving collection of tips and tools for fine-tuning your current Windows into the OS you’d design — no matter which edition you use, and starting right now.

  • File and window fixes
  • Look and feel updates
  • Windows 2004: Microsoft’s big makeover
  • Net solutions
  • Windows our way: we envision a better OS


Web and you: On Tap Online
Alcohol is a major factor in Australian social life and culture, so it’s no surprise there’s a proliferation of online sites dedicated to helping you source the right drop. We have options for sourcing all your needs for an upcoming Christmas party, as well as some information and specialist sites.

On the money upgrades
Carefully chosen upgrades can extend your PC’s life and help you avoid the pain of migrating your data, software, and settings to a new machine. But which projects are worth the money? Here’s the real scoop on today’s top options, and how to get the job done.

Linux/Windows: the rematch
If you can’t get Windows to work your way, or if you feel like it never will, Linux represents the pinnacle of the customisable operating system. Nonetheless, even the latest Linux offerings still pose a number of challenges to new users. We look at whether it’s worth the switch for users.

Gift Guide: Have a truly techie Christmas
Yes, it’s that time again! We present for your shopping pleasure some of the hottest Christmas presents around. We have selected great new gadgets and some useful gear, too, to help you choose gifts for everyone on your list.


LG Electronics GMA-4020B, Sony DRU-500A
Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen; Philips 180P2B TFT
Acer, Compaq and Toshiba Tablet PCs
Matrox RT.X10
Nikon Coolpix 2000

Microsoft Picture It! Digital Image Pro 7.0
Encyclopædia Britannica 2003 Ultimate Reference Suite; Lotus Notes/Domino 6 Release Candidate
McAfee VirusScan Home 7, Norton AntiVirus 2003, Panda Antivirus Titanium

Quick Takes
Hardware: Creative Audigy 2 sound card and Inspire 6.1 6600 speakers; Philips Micro MP3/CD Hi-Fi System; Altec Lansing 251; BenQ DVD Gem; Olympus DS-330 Digital Recorder Software: New slim, trim ICQ variants; BlackIce PC Protection 3.5


UPGRADER: Improve your PC’s graphics performance
IN DEPTH: Custom-built PC
WINDOWS XP HOME: Windows XP: Service Pack I
WINDOWS XP PRO: How to manage DNS: Part I
MAC OS: Bypass the browser
LINUX: File archiving and compression
AUDIO: Tuning into Winamp3
GRAPHICS: Enlarging images
HTML: Basic Cascading Style Sheets: Part II
PHP: Dynamic image creation: Part II
DIGITAL VIDEO: Microsoft Movie Maker at DV quality


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

PCs: $2001-$4000
Infocom Gaming Beast
Dell Dimension 4550
Plus Corporation Astra El 11
Meghead Megapack
Acer Aspire G600
Acer Veriton 7200D
Plus Corporation Stealth G14
Plus Corporation Athlon MP1900+
Plus Corporation Inspire P73
PC Direct Elite MBS

PCs: Sub-$2000
Trinity International Computers P4 Home Pack
Plus Corporation Inteq R27
Infocom Multimedia PC
CWS HomePro 3010
AcerPower Sd
Altech Computers Viper XP
CWS QuamPro 5007
Mitac PC-GMAX-M6Y2

Notebooks: Over $6000
Toshiba Satellite 5110
Dell Precision M50
IBM ThinkPad T30

Notebooks: $3001-$6000
Dell Inspiron 8200
Compaq Evo N1000v
Compaq Evo N1000c
Hi-Grade Notino R5400

Notebooks: SUB-$3000
Targa Traveller M1
IBM ThinkPad R31
Twinhead Efio 2312
Leading Pacific AOpen 1845
Pioneer SOHO Notebook

Inkjet printers: HOME
Canon i320
Canon S330
Epson Stylus C61
HP DJ3420

Inkjet printers: SOHO
Canon S530D
HP DJ1180c
HP DJ6122
Lexmark Z65n

Inkjet printers: PHOTO
Canon S830D
Epson Stylus Photo 830
Epson Stylus Photo 915
Epson Stylus Photo 925
HP PS7550
Lexmark Z55se


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