PC World March 2003

What's On the CD


Be a DVD maestro: Burn video to dvd
Goodbye, CD-RW. Hello, rewritable DVD. The latest DVD burners are faster and can hold more data (great for home moviemakers) than your CD-RW drive. Their prices are also finally falling. We look at the options for buying a DVD drive and show you how to record your own discs.


Web and you: Info in your inbox
We subscribed to a slew of newsletters and mailing lists - valuable and sometimes provocative online sources of timely technology news, useful tips, and links to shareware, services, and helpful (as well as entertaining) Web sites. From this pool of information providers, we selected the 12 newsletters and mailing lists that can help you get the most out of your PC.

How to fix the biggest PC annoyances
Computing hassles driving you bonkers? We feel your pain. And we have solutions - for hardware, software, and the Web. If you're annoyed about your PC's dumb habits, we're going to tell you how to wipe out the most aggravating PC behaviour once and for all.

Surfing the radio waves: Online radio
Internet radio stations have been steadily springing up across the globe - some commercial, others more community- or interest-based. And if you don't like what you hear, you can set up your own station, either streaming or with a playlist. PC World explains how to tune in or to make your voice heard, with the help of your PC.


Thermaltake Aquarius II
Hi-Grade Notino W6700, Sanyo PLV-Z1
Panasonic LS-D521U, Canon PowerShot G3

Ulead DVD PictureShow 2, Microsoft Movie Maker 2
Macromedia Contribute 1.0, Metrowerks CodeWarrior Development Tools 8

Quick Takes
HARDWARE: New 12.1in and 17in PowerBooks; Intel, Microsoft portable video player; ASUS CRW-5224A; HP mobile colour inkjet printer; InFocus LP70 projector; Alphasmart notebook/PDA hybrid; Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP; Odyssey MP3 player;
SOFTWARE: Arturia Moog Modular System 3C Software Emulation; Adobe Photoshop Album; DVD Collector


UPGRADER Install a motherboard
IN DEPTH Taking back your browser
WINDOWS XP HOME Customising the My Documents folder
WINDOWS XP PRO Manage and monitor with SNMP
MAC OS Safari 1.0 Beta
LINUX Roll out the Red Carpet
AUDIO Using Windows Media Player 9
HTML HTML e-mail
DIGITAL VIDEO Using QuickTime Pro 6 to export to MPEG-4


Bandwidth or bust

Sweet Spot
Graphics cards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives

PCs: Over $4000
Plus Corporation Astra H11
Dell Dimension 8250
Australia IT AIT T5 Series
Altech Computers Blue Hurricane
Plus Corporation Argon T17
Plus Corporation Dezign I23
Xenon Systems Nitro 855

PCs: $2001-$4000
PC Direct Grunt Master
Trinity International Computers P4 Deluxe Home Pack
Infocom Infomod
Infocom Gaming Beast
Acer Aspire G600
Metalbox Systems BeF
Acer Veriton 7200D
Plus Corporation Stealth G14
Plus Corporation Athlon MP1900+
PC-XITE Xtreme Pro Series
PC Direct Elite MBS

PCs: Sub-$2000
PC Direct Home Entertainment
Trinity International Computers TI Dream Pack
Infocom Multimedia PC
Plus Corporation Inteq R27
Altech Computers Silver Raid
AcerPower Sd
Altech Computers Viper XP 2200+
Altech Computers Viper XP 1900+
Altech Computers Sputnik Pro
CWS QuamPro 5007

Notebooks: Over $6000
Dell Precision M50

Notebooks: $3001-$6000
Hi-Grade UltiNote M6600
Dell Inspiron 8200
Hi-Grade Notino R5400
Sony Vaio PCG-GRX5P
Toshiba Satellite 5110
Compaq Evo N1000c

Notebooks: Sub-$3000
Twinhead Efio 2617
Toshiba Satellite 1410
AOpen 1846
Hi-Grade Notino 4400
Targa Traveller M1

Motherboards: Intel-based
MSI 845PE Max2- FIR
EPoX Computer EP-4GEA+
ASUS P4G8X Deluxe
Gigabyte 8INXP
iWill P4GB

Motherboards: AMD-based
AOpen AK77-8X Max
Albatron KX400-8X
DFI AD77 Infinity
Leadtek WinFast K7NCR18D Pro
Leadtek WinFast K7NCR18G


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