PC World - July 2000



Protect your online identity

The Internet economy is booming, and many businesses are making the move to e-commerce. One of the biggest consumer concerns is Net privacy. In this special report, we look at the current state of privacy online - plus, what you can do to protect yourself.


Stealth surfing

You can defend your online privacy. In fact, you must: the simple act of browsing can leave traces of you all over the place, enabling sites to gather information about you without your knowledge. Here are the tips, tricks and slick little products to help you browse, shop and send e-mail incognito.



Search engine secrets

Search engines are an essential key to any successful Web site. Increase your rankings with the search engines and traffic will flow to your site. But how do you achieve this feat? How do sites avoid blowing money on advertising, but still attract thousands of new visitors each day? This guide will show you how to improve your chances with only small alterations to your Web site.


Local Area Networks lose their cables

One by one, our cable-based communications are getting airborne. Basic voice has taken to the air via the mobile phone, and next on the cable-based hit-list is the Local Area Network (LAN). The hardware vendors have wireless LAN products in the market, convinced that problems with performance and compatibility of previous wireless incarnations have been resolved.



With global losses reportedly running into billions of dollars, the repercussions of this virus far outlived the hysteria that surrounded it16 COMPAQ, HP, OTHERS FORM INTERNET EXCHANGECompanies form an online exchange to address the inefficiencies of the supply chain for the computing and electronics industries16 FILEMAKER PRO 5 RELEASEDVersion 5 of this client-side database application is aimed at the corporate, Web and independent developer market17 SMALL PROVISIONS IN BUDGET 2000 FOR ITThe Federal budget has attracted criticism from many sectors in the IT industry17 PRIVACY: CAN THE WEB SELF-REGULATE?

DoubleClick has formed a consumer privacy advisory board, and the US Federal Trade Commission has concluded that laws should be enacted to ensure minimum standards of Internet privacy protection17 MICROSOFT SAVES DAYLIGHTMicrosoft releases patches to prepare computers for the changes to daylight savings time caused by the Olympics18 ASIA-PACIFIC PC SALES RISE 43 PER CENT IN Q1Government initiatives to increase PC ownership among lower income citizens are partly responsible for sales rise18 ONLINE STATE OF THE NATIONA new report released by the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) examines who's on line and what we do there18 SONY ROLLS OUT LOW-COST VIDEO PCThe VAIO PCV-J100 is the lowest-cost PC designed specifically for building potential movie masterpieces 18 SIEMENS LEARNS SOME PROTOCOLSiemens Australia hopes to increase its market share from 6 per cent to 9 per cent in the next financial year20 DEFAULT PASSWORDS BUG SHOPPING CARTSLeaving open a back door allows unwanted intrusion into networks and confidential databases20 MAORIS TO MANAGE RADIO SPECTRUMThe New Zealand Government has offered a 15MHz block of spectrum to a pan-Maori trustnew section!


24 Processor parade: keeping you up to date with the latest processor technology25 Catch the right bus: the system bus handles all the communication between the CPU and the rest of your computer26 ALT.NETVideo killed the radio star - DeCSSFIRST LOOKS30 Windows Millennium Beta 331 Optus @Home32 ShareWatch, PowerZip 5.234 NVIDIA GeForce 2, Kingston TurboChip 40038 Canon S20, Panasonic NV-DS55A39 Cinema 4D XL, Movie Pack40 Jornada 545, CityTime42 Apple Darwin 1.0.244 WindowBlinds, Creative Infra52x AudioXcelIN YOUR SPECIAL 32 PAGE eComWorld SUPPLEMENTe6 Stage 7: Creating your customer service sitee14 Stage 8: Adding consumer e-commerce to your siteLINUXWORLD.COM.AU109 Using LinuxMP3 players for Linux110 TechnologySuSE 6.4 Review112 Putting Linux to workWeb serving with Apache and LinuxHERE'S HOW114 UpgraderInstalling a new graphics card117 Windows 9xCustomise your right-click new menu118 Mac OSCreating a voiceprint password120 Windows 2000Setting up e-mail and newsgroup accessHelp Screen122 Windows 9xForcing Win98 Start menu to display in multiple columns rather than scroll; scrolling on menus; double-click tricks; opting for NTFS vs. FAT32; quickly create a new e-mail message in Outlook124 InternetMore connection troubleshooting with Ping and Tracert125 Word ProcessingSpeed your formatting by painting it; indent both sides of a block of text; protect docs from changes; unformat all text in a Word doc126 HardwareTroubleshoot your laser printer quickly; calculate the minimum wattage rating for your power supply; overcome lock-ups 128 SpreadsheetsDisplay multiple charts on a single chart sheet; display a worksheet name; apply conditional formatting; change the default number of sheets129 bugs and fixesWordPerfect Office SP3; antivirus updates; e-mail attachments in Outlook; Thief 2; Flight Simulator 2000 Update 2; Quake III Point release 117DEPARTMENTS12 EDITORIALPutting profits before privacy48 OPINIONS48 No love lost for e-commerce securityBy Beverley Head50 Necessary evilsBy Nicholas Petreley52 And the Bonehead goes to . . .

By Mark Stafford

54 Are you being served?

By Ian Yates




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Aura Interactor Cushion

Panasonic HS-900

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EverQuest: Ruins of Kunark

Earth 2150: Escape from the Blue Planet

Sneak Peek: Dogs of War



86 PCS


Peripherals Plus Athlon 700

Dell Dimension XPS B-800r

Dell Dimension XPS T-700r

Gateway Performance 850xl

Peripherals Plus Athlon 600

Digital Star PowerPro P3-733

Peripherals Plus Athlon 800

Digital Star Power Pro P3-600

Compaq Presario 3588

Peripherals Plus Intel Pentium III 600


Acer AcerPower Sn14

Dell Dimension L-500cx

Gateway E-1400 533A

SUB-$2000 PCs

Beyond SuperO M-Class

Dell Dimension L-600r

Gateway Essential 466C

Peripherals Plus Athlon 600

Packard Bell Club 533C



Compaq Armada E500

Acer TravelMate 734TL

Dell Inspiron 3800

IBM ThinkPad 600X

IBM ThinkPad T20


Compaq Armada M300

Gateway Solo 3300

Compaq Presario 1200

Dell Latitude LS

Acer TravelMate 507DX


Brother HL-1240

Canon LBP-800

Epson EPL-5800

Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 1100A

Kyocera FS-680

Lexmark Optra E312

OKI OkiPage 10ex

Xerox DocuPrint P8ex

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