PC World - October 2000

COVER STORY

62 Build your dream machine

Step-by-step upgrade guide

Is your PC a bit long in the tooth? Or just beige-box boring? Most of today's PCs are designed for garden-variety computing such as word processing or Web browsing but there are myriad add-ins, add-ons and accessories on offer to enable a complete transformation. To show you some of the possibilities, we've developed a step-by-step guide for a few upgrade scenarios.

FEATURES

57 Web and you

Finding a home @home

House-hunting is never easy. From traipsing around countless real estate agents and open-house inspections to making what will most likely be the biggest purchase of your life, the whole process can be daunting. One of the biggest challenges - and where the Net can really help - is in preparing a short list of possible properties. We take a look at some of the online real estate databases you can use to ease the pain.

72 Make your PC hacker-proof

Personal firewalls review

Although a hacker targeting your PC may seem unlikely, your chances of suffering some type of Internet vandalism is rising, especially if you have an uninterrupted dedicated connection like DSL or cable modem. Fortunately, you can take some simple steps to protect yourself - such as installing a good personal firewall. To help you lock down your system, we tested six personal firewalls to find the best ones for keeping uninvited guests out.

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NEWS

16 POLICE GIVEN POWERS TO TAP PHONE, E-MAILJapan's police have become the latest law enforcement agency to be able to eavesdrop on telephone calls and fax messages and access e-mail accounts while investigating serious crimes17 CISCO TO SHOW IHOME The giant networking company hopes to spur take-up of broadband services by showing what's possible by way of Internet-controlled houses18 SURVEY: NAPSTER'S NOT THEFT!

A survey into perceptions of Napster show a generation gap when it comes to the file-sharing software's legal position20 E-TAILER PROPOSES MUSIC FIXChaosmusic.com has proposed what it sees as a solution to music copyright infringements online: donating 15 per cent of all advertising revenues from its search engine as royalty payments24 tech.filesSpeed king: what processor speed really means, how to make processors go faster, and just how much speed you need. Plus, the fastest x86 processor currently on the market: Intel's 1133MHz Pentium III22 alt.netThe need for nudity - the lowdown on 'nude codes' for gamesFIRST LOOKSHARDWARE34 Apple desktop range iMac, G4, G4 Cube36 Olympus D-1000, DS-150 and Panasonic QR24038 ATI Radeon and Mavica MVC-CD100040 Gateway Solo 1150 CL and Axis 210042 Canon IxusSOFTWARE30 Microsoft Whistler alpha44 Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 and Ulead PhotoImpact 6LINUXWORLD113 Linux technologyRedHat 7.0 beta114 Using LinuxGraphics apps for Linux116 Putting Linux to workXML under Apache and LinuxFREE THIS MONTH!

Windows Millennium Edition for Dummies

Pocket Edition

Thinking of upgrading to Windows Me? Start with the pocket edition of Windows Me for Dummies. Besides details on the new features in Windows Me, system requirements and how it differs from other Microsoft operating systems, there's also a section to bring you up to speed on Windows terminology, plus tips for working with the software.

Then, if you want more information, take the voucher included in the pocket edition to any Dymocks Bookseller in Australia for a $5 discount on the RRP of Microsoft Windows Me for Dummies.

(Available only from September 13, 2000 to October 28, 2000) ECOMWORLDe6 Stage 12: How to choose an ISPe14 Stage 13: Application service providersHERE'S HOW117 UpgraderBoost your PC memory120 Windows 9xCapturing screenshots122 Windows 2000Data management views; Service Pack 1 124 Mac OSProtecting your privacy with the Keychain126 GraphicsColour for Web and print127 AudioLooping back your soundcardHELP SCREEN128 Windows 9x Stopping Windows boot-up error messages; creating shortcuts without the 'Shortcut to' tags; downloading update files for installation at a later date; putting Windows to sleep fast; changing more than the splash screen130 Internet Finding newsgroups; updating Windows online; download of the month: FTP client WS-FTP 6.5132 Word Processing Add pizzazz to documents by using text borders in Word and WordPerfect 133 Hardware Easier connections with USB; USB basics: daisy chains; tips for getting USB devices to work; protecting your system settings134 Bugs and Fixes Internet Explorer 5.5; Acrobat 4 Update 2; InDesign hyphenation bugDEPARTMENTS12 EDITORIALSharing the wealth46 OPINIONS46 Internet in an instant By Beverley Head48 Will StarOffice on Linux kill Microsoft Office?

By Nicholas Petreley

50 On the rise and loving it

By Mark Stafford

52 War of the words

By Ian Yates

54 READERS' FORUM plus DILBERT

BACKBYTES

169 SKILLS

XML skills in demand

170 BOOK REVIEW

The Internet Companion

Net Ready

E-Commerce Handbook

171 WEB REVIEW

Hyperreal

LokMail

Sitereview

So you've decided to be evil?

ShouldExist

172 GADGETS AND GIZMOS

Cassette MP3 player

Furry screen cover

Explosion Organ

Computer key

Teleconferencing

Linux watch

Hot Chips Basic Stamps

MP3 keyboard

174 GAMES

KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child

Bang! Gunship Elite

Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption

176 BYTESBACK

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88 PCs

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Peripherals Plus Athlon 800

Gateway Select 850

Peripherals Plus Athlon 700

Dell Dimension XPS B-800r

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Acer Aspire 6490

Digital Star Power-600

Compaq Presario 3588

SUB-$2000 PCs

Peripherals Plus Duron 600

Beyond SuperO M-Class

Packard Bell Club 533C

BUSINESS PCs

Dell Dimension 4100

Gateway E-3400

Peripherals Plus Dual Processing PIII 733Dell Precision 220Bluefire Dione 99EIBM NetVista 50ACompaq iPaq Legacy Free95 NOTEBOOKS POWER NOTEBOOKSCompaq Armada E500Acer TravelMate 602 TERCompaq Armada M700IBM ThinkPad T20Dell Inspiron 3800Gateway Solo 9300xl DeluxeVALUE NOTEBOOKSToshiba Portege 3440CTToshiba Satellite 2230CDSWestan ArmabookGateway Solo 3300102 INKJET PRINTERSUNDER $2000Canon BJC-2100 SPEpson Stylus Color 480HP DeskJet 640C SeriesLexmark Z32 Color Jetprinter$200 to $500Canon BJC-3000Lexmark Z42 Color JetprinterHP DeskJet 840CLexmark Z52 Color JetprinterOVER $500Canon BJC-6500Epson Stylus Photo 870Epson Stylus Photo 2000PHP DeskJet 1220C/PS

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