PC World - August 2000



The complete guide to MP3s

MP3 is about more than digital tunes: it's about hardware, software, Web sites, and a few niggling laws. Where did the format come from and why do music fans love it? What are the best digital music players and software programs? How do you find good - and legal - digital music on the Web? We answer these questions and more in our sound test of the digital music revolution.


All about MP3s

To get you going, we'll walk you through the most important steps: finding and using an MP3 player program, downloading new tunes from the Net, and converting your existing CD collection to MP3s.



Online: where the jobs are

Employment Web sites have matured in the past six months, adding all manner of features and user interaction. Many smaller sites have joined forces with the larger players, consolidating into considerable databases of job ads. We tell you what to look for in an employment site, and compare their features, support and interactivity.


Graphics-editing software roundup

Improvements in scanner and digital camera technology, together with increased CPU performance, has led to a resurgence in working with images on the PC. However, choosing the right program to match your experience and needs can be a bit daunting, with hundreds of graphic applications promising to turn you into a pixel pushing guru overnight.


16 TWO STRIKES FOR FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ON PRIVACYATO's plans to sell details given to them by applicants for the ABN breached the Federal Privacy Act, and the use of electoral rolls to send out GST information packs has been ruled illegal16 E-COMMERCE INSURANCE OFFEREDInsurance broker and risk adviser Marsh is offering Australia's "first" e-commerce insurance policy for first and third party losses16 HREOC RELEASES REPORT ON COMMUNICATIONS ACCESSIBILITYThe Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has noted the growing "digital divide" that determines who is and who isn't participating in the new information industry and society17 MICROSOFT ORDERED TO SPLITThe two-year antitrust battle between the software giant and the US Government came to a close when the judge ruled that Microsoft be split into two companies17 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INTERCEPT ACT PASSEDA new bill gives ASIO and other law enforcement agencies greater powers to investigate computer-related crime or fraud17 STUFF.COM.AUThe online auctioneer has announced a third quarter relaunch that should see the company rebrand its site as the "Stuff Marketplace"18 HOUSEHOLD USE OF THE INTERNETThe ABS conducted quarterly surveys of Internet use in Australia during 1999, and recently released the final results and an accompanying report18 GOCONNECT FORCED TO WITHDRAWISP GoConnect has been ordered by the ACCC to withdraw and correct a series of advertisements promoting a "free" ISP service18 INSTANT MESSAGING WAR FLARES AGAINAOL has blocked users of startup Odigo from exchanging messages with AOL's Instant Messaging users19 ABC, TELSTRA DEAL OFFA content agreement between the ABC and Telstra has fallen through, with the telco declaring the deal dead, and laying the blame squarely on the ABC19 PRIVACY BREACHESAdvertising firm DoubleClick and toy manufacturers Mattel have been exposed for breaching their customers' online privacy19 HEAVYWEIGHT ASP ALLIANCE TO DEBUT IN AUSTRALIAAustralia will be among the first nations to experience the new ASP alliance between Cable & Wireless, Compaq and Microsoft19 IBM TO PRE-LOAD LINUX ON LAPTOPSIBM's popular A20m and T20 ThinkPads will feature Caldera's OpenLinux eDesktop, in response to customer demand20 tech.filesChipset chic - Intel's 815, VIA Apollo Pro 133, and the new Intel Pentium 4 (Willamette)24 alt.netShare and share alike - CuteMXFIRST LOOKS28 SyncMaster 170MP29 Casio MP3 watch, JazPiper32 McAfee Personal Firewall, FreeHand 934 Swish, Xara 3D36 Canon BJC-820036 Opera 4 (beta)38 SuperMicro SuperServer 8050, i-Vox and Syncharger40 Magellan GPS-315 and DataSend41 QuickLink PenLINUXWORLD.COM.AU109 Using LinuxHelix GNOME Preview 2110 Putting Linux to workOpenSales AllCommerceECOMWORLDe6 Stage 9: Marketing your site HERE'S HOW114 UpgraderInstall a new hard drive118 Windows 9xCustomise your InfoTips and ToolTips; enhance Explorer with DMEXMenu120 Windows 2000Using the Accessibility options122 Mac OSCreate a software restore CD124 Graphics new!

Getting to grips with graphic file formats126 Audio new!

Put old recordings on your PC

Help Screen

128 Windows 9x

Stop Windows from accessing the floppy drive; put away the Windows CD-ROM for good; load any program to the system tray; stop or change the splash screen130 InternetRemove e-mail hoaxes from your inbox; retire an old PGP key132 Word Processing Fine-tune self-typing text; view heading styles in Word134 Spreadsheets Plot data in Excel; restrict cursor movement to unprotected cells136 Hardware Troubleshoot your inkjet printer quickly; reduce screen flicker137 Bugs and Fixes Critical update for Internet Explorer 4 and 5; Lotus Word Pro division bugDEPARTMENTS12 EDITORIALMore than meets the eye42 OPINIONS42 Internet for all By Beverley Head44 The love network By Nicholas Petreley46 Cash into ash By Mark Stafford48 You better, you bettor, you bet By Ian Yates50 READERS' FORUM plus DILBERTBACKBYTES169 SKILLSAcademics lead e-commerce education170 BOOK REVIEWThe Internet Startup BibleMake Your Website Work For YouHow to buy a computer171 WEB REVIEWFlame WarriorsMake Money Slowly!

Tianwang Search Office


Open Directory Project


PowerShot IXUS

Matchbox PC

Remote PC Resetter

Handy magnets

Wind-up Torch

Retractable Telephone Cord

Eye D Mouse II

Cordless TrackMan Wheel


Star Trek: Armada

Lemmings Revolution

Preview: MDK2



76 PCS


Dell Dimension XPS B-800r

Peripherals Plus Athlon 700

Gateway Performance 850xl

Peripherals Plus Athlon 600

Acer Aspire 6490

Gateway Select 850

Digital Star PowerPro P3-733

Digital Star PowerPro P3-600

Peripherals Plus Athlon 800

Packard Bell Platinum 933

Compaq Presario 3588


Dell Dimension L-500cx

Compaq iPaq Legacy Free

Dell Precision 220

SUB-$2000 PCs

Beyond SuperO M-Class

Peripherals Plus Athlon 600

Packard Bell Club 533C



Compaq Armada E500

IBM ThinkPad T20

Dell Inspiron 3800

Gateway Solo 9300xl Deluxe

Acer TravelMate 734TL


Toshiba Portege 3440CT

Gateway Solo 2150CS

Westan Armabook

Gateway Solo 3300


Seagate U8

Seagate Barracuda ATA II

Western Digital Caviar 153BA

Western Digital Caviar 102AA

Maxtor DiamondMax 30VL

Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40

Maxtor DiamondMax 60

Quantum Fireball Plus LM

Quantum Fireball Lct 15

Samsung SpinPoint V series (10.2)

Samsung SpinPoint V series (20.4)


AOpen 3020 Riva TNT 2 Pro

Asus AGP-V6600 GeForce 256 Deluxe

Asus AGP-V6800 Pure GeForce 256 DDR

Asus AGP-V6800 GeForce 256 Deluxe DDR

Asus AGP-V7700 Pure GeForce 2 GTS

ATI Rage Fury Maxx

ChainTech Desperado AGP-RI70 GeForce 256Creative Labs 3D Blaster GeForce 2 GTSDaytona GeForce 256 Daytona Riva TNT2 M64Diamond Stealth III S540Diamond Viper IIGuillemot Prophet II GTSLeadTek WinFast GeForce 2 GTSMatrox Millennium G400 MaxVideo Excel TNT 2 Speed ChaserWebstar Spectra 3000 GeForce 256 DDR

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