PC World June 2004 contents

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Home is where the network is: Complete guide for all your networking needs

Is your home or small office crowded with PCs and peripherals? Now's the time to hook 'em up and share the love! Whatever your incentive - gaming, sharing a broadband connection - setting up a home network is easier than ever. Here are your options for wireless and wired networks - everything from installing the hardware to configuring the software.

Web and you: Cheap hits

The wait is over. You can finally access music online legally and cheaply, locally - but there is still a long way to go before the full potential of downloading music is realised.

Movie masterclass: DV editing tips

Want your home movies to be the hit of the neighbourhood? Here's how to avoid common mistakes and achieve professional-looking, entertaining results.

Interface face off: USB vs. FireWire

Which interface should you choose? Connectivity is the key to getting the most out of your PC, but which peripheral interface will best suit your computing needs?

DIY arcade machine: Game on

Did you spend hours in the local games parlour, battling it out on the arcade systems of old? Now you can build your own system and play those classics again.

SMB savings: Best tax claims and it buys

This month PC World asks small business tax experts to advise what can be claimed on your tax return, when is the right time to buy, and what you need to watch out for.

FIRST LOOKS

Hardware
Intel Northwood and Prescott Pentium 4s
Kodak EasyShare CX7430, Samsung SyncMaster 510MP
Pinnacle ShowCenter
3G NetConnect card

Software
Sun Microsystems StarOffice 7
Ulead DVD Workshop 2, Roxio Easy Media Creator 7
McAfee VirusScan 8.0, Norman Virus Control 5.7

Quick Takes
Hardware: VisionPlus VisionDTV Ter, Hauppauge WinTV NOVA-t, DViCO FusionHDTV DVB-T, Dell Latitude D600, Hewlett-Packard Mp3130, Panasonic D-Snap SV-AS10, Creative DC-CAM 3200Z, Creative NOMAD Zen Xtra;
Software:Firefox 0.8, WinZip 9.0, FileMaker Pro 7.0, Prophet 2004

BEST BUYS

Tech.Files
DVD diversity

Sweet Spot
CPUs
Graphics cards
Motherboards
System RAM
Optical drives
Hard drives
Monitors

PCs: Over $3500
ltech Computers GameForce Commander
Plus Corporation Inspire A73
Plus Corporation Inspire P73
Plus Corporation Inspire P32
ARC Gamer Extreme

PCs: $1500-$3500
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award series
Altech Computers GameForce Mercenary
i-Tech AMD Athlon 64 Award Pro series
Trinity International AMD Super Power Pack
Acer Aspire RC900
Scorpion Technology Z Box
Plus Corporation Astra H31
APUS Universe Pro 2800
Trinity International P4 Power Pack
IBM ThinkCentre A50p

PCs: Sub-$1500
Trinity International P4 Deluxe
i-Tech AMD Athlon XP Award series
Pacstar Australia Elise
I-Tech AMD Athlon 2800+ XP Award series
Altech Computers GameForce Sniper

Notebooks: Over $4000
IBM ThinkPad T41p (2373 GEM)
Dell Inspiron 9100
Pioneer Power Athlon64 8355
Dell Precision M60
Toshiba Portege M100

Notebooks: $2500-$4000
QDI Alacritas W730-K8
Acer Aspire 2001WLMi
Pioneer Power D470
ITC Millennia 7100
Toshiba Tecra M2

Notebooks: Sub-$2500
Mitac MiNote 8060B
ModTech CIVIC Diamond 1600XR
Pioneer SOHO Notebook
QDI Alacritas 520-K8
Mitac MiNote 8080

Wireless networking gear
ASUS WL-500g Router, WL-100g Cardbus
Belkin 54g Cable/DSL Gateway Router, 54g Notebook Card, 54g Desktop Card
Draytek Vigor 2600Ge ADSL Router, Vigor 540 PCMCIA Card
Dynalink RTW026 Router
Minitar Residential Gateway 54g, 11G Cardbus, 11G PCI Card
MSI Wireless Gateway, 11g Cardbus
NetComm Firewall Router, Wireless LAN PC Card, PCI Network Adapter
Peabird G54 ADSL Router, 802.11g PCMCIA Adapter
Surecom 108Mbps SuperG WAP, PCMCIA, PCI Card
Veritech Long Range Wireless PC Card
Zyxel G-100 PCMCIA Card, G-300 PCI Card

HERE'S HOW

IN DEPTH: Back up and survive Upgrader: Building a secure wireless network WINDOWS XP: Prepare for Service Pack 2 LINUX: Taking up the Slack AUDIO: Best free audio software Mac OS: OS X in a Windows world GRAPHICS: Selection tools: Part IV PHP: Error reporting in PHP: Part I DIGITAL: VIDEO Working with old video and film CD & DVD: CD and DVD images HELP SCREEN: Windows All Windows - New ways to tame your windows; Schedule tasks hourly; Windows 98 - Game won't play, virus?; Windows XP - Transfer apps to XP?; Hardware: SoundBlaster for MIDI recording?; Networking without NICs; Get all the details on the hardware inside your PC; USB board causes power surge; Internet: Recover deleted e-mails; Slow Internet connection under XP Pro; Print wide Web pages; Miscellaneous: Windows XP Photo Printing Wizard; Slim down your fonts; Copy drive contents revisited

DEPARTMENTS

  • EDITORIAL
  • NEWS plus Broadband
  • LINUXWORLD.COM.AU
  • READERS' FORUM Plus Dilbert
  • BACKBYTES: Book Review, Skills, Web Review, Gadgets and Gizmos, Games,
  • Bytesback
  • ADVERTISERS INDEX


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