PC World - March 2000

COVER STORY

68 WINDOWS 2000

It's ready. Are you?

Following many delays and a string of missed deadlines, Windows 2000, Microsoft's successor to its NT operating system, has finally hit the shelves. PC World has gone under the hood of the final cut of Windows 2000 Professional edition to find out if it has been worth the wait.

We guide you through a host of new features from security and stability, to ease of installation and upgradability, plus an overview of hardware requirements, multimedia capabilities and more.

FEATURES

63 WEB AND YOU

The Web is a hacker's playground

Can the Net be crime-proofed? Not as long as there are sloppy programmers and clever cat burglars. And we are not just talking about the hacking talents of a technical genius; anyone who can put up a Web site can take down a Web site. With over 50,000 hackers online worldwide, the time to take precautions - on both sides of the browser - is now.

We put the spotlight on Internet security, and uncover some simple fixes to avoid exposing the underbelly of your Web site.

78 PEST PROOF YOUR PC

50 ways to destroy bugs and viruses

Buggy software is the hidden cost of speedy product roll-outs and frequent upgrades. Most complicated programs have design flaws, but how can you tell which ones are merely annoying and which will stop your system dead? PC World's comprehensive guide isolates the bugs and identifies the online patches you need.

92 BULLETPROOF PC PROTECTION

20 top tools for 2000

Bugs, conflicting peripherals, unnecessary files, and -- quite frankly -- holes in Windows itself can cause headaches, downtime, and system slowdowns. Have you had it with system crashes? In this roundup, we rate 22 packages in four pivotal categories and direct you to the must-have utilities that can save your life (and steer you clear of the ones that just hog space).

94 -- Antivirus

98 - Suites

100 -- Diagnostics

106 -- Uninstallers

NEWS

13 CAN YOU TRUST YOUR GST SUPPLIER?

Industry figures are advising small businesses to qualify software guarantees and the availability of upgrades and fixes from accounting software suppliers13 BEOS GOES FREENon-commercial users will get the next version of the operating system BeOS free of charge13 DVD HACKERS UNDER ATTACK A US judge has granted a preliminary injunction against three men who posted the code for cracking DVD encryption on the Net16 CASH CERTIFICATES AN "INSULT"The Federal Government is facing a backlash over its $200 cash handouts for small business to assist in preparation for the GST17 TRANSMETA'S SECRET PROJECT UNVEILEDWill this new approach to processor/software interaction revolutionise industry or fade away?

17 LIQUID AUDIO TO USE WINDOWS MEDIA

Liquid Audio will distribute its secure digital music files through Microsoft's Windows Media format17 TINY WIRELESS CAM DEBUTSA wireless video camera smaller than the size of a golf ball has been released in the US20 VENDORS GET CREATIVE WITH MP3An MP3-playing GameBoy and Casio wristwatch-style MP3 player - new innovations to come this year20 US FREES UP ENCRYPTION EXPORT POLICYUS companies no longer need a licence to export encryption products overseas22 SPEEDSTEP KEEPS MOBILE USERS JUICEDIntel's new mobile processor technology boosts notebook speeds up to 650MHz22 HACKERS GET FREE NET ACCESS FREE OF ADSFree-ISP Globalfreeway has dismissed reports that unregistered users can access its Internet service without viewing advertisements24 NEXT-GENERATION MICROSOFTAs Bill hands over the baton to Ballmer, Microsoft embarks on a transition phase into the land of services26 alt.netHotline is the underground network where all types of files and information can be found - some legal, some notFIRST LOOKS30 Norton Internet Security 200031 Creative WebCam Go32 Peripherals Plus Athlon 800, Dell Dimension XPS B800r, Gateway Performance 800 XL36 Mitac Avenia LP661338 DropZip5, PowerZip 2000 Lite, CuteZIP 1.040 Gateway Solo 9300xl Deluxe, IBM ThinkPad 60042 Namo WebEditor 3.0, CuteHTML 1.044 MP Jet, E-Sounds MP3 player46 WebRazor Pro 2.0, Siren Jukebox48 Little Fingers Keyboard, LapLink 2000HERE'S HOW134 CONNECT PCS WITHOUT WIRESThese steps will take you through installing a wireless network to connect PCs and notebooks - for work, printing and even surfing the Net.

138 WINDOWS 9X

Quick keyboard shortcuts for accessing favourites - and what to do if you change your mind.

140 WINDOWS 2000

Connecting to a workgroup.

142 LINUX

Installing and configuring packet firewalling using IP-Chains.

144 Mac OS

If you're bored with your desktop - customise it; using subject-specific Balloon Help.

146 HELP SCREEN

146 Windows 9x

Making individual icons for folders; three ways to keep the Address bar at the top of your screen; free backup and archiving software.

148 Windows NT

Spreading your desktop over multiple displays; automatically getting rid of .tmp files; the first WinNT 4.0 post-SP6 hotfix.

150 Internet

Tackle a slow Internet connection; clear your browser's history list.

152 Word Processing

Tips to help you get the most out of hanging indents; undoing accidental case changes; countering WordPerfect 8 default indentation.

154 Spreadsheets

Putting interactive Excel files on the Web; getting rid of all those zeroes in a cell; formatting just the subtotal cells.

156 Hardware

Ensure a steady flow of power to your PC; improve the sound from typical system speakers.

159 Bugs & Fixes

It's not a Y2K bug, just expired Verisign certificates in Netscape.

DEPARTMENTS

10 EDITORIAL

50 OPINIONS

50 Merger mania: worlds collide

By Beverley Head

52 What ever happened to natural language?

By Nicholas Petreley

54 A tale of one city

By Mark Stafford

56 Something for nothing and more to comeBy Ian Yates58 READERS FORUM59 DILBERTBACKBYTES186 BOOK REVIEWMP3 for DummiesThe Internet for Dummies (Australian Edition)Under the Radar187 WEB REVIEWCinescapeShockwave gamesThe ChaserHelp is on the Web188 GADGETS AND GIZMOSWingMan Force Feedback MouseFujiFilm MX-1200Wild Releasing - Coral Sea dreaming and EarthlightNMB Paper Port Keyboard ScannerMatrox Marvel G400-TVSony PlayStation 2Translucent Wheel Mouse190 GAMESInterstate '82Final Fantasy VIIIBoaBite 3D192 BYTESBACKBEST BUYS110 PCSHOME PCSPeripherals Plus Athlon 700Gateway Performance 700Dell Dimension XPS T-700rGateway Performance 600Peripherals Plus Athlon 800Peripherals Plus Intel Pentium III 600Dell Dimension XPS T-550Digital Star PowerPro P3-600BEcom PowerMate Athlon 600Silicon Extreme 600-CDRBUSINESS PCSCompaq Prosignia 330Dell Dimension L-500cGateway E-1400Acer AcerPower Sn05NEC PowerMate VT116 NOTEBOOKSPOWER NOTEBOOKSGateway Solo 9300xlGateway Solo 2550IBM ThinkPad i Series 1480Digital Star PowerNoteCompaq Armada M700Dell Inspiron 5000VALUE NOTEBOOKSAcer TravelMate 505DX Twinhead Slimnote VXe Toshiba Satellite 2610DVD Twinhead PowerSlim 600123 GRAPHICS ADAPTERS3D Blaster GeForce ProAopen TNT 2 Ultra PA3030ASUS AGP-V6800 GeForce256 DDRAztechTNT 2Diamond Viper II Matrox Millennium G400 MAXVideoExcel TNT 2129 19in MONITORSAcer View 99slMAG Innovision XJ810Mitsubishi Diamond View 1995NEC Multisync V920Panasonic PanaFlat PF90Proview PK998 SeriesSony Multiscan G400Tritton 19

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