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Ugly pages and good works

We've all seen things we'd rather not see. Among these visual atrocities must be numbered the countless Web pages designed by people who mean well, but just don't get it.

Adaptec USB 2 Connect

Adaptec is the first to market with an adapter card which enables standard PCs to connect to devices using the new USB standard.

Perception Digital PDHercules

The PDHercules digital jukebox, which can rip MP3s directly from CD, without the need for a computer. With its internal 20GB hard drive, the PDHercules is claimed to be capable of storing about 330 hours of music, the equivalent of almost 5000 four-m...

Buyer beware, Part II

Pay for a colour TV and get a black-and-white model, and you know something is fishy. But can you tell "whether the 1000MHz Pentium III you bought "really is what it claims to be? Aldis Ozols teaches you the secrets of smart "PC shopping.

Complay Firefly

Designed and manufactured by Melbourne company Complay, this game controller looks a little like a bicycle seat with a handlebar at the front.

AOL 6.0

AOL is an Internet access and content service aimed at beginners, with the goal of making the online experience as simple as possible. We saw a preview of the Australian version of AOL's latest client software.

Kodak DX3500

There is little doubt that Kodak's ambition is to repeat its success by creating the Brownie of the digital age: the DX3500.

Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS

The Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS is an advanced consumer camera which seeks to address the major shortcomings of the more basic digital cameras.

Adobe After Effects Standard 5.0 beta

True 3D compositing capabilities have been added to Adobe's popular professional video effects software, as well as some innovative interface goodies and a powerful scripting language.

Internet Explorer 6 beta

Internet Explorer dominates the world of Web browsers, both in numbers and in quality. The sixth version of this program is under development as the core browser technology for Windows XP, and we've taken a look at a pre-release copy for a glimpse of...

Introduction to Office XP

Next to its operating system, Microsoft's most important product is its office suite, which can be found on almost as many computers as Windows itself. Office XP is the latest revision of this collection of applications, and looks like the best yet, ...

Freenet 0.3.7

Still in early beta development, the existing Freenet is a peer-to-peer network that protects the anonymity of its users and resists any attempt to impose censorship.

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