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is that really that important? Do all or large portion of users have to generate content? I believe the interaction of people with these sites reveals more about human nature than analysts and gurus of the Net give them credit for. Take strong community sites like YouTube or Flickr or Wikipedia. the denizens of the Net are making it easy for the moguls of Hollywood. and blogs are three of the biggest threats they face.0? I wonder. make a site some money) or not is one of the commonest reasons for the debate. even blogs. surprise. While whether it’s going to work (i.com ILLUSTRATION: MM SHANITH And. only 0. So we thought we’d assist you by cutting through the clutter and giving you the low down on the Indian sites most useful to you. a mere 0. there’s no disputing its disruptive nature. Microsoft.0 is about collaboration. It fuelled both the consumer Internet revolution and the browser wars that followed — both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator drew inspiration and code from it. I N 11 . Released 14 years back. many mouse clicks later. yes.HA VR IJ RY AY M R cA CM RAC CK HE AN NDRAN The Human Web People are dictating the way the Net’s evolving. And. this graphical browser was the original online killer app. We really are spoiled for choice and levels of interaction. Most visitors who click on to these sites thus seem to be passive recipients of the trivial details of other peoples’ lives. It’s already got the entertainment gurus in the US running scared. It’s talk that’s filled with words and phrases like mash-ups and wikis and social networking and user generated content. Research by Accenture reveals that over half of them believe that user generated content in the form of amateur videos. surprise. CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. Web 2.2 percent of Flickr visitors u p l o a d p h o t o s . what’s so out of the ordinary about a storyteller keeping a campﬁre audience entranced 4. The fact remains that millions of people the world over find reading other’s blogs and looking at other’s pictures and videos quite compelling. The latest stats from the Internet traffic researcher Hitwise states that only a tiny fraction of users actually contribute content to the sites. The study feels that the entertainment industry’s key to keeping the revenues ﬂowing has to be getting onto new forms of content in addition to the more traditional streams. Send him your comments at email@example.com years ago or even the way we react to reality TV. They’re only being human in that. Mozilla and other vendors seem to have gotten out of the one-upmanship game and moved on to looking at the browser as a platform for a whole new generation of rich Net applications. entertained. In the beginning was the browser. the newspapers of this digital village.5 percent of its visitors actually editing or adding information. It’s about creating a global online village one hut at a time and getting you to bring along the bricks. interactivity seems to have taken a downward plunge. While such sites have seen trafﬁc growing close to 700 percent over the past two years. And. Sites that’ll keep you informed. podcasts. that browser was Mosaic. tomorrow’s TV and blogs. Wi k i p e d i a h a s i t positively good with a tad over 4. So where’s the collaboration? That fundamental aspect of Web 2. help get a job and even married. streaming video. The way they access information and exchange notes is the only thing that’s changed — podcasts are today’s radio. That’s what the cover feature in this issue is all about (Page 52). How tiny you ask? Well. Vijay Ramachandran is the Editor-in-Chief of PC World.16 percent of YouTube’s users actually uploads videos to the site. Let me know what you think about it. It’s the debate about Web 2. that’s responsible for this transformation. After all. Don’t tell me you’ve never eavesdropped on your neighbors. It’s this changing landscape of the Net that’s so fascinating.0 technologies. Similarly. Today.e. P C W O R L D . analysts be damned.
for the ﬁrst time.0 LOW COST LAPTOPS BENEFIT FROM INNOVATIONS W H AT ’ S N E W A N D W H AT ’ S N E X T I N T E C H N O L O G Y Connect In Style SANDISK’S SANSA CONNECT WI-FI-ENABLED MEDIA PLAYER IS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT RETHINKING OF PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYERS AND THE PROCESS OF ACQUIRING DIGITAL MEDIA. you connect only to other Zune users who are near enough to con- W W W. so far. the 4GB Sansa Connect surpasses the iPod. in Apple’s offerings. Zunes can only connect with other nearby Zunes. But its most notable capability is the built-in WiFi. and users can use the wireless capabili- ties only to temporarily share music.NEWS & T REN DS INSIDE 16 17 18 PERSONALIZE GOOGLE THEMES NEW MAIL OPTIONS FROM WINDOWS MOBILE 6. you can find and download individual tracks and albums. which is missing. Those services allow you to easily download music from the Internet. For one thing. more engaging than the iPod’s. By contrast. You also can view photos stored on Yahoo!’s Flickr service. its bright and simple interface is arguably. making SanDisk’s omission of an FM radio seem like a logical choice. And it’s a rush listening to streaming Internet radio offered by Yahoo!’s LAUNCHcast radio. listen to Internet radio and view digital images stored online. the Sansa Connect dramatically increases what you can do with your media player and. With Zune. but it’s wireless capabilities are stunted compared to the Sansa Connect. Sansa Connect also does music sharing far better than Zune. which offers about 150 streaming stations. highlights the potential of subscription music services. Sansa Connect is tied to an online media services and in this case it’s the digital music and image services offered by Yahoo!. the highest visibility Wi-Fi-enabled media player is Microsoft Corp. Like the iPod and the iTunes store. 14 SUPERIOR CONNECTIVITY OVER ZUNE to date. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE ILLUSTRATION: BINESH SREEDHARAN . the Sansa Connect connects directly to Yahoo!’s Internet-based music and image services. once you are connected. BY DAVID HASKIN in many ways. In other words. If you subscribe to Yahoo! Music Unlimited. P C W O R L D .’s Zune. For one thing.
you want by pressing the button in the middle of the thumbwheel. Second. you can listen to the music all you want. the device so far only comes with a capacity of 4GB. On the right side of the device is a microSD slot for adding more storage. But. Sansa Connect is a signiﬁcant step forward in terms of usability and access to digital music and images. you scroll among the icons by rotating the thumbwheel. The Shift runs on Windows Vista and has a slide and flip 7-inch touch-screen that reveals a QWERTYkeyboard for easy typing. you may like the reasons for its size. the Connect is signiﬁcantly larger than similarlyspec’d 4GB devices. These CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W.2-inch TFT color display that is signiﬁcantly larger than any other display we’ve seen on a 4GB ﬂash device.N EWS & T R ENDS nect directly via Wi-Fi. which is due before the end of the year. After that. you select an online task from the menu. then. I N 15 . but it’s easier to adjust volume with the thumbwheel. The most glaring omission is that the Connect doesn’t yet support the type of authentication needed to log on to public Wi-Fi networks. there are a few additions to the wireless capabilities we’d like to see. which otherwise is nearly the perfect toy for lounging in Baristas and Coffee Days. It also provides a strong glimpse into the future of digital media and how we’ll be able to access it from virtually anywhere. Once you are within range of a wireless network. including a 30G byte hard drive for holding songs. Shift Zunes wireless capabilities are stunted compared to the Sansa Connect. an onscreen list of letters and numbers appears and you select digits and letters using the device’s thumbwheel and buttons. In the midst of an t h e m os t im m edi at e l y noticeable things about the interface are the bright. You select the function activity. For one thing. and could be a sign of renewed vigor for Intel in ultramobiles. That slot could be useful because. If you need to enter a password to log on to the network. This isn’t a huge problem. it has two buttons on the left side of the device for volume. there’s the built-in Wi-Fi capabilities. and that technique also simpliﬁes one-handed operation. which feels a bit flimsy and certainly isn’t as exciting as Apple’s iPod. including one from top-tier vendor Samsung Electronics in its Q1b. to download the entire album if you’re listening to a specific track or automatically create a mix of songs similar to the one you’re listening to. Pressing on the left and right portions of the thumbwheel moves you forward and back. won’t work there. Via had been gaining traction in the area. You use the same method to log on to Yahoo! While powerful and simple. That means this device. will also come with a host of other features. the bottom portion is for playing and pausing music and pressing the top portion displays the home screen. rubberized thumbwheel with a large button in the middle. In particular. The news puts to rest speculation that the gadget would use a microprocessor from Via Technologies. it would have done well to enable adjusting volume by rotating the thumbwheel. As long as Sansa was copying iPod’s time-proven navigation tools. for now surpassing even the vaunted iPod to become the most fun and flexible media player we’ve seen. it has a satisfyingly bright 2. SanDisk clearly copped the Connect’s navigation from the iPod. the same as connecting to a wireless network with a laptop or desktop computer. and it can access the Internet wirelessly using HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) as well as WiFi. You then can see what music they are listening to and download — from Yahoo! — songs they recommend. Getting connected is simple. It will use the Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 aimed at extending battery life in small devices. connecting works. Once downloaded. it’s about twice as thick. Zune only allows three plays before you must purchase the song. It is also a 3G (third generation t e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s) mobile phone. The Shift. The primary navigation tool is a round. which enables you to do things like rate or delete a song or album. And at about 2 inches wide and 3. about 10 percent percent wider and slightly taller than the iPod nano. more or less. Instead. such as looking at your images. IN BRIEF HTC ultramobile PC to have Intel inside XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX H i g h Te c h C o m p u t e r XXXXXXXXXXX (HTC) plans to use Intel microprocessors in its forthcoming ultramobile PC. BIG AND BEAUTIFUL the device itself is made of black plastic. P C W O R L D . On the home screen. animated 3D icons with descriptions below each one. The icons rotate on-screen with brief descriptions beneath them. plus a small stub antenna on top. On the right is the socalled Zing button (Zing is the company that masterminded the user interface). although Sansa is indicating it will offer other capacities before long. you select specific actions by pressing two buttons just below the display. which enables you. movies and other data. Sansa Connect uses Yahoo! Messenger to look for friends who are connected anywhere using a laptop or desktop computer or another Sansa Connect. By contrast. for instance. with design wins in several devices. THE INTERFACE icons are brighter and more engaging than those used on the iPod interface.5 inches high. curiously. On the left is the Options button.
allowing them to run for three years under a typical service contract.. and the last cyan and magenta. respectively. is among Google’s most practical features. is. a common user interface it introduced six months ago. maybe eventually—technically. Dynamic themes change that. Can Web developers or regular folks create these dynamic themes? Well. especially if the graphical surprises keep a coming. and in color at 40 or 50 ppm. These dynamic themes are slick. Which is why a fairly minor new Google feature— dynamic themes for the Google Personalized Homepage— is worthy of comment here. fancy-schmancy visuals to be part of its once relentlessly Spartan world—I’m thinking also of the Google Desktop’s Sidebar. but both retain an essentially Googley look and feel.. when I think of Google. they do look like they’ll be fun. Google wants them to be all about personalization rather than. Or possibly other factors which might lead to entertaining surprises. And like many a new Google feature before this one.NEWS & T REN DS SEARCH ENGINES IN BRIEF Google Themes Get Skinnable USERS CAN PICK FROM SCENES SUCH AS A BEACH. it wants to keep things simple and limited. which is almost two years old now. too: There are a grand total of six themes for now. which has evolved from a plain- Hewlett-Packard XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX has built its Edgeline XXXXXXXXXXX print head into two new departmental printers designed for print volumes up to 50. And while they don’t seem to advance Google’s mission—”to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”—in any way whatsoever. And they’ll only appear if you have a Google Account and customize your Homepage—not in other Google features such as Gmail.. The printers also sport HP’s EasySelect Control Panel. say. and a bus stop. 16 W W W. there’s nothing standing in the way of it being an open platform. By Peter Sayer THE NEW PERSONALIZED Google homapage adds a customizable graphical bar around the Google logo. The image you see might reflect the time of day. too. The first pair delivers the bonding agent. allowing the printers to run faster than inkjet printers that must scan back and forth across the paper. print in black at speeds up to 50 or 60 pages per minute (ppm). what they do is add a customizable graphical bar around the Google log—a sort of offshoot and expansion of the holiday logos that have been part of Google ever since there’s been a Google. The CM8050 and CM8060 contain six such heads arranged in pairs. visually speaking—they’ve looked very much like every other Google service out there. I think of a site with a relentlessly consistent—and ultimately mundane—look and feel. a cityscape. P C W O R L D . Google said . The heads have a life of around 2 million pages. For now. a themed homepage has a dash more personality than an unthemed one. The Google Personalized Home Page. the company said. But for now. tying into movie promotions. but they’re as striking for what they don’t do as what they do. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 HP aims to speed business printing The “dynamic” in these dynamic themes means that you should notice changes in them from login to login. Or maybe the weather in your area. The printers offer the speed of laser printing with the color quality and reliability of ink. Mostly. there are a grand total of six themes. they’re modest and minimalist in the way that new Google features often are. —By Harry McCracken CONTENT PAGE .000 pages a month. especially now that you can customize your home page with thousands of useful gadgets from Google and third parties. it could be the start of something bigger. The launch of dynamic themes for Google’s Personalized Homepage is as striking for what it isn’t as for what it So you’ll get the themes that Google makes available. The CM8050 and CM8060 color multifunction printer-copier-scanners. In other words. This is a modest launch in other ways. They have a remarkably modest effect on the color scheme of your gadgets. BUS STOP OR A CITY. but that’s about it. involving subject matter like a Japanese garden. the second the yellow and black ink. All the ones I’ve seen look pretty slick and tasteful. Little by little. The new print heads deliver pigment-based ink and a bonding agent across the full width of an A4 page in one go. Google seems to be allowing customizable. All in all. But Google Personalized Homepages have been pretty prosaic. jane add-on to a Windows utility that’s as rich and good-looking as Windows Vista’s identicallynamed feature.
but those distinctions are now largely gone. the software giant continues to improve applications for the devices. and as hardware manufacturers work on new products. you a meeting invitation. CRITICAL STATUS indicators are located on the title bar.N EWS & T R ENDS MOBILE COMPUTING Windows Mobile 6: New E-Mail Options HANDHELD OPERATING SYSTEM ALSO ADDS NEW EDITING POWERS IN CORE OFFICE APPS. and the app remembers which media you were playing last. the 500 series Voice Messengers. as well as view a history in Office—Word. smart phones—will though). Here’s a look at its most recent effort: a program launcher called “Origami Experience” included in the version of Windows Vista that runs on UMPCs. P C W O R L D . making it easy for you to hop onto a wireless network without leaving the app. of common e-mail manageincluding Windows Live Mesment tasks such as replying to MOBILE OFFICE senger. where you can choose to browse through your media or launch programs and favorites. CONTROLS FOR media playback are accessible from nearly every screen in Origami Experience. Borrowing debut by midyear with from Ofﬁce 2007. It also checks the code name CrossNEW SHORTCUTS TO common tasks speed up for schedule conﬂicts bow. HP’s ﬁrst line of iPaq smart phones. sages) with contacts in your re-create and preserve desktop U LTR A M O B I LE P Cs AN EVER- Microsoft says that people will be able to upgrade certain Windows Mobile 5 devices— like the T-Mobile Dash—to the new version. WHEN YOU’RE VIEWING media. Despite this. I N 17 . the enhancements for ecalendar has a vaguely mail and editing of ribbonlike interface Ofﬁce documents. However. with Exchange Server 2007. —Yardena Arar NEW FACE FOR TINY PCs HIGH HARDWARE PRICES put a bit of a damper on the ﬁrst generation of Ultra Mobile PCs. that shows your free Previously known by time. based on a handheld’s screen type: a standard version intended for devices that don’t have touch screens. some Windows Live services. Excel and provements. so you can easily pick up where you left off. Microsoft will still offer two editions of Windows Mobile 6. In addition. If your business works all or deleting a message. And now you can Microsoft’s generally edit data in an Excel modest update of its spreadsheet (you still operating system for can’t create formulas handheld devices and or new spreadsheets. will be based on Windows Mobile 6. count setup and also provides can read messages formatted Windows Mobile 6 supports new shortcuts to a multitude in HTML. —Eric Dahl PRESENT Home button enables you to return to the main screen of Origami Experience. the edges of the screen become tabs that let you switch between your library and the Now Playing view. Microsoft says it remains committed to the platform. You can ﬂag messages more the three core applications you’ll find some useful im easily. such as the abilof activity (calls and text mesPowerPoint—more faithfully ity to search your mail folder. and Windows Mobile 6 Pro for devices equipped with touch screens and styluses. where applicable. Previous versions of Windows Mobile provided more functionality for Pocket PCs than for phones with keypads. Windows Mobile e-mail management in Windows Mobile 6. whenever you receive 6 simpliﬁes e-mail acaddress book. CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. formatting in the new windows mobile 6— OS.
and it uses a Linuxbased operating system). UNDER THE HOOD: The XO has no moving parts. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . run on a car battery. DISPLAY: A SWIVELING lid with a 7. Heat from its 366-MHz AMD Geode CPU dissipates via the keyboard and display. a foot pedal. and a back-lit. 18 W W W. the price should approach the original Rs. 6. it relies on 512MB of flash and 128MB of RAM. OpenOffice. Touchpad mouse BATTERY: THE XO consumes just one-tenth the energy of a standard laptop.4. In addition to the keyboard. how do you make a laptop that can tolerate sandstorms and monsoons. the XO can run for 3 to 22 hours on a charge from a car battery.05inch-thick plastic). lowerresolution color mode. a game pad (at lower right of screen).08-inch-thick plastic (standard laptops use a less sturdy 0. or a conventional wall outlet.org). Power on/off button Battery indicator Stereo speakers Game pad Microphone Video camera Directional pad Back-light control Keyboard LEDs OPERATING SYSTEM: THE XO’s Linux-based operating system can run only software that isn’t hobbled by the notebook’s storage and memory limitations (see “Under the Hood. Antennas Audio ports and one USB port Two USB ports under antenna WIRELESS: THE BUILT-IN 802.750? That was the challenge facing One Laptop per Child (www.500 target. can’t run on the XO—but the XO does come with a version of the Opera Web browser.11b/g Wi-Fi allows XO units to function as mesh network nodes that can connect and communicate with other laptops even when no link to the Internet is available. and cost just Rs. Mesh network antenna “ears” double as covers for USB and audio ports.NEWS & T REN DS P O R TA B L E P C Tech Innovations Fuel Low-Cost Laptop STURDINESS AND SIMPLICITY ARE KEYS TO $150 NOTEBOOK FOR THE WORLD’S POOREST KIDS. INPUTS: THE RUBBER keyboard is sealed to keep out dirt and water. The display has a high-resolution blackand-white mode for easy reading in direct sunlight.5-inch LCD screen has a latch that can lock it against the keyboard to turn the XO into an electronic book reader. a nonproﬁt group founded by MIT Media Lab veterans to get youngsters in developing nations online. for example.” above center). As production ramps up. the XO’s inputs consist of a touchpad mouse (below the keyboard). a pull string. OLPC plans to start distributing 5 million XOs in July. OLPC says. P C W O R L D . OLPC’s XO notebook PC attains its ultralow price through a combination of innovative technology (such as its dualmode LCD) and old-fashioned streamlining (it doesn’t have a hard drive. and a directional pad (at lower left of screen). Powered by a PHOTOGRAPH: MIKE MCGREGOR nickel-metal hydride battery.laptop. —Tom Spring DESIGN: THE XO’S case is made of 0.
They record in AVCHD. This month it’s an impressively small digital TV tuner that’s doing the trick.NEWS & T REN DS TEC H N O LO GY TR E N DS COOL GADGETS LATEST PRODUCTS IN THE GLOBAL MARKET. DIGITAL TV ON AN SD CARD ELSA Japan’s Telebit card is compatible with Japan’s “OneSeg” digital TV system and even includes a built-in antenna. —By Martyn Williams PANASONIC AVCHD CAMCORDERS They’ve only been on the market a few months but Panasonic’s high-deﬁnition camcorders are already getting an upgrade. don’t expect to see it on sale elsewhere. although an external antenna can be connected if needed.” Apparently the HD wasn’t quite as full as it could have been. At the two lower quality recording modes the resolution remains unchanged. the new HD format jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic LG NEW BEETLE MP3 PLAYER LG Electronics is teaming up with car-maker Volkswagen on a digital media player styled along the lines of the New Beetle car. MP3. The player sports an aluminum body and will be available in three of the same colors as the car: Salsa Red. Because the OneSeg system is unique to Japan. especially since the older cameras were advertised as “Full HD. However the inspiration doesn’t extend to the shape of the player. It will come in two versions: 2G-byte and 4G-byte. 20 W W W. Windows Media Video 9. It has a 2. P C W O R L D .4inch color LCD screen and can play MPEG-4. which looks like other MP3 players on the market. The speciﬁcations are fairly standard for a media player of its class. That’s an interesting jump. The design of the player’s user interface was inspired by the car. the SD1 and DX1. If you’re like me then no matter how many new gadgets you see everyday some still make you say “wow” when you ﬁrst lay your eyes on them. and the device also has a small VW badge on the front panel and a New Beetle logo on it’s rear. The SD card-based HDC-SD3 and DVD-based HDC-DX3 will capture video at 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels in their highest quality mode compared to just 1440 pixels by 1080 pixels resolution on the two previous cameras. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . Windows Media Audio and Ogg-format ﬁles. Shadow Blue and Sunﬂower Yellow. It comes packaged with a Windows viewing application that also allows for time-shift viewing of TV shows and access to the electronic program guide.
Available in white.N EWS & T R ENDS SONY 120HZ BRAVIA LCD TVS Sony’s latest Bravia TVs are about to hit the market and they pack the latest in LCD TV industry buzz-speak: 120Hz scanning. TOSHIBA GIGABEAT U Toshiba pleasantly surprises with a colorful choice of models each time it launches new Gigabeat music players.1-inch color EL display. can play Windows Media (unprotected or DRMed). with the bonus that the TVs are DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliant. P C W O R L D . So it’s nice to see a lower price high-def recorder from IO Data. so you can network them with other home electronics devices. There’s room to record 103 hours of terrestrial digital TV in full high-deﬁnition. The new Bravia J5000-series has this. Battery life is about 20 hours and a 10-minute quick charge will get you 3 hours of playback. for example in a football game. CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. The snappily-named HVRHD1000LE packs 1T-byte of storage space and does not have a tuner from the recorder. the players have a 1. and the Useries are no exception. Instead it hooks up to a TV or satellite tuner over an IEEE-1394 connection. This involves refreshing the picture at double the rate of a conventional TV set. a beneﬁt when watching programs where there is a lot of horizontal motion. MP3 or WAV audio ﬁles and have a built-in FM transmitter so you can listen to your songs through a radio and don’t have to worry about audio cables. The double refresh rate (it would be 100Hz in Europe) means the motion appears smoother and the overall picture better. I N 21 . IO DATA 1TB HIGH-DEF RECORDER High-deﬁnition TV is great when you watch live but recording it often presents problems. orange and blue. For a start most recorders just can’t handle HD signals and those that do often come with a hefty price tag.
the power and cooling demands they put on a system have become enormous. A black ink cartridge good for 300 pages will retail for Rs. cuts. still. Staff bloggers now are nearly a requirement for presidential campaigns. CAMPAIGNING 2. Gamers should quickly embrace this technology to move high-end graphics setups outside the PC case—even though such solutions could cost as much as Rs. Three years later. the code names for the next major releases on the Windows road map: Fiji and Vienna. and MySpace. it’s clear the 2 3 CLIPMARKS: Grab the best bits of a Web page to blog about or save for later.com/Products/ MobilePhones/Verizon/ SCH_U740CDAVZW. That should drive the cost of printing a4 by 6 photo down from Rs. 450.com CUTS: This beta online video editor al - lows you to remix clips from YouTube. compared with competing offerings priced at about Rs. Bottom Line: Imagine having a one-box PVR upgrade with a tuner and a hard drive. or a larger Vista revision set for 2008. With high-end graphics boards approaching 200 watts per card.0 ERA. Vista’s true successor won’t arrive until 2009 at the very earliest. 11. Bottom Line: We’ll have to wait and see how the output looks before we can render a ﬁnal verdict. long vacation. Kodak aims to change that with its new line of EasyShare all-inone inkjet printers that make use of cheaper pigment-based ink and special paper. when Microsoft tentatively plans to roll out Vienna. that gallon of ink would cost upwards of Rs. ELECTIONS IN THE WEB 2. Kodak says a color cartridge for one of the new models will go for Rs. which means system builders can bring the full speed of PCI Express x16 to external peripherals up to 10 feet away. Bottom Line: If you thought political debate couldn’t get any more high-minded.F L I P : Samsung’s SCH-u740 dual- hinge cell phone is one of the cooler handsets to hit Verizon in years. you call that policy?! 22 W W W. 54.com Internet will play an even larger role in the 2008 campaign. new PCI Express spec. WHAT’S NEXT FOR WINDOWS HAVING FINALLY SHIPPED Windows Vista after years of development. Google. http:// samsung.500. and you’d get almost as far as you would on a gallon of gasoline. And with socially filtered news sites and a burgeoning political blogosphere ready to seize on any misstep.com/ index.org each had their moment in the sun during 2004’s presidential election. Vienna will be 64-bit only and should have a new Internet Explorer (designed by the team that created Ofﬁce 2007’s ribbon). 675.0 The Buzz: Bloggers. any news of cheaper printer ink—from a company as solid as Kodak. Well. 765. or a little over half the cost of most competing inks. ning. just wait till the ﬁrst text message from a campaign leaks: OMG LOL. no less—is always welcome.1. External PCI Express should make both of them possible. The PCI Ex press group approved its first external cabling specification.com 4 D UA L. clipmarks. and MoveOn. thanks to external graphics. and (ﬁnally) the long-delayed ﬁle system update known as WinFS.57.000. yielding some interesting new designs. Microsoft may feel its programmers are due a nice. the stakes at any public appearance have never been higher.coolitsystems. External graphics boxes. should start arriving this year. Microsoft won’t say much about them. Hence. Unfortunately.ERIC DAHL ERIC DAHL Cheap Ink? Say It’s So! PLUS: OUTSIDE-THE-BOX UPGRADES. with cooling and a power supply built in. PRINTS FOR PENNIES The Buzz: Line up all HERE\NOW 1 COOLIT ELIMINATOR: Self-contained proc- essor water cooling system installs in 10 minutes. P C W O R L D . 4. Internet polling. And you thought gas prices were out of control. but observers point to Fiji as an interim release—either a service pack for Vista slated for the end of the year. your next graphics card might reside in a box outside your PC. perhaps.asp 5 NING: Ever wanted to have your own social network? Ning will let you build one.php?option=content &task=view&id=132 EXTERNAL PCI EXPRESS The Buzz: Thanks to a the pages you could print using a gallon of ink.50 to around FUTURE TECH Rs. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE ILLUSTRATION: GORDON STUDER .25. According to Windows watcher Paul Thurrot. an increased focus on virtualization. www.
Attenborough. would not have imagined what the creators of Planet Earth did when it aired a month ago. if there was a segment on the Polar Bear on TV. Sachin Kalbag is the Washington. many documentary ﬁlmmakers have access to the same technology).THE OTHER SIDE SACHIN KALBAG The Age of Multimedia Entertainment Just before its scheduled late March premiere. and entertainment. an instant trivia section and a live chat with M Sanjayan. The media. I am able to interact with the creators in real-time. we want television programming on our cell phones. in general. as a viewer. and thousands on its ofﬁcial website simultaneously interacting with conservators. The synchronicity was such that the information spiel on the website would pause the moment there was a commercial break on TV and later. in particular. we want breaking news on television as well as on the Web and on cell phones. It was not just about the technology that they used (after all. why the species is endangered. take your breath away. are on its way to become a fulltime two-way street. a Mumbai-based newspaper. however fascinating his series was. The media and entertainment are on its way to become a full-time two-way street. What. For instance. The Living Planet. a 21st century jazzed up version of the groundbreaking David Attenborough series in the 1980s. correspondent of Daily News and Analysis. what I am truly happy about the series is not just my hunger for nature programming being satiated. answering real-time quizzes and getting the inside dope on every single aspect of the programme as it was being aired. A few months ago. we blog it. that is!) on YouTube. With Planet Earth. or even solicit ideas from them for alternate endings that can be played exclusively on the Web? The point is that. we want to put up our phone videos (if we’re invited. we had discussed how entertainment would deﬁne and drive innovation in personal technology during this decade and beyond. the fascinating species of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador – the place where Charles Darwin became convinced of evolution. Yet. the rare images of some of the most endangered species and even the scope of production. say. however. Consumers such as you and me no longer talk about single-medium dispersion of news and entertainment – along with newspapers. if you like!). Planet Earth could have been just another lavish documentary on the Discovery Channel. P C W O R L D . or would not expect leading broadcasters to adopt a multimedia simulcast policy with enriched content and instant interactivity. for instance. throw up exactly the same information you were looking for when the programme talked about. Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth is one of those rare victories in multimedia entertainment that need to set the pace for Indian entertainment conglomerates to work out a multimedia attack. I N 23 . the lead scientist of the world renowned Nature Conservancy Group. the technology is already there – it’s only our imagination that stops us from exploiting it. DC. it is also about how they used it. infotainment. and the only handicap I can see would be our imagination. Discovery ensured that Planet Earth – now regarded as one of the best documentary series ever made – would get real-time multimedia play on both television and the Web. stops Ektaa Kapoor – now surely India’s leading television producer – to have her actors or directors or script writers to speak with their viewers in real time as an episode airs. The series premiere had millions watching the programme nationwide on television. sometimes even videoblog it. the bar is now set even higher for both entertainment programming and for multimedia technology – we will no longer accept production qualities anything lower than what have seen. I would recommend an instant replay – the photography from space. we were watching one of the most successful experiments in multimedia entertainment (OK. If we have an opinion to share. ILLUSTRATION: MM SHANITH CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. In short. participate in a programme rather than just be a couch potato and even express my opinion instantly. on this very column. we don’t just want photos or live coverage of the Aishwarya-Abhishek wedding. we don’t just express our opinion in a letter to a newspaper’s editor. If you have not seen it yet. but also the fact that. the website would give you all the inside dope on a Polar Bear’s habitat.
Write to me at techtonic@pcworld. giving users a free hand in choosing the OS that best suits their needs. DirectX 10 hardware is in a nascent stage and very few DX 10 games have been announced. users are also cautious about making the switch. P C W O R L D . Sighting a preference for Windows XP over Vista. ILLUSTRATION: ANIL T W R I T E B AC K Share your views and experiences on technology hits and misses. Microsoft now finds itself in the middle of another brewing controversy. Microsoft’s trick to keep DirectX 10 exclusive to Vista might help them get the hardcore PC Gamers on their side but this will take its own sweet time. . I N M AY 2 0 0 7 the magic wand they expected it to be and it will take a while to get its grip on the market. The announcement of closing doors on Windows XP by Microsoft is not going well with users and manufacturers alike. With the current hardware requirements for Windows Vista. Microsoft itself has given OEMs and home-users a reason to consider other alternatives. Microsoft’s wants to keep its equation on the sales revenues and penetration ﬁgures for Vista intact. With experts not yet convinced on the security aspects of Windows Vista. Microsoft has announced plans to discontinue shipments of Windows XP to OEMs from January 31. Hovering around the numerous local tech forums and community websites. the transition to Windows Vista won’t be simple and in many cases almost impossible. VISTA FAILS TO MEET THE HYPE IT’S CREATED while Windows Vista might look a lot cooler and offer some fancy features. Microsoft obviously wants to ensure that the OEMs and PC manufacturers gear themselves up for Windows Vista but taking the Windows XP option out of the system won’t go down well with vendors either. With countless applications standardized on Windows XP. users will have to invest in more powerful machines to be able to run the applications with same speed and performance as their current Windows XP based machine. Microsoft’s Windows XP has been a popular choice amongst SMB and home users alike and it is by no stretch of imagination nearing the end of its product life cycle. Microsoft may do well to heed its community of dedicated users and continue to support Windows XP a while longer. AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK ELSEWHERE ness houses who seem to be content with Windows XP and hence do not see a need to upgrade in near future. Windows XP has extensive software and driver support which makes it a lot more hassle free to adopt and maintain. It may not be surprising to see SMBs and home-users considering a shift to the popular Linux distributions that offer required functionalities. Vendors might just offer a wider range of products without bundled operating systems. I clearly gathered that common opinion of users not convinced with Vista revolved around deciding to stick to Windows XP while trying out various Linux distros.in. The costs involved in training staff in adapting to a new OS is a clear deterrent for small and medium busi24 W W W. 2008. On its Microsoft Life-Cycle Policy Web page.TECH TONIC SOHAM RANINGA Bye-Bye Windows XP ? Is Microsoft desperately attempting to force its new OS upon you? being already in the middle of a lawsuit over the “Vista Capable” certification being misleading. it’s not as polished with regard to core functionality and compatibility side yet. It’s quite possible that Microsoft has realized that Windows Vista isn’t quite CONTENT PAGE “a reason to go open source!” a colleague responded to Microsoft’s announcement. So the decision to shun Windows XP within a year of Vista’s release is being met with a lot of ﬂak. Dell has announced its decision to continue selling XP-based PCs to cater to the SMB market which according to Dell needs more time to migrate to Vista. While the open source community will give numerous reasons why we should upgrade to Linux. Gamers clearly prefer to hang on to Windows XP for its superior compatibility and better performance yield with current games.
26 W W W. No active attacks against this hole are known to exist. and IE 7 offers additional protection by requiring multiple confirmations to run ActiveX.mspx. and changes to Windows support. Details on the COM ﬂaws are at www.10) and Thunderbird (1. The first two fixes close holes in two different ActiveX controls used by Windows (and loadable by IE) for HTML Help and Microsoft Data Access Components. two of which are critical.com/kb/927527 /en-us. Vista is not affected. but if you haven’t already received the fix through Automatic Updates. existing tags can become unreadable.com/technet/ security/bulletin/ms07-016.google. just as microsoft thought it had ﬁxed the last of a string of exploited holes in its Ofﬁce applications.com/en-US/firefox/2.com/technet/security/Bulletin/ms07008.microsoft. to avoid using the Photo Acquisition Wizard. or drag and drop them directly from the camera. JOHNSTON Microsoft Security Programs Create Risk Plus: Fixes for Internet Explorer and Ofﬁce.BUGS & FIXES STUART J. The second two repair ﬂaws involving IE’s handling of COM objects. including Vista.mspx).5. which can be targeted if you click a poisoned FTP (ﬁle transfer protocol) link in an e-mail or on a hacked site. attackers could take over a vulnerable PC running the security software on any supported version of Windows. A virus scan could trigger the attack. ANOOP BUGGED? FOUND A HARDWARE or software bug? Tell us about it by sending an e-mail to feedback@pcworld. SOFTWARE FIX IF YOU CREATE digital photo tags using Microsoft’s Photo Info program in Vista.in.microsoft. ﬁrst. don’t use Windows Photo Gallery or Windows Explorer to edit photo tags or properties. ILLUSTRATION: P. get it now from www. Windows. Microsoft also patched a ﬁstful of critical holes affecting Internet Explorer 6. com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-009.mspx. mspx.701. and involves the usual tainted e-mail attachments or downloaded ﬁle (details at www. Read more at http://support. as-yet-unpatched bug is rated the same.mozilla.com.0.0. In other Vista news.2/releasenotes/. photos in Nikon’s raw format can become unviewable. a part of Windows Defender and Windows Live OneCare.networkworld. if one of the affected programs scans a doctored PDF ﬁle sent as an e-mail attachment or downloaded from the Web. The fixed portions (distributed via Automatic Updates) close vulnerabilities considered critical in Word 2000 and rated important in Works and in other Word versions (more at www.com/technet/security/ advisory/933052.10) close a number of holes. com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS07-014.mspx ).com/ news/2007/022207-googledesktop-flaw.0. as well as of the Microsoft Antigen and Microsoft Forefront Security business programs. For the ﬁx and the list of affected software.com/kb/929427.html). Stuart J.5. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . P C W O R L D . a new fl aw in Microsoft security software turns the software that’s supposed to be protecting you into a threat.microsoft. Until camera companies provide driver updates. a compatibility patch allows a slew of older programs and games to run under the OS.microsoft. grab the new version at desktop. see http://support.com/technet/security/Bulletin/ms07-010.30540) didn’t reach you. VISTA PHOTO GOTCHAS. All the patches have been distributed Google Desktop Fix RESEARCHERS discovered that an infected Web site or e-mail could trick Desktop into divulging your data (www. but all create the risk of drive-by downloads if you browse a poisoned site with IE 6 on Windows 2000 SP4 through XP SP2. Worse yet.02 and 1. The new. the ﬁxes appear to have come out before any known attacks. Instead.0. Get more on the Help ﬂaw at www. Some of the flaws actually reside in via Automatic Updates. the workaround is. microsoft.0. This critical hole appears in Microsoft’s Malware Protection Engine. use the camera maker’s software to upload pics. Through it. and obtain more information at www. Johnston is a contributing editor to PC World. along with info on the ﬁnal hole.microsoft.mspx and on the MDAC problem at www.C. OFFICE ATTACKS IN BRIEF Firefox Update NEW VERSIONS OF Firefox (2. Second.microsoft. Upgrade via either program’s automatic update feature.microsoft. If Google’s auto-update fix (to 5. another one popped up.0.
3G WALKMAN PHONE 32 ASUS EN8800GTS VIDEO CARD 32 STYLISH AND PORTABLE NU DVD WRITER 33 SPYWARE DOCTOR 5. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 cost. The storage industry is one of the most dynamic in the IT ﬁeld as even enterprises constantly need more storage owing to wear out of older drives and demand for more space. Seagate and Western Digital. to deter- benchmarking tool to test the read and write speeds (in linear and random modes) of the drives. At the top of the performance chart is the ST3320620AS from Seagate’s much acclaimed Barracuda 7200. You can see the graphs on page 42 for better under- CONTENT PAGE PHOTOGRAPHS: SRIVATSA SHANDILYA .NOISE ISOLATION EAR PHONE FROM CREATIVE 35 CANON MP510 INKJET MFD 36 SONY VAIO SLEEK PC 37 ZONEALARM INTERNET SECURITY SUITE 7. no matter how much you have. It posted a random read speed of 68.10 family that features perpendicular recording. The low level random read and random write tests give a reliable indication of drive behavior in real world usage.5MBps. much faster than the 55-58 MBps that the other drives managed. the movies just get bigger.0 BETA 34 MICROSOFT’S EXPRESSION WEB 34 EP-630 . Do bear in mind that 320GB drives offer the lowest cost per GB in hard drives as of now and will also futureproof you for some time to come.R EVIEWS & RAN KIN GS REVIEWS 31 W880I . PERFORMANCE we used Everest 2006 Ultimate’s low level disk disks with 16MB buffer and SATA interface from the four leading manufacturers – Hitachi. you can expect all drives to be affected by the same proportion. you’ll always want more and hence we recommend a 320GB if you can afford its relatively higher purchase 28 W W W. With storage. Hard drives are available today in all capacities upto the 1TB mark. A low level testing ensures that operating system’s inconsistencies do not affect the result of the test. The Hitachi and the Western Digital are third and fourth respectively in the performance tables.0 38 SEAGATE 750 GB BACKUP REVI VIEWS WS & RANKINGS ANKINGS L A B -T E S T E D A N DD UH MA ON UD RS E O D N IT EE VA D LU BY AT KI A ON LP SA ON FA TH EE TT LE AT NE SS O TNP & RO R DA UM CO TS N S T O R AG E Spacious Storage Gets Cheaper Still HIGHER SPEEDS AND LOWER PRICES MAKE 320GB THE WAY TO GO FOR DESKTOP STORAGE just as you upgrade your system and think you’ll not run out of space for a while. but for most home users. P C W O R L D . Samsung. Though the transfer rates will be lesser in real world scenario owing to operating system overheads and inconsistencies. games demand close to 10GB and operating systems are getting space hungry as well. We tested 320GB hard mine which of these offers the best buy over all. your music collection grows. both managing about 58MBps in random read. the best buy (cost per GB) rests at the 160GB and the 320GB marks.
This decrease is not linear and hence the average speed that you see on the graph next page does not always tell the full story. Coupled with its 5 year warranty.8 MB/s • Random read speed:54. CHART NOTE: The test rig consisted of an Intel D975XBX motherbaord with 2x 1GB DDR2 800MHz RAM and a WD 150GB Raptor hard disk. Note that your motherboard must also support this function. 4. The Seagate a n d t h e Sa m s u n g w e r e the most consistent. Samsung HD321KJ 3 Rs. a hot topic amongst drive manufactures and enthusiasts alike. Seagate has been the first manufacturer to use this technology in desktop drives with the 7200. 2 Hitachi Deskstar HDT725032VLA360 Rs.450 BUY 84 Very Good 3 Bottom line: Offers best performance and priced less as well. This new concept promises upto 10 fold increase in drive capacities when compared the conventional longitudianal recording. we included two other factors in our calculation – percentage of the drive where write speed is above 60 MBps and 50 MBps. Western Digital WD3200KS 4 Rs. Most internal hard drives offer high transfer speed in the beginning sectors and gradually decrease to just about 50% of that figure towards the end of the drive. else NCQ will get disabled on the drive. this is not an attractive option. but with the Seagate or the Samsung. Though we simply say ‘hard disk’. all other drives in this test are NCQ enabled. NCQ or Native Command Q u e u i n g i s a S ATA I I feature that is primarily aimed to increase hard drive performance in servers. The WD was the weakest with not even half the drive area (47%) above the 60MBps mark.5 MB/s • NCQ : Yes • Number of platters : 2 • Perpendicular Recording : No 3 Bottom line: Performance almost on par with the Barracuda. Except WD.5 MB/s • NCQ : Yes • Number of platters : 2 • Perpendicular Recording : No 3 Bottom line: Good performance and competitive pricing sees this drive in second place. including the 320GB that is featured in this test. 5.10 series.4 MB/s • Random read speed: 58. and are subject to change according to various factors. The notable advantage in a single user scenario is not consistent. NCQ allows a drive to reorder the read / write instructions it receives from the operating system such that the various operations can be performed more efﬁciently. Number of platters (or physical disks) that a hard drive has will have a bearing on its reliability and performance as well (for a given capacity). with about 70% of the drive area showing transfer speeds up to 60 MBps and 88% above 50 MBps.200 78 Good • Overall performance: Very Good • Random write speed: 66. All drives e x c e p t f o r t h e We s t e r n M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. Put simply.4. I N CONTENT PAGE 29 .7 MB/s • Random read speed: 57.600 81 Very Good • Overall performance: Good • Random write speed: 59.10 ST3320620AS Best Rs. you can’t go wrong with this drive.600 75 Good • Overall performance: Good • Random write speed: 58.REV IEWS & RA N K I NGS 38 SAMSUNG SGH-E520 SLIDER PHONE 39 AMD 690V BASED MOTHERBOARD FROM JETWAY 40 SIGHTSPEED’S VIDEO CALLING SOFTWARE 41 41 42 42 43 NOD32 ANTIVIRUS SYSTEM 7MP A700 CAMERA FROM FUJI 22 INCH MONITOR FROM SAMSUNG LEADTEK’S TV2000 XP GLOBAL TUNER FINGERPRINT LOCK PEN DRIVE FROM WEP 36 32 standing of the differences in the benchmark scores. but the higher price tag bogs the Samsung to third place. The implication is that with the WD. FEATURES Perpendicular Recording is INTERNAL HARD DRIVE PCW Rating Performance • Overall performance: Very Good • Random write speed: 64.5 MB/s Features • NCQ : Yes • Number of platters : 2 • Perpendicular Recording : Yes 1 Seagate Barracuda 72100. Hence. data transfer beyond the half capacity mark will be slower. you have 70% of the drives’s capacity to go before you see speeds drop. This works to advantage in cases where data has to be read from or written to multiple scattered areas of the disk – typical of a server. P C W O R L D .1 MB/s • NCQ : No • Number of platters : 3 • Perpendicular Recording : No 3 Bottom line: Last in the performance table costing about the same as other drives. however. 4. most of today’s high capacity drives are actually composed of two or more physical disks. The prices mentioned above are indicative street prices as of the time of this review.3 MB/s • Random read speed: 68. Has lowest power consumption as well.
better performance as well. Use power saving options: The lesser you make your hard drive work. enable hard disk power off under Power Management or just Hibernate your PC which will switch power your hard disk off. spotting the best buy was not too difﬁcult. If you are used to leaving your PC idle while you step out.700. Defragmentation put together in contiguous locations various chunks of individual ﬁles scattered across the disk. here are some tips for you to get better speeds and increase the life of your disk. do Not use this option if you are going to be away for just a few minutes or you frequently take such breaks. It is this pricing differential that puts the third fastest drive. as frequent start-stops can actually reduce the drive’s life. so that it can be accessed faster and with lesser mechanical strain to the hard disk. The five year warranty from Seagate must take care of any ‘just in case’ hard disk crash scenarios. the longer it lasts. Western Digital offers on-site replacement through its ‘WD Express’ scheme. except Optimise your hard disk’s performance NO MATTER WHAT hard drive you have. be sure to speciﬁcally ask for one with a 16MB buffer (preferably quote the model numbers that you see here). yet we say this again . given that the latter are cheaper by just a few hundred Rupees which is no great saving. When you go hard drive shopping. coupled with its competitive pricing makes it the best buy in the 320GB hard disk category. The lesser the number of disks . Defragment your drive: This is one of the oft repeated tips. —Kailas Shastry 30 W W W.com/disk-defra). Do not buy the 8MB versions. for a change.200. Hard drives do not take too kindly to being moved around while they are working! And. each with 166MB unformatted space. The Samsung’s higher Rs 500 does not seem justiﬁable.and for a good reason. if you hear a screeching noise from your PC that coincides with the hard drive activity indicator (usually the red or amber LED). for the Samsung which is costlier by 10% with an average selling price of Rs 5. Seagate’s performance.auslogics. Use it if you are going away for a couple of hours and you dont want to switch off and on your PC. The Samsung is in a close second place while the Hitachi and WD lag behind somewhat. VERDICT this time around. Avoid tilting or otherwise moving your PC when the PC is on. Hard disks do not have vast variations in pricing amongst similar capacities. The average street price for 320GB hard disks with 16MB buffer is between Rs. the Hitachi in second place.the lesser the chances of failure and generally.4500 – 4. The Seagate is clearly ahead in the performance arena with consistent transfer speeds over 70% of the drive area and with equally impressive average read and write speeds.R EVIEWS & RAN KIN GS T E S T R E S U LT S T E S T R E S U LT S Everest Ultimate 2006 Random / Lenar Write Speeds M B p s 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Seagate Samsung Hitachi WD Everest Ultimate 2006 Random and Linear Read M B p s 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Seagate Samsung Hitachi WD 80 Random Write Linear Write Linear Read Random Read Digital (that has 3) have two platters. it’s time for you to backup immediately and be prepared for a new hard disk. We s t e r n D i g i t a l a n d Hitachi have molex power connectors (apart from the standard SATA connector) TIPS which is useful if you have an older power supply. P C W O R L D . I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . However. ahead of the Samsung. Use the Windows defragmentation tool or a free tool like AusLogics Defragmenter (www.
as well as a stylish new look. The new edition offers some welcome features.0. Video recording is below average at best. There’s also remote control and sound recording functions as well as Bluetooth 2. The keypad. The W880i features a sleek. Despite being so thin. 23. the W880i has to be seen to be believed.all through the phone itself. there is a video player and games. night mode. although we did notice that in-call volume could have been much louder. black and white. and a 1GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) . but using the handsfree speakerphone with some background noise isn’t ideal. as well as some of Sony Ericsson’s proprietary applications such as VideoDJ.4 mm and weighs 71g. Unfortunately there is no FM radio included.all of this squeezed into a device measuring just 9. if not lightning fast messaging speeds. Although small. Both the keypad and controls have a bright. On average. tracks and playlist menus. albums. the camera doesn’t include auto focus or a ﬂash. Sony Ericsson hasn’t failed to include any controls. The W880i’s camera should be enough to keep users happy for the odd photo thanks to panorama.0 and USB 2.4mm thin. The brushed steel ﬁnish gives a feel of excellent build quality. we charged the handset every two or three days. Battery life is about average. For a mobile phone its audio quality is quite notable and the included earphones the W880i handled voice calls fairly well. The headphones include an adapter which allows a standard 3. dual camera but without FM. brushed steel face.5mm headphone jack to be used. In terms of sound quality.5x digital zoom. PhotoDJ and Music DJ. The W880i is a 3G phone. It still uses the previous tiered system with artists. the W880i is on par with previous Walkman handsets. Sony Ericsson’s latest entry into the Walkman range is one of the thinnest 3G mobile phones ever released. and a dedicated Walkman button on the right. and the generous spacing between keys means that users should be able to achieve reasonable. depending on usage patterns.0 connectivity. a 10 second self-timer. I N 31 . One cool feature of the W880i is the ability to blog. The W880i includes a volume slider and dedicated camera button on its left. THE NEW SLIM Walkman is not only a head turner but filled with features too In addition to the Walkman feature. artists. The W880i also features A2DP which enables you wirelessly stream your music to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The W880i also offers plenty of entertainment options. FEATURES the W880i includes the latest version of Sony Ericsson’s proprietary music software. but it does have 2. Walkman version 2.5mm x 9. sepia and negative effects as well as the ability to adjust white balance. It’s ﬁne for using the phone to your ear. Unfortunately. An icon representing each menu has been added for a sleeker and more structured feel. are very responsive. P C W O R L D . In a couple of easy steps you can take a photo. so it includes dual cameras . a 2 megapixel camera.999 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. so using the phone in the dark isn’t a problem.REV IEWS & RA N K I NGS Slim Walkman with 3G M U S I C P H O N E DESIGN simply a stunning piece of industrial design. It is a delight to hold in your hand and easily slides into a pocket or bag. push e-mail support. write a small snippet of text and publish it on the Internet as a blog . Price: Rs. —Ross Catanzariti W880i Sony Ericsson PCW Rating 84 Very Good Slim Walkman with 3G. frames and burst shooting modes. It measures 103mm x 46.a 2 megapixel camera on the rear for taking photographs and a VGA camera on the front for video calling (which can’t be used for taking photos). sophistication and class. WALKMAN produced a crisp and warm sound with good bass. white backlight.
Ghost Recon Advanced War Fighter and GTI Racing. An acrylic stand enables the drive to be placed vertically as well. With excellent video playback functionalities. and thankfully. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . Just slide the CD / DVD in and watch the NU accept it gracefully.6 and the NU present issues in detecting optimal burn speeds for different makes of DVDs. so be prepared to see some tortoise timings with certain DVDs.000 this Asus card is a thousand rupees dearer than the Leadtek. but is pricey. features and package. has great appeal. called SuperMulti Drive ESW846 is extremely sleek. measuring less than 2 centimeter in thickness.1GB of data.750 32 W W W. When we used a 16x rated HP DVD+R. Price: Rs. the Asus EN8800GTS is about 15 percent slower than the Geforce 8800GTX based cards which are priced 30-40 percent higher. The Asus EN8800GTS 320MB is also based on the same Geforce 8800GTS chipset backed by 320MB of memory. —Soham Raninga Sleek and Stylish DVD Writer from NU S T O R A G E can you associate style with a DVD writer? Well. There are no visible screws as well – all adding up to make this a life style product rather than a sheer utility one.4x taking a leisurely 23 minutes to burn 4.000 mance front we compared it to the Leadtek’s Geforce 8800GTS and the results were right on the mark as expected. the Asus branding and three year warranty. the Asus EN8800GTS 320MB should top your list for its performance. we mean that literally – the top of the casing has an extremely reﬂective ﬁnish that surprises any- one seeing it for the ﬁrst time. Price: : 23. if it’s an NU. The combination of the bundled Nero 6. The card logged 96 FPS (Frames Per Second) while running F.R EVIEWS & RAN KIN GS A Premium Graphics Package V I D EO CA R D last month we reviewed the Geforce 8800GTS 320MB from Leadtek and it proved to be an excellent choice for a DirectX 10 video card that offers a sufficiently future-proof solution without breaking the bank. The heavy duty cooler keeps the temperatures in control in the high-end segment. Burning a DVD+RW at 4x (both media and the drive were rated at 4x) saw a slighter difference in speeds. even though it THIS STYLISH DVD writer is less than 2 cm thick and can be carried with ease. with all the image quality settings maxed out and resolution set to 1280 x 960. then you can! Known for making rather impressive looking computer peripherals. these 8800GTS 320MB based cards offer superb value THE ASUS EN8800GTS 320MB sticks to the reference design. The drive can handle all current DVD formats including DVD RAMs.A. Priced at Rs 23. has appeal. This NU can handle all DVD formats. Scoring 8519 points in 3DMark 2006. Given the list of freebies. A regular internal drive would do it in about 5 minutes (at 16x). The loading mechanism is slot-in type (like car CD players) and has no drive door. is marked as being 8x capable. and ability to render high definition content without taxing the CPU. —Kailas Shastry SuperMulti Drive ESW846 NU PCW Rating 75 Good Ably complements a stylish notebook. The drive. scoring one frame higher than the Leadtek 8800GTS that logged 95 FPS. the drive sticks to this speed. On the perforEN8800GTS 320MB Asus PCW Rating 85 Very Good Asus delivers with great performance and a generous bundle to match. The NU did the job in 14 minutes while internal drives take about 12 minutes. NU has made an external DVD writer that can double up as a mirror. but is pricey as well. Noise and vibration levels are minimal and the drive scores high on design.R. Asus betters the deal with an excellent package that consists of full versions of two popular games. Yes. the NU burnt it at 2.E. 5. P C W O R L D . the additional thousand rupees you spent on the card is absolutely justiﬁed. CD read / write times are rated at 24x. If you are looking for a meaty video card upgrade.
and the feature set has been noticeably extended. However. Another is on its way: the Behaviour Guard will detect zero-day attacks. At the heart of version 5. This means updates are incremental and download faster. As before. home PCs will benefit from revamped multi-user support. one minor criticism remains. One of Spyware Doctor’s enduring strengths is its ease of use. describing tracking cookies as infections – a triﬂe fanciful.0 supports the removal and detection of threats from all logged-in user accounts.0 is OnGuard Protection. stop known malicious programs running and prevent access to malicious sites.0 was launched. HEALTHY UPDATES one criticism concerning updates has been addressed. —Roger Gann Spyware Doctror 5. Spyware Doctor’s protection breaks down into two components: an ondemand scanner and a number of real-time monitors. block programs that collect your keyboard input. while the scanner looks for both sorts of malware.0. VERDICT spyware Doctor 5. but version 5. Probe a little deeper. we’d go so far as to suggest that Spyware Doctor might be the best antispyware utility available. File Guard scans ﬁles in real time. Network. updates had to be manually initiated. which comprises a range of tasked guards: Browser. I N 33 . File. Previously. 1. there are plans for integration with Firewall Plus to provide an integrate d suite. Each one can be disabled and you can conﬁgure exclusions for websites or files only. The Process Guard can even kill kernel-level spyware processes. Plus.0: one of the best antispyware utility available programs initiating automatically with your PC. You could accuse it of being overly paternalistic. while the Process Guard has better rootkit detection – although it’s switched off by default. since version 5. the two versions look remarkably similar. Its clear interface makes it easy to drill down to tweak a conﬁguration setting. Spyware Doctor 5. P C W O R L D . A complete Intelli-scan of 3. Site and Startup. This will prevent new SPYWARE DOCTOR 5.0 Beta PC Tools PCW Rating 80 Very Good High detection rate and strong features make this a good security software Price: Rs. Plus.0 beta S O F T W A R E it seems like only yesterday that Spyware Doctor 4. Indeed. Spyware Doctor is now able to integrate with other PC Tools products.REV IEWS & RA N K I NGS PC Tools Spyware Doctor 5. With this release there’s a free optional upgrade to the PC Tools antivirus engine. At ﬁrst glance. but now it’s possible to set up automatic ‘silent’ updates that require no user intervention. though. Process. but most users will welcome the jargonfree description of each threat.5GB of data took just three minutes on our ageing laptop. Popup Blocker.0 continues the good work laid down by its forebears and manages to combine ease of use with effectiveness. so that incoming emails are checked for spyware and viruses. File scanning has been accelerated thanks to its patent-pending spider-scanning technology. Incoming and outbound emails are scanned through the Email Guard. It still over-eggs the malware pudding a bit. although we weren’t able to test this feature in the beta.0 is already with us. Keylogger. although the range of options seems smaller than in version 4.0 has a commendably light system footprint – even on an antique 450MHz P3 laptop it made little difference to performance.400 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W.
the EP-630 does a surprisingly good job with punchy bass response and crisp vocals. this app lets you create modern.455 Quality at Affordable Price E A R P H O N E S creative’s EP-630 are in-ear noise isolation ear phones. which permits you to drag and drop links to dynamic XML data into your pages and format them easily for presentation on the Web. In our tests. Creative’s EP-630 is a welcome change. the EP-630 carries impressive specifications with a 106dB SNR ratio backed by a 6Hz . unlike the warm sound delivered by some of the high-end headphones. Price: Rs. you cannot expect them to match full sized highend headphones that cost almost 10 times as much. Locally there isn’t too much of a choice for in-ear earphones. which puts Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). But even with all that help. the EP-630 provide good clean immersive sound without burning a hole in your wallet. form ﬁelds. —Dennis O’Reilly Expression Web Microsoft PCW Rating 80 Very Good With its focus on CSS and XML. Price: Rs. Expression Web goes to considerable pains to make CSS as approachable as possible. The proof is its new Expression Web program. gaming or movies. the resulting sites should meet a l l We b d e s i g n a n d accessibility standards. simply because not everyone is comfortable with the concept of partially plugging ear phones in their ear. The higher SNR (signal to noise ratio) and a wider frequency response indicates ample loudness and ensures that you hear the smallest of details. With a 9mm neodymium driver. Given the tiny 9mm drivers. 1. 13. Sony and Shure are the other brands offering in-ear earphones but ﬁnding them can be a task. The IntelliSense function enables you to type just a letter or two to select options. or other components. Expression Web is a giant step up from that program. For example. with its popularity in the market and sensible pricing. While the 1. There are instances when the high frequencies sound a tad too sharp and tinny. the cable is too thin for our liking and the plastic feel to the earphones are typical of a value product. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 THE EP 630S from creative are perfect companions for MP3 players and music phones. The “in-ear” ear phones offer a certain amount of noise cancellation by cutting down the ambient noise. Another feature that many designers will welcome is Expression Web’s support for XML and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT).23kHz frequency response. But with a price tag of Rs.050 CONTENT PAGE .R EVIEWS & RAN KIN GS Microsoft’s Web-Design Software Grows Up W E B D E S I G N microsoft has finally embraced Web standards. making the switch to CSS requires quite a bit of training. when you choose a style. XML. a drop-down menu lists the attributes you can use for that style. All-in-all. getting an in-ear earphone does not necessarily 34 W W W. and other standards at the core of the application’s site design and management strategy. involve spending copious amounts of money. be it music. —Soham Raninga EP-630 Creative PCW Rating 85 Very Good Well priced in-ear earphones give you a reason to dump those default ear phones that came with you MP3 player. The trade-off for all of the added functionality is the hours of EXPRESSION WEB ALLOWS you to edit your site’s CSS style sheets easily by selecting from a drop-down menu of available styles.2m cable is long enough for in-ear headphones. and you can drag small pieces of code from one of the program’s palettes directly onto your page to add navigation elements. ensuring minimal disturbance and immersive listening experience. While the program still shields Web designers from much of the code that underlies their pages.050. 1. Despite a few lingering traces of old FrontPage features (such as the spinning-globe icon you see as ﬁles transfer). data-driven sites—but it presents a difficult learning curve. the EP-630 produced clean and loud sound with most applications. P C W O R L D . training the program requires for noncoders.
Price: Rs. Memory Stick Duo.9-inch color LCD is smaller than that of many competing models. it printed slightly above average at 8. you can attach an optional Bluetooth adapter (costing about Rs 3. The MP510’s in-printer editing functions are limited to automatic photo optimization and face-brightening options. text looked dark and solid. The two media slots. On plain paper. A flap to the right of the printer folds up to reveal the control panel. for printing directly from compatible cameras. with no notably strong or weak points. Two separate 150-sheet trays hold paper for printing: a cassette in the base and an upright feeder at the rear. scanner. with bright colors and plenty of shadow detail. It printed our test photo on letter-size photo paper in a commendable 40 seconds. completing our test scan of a 4-by-5inch photo at 100 dots per inch in only 7. The 1. though skin tones seemed a little too orange. However. 13.600) to print from suitably equipped camera phones and PDAs.I N . Line art was sharp. which sit behind a door on the front panel.0 ppm average copy speed is among the fastest showings we’ve seen for an inkjet MFP. Scans and copies scored well across the board for an MFP in this price range. The PictBridge port. —Paul Jasper Pixma MP510 Canon PCW Rating 81 Very Good This general-purpose all-in-one prints high-quality photos at an affordable price. The MP510 lacks an automatic document feeder. The Rs. the MP510 printed superb-looking photos on Canon’s Photo Paper Pro.1 seconds. is hidden beneath the media-slot door in the recessed base of THE MP510’S PRODUCES good prints on Canon photo paper but image printing is not as great on plain paper.O N E canon’s Pixma MP510 is an affordable combination of printer. though its color LCD could be bigger. In our lab tests. The Canon Pixma MP510 makes an excellent choice if you’re looking for a straightforward printer/scanner combo capable of printing good-looking photos.2 pages per minute for text and 3. The device uses a pigmentbased black ink to produce darker text on plain paper. Its 5. and Mini SD Card formats. then the LCD size and controls are largely irrelevant. so you must scan each sheet (up to letter-size paper) one at a time from the platen glass. though the characters’ edges could have been crisper. the MP510 showed solid performance. but you can get the basics done quickly and with a minimum of fuss. 13.995. On plain paper. graphics appeared grainy with overly bright colors and posterized blacks. which is convenient for swapping among different sizes of photo paper. but you’ll need a third-party adapter to read xD-Picture. The MP510 also sports an infrared port that lets you beam images from many mobile phones. P C W O R L D . the MP510 doesn’t let you read images from a USB ﬂash drive attached to its PictBridge port. they looked very sharp. However. If you expect to work mostly from your PC.REV IEWS & RA N K I NGS Quality Prints at a Price A L L . Against the clock. such as ﬁlm scanning and faxing.995 MRP model lacks the frills that come with many multifunction printers. The MP510 scans quickly. but we saw wide banding across the page and diagonal interference patterns in blocks of closely spaced lines.00 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W.3 ppm for graphics. the unit. which don’t require the larger screens and fancier controls of its pricier siblings. I N 35 . making it a little difﬁcult to access. accept most types of digital camera memory cards. Unlike several rival MFDs and many photo printers. Each of the printer’s four ink cartridges incorporates a red LED that ﬂashes when the ink runs low. and media card reader.
although they would benefit from the addition of a subwoofer. When the play button (this VAIO has a set of basic media controls) is hit.83GHz Core 2 Duo CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM the LA38G will have no problems running the most commonly used software in the market and doing everyday computing tasks. the unit has a 10/100 LAN Ethernet connection and a 56k modem. The bulk of the PC is mounted ﬂat against the back of the screen and is barely noticeable. the four USB 2. part of the VAIO L series.89. we played a DVD on a looping repeat. From vertical positions it’s difficult to see and has terrible colour inversion from side angles. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . and the LA38G ran for 91 minutes. play. When THE LA38G . making the image look like a photo negative. portable alternative to a desktop without conforming to the standard notebook chassis design. but a very shallow viewing angle.3 Megapixel camera sits in the clear bezel above the screen for basic webcam needs. a GeForce Go 7400 graphics card and a notebook battery (for mobile use). One of the best features of this Panel PC is the half screen display. you can use any audio player software as your default A B A. Finally. uses a unique form factor that Sony calls the “Panel PC”. so using it feels a little cramped and it may not be ideal for writing long documents. As a worst-case scenario battery test. any music that’s loaded into the Sony soundFLOW software will start to play. We were impressed by every facet of the design.83GHz CPU.THE VAIO’S slim factor makes it extremely portable. With the 1. but we found that they don’t transition as smoothly when the keyboard was closed. P C W O R L D . There’s also FireWire to connect a camcorder. While the keyboard has a built-in touchpad.THE KEYBOARD of the VAIO folds up neatly while the soundFLOW software gets displayed on the top portion of the screen. The GeForce Go 7400 graphics card allows this system to run Windows Vista’s Aero interface and also gives the system enough graphics power to play some newer games. a 120GB (5400rpm) notebook hard drive.990/- 36 W W W. ﬂip-up keyboard and half-screen display (with Sony soundFLOW music player). soundFLOW can’t create playlists or add albums from sources other than CD without the help of the Sony SonicStage application. stop and volume controls as well as a basic ﬁlter by artist and album (albums also include playlists). which instantly turns on when the keyboard ﬂips up.11 b/g will be the most useful connection option for this type of PC. a media card reader for MediaGate. The soundFLOW software is fairly simplistic in itself. The speakers produce a good.0 ports allow for an external mouse to be used or a larger keyboard if you wish. which comes installed. SD and MS media cards. Built using notebook components.R EVIEWS & RAN KIN GS Slick. application. An adjustable stand on the rear allows you to tilt the screen to the desired angle and the keyboard folds out at the same angle regardless of the position of the PC.a stylish looking ‘PC’ morphs a notebook into a desktop music is playing. the L series offers a light. The flip-down keyboard is slightly smaller than the average notebook keyboard. albeit at lower settings. such as a Core 2 Duo T5600 1. plus a PC Card slot (type I/II) and Express card slot for any additional devices. but the WiFi 802. —PC World Team VAIO VGO-LA38G Sony PCW Rating 78 GOOD A desktop and a laptop are morphed in a sleek and attractive package but pricey package Price: Rs. which is just short of an average hollywood ﬁlm. The 15.4in widescreen LCD has a native resolution of 1280x800 pixels and has good brightness and contrast. The L series sits somewhere between a desktop replacement notebook and desktop PC. Petite and Pricey PC the Sony VAIO VGO-LA38G. If you wish. Older games will run with ease as indicated by the 3DMark 2001 SE score of 9421. B. a 1. offering nothing more than skip. However. For networking. A handle mounted at the top rear of the unit means it can be easily carried with one hand. especially the transparent frame. clear sound and are loud enough for music and movies within a reasonable distance. the track details join the clock and calendar on-screen as well as an animated equaliser (depending on which soundFLOW background you’ve selected).
a supplemental protective layer to block malicious changes to your PC. re sulting in a high-performance suite whose only weakness is its antiphishing protection. It also caught 74 percent of adware samples.org. based on their behavior alone. ZoneAlarm offers most of the usual suite extras. along with the house-developed network ﬁrewall and the OSFirewall. In fact. MSN. but the suite still lacks antiphishing features. courtesy of the Kaspersky engine. CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. 0 s i g n i f i c a n t l y improves on version 6. Spam protection. and password digits from exiting your PC—but ﬁrst you’ll have to enter the information (encrypted if you want).0. the suite lacks anything capable of blocking known phishing sites instantly (though you can download a free tool such as the Netcraft Toolbar.a c c e s s scanner. netcraft. antispyware. and embedded objects and scripts. available at toolbar. advertisements. which targets Microsoft Ofﬁce 97 ﬁles. P C W O R L D . The MyVault tool will block data such as Social Security. —Narasu Rebbapragada ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 7. The OSFirewall detected a similarly solid 80 percent of network and e-mail worms. sites included on Check Point blacklists.0 Check Point PCW Rating 88 Very Good A new antivirus engine from Kaspersky significantly improves performance. The Vista version of this product is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2007. and ZoneAlarm customers within the one-year subscription window will be able to upgrade to it for free. the suite’s Kaspersky engine performed creditably. along with unknown sites identiﬁed via effective dynamic analysis. Noticeably missing from the suite is an antiphishing toolbar. halting 98. ICQ. The suite’s core components include antivirus. The ZoneAlarm security suite is priced on a par with competing suites. 97 percent of bots.REV IEWS & RA N K I NGS ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 7. I N 37 . though it could benefit from better phishing protection. Price: Rs 2. T h e s u i t e’ s o n . failed to detect the PP97M/Tristate. Its Privacy section selectively blocks Web site cookies. and 99 percent of Trojan horses. less effective Web protection. Its instant messaging security protects users of AOL. which suggests that the problem relates to Check Point’s implementation of it. ZoneAlarm’s overlooking of it came as a surprise. In a battery of tests conducted by AV-Test.C macro virus.0 Performs S E C U R I T Y S O F T WA R E check point’s new ZoneAlarm Internet Security Su i t e 7 . While most security companies rate this virus as a low-risk threat.com). It performs well. The suite spotted all pieces of malware hidden inside common compressed ﬁle formats. and Ya hoo services from bad links and attachments. o r g r e p o r t s t h a t Kaspersky’s own version of its virus engine successfully identiﬁed this threat. The mediocre antivirus engine licensed from CA has been replaced with a superior one from Kaspersky Labs. adds a conﬁgurable toolbar to Outlook and Outlook Express.250. AVTe s t .3 percent of backdoor programs. provided through MailFrontier. however. But ZoneAlarm does provide other. Parental controls block all ITS EXCELLENT VIRUS protection comes from a Kaspersky engine. though it added so many warnings to my outgoing IM messages that I turned it off. credit card. and the ﬁrewall prevented all attacks from both inside and outside the PC. and anti-adware protection.
250 The phone also boasts of some unique features that it shares only with the Samsung X520 and C140. The SGH-250 joins the same league with some innovative features and great price point. In real world tests. Although it is possible to make a back solution by buying a 3. Also.0 hi-speed and two Firewire 400 ports for connectivity. Drives like this are primarily meant for backup and not outright performance. Excessive usage may thus cause a malfunction in this area. The performance is close to that of the competitors – Western Digital My Book Premium and the Buffalo DriveStation Duo.0 hi-speed and the Firewire interface produce near idential transfers. Ideal for ﬁrst time users looking for a slim looking device that refuses to get lost and can help them in time of distress.E250 Samsung PCW Rating 75 Good Stylish low budget slider Price: Rs. A VGA camera. The calls from these numbers would be automatically accepted to help in rectifying the situation. both in agreement the benchmark scores (with USB connection). —Geetaj Channana 38 W W W. The drive is available with a USB 2. There is only one button on this 750GB Pushbutton Backup to power the unit on and initiate backup as well. FM radio.5” hard disk and a THE USB 2. but pricey. On these fronts.3GB file) in writing data. To start with the slider mechanism of the phone is made of plastic and not metal. The battery life of the phone is also about average. there are some basic problems with the device that defer it from being an abso- MOBILE TRACKER HELPS locate this phone when lost lutely killer device. the voice clarity in the phone was not much to talk about. The Emergency SMS feature on the other hand can be utilized to send SMS messages to up-to ten numbers in the time of distress. So. The screen. Price: Rs. the ability to scale easily (stack two or more drives together) and backup functions.R EVIEWS & RAN KIN GS Endless Backup with Seagate S T O R A G E we are now seeing several large capacity external storage devices based on existing internal hard disks to cater to increasing backup. We did experience call drops and disturbance in low signal areas. a 128 x 160 and 262k color screen. we’d have to look closely at price per GB. When it comes to sheer performance however.000 second unit to increase storage capacity. a ravishing design. The mobile tracker sends a SMS to two pre-designated numbers of your phonebook when the mobile thief changes the SIM card. with about 1. devices like this Seagate offer one touch backup. you only need to press the button once to activate the backup process using the bundled BounceBack software that offers enough options for a power user. we saw the drive do 25MBps (for a 1. this Seagate does not disappoint. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . In a nutshell the phone looks drool-worthy. as with most slid- ers. Once the drive is powered on (with an external power supply). the phone does everything that you would want a mid range phone to do. Samsung has an exhaustive range of good looking sliders in the market. All these three phones have security features that can be used in distress or in the case of phone loss. While these features of the phone are nice. To start with. 7. the drive managed a modest and consistent 26MBps in linear as well as random write tests and a little over 32MBps in read tests (less than half of what internal drives manage today).Man’s Slider and a Thief Catcher M O B I L E P H O N E no doubt a slider is a phenomenal style statement compared to the drab candy-bars and clamshells. easy to use buttons. is low resolution and thus you may be able to see the pixel squares quite easily in usage. and a neat looking case and reliability – important factors in an ofﬁce environment. the ability to stack more drive together. One of the Firewire ports can be used to connect to a 750GB Pushbutton Backup Seagate PCW Rating 78 Very Good Convenient backup and large storage solution. 23. has enough and more features to drive away a lot of others in competition but falters a bit in some basic areas. though quite big. Seagate’s 750GB Pushbutton Backup is currently the second largest single unit external backup solution available (a 1TB model is also available from Seagate). casing separately for a much lower price. SGH. in Everest 2006 Ultimate’s disk benchmark. P C W O R L D . —Kailas Shastry Poor.5-2 days of backup time with normal usage. and read speed at was a higher 33MBps.
the M2A692-VP offers great value with its high performance and acceptable onboard video. Don’t think of At Rs 3.you can now get an AMD chipset for the AM2 CPUs.800. We initially tested graphics performance of the M2A692VP with our reference Asus 7900GT video card and found that games fared equally good or even marginally better on this motherboard when compared with other high perform- using any of these – even a nominal increase of CPU reference speed from 200MHz to 210MHz rendered the board unstable. This difference of about 15 percent will reﬂect across most games. this X1200 is still better than many other onboard video chips like those from SiS or Intel’s current onboard offerings. This is in the league of much more expensive boards such as the Asus M2N32 SLI or the MSI K9A Platinum. The 690G uses the X1250 video chip that is HDMI capable while the 690V is supported by the non HDMI X1200. On the performance front. Though a motherboard in this category is not meant for overclocking the BIOS offers options to change the CPU / HT reference speed and RAM and CPU voltages. This Jetway has demonstrated performance equal to the high-end nForce 590 based motherboards and makes for a more tempting buy. this makes for a nice alternative to the tried and tested nForce platform – a warning though – you might need to do a BIOS reset in case the motherboard throws tantrums. the motherboard is equal to the best that we have seen so far. I N 39 . Price: Rs. —Kailas Shastry M2A692-GDG Jetway PCW Rating 75 Good Offers performance equal to the best of the AM2 motherboards. During our testing. Be assured that this affordable motherboard will not give you a performance hit even in demanding applications. P C W O R L D . for example ran at 80fps on the M2A692-GDG. with a score of 133 in our real world benchmarking software. but has some stability issues. Nvidia’s 6150 on the other hand handled the same game at 30 fps.0. 3. WorldBench 5. The shortcomings of a micro-ATX form factor are tell-tale. The X1200 video chip offers decent performance but is certainly not the best onboard video around. that is based on the non HDMI 690V chipset. with DRAM Command Rate of 1T the board was not stable and hung frequently and we had to settle for 2T.800 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. If you are looking at a budget motherboard. We had to do a BIOS reset to get the board working. while the MSI K9A Platinum (reviewed earlier) did 76f ps at 640 x 480 using the same video card and other hardware. Also. DOOM 3 was barely playable at 26 fps average with the lowest detail and resolution.800 street price) M2A692-VP motherboard from Jetway. The CPU heatsink comes extremely close to the RAM slots. the M2A692GDG’s price is in line with nForce 400 series chipset based boards featuring the Geforce 6100 onboard graphics. it failed to boot after we removed our Asus 7900GT and tried using the onboard video. Half Life 2 – Lost Coast. We received the competitively priced (about Rs 3. ing motherboards. For all the smiles that this Jetway offers. VERDICT WITH A MODEST price tag.REV IEWS & RA N K I NGS AMD’s New Chipset Offers Great Value M O T H E R B O A R D good news for AMD enthusiasts . AMD’s 690G / 690V chipset caters to home users on a budget. Having said that. it is disappointing to note that the board has its share of glitches.
such as multiparty video calls and priority tech support. the textchat feature occupies its own window. If a camera (or other device) does not state support for the SDHC format (look for the SDHC logo on the box). In addition. the image quality is good. but no longer. the video quality in version 6. Webcams with integrated mi - Can Cameras Do SDHC? JUST BECAUSE YOUR digital camera uses SD Cards to store photos doesn’t mean that it will work properly with just any SD Card.0 SightSpeed PCW Rating 88 Very Good This easy-to-use. that the tint of your camera is slightly off. This probably occurred because my microphone picked up her voice as it came out of my speakers. you’ll see icons for connecting via video call. and headsets with embedded microphones. I was impressed by its performance—in particular at syncing audio and video. you can send video e-mail to your contacts. When I used a speaker-and-microphone setup. Downloading and installing the software is a snap. I can’t verify that claim. Following the initial setup you can tweak the settings. I used various combinations of speakers.0 sports a new tabbed interface for access to all of SightSpeed’s features. you simply enter an e-mail address on the Contacts tab. SightSpeed is available in two versions.R EVIEWS & RAN KIN GS SightSpeed 6. I tested the new videocalling app SightSpeed 6. It automatically locates your audio and video source. SightSpeed lets other users know that you’re busy so your call won’t be interrupted. the video looked very clear. Though you wouldn’t mistake a SightSpeed video call for a movie. When you mouse over a name. but overall the video seemed quite good. most digital cameras sold before summer 2006 are unlikely to be SDHCcompliant (though a couple of models can be made compatible with a ﬁrmware upgrade). when un sophisticated programs and limited bandwidth made participants sound and look like astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle. Unlike PC-calling apps such as Skype that have added video features. In those days I halfexpected to see a coffee mug ﬂoat across the screen. GOTCHA! WHEN YOU’RE CONNECTED on a video call. and as a result it feels more like a stand-alone IM app (though you can chat only with other SightSpeed users). Older cameras can’t recognize new Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) media. and helps you adjust their settings for peak performance. if the person is already a SightSpeed user.0. P C W O R L D . Version 6. although some colors looked dim. According to SightSpeed. the latter costs $5 per month and adds features designed for business users. and though its video quality wasn’t perfect. All of your contacts are listed on the main screen.0 is 25 percent better than that of past versions. which can hold 4GB to 32GB of data and cost as little as $50. or text chat. Unfortunately. When I tested SightSpeed at home over a cable modem. due to compatibility issues. my caller noticed an echo. so she heard her own words shortly after speaking them. PC-toPC voice call. The quality of SightSpeed’s PC-to-PC voice calls is on a par with that of services such as Skype.0. In version 6. Free 40 W W W. If the person isn’t a user. —Liane Cassavoy SightSpeed 6. That means that if you’re in the middle of a conversation and you notice. you won’t be able to use the higher-capacity cards with it. SightSpeed’s focus has been on video from the start—and it shows. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . with audio and video in sync. for example. a free edition and a Pro package. The problem vanished when I switched to a headset. with a green icon indicating when they are available. To add a contact. you will have to hang up before attempting to correct the problem. To try it out.0 Lets You Make Video Calls Easily VIDEOCONFERENCING v ide o c on fer e nc ing software has come a long way since the late 1990s. Some 4GB SD Cards appeared prior to the new highcapacity format’s release. Older SD Cards have typically maxed out at a storage capacity of 2GB. you’ll see their name appear on your list. no-cost program supports good-quality videoconferencing and calling. but unfortunately you can’t do so when you’re on a call. but using these cards isn’t recommended. —Eric Butterfield crophones. Both versions require a Webcam plus devices for audio input (microphone) and output (speakers or a headset). SightSpeed will issue an e-mail invitation to download the software.
3 MP.3MP CCD (charge-coupled device). this model exhibits slightly boosted color saturation and reasonable finer detail – providing the ISO level is kept at conservative levels. although if you wish to take manual control you may be disappointed by the camera’s settings. it doesn’t try to match virus signatures. The thumb nestles against the zoom rocker on its rear. 9. It is certiﬁed by ICSA Labs and has won the Virus Bulletin VB100 award more times than any other antivirus vendor. There’s evidence of slight fringing. including a 3x optical zoom that’s married to a handy f2.7 sports the centrally managed enterprise version’s array of relatively complicated settings. As is typical of Fujifilm cam- WITH 7. However. while version 2. which is impressive for a camera that can be picked A700 FUJIFILM PCW Rating 81 Very Good Good option for shutterbugs on a tight budget. 2. It has an unflattering podgy profile and a lifeless silver ﬁnish. standard 3x optical zoom and a modest price tag. Price: Rs. While its curves may not win any beauty pageants. —PC World Team 41 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. with alert pop-ups to warn the user of any problems encountered. Version 2. the options telling the program to look for potentially unsafe and unwanted applications are disabled by default. the A700 makes for a great buy. —Roger Gann A Fine Budget Choice D I G ITAL CAMERA even in the lower price range. At the A700’s heart is a 7. P C W O R L D .4 inch LCD.8-f5. Features are accessed via the NOD32 Control Centre – a central system divided into the dif- NOD32 HAS WON the Virus Bulletin VB100 award more times than any other antivirus vendor ferent areas of protection. eras. Price: Rs. the interface is clear and easy to navigate. but the Fujiﬁlm’s styling is a little frumpy. Picture quality is good and there’s a healthy assortment of features.2 aperture spread and a 2.3MP sensor and 3x optical zoom. I N . Thankfully. but overall the Fujifilm consistently performs beyond its budget price tag. Unlike some of the other compact cameras we’ve tested recently the A700’s ISO range sticks to safe territory. many cameras look rather sophisticated. Fujifilm includes a smattering of sceneshooting modes. mean antivirus tool – it won’t impose a noticeable burden on even old or inexpensive PCs.295 improved protection against rootkit infections. Four monitors provide real-time protection for ﬁle-. These don’t even stretch to aperture and shutter control. the A700 is pretty capable of gauging shooting conditions and producing good results.and internetaccess.995. These are backed up by an on-demand ﬁle scanner.REV IEWS & RA N K I NGS Eset NOD32 Antivirus System 2. and a couple of tricky techie questions will doubtless wrong-foot some users. email.995 up for little over Rs 9. But NOD32 isn’t aimed at ‘fit-and-forget’ novices. This means NOD32 is much better placed to deal with zero-day attacks. the A700 is a comfortable handful. And it makes for a lean. but rather looks for suspicious activity. Exploring the options and settings can be rather intimidating.7 Antivirus System 2. It’s blessed with a healthy assortment of features. And its efﬁcacy against viruses remains top notch. with a high point of 400. Ofﬁce document-.7 Eset PCW Rating 71 Good Its fast.7 incorporates support for Vista.7 S O F T W A R E NOD32’s claim to fame is its sophisticated heuristics-based detection of malware. VERDICT it’s not pretty to look at or blessed with many settings. alongside much NOD32 2. flexible and effective antivirus product. That said. but at this price you can’t argue with a 7.
Similarly. justiﬁes its higher cost over lower end models. it has awesome colour and the THE 226BW LOOKS impressive with a classy all black finish and a thin frame. it is sure to become a favourite amongst gamers. Colour contrast was high. The buttons in the bundled WinFast PVR software are too small and unintuitive while the various options under conﬁguration are also difﬁcult to ﬁgure out. We ran World of Warcraft and Doom 3.000 icons. 2. piano black design will suit the need for all things fancy.450 42 W W W. picture-in-picture. Other small issues like lack of a slider to ﬁne-tune a channel only add to the irritation. Throughout the entire test. For gamers though. etc. On the functionality front. —Kailas Shastry Winfast TV2000 XP Global Leadtek PCW Rating 78 Good Good performance. P C W O R L D . The uniformity test back light bleed test showed no blacklight leakage. remote control. making the picture look rich on our Lacie 319 reference moni t o r. the picture was devoid of any noise and made for clear viewing. and a reported response time of 2ms. It’s fast. 35. There are no signs of vertical or diagonal lines that some tuners tend to produce. There were no contrast issues to speak of and the blacks were accurate. We had no problems at all during this test.R EVIEWS & RAN KIN GS Expensive Wide Screen from Samsung LCD MONITOR the Samsung SyncMaster 226BW is a 22in widescreen LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1680x1050. direct burn to DVD. Spinning the camera around our character did not cause any ghosting or speed trails and particles/ visual effects were displayed with high detail. We would have liked to see two DVI ports on the 226BW. This tuner requires a fine-tune (the auto-fine-tune is not effective) and the lack of a slider with a large preview window will have you do a lot of trial and error before hitting the right frequency. We are seeing an increasing number of tuners based on high quality chipsets which is a pleasant change from the budget ones the market had just a couple of years back. The clarity and detail was quite stunning. The enveloping darkness of Doom 3 is an excellent test for contrast and black levels and during our session we found no problems with either. this is an excellent monitor. A simpler and well laid out interface would have been appreciated by many users. The greyscale test was delivered with no discolouration and an excellent blend along the scale without stepping. includes FM as well. but the response time and the 8 bit colour processing means the 226BW is targeted squarely at the gaming crowd. exceptional image quality. and the colours where rich and accurately reproduced. but you may need to live with a PVR software that isn’t quite the friendliest around. But software is a let down. the Samsung performed brilliantly with no problems whatsoever. The connection options are a little limited with only one DVI and one 15pin D-Sub. Price: Rs. recording to hard disk in various formats. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . hiss and ably complimented the video. Warcraft is an excellent test for colour due to the rich environments and motion in the battle action. —Dave Jansen Leadtek Renders Quality Video T V T U N E R a TV tuner can bring a PC to within touching distance of a complete entertainment center. the good part – the performance is amongst the best that we have seen from TV tuners so far. It will also work brilliantly for ofﬁce tasks. features. Using DisplayMate Video Edition we ran a series of extensive test patterns designed to reveal any image quality abnormalities. There were no problems at all with the desktop SyncMaster 226BW Samsung PCW Rating 81 Very Good Excellent display provides bare minimum connectivity Price: Rs. So u n d had minimal S-VIDEO AND COMPOSITE inputs add versitality to the TV2000 XP Global. First. scheduling a recording. the TV2000 XP Global has several media center goodies – time-shifting (pausing live TV). This is where the tuner is a let down. and even some component ports like the similarly priced Asus PW201. A TV tuner’s usability is dictated by the software it comes with (unless you are adept at using a generic capture software like DScaler). With a slick design. We connected the 226BW to our test PC via DVI and ran the desktop at the native 1680x1050. The Leadtek Winfast TV2000 XP Global that we received for review is based on the competent Conexant CX23883 chipset that offers very good video quality.
Most pen drives today come with a password security feature that allows access only upon a entering a pass- When it comes to reading and writing data. The ﬁt and ﬁnish of the drive is excellent and its classy white exterior lends it a corporate worthy feel. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 43 CONTENT PAGE .200) version which offers much higher value per GB.500 far. The 2 GB version is priced at about Rs 3. This luxury comes at a price though – the 512MB version that we reviewed costs about thrice as much as other 512MB drives that have a passwordonly security.1.9 and 18. The linear and random read speeds are 16. this WeP ‘s performance is slightly above average – you should not face any unreasonable delays in copying data to and from this drive.8 MBps and 5. filling the drive to its usable 480MB takes about a minute and 10 seconds.8 MBps respectively. you do need to pay a premium for this drive – Rs. the fastest drive we tested thus word. for instance. Price: Rs. If the features appeal to you and you wish to get this drive. slower by a similar 50% when compared to the fast Kingston.6 MBps. —Kailas Shastry W W W. This drive from WeP takes security a step forward with a ﬁngerprint sensor. we strongly suggest the 1GB (Rs 2. In Everest 2006 Ultimate’s drive benchmark test. the Kingston Data Traveler Secure managed 15 MBps and 7. The advantage of this system are many – you don’t need to type a password every time you use it to ferry data across. Fingerprint Lock WeP PCW Rating 74 Good Useful fingerprint security feature comes at a high price.250. You have the option of either keying in the password or by simply moving your ﬁnger across the sensor.REVIEWS & RA N KIN GS Secure Storage from WeP S TO R AG E it needs no telling just how convenient a pen drive can be. 1. you can just share the password that will ‘open up’ the drive. In comparison. In the event of lending the drive to someone. linear read and write speeds were 9. For the ﬁngerprint scanner and the excellent fit and ﬁnish along with acceptable speeds.500. but a major concern associated with them is that of data contained in them falling into wrong hands in event of the drive being stolen or misplaced.8 MBps – about 50% faster. Manually copying data to the WeP saw speeds of about 7 MBps – thus. P C W O R L D .
BY SOHAM RANINGA P H O T O G R A P H Y : S R I VA S T A S H A N D I LYA I M A G I N G B Y U N N I K R I S H N A N AV CONTENT PAGE .
a ﬂash memory based MP3 player is the perfect choice. If you are in need of a compact. With rising commuting times and frequent travelling. MP3 player is the perfect device to liven up your mood when stuck in a trafﬁc jam by tuning into those favorite tracks or listening to the Radio. P C W O R L D . I N 45 .Flash based MP3 players have come a long way from being plain music players. With boosted storage capacities these devices are ﬁlled to the brim with features and style that will make you want them bad! An MP3 player has almost become a must-have gadget. MUSIC IN A FLASH CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. sturdy and zippy music player.
CREATIVE ZEN V PLUS COMES ON top as the Best While it claims to support Buy. the mode of charging. one needs to audio from any source to the player. the Creative Zen son. Sony. FEATURES GALORE! unique MP3 players in the compariOur best buy winner. Creative. Thus. With a built-in SD display along with a photo viewer and card slot. thanks to the excellent sound quality and useful line-in and video-out features like the line-in recording option that records functionality. We put ten 2GB ﬂash-based MP3 players from brands like Apple. purchase the cables separately to use these features. or photo playback. just pop-in a 4GB the otherwise scanty features list. The D2 also comes with an image viewer. All the three Samsung Plus. SD card slot to upgrade storage and the ability to screen quality is not conducive to video bright as the Zen V play 30FPS video on the brilliant 2. iAudio.M P 3 PLAY ERS possibly can in these tiny devices. to USB as the only From a music player perspective. Samsung. the core areas of consideration should be sound quality. 46 W W W. separating the winners from the losers. 2GB of storage lets you store about 500 songs in MP3 format. it does not go well with ﬂash based MP3 players because of their limited storage capacities and smaller screens.5-inch OLED display is very squeezing in as many features as they and length of workout.8-inch color screen on the E250 supwith a much smallTHE COWON IAUDIO D2’s unique mix of features include touch ports video and photo playback but the er screen and isn’t as screen controls. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . The i-Audio D2 is the very latest from the Cowon stable and is on the bleeding edge of MP3 players with an excellent high resolution 16 million 2. Philips and Sandisk to the test. NW-S205F provides only an FM radio The Cowon i-Audio as an extra apart from the MP3 playU3 is almost ditto back support. none of the players in the comparison can play those video ﬁles out of the box. P C W O R L D . Most of the MP3 players we received came with color screens and offered video playback and photo viewing possibilities.5-inch LCD package complete. At its price point. falls short in the features department the cables and add-ons should be with no FM radio. you need to convert them to speciﬁc compressed format in order to play them. The bright 1. With just a single line OLED ens the deal with a bundled display. you’ve burned based on your weight resistant 1. line-in or video playbundled with the player to make the back support. D2 allows users to add some bundled games try to make-up for additional storage. design and usability and the audio features it offers. Its built-in “Calorie Counter” V Plus is equally puffed up with a long with Fl ash based MP3 players. to the Creative Zen The Sansa E250 from Sandisk also V Plus in the feadeserves a mention for its FM playback tures department and recording feature along with SDexcept for the fact Card slot for memory expandability. display photos or play videos like the ensuring you are not restricted rest of the players in the comparison. While video playback is a handy feature to have. The Line-in further the “Music Pacer” feature crerecording feature along with ates running and walking playlists the ability to listen and record which the player will automatically play FM simultaneously will please based on whether you are running or all radio fans. compact and very responsive unlike the hard drive based MP3 players that are more suited for higher storage needs and video playback. when opting for a ﬂash based MP3 player.5-inch touch sensitive color screen that can play Best video clips at 30 FPS BUY (Frames Per Second). The iPod Nano They are rugged.5-inch screen. photos look great on the vibrant screen. Creative sweetwalking. allows you to see how many calories list of features. The that the U3 comes 1. The vibrant scratch manufacturers are on a rampage. Going a step easy on the eyes. SD card and you will have 6GB of The Sony NW S205 is one of the most storage at your disposal. the NW S205 from Sony won’t universal charging adapter. Besides.
The smooth surface is scratch prone and the supplied ear buds don’t do justice to the player.7 • Line-in Recording: No • FM Tuner: Yes • Video Support: No • Photo Support: Yes It’s nice to have built-in speakers but the K5 is a bulky MP3 player with an equally heavy price tag. The i-Audio players offer a clean sound and their strength lies in their ability to deliver accurate and distortion free sound at maximum volume levels.200 71 Good • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 1. the i-Audio U3 and D2 along with the Sony NW-S205 top our charts for sound quality. 8. The touch panel in K3 can be tricky to operate. In the extras department the YPK3 has a FM radio and a photo viewer while the YP-K5 comes with built-in speakers. Samsung YP-K3 Rs.M P 3 P LAY ER S players are unique by themselves. the Nano skimps on features and offers average quality ear phones. 12. 12. While the classic scroll wheel controls ensures seamless operation. MP3 PLAYER PCW Score Features and Specifications • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 1. In an attempt to cramp maximum features. P C W O R L D . 4. Cowon iAudio U3 Rs.5 • Line-in Recording: Yes • FM Tuner: Yes • Video Support: Yes • Photo Support: Yes Performance • Sound Quality: Excellent • Usability and Design: Very Good • Screen Quality: Good • Ear Phones Quality: Excellent • Sound Quality: Excellent • Usability and Design: Good • Screen Quality: Excellent • Ear Phones Quality: Excellent • Sound Quality: Excellent • Usability and Design: Good • Screen Quality: Good • Ear Phones Quality: Excellent • Sound Quality: Very Good • Usability and Design: Excellent • Screen Quality: Excellent • Ear Phones Quality: Average • Sound Quality: Excellent • Usability and Design: Average • Screen Quality: Average • Ear Phones Quality: Excellent • Sound Quality: Average • Usability and Design: Good • Screen Quality: Average • Ear Phones Quality: Poor • Sound Quality: Good • Usability and Design: Good • Screen Quality: Good • Ear Phones Quality: Average • Sound Quality: Good • Usability and Design: Good • Screen Quality: Average • Ear Phones Quality: Average • Sound Quality: Good • Usability and Design: Average • Screen Quality: Good • Ear Phones Quality: Average • Sound Quality: Very Good • Usability and Design: Good • Screen Quality: Good • Ear Phones Quality: Good Bottom line With excellent sound quality and friendly interface. A no-mess player with features and sound quality on its side.501 80 Very Good • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 1 • Line-in Recording: Yes • FM Tuner: Yes • Video Support: Yes • Photo Support: Yes Apple iPod Nano Rs. 14. the YP-T9 is sluggish in operation and is rather expensive for a 2GB MP3 payer.8 • Line-in Recording: No • FM Tuner: Yes • Video Support: Yes • Photo Support: Yes Samsung YP-T9 Rs.000 72 Good • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 1. 8. I N 47 . the YP-K3 and the YP-K5 offer touch sensitive controls backed by bright OLED displays.999 73 Good • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 1. creative manages to offer tons of features in this tiny device. the E250 ends up with an average screen and an awkward navigation system. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Creative Zen V Plus Best Rs. 7. 9.5 • Line-in Recording: No • FM Tuner: No • Video Support: No • Photo Support: Yes Sony NW S205F Rs. F E AT U R E S C O M PA R I S O N DO THEY SOUND AS GOOD? All these features and extras in a music player stand for nothing if the player does not sound good.500 69 Fair • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 1.5 • Video Support: Yes • Photo Support: Yes • Line-in Recording: Yes The D2 impresses with innovative touch screen controls and prestine sound quality along with superb video playback and stellar battery life. CHART NOTE: All price mentioned are indicative as on 17/04/2007 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. the Philips is a budget offering. The speakers are loud and clear and serve their purpose well. The Creative Feature Rich MP3 Players Offer Great Sound Quality THE ZEN V Plus from Creative bags the first spot with the D2 and U3 from iAudio not too far behind. 10.800 76 Good • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 1. 12. PHILIPS SA3125 Rs. thanks to their 95db SNR (signal to noise) ratio. Samsung YP-K5 Rs.600 BUY 82 Very Good Cowon iAudio D2 Rs.500 81 Very Good • FM Tuner: Yes • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 2.8 • Video Support: Yes • Line-in Recording: No • Photo Support: Yes Cramed with features.8 • Line-in Recording: No • FM Tuner: Yes • Video Support: No • Photo Support: Yes Sandisk Sansa E250 Rs. U3 is the most compact of all MP3 players in the comparison. The Creative Zen V Plus.500 70 Good • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • FM Tuner: Yes • Screen Size (inches): 1.5 • Line-in Recording: No • FM Tuner: Yes • Video Support: Yes • Photo Support: Yes Priced almost half of the rest of the players in the comparison.990 74 Good • Built-in Capacity: 2 GB • Screen Size (inches): 1 • Line-in Recording: No • FM Tuner: Yes • Video Support: No • Photo Support: No The NW 205 sounds great but will only appeal to fitness enthusiasts and the high price is a deterent as well. We wish it could offer better sound quality. Ultimately the sound quality is the single most important factor for MP3 players and that’s where we were able to separate the chalk from cheese.
I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . The Apple iPod Nano is the undisputed king in the navigation department. DESIGN AND USABILITY after sound quality the next most important aspect to a music player is the usability factor. The Apple iPod Nano and Samsungs YP-K3. The iAudio D2 with its touch screen approach does take some getting used to and the idea of tapping the screen everytime you need to skip a song is slightly cumbersome. the NW –S205 is conducive for extended listening sessions. The Sony NW-S205 is very much suitable to Rock and Pop music. The iAudio leads the pack with its list of presets along with the option of user customizable equalizer mode and some handy sound enhancement modes like bass boost. Even with the volume cranked to max. the i-Audio U3 employs the classic joy-stick based navigation that works very well in changing tracks and adjusting volume levels. The ability to change the screen orientation from portrait to landscape allows the user the freedom if using the device in more than one ways. The Nano is accurate in sound reproduction but at maximum volume level it fails to hold against the iAudio and Creative players. The Creative Zen V Plus also sports a simple navigation system with a four-way joystick that does its job well. giving the Zen V Plus and edge over the rest. from Sandisk is almost in the same league as the Samsung players but for the fact that the Sansa E250 shows signs of distortion beyond 90 percent volume level. The sound enhancement and tweaking features such as preset equalizers and bass boost features can go a long way in customizing the output to suit your tastes and particular genres of music. The Sansa E250 storage capacity. there is a clear lag when you moving multiple steps forward or backward. with warm neutral sound. the player at times struggles to keep pace with the ultra sensitive scroll dial.M P 3 PLAY ERS player with its equally impressive 92db SNR ratio sounds fuller with excellent bass response. 3d surround and MP3 enhance. thanks to the smooth one hand operation courtesy the popular two way circular scroll dial that is easy to master. The Samsung players also offer above average sound quality but they are limited in their ability to proTHE SANSA E250 from duce extremely high or low freSandisk has a built-in SD card slot for boosting quencies accurately. Having said that. an inline remote would make STACKING THEM UP WE LINED ALL 10 players starting from the chunky Samsung YP-K5 to the tiny iAudio U3 -K5 YP NG SU M SA F -K3 50 O YP 205 E-2 AN NG SA WS DN N N SU O A M P Y 2 I N -T KS SA YP PLE 25 SO DIS AP NG A31 SAN SU LUS SS M P A I VP U3 S IL DIO ZEN PH E V IAU I T N A O CRE COW D2 DIO IAU ON W CO 48 W W W. smart and responsive to use will serve the purpose better over players that give tons of options but are difficult to operate and use. with strictly average sound quality and very ﬂat frequency C O M PA R I S O N response when compared to the rest of the lot. WHILE THE CIRCULAR control pad on the i-Pod Nano is very responsive and effective. The Philips SA3125 leaves us asking for more. the Zen V Plus maintained the sound quality with no crackling or distortion. YP-K5 and YP-T9 can be clubbed together in the second spot for sound quality. P C W O R L D . A music player which is simple.
The i-Audio D2 player claims a stupendous 52 hour battery life for MP3 playback and a 10 hour back-up for video playback. CONTENT PAGE . it’s a steal deal. despite the small size of the player the navigation is smooth and accurate. The Sandisk Sansa E250 has a metal back but the feel of the front scroll wheel is not quite reassuring. allowing users to strap the player on themselves during those gym sessions. Philips SA3125 and Sandisk Sanse e250 produced rather mediocre sound quality. the proprietary connectors on the Apple and Samsung players implies that one has to be extra careful not to misplace the cables.999. Apple. Samsung and Apple MP3 players require you to install their media applications that have to be used to transfer songs from your computer to the device. The Sony NW-S205 with its 18-hour claimed battery life does not break any records but 50 W W W. The Budget buyer should be happy with a simple and tothe-point Philips SA3125. TAKE YOUR PICK flash based MP3 players are lot more power efﬁcient compared to the hard drive based MP3 players. we would also like to pick particular players from the list of ten that will appeal to distinct type of users. marring the overall listening experience. not having to pull out the player from your pocket/bag just to skip a track or change the radio channel. the iPod Nano is slim and looks sophisticated. especially if the player does not provide UMS (Universal Mass Storage) support. The Philips SA3125 impressed with its no-nonsense approach. LOOKS. The Sony NW-S205F offers behind-the-ear earphones. In reality. the Sony.M P 3 PLAY ERS the job so much simpler. image and style conscious. while we have the Creative Zen V Plus as the overall Best Buy winner. the buttons are tacky and responsive and the menus are straightforward. In the looks department. Apart from iAudio that allows you to drag and drop MP3 ﬁles to its music folder. The Creative Zen V Plus comes with a scratch resistant body and that makes up for the all plastic frame which seems a little weak against the other players. doing full justice to the fine output that the players are capable of. Connectivity is also a major factor with MP3 players. The Cowon. it gives one hour of playback time with a three minute charge and takes less than 3o minutes for full charge. The Apple iPod Nano will ﬁnd fans among the brand. P C W O R L D . The twist mechanism in the player makes it easy to jump to the next song or skip songs but the rest of the features aren’t easily accessible while you “wear” the player. The Apple i-Pod Nano and Samsung YP-T9 and YP-K3 will hold enough juice on a single charge to last you for 10 days with about 2-hours of music every day. it makes a style statement wherever you go. The iAudio D2 is the obvious choice for the gadget freak and the Sony NW-S205 is made for the fitness freak who end up spending two hours in the gym every day. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 THE SONY NW-S205F is a wearable MP3 player that comes with an arm-band. Apple and iAudio players are of the top draw while the Samsung players are scratch prone due to the shiny reflective surface. on a single full charge the D2 lasted for ﬁve days with 5-6 hours of music/FM and about 3 hours of total video playback. Transferring music/videos to the players can be daunting task. transferring media is not that straight forward. The Sony NW-S205 scores low on the usability aspect mainly due to the tiny buttons and the confusing controls. Samsung and Sony players deserve a special mention for their battery performance. both the iAudio players look geeky while the Creative Zen V Plus is looks cool and funky. priced at Rs 4. The Creative Zen V Plus and iAudio U3 are meant for purists who demand nothing but the best music listening experience. The default earphones bundled with Apple i-Pod Nano. with its ultra fast recharge times. On the build quality front. they sound good but they might not be comfortable for everyone. the Creative. The larger and brighter OLED screen and superior design of the Zen v Plus gives it an edge over the i-Audio U3. The rest of the players use mini-USB connectors which are standardized and the cables are easily available off the shelf. BUILD AND BATTERY-LIFE AC C E S S O R I E S EAR PHONES MAKE A DIFFERENCE THE CREATIVE ZEN V Plus and the i-Audio D2 and U3 provide excellent ear phones with the package. While all the players allow you to drag and drop data on them.
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Web Chutney Studios. 55 w as w w. PC World thanks our distinguished and eminent jury members who wholeheartedly gave us their time. An economics graduate fortified with an MBA. Industrial Design Centre. GCI Solutions With over two decades in the software space post an MBA from IIMA. for client mega-sites. com. CONTENT PAGE Vinayak Sinha – MD & CEO. Srinivas excels in new technology adoption and architecting innovative customer solutions. typography and information graphics as well publication & magazinem design. Changepond Technologies An IIT engineer.best in dian w ebsites A Trillion Thanks! Rahul Nanda – VP. experience and trenchant views. formerly known as Planetasia. IIM Lucknow. Advent boasts a base of over 3000 clients in a short period of seven years. Advent InfoSoft Vinayak founded Advent. Sreekumar is an acknowledged teacher and practioner in the fields of visual design. i n ay 2 0 0 7 Srinivas katta . GV Sreekumar – Associate Professor. P C W O R L D . Krishna Kumar – AVP Delivery. including the FIFA World Cup and the A1 Grand Prix. Prof. IIT Mumbai. He has over a decade of path-breaking experience in the ecommerce and new media domains. which runs eIndiabusiness. thereby making these awards possible. . a leading B2B marketplace for export-import. Krishna Kumar is responsible for delivery of key projects for GCI. manufacturers and distributors.GM & CTO. Rahul is a techie at heart.
He brings a unique perspective to the jury given he is both an engineer and a PG in visual communication and design. Need we say more? Sujata Keshavan Guha – Co-Founder & MD. Prof. Joshi teaches and conducts research in human-computer interaction design. speaker. P C W O R L D . and has published two books on design . Industrial Design Centre. management. He is an advisor.best in dian w ebsites Anirudha Joshi – Associate Professor. CONTENT PAGE . teacher. Synapse Communications The pioneer of the first BBS with e-mail services in India. in short a security guru. software security practice evangelist. With more than three decades of experience. Shamit Khemka – Founder & CEO. Co-founder of Paladion/Plynt. Sudarshan has won dozens of international design awards. Sujata has won several international awards for her work. speaker and lecturer in the global milieu. 56 w w w. software and professional development. Sujata is the first Indian woman to obtain a post graduate degree in graphic design. Shamit has over 12 years’ experience in internet technology. juror. Roshen is an author. IIT Bombay. Graphic Communication Concepts Design Studio. Ray + Keshavan Design. Roshen chandren– CTO Plynt. i n m ay 2 0 0 7 Sudarshan Dheer – Founder. and is a two-time Designer of the Year honoree by A&M.
As a user one is left wondering where to begin and typically end up with familiar sites or recommendations. the vertical speciﬁc sites were given preference over the portals rewarding extra credit to their specialization in a particular ﬁeld to arrive at our Design or Technology winner. One component. relevance.rather than to rate its specific content. visual appeal and consistency in design contributed to 25 points. Perhaps not the best way to reach the site. In recognition of outstanding work done in this area. Forget the dotcom bust that many sceptics will remind you of The Web is going to become our way of life in India. And that is what our Best Indian Websites represent. something that changes very dynamically and perhaps impossible to judge objectively. Overall Winner: The user evaluation of 20 points was then added to the Design Score and the Technology Score to arrive at our overall winner. Websites today are built with robust understanding of users and available technology. Design should aid the overall experience. we were not left with any tied scores to handle beyond that! CONTENT PAGE m ay 2 0 0 7 w w w. In case of a tie on design or technology scores. We’ve also stayed away from making popularity a criteria or viewing traffic reports to declare winners. Thankfully. Our expert jury represent the very elite from the design and technology domain and have a collective experience of over 150 years. e-mail accounts. They purposefully pursue fulﬁlling the needs of their audience but are grounded in strong business reality. graphics. In case of a tie the site with a higher technology score has been declared the winner. The awards aim to capture the framework and user understanding that the site has – embodied in its design and r at i n G deployment of technology . technology and user experience.design and usability. Color. interface and scope. diversity. P C w O R L D . we have ranked the Best Designed website in each category. the web has answers for almost all your needs and the problem is one of being spoilt for choice. functionality. The highest score was crowned the Best Indian Website.b est i n d i a n w e b s i t es technology will dominate the future and the web is clearly one of its greatest manifestations. The other. interactivity and design as end-users would. and rewarding. ability to ﬁnd it easily (search) and layout. our technology experts rated sites on the basis of two broad sub-categories with 20 points each. typography. i n 57 . covered structure or framework of the site. focussed on use of technology to enhance user experience. The best site should use technology to deliver solutions. Yes. And hence. Our emphasis was more on technical aspects of the site development which meant that design and technology carried 40 points each. ﬁnding a job or a bride. Besides design and the use of technology. while user experience was 20 points adding up to a total of 100. The site which scored the maximum on 40 points possible was adjudged the Best Technology website in each category. The overall winner of a category was the site with the highest combined score on the three groups – design. Information should be presented intuitively and concisely. navigation. they looked for scope. But who needs statistics? Just a quick look around will reveal how web is fast replacing traditional brick-n-mortar operations. unlike the fairy-tail era gone by. who represent actual users of these websites today scored the sites on content and overall experience. Design Score (40 points): Our design experts rated sites on two broad sub-levels . The 126 nominees that we evaluate represent the best known names as well as some not-so-famous-yet sites that our panel of experts believe do justice to their mission. this time round the web is geared to deliver all your needs. The winners here are based on what our experts believe are the most promising and deserving sites and we hope you agree with the verdicts when you try them yourself. HOW WE EVALUATED Judging websites on design and technology usage required us to call in the experts. There are those who promise to be a one-stop-shop while others claim they are better because they are focused and specialised. PC World and other group publication editors (CIO and Channel World) rated the site as users to arrive at the overall winner. User Evaluation (20 points): Our editors. On the overall experience they considered navigation. Technology Score (40 points): Similarly. error handling and security. there’s a web way to things that is proving far more effective. Usability which took into account interactivity and customization to India added another 15 points to complete the total score of 40 points on design. There are scores of websites wooing you with the same content or service. There are enough statistics to point to the rapid growth of the Internet in India – number of connections. Be it picking new stocks or new friends. In content. In its ﬁrst year. transaction revenue – all very convincing. the award focuses on 20 prominent categories – products and services that are most useful today and are not based on fancy future roadmaps.
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than adopting a focused approach would be akin to watching a The site provides excellent towards the vertical. As it turned out. already ready to On one hand you have Cricinfo features a section where a live 3show the next television channels such Dimentional rendering of the current game is available match. They were very good in To take this to the next level behind with Rediff. Indiatimes. tre. Though it Vinayak Sinha STAR bagged the honors. indialisted. Future Bazaar and India Mall. And that has resultupdated. with a bit of less clutter. it adds the exciteinfographics within the live scorecard. portals are also not far aged to impress the judges. Chennai Bazaar. P C W O R L D . “Cricinfo. as in the case of Cric Crickinfo also features a new times. this category has found many more takers. technology and overall performance. Future Bazaar took Futurebazaar won on the design front and provides good shopping experience. live 3-D rendering of the cur. Some of these sites includes rediff classifieds. and analysis of games. and in such a good packIndia's unofficial national sport age. rent game.Buzz. It also information is available to enhance requirements. they seemed to be happenings on the cricket In terms of design. the concept was a bit ahead for its time. Indiaplaza. oneindia. it was included in the comparison because most of the trades that are posted on the site are for new products. Here. data. i n m ay 2 0 0 7 . 3-Dimentogether verticals on their site structure and As for the others such as Indiatimes planning. Having said that. and increased trust in online transactions. But. the one site that stands out of the crowd is Cricinfo.com. It is Almost everyone has an opinion on the phenomenally well game. ESPN treating cricket as a necessary evil rather field graphically. ebay. It is also well customized for has an excellent flash-based cricket centhe experience. None Shopping futurebazaar Classifieds Though classifieds did not feature in our awards as a category. They do have news cricket computer game. Though the site could do rouses passions like few other issues. and Express India putting ning as was the case with cricket next. During the dot com boom and bust. it is one of the most important sectors that may make a transition to the online world a lot faster. This was one of the few categories where CONTENT PAGE we saw very keen competition with different winners for design.com is ers.com and sulekha.” sional characters depict the respective websites. Kudos ing commentary by playists — Cricinfo and Crickto them for a great job done. 60 w w w. The jury evaluated Rediff. There is already a no nonsense site called craigslist for classifieds around the world with a secion on India. Though Ebay is predominantly perceived as an auction site. The site design itself has good color balance and visual appeal. shopping was touted as one of the major drivers of e-commerce growth. either out of date. It also feaas ESPN STAR. and does the same et next. Newspapers and None of the other cricket websites manthing for player stats. But. so much ed in websites being operso that at the time ated by everybody and his of testing it was neighbor in this category. Hindustan Times or have poor navigation and plannavigation.com.terms of content. Sify. on the tures a unique way of filterother you have the specialIndian as well as foreign audiences. we also have some homegrown classified websites that are trying to make a mark. but no in-depth ment. With the Internet coming of age in the recent time. predominantly because it has not peaked yet. without stretching your bandwidth though take a bit of time to load.best in dian w ebsites Cricket cricinfo of the others come close to providing such comprehensive content. India. and Express India.
there is a new category of sites that are emerging in the horizon. The product comparator is however. out of all of these. compared to the other contenders in the category.com gmail.com and zoomtra. It would search through all the major websites for you. it could be a bit slower than a standalone site but its quite helpful. difficult to use.com futurebazaar. Epatra. with its new interface. Our home grown services like Rediff and Sify also have a loyal fan following. wins on the tech side of things.com) winning because of better technology adoption.in yahoo. boasts of a good overall interface with new features to hook the user. The others have followed up with more dynamic features such as multiple selections. Bixee. bixee. But. On the other hand. we found futurebazaar.com hotmail. In India they are not too common yet. no-nonsense approach. Its design is quite sophisticated and refreshing. It does not feature at the top on technology. but are still not too high on the popularity charts.com offers number of features.com. and trailed very close behind future bazaar. while providing a good shopping experience.com to the be the winner. winners best indian websites category Design espnstar. Rediff. There are a couple that you may want to try out. zoomtra. The usage of refined gradients & fine thin lines give a good feel to the user interface. in some cases you may not even come to know of any special deals or promotions on the sites that the aggregator searches through.0 technologies enabling interfaces similar to desktop e-mail clients. P C W O R L D . Rahul Nanda the top spot on the design front. drag and drop functionality and right clicks. We evaluated Indiatimes. to be visually appealing. They are helpful in finding information on a particular vertical. Sify. while supporting good user interaction. MSN India and Gmail in this category.b est i n d i a n w e b s i t es gmail E-mail Ag g r e g at o r s The Have-it-Alls There are portals. good user tools and an intelligent error handling system.co. It provides diversity in functionality. the interfaces of some old websites have gone in for a huge makeover. countering popular belief. but good features like the interface is not very vernacular e-mails but the one-off feauser friendly.com makes your search for the lowest airfare easier. It scored the highest in our design rankings.com has a great Epatra. Ebay. The look is clean and un-cluttered. Instead of using the age-old HTML most now use Web 2. conversations or web page shortcuts. but they are getting there. Generally this vertical has a lot of competition and these aggregators enable you to choose from this competition easily. were first introduced by google. there are verticals and then there are search engines. Yahoo Mail. The incumbents need to take notice of this and re-invent themselves inorder to come upto steam with the winners. Yes. “Gmail.com searches through various job sites for openings matching your criteria. Long time veterans Rediff. Yahoo and AOL moved in later to provide it some stiff competition. Yahoo India. In the past few months. In terms of design and functionality the site is well planned. on the other hand. we see a case of a new website(futurebazaar. The Jury found MSN LIVE. Once again. Indiatimes and Sify were more than OK in their performance. There were days when Hotmail was the only free specialty e-mail service on the block. Though this site sells a limited range of products it has a decent. i n 61 .” tures did not get them even close to the winners. but performed consistently across parameters to come up numero uno.com futurebazaar. Or.com cricket shopping e-mail CONTENT PAGE m ay 2 0 0 7 w w w.com Technology usage cricinfo. But it certainly wins overall because of the sheer number of features it has. Google was ranked much lower in design because of its aging interface. These are called the aggregators. Some of these features like emails.com Overall Performance cricinfo.com ebay. Overall. The perils of using these services are that sometimes the information being fed to these sites may not be current and you may get stale results.
the site also does not come without its own set of problems. is quite comprehensive when it comes to certain categories but does not span across horizontally. the large number of categories make it easy to locate precise information. However. It sports a clean and easy-to-use design with a smart color palette to attract the target audience. And. and the in-depth and informative content that India Property stayed ahead in our ranking. Its structure/ framework. P C W O R L D . tech2. India Properties. this website falls short. Also. i n m ay 2 0 0 7 is distracting whilst reading content. At India Properties. Also. The light colors on the website are soothing to the eye and makes the website very readable. While India Property has a large number of interactive options. It's love at first site with India Property. fresh colors. com emerged as the clear winner. and security are better in India Property. as you would trade in the real world. if you don’t already know about Second Life. The dark background of the site enables it to maintain focus on the right areas while infusing a fresh feel to the site. came up for our scrutiny. It was therefore really not surprising. highquality graphics that make the layout so appealing. even though they have used tag clouds in places. Technology tech2 Of all the technology websites. the addition of video in collaboration with CNBC-TV18 adds a new dimension to the website and moves it to a different paradigm altogether. CONTENT PAGE . online real estate businesses are spreading slowly. its very similar to that. CIOL. Magic Bricks.com. It is a virtual community built and managed entirely by more than 5 million inhabitants. the use of technolog y t o enhance user experience. When it comes to navigation. If you have seen The Matrix. India Properties has very attractive colors. can be converted to and from US dollars. Linden Dollars. ZDNet India has a clean interface and is easy to navigate. and Reuters already employs a full time reporter there. users found India Property to have an advantage over its closest competitor. good layout and informative graphics. Techtree. 99 Acres. as it is nowhere as comprehensive as tech2. just without as much realism. these are two different portals). Besides this. With real estate prices shooting up like never before. The currency. given its appealing. interface and functionality are better geared to user comfort. and India Properties (yes.com emerges as the winner because of current content. On the content side however. the testimonials and other interactive tools also make it a good site. The seriousness of the 'game' can be judged from the fact that the management institute INSEAD is already in the process of opening its institute inside. or you may also perceive it as good clean way to have something you never had in the real world. the videos page does not allow users to comment and discuss videos. which proves quite difficult to find a specific product. overlapping with the services offered by your friendly neighborhood broker. but has not leveraged technology adequately to enhance the user experience. On lin e Gaming Second Life If you are a pessimist you may even call it escapism. com on the other hand.com was one of the fore-runners in this category . Tech2. It sports a very average interface. the Google ads on all pages creates a lot of confusion and 62 w w w. The pleasant blue-ish feel of India Property lends itself to a nice surfing experience while the good background picture makes it visually very appealing. Besides this. videos and a refreshing feel. you can already consider yourself a part of the stone age. India P r o p e r t y.best in dian w ebsites Real Estate India Property The click-and-mortar approach to a brick-and-mortar business is becoming increasingly the way online realty is heading. You are an avatar inside this world and trade in real money.
Indya. porating the latest technolside. its interactivity and the degree of customization for the Indian audience are also better than most websites. very good coverage for a portal. The subtle blue gradient and the good pixel iconography results in great aesthetic appeal. It also has an absolutely clutter-free homepage that is pleasing to the eye and easy to use. Indiatimes and Rediff are unarguably the most. while incor“Clean.com tech2. MSN.0 functionality. efficient.in clickjobs.com indiaproperty. the timesjobs.in does a very it a winner.com. Its layout is also consistent. enhaces the design. however are Rediff a better structure leading ited space.com In conrtast. The site design is quite subtle in keeping with the demands of the category.com and Jobsahead. and there is no overlap or structural confusion.co. Click Jobs. On the other hand. C l a s s i e r. First-off. The use of shading on the site is also quite inspiring and pleasing to the eye.visited Indian portals.com tech2. The interface and layout utilize the available space just right. job seekers and job consultants alike.com. especially in terms of design. Sify. Job Sites monsterindia Its hard to imagine how people got jobs before these sites showed up. is MSN India. Among them. On the technology side too. From the design point of view. which makes it look user experience. This provides the kind of personalization that instantly puts the user at ease. except such as Yahoo Go!. Naukri.com yahoo. Value-adds like ‘Career Services’ are hidden and not comprehenyahoo.com monsterindia. when it comes to quality. and makes quite cluttered. with the jury finding it superior to ing a very unique touch to the portal.like interface. CONTENT PAGE 63 best indian websites category Design indiaproperty. Yahoo!’s navigation is also good. graphics and layout of the portal is the best.co. clickjobs stood out of the crowd because of its clutterfree interface.co.” to a more intuitive user and Indiya.com Real Estate Technology Portals Jobs m ay 2 0 0 7 w w w.com is quite cluttered . Close on its concerned. and were fanned to a blaze by the entry of Monster India. has tag clouds which make it very informative. indiaproperty. is somewhat unique on Sujata Keshavan brighter colors could also account of its animated give this portal a new life. It could do with content in a lim. The job-site wars sparked-off by Naukri. the single color winners palette is extremely boring. age. i n . Yahoo!.com has one of the best search tools using a single search box. However. In terms of design and usability Yahoo! tops the charts. The latter e x p e r i e n c e . The coverage. There are a huge number of portals that make up the world that we inhabit in cyberspace. All these websites extensively use Web 2. Yahoo! takes the top spot. It has. And now we have a couple of new promising contenders in Job Street. Yahoo heads the lineonsite as do the headlines of the day. most other sites on almost and the video advertisement all counts. With the economy booming and HR managers trying hard to curb attrition rates these sites have become a one-stop resource for employers.in sive. using the latest technologies such as AJAX to ensure that user has a desktop. and Times Jobs. P C W O R L D .com Job Postings standing out as an example. every section in MSN user-friendly has a box on the homepogies around. Monster. relevance and scope of content. graphics that stand out Not surprisingly. Clickjobs gives you chat -enhanced search. Providing a wide on the homepag edoes not range of distinct features serve much purpose.com interface tech2. Indiatimes co. It does have its good parts with Ascent monsterindia.heels. Yahoo. The color palette. Rediff beats Yahoo! to the finish line. It also has a well integrated and organized registration and application process. and despite the great diversity of its content there is extremely effective utilization of space.b est i n d i a n w e b s i t es Portals yahoo Everything that used to be on terra firma a few decades ago is now done better online. is also not too far away Localization and persongood job in prefrom MSN where clutter is alization add toYahoo!’s dissenting so much tinctiveness. All these features make Monster India the choTechnology usage Overall winner sen one based on our test results. and does not come off as loud and noisy. In addition. content quality as well as layout get full marks. givup.in yahoo. the one portal that disappoints. desktop feel and the mesOn content organization senger toolbar. the to irritate the user.
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In today’s 36-plus hour workdays, meeting up with friends is usually possible only due to the benign powers of your computer and the magnanimity of the world wide web. Moreover, social networking today is not only about reaching out with the proverbial human touch but also about getting and staying connected, for a variety of purposes, be they family, friends or work. We evaluated Mingle Box, Yaari, Sulekha, Rediff, MSN Spaces, Yahoo India and Orkut in this category. At first look, Yaari.com has the best visual appeal. The colors, graphics, consistency and typography make it the bestdesigned site in the domain. It also takes the cake for user interactivity and it is
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M i n g l e b ox i s one of the new sites that has come up to suit the Indian customers need in more ways than one. The site specifically caters to the youth in India, and suitably shows that on the home page also. Has sections on blogs, groups, pictures and video; while still being in alpha. Hopefully the site would come around to being as engrossing if not better than its international counterparts. Kinkafe.com, on the other hand, brings about another concept altogether. It is a family networking site. A phenomenally good idea to keep families together in this age of increasingly nuclear culture. It offers features like family albums that supports pictures of different sizes and even a family tree, that you can easily grow horizontally and vertically. This is as interesting as it can get.
Members are encouraged to propose and discuss business start-up ideas, which could be funded by techTribe . Though we have not evaluated these sites, they do deserve a special mention here. MSN Spaces is predominantly focused on blogs. It uses webparts while creating spaces, using rich text editors which impart an extremely user-friendly and intuitive touch. However, the site provides the option of creating your own page within the space, something that actually creates a lot of clutter. Also, as is the case with Yahoo, MSN Spaces is not really an appropriate platform for social networking. Among the sites we studied, Yahoo India scored best on relevance of content, layout and search options available.
Is this an exciting space or what? Be it newspapers, TV companies, Internet giants or portals, everybody wants a slice of the online news pie. While for some it’s their bread and butter, for others it’s a necessary evil. And this can be seen from the various kinds of news site implementations on the Internet. Starting with the Indian portals, both Sify and Rediff provide enough and more content than a user can handle. Though Sify could do with a little less clutter, Rediff scores better on account of its increased user interactivity. Amongst the TV channel-owned sites we evaluated IBN Live and NDTV.com. Both
offered almost identical features and scored much the same. Though NDTV stands out for its superior user interactivity, the clean design and good technology usage of IBN Live won the top spot amongst all news websites. Being one of the pioneers of videos on
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Hitwise has tapped the six Web 2.0 companies most likely to reach the soaring success of YouTube, Wikipedia or Flickr. The list includes: Yelp offers an online guide that allows users to rate various goods and services. StumbleUpon allows users to recommend Web sites to others with common interests. Veoh provides software to allow users to collect, publish and watch high definition videos. WeeWorld allows users to create a graphic alter ego to be used for online or mobile communications. Imeem is an online community to allow users to promote their content, blogs, music, photos and videos. Piczo is a site that allows users -- it targets teenagers -- to create their own customizable Web sites.
Hurtling top speed into the twenty-fifth century has not deterred mankind from charting the stars in order to foretell the future. The ubiquitous astrologer now comes packaged as a website that does all the necessary jobs, sometimes for a fee. Whilst almost every portal has an astrology “Sify.com has channel, there are a few pure-play astrology sites. Amongst good navigation... the sites our panel evaluated was Vedic Astrology Prediction, however the Astro Yogi, Sify, Cyber Astro and Astrology India. content is too Vedic Astrology prediction eclipsed others by its simple, focussed on clean design, relevant colors (a soothing blue), best visual "forecasting". ” appeal and consistency of presentation with a robust type style. However, the site comes across as being too nonmoving with too many static pages. In addition, the lack Krishna Kumar TK of interactivity makes it dull for the user. Astrology India ranked alongside this site for interactivity and local customization. In things as traditional as astrology, the Indian colors on the site impart a good feel to the whole visual experience. When it came to the navigation and interface structure, Sify’s astrology portal was judged as the best. This portal also boasts of the best use of technology to enhance the user experience, error handling and security options. This site also has the highest level of security when it comes to payment by credit card, and with the SSL option provided. Sify’s astrology portal and Cyber Astro both have very comprehensive as well as relevant content which is elegantly laid out Sify comes across as a very interactive site that allows interface with experts but it focuses too much on content. In the long run, this may create credibility problems for the site. With all these parameters in play, Sify beats Cyber Astro by a hair’s breadth to emerge as the winner in this category.
a website, it enjoys a large fan following. Even so, it could do with better implementation of its user comment handling. Though both the Hindustan Times and The Times of India sites provide great content, neither provides adequate support for user opinion or contribution. In this mad race for grabbing the reader, the old ladies of news appear to be laggards. Having said that, and despite its shortcomings, on account of strong site structure, effective interface and its ability to target a diverse variety of users, HT got the top honors in application of tech segment. The other newspaper site evaluated was Indian Express. It was one of the first newspaper sites to be launched, but has not kept up with the times. The content is
still fragmented and the site leaves a lot to be desired. Finally, moving to the pure-Internet giants, MSN and Yahoo come out as just about average in performance. It almost feels that they are in the news space more as a necessary evil rather than out a desire to provide news. Although Google is not in the news
segment, being an aggregator it deserves a special mention. The site provides a lot of room for customization of news and alerts. You can individualize alerts and webpage based on the product, service or keyword that you may want to track. If you are not particularly attached or hooked to any of the other news sites, then Google News is the best way to go.
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Web 2.0 could be a meaningless marketing buzzword or it We tested six of may represent a whole new paradigm for the Internet. But, these sites. Yatra. it’s never really been adequately defined. com emerged as With the rise of modern India, young According to Tim O'Reilly, "Web 2.0 is the business revoluthe numero uno people want to step out and travel around tion in the computer industry caused by the move to the from design point to see the world. What this means is a Internet as platform, and an attempt to understand the rules of view. The site is a humungous business case for travelfor success on that new platform." great combination related websites, evidenced by the numBut tech expert Berners-Lee says, “Web 2.0 is of course a of features, design ber of them that have mushroomed piece of jargon, nobody even knows what it means. If Web 2.0 and technology, across the web. These are no longer mere for you is blogs and wikis, then that is people to people. But providing a great ticket booking sites that offer you the best that was what the Web was supposed to be all along.” user experience, fares; they now provide comprehensive while efficiently information about the best holiday destiaccomplishing the job at hand. The colors, nations, hotel ratings and bookings, travbe a winner when it does what it is supgraphics and visual appeal of the site are eler blogs, pod casts, and almost anything posed to and does that really well. clearly miles ahead of the others. The only else that helps make your travel simpler. We observed web 2.0 implementations in grouse that we had was the lack of most of these sites, as also a focus on user a SSL login, though the payment generated content. NDTV travels in particgateway of the site is secure. ular has a lot of user generated content in Cleartrip was the overall winner the form of reviews and travelogue. Make with its simple My Trip offers pod cast travelogues. At first and clear strucglance these appear to provide a lot of info ture, good error on various topics, but the content could be handling and a quite biased. It appears that travelers chose clear security to write only about extreme experiences, policy. It is all either when overly impressed or totally disthe other sites sans the frills, and appointed. Our advice is to tread carefully therefore great functionality. It is when you look at such reviews, and try and CLeartrip.com emerged as the winner because a good example of how a site can filter out the bias, if any. of its clear security policy and simple structure
Matrimonial sites on the web today make us wonder how anyone got married before these sites bought potential soul mates together! Their deep and expansive reach outdoes ways of finding a match. Amongst the clutter, there are a few that stand out. We evaluated Shaadi.com, Matrimonial India, Jeevansathi, Bharat Matrimony, SimplyMarry (Times), and Rediff. In terms of design, Shaadi.com was the most popular. Great design and layout, good blogs, Q&A, video and photo gallery along with interesting links provide great value addition to this site. Fresh, appealing colors, interesting graphics and convenient
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layout reinforce visual appeal. However, at times, Shaadi’s pages appear to be somewhat cluttered. Equally positioned, Bharat Matrimony also uses pictures extensively making the site visually attractive, adding appeal to the layout. Every aspect of Indian marriages is special in more ways than one, and that includes the search for the bride or groom. Few websites understand these individual demands, and among ones that do, Times’ SimplyMarry was voted right alongside Shaadi. Shaadi is also very user friendly and has very useful links and options for
“Bharatmatrimony.com is visually attractive as the emphasis is more on the photographs and then the layouts which is appealing too.”
more effective search functionality. Bharat Matrimony boasts of the best navigability, in terms of structure/ framework interface, scope and functionality. It comes across as simple and helpful, with useful data that aids navigation. Rediff was also rated as a very functional site, so these are obviously the most user friendly websites for choosing a life partner today. At the end of the day, Bharat Matrimony got the most votes for overall best website.
Indiatimes. with a great optimistic. At ed number of cusVisa Bill Pay appeared to be the best the risk of being overtomers. Bill Junction takes the cake. Bill Junction. makes it of them make our a robust click-andlives the easiest. on the other hand. It thus in our shootout was considered a separate category. flattered shaadi. if Bangais clean and easy. in-depth content and lore One could scale offers a range of paysmooth functionality. Visa Bill Pay takes good care of this aspect. the site providing superiBest Design Best Technology usage Overall Performance category or interactivity.com cleartrip. But in select categories it has the potential to Life has never been cushier. and and content.com yahoo. not to forget its to provide similar service on a pan-India ment options. and had a long hard look at which Bangalore.com travel Indiatimes. mortar story too. though not a winner online. in terms of sheer functionality sip.com rediff. Though not totally holds out great promcolors. Its structure and interface are very well designed. yatra. Rediff and MSN. visuonline. and even provides the option for payment Amongst the websites evaluated in this category Rediff. right? Everybody wants to know about if you are looking to pay your bills online. It is also the widest in terms of scope.com visabillpay. graphics. as we expected that the specialist.com Entertainment tion amongst the entertainment sites. This content category usually forms a very important part of most portals . now that be a winner.com cleartrip. This was suprising. Yahoo got the most points for visabillpay. and cards. You can pay all payment come true. and Being backed up by service centers across Itzpay. interactivity and customization for Indian users.com Matrimony to deceive and did not live up to the expectation. their favorite film or TV stars’ lives. i n 67 . Easybill has centres across India that ise. work. Rediff was also the winner in the usability tests. It would be our liking and could useful only to a limitgreat to see them extend this service online.Adding insult to injury. It also tops for usability. visabillpay Entertainment rediff best indian websites CONTENT PAGE m ay 2 0 0 7 w w w. P C W O R L D .com bharatmatrimony. or light hearted gosHowever. relevance and depth.com visabillpay. marriages. has loads of information the race were India FM. it is nevertheless al appeal. resulting in easy usage. banks and other bills can be paid Bangalore One.b est i n d i a n w e b s i t es Bill Payment well as a large number of services sometimes make it took a bit cluttered.would sail through this winners aspect of the shootout . via SMS. While finance or bill payment sites could be slightly confusing if the navigation and site maps are not clearly laid out. ahead of all the others. The fact that it supports payment While India FM scored higher in the design department.com bharatmatrimony. basis. The way the site that make the dream of queue-less bill has been conceived is great. consistency allow you to pay a wide variety of bills witha bit too cluttered for and typography. India FM for one. extremely interactive interface. Bill Pay.com came out on top. it would be really great. The last four contenders in is user-friendly. There are a number of websites deserves special mention. love affairs. niche players. Visa Bill Pay offers A somewhat different bill payment option Though the site the best in terms of deserves a mention here. surprisingly Rediff topped operations across a long list of cities as in the content department. We picked up Visa kinds of bills and other dues on the website. It is out logging on to the Internet. but its layout though visa billpay accepts only Visa performer across all criteria. Bangalore One. utilities.com Bill Payment being the best technology implementaindiafm. Most definitely the site to go to News of any kind is extremely important. it is the most comprehensive site interactive design. do with a facelift.
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structured interface. It edges ahead of Picsquare on account of its very interesting doodlepad application The advent of digital cameras has which lets you create interesting posed an uprecedented problem, how graphics that can be used on mugs does one get the photos taken printed?. If and t-shirts, that can be ordered off you date back to the time of Flintstones, the website. It lets you add borders, you may still want to wade through city graphics, multiple pictures and such traffic and give your photos to the neighlikes to your photographs. borhood photo-lab; alternatively, you The sites that really disappointed us were Kodak and Snap Galaxy. Kodak is the oldest photo printing service in India, but the site fails to live up to that reputation. It is an extremely basic website that depends on a downloadable software to print photos. The interface is extremely simplistic, and best avoided. Snap Galaxy, on the other hand, is not a very user-friendly website. Fobaz and Merasnap, two other sites, do a reasonitasveer features interesting elements like
doodlepad to make online photo printing fun
able job, but are barely average when it comes to design and interactivity. All said ,done and evaluated, iTasveer barely nudges ahead of Picsquare to finish first, and mainly on account its superior navigational design and the doodle pad.
could use one of the many photo-printing services available on the Internet. Today, online photo printing is mushrooming everywhere in Indian cyberspace, and that too with hard to resist price and service offerings. Amongst the websites Rediff emerges at the top of the pile for design in the mobile content area with its reviewed by us the two that clearly stood decent coverage of the latest mobile offerings with a focus on the entertainment space. out were picsqaure.com and itasveer.com. The site appears to be clean, uncluttered, structured with well-designed icons. The type Picsquare has a very style used, and font color add to its visual appeal. This site has outstanding clean and contemporary functionality, while providing quick and relevant search results. design. The colors used Content appears to be the best on the Yahoo! Mobile content portal, for the interface and pictowhich provides very good , feature-rich coverage communication, logisrial representation of eletics, entertainment, even such diverse topics as finance and sports. This ments are really cool and makes.Yahoo! Mobile a really interesting site to visit. However, some of fresh and completely suitthe experts on our panel felt that the positioning of the key features and ed to the milieu. They specific entries could have been done better. The site also provides have used Web 2.0 techunique value-added features; SMS backup, picture previews, creating of nologies such as Ajax, the (optional) personalized logos, to name just a few. “Mobile.yahoo. photo resolution is high, On the usability front,mobile.yahoo.com rates alongside Rediff, and com has Very and password module it’s a neck to neck race. These two sites also provide great customization good coverage… refreshing. Overall the for Indian surfers, catering to our region-specific needs. According to ample scope for site comes out as extremeexpert opinion, even though it is easy to find info and links on the site, ly clean and user friendly. navigation could be made simpler on mobile.yahoo.com. a sustainable iTasveer also espouses a Indiatimes also boasts of easy navigation and a clean user interface. revenue very clean and focused Its clear content categorization makes for easy readability too. generation model” approach, while providing All things considered Yahoo! Mobile stands above the rest, the strongest Srinivas Katta a highly user-friendly and point of this site being its content quality and extremely simple interface.
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from latest gizmos to crafted jewellery. With more secure payment gateways in place, buying online is hardly an issue The sound of the proverbial hammer and more and more users are jumping with the solid “sold’ may be missing here, on the bandwagon to buy from websites but online auction sites are no less excitsuch as eBay, Rediff and Indiatimes. ing or useful as a great means of ordering A study of popular auction sites threw up and buying from the comfort and conthese names and it was a dead-to-head fight. fines of your keyboard. Today, auction The judges rated each site on visual appeal, sites, are a great place to buy everything, interactivity and their convenienceoriented options, - links, add-ons and, in this case payment security. Looking at design and usability, eBay India came up on top for its great graphic interfaces, colors, visual appeal, consistency and typography, as well as enhances interactivity and customization for Indian needs. This site has information flow, tabs, links and a very clearly charted-out information the world leader in auction sites emerges as a flow that a the user needs. winner in India too
There has been a bit of a thrust towards making websites go vernacular. Hindi, as one of the major languages in India does get a precedence in this regard too. W ebdunia. com offers its services in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. It is a portal similar to rediff, indiatimes and sify, but totally vernacular in nature. MSN India and BBC also have a hindi channel to cater to vernacular audiences across India.
A large crowded room with suited guys and gals shouting and gestivculating , scenes of utter confusion, and millions of rupees at stake. All these remind us of the usual stock market scenario not so long ago. Not any more. As with other online categories, stock broking has witnessed disruptive change with the coming of the Internet. Although one might still see the bulk of the population riding on so-called tips as a basis for investment; serious investors are always on the lookout for authentic and up-to-date information about the companies that they have invested in. A secure platform to transact stocks, IPOs and Mutual Funds is also on top of their wish lists. Nowadays, some of these websites also allow you to trade in commodities, which are one of the hottest items in the business. We evaluated way2wealth.com, jvfinancials.com, HDFC Securities, Money Control, ICICI Direct, IDBI Paisa Builder, 5 Paisa and India Bulls in this category. Moneycontrol.com emerged as an outright winner, providing an absolutely clean and easy w i n n e r s to use interface, with all the features that you might desire at your fingertips. The site also Best Design category deals in commodity trading unlike many other picsquare.com sites. A live market map, watch list, current Photo Printing news and market advice are some of the other rediff.com/mobile Mobile content features on offer here. In contrast, ICICI direct was the winner on the technology side of Auction ebay.in things. The use of technology to enhance user moneycontrol.com Stock Broking experience was the best here too.
While all three sites boasted of similar technology, eBay India added more value in terms of using technology to enhance user experience, handling both errors and security risks. In fact, eBay India also has an e-mail authenticity check, which is an interesting security option. Indiatimes excelled in scope of site content, the relevance of that content, interface layout as well as information search options. It has a wide variety of well-categorized offers, (though some products are in the wrong categories). Its simple interface made the site easy to comprehend and use. Rediff did not cover enough products, and suffers from content shortfalls, specially while searching for information. Though certain jurors found it welldesigned and easy to interface with, it did not clear the bar set by eBay India or Indiatimes on these counts. Predictably, eBay India came up as the best of the auction sites.
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Microsoft Word 2007’s new interface is likely to confound veteran Word users. Whether you have already made the move or are only considering moving to the latest version, there’s everything that you require in this article to make the switch and master the new Word 2007.
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The Office button. for example. This is in the same place as in earlier Word versions and has the same function — to display information such as the number of pages in your document. with buttons for using Word's most common features. P C W O R L D . and just below that. Love it or hate it. when you click the Insert tab. in which menus have submenus. Redo. saving ﬁles. 4. The Microsoft Office Button. but you'll also know the way around your new neighborhood — and you might very well ﬁnd it a better place than your old one. We'll guide you through all the major changes in the interface. throw away everything you know about the interface. 5. including Save. 3. you're about to enter a brave new world. a Ribbon appears with buttons for items that you can insert into a document. not only will you know where the new virtual furniture is. Despair not. Undo. there's a small button that looks like a minus sign that lets you split your screen in two. moves over to the right in Word 2007. Web layout. I N 71 . 6. The Ribbon. such as clip art. full screen. We're here to help. but the house itself has been moved to the next county. l A Whole New Look Ofﬁce Button Quick Access Toolbar The Ribbon Scrollbar Status Bar View Toolbar Switching to Word 2007 can leave you exceedingly disoriented. Print Preview and more — but you can add and remove buttons for any functions you please. and clue you in on how to use the best of the new features. the Ribbon groups buttons for common tasks together in tabs on a graphical interface. Whether you're opening ﬁles. Instead of old-style menus. Even if you hate the Ribbon. as you'll discover later in this guide. The Scrollbar. just as it did in earlier Word versions. When you're done. but there's a lot more here as well. check out the section "Learn to Love the Ribbon" for details. Get a quick lay of the land when making the move to Word 2007. If you highlight CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. The Status Bar. the Ribbon and Quick Access bar are some of the first changes that you may notice. This is largely unchanged from previous versions of Word. use it to scroll up and down.O FFIC E SU I TE Bafﬂed by Microsoft Word 2007's new interface? Join the club. The View toolbar. 2. a hyperlink. The View Toolbar. Here's a quick guided tour to the Word 2007 interface: 1. changing the document view or using the menu. there's a small icon that displays or hides a ruler when you click it. More on that later. offer tips and tricks for getting the most out of Word 2007. You'll ﬁnd familiar features for opening ﬁles. it can be your friend. So. which used to be on the lower left-hand side of the screen in earlier versions of Word. There's also a nice addition — a slider that lets you zoom in or out on your document. the Ribbon is the main way you'll work with Word. Just about everything has changed. It lets you choose between print layout. Making the switch to Word 2007 from Word 2003 can be exceedingly disorienting — like coming back home from work and ﬁnding out that not only has all your furniture been rearranged. a picture or a table. It has one nice little extra: It displays the word count of your document as well. printing ﬁles and so on. outline and draft views. There are a couple of minor changes — at the top. submenus have sub-submenus and so on. The big button on the upper left-hand corner of the screen replaces the old File menu from previous versions of Word. The Quick Access Toolbar. Just to the right of the Office Button is the Quick Access toolbar.
so power users might also want to visit headers and footers.. bon is context-sensitive. using styles. align objects. display menus and so on. the Ofﬁce button. used Word features. once you learn to use it. hyperlinks. and so on. well. For example. So it's cutomized to perform time to throw a curveball at you. The Ribbon. it will display the number of words in the highlighted area. your tab. other people's markups or compare each one does: while on the Home tab you set paragraph documents? This is the tab for you. pictures. The tabular interface may does take some getting used look overwhelming to start with but it grows on to you quite fast. customizing including displaying a ruler and gridlines. you'll find that it's far easier to use than the old Word interface. tab. such as tables. by default. Each tab along the Ribbon is organwhere you'll go for anything to do with ized to make it easy to get your work done. to. a list of references in a legal document. which carry out commands. orientation. There are some Review: Need to check spelling Popular > Show Developer tab in the gray areas between this tab and the Home and grammar. Access ba r a n d ca n b e All that seems simple enough . charts. The Ribrepetitive tasks faster. Inside each group is a set of what Microsoft calls command buttons. LEARN TO LOVE THE RIBBON The Word 2007 Ribbon at first. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . with mailings. such as changing want to change the view in any way. though. WordArt . is divided into seven tabs. There's also a small diagonal arrow in the bottom Another addition is the right corner of some groups that Quick Access toolbar next to Microsoft calls a dialog box launcher.O F FI CE SUI TE an area of text. Depending on Quick Access Toolbar 72 W W W. Each tab is organized into a series of groups that contain related commands for getting something done — for example. this is get the idea.. this one Developer: If you write code or create which sounds like something straight handles anything you might want to forms and applications for Word. the featured command button changes the font size.. Button and choosing Word Options > add effects and so on. References: This tab handles tables paragraphs. Mailings: As the name says. this is out of a Soviet bureaucracy but in fact is insert into a document. set up columns. on the Page Layout tab thesaurus. handling fonts. bookmarks." Insert: As you might guess. replacing text. but the truth is. from something as simple as Pa g e L a y o u t : He r e ' s w h e r e an optional eighth one (Developer) that creating labels to the more daunting you'll change margins. indexes and similar material. footnotes. P C W O R L D . review Here's a rundown of the tabs and what you set paragraph spacing and indents. fonts and font attributes. alignment and can also set spacing Home: This contains the mostView: Here's where to go when you between lines. and ﬁnding and zooming in and out. It also includes macro handling. you here every once in a while. splitting a window of contents. changing according to what you're doing. It also lets you insert a "Table of Authorities. work in markup mode. It The Ribbon is one of the basic changes in Word 2007 interface. This bar is Click it to display more options related similar to the Windows Quick to the group. bibliographies. page size and you can display by clicking the Office task of mail merges. the Ribbon may be offputting. look up a word in a Ribbon..
There's just one customizable toolbar in Word 2007. This nifty little tool. lets you customize Word in many ways.O FFIC E SU I TE greatly expanded File menu from the Word 2003 days — the File menu on steroids. Other "now you see them. and you will hardly ever have to use the Ribbon. Save. You'll be able to publish your document as a blog to a variety of blogging services. And as you'll see in the next section. when you insert and highlight a picture. There are plenty of great that you'll want to get to know — the new options here. Convert lets you convert documents saved in older formats to the new Microsoft Ofﬁce Open XML format (. the Word Options button. located at the bottom of the Ofﬁce Button's box. and editing the document's properties. As you can see in the nearby ﬁgure. because there are plenty of ways for M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. Once you add the most used For those who like to ﬁdcommands to it you would rarely use the Ribbon. including Blogger. now you don't" tabs include Blog Post. Publish and Convert. Even those who can't stand the Word makeover and the Ribbon will ﬁnd at least one thing to cheer about — the Quick Access toolbar. Office Button and Quick AccessToolbar Customize Quick Access Five tips to work with Word 2007 if you're a longtime Word user. Add and related options and also includes a list of all your recently opened ﬁles. however. Think of the Office Button as a encrypting the document.docx). Customize the Quick Access toolbar to your liking. there are plenty of other ways to customize the Quick Access toolbar as well. keywords and author. an entirely new tab appears — the Format tab. such as title. it sometimes adds more tabs and subtabs. bar. you can publish it there as well. seems innocuous enough. Customize the Quick Access toolbar to your liking. I N CONTENT PAGE 73 . including its display and editing options. New. One thing you won't ﬁnd. and you'll be able to add and remove toolbar buttons for a preset list of commands. sitting just to the right of the Office Button. Undo and Redo — but the nearly invisible Down arrow to the right of them is the key to the toolbar. Windows Live Spaces. TypePad and WordPress. P C W O R L D . Many of those have gone away under Word 2007. But fear not. and you will hardly ever have to use the Ribbon. Use Prepare when YOUR NEW BEST FRIENDS you've finished writing or editing your document and you're ready to send it to there are two more new Word tools someone else. The three buttons on the left aren't particularly noteworthy — Save. but you'll love it. such as marking a docuOfﬁce Button and the Quick Access toolment as final or marking it read-only. it's where to go for the various Open. with a "Picture Tools" supertitle on top. Click it. you no doubt have accumulated a set of shortcuts and customizations. It has many of the features that you accessed via Tools > Options in previous versions of Word. For example. and how it works. inspecting it for hidden metadata and information you'd prefer remain private. is the plethora of customizable toolbars that were in previous versions. Chart Tools. Table Tools and SmartArt Tools — all of which appear in response to various actions you take in Word. which is the The down arrow button next to the Quick Access toolnew Ofﬁce standard. bar helps you customize it. If your company uses a document management server or SharePoint. but spend some time with it and you'll see it's one of the best additions to the new interface. Publish does exactly what it says — it gives options for publishing a document. But there are three particularly noteworthy new features here as well — Prepare. dle with the Word interface the task you're engaged in.
Record a macro by clicking the Record Macro button. The screen below appears.O F FI CE SUI TE you to bend Word 2007 to your will. It then discreetly goes away when you are no longer using it. There are plenty of others you can add. Right-click any object SHORTCUTS RESIZE Turn offPICTURE the Ribbon There are several ways to turn off the Ribbon such as click the down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar button and select Minimize the Ribbon. 3. and you'll ﬁnd them in all their glory. Press Ctrl-F1 (Press Ctrl-F1 to make it appear again). choose Word Options and then Customize. Double-click the current tab above the Ribbon. (See Microsoft's Online WORD 2007 ALT KEY COMBINATIONS Key combination Function Office Button Home tab Insert tab Page Layout tab References tab Mailings tab Review tab View tab Developer tab ALT-F ALT-H ALT-N ALT-P ALT-S ALT-M ALT-R ALT-V ALT-L 74 W W W. you'll naturally begin using key combinations. You can also use a clever set of keyboard shortcuts for working with the Ribbon. macros — ingenious shortcuts you can create for performing repetitive tasks — seem to have been banished from Word 2007. and there will be plenty of commands you can add. there will be letters and numbers for most options on the tab as well. 1. because there are only a small number of commands you can add in this way. P C W O R L D . Choose a command from the left-hand side of the screen that you want to add to the Quick Access toolbar and click Add. Home Tab and so on. The Ribbon will still be available when you want it — all you need to do is click on the appropriate menu (Home. and you'll display that tab or menu item. 4. display the Developer tab. So instead of pressing Alt then H to display the home tab. Here are some tips to get you started. the Font group. the Developer toolbar puts the macro tools at easier reach than they were in previous versions of Word. press CtrlF1 and double-click the current tab above the Ribbon. but also entire groups — for example. 2. and conﬁgure security for a macro by clicking the Macro Security button. Turn off the Ribbon Here's what may be the best tip you'll ever come across for Word 2007 — how to turn off the Ribbon. Click the drop-down menu under "Choose commands from" at the top of the screen. Page Layout. Use Keyboard Shortcuts If you're a fan of Word 2003's keyboard shortcuts. take heart — the same ones work in 2007. There are several ways to turn off the Ribbon: Click the Down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar button and select Minimize the Ribbon.) Now press that letter on your keyboard. the letter H for the Home tab. That's because Word is showing you only the most popular commands. you can press Alt-H together. But they're still there. etc. as you can see in the screenshot above.) and it appears. (See the table below. Once you've started to learn these shortcuts. You can change the order of the buttons by highlighting a button on the right side of the screen and using the Up and Down arrows to move it." You can add not only individual commands in this way. Add Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar Probably the most helpful customization for Word 2007 is to add buttons to the Quick Access toolbar. Doing this will get you back plenty of screen real estate. You'll ﬁnd everything you want in the Code group on the Developer tab. manage your macros by clicking the Macros button. Select any option. But this is quite limited. on the Ribbon and choose "Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Finally. A better method is to click the Ofﬁce Button. Insert. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . The list of commands you see on the bottom may seem somewhat limited at ﬁrst. The simplest way to do this is by clicking the small Down arrow to the right of the Quick Access toolbar and selecting a new button to add. When the tab appears. there's an even easier way to add a command. Use Macros At ﬁrst glance. So keep using them. In fact. Press the Alt key and a tiny letter or number icon appears on the menu for each tab — for example. The table (on the left side) shows the most useful Alt key combinations in Word 2007. and you'll see other lists of commands — All Commands.
doc format. for example. but they're somewhat different. the new format makes it easier to recover damaged ﬁles because it saves different data components — such as tables and charts — separately from one another. and a nearly transparent mini toolbar appears above the text. new to Word 2007 and Ofﬁce 2007. it also creates files of a smaller size. NEW FILE FORMAT New features in Word 2007 there's plenty new in Word 2007. You can create a single. THE MINI TOOLBAR In addition. the Ribbon and the body of your document is a big time-waster. click a command to use it. Here's the bad news: Most of the world doesn't use the new format and won't for sometime. is damaged. indentation. including font face. To have Word save all of your ﬁles in the old . Themes may sound suspiciously like templates. and it springs back into action. you could create a theme that includes your company logo. You can also download a complete spreadsheet at http://office. certain colors and so on? If so. this can be a big plus. or the . and list options. the biggest change to Word is the new Office XML format — all Microsoft Office applications now use it. This means files can be opened even if an individual component. right-click the selection or reselect the text. I N . Now you will be able and then automatically to perform basic functions like brightness. in uncompressed when the interface itself. and a complete description of all that's new is beyond the scope of this article. Word saves in this new format. colors and font choice. In some instances. size and color.a spx?pid=CT102130321033&AxInstalled=1 The Ribbon and Quick Access toolbars are key innovations. com/en-us/templates/TC102128591033.com/ en-us/word/HA100997691033. To save a file in the . THEMES under the hood. P C W O R L D . a mini toolbar will appear with various text-related commands. 75 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. as you've already seen. That's the good news. Live Preview and other features. docm extension if the document contains macros. You could then have one template in that style for letters. For businesses. themes.aspx for more information. having to move back and forth between Picture Editing have you ever tried making sure that your Word. 5. So Word 2007 includes the clever mini toolbar.microsoft. paragraph styles and so on.microsoft. you'll need to use the old . you've most likely struggled mightily and come out on the short end of the stick.doc format. Excel and PowerPoint documents all include a common look and feel — for example.doc format automatically. if you select text. By default. The Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar are key innovations. because it allows for easier integration with enterpriselevel applications and for exchanging data. choose Word Options > Save > Save ﬁles in this format > Word 97-2003 Document. So. But it's easy to ﬁnd them. The following are the most important ones. are designed to make doing that easier. So if you want to exchange ﬁles with others. Themes. but also useful are the new mini toolbars. incorporating a corporate logo. logos. click the Ofﬁce Button.docx extension. If the mini toolbar disappears for some reason. no features or functions are where they used to be. Find Your Old Friends In Word 2007. which has the . Highlight text and point the cursor at it. blogging etc. Move your cursor to the mini toolbar and it becomes solid. For example. and annoying to boot. overarching theme. such as a chart. with colors. contrast etc. You can have multiple templates that use the same theme. another for budget proposals and many others for different purposes. with a set of commands relevant to the text you've chosen. click the Ofﬁce Button and choose Save As > Word 97-2003 Document.O FFIC E SU I TE Ofﬁce site http://ofﬁce. you open them. but also useful are the new mini toolbar. because files are automatically compressed when they're saved to disk Word 2007 also enhances photo editing. and then use that theme for all of your Ofﬁce documents.
or move it over a different format to preview different formatting. Open a document. To insert just about any object. We've also included keyboard shortcuts for all the commands.in/features/index. bar codes and the like. On the Home tab of the Ribbon. so that you'll be able to post entries from directly within Word. you'll welcome the new Live Preview feature. which list the most commonly used Windows 2003 commands and tell you where they are in Word 2007. The Ribbon will also display a Blog Post group. download the Word Ribbon mapping workbook from Microsoft. P C W O R L D . you'll go a long way toward getting familiar with Word 2007. along with your username and password.O F FI CE SUI TE To use Themes. For example. LIVE PREVIEW File > Save As File > Page Setup F 12 In Word 2003: Alt-F. move your cursor over the format you want to apply. QUICK PARTS SHORTCUTS DIFFERENCE IN WORD 2003 AND 2007 FILE MENU Word 2003 Location File > New File > Open File > Close File > Save Office Button > New Office Button > Open Office Button > Close Office Button > Save or Quick Access toolbar > Save Icon Office Button > Save As Page Layout > Page Setup ( click dialog box launcher for more options) or Office Button > Print > Print Preview> Page Setup (click dialog box launcher for more options) Office Button > Print> Preview Office Button > Print Office Button > Recent Documents Word 2007 Location Keyboard Shortcut Ctrl-N Ctrl-O Ctrl-W Ctrl-S if you need to create sophisticated documents that include complex headers and footers. They're listed according to the menu on which they're found in Word 2003. Just use these quick reference charts (http:// pcworld. For more tips and help on Word 2007. if you are considering changing the font size of 10-point text. preview other sizes or leave the text as is. Company and Keywords. You can also customize any theme and create new ones. then click Quick Parts and choose what you want to insert. click the font size drop-down menu and hover your mouse over the text 76 does your grandmother have her own blog? If she doesn't. A screen appears. Microsoft also lists more Word 2007 keyboard shortcuts at its Office Online Web site. you'll see an [Enter Post Title] ﬁeld for ﬁlling in the title of your post. asking you to register information about your blog account.jsp/ artId=5537818). For a full listing of every menu and submenu item. You can choose that text size by clicking it. QUICK REFERENCE CHARTS wondering where your favorite Word 2003 commands went in Word 2007? Worry no more. SP Alt-Ctrl-I Ctrl-P Alt-F File > Print Preview File > Print File > Recently Used Documents size you're considering changing the text to. One important caveat: Be aware that themes only work if you're using Word's new Ofﬁce XML format. you'll appreciate the new Quick Parts feature. and choose Building Blocks Organizer to see every single Quick Part available. we've noted where they differ. click it. objects such as decorative text callouts. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 .doc ﬁles. If you don't want to register and you want to ﬁrst create a post. managing your CONTENT PAGE if you follow the advice in this article. BLOGGING SUPPORT blog accounts and performing similar blogging-related tasks. she will soon. Move the cursor away to revert to the original formatting. so it includes a set of tools for creating blog entries and then posting them to your blog. At the top of your screen. MORE HELP if you often change formatting in your documents and text. including where your blog is posted. W W W. Choose "Register Now" to enter information. click the Insert tab. select the Page Layout tab and click the Themes button to choose a new theme. ﬁle names. such as Author. Highlight the text or area of a document you want to change. and ﬁelds for dates. choose Register Later. Choose Field to insert a ﬁeld such as the number of words or the page number. You'll see the text in the new size. with buttons for publishing your post. they won't work on old-style . head to Microsoft's Word 2007 site. Choose "Document Property" for objects that relate to the entire document. on the Ribbon. The text you highlighted will change so that you can see how it will look with the new formatting. ﬁeld or style. click the Ofﬁce Button and choose Publish > Blog. Most of them are the same in Word 2003 and Word 2007. highlight the text. When you ﬁnd formatting you want to apply. Word 2007 recognizes that everyone and their pets blog these days. U In Word 2007: Alt-P. Then.
I N 77 . Changing these can not only give the PC a fresh look. P C W O R L D .BY KIM SACCIO-KENT I L L U S T R AT I O N : P C A N O O P Nearly all of us have played around with wallpapers or screensavers at some point of time. locales or even abstract ideas. there is no limit to the variations you have with themes! CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. but also connect the user to his favorite movies. And.
you m ay n o t b e a b l e to te l l that the OS running on your PC is the all too common Windows! Talisman can create a look and feel that is totally customizible with rich graphics to back it up. http://www. You can ﬁnd these themes in the current PC World DVD. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 . The screen saver plays CONTENT PAGE Th is pac k a ge i nc lu de s s e v e n wallpapers. Themes can lighten up a humdrum workday and add a dash of personality to your workspace. In addition to wallpaper. All of the themes here are free. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING fans of Disney/ Pixar’s animated movie Cars will like this theme. mainly clashing swords—but in a nice touch. and your windows and menus receive a makeover as well. The Matrix. Pirates of the Caribbean. make sure they’re not loaded with malware. some things in life are not free and Talisman costs about Rs 1.100. and for cursors you get a carrot and a garden gnome. The sounds are snippets of dialogue or a revving motor. a small red and white arrow. For most folks. The icons are pictures of the main characters. presented with the Wallace and Gromit theme music. so these themes had to be simple to install and either free or very inexpensive. 78 W W W. this is perhaps what you should get.htm are you a movie fan? You’ll probably enjoy desktop themes based on The Lord of the Rings. Fond of animated features? How about a desktop theme based on Cars or Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit? What about a blast from the past? I found a fun ScoobyDoo theme package that includes nine different scenes from the original series and the cartoon’s theme song. you get icons and cursors. This wallpaper from the Cars theme is colorful. this article seemed easy: Find themes that work with Windows XP. and the cursors are equally eye-catching—a forklift. Many desktop themes also come with screen savers. The icons are tiny pics of the cars. P C W O R L D . Initially. SOFTWARE WALLPAPERS ACCOMPANIED BY other elements can set a mood as you work on your PC. The screen saver provides a slide-show overview of Wallace and Gromit’s life together. CARS a snappy rendition of “Route 66” while showing pictures of the characters. There are very few sounds. The Producers. or the movie poster. Alas. The wallpaper is a terrific photo of the dynamic duo at home.T HEMES A theme is like a matching outﬁt for your computer’s desktop. but a 30 day trial is available. and review them for our Downloads library. take notice: This desktop theme could make computing so much fun it might cause you to miss a few deadlines. vibrant and can put a smile on your face! MOVIES AND CARTOONS Talisman IF YOU WISH for the ultimate makeover for your desktop. This is a shellreplacement program – and that means nearly every aspect of the GUI can be changed. WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT Wallace and Gromit fans. You can select from two wallpapers: a red background with a big Cars logo. each featuring a different character from the movie. and an odometer. error alerts are a chilling Nazgul cry. Icons are small pictures of the main characters. After applying this pack.lighttek.com/talisman. dressing up a desktop isn’t mission critical. Your pointer is a sword that turns into the One Ring when the computer is busy. or Superman Returns.
Also included is a screen saver called “Flying Through Space” that shows what you’d see if you were. What about something way outdoors. Autumn Brook and Sea Dance are beautifully designed themes that add serenity to your working environment. a marquee arrow. The screen saver is the most entertaining part of the bundle: Against a backdrop of ships being attacked by a giant octopus. Golden Gate is a quirky little theme that features San Francisco’s famous landmark and soothing ocean sounds. plus random swooshing noises—a little annoying. Superman looking down on Earth. THE PRODUCERS Get in touch with your inner pirate. The icons feature all your old pals. ﬂying through space. Many themes change the color schemes while some others go the extra distance and replace fonts as well. cursors. SCOOBY-DOO bundle contains nine wallpapers depicting Scoob and the gang encountering various ghouls. but the water ﬂows softly. and an old-time camera with a ﬂashing bulb—are clever. plus coordinating sounds. P C W O R L D . Mel Brooks lovers will enjoy this theme based on his 2005 musical. icons. and the Superman logo. and the sounds are birdsong. The icons and cursors are fall leaves. accompanied by piano music and the twittering of birds. This package includes three wallpapers based on Pirates of the Caribbean. The cursors—a hand holding a drink. The screen saver is also pretty: The desktop image remains on screen. The sounds include catchphrases like Velma’s “Jinkies!” and Scooby’s “Rooby-doobie-doo!” SUPERMAN RETURNS—MAN OF STEEL This theme pack is based on the original Scooby-Doo series of the sixties. Very Zen. The This theme pack offers lots of eye candy based on the latest Superman movie. the screen saver is uninspiring: Against a brick-wall image. The sounds—odd electronic effects—are used sparingly. the program includes various futuristic-looking gadgets. and a screen saver. Uma Thurman. Your windows and menus get different color schemes to complement each wallpaper. well. The wallpaper shows Matthew Broderick. AUTUMN BROOK COLOR SCHEMES ADD that dash of character or personalization.T H EM ES The screen saver displays movie-poster images on a black background. The screen saver features squidlike robots ﬂying through Matrix space. like outer space? Worlds Upon Worlds presents an artist’s view of our solar system. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST THEMES REPLACE THE boring pointers with other symbols that tie in with the theme. completing the look and feel of the theme. and Nathan Lane posed against a backdrop of old Broadway. opening to show movie stills while the theme music plays in the background. THE GREAT OUTDOORS Perhaps you want to bring a bit of the outdoors into your ofﬁce. 79 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. I found the sounds—a swelling chorus. You get three wallpapers: Superman in ﬂight. MATRIX THEME BUNDLE Growing tired of Matrix knock-offs that merely fill your screen with green code? Give this package a try. For cursors and icons. These nine original wallpapers are based on characters and scenes from the Matrix movies. a pirate chest floats around the screen. four small screens ﬂash movie stills. Unfortunately. Enjoy the colors of fall with this pleasant and free theme. Some of the cursors from the Lord of the Rings theme are shown above. The wallpaper is a photograph of a mountain stream banked by many-hued trees. I N .
this theme that has been created will appear in the drop-down menu. while the pointer is a lighthouse that turns into a rain cloud when the computer is working. (Sorry. The wallpaper is a digitally enhanced photo of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. but it’s rather odd: Against a black background.) And even though Halloween 2006 has passed. The spooky sounds. I unearthed two terriﬁc Christmas packages: It’s Cold Outside is based on a jazzy version of the classic holiday tune. the sounds didn’t work during my testing. You can change color schemes as follows: Click on the Appearance tab. The included screen saver is particularly clever: The wallpaper remains on screen. but falling snow. anyway. where in the time to decorate for the holidays. this stellar package lets you choose between two wallpapers: a Jack-o-Lantern or two Jack-o-Lanterns in a spooky forest. it appears to be evening. it’s not too early to think about this year: In the package called This Is Halloween. and fog sits on the water. Come back to the Themes tab and click on Save As and choose a name for your theme. as well. This image appears in the screen saver. then on the Advanced button. P C W O R L D . All of these theme packages are free.T HEMES GOLDEN GATE This unusual desktop theme is worth the fee to register it. shapes filled with bits of the wallpaper move around the screen. Now. but I didn’t take the time to follow its recommendations. It’s Cold Outside. The wallpaper depicts a tranquil beach with mountains in the distance. A screen saver is included. accompanied by a jazzy piano piece. 80 W W W. the color schemes or screensaver. Next. with an odd little sailboat-like vessel floating on the water. Although this theme runs ﬁne under Windows XP. a little rocket ship. turns into a spinning Earth when the computer is busy. SEA DANCE inky blackness a ringed planet whirls against a cloud of glowing gas. are used sparingly. Windows XP allows you change these elements without too much effort. THIS IS HALLOWEEN EXPLORE THE VARIOUS themes and choose one for your liking and mood – from movies to solar system to nature. while Holiday Wrapping Papers presents nine themes based on different gift wraps. This soothing desktop theme should help you keep your equilibrium—and it’s free. WORLDS UPON WORLDS download this free theme and be transported to deep space. Click on the ‘Themes’ tab and select the theme you want to modify and Apply it. and snowﬂakes slowly appear while you’re treated to Vanessa Williams’s jazzy rendition of the Christmas classic. IT’S COLD OUTSIDE here’s a holiday hit inspired by the song “Baby. although there the water is animated. The icons are clever. you get two beautifully rendered spooky scenes. taken from Danny Elfman’s The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.” The wallpaper shows two pairs of shoes by a cabin door that opens onto a winter scene. change to any wallpaper and screensaver if you so wish. well. Silence seems appropriate for deep space. bows. Among the icons are a pumpkin for the Recycle Bin and scary eyes for My Documents. the readme file that accompanies this download has a complicated troubleshooting section. THE HOLIDAYS TIPS Customize your themes THEMES ARE ALL about personal taste. The unobtrusive cursors include a small orange arrow and a ﬂying witch. Right-click on your desktop and choose ‘Properties’ to open the display properties settings. Your pointer. too: The Recycle Bin is a foghorn. all of the Thanksgiving themes I came across were. turkeys. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . You may feel like changing something to your liking in an existing theme – the wallpaper. Under Item choose the element which you want to change and then colors and fonts.
High-end devices tend to be faster. perhaps a network adapter? Asking yourself these questions will narrow down your search for a machine.SMART BUYER P R AC T I CA L A DV I C E B E FO R E YO U S H O P THE BIG PICTURE SPECS EXPLAINED BUYING TIPS Talented Performers THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BUYING THE PERFECT MFD YOU ALWAYS WANTED. 50. to estimate the maximum number of pages per month that you need to print. It is also a good idea. For business and enterprise applications MFDs can be a way to increase productivity. They also offer a good range of ofﬁceoriented features and match the performance of single-function printers.000 pages or more per month.000. THE BIG PICTURE for years multifunction printers have saved scarce ofﬁce space. printing (both photos and documents) and copying on a regular basis. for small ofﬁces 5. and a bigger ofﬁce could budget for up to 15. MFDs are an attractive option to save upfront cost and space. scan. But why tax your budget and your desk space when one machine can do it all? Most multifunction devices (sometimes called a multi-function printers) handle these tasks with great ﬂair and performance—rivalling that of standalone units. and print: Four separate machines could handle those needs. ask yourself what sort of functionality you need. While MFDs can’t match the output and functionality of a photo printer or stand-alone scanner. and will also allow you to save money by not purchasing an extravagant device. and also more networking and ofﬁce functionality. With color models also available in laser MFDs. fax. They can handle faxing. Printers that are networked and shared will need to have the capability to produce up to 50. but the latest all-in-ones print as well as general-purpose printers do. Many MFDs have built-in memory that lets them store documents and send them straight to e-mail—becoming intercommunication portals. have color printing. the combination of scanning and printing enables easy sharing of photos and documents with friends and family. MFDs will print photos and a variety of other document types.000 pages per month. depending on the size of the network. scanning. before you start looking. streamline tasks and potentially decrease costs . and buy a printer that can handle that workload. The choice is easy if you use your printer for business. When looking for an MFD for the home or the ofﬁce. I N 81 . Most of today’s laser MFDs compare favorably to dedicated laser printers in speed and print quality. Inkjets can produce colorful documents and outstanding photos. P C W O R L D . CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W.000 pages per month is more than sufficient.000 to Rs. As a rough guide. Maybe you don’t need a fax machine? Or. at comparable prices. and range in price from Rs. And with more households acquiring broadband connections. For home and SOHO applications. Either laser or inkjet printers. Some print in color while others only print in black and white. copy. Once you’ve settled on purchasing an MFD rather than a stand-alone product. you need to decide whether an inkjet or a laser model better suits your needs. 4. but for standard ofﬁce tasks they ﬁt the bill. you no longer have to sacriﬁce color to get sharp text quality in business documents. but they simply can’t match the speed and professional document quality of a laser printer. They have various features and networking options. And a number of them let you to carry out more than one of these tasks simultaneously.
That is. such as 48bit internal or hardware color. Find out how much the claimed speed is reduced when two tasks are happening at the same time. Most ADFs should be able to handle at least 30 pages. CIS-based scanners can be much smaller and use far less power than CCDbased scanners. laser and inkjet speeds are measured and quoted differently. we recommend that you get a stand-alone ﬂatbed scanner. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 when the device is printing and faxing simultaneously. labels. Speed: The main weapon in the marketing war among vendors. three. Color depth: The amount of color (and grayscale) data a scanner can recognize and save. for capturing text using optical character recognition. To further confuse the issue. One of the biggest challenges for OCR software is whether it can accurately pick up the characters “r” and “rr” and not confuse them as “t” or “n”. Check that the scanning area is large enough for your needs—some of them can handle legal size paper. 300 dpi is standard. or faxing. But lasers are generally faster and have better overall print quality. This allows you to scan in documents to extract the text for editing. 82 W W W. But if you want to capture photos or other art for reproduction. Scanning directly to a number of different formats eg.g. P C W O R L D . extra fast. Digitally sending documents or to scan direct to e-mail or particular folders on your PC/network. ﬁne. 24-bit external color depth is sufﬁcient. stickers. which will result in a grainy appearance. and some have automatic document feeders as well. and often pick up dust. matt etc. copying. It’s also a good idea to look for a device with a number of print speed modes. fast. claimed speeds are frequently two. Sensor technology: Scanners have one of two types of sensor technology: a charge-coupled device (CCD) or a contact image sensor (CIS). Vendors frequently cite ratings based on printing only the simplest text documents.SM ART B UY ER Also. A3 etc and glossy/semi-gloss. making them the logical choice for business. ADF: An Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) is convenient if you need to frequently fax. the lower will be the quality of its output. extra ﬁne. an MFD will deliver good-enough results. is measured TIPS in bits per pixel. and provides the only way to scan pages in books or magazines. usually using a special disc-holding tray. or more times the speeds you’ll see in real-world printing. Inkjets will be cheaper to buy. A flat scanning glass works well for most tasks. speed is often one of the first specs you will see in any advertisement. CONTENT PAGE . normal. Printing on other surface/media: Other media may include overhead transparencies. CIS sensors are a more recent innovation. In general. evaluate whether you want an inkjet or a laser device. PDF/JPEF/TIFF/WORD. Many MFDs are now designed to be easy to use as standalone devices without the need to be plugged into the PC. In any case. A4. the print engines in laser all-in-ones tend to lag about a generation behind engines in stand-alone alternatives. If you need a scanner to digitize documents for storing. copy or scan multi-page documents and don’t want to individually feed each sheet. External or true color describes how much data the scanner’s driver can save. This is useful if you want flexibility. Scan 3D images (physical objects) with relatively good accuracy. termed color depth. Support for different paper sizes and types: 4x6in photo paper.An ADF comes in handy when you’re scanning lots of documents at once. 100 dots per inch is plenty of resolution. For almost all types of general-purpose use. Scanner: MFDs usually sport a flatbed-style scanner (which requires you to lift a lid to place your document on a glass). Although they produce slightly lower-quality scanned images. or when you want to scan a sheet that’s longer than the scanning glass. Quite often. for example. or printing in draft mode. ease of use and quick set up. Printing onto CD/DVD surfaces: Some devices on the market will enable this. and many don’t even include the time it takes for the PC to send a job to the printer. and do a better job on photos. e. which describes how much data the scanner can recognize. while oth- Extra features that you might need OCR: Optical character recognition (OCR) software is sometimes supplied with the machine.. portability. Since a scanner can usually capture more data than its driver can save. when it is carrying out more than one task simultaneously or there is a de-screening feature on the scanner. A good feature that is sometimes available with OCR software is an interface which allows you to directly compare the scanned text to the original document side-by-side to find any errors. SPECS EXPLAINED A DEVICE WITH clearly labelled screen is easy to use. which is handy if you want to make CDs and DVDs. A final note about speed is that you can normally expect it to be compromised when you are networking the device. Scanning ﬁlm or slides: This can be handy for photographic enthusiasts though you will invariably lose image quality. Optical resolution: For displaying photos on the Web or printing 3-by-5 or 4-by-6 snapshots. you’ll frequently see a qualifier appended to the bit-depth spec. the more quickly an MFD scanns. envelopes etc.
After installation. or replace what you’ve stored with your local favorites. and let the service handle the backups.or Work-. I use Browser Sync strictly for passwords and browsing history—I got frustrated with the plug-in’s frequent screw-ups in syncing bookmarks (possibly because I tend to keep my browsers running on my work and home computers simultaneously). 88 matting. while you can import Ofﬁce ﬁles server but also synchronize them between into either service (through a site option browsers on multiple PCs. it will break. at work and have it ready at home (without having to e-mail yourself the URL). though. or not. FIGURE 1: CREATE YOUR SPREADSHEETS online with Google FIGURE 3: KEEP YOUR BOOKMARKS synced and safe with Foxmarks. a free Firefox add-on. free online Both require a stable Internet connecofferings can come to the rescue.87 WINDOWS TIPS Need ironclad file security? Lock down your files and folders using Windows File Encryption. You can also add the best online information sources. history. Neither service is perfect.com ). Losing them all sheets to your repository on Zoho. the add-on invisibly syncs your bookmarks with no additional effort on your part. here’s a tip for keeping your work and personal favorites distinct: Preface your bookmark folders with a designation such as Home. Here again. And you can forget about using Excel formulas. as well as your cookies. and even open tabs. personalize Explorer shortcuts. ( FIGURE 3 . the online hours and hours of effort into discovering document gets updated. Google offers a Browser Sync plug-in for Firefox (www. as well as several other advanced features. back up your bookmarks to an online Also. customize Menus in Office. but if your computer goes south. 90 ANSWER LINE Report problems to Microsoft. www. and page numbers. Docs & Spreadsheets. If you’re like me. The truly security conscious will want to avoid syncing passwords to someone else’s server.foxmarks. Word macros. you’ve sunk click the Zoho Save button. has some great setup options: If your ma chines get out of sync. simplify network setup. however. If you give either Foxmarks or Google Browser Sync a try. P C W O R L D . 89 HARDWARE TIPS Upgrade or overclock your PC’s graphics to prepare for Vista or to boost speed.google. my doing so typically messes up the forfavorite. Several tion for accessing your ﬁles (though the Firefox extensions not only automatically Zoho plug-in does mitigate that need). You’re not only able to FIGURE 2: ZOHO’S WORD AND Excel plug-ins allow you to access bookmark something Zoho’s service from within those applications. you can replace all of your bookmarks with those that you’ve stored online. passwords. both Office-created documents and spreadpersonal and professional. if you import a ﬁle that contains any of these. M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W.com/tools/firefox/browsersync/) that syncs your bookmarks. I N CONTENT PAGE 85 . would not make for a good day. and then group those folders together. ONLINE BOOKMARKS browser bookmarks are another painful loss in the case of hard-drive failure. you merely need to reinstall Firefox and Foxmarks and then log in to restore all of your bookmarks. Foxmarks or the Add button in the Zoho plug-in).
though not all. pictures one by one to your (new) hard ice: Just use the original CDs.HERE’S H OW ON LI N E STORAGE pictures for a fee. tos. And as with Yahoo Phocollection. you image on the next screen. uncluttered Web interface. choose the full-resolution With most other players. of choices for players can fit the bill. Some of these sites have features ﬁrst 1000 images and Rs. since it tionware EphPod ( www. number of photos (JPEG only) to and then follow the prompt to the new version 3 of Yahoo Photos restore your music from your (photos. 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I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . offers 1GB of storage for free or menu and choose the Advanced tab. ing the Change and File Name buttons. so a number ing them off. photo collection. menu. but this alternative could be a dows Explorer. iTunes or Windows Media Player reorto download a full-size image. In iTunes. ble in 30GB and 80GB versions). while. and of directly to it via most. 675 for every soft’s 30GB Zune are also good buys. Products choose Gift Certs and CDs. You’ll need to pay up to Rs. which costs $20 per year for 2GB of storage. You can use a similar site. and if you still don’t log in. It’s With an iPod and iTunes. and then drag and drop your ever resolution you choose). you can have either com). or any other Yahoo much faster way to restore your entire method with an iPod: Either set your PC site or service) once every six months. My favorite is the Gonet. the most painless backup option for hard drive. let you map that storage as a drive or asp?se=%2B&ci=270). To reactivate music you’ve bunch.com ). kicks the bucket. and a Download option (see that your new PC can acquire FIGURE 4 ) appears in the site’s the rights to play the songs. — Erik Larkin PHOTO BACKUPS 86 W W W. select Edit•Preferences in the hard drive tanks. select the Librar y tab. shutterfly. But if you’d drive could be a long and tedious chore. 1. can connect the unit to your comOne thing to keep in mind is puter as a USB mass storage or that while you can upload as FIGURE 4: YAHOO’S NEW PHOTO service offers unlimited storage Media Transfer Protocol device many photos as you like (in what. but doesn’t Music folder organized . send you an archive CD of your full-size In Windows Media Player. and portable devices alike.godaddy.com) or SmugMug (www. Another good service.yahoo. or grab an app like the donaIf disaster strikes and you lose all of the music is somewhat old-school. Box. try one of the plethfrom your PC and then drag and drop Select the Rip Music tab and choose a ora of online storage services. You can network place. but will Make sure that any player you buy is ganize and rename your music according large enough to store your entire music to what it ﬁnds in the ID3 tags. you can upload an unlimited number Storage space is getting cheaper for PCs half the fun of digital pictures is showof images to Shutterﬂy. it will Control and copy the Music folder to your delete your pictures. uploaded your digital snapshots to a and from the drop-down menu under Aside from the ubiquitous iPod (availaphoto-sharing site such as Flickr (www.and lets you download full-size images from your collection. Creaflickr.com). your bail-out solution for your photos. the site will send a warning DIGITAL MUSIC then navigate to the hidden folder iPod\ e-mail. the upload will take a bought from the iTunes store. Check the box labeled Keep iTunes co m /g d s h o p/e m a i l /vsd b _ l a n d i n g . ONLINE STORAGE FOR ALL TYPES OF FILES and then check the boxes for Rename music files using rip music settings and IF YOU WANT a catch-all option for storaccess the service as a network place Rearrange music in rip music folder. Typically files to it in Explorer. so odds are you’ve already To order a CD. select Shutterﬂy Store. click Tools• Options .800 for the tive’s 60GB Zen Vision:M and Microcom). Daddy Online File Folder (www. as well. course you can retrieve them if your programs. Yahoo Web mail. P C W O R L D . you music back onto your hard drive via Winmust use your Yahoo ID (on the photo pricey. or you can save folder and file-naming scheme by clickyou can share ﬁles you upload. to show hidden files and folders.ephpod.
php ) allows User dialog. Tweak UI right-click a single encrypted file (not a was incompatible with Windows folder or multiple files. letting you add the your system (see FIGURE 3). If you’re encrypting a folder. and other PCs on the network. but one of the simplest is by Make encrypted ﬁles stand out: encrypting one of their own documents. the ﬁles or folders will work like any others on your system. See “Go With the NTFS Flow” at http:// pcworld. en crypted (or which use NTFS compression. and respond to any individuals by their user name. you FIGURE 2: MAKE ENCRYPTION EASIER by adding a may need to upgrade to a more context menu command using the Tweak UI freebie. and Windows 2000. unfortunately). check Encrypt contents to secure data. Encrypt/Decrypt commands Users can acquire certiﬁcates in varito the context menu. XP Home lacks EFS. and running. First. Now when you right-click an unencrypted ﬁle.totalidea. you’ll be asked if you want to encrypt its ﬁles and subfolders. (see FIGURE 2). I N 87 . you don’t have to use any special passwords to open or save them. Home Basic. click Organize• check Show “Encrypt” on context menu Folder and Search Options . As of this writing. The Encrypting File System in most versions of Windows Vista. Encrypted items are green. if you don’t want others to see which files are encrypted or compressed. In the General Software’s free TweakVI tab. To select Explorer in the left pane. ous ways. which the OSes do by default. making it very difﬁcult for snoops to read them. Other user accounts on the PC. c o m / downloads/file/fid. XP Pro and Vista users need this tip only if they want to disable the display CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. FIGURE 1: ENCRYPTION IS JUST a few clicks away To see at a glance which ﬁles (For more about certificates. In the middle of that tweakvi/tweakvidialog box. Click OK . com/content/ choose Details .1/description. you can specify the Choose that option. Click the View tab. XP Pro.18220order. and click OK twice (see FIGURE 1). as well. Click OK . Not using NTFS? The switch is easy. Once Tweak UI of encrypted and compressed files in is downloaded. a free PowerToy from Microsoft ( w w w. you’ll see Give others permission: To give people a new command: Encrypt (or Decrypt if who are using your system access to you’ve selected an encrypted item). and in the Advanced Settings box.1-page. In the General tab. ‘Encrypt contents to secure data’. Once encrypted. right-click it in Explorer or any folder window and choose Properties (you can also right-click a group selection to encrypt several ﬁles or folders at once). installed.in/hereshow/index. that partition must be formatted using the NTFS file system. encryption requires that you use a password-protected account. Enterprise. Totalidea and choose Properties . It’s easy to make encryption a part of your security arsenal. color. XP.H ERE ’S HOW The Simple Way to Keep Your Private Files Private W I N D O W S T I P S there’s only one way to keep your ﬁles truly conﬁdential: Encrypt them. can’t view the ﬁle contents. click Advanced. Also. make sure that Show en crypted or compressed NTFS ﬁ les in color is checked. uncheck this option. Vista. and next to Basic utility (www. choose or folders on your system are via any file or folder’s Properties dialog box. html ). recent version. Only someone who is logged in to your account with your password can access these ﬁles. If you al ready have Tweak UI on your system. P C W O R L D .jsp/ artId=5537798 (the same steps work in Vista). which lists others who you to tweak many Vista have a certificate (a digital document that helps confirm authenticity) on settings. You can do this in XP with a quick Registry edit. Get ready to encrypt: Encrypting File System is in Windows Vista Business. but you might find it easier and safer to use Tweak UI. On the other hand. click A d v an c e d . and Vista Starter. encrypted files. scroll open the Folder Options dialog in Visthrough the options on the right. prompts. for that matter). and 2000 scrambles the contents of files and folders. p c w o r l d . Stow your ﬁles: To encrypt a ﬁle or folder. To use Encrypting File System on a partition. and ta’s Explorer window. and Ultimate. compressed ones blue. click Add to open the Select down. Streamline the steps: You can shorten the process by adding an Encrypt command to your right-click context menu (the command switches to Decrypt when you right-click encrypted files). However. open Explorer and choose Tools•Folder Options . and Home Premium allow only decryption—so you can read encrypted ﬁles but not encrypt them.
) d s e c I d = 1 4 4 3 / d s u b Se c I d = 1 4 4 5 t o Select a trusted user and click OK . navigate to and select Computer Conf igur ation•Administrative Templates•Windows Components•BitLocker Drive Encryption. Since USB drives have become ubiquitous. when Scott resumes working. and it also must have an additional nonencrypted partition. BitLocker requires that you be able to boot from your USB drive. click Start. For further information. disable rather than delete Scott’s proﬁle: In XP. type lusrmgr. while encrypted ﬁles are associated with user also making it tougher for snoops proﬁles. then press <Enter>. click the applet’s What should I know about BitLocker Drive Encryption before I turn it on? link. In Vista. check Account is disabled and click OK . it won’t complain about the missing TPM module.jsp/ cates overview. Now whenever you launch the BitLocker Drive Encryption applet in Control Panel. dows service in which administrators Lock it all up in Vista’s BitLocker: can store and make available informaEncrypting your entire hard disk tion on network objects. and since most of us lack systems with a TPM chip. In the General tab. if an employee prise versions of Vista encrypts the entire partition that the OS is installed on. makes it harder for malware to Disable. (Note that in Windows Vista. In the left pane. the program may not completely hide some known folders. and it will offer a new ‘Turn On BitLocker’ link. click Start and enter the same command in the Start Search field. BitLocker without a compatible TPM. than Encrypting File System offers. The BitLocker people from accessing their encrypted feature in the Ultimate and Enterfiles. And as the name says. It also lets you back up your folders’ hidden states in case you have a system problem.) Free Hide Folders is password protected. — Scott Dunn and Scott Spanbauer 88 W W W. That’s easy to do with Cleanersoft. check Allow security chip by editing Vista’s group policies. also see the User dialog box won’t work unless your Windows Toolbox at right for another network uses Active Directory. Browse to http:// Start•Help and Support . uncheck this box.HERE’S H OW WI N DOWS TI PS named Scott goes on leave but may return. deleting proﬁles prevents those to decrypt your ﬁles. Unfortunately it’s disabled by default. so you’re safe even if the bad guys know you’re using the product. don’t delete: Because infect Vista’s system files.in/downloads/index. type certifipcworld. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . a Winencryption alternative. A free Encrypting File System alternative: You might need a stronger level of protection trusted users permission to your encrypted files. the ﬂash drive option is the most attractive. it’s free. and click OK (see FIGURE 4). such as Music in the Documents folder.com’s Free Hide Folders (http://pcworld.in/downloads/index. Next. For example. select Enabled. P C W O R L D . choose Star t•Run . The program lets you make any folder (and its subfolders and other contents) completely invisible with a just a little pointing and clicking.msc. To enable this option. and stores the encryption key in your PC’s Trusted Platform Module chip. Note d o w n l o a d t h e f r e e Tr u e C r y p t that the Find User button in the Select encryption utility. and press <Enter>. and double-click ConFIGURE 4: USE VISTA’S EXTRA-STRENGTH trol Panel Setup: Enable advanced startup BitLocker encryption utility without a TPM options. or on a USB flash drive. and press <Enter> to launch Vista’s Group Policy Object Editor. FIGURE 3: LET OTHERS IN on your secrets by giving WI N D OWS TO O LB OX Get a Cloak of Invisibility With Free Hide Folders SOMETIMES THE BEST way to keep people from prying into your personal folders is to keep the folders’ existence secret from the get-go. enter gpedit.msc in the Start Search ﬁeld.jsp/dsecId=1494/dsubSecId=1502). Exit the editor. Click the Users folder icon in the left pane and double-click Scott’s profile in the right pane.
and other ports that are attached directly to the motherboard. In Vista. Both of the leadneed their own power connector. the thought of setting up and mv?Screen=PROD&Product_ work’s devices on one screen. remove the old card’s vents overheating.com/nmlp/homeware devices is about as appealing as networking. playing games. Before you swap out a graphics card’s temperature and pre9c. however. What if you don’t see your driver listed? Rightclick My Computer (Computer in Vista) and select Manage•Device Manager. you’ll need Windows Vista—and compatible graphics hardware that won’t be mainstream until late this year. and click Remove (see FIGURE 2) . Make sure your computer has an open AGP or PCI Express x16 slot. No matter how basic or advanced your machine.com/ ?kbid=179113 to see instructions on FIGURE 2: MAKE SURE YOU remove your old drive before replacing it with a new one. Overheatother graphics-intensive programs reDo driver diligence: Download the latest ing is probably this trick’s biggest risk. but using nVidia’s Coolbits sion of DirectX. click Start and type dxdiag in the Start Search box. 675 Digital Thermal Pure Networks’ free Network Magic FOR THOSE OF us who’d prefer to think Probe (www. latest. enter your system’s BIOS (watch for the key to press when your system starts but before Windows loads) and disable the setting for integrated graphics. and using other graphics-heavy apps. or other setting often requires a um version adds features like ﬁle sharyou the cost of a replacement. To check your DirectX version in XP. I N 89 . by consolidating data for all of a netnoun. quire a recent version of DirectX. their cards. Under ‘Display adapters’. Upgrade on the inside: If you’re not quite ready for a new graphics board. In XP. PS/2.microsoft. windows vista clearly ups the ante on PC graphics power. Winversion of your card’s driver from the While ATI’s Overdrive utility monitors dows XP supports versions up to DirectX vendor’s Web site.com/Mervastly simpliﬁes network maintenance of “IT” as a third-person singular proc h a n t 2 / m e r c h a n t . DirectX 10. but to use the improvements in the the cards. Upgrade DirectX: Fast-action games and overclocking program does. in Vista. Code=Overclocking) to monitor your Finding an IP address. Find the connection: If the video connector on the back of your PC is next to the USB. a gateway ad20networks for the download (a Premigraphics card temperature could save dress. warranty. select the current graphics driver. your system has integrated graphics.php?src=google&kw=pure% oral surgery without the anesthesia. Y our DirectX version is listed under the System tab. Go to http://support. right-click the graphics driver and select Uninstall. — Kirk Steers ing and remote access). click Start•Control Panel•Uninstall a program (Programs and Features in the Classic View). chances are you can upgrade its graphics hardware to run Vista’s Aero interface—or improve XP— for viewing online videos. you can squeeze more performance out of your system’s Get the right card for your PC: current graphics hardware by High-end graphics cards typically overclocking it. CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. click Start•Run and type dxdiag.networkmagic. The Display tab shows graphics RAM and other data on your video subsystem (see FIGURE 1). ing graphics card makers—ATI They also generate lots of heat. hunt through many Windows screens. and nVidia—include an overand often are so big they require FIGURE 1: FIND ALL KINDS of useful data about your clocking utility with many of the space of two expansion slots. P C W O R L D . most other overclocking utilities don’t. graphics hardware in Windows XP’s DirectX Diagnostic Tool. Rigging an inexpensive thermal sensor like HighDOWNLOAD A FREE NETWORK KNOW-IT-ALL Speed PC’s Rs.H E RE’S HOW Help Your PC’s Graphics Make Vista and XP Sparkle H A R D W A R E T I P S driver to avoid problems. Using ATI’s OverMake sure your case has plenty downloading and installing the latest verdrive utility doesn’t invalidate the card’s of room inside. If your PC does not automatically disable the old graphics processor when a new card is installed. choose Start•Control Panel•Add or Remove Programs. Go to maintaining a network’s various hardC o d e = Te m p 1 & Ca t e g o r y _ www.highspeedpc.
and clicking the tells me that one of my programs Don’t Send button will get has “encountered a problem. and select Delete (see FIGURE 2). To open Explorer with D:\ . (don’t forget corner. Click OK twice and close the only. and list programs You can disable all error reporting. and 2003: Start Search box. In the top of the program window that holds the ‘Advanced settings for the item you want to remove. tells you the operatwhen it should. quick-launch toolbar. tab in the System Properties dialog box.in. You can this error message. But you don’t What’s the best procedure to follow? have to make that decision with each crash. select Start•Run. Still.cpl. for programs only. right-click the problem reporting’ dialog item. Problem Reports and Solutions applet enable reporting. With the Cus<Enter>. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . and select Create er to your D drive. Excel. The just sends it—unless you following trick will work in Word. and click Change tomize dialog box open. Click the Advanced such program failures in the future. HOW DO I remove an item from a Vi s t a’ s e r r o r m e s s a g e Microsoft Word menu? doesn’t ask about sending removing items you don’t use information.exe /e.shtml for once you’ve made your changes. In any event. FIGURE 1: DECIDE FOR YOURSELF which Vista program crashes doesn’t use the information to track you. select Tools•Customize. 90 W W W. release the button. right-click the shortcut and choose (Note that Vista displays folders by default. give other users permission to set this and then choose the Error Reporting butby the U. read Microsoft’s ton that appears down on the lower right.” you back to work a few secand asks to send Microsoft a report. or other location). press <Enter>. so there’s nothing to customize. a speciﬁc ﬁle or folder is to right-click tions: Click the Office icon in the top-left and drag its icon out of Explorer and and type explorer. there is some security risk: Tests off. press <Home>. and should ing system halted a program that. Position the cursor in the THE SIMPLEST WAY to open Explorer to keyboard shortcuts in Ofﬁce 2007 applicaShortcut tab’s Target ﬁeld. you can PERSONALIZE YOUR WINDOWS EXPLORER SHORTCUTS customize the Quick Access Toolbar and Properties. Department of Energy Comoption for themselves. Press item. type sysdm. the OS makes the menus easier to navigate. For example. choose the options button for the onto the desktop (or the Start menu. Shortcuts Here. added to the XP tell Windows ahead of time version of Windows. type problem In the program with the unwanted menu reports and solutions. so no change for it is needed.S. instruct it not to do so beforeand other programs in Microsoft Ofﬁce hand. When you’re done. or for both.) editor Lincoln Spector. and press you encounter should be reported back to Microsoft. Ofﬁce 2007 doesn’t have menus. the space before the slash or the comma program at the bottom of the drop-down list. Microsoft insists it In XP. However. you can turn reporting click the dialog box’s Close button. and in the versions 2000. If you the user’s document (browse to www. Answer Line is anchored by contributing A N S W E R L I N E SOMETIMES AN ERROR message the folder tree visible in the left pane. click the menu at settings•Advanced settings. button to select the apps whose failures you more). click OK twice. Send in your queries to feedback@pcworld. at the end). might have to Microsoft. and the report could well help prevent <Enter>. the message probably TRIM OFFICE MENUS wish to have reported. Removing items from the ribbon isn’t an option. type explorer. P C W O R L D . then FIGURE 2: REMOVING UNWANTED MENU items from box. or have that the “memory dump” sent to Microsoft whose errors should not be reported (see errors reported for the operating system sometimes contained information from FIGURE 1).HERE’S H OW Should I Report Program Problems to Microsoft? doesn’t leave you in a charitable mood. 2002. When you’re done. crashed Windows. report such problems been allowed to continue.exe /e. puter Incident Advisory Capability found privacy statement. had it not. Instead. Select Start. to open Explorand select Customize in the left pane. Microsoft Word makes the menus easier to navigate. click the Choose Programs ciac. onds sooner.org/ciac/bulletins/m-005.
messenger services and show all contacts in a single list – much easier and efficient than having three or four different software running for instant messaging alone! Gaim has been a favorite amongst the multi-protocol IM clients for long and for a good reason. and importantly. It is light on system resources. then IrfanView is perhaps your best bet. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE ILLUSTRATION: ANIL T . It will take many more pages than what we have here to explain every software contained in our 1. nice interface that is easy t o u s e . c u s t o m i z ab i l i t y. if not easier to use. Merely browsing through images can be done in XP’s very own Picture and Fax Viewer. easy on system resources and just as easy. there is the handy batch conversion feature (press ‘B’ or File > Batch Convert). you can even view videos in IrfanView with the help of plugins! If you have a bunch of large high res images from your camera that you wish to convert.7GB bundle.INSIDE SOFTWARE REVIEWS D U M M Y E D IH TA EN DD B Y K A PA EIT NR SO OM N T &HR M O N P IC K EL D GN OA OD ET SEF EAD V D 97 PREVIEW ■ East-Tec Backup Lite ■ Mandriva Linux Free 2007 WHAT’S ON DVD 8GB of fun. GAIM long before MSN and Ya h o o ! o f f e r e d u n i fi e d messenger service (add MSN contacts to Yahoo! messenger and vice versa) several clients existed that could connect simultaneously to different 96 others that you may not have heard of. MSN. has hardly any stability issues. supports Yahoo!. tired of popping in various CDs and DVDs to install all the various software? Ever wished for a single DVD that has most. You will find this open source and free software in the Messengers section in the Super Suite. IrfanView W W W. if not all of the common. ICQ and few IRFANVIEW there are image viewers and then there is IrfanView. software you’d require? How convenient it’d be to choose and install all Microsoft updates in a few easy steps? Our PC World Super Suite has been designed keeping these in mind. but here is a preview of some of the softwares. P C W O R L D . This is a must have software for an IM buff. but if you want a software that is more powerful. and is updated to the latest versions of these software. What more. freebies and power tools 99 PC World Super Suite A LOOK AT SOME OF THE GOODIES THAT MAKE UP OUR SUPER SUITE.
By using plugins you can enhance the functionality of AbiWord. AbiWord for Windows takes just about 20MB on your hard disk and is compatible with all Windows versions from 95 to XP. thus not making you feel lost. sluggish on older PCs. For more features. and detailed backup logs. On ﬁrst glance it looks like an old version of Word. Ab i Wo r d h a s a s p e l l checker.SOFTWARE FREE STUF F can acquire images from scanners that are TWAIN compliant (most scanner are) and does this in batch mode as well! If you wish to add simple effects to an image without straining your PC and yourself with the likes of Photoshop. XP and above. assign you need the WinZip program). Just click the ‘Scheduler’ tab to set the time and date when this back up task should run. a must have if you don’t want to buy a ZIP such that it can be opened formats such as TAR.com/offers/pcworldin/ You can upgrade to EastTec Backup 2007 and be able to backup registry keys. East-Tec Backup Lite FULL PRODUCT east-Tec Backup Lite is a software to back up and protect the ﬁles and data on your hard disk. removable disk. supports tables and headers / footers.easttec. just use Effects (Image > Effects). FTP. P C W O R L D . data compression (using the widely popular ZIP open format. You can set a password like ACDSee which can be WinRAR installed (Windows for your archive (compressed) ﬁle. AbiWord is what you are looking for. A registration window is displayed the ﬁrst time the user runs the program. mails and user settings. so you’ll be able to attend to the problem. software. you can choose the source (the ﬁles and folders that you want to back up) and the destination (the place you want to back up to – like a network drive or a different hard disk). For older MS OS. CD/DVD. A warning can also be issued when an error occurs during backup. image management software in systems that do not have BZ2. When you open East-Tec Backup. Encrypt your backup using AES. users can upgrade to East-Tec Backup 2007 from www. Similar to WinZip. click on the Task menu and then New Task. THIS SOFTWARE MAKES the important task of backing up data easy. AbiWord is an opensource program and free to use. I N 97 . you can also split the archive at selected file sizes that will make it easier for you to span your backups over CDs or DVDs. WinRAR to the all too common WinZip one to have around. the ability to run programs/commands before or after the backup. You can choose to archive your ﬁles in ZIP format which not only saves space but also enables you to add a password to your backups. but it is optional. can track document history. create incremental and differential backup tasks. etc. allows you to save an archive as supports various compression ABIWORD if all you want for creating documents is a word processor that is easy to use. a worthy competitor and test archive for integrity making this program a handy amongst other things. and more. has all basic formatting options and looks similar to Microsoft’s Word. the ability to backup to any local locations. Other features include backing up without the need to close running programs. East-Tec Backup Lite can be used for free. ZIP. Z. automate your backup tasks using a powerful scheduler send email notiﬁcations when backups are made. Installation Details System Requirements: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ 300 MHz or higher CPU 128 MB RAM 10MB free space 500 MHz or higher CPU 250 MB RAM or higher for Windows XP CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. In the settings that show up. East-Tec Backup Lite is very easy to use and features intuitive wizards. priority levels to WinRAR (so that Many files on the Internet are other programs are not affected) WINRAR compressed in the RAR format. split a large ﬁle into parts. winRAR. Again. There are several more features that you will find useful in this free ABIWORD IS AN extremely easy to use word processor and it is free. a non-proprietary format. backup to local area network. file filtering (include or exclude certain ﬁ le types from your backup). giving you full control over your backup).
The commercial versions of Mandriva include additional features and functions that improve operability with certain network adapters and graphic cards. Internet. IN BRIEF Installation Notes L I K E A L L L I N UX d i stributions. so you only need to click on ‘Devices’ on the desktop to access other partitions. to administer the entire system. The drak3D configuration tool chooses the best 3D solution for your hardware on either KDE or GNOME. Like other newer Linux distros.mandrivalinux. Package management done by the all new RPMDrake gives you a quick view of what you have. The download editions such as this free distribution may be freely downloaded from www. Furthermore. Gnumeric.php3. The K-menu on the default KDE desktop is at the traditional bottom left of the screen and looks deceptively like a Windows OS. we suggest backing up of important data on a CD / DVD. Mandriva Linux also offers several preconfigured levels of security that a user can choose for his computer. Some of the applications included in Mandriva Linux Free 2007 are OpenOffice. THIS MANDRIVA INSTALLER includes both 32 and 64 bit versions. but if you are not familiar with this operation. which allows you to make system administer level changes as well as changes to appearance a n d t h e m e s . KOffice. Both KDE and GNOME desktop environments are included in Mandriva Free 2007 along with an exciting 3D Desktop.com/ en/ftp. what you can install. This must help first time users who might be wary of making changes to the system. Commercial products also provide documentation and access to Mandriva services such as support. C/C++ / Java . P C W O R L D . The PC World May 2007 DVD is bootable with Mandriva Linux Free 2007 for both 32 bit as well as 64 bit CPUs – and hence you do not need to transfer ISOs on DVDs or CDs. It feels better organised on closer observation – applications are sorted depending on their type – office. multimedia and system. The Mandriva Linux Control Center allows a user to resort to a single panel THE K-MENU SEEMS Windows-like and won’t leave a new user lost. documentation. During the installation. the various storage devices get mounted automatically. Mandriva’s commercial products often include support options (such as Mandriva Expert). I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . Co m m e r c i a l p r o d u c t s f r o m Ma n d r i v a s u c h a s Mandriva Linux Powerpack Edition include more features than the Download Edition such as commercial add-ons and third-party software. Installation is very fast – it took us about 15 minutes to install Mandriva Free 2007 with all packages chosen. 256 MB preffered For 3D environment. The process is user friendly. You need to choose the partition from which Mandriva can take space for its own installation and you are all set.F REE ST UFF SOFTWARE Mandriva Linux Free 2007 L I N U X m a nd r i va L inu x F r e e 2007 is the free version o f M a n d r i v a (f o r m e r l y Mandrake) Linux 2007. what Man- driva recommends. etc.org. which updates are available and much more. To access some of these settings you need to be logged in as a root user. The equivalent of a Control Panel is in the form of the Control Center that you can find under K-menu> Configuration. System administration can be done completely via GUI without the need to get into the command console (knowing the commands of course helps). Installation Details System Requirements: ■ 128 MB RAM. The installation is graphical and offers efﬁcient hardware detection. Abiword. a P3 or higher CPU with a 3D graphic card ■ 98 W W W. Mandriva can be installed on a PC that already has a Windows installed. and premium online services such as Mandriva Club and Mandrivaonline. Mandriva detects the presence of Windows and gives you a dual boot option. Once you boot from the DVD. just click on ‘Installation’ to start the installation.
I N M AY 2 0 0 7 The first space ship to Venus A sci-ﬁ movie from the 60s to – The First Space Ship to Venus. We also have wallpapers contributed by our readers who are photography enthusiasts and illustrations created by our design team. DESKTOP ENHANCEMENTS Themes. E SS E N TI A L S PC World Super Suite Our Super Suite includes software for almost all tasks. You can also use the ZIP format to archive your ﬁles which not only uses less space but also gives you the option of password protecting it. you will ﬁnd them all here. East-Tec Backup Lite An easy to use backup software that can schedule backups to a network drive or a secondary hard disk. Screensavers. Right from browsers. Join a team of astronauts as they set out to the planet Venus in search of life. V I D EO S 5 Tech Videos Glimpse the technology of today and tomorrow with our exclusive tech videos. P C W O R L D . Trailers from the Fantastic 4 and Ratatouille are also included.M A Y 2 0 0 7 FULL PRODUCTS Mandriva Linux Free 2007 Mandriva Linux Free 2007 is the free version of Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) Linux 2007. This time we have included Autopatcher for Windows Vista as well. CONTENT PAGE . This DVD is bootable with Mandriva Linux Free 2007 for both 32 bit as well as 64 bit CPUs. codecs to system tools and patches. Creative Suite 3 from Adobe PC World’s review of Apple TV RFID in use in Germany’s supermarket Fuel Cell laptop prototype from Toshiba Acer at CEBIT 2007 GA M E S Red Ocean Get into an underwater station in the ﬁrst person shooter TUTORIAL E N T E R TA I N M E N T 5 video tutorials for XP Enable hibernation Hide taskbar icons Disable autorun for CD / DVD drives Use magniﬁer tool Open event viewer 100 W W W. ofﬁce tools. Wallpapers The themes mentioned in our Dress Up Your Desktop feature (see page xx) are included on our DVD.
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which lets you choose to boot into Windows or OS X when you start your Mac. P C W O R L D . as well as a critical look at how easy each one is to install and configure. It also gave Mac users a brand-new way to run Windows apps. Today. we have a bunch of alternatives. CodeWeavers’ CrossOver Mac. the company did a copy of Windows from within OS X. which both let you install and run By Rob Griffiths | Illustrations by Jack Gallagher 102 W W W.4Ways to Windows Find the best software for running Windows on your Mac W hen Apple introduced its first Intel powered Macs in early 2006. with four that really rise to the top: Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMWare Fusion. and Apple’s own Boot Camp. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . and how well each supports hardware peripherals. Mac users who had to run Windows software used Virtual PC—and nobody really liked it. how well each runs Windows software. which tricks Windows apps into thinking you’ve got Windows installed when you really don’t. Eighteen months ago. more than just launch OS X on a new platform. But those four choices lead to one big question: which one is right for you? What follows is a comparison of the four.
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your RAM requirements will go up. you’ll obviously need an Intel-powered Mac. My conclusion: Macs run Windows quite nicely in virtualization mode.1. MS-DOS. but some of the details may be out of date by the time you read this. running the same test in Mac-native Microsoft Word 2004 on a MacBook Pro took 12. Novell Netware. people with esoteric hardware needs.33GHz MacBook Pro with 2GB of RAM. see “Which Windows?”) But even on a Core Duo mini. and especially if you’re using OS X apps at the same time. 95. Vista is another story. Parallels’ latest release had just emerged from beta. During our evaluation. Those who don’t need anything but the occasional Windows Ofﬁce application can probably get by with CrossOver. Windows Server FreeBSD. 2000. you’ll want a more powerful machine. the mini and the MacBook lack the graphics hardware required for 3-D– accelerated video games. DApps that run on those operating systems. and very well when booted natively into Windows. both Apple’s Boot Camp and MWare’s Fusion were still in public beta.9 12. OS/2 . None of these programs are disappointing in terms of speed. see “How They Compare: Virtualization Software” to ﬁnd out about compatibility. 2000. and Bluetooth. Vista. 95. RAM You’ll also want a lot of RAM. you’ll need more if you’re considering running Vista.5 14. 98. 2000. Unless speciﬁed otherwise.4 seconds. Solaris m 1 9. BWith a large Word document and an Excel file open.9MB document with many images in Page Layout mode. Tinkerers and hobbyists will love Fusion’s downloadable appliances. P C W O R L D . Solaris 1 1 CrossOver Mac 98. every application. even a Mac mini will provide performance that’s more than acceptable. Who They’re Good For So which of these four alternatives is right for you? Not surprisingly. 2GB is a good starting point. If any of your Windows apps require such peripherals. CExperimental.11. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . 98. Vista FreeBSD. Linux. XP none m m D Boot Camp XP. XP. Parallels used more than 100MB. For most Mac users. I used the most up-to-date version of each program available at the time I was testing. these programs all offer performance that’s worlds better than Virtual PC ever was on a PowerPC Mac. (To be more speciﬁc. m = no. XP. The bottom line: we’ve come a long way from Virtual PC. I tested each product on a 15-inch 2. and CrossOver had only recently been released. by comparison. These programs can vary widely in their support for FireWire. not the operating systems themselves. The main exception: if you want to use Boot Camp to run Windows games that require 3-D acceleration. none of these programs run on a PowerPC Mac. and every hardware peripheral on the Mac market. For others—gamers. For Windows 2000 and XP. using 125 percent zoom. USB. with Windows loaded and Word and Excel ﬁles open. I ran them through some timed tests (see “How They Compare: Virtualization Software”) and some less formal evaluations (using them for everyday computing chores and comparing the feel to native OS X apps). they run Windows XP quite nicely. and people who pound their CPUs at 100 percent utilization—Boot Camp is the preferred route.FEATURE 4 Ways to Windows As you read. How They Compare: Virtualization Software Parallels Desktop Windows versions supported Other operating systems supported 64-bit support Drag and drop files between Windows and OS X Performance: scroll Word document (seconds)A USB support Bluetooth support FireWire support 3-D acceleration Utilizes both cores in Core Duo chips Memory usage B VMWare Fusion 3. bear in mind that this market is constantly evolving. AScrolling through a 3. the better your performance will be. For more on that. CPU The faster your CPU.6 17. Linux. Hardware Requirements To use any of the following software. ME. Parallels will let you do what you need to do in Windows with the least amount of trouble. the answer really depends on what you need. As you open more programs. CrossOver and Fusion used between 45MB and 60MB of real memory.5 Good Poor Poor m m 105MB–115MB Fair Good Poor 1C 1 50MB–60MB Poor Poor Fair 1 m 45MB–55MB Good Good Good 1 1 194MB 1= yes. MS-DOS. Also keep in mind that it’d be impossible for us to do full compatibility testing for every version of Windows. By comparison. running Windows natively in Boot Camp with the same Excel and Word ﬁles open required almost 200MB. NT. In my testing. I chose to focus our software compatibility assessments on Microsoft Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2 (with all the latest updates) and Ofﬁce XP Pro (2002). NT. 104 W W W. Extras You’ll also need to be careful about the kinds of peripherals you have connected to your Mac. Vista none m m 3. For typical Ofﬁce applications. ME.
Parallels does the job for you. In addition to creating this OS transparency. not long after Apple released the ﬁrst Intel Macs. you select the type of OS (Linux.) Today. and so on) you want to install. Free. and so on). After installing Windows. and then Parallels takes over. and then start the installation— you can install from CDs or from a disk image. macworld. When running Parallels in Coherence mode. and even drop documents onto Windows’ application windows. it’s more like you’re running programs that don’t look like the rest of your OS X apps. CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. Parallels runs Windows apps amazingly well. (This article is based on build 3170. and ofﬁcially released updates. from Windows 3. OS/2. Since then. Further easing integration. Internet Explorer 7 and Microsoft Word (running in Windows) integrate seamlessly with the Finder and Font Book. P C W O R L D . You type your product key. you launch your new virtual machine and run the Parallels Tools installer (in the Action menu). On the next screen. Parallels supports full drag and drop between the Windows and OS X environments. Linux. you’ll want to check out Parallels’ Coherence mode as soon as you can (see “Coherence Mode”). add items to the taskbar in Coherence mode. you can make your Mac look like it’s solely a Windows machine simply by switching to full screen mode. this $80 program is the most-reﬁned option for running a full Windows installation next to OS X on an Intel Mac. Parallels P The process is just a bit more complicated if you want to install other operating systems. and organization on one screen. it’s easy to forget you’re even running the Windows OS. Using the Windows Express setup assistant. their icons appear in OS X’s Dock. beyond some bug ﬁxes. Installation Parallels has accomplished something amazing: it’s made it simpler to install Windows inside a virtual machine on a Mac than it is to install Windows on a “real” PC.BSD. It’s a way of conﬁguring Parallels so the Windows OS itself is hidden: all you see is an application window—which happens to belong to a Windows application—on your OS X desktop. In full-screen mode.SAMPLE ARTICLE Multi-OS Powerhouse arallels ( . I N 105 . as well as the speciﬁc version (Red Hat Linux. and even good old MS-DOS). and the Windows Resize Partitions taskbar is present On-the-Fly along the bottom of the screen (though you can drag it to any edge. and tell it to create a Custom virtual machine. you can install Windows XP or Vista in a couple of mouse clicks. You use File: New to open the OS Installation Assistant. OS/2 Warp 4. Parallels Tools adds a number of features that ease the integration of Windows with OS X. just press option-return and you’re back in windowed mode. with performance that’s nearly as good as you’d get on a similarly conﬁgured native Windows box. Release Candidate 3. the software has been greatly improved through a seemingly constant stream of betas. such as the ability to move your mouse seamlessly from Parallels to Mac OS X and back again. (You can also run Windows XP from a Boot Camp partition— meaning that you need only one copy of Also Also on on Coherence Mode With Parallels’ new Coherence mode. just as you can when running Windows natively). release candidates. Those apps have their own resizable windows. Software Support Assuming that you’re using Parallels to run Windows. Parallels says that there are no substantial differences between that build and the ofﬁcial release. It will run nearly any Windows program you throw at it. Solaris. You’ll then have to specify a memory allocation and drivespace setup for your virtual machine. name. Anywhere you’d typically have to interact with the Windows installer. You can copy a folder of ﬁles from one environment to the other.com/ 2598) came out in beta form in April of last year. OS/2. (Parallels also supports nearly any non-Apple operating system you can think of.11 through Vista. the Mac OS is completely hidden. When you want to get back to your native OS. At the other extreme.
Somehow. no 64bit Windows support. its support it’ll take a bit of a performance hit. Also. But I’m glad I’m not a fulltime user. Windows XP. for USB devices wasn’t great. my virtual Windows XP installation had been infected by a member of the rbot family of malicious software. and overall level of performance. Thankfully. that didn’t interfere with performance much. excellent performance. (I have the automatic update enabled. but overall.grisoft.com]. Or maybe someone had sniffed out my machine from the Net and attacked it remotely. Who It’s Good For With its excellent application support. such as Micromy Wacom Intuos 2 graphics tablet. I hadn’t done much more than surf the Net and run some Ofﬁce applications on that particular machine. www. and works well. too. and pretty much such as USB dongles. P C W O R L D . CONS: Virtually no FireWire or Bluetooth support. look to Boot Camp. may still run into problems with things Adobe Photoshop. I was even able to use For everything else. the updates were applied and the virtual machine shut down. I had no question. Paralgrams use for copy protection. dragand. And Parallels won’t run 64. When XP ﬁnished booting up. From now on. PRICE: $80 COMPANY: Parallels. I’d turned Windows sharing off on my virtual machine. I had no the snappiest of the four programs I issues printing to a networked laser printer. so many games are out of the USB 2. The Windows cup. Quicken QuickBooks.parallels.0.FEATURE 4 Ways to Windows Player to work (it kept telling me I needed an MPEG-2 codec). But I still have no clue how my Windows XP installation got infected.) If you have peripherals that rely on these technologies and that need access to them in Windows. at least not yet. ance is nice and snappy—in fact.) I’m not too worried about Windows infections getting to my OS X installation. But if you need accelerated 3-D graphics support or have FireWire and Bluetooth devices you need to use in Windows. Parallels is a great match for people who need to run the full Windows OS on their Macs— or people who’d like to experiment with other operating systems. tested (see “How They Compare: Virand I was able to see the other Macs on the tualization Software”). which requires shutting it down. doesn’t utilize both cores in Core Duo chips. the Media Player complained about a missing codec. It now supports graphics. I’m going to need a good security program for my virtual Windows machines. experience was much better than I was expecting. USB hard only a small subset of users. for starters. Windows found and removed this hack all by itself. Things have Parallels doesn’t yet offer accelerated improved since then. PARALLELS DESKTOP FOR MAC PROS: Coherence mode. I What hardware won’t work with Paralwasn’t able to get Windows Media lels? Pretty much anything that connects via FireWire. but most lels works. (Friends have suggested AVG Free [free. and more devices work. Before I could do so.) I say nearly because Parallels can’t yet utilize both cores in the Core Duo chips.com The Security Question Is Windows really unsafe? At one point during my research for this article. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . Parallels can’t take advantage of both cores on Core Duo chips. videolan. which some proany other application I tested. When Parallels ﬁrst came out. I wanted to tweak the virtual machine’s settings. or ExpressCard. Bluetooth.org/vlc) to play Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (see “Playing DVDs”). but I was able to use the free VLC video player (www. but if you have processorintensive Windows apps. drives work. you should consider using Boot Camp.) Eventually. Performother USB devices should work just ﬁne. I tweaked my Parallels settings and restarted the virtual machine. no accelerated graphics. well-integrated Coherence mode. You soft Office. In my experience. drag and drop files from one OS to another. Also. It’s certainly possible that I visited a malicious Web page.bit trouble getting Windows XP Pro to recogWindows. Windows XP informed me it was installing a few updates. 106 W W W. it’s Networking support is good. There was some stuttering of the sound and the occaPlaying DVDs You can watch (and burn) DVDs in Parallels—if sional mild picture hicyou use VLC and don’t mind a little stuttering. I ran Parallels on my Mac Pro for the ﬁrst time in a while. and my home network sits behind a router that uses network address translation to hide my machines’ IP addresses from the Net. Even playing household network. very good hardware support. I was surprised to see Windows’ built-in malware detector pop up on screen. it might. back DVDs works reasonably well.drop capabilities. such as Linux. (The main exception is FireWire drives that have been mounted in OS X. So if you’re running an appliHardware Support cation that’s particularly CPU-intensive. but that’ll be a problem for nize a 1GB memory stick.
I downloaded MindTouch Deki. Given that. no accelerated graphics. Fusion is still in beta. Novell’s Netware. You can also install Linux systems (including Red Hat and SUSE). which has been available as a free public beta since late December 2006 (I tested build number 36932).com Virtual Appliance VMWare’s virtual appliances are fully conﬁgured and ready-to-run software programs—such as MindTouch Deki. CONS: Tricky to set up shared folders. For example. Fusion supports 19 different versions of Windows. New Kid on the Block M Ware (www. and was ready to use in about a minute (see “Virtual Appliance. Fusion has a full-screen mode.Wire support. no FireWire support.BSD. Fusion has no Fire.vmware. VMWare V Installation Like Parallels. and MS-DOS. from 3. but setting up a shared documents folder is much tougher than it is in Parallels. I couldn’t get my Wacom graphics tablet to work. No ship date for a ﬁnal version has been announced. www. On the downside. Fusion’s other key differentiator is its support for what VMWare calls “virtual appliances”—preconﬁgured bundles of operating systems and applications that you can download and install with a few mouse clicks. plenty of beta issues. given that this is still a beta release.”) If you’ve ever wanted to test-drive Linux. Sun’s Solaris. It supports Bluetooth if you install Apple’s Boot Camp drivers. Fusion lets you bind new Bluetooth devices to the virtual machine. conﬁgured itself. is the company’s ﬁrst Mac product. You can move ﬁles and folders between OS X and Windows via drag and drop.SAMPLE ARTICLE Also on document from Resize Partitions top to bottom in On-the-Fly roughly the same amount of time it took me to do so while running Ofﬁce 2004 in Rosetta on my MacBook Pro. which worked just ﬁne in my testing.com) has been providing virtualization software for Windows users for years. Who It’s Good For Overall. And Fusion supports both cores in Intel Core Duo chips. Like Parallels. CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. VMWARE FUSION BETA (BUILD 36932) PROS: Prebundled “appliances” let you quickly install useful preconfigured systems and applications. except as a source of shared folders on a hard drive. uses both cores in Core Duo chips. a Fusion virtual appliance is far and away the easiest way to do so. Software Support Running Windows apps in Fusion is much like running them in Parallels: for the most part. In its latest release. can run 64-bit Windows. which lets you collaborate on documents wiki-style. The appliance booted its operating system. fullfeatured Windows environment. Fusion will let you use your Bluetooth mouse within each program. But it’s a good start. VMWare has added “experimental” support for accelerated 3-D graphics. I found the speed in both Word and Excel to be more than acceptable. It’s got a ways to go before it’s a polished Parallels competitor. Free. Pirates of the Caribbean 2 played as well as it did in Parallels. they just work. VMWare Fusion. But when it comes to installing Windows. many features are missing or incomplete. I was impressed with Fusion. but nothing like Parallels’ Coherence mode. too. I was able to scroll through a long Word Hardware Support Fusion’s hardware support is mixed. you have to run Windows’ installation program yourself. unlike Parallels. sketchy USB support. I N 107 . and it isn’t ready for people who need a stable. P C W O R L D .vmware.1 through the 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Vista. I expanded the archive and then doubleclicked on the resulting ﬁle. Fusion installs with a standard OS X installer. PRICE: free (for beta) COMPANY: VMWare. shown here—that you can download.
“Known Not to Work. only 55 get a it. or even reboot before you start using the program.0 some bugs) down through PROS: No need to purchase Windows. odds are it probably won’t work in CrossOver. You can install multiple applications in one bottle. you’ll need to specify which Windows it requires. without paying Microsoft a dime. and registry. Newer programs can be problematic: you can run Internet Explorer 5. you can launch the program from within CrossOver or by just double-clicking on the application in the Finder. To install a Windows application in CrossOver. Other hardware is trickier. how well does CrossOver actually work? The answer ranges from “incredibly well” to “not at all.500-plus programs. ports accelerated 3-D graphics. If your device requires a Windows-speciﬁc driver. Installation Installing CrossOver couldn’t be much simpler: you just drag its application icon into your Applications folder. Who It’s Good For If your Windows needs are limited—for example. fonts. supports the self-explanatory accelerated 3-D graphics. or you can create a new bottle for each program you install. and you’ll have access to them from the Open and Save dialog boxes in Windows.FEATURE 4 Ways to Windows Windows Applications without Windows odeWeavers’ CrossOver Mac (www.500 Windows applications for compatibility. that’s all the conﬁguring you’ll need to do. which lets you adjust all sorts of settings (see “Conﬁguring Bottles”). you’re ready to start installing Windows programs. If you do need 108 Software Support Once it’s installed. It’s also a viable choice for PC gamers looking to play the occasional Windows game without logging out of OS X. one of the other programs will be a better ﬁt. That’s right: once you’ve paid CodeWeavers your $60 ($70 for a CD). with an occasional graphical glitch and a crash or two. www. How is that possible? CrossOver is a Mac implementation of Wine (www . it’ll create a bottle automatically. no access to the full Windows OS if you need those 2. if you just want to open and edit old Ofﬁce documents and don’t want to pay for a Windows license. P C W O R L D . both of which have a gold rating) worked quite well.com In my testing.” Of CONS: Limited application compatibility. gold or silver rating. each with its own C: drive. If you’re installing a program that CrossOver knows how to handle.com). winehq. CrossOver uses bottles to organize your installed applications. Windows 2000.) For most applications. Gaming is where CrossOver offers a Conﬁguring Bottles CrossOver runs Windows apps inside pleasant surprise.codeweavers. CrossOver to make some tweaks. it supCONTENT PAGE W W W. That means you can run some Windows games directly within OS X. From then on. easy to install. selfcontained mini-Windows environments called bottles. USB devices may not work with games. You don’t need to run an OS X installer. which provides versions of Windows-native libraries. but you can’t use versions 6 or 7.” The company has classiﬁed more than 2. as you would do for any other OS X application. Unlike Parallels.codeweavers. you can either insert the program’s installation CD or run CrossOver’s Install Software assistant. so it appears to Windows apps that they’re in a real Windows operating system. you use CrossOver’s Bottle Manager.com) is unique among virtualization programs in that it doesn’t actually require a copy of Windows. But if you need a fuller Windows experience. If you’re installing an unsupported program. Ofﬁce XP (with a silver rating) worked OK. Ratings run from gold (perfect compatibility) and silver (runs with CROSSOVER MAC 6. CrossOver is a ﬁne alternative. those ratings proved accurate. Older versions of Microsoft Ofﬁce (97 and 2000. install Windows. the vast majority are PRICE: $60 labeled Untested. (Your choices are Windows 98. COMPANY: CodeWeavers. or Windows XP. C Hardware Support CrossOver can see any external hard drives (USB and FireWire) and memory sticks that OS X can see. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 . A bottle is a virtual Windows environment.
It’s better under Boot Camp but still far from perfect. Corporate Roaming. Tablet PC Support Networking: Networking Center. and more security. Regardless of which version of Vista you install. Those features include Domain Join. Microsoft asks $299 for Vista Business. Windows Flip 3D Navigation. Finally. I’ve found no technical reason why you can’t run these versions of Windows under virtualization. Vista running under Parallels Desktop for Mac is no speed demon and is occasionally unpredictable. And even under virtualization. Because virtualization wasn’t a threat when XP was released many years ago. Encrypting File System (EFS). P C W O R L D . but it’s technically illegal to do so. Scheduled and Network Backup. It’s a more mature version of Windows and therefore less buggy. the various Vista editions shake out this way. Microsoft has made your choice of Windows easy. But even PC users who like Windows have been complaining about Vista’s performance. on the other hand. Windows Flip 3D. because they include more-robust safety features. and Tablet Technology. The end user license agreements (EULAs) that come with Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium versions speciﬁcally forbid you to operate them under virtualization. Vista Ultimate includes everything found in the three less-expensive versions of Vista plus a few extras—a card game. enables your computer to act as a television and video recorder. Windows Internet Explorer 7 Security: Windows Defender. Vista and Virtualization If you plan to run Windows through Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMWare Fusion. Mahjong Titans. The ofﬁcial reason for this restriction is security. Chess Titans. networking. Vista Business replaces Home’s multimedia capabilities with security. isn’t half bad. Fusion. you’ll need two Windows licenses. The Mac’s hardware doesn’t support many of these features. grams missing from Home Basic. Inkball Mobile: Windows Mobility Center. Vista Home Premium adds the Aero effect as well as the features and pro- Do You Resize Partitions Need Vista? On-the-Fly Vista is unquestionably the future of Microsoft’s operating system. a very basic version of Windows that doesn’t include Microsoft’s Aero visual effects and also lacks Windows Media Center. What’s the Difference? Roughly speaking. the major selling point for this edition. as well as some games. Knowing which Windows version to run is something else altogether. XP is also much better than Vista when it comes to virtualization. Microsoft demands that each installation have its own license.SAMPLE ARTICLE Also on Which Windows? A ﬁeld guide to the other OS Knowing how to run Windows on your Mac is one thing. Because a Mac running Apple’s Boot Camp is for all intents and purposes a living and breathing Windows PC. The full installation of Home Premium costs $239. but also two different versions of Windows XP still available if you know where to look. and most Windows applications (save 3-D games and other 3-D–intensive applications. Microsoft has no objection to your running any version of Vista on it. Remote Desktop Search and Internet: Instant Search. Windows DVD Maker. additional language packs. I N 109 . and Remote Desktop. Windows Firewall 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Home Basic Home Premium 1 Business 1 1 Ultimate 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 CONTENT PAGE M AY 2 0 0 7 W W W. XP Professional. Media Center also includes DVD-burning and movie-creation applications. Group Policy support. People running Boot Camp will ﬁnd that XP is blazingly fast. Microsoft is happy to let you run Vista Business and Vista Ultimate editions under virtualization. no matter how you run it on your Mac. so it’s faster than Vista. It’s also less laden with eye candy. It sells for $199 for a full installation. or whatever else you want to use. Windows Media Center. which perform poorly) run at nearnative speeds on a modern Intel Mac. So if you wish to install it in both Boot Camp and a virtualization application. Windows Movie Maker. There are not only four different versions of Windows Vista on store shelves. and sharing features not found in the Home versions. Vista Ultimate comes at an ultimate price—$399 for a full installation. Windows Meeting Space.—CHRISTOPHER BREEN Windows Vista: What You Get Features Backup: Scheduled Backup Backup: Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore Collaboration: Windows Meeting Space Data Protection: Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption Eye Candy and Navigation: Aero Effect. there’s no provision in the EULA that forbids you to run it under Parallels. Windows XP. XP Home. Vista Home Basic is just that. and Live Thumbnails Media and Entertainment: Windows Media Center.
shut PANY: Hints. or access to a ﬁle server that both Windows BOOT CAMP 1. do whatever it is you wanted to do in Windows. and even the built-in iSight camera—will work perfectly in Windows. www. nothing is being Mac. and the installer starts. it converts your Mac into a full-blown Windows computer.2 BETA and OS X can connect to. The other bummer is that it’s trickier to share ﬁles between Windows and OS X in Partitioning for Windows When you run the Boot Camp Assistant. Once Windows is installed and you reboot. or if you use hardware that’s not simulated. yet supported in Parallels or Fusion. you’ve got a real. or CrossOver supports your program. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 . This CD is the key to Boot Camp’s great Windows support: it adds speciﬁc drivers for your Mac’s hardware to Windows.5. Parallels. Boot Camp is especially great for gamers. which files between OS X and Windows. MacDrive works COMPANY: Apple. because it fully supports accelerated 3-D graphics. you size the partition accordingly. In free public beta at the time of this writing.1. The main downside is that you have to then Boot Camp is for you. alternative is to purchase MacDrive for CONS: Requires rebooting.only games will get ported to the Mac and start playing. Instead. Boot Camp is your only option. the Boot Camp Assistant will also merge your split disk back into one. and CrossOver are good for running Windows apps from within OS X. if you change your mind later.5.apple. they’ll work well on any Mac that supports advanced 3-D acceleration (which means pretty much any Mac except for the Mac mini and the MacBook). You 110 Software Support Pretty much anything that runs on WinWho It’s Good For dows will now run on your Mac.macosxhints.com Web site (www. hard to share Windows (macworld. So stop hoping that all those Windows. CONTENT PAGE W W W. OS X and want to quickly run a Windows application that Parallels or Fusion can’t Senior Editor Rob Grifﬁths runs the MacOSX. you’ll have to save your work. The next step is to burn a CD with Mac drivers. Fusion.apple. pick your new Windows partition and then use the Mac drivers CD you burned earlier to install the Windows drivers for all your Mac-speciﬁc hardware. So if you’re involved in a project in Mac’s hardware. if you want the complete Windows experience. pieces—one for OS X and one for Windows. The partition size you specify will depend largely on what you plan to do with Windows. all your Mac-speciﬁc hardware—Bluetooth. Unfortunately. down your Mac. and slated for inclusion in Mac OS X 10. You’ll need a FAT32formatted drive. 3-D graphics acceleration. and then repeat the whole process to get back to OS X.COMhandle. It’s also your reboot your machine to run your Windows best bet if you need full access to all your software. you need Apple’s Boot Camp (www.FEATURE 4 Ways to Windows Ultimate Compatibility Boot Camp W hile Parallels. I expect that Boot Camp will also support Vista by the time Apple releases OS X 10. Installation When installing Boot Camp. NothIf you want to play 3-D games on your ing is being emulated. until Fusion. None of your existing data is lost in this process and. Boot Camp is unlike the other three programs: it doesn’t let you run Windows apps alongside your OS X apps. if you’re installing big apps or you’ll be using big data ﬁles. P C W O R L D . deleting the Windows data while keeping your OS X ﬁles intact.com/bootcamp). honest-to goodness Windows XP computer. the ﬁrst thing you do is let the Boot Camp Assistant partition your hard drive into two pieces—one for OS X and another for Windows (see “Partitioning for Windows”). Once you’ve done that. you choose which OS you want to use by holding down the option key. Boot Camp Assistant then asks you to insert your Windows CD (XP Service Pack 2. Home or Pro only).com). Hardware Support Thanks to the Windows driver CD.com/2620). supports will let Windows read from and write to only two versions of Windows. PRICE: free your Mac partition. Boot Camp than in the the ﬁrst thing you have to do is split your hard drive into two virtualization apps.com quite well but will set you back $50. AirPort. reboot. The other PROS: Runs Windows natively with full hardware support.
not dance on the table and proclaim its glory. now their equivalents have found their way into stuff that you’ve paid for to work behind the scenes. proud to grant my machine yet another clean bill of health. How about interrupting me only when there’s a real problem? Maybe it’s just the influence of the most ﬂow-busting software ever made— instant messaging. Now it brags that it has successfully maintained itself. what it really does is make you wonder whether there’s a more low-key alternative that can do the same thing. use a silently updated internal database to ﬁgure out which programs should be permitted to phone home from my machines and which should not.. Only spam. P C W O R L D . of becoming one with your work or hobby or sport or…excuse me. ﬁgure out a way to do it when the machine is idle. And at this point. good luck! to Windows and every other program on the planet: Shut up! If a spyware scan reveals no problems. But after the tenth or hundredth annoyance. Instead of waiting for my permission to perform some grand act that might slow my computer to a crawl. the very concept of software quietude seems to be growing antiquated. Flow? All of a sudden every programmer alive seems to think it’s fine and dandy to interrupt you with news of some trivial incident or meaningless nonevent. I N M AY 2 0 0 7 CONTENT PAGE . and don’t force me to reboot—unless doing otherwise would be the ﬁrst step toward nuclear winter.. If something like Adobe Acrobat Reader can get updates on its own. Stephen Manes is cohost of a popular US television series and a columnist for Forbes. E-mail him at feedback@pcworld. don’t bother informing me. the antivirus program is announcing that it has just updated itself. some email here. yeah. Simple rule: Don’t pipe up unless it’s really. What was I was saying? Oh. There is nothing quite like the “deep enjoyment” of losing yourself in an experience. really important. here’s a message from my antispyware program. now that programmers and marketers have become as bent on undeserved attention as ill-bred ﬁve-year-olds. please. Pop-up ads are bad enough. have it do pre- SUBSCRIBE TO THE FREE PC WORLD PULSE NEWSLETTER AND KEEP YOURSELF UPDATED ON WHAT’S NEW IN THE TECH WORLD. Alas. 112 W W W. Flow? No mo’. I’ll check the inbox on my own schedule. Excuse me. thanks. I’d rather not even hear that telltale ping that lets me know a new e-mail message has arrived. inspected and approved an email attachment.in. Glad to hear it.STEPHEN MANES Software That Just Won’t Shut Up the mental state that the psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “ﬂow” can be genuinely magical. Memo cisely that without bothering me after the ﬁrst time I click OK. The marketing idea behind many such interruptions is no doubt the notion that reminding you of the importance of these ought-to-be-mostly-unseen helpers will keep you shelling out for new versions or subscriptions. the state of ﬂow is…wait a minute. ILLUSTRATION: JOHN CUNEO Trying to focus? With today’s interrupting apps. but all of that is business as usual. which I have banished from my PC—but feckless interruption is now a way of life. repelled an attack. If you’re a firewall developer. or discovered that your antivirus subscription will expire in six months—or maybe that it’s standing at the ready in the background.. And…hang on. Windows Vista’s User Account Control safeguard nags you every time you do anything that might conceivably in some alternative universe harm your machine but in the real world is almost always benign. In the old days your antivirus program might have been stupid enough to ask you whether you wanted to eliminate a virus or merely quarantine it—as though you wanted to maintain your own personal collection.
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