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W
e all have a favorile gadgel. Fron a lruslv cell phone lo lhe lelevision in our
hones, we grow accusloned lo lhe producls we use each dav. As hunans,
we are sensilive lo aspecls like lavoul, laclile sensalion, localion and response
line. Over lhe vears, il has becone increasinglv challenging lo design such producls-
bolh fron lhe phvsical and lhe psvchological slandpoinls.
Classicallv, lhe nore fealures vou add lo a producl, lhe harder il is lo design a lucid
user inlerface. This lakes on a new neaning lodav when consuners denand grealer
levels of inlegralion in lheir producls. Take lhe PDA-lhe reason whv il has ceased lo
exisl is because il was enveloped bv lhe cellular phone. Todav´s handheld devices even
have ínlernel connunicalion and audio/video plavback fealures. Afler all, nobodv wanls
lo carrv around several producls when lhev can have a single device lhal serves all lheir
needs. Sone conpanies nanage lo do a beller job al hilling lhal righl nole of balancing
ease of use and fealures. Take Ñokia, for exanple-il is a well·known facl lhal lheir users
choose lo slav wilh lheir producls solelv because lhev are ´used lo lhe inlerface´. íl is lhis
feld of ergononics lhal is laking precedence in lhe design of virluallv anv producl lodav.
Ergononics is defned as lhe applicalion of scienlifc infornalion aboul hunans, and
applving il lo lhe design of svslens, devices or environnenls. This enables hunans lo
use such svslens wilh grealer conforl and speed. Fron websiles lo digilal caneras lo
laplops, nanufaclurers are now realizing lhal lodav´s consuners denand nore lhan jusl
perfornance. Verv inporlanllv, people have lesser line on lheir hands. The ´learning
curve´ associaled wilh gelling accusloned lo a user inlerface becones verv inporlanl.
And lhis has caused nanufaclurers lo re·lhink lhe wav lhev creale producls.
Aboul fve vears ago, when gadgels slarled booning, lhere was a noliceable varialion
in lhe perfornance nelrics of producls across a given calegorv: fron lhe besl lo lhe
worsl, vou could hear lhe differences belween íP3 plavers, a sinilar case for digilal
caneras and olher such gadgels. Back lhen, buving decisions were heavilv inHuenced
bv lhe core perfornance of lhese devices-lransfer rales, audio qualilv, inage resolulion
el al. Todav, lhese aspecls are increasinglv being laken for granled. ín our digilal canera
conparison lhis nonlh, for exanple, lhe difference in inage qualilv across caneras
wilhin a given range was so niniscule lhal we needed lo resorl lo soflware and hardware
lools lo pick oul lhese ninule differences.
Todav, aspecls like build qualilv and ergononics are laking on increasing precedence
over lhe older perfornance vardslicks. This is especiallv lrue in lhe case of gadgels
like digilal audio plavers, snarl phones, digilal caneras, laplops, elc. Take lhe producls
and brands lhal have nade il big-Apple´s iPod, Ñokia´s phones, even websiles like
Coogle íail, Yahoo´s new nail, elc-all of lheir efforls are geared al inproving lhe user
experience.
ín lhis age of blink·quick feedback and inpossible deadlines, consuners need
infornalion lools lhal can help lhen keep pace. Besides perfornance, il is inporlanl
lo base buving decisions on how inlelligenllv lhev are designed, how easv lheir user
inlerface is, and how nuch of lhe ´hunan faclor´ lhev incorporale. You´ll discover
lhal nore lhan core perfornance, il is lhese usabililv aspecls lhal will lead lo higher
produclivilv al work, and nore pleasure while al plav.
| Marco AngeIo D'Souza
¬ MARCODSOUZACHIPINDIACOM
1he Cemfert Iene
Today, it
is the 'user
experience´
that ruIes
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20 It's Iiæe to FIay!
Afler P2P and Torrenls, online
ganing is lhe nexl big lhing in
lhe virlual world. ve lrace lhe
growlh graph of lhis booning
induslrv righl fron ils inceplion
lo ils currenl slalus.
28 MacworId 2001
vilh lhe unveiling of lhe iPhone,
Apple has again laken a gianl
slride in lechnologv. Sleve
Jobs proves vel again whv he
is lhe undispuled enperor of
Silicon Vallev. ve bring vou an
overwhelning accounl of Apple´s
show in lhe cilv of Las Vegas.
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Take a walk lhrough íicrosofl´s
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lake vou lhrough lhe highs and
lows of Visla and give vou a frsl
hand accounl of ils fealures. ve
also help vou pick ils righl version
according lo vour requirenenl.
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This line we´ve spread our
lechnologv lenlacles far and wide
and reviewed a range of producls-
fron lhe Apple íacBook Pro lo
Corsair´s heavv·dulv power supplv
unils, we have lhe perfecl recipe
lo whel vour hardware appelile.
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21 digicans lesled al our Tesl
Cenler. Analvsis shows a sure·
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The Lenovo Y·series of nolebooks
fealures in our ´Producl of lhe
íonlh´ series. ve pul lwo nodels
fron lhis series lo lhe grind.
82 FortabIe Media FIayers
ve help vou nake a wise decision
in choosing fron a range of porlable
nedia plavers. Solid slale, hard·
drive based or oplical·drive based,
we lake vou lhrough lhe difference
in lheir fealures and prices.
84 FIash Meæory
USB Hash drives and nenorv
cards have becone indispensable
lo all power users. Have vou ever
wondered how being snaller lhan a
pen in size, USB Hash drives slore
so nuch dala inside lhal lillle shell?
AFFLI6AIIüN$
88 $oItware 6eoter
ve lake a look al lhe lalesl
versions of sone well known
applicalions in lheir respeclive
calegories fron inage ediling,
lo ínlernel securilv. ve also lake
a look al lhe fealures of Avanl
Browser 11, lhe lalesl avalar of
lhe good old ínlernel Explorer.
94 Free-styIe Iæagiog
vhv are free inage ediling soflware
gaining ground over lheir cosllv
counlerparls? A freelv available
soflware, Painl.ÑET, gives leslinonv
lo lhis wilh ils rich fealures and
ease of use, which can give nosl
heavv inage ediling soflware
a good run for lheir nonev.
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HeIIo Marco,
í´ve been a reader of CHíP for lhe pasl lwo
vears and í would like lo congralulale vou for
lhe excellenl anniversarv issue in Decenber.
í also wanl lo lhank vou for noving lo lhe
lavered DVD fornal. However, í along wilh nv
friends have a conplainl-on several inslances,
we have received eilher broken casings or
cracked DVDs. This was obviouslv a leldown
as we were looking forward lo checking oul ils
conlenls. í would like lo know if vou provide
replacenenl DVDs in such cases. í requesl vou
lo please provide a slurdier plaslic casing as lhis
would go a long wav loward prolecling lhe DVD.
í have anolher suggeslion-could vou publish
lhe nagazine on vour websile aboul a dav or
lwo prior lo lhe nexl nonlh?
Fegards,
- Apoorv Kumar Upadhyay
HeIIo Apoorv,
Nany Ihanks før yøur paIrønage acrøss Ihe
years. We're sørry IhaI yøu rece¡ved yøur
cøpy v¡Ih a brøken DVD cøver. As yøu v¡íí
nøI¡ce, frøm Ihe January ¡ssue ønvards, ve
have sIarIed prøv¡d¡ng Ihe ßeסbíe píasI¡c
Iype DVD cøvers and ve beí¡eve Ih¡s has
greaIíy heíped Iø aííev¡aIe Ihe prøbíem øf
fauíIy DVDs. Yøu v¡íí be rece¡v¡ng yøur
magaz¡ne's DVD ¡n Ih¡s ¡mprøved cas¡ng frøm
here øn.
As regards yøur reouesI før
prøv¡d¡ng anøIher cøpy øf Ihe DVD,
ve cerIa¡níy dø send repíacemenI
d¡sks Iø øur readers vhø reouesI før
Ihem. Fíease send us yøur íøcaI¡øn and
Ihe name øf Ihe øuIíeI ør Ihe cøur¡er
frøm vhere yøu rece¡ved yøur cøpy and
ve'íí be gíad Iø send acrøss a d¡sk.
W¡Ih regards Iø
pubí¡sh¡ng Ihe magaz¡ne
øn Ihe vebs¡Ie, ve are
vørk¡ng øn øpI¡øns vhere øur
readers can buy an e-førmaI øf
Ihe magaz¡ne and read ¡I øní¡ne ør
øn Ihe¡r cømpuIers. Løøk førvard Iø
hear¡ng frøm us abøuI Ih¡s1
Cheers,
- Marco
HeIIo Team CHIP!
Here´s wishing Tean CHíP a verv warn, happv
and successful new vear. On going lhrough lhe
Februarv 2007 issue of CHíP, í found lhe review
of F·Secure ínlernel Securilv Suile 2007 lo
be ralher inadequale. Cranled vou have space
conslrainl bul lhal shouldn´l deler vou fron
providing delails on how lhe soflware perforns.
There were onlv a few lines nenlioned aboul
ils capabililies: ¨F·Secure 2007 effeclivelv
nanages lo keep nalware and hackers al bav.
íl has a verv slurdv anli·virus and anli·spvware
applicalion buill inlo il.¨
A najor parl of lhe review delves on lhe
fealures. ín lhe Applicalions seclion, we expecl
an in·deplh review of lhe producl, nol a user
guide of ils fealures. Furlhernore, lhere was
no nenlion aboul whelher an average user
nighl fnd il diffcull or easv lo confgure lhe
applicalion or whelher lhe defaull sellings are
good enough or nol. Civen lhese shorlconings,
í believe lhe review should nol have been
fealured under lhe Applicalions lesl seclion. ín
lighl of lhis, í requesl vou lo inparl nore delails
inlo vour review seclion.
Sincerelv,
- K Prasanna Kumar
HeIIo Prasanna,
Thank yøu før br¡ng¡ng Ih¡s Iø øur nøI¡ce-ve
apprec¡aIe Ihe feedback and are gíad Iø hear
yøur v¡evs øn Ih¡s rev¡ev. AnI¡-v¡rus IesIs
have aívays been a Ir¡cky area Iø Iackíe and
vh¡íe ve dø sIep Ihrøugh an ¡n-depIh v¡ev
øf ¡Is feaIures and capab¡í¡I¡es, ¡I ¡s øfIen
chaííeng¡ng Iø absIracI Ihe eíemenIs IhaI are
møsI reíevanI and cømprehens¡bíe før an end
user. Høvever, ve v¡íí nøIch up Ihe íeveí øf
deIa¡ís ¡n øur søfIvare rev¡evs frøm here øn.
Cheers,
- Marco
Dear Marco,
Firsllv, here´s wishing vou a verv prosperous
and happv Ñew Year! í wanled lo bring lo vour
nolice lhal for lhe pasl 4·5 nonlhs, í have
been receiving nv copv of CHíP nagazine wilh
a nulilaled cover. Sonelines lhe CD cover
is broken or lhere are scralches on lhe disk
letters
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surface. The nagazine cover (plaslicì is lorn
fron lhe sides. í have broughl lhis lo lhe nolice
of lhe couriers who deliver lhis nagazine, bul
lhev don´l seen lo pav heed lo nv conplainls.
On lwo occasions earlier, í relurned nulilaled
copies of nv nagazine, onlv lo receive il afler
a couple of nonlhs afler e·nailing and calling
vour offce. Please undersland lhal í cannol do
lhis everv line. CHíP is nv favorile nagazine
and í would like lo have lhis problen allevialed.
Fegards,
- Abhinav Singh Chauhan
HeIIo Abhinav,
ÌI ¡s øur cønsIanI endeavør Iø prøv¡de Ihe
besI serv¡ce Iø øur readers be ¡I v¡Ih¡n Ihe
magaz¡ne ør ¡n prøcess øf deí¡ver¡ng Ihe
magaz¡ne Iø øur readers. Thank yøu før
aísø prøv¡d¡ng me Ihe name øf Ihe cøur¡er
cømpany-ve v¡íí Iake Ih¡s up v¡Ih Ihem and
ensure yøu are nøI bøIhered by muI¡íaIed
¡ssues øf øur favør¡Ie magaz¡ne any íønger1
Cheers,
- Marco
Hi Marco,
Lel ne frsl congralulale vou on lhe greal job
lhal all of vou are doing. All lhe arlicles are
infornalive and are in line wilh lhe lalesl lrends.
í nake il a poinl lo read everv single copv of
CHíP. However, í wanled lo bring lo vour nolice
an error í cane across in lhe arlicle ´Share vour
ínlernel´ in lhe Januarv issue. ín lhe arlicle,
lhe wriler has suggesled lhal a DSL noden
should be connecled lo lhe hosl PC via USB
or Elhernel, wilh olher PCs being confgured
lo use lhe hosl P lhrough a hub/swilch or a
LAÑ cable. í have a suggeslion here. íf lhe
DSL íoden is connecled lo lhe hub/swilch
direcllv via a slraighl cable and olher conpulers
including lhe hosl PC are connecled lo lhe
hub/swilch direcllv via cross cables, nol onlv
will lhe need for lwo LAÑ cards on lhe hosl PC
be allevialed bul olher PCs can also access lhe
ínlernel even when lhe hosl PC is swilched off.
This nol onlv saves nonev in lerns of addilional
hardware on lhe hosl conpuler bul will also
resull in a reduclion in eleclricilv bills.
í an sure vou guvs nusl have been aware of
lhis, bul didn´l consider including il in lhe arlicle
as parl of vour solulion. This aparl, lhe arlicle
was well·wrillen, infornalive and exhauslive.
Keep up lhe good work.
Fegards,
- Dr Jay GoyaI
HeIIo Dr GoyaI,
Thank yøu very much før Ihe feedback. Ì had
vr¡IIen Ih¡s arI¡cíe keep¡ng ¡n m¡nd IhaI nøI
aíí users have DSL mødems/røuIers før Ihe¡r
ÌnIerneI needs. NøsI users vhø have ÌnIerneI
cønnecI¡øns frøm Ihe¡r íøcaí cabíe øperaIørs
have an FJ45 CAT5 cabíe runn¡ng Iø Ihe¡r
hømes. These í¡nes are generaííy nøI DHCF
enabíed (Ihey prøv¡de ¡nd¡v¡duaí ÌF addresses
Iø each høme FC) and møsI øf Ihem even
íøck Ihe cønnecI¡øn Iø ¡nd¡v¡duaí LAN cards.
Aísø, møsI øperaIørs have prøpr¡eIary
prøgrams IhaI need username/passvørds
auIhenI¡caI¡øn før ÌnIerneI access. Ìn such
¡nsIances, Ihe øníy vay Iø share Ihe ÌnIerneI
cønnecI¡øn beIveen Ivø øIher cømpuIers ¡s
e¡Iher Ihrøugh a hardvare røuIer ør Ihrøugh
Ihe prøcedure descr¡bed ¡n my arI¡cíe.
Nøre ¡mpørIanIíy, ¡f yøu need Iø møn¡Iør
Ihe bandv¡dIh and usage øn yøur neIvørk
shar¡ng, yøu v¡íí necessar¡íy need Iø ¡nsIaíí
a prø×y server øn Ihe cømpuIer and Ihere
aga¡n, yøu need Ivø LAN cards even Ihøugh
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n lhe currenl scenario, conlenl seens
lo have oulgrown producl enlilies.
Caning is no exceplion, while lhe
Xbox 360, PS3 and vii are naking waves
for lheir kick·ass enlerlainnenl value,
il is ullinalelv lhe gane lilles lhal will
drive lheir sales. Sinilarlv, availabililv of
ganes for download on porlable nedia
plavers, handhelds, cell phones, will
ullinalelv elicil nore revenue because of
lhe sheer exlension in role of providing
nore enlerlainnenl. The need for
enlerlainnenl on lhe nove has acluallv
spurred lhe need lo have ganing enabled
handsels. íeanwhile, wilh prices of PCs
plunneling, nore and nore people are
enbracing conpulers, in facl, lhe need
lo excel in ganing has spawned lhe need
in enlhusiasls lo speciallv cuslonize
lheir PCs for lhis verv purpose. Online
ganing has seen a spurl in popularilv
wilh increased broadband penelralion
and speed lo lhe likes of 2 íbps. All of
lhese faclors have culninaled in naking
ganing nore popular lhan whal il used lo
be besides indicaling where lhe induslrv
is headed.
The vear 2006 reHecled a signifcanl
upward curve in lhe índian ganing
graph, parlicularlv wilh nore noolah
pouring in fron several organizalions
keen on sponsoring ganing evenls and
lournanenls, beller servers as well as
bandwidlh. Fesearch organizalions such
as Pearl Fesearch focusing on ganing
lrends in Asia have presaged lhal lhe
online ganing narkel in índia is likelv
lo grow bevond $200 nillion bv 2010.
Olher faclors conlribuling lo lhe overall
scope for ganing in índia are: signifcanl
rise in lhe average spending power of
an índian, parlicularlv whillled lowards
enlerlainnenl, ganing is lhe onlv source
of enlerlainnenl nechanisn serving lhe
needs of aboul 54 percenl of lhe índian
populalion below 25 vears of age. This age
group is responsible for pushing ganing up
ils currenl popularilv ladder. Also, il´s being
eslinaled lhal bv 2010 lhere will be 20
nillion broadband subscribers (up fron 1
nillion nowì and 200 nillion ínlernel users
(up fron 50 nillion nowì.
vhal slarled as a Hedgling induslrv
bv passionale ganers such as K Fajesh
Fao, founder of Dhruva ínleraclive, Anurag
Khurana of Paradox Sludios and Vishal
Condal, founder of índiaganes, has lodav
proliferaled inlo a hunungous bodv of
gane developers and dislribulors of
popular lilles, lherebv laking ganing closer
lo lhe uninilialed. Online ganing services
are also resulling in a curb on piracv.
índiaganes´ reperloire includes ganes
across nobile, PC, consoles and online
ganing on plalforns such as Java, BFEv,
í·íode, Flash Lile Svnbian and OpenCL.
The conpanv has long slanding licensing
deals wilh najor Hollvwood sludios like
Universal, Fox and Ñew Line Cinena
anongsl olhers and direcl parlnerships
wilh aboul 30 nobile operalors globallv
spanning 67 counlries and 150 channel
parlners. íajor licenses include Bruce Lee,
Jurassic Park and ´The Offce´ while kev
global dislribulion channels include Verizon,
Vodafone, Hulch and Airlel lo nane a
few. Civing ganers value·added services
will nake ganing nore popular in índia,
believes índiaganes and inlends lo slick lo
lhis business slralegv.
One of lhe niche services offered bv
lhen is lhe ´Canes on Denand´ service,
nore popularlv referred lo as CoD. Bolh
3D as well as casual ganes conprise lhe
120·gane calalogue, sone of lhese are
Age of £npires, Toca Facing, Lara Croft
Tonb Faider and Brian Lara´s Cricket,
all of which are plavable al an online
nonlhlv subscriplion of Fs 200 (USD 4.4ì
per nonlh.
Fecenllv, UTV Soflware
Connunicalions Lld nade ils forav inlo
lt's time te pIay!
Gaming in India is picking up, particuIarIy with a bouquet of avaiIabIe onIine
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ganing lhrough acquisilions of ígnilion
Enlerlainnenl Lld-a console ganing
conpanv based in UK and índiaganes.
This acquisilion nakes UTV lhe largesl
ganing and aninalion enlilv in índia.
UTV now has conpelencies in gane
developnenl, publishing and dislribulion
across nobile, online and console
plalforns worldwide. Having excelled
in lelevision, novies and aninalion, lhe
conpanv venlured inlo ganing lo leverage
lhe fasl growing nobile, PC and console
ganing narkel.
Acquisilion of lhese conpanies
insinuales building fulure relalionships wilh
hardware nanufaclurers, gane developers
and dislribulors such as Sonv, Ñinlendo,
íicrosofl, SÑK, Konani, Alari, Virgin,
val íarl and so on. ígnilion is presenllv
developing a palh·breaking lop·end gane
varDevi| budgeled al around 10 nillion and
is expecled lo release il in lhe vear 2003
exclusivelv on lhe Sonv PlavSlalion 3 (PS3ì
plalforn.
The lalesl enlranl in lhe ganing scene
in índia is Zapak Digilal Enlerlainnenl
Liniled-a Feliance Anil Dhirubhai Anbani
Croup joinl venlure. The websile www.
zapak.com, launched on Ñovenber 25,
2006, alreadv has a reposilorv of 150
ganes online bifurcaled on lhe single
plaver and lhe nulliplaver fornal. Users
need lo regisler on lhe websile lo plav
ganes. Allhough il is a free·lo·plav
nodel righl now, Zapak will inlroduce
downloadable ganes al an allraclive índian
pricing while also relaining lhe free·lo·plav
seclion. Evenluallv lhere are plans lo rope
in Zapak ganing cafes and Adverganing.
Around 10·15 Zapak cafes are likelv lo see
lighl of dav in lhe frsl phase, following
which a franchisee nodel will be adopled
for expansion of such ganing joinls in kev
cilies across lhe counlrv.
Currenllv Zapak´s focus is on casual
ganing bul subsequenllv lhere are plans
lo shifl gears lo íassivelv íulliplaver
Online Canes (ííOCsì, capable of
supporling hundreds or lhousands of
plavers sinullaneouslv in a single gane
world, allowing all of lhen lo inleracl wilh
one anolher. Zapak inlends lo procure
qualilv inlernalional conlenl and creale
ííOCs in ils soon·lo·be·launched gane
developnenl cenler.
Considering lhe online ganing narkel
is slill al ils nascenl slage in lhe narkel,
lhe growing nunber of plavers in lhis
segnenl indicales lhe propensilv lhis
induslrv has lowards growlh. Fohil
Sharna, COO, Zapak Digilal Enlerlainnenl
Liniled savs, ¨ve believe in lhis induslrv
and ils fulure polenlial. ve have laken a
lol of inilialives lhal are lhe frsl of ils kind
and we shall slrive lo sel benchnarks¨.
Sharna elucidales, ¨Our nanlra can
be sunned up in giving lhe user ´Abililv
lo Plav, Capabililv lo Pav and Feason
lo Slav´.¨ The frsl is giving access
lo lhe user lo plav lhe ganes eilher
virluallv as in Zapak.con or phvsicallv
lhrough cafes. ´Capabililv lo Pav´ has
a lwo·prong approach-frsl, enabling
lhe user lo pav lhrough sinple pavnenl
nodes (nicro·pavnenlsì and second, lo
offer inlernalional/preniun conlenl al a
pricing lhal suils índian slandards. Finallv,
´Feason lo Slav´ poinls lowards providing
conpelling and relevanl conlenl-lhe onlv
aspecl lhal would nake lhe user cone
back for nore. Al lhe end of lhe dav, gane
lilles will push ganing bevond ils exisling
popularilv levels.
vhile nosl gane enlrepreneurs
are reileraling lhe need lo develop
exciling local conlenl, Vishal Condal
savs his conpanv is agnoslic lo conlenl
righl now-lhe focus is lo consolidale
ils posilion as a plalforn lo launch
dislribulion producls allhough lhere are
plans lo launch a couple of lheir own
ííOC crealions in lhe long run.
Unlike in lhe pasl, lhe pace al which
lhings are noving now is lhrowing up
challenges for evervone parl of lhis
induslrv, while il look quile sone line
for índiaganes lo eslablish ilself in lhe
induslrv as a brand nane, Zapak has
achieved lo nake ils presence fell in
lhe online ganing scenario in a verv
shorl line.
One of lhe new services launched
bv índiaganes is lhe recenl launch of ils
rewards progran-´Club íC´-on lheir
porlal. Fegislered ganers can redeen
lheir reward poinls for offerings like Flving
a fghler plane in Fussia, racing a Ferrari
in lhe UK, conpele lo win a Skoda Car,
Sonv Plavslalion 3, Ñinlendo vii, cool
Alienware ganing laplops, Ñokia Ñ·Series
phones, a wild card enlrv lo lhe quarler
fnals of lhe vorld Cvber Canes índia and
olher rewards worlh Fs 2 crores (approx
USD 450,000ì. Plavers are rewarded
poinls for everv ninule of ganeplav on
hIIp://god.ihdiagames.com and poinls
for downloading nobile ganes al hIIp://
mobile.ihdiagames.com.
Aparl fron PC ganes, lhe narkel
for nobile ganing is huge. índians
are inHuenced bv Bollvwood novies
and nusic, having recognized lhis
phenonenon, ganing conpanies are
lapping lhe opporlunilies in lhe narkel
bv converling novies inlo nobile ganes.
Fang de Basanti, Sarkar, Hone De|iverv
are sone of lhe popular flns lhal have
seen change in forn lo caler lo ganing
needs on lhe nove. Besides, ganes also
serve lhe purpose of brand exlension
for novies. The success of lhe ganes is
dependenl on lhe box offce success of
lhe novies. Hindi novies aparl, regional
flns are also being lurned inlo ganes.
The launch of lhe gane blog-
Caneguru.in will provide lhe space
for ganing enlhusiasls lo share lheir
knowledge on ganes and keep lhenselves
inforned aboul whal´s happening in lhe
ganing world. Having nade slrides in
casual, online, nobile and PC ganing,
gane conpanies are likelv lo bring in nore
aclion in lhe console and nulli·plaver
ganing scene in lhe counlrv. „
Aue of Kinus , ßrian Lara Cricket,
Chessuaster, l.0.l 2 - Covert Strike, üiner
üash 2, Aue of Mvtholouv, Zoo Tvcoon,
ToubFaider lll
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ßaæe Mioutes FIayed
l.0.l 2 - Cover Strike 503,012
ßrian Lara Cricket 113,1ë2
Aue of Euoires ll 135,1ë0
Fliuht Siuulator 222,15ë
Toub Faider lll 221,213
üiner üash 2 20ë,7ë3
Aue of Mvtholouv 203,881
Toca - Face üriver 195,119
Crashdav 190,721
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he Consuner Eleclronics Show (CESì
lhrew open an excess of addiclions
in nvriad forns in Las Vegas al lhe verv
induclion of 2007. All lhings desired found
lheir place al CES, lhus nainlaining lhe
lradilion of opening up lhe Hoodgales,
lo lhe anlicipaling producls and lheir
slaves·lo·be. Fron a slar sludded 42·inch
lelevision (no pun inlendedì lo dope for
audiophiles (no pun inlended eilherì, il
enconpassed everv vearning of our race.
The heal crealed bv lhe fornals of
HD DVDs and Blu·rav discs was ended
bv lhe LC BH 10, leaving lhe audience in
a cold sweal. The BH 10, being a nedia
plaver, can plavback bolh lhese fornals.
And il does il wilh ease-fron swapping
discs of lhese fornals wilhin seconds
lo acluallv producing lrue HD (1030pì
resolulion. íl plavs evervlhing wilh a visual
necessilv bul believes lhal CDs are passe
and arroganllv doesn´l supporl lhese. íl
has ils drawbacks bul il´s surelv sprung
a surprise wilh ils release dale laking
lhe lead in nulli·fornal nedia plavers.
Projecled lo be in narkels bv lhe line vou
read lhis, and if vou lhink lhis is a drean,
lhen slick lo lhis lhoughl considering il is
priced al $1200 (Fs 60,000ì. Forgive vour
own nockerv.
vhile discussing nockerv, lel´s
cone lo lhe public displav of lhis
enolion execuled bv Philips al CES ´07.
A celebralion is a cerenonv bv which
we exlend our jov lo olhers bul Philips
quile redefned lhis lern bv unveiling
225 carals of dianonds encrusled on
a LCD lelevision. This was lheir idea of
celebraling lheir nillionlh Anbilighl Flal
TV, besides lhev are nol bolhering lo
even relail il. íl´s going lo be exhibiled
around, so nav be vou can calch a
glinpse of il and salivale. Ouile a selHess
celebralion, lhis!
The nore we gel deeper inlo lhe
highlighls of CES, lhe nore elusive il
nakes each craving. Ñow, inagine a
nachine which vou can push, bend
all envelopes, and sweal awav vour
fruslralion wilh high·end ganing, and il
never lels vou down. Cone fear or doon,
il slavs wilh vou, eve·lo·eve. ínagine lrue
ronance, piclure a lruslworlhv parlner
and vou will see a divine inlervenlion
and il goes bv lhe nane of Alienware
Area51 n9750. This is a pro·ganing
laplop, a nachine fl for virluosos. The
Alienware Area 51 n9750 is powered bv
an ínlel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 high·
end graphic cards (Ñvidia CeForce Co
7950ì, and 2 huge hard drives (400 CB!ì.
Funning on íicrosofl Visla, il cones
wilh nenorv of up lo 2 CB of quick fre
667 íHz FAí. Alienware is looking lo
narkel lhis in lhe frsl quarler of lhis vear,
and al a reasonable sub· $2,000 range
(Approxinalelv Fs 1,00,000.ì
The CES highlighl lisl is quile epical
and exlensive. A phenonenon bv lhe
nane of Powercasl was also unleashed
al lhe exhibilion. Powercasl can well
redefne lhe ledious process of charging,
and wipe lhe sweal of vour brow when
vou´re slranded on a highwav wilh
a dving ballerv. Powercasl converls
lransnilled FF signals inlo energv
which can fuel nosl ballerv operaled
devices. íl is a ninialure solulion which
nav lake awav lhe need for recharging
balleries allogelher. Dash express bv
Dash Ñavigalions is a CPS device wilh
which vou can becone a driving oracle
wilh loads of infornalion. íl has ils own
Yahoo Local search loo which can ease
oul evervlhing fron direclions lo lhe nexl
lraffc bollleneck!
Anolher nind·blowing producl
displaved was Seanless ínlernel´s
S·Xgen, a handheld connunicalor wilh
fealures like Elhernel, USB porls, vi·Fi,
Blueloolh, and even a webcan. íl is
powered bv a 520 íHz XScale processor
and has 256 íB of nenorv besides a 20
CB hard drive on board!
vilh all lhese high·lech innovalions
gelling inlo lhe scene earlv in lhe vear, il
sure nakes ´07 sound greal. Jusl nake
sure vou have lhe greens lo afford lhese
nonslers, or sinplv, eal lhe rich!
Mensters fer £veryene
Hi-tech Santas unraveIed big surprises at CES-one of the biggest annuaI
consumer eIectronics exhibitions. CHIP brings you the highIights... BY SHAXEB SHAIKH
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esigned and weakened ralher lhan
powered for a largel online audience
in lhe 50+ age brackel, Crankv.con is
lhe old nan´s online slick. íl is a search
engine nade especiallv for people who
are pushing 50 and bevond, hence
´crankv´! Launched bv Jeff Tavlors, lhe
founder of lhe online enplovnenl nine,
íonsler.con, lhis nexl
venlure also seens lo
be a winning innovalion.
íl is an exlension of
Eons.con, a websile
lhal specializes in ´50+
evervlhing´. Crankv.
con is quile a pioneer
in cuslonizing a search
engine for a specifc age
group. íl has fealures lhal perfecllv blend
wilh lhe concepl, like onlv 4·5 resulls
per page for everv search lern which are
displaved in big fonls and lhe colors are
verv easv on lhe eve. Top 10 searches of
lhe dav are also given on lhe hone page
for inslanl exploralions. This seens lo
be a greal solulion for aging eves who
nav easilv gel annoved wilh lhe crowded
pages of search resulls on Coogle or
Yahoo.
Crankv.con has wonderfullv inculcaled
lhe requirenenls of lhis age denographic
fron lhe lavoul of lhe webpage, lo
lhe available oplions like ´narrow´ and
´expand´, wilh which
vou can nanipulale lhe
resulls of lhe search.
Everv single link vou see
on lhis webpage has been
eased oul, il has bullons
for furlher sinplifcalion.
íl also gives lhe oplion
of blogging for lhis age
group and has prudenllv
defned ´blog´ on lhe nain page. Even lhe
adverlisenenls on lhese pages are for
producls relaled lo aging, Jeff Tavlors,
lake a bow! So, nexl line, vou´re rocking
il up on Doon and vour grandna asks vou
lo help her ´Coogle´ sonelhing, jusl ask
her lo ´Crankv´ il up inslead!
ßet oId, ßet 6raoky.coæ F2F Idiot ßox
lf vou´re sick of hearing aboul Alienware
and iPhones, lhen here´s sonelhing
else for vou! Coning fron lhe founders
of Kazaa and Skvpe, is an íP·based TV
soflware svslen called Joosl. vilh lhis
soflware, vou can use vour conpuler lo
view inslanl TV conlenl of vour choice!
Joosl works nuch like Billorrenl,
and has been developed wilh sone
cool inleraclive fealures like chal and
ralings. Adverlisnenls have also found
lheir place in lhe displav of lhis soflware.
íl seens lo have inlelligenllv laken
forlh lhe concepl of P2P lo lelevision
conlenl, and lhough il requires a lol of
bandwidlh, il is a greal nodel for lhe
fulure of lelevision on PCs. Currenllv, il
is available for vindows bul il will soon
release versions for olher operaling
svslens also.
So, lhrow awav vour lelevision and
sel·lop boxes, inslead swilch on vour
conpuler for an all·new reason! Jusl gel
a load of bandwidlh, Joosl and sone
popcorn!
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ell, lhe Leica í3 is surelv parl
of lhe ´Big´ piclure´ of Cernan
nanufaclurers, íinox. Thev have
nainlained a niche wilh lhe conpacl
designs of lheir caneras which are
enbedded wilh polished fealures and
oiled nechanisns. Bul would vou expecl
lhal fron whal vou see in lhis piclure? All
of 95 gns, wilh an inlernal
Hash nenorv of 32 íB
(íl can hold alnosl 100
picluresì, and a heallhv
inage resolulion of 4.0
nega·pixels, lhis íinox
canera is onlv dwarf·like in
appearance!
The íinox Leica í3 is fl for nuseuns
and colleclors bul forlunalelv vou can
bring lhis babv hone. íl can energe
as lhe frsl bel for analeur digilal
pholographers who nav have a classic
preference. íl has all fealures lhal a good
digilal canera should have inside lhis lillle
shell wilh a dinension of 65 nn (Lì x 43
nn (Bì x 44 nn (Hì. vhile al il, il has
a 5·elenenl glass lens wilh an íF fller
glass, an LCD inage counler, and even an
oplional Hash!
The íinox Leica í3 is quile ingenious
a producl lo offer lhe kind of hands·on
conforl wilh such an exceplionallv
snall build.
ínspile of ils dininulive forn faclor, il
supporls lhe fealures and perfornance of
a decenllv·sized, fealure·
packed canera. You
can click a fornidable
anounl of piclures, and
nail il lo vour friends bv
lransferring lhe piclures
lo a svslen wilh ils
USB cable. You can pop
il in vour lop pockel conforlablv and be
lhe proud owner of lhis ´classic´ looker.
ín case vou don´l desire a canera, and
vou are loaded, go ahead, use il like a
kevchain!
Keeping in nind ils aeslhelics
conbined wilh conplex slrucluring, lhe
publicilv design of lhe Leica í3 could
well read as, ¨The Chopin of Caneras-
lhe inlroverl oul lo ouldo.¨
Ihe '$æaII' Ficture Fackiog Ihrust
Y
ou can afford a car, bul gas is
expensive. Even if vou can afford
lhe gas, do vou wish lhal vou could
jusl breeze lhrough lhe lraffc? Then,
lhis revolulionarv producl, apllv naned
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Thruslpac is an ancillarv power source lo
nosl lransporlalion devices which work
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he Bív Saubers lean now has one fasl rider in lheir arnorv
for lhe upconing season, and il goes bv lhe nane of Alberl2.
Being lhe faslesl of all sporls, il nav nol surprise one lo hear
aboul F1 leans using lighlning quick conpulers lo achieve lheir
speeds of nearlv 300 nph. Bul lhe Alberl2 is a lillle fasler lhan
whal vour nind can probablv regisler!
For slarlers, il has an aslounding 2,043 CB of nain nenorv!
There are lwo ínlel Xeon processors for each of ils 256 nodes,
which in lurn have 2 cores each. 1024 cores is lhe resullanl shock
value, and a conpuling power which al upper linil is 12,233
CFLOPS (Floaling Operalions Per Secondì. This lranslales inlo
12,233,000,000,000-lhe nunber of Hoaling poinl arilhnelic
operalions il can underlake everv second! Alberl2 is being used
in an allenpl lo collaborale aerodvnanics wilh conpulalional
Huid dvnanics (CFDì. Engineered bv Dalco, a Swiss conpanv,
Alberl2 is expecled lo be highlv conplinenlarv lo lhe involved
aerodvnanics and provide free funclionalilv lo lhe nanv
processors in use al anv given line. A Cernan·based sisler
believe like il´s lhe faslesl in hislorv!ì This version is lhe resull
of vears of research, and has 5.5 lines lhe speed of Alberl (lhe
previous versionì, and il is surelv going lo be revving il up lhis
season.
Considering lhe kind of nonev lhal has been punped inlo
naking lhis a realilv and lhe perfornance resull, whal surprises
ne is lhal lhe drivers are nol worried of probablv being launched
inlo orbil in lhe verv frsl race!
AIbert the $ecood
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o, lhe above is nol a BC dale. 30, is lhe approxinale nunber
of davs pending for lhe release (Anericanì of lhe ground·
breaking adaplalion of Frank íiller´s graphic novel, 300. Produced
bv varner Bros, lhis novie is nol jusl aboul a revolulion, il
is revolulionarv for ils exlrene innovalion in fln·produclion.
Direclor, Zack Snvder, has packed lhis epic wilh nind·blowing
visual effecls, and unnerving use of graphics. Alnosl enlirelv
shol on a blue screen, 300 brings lo life lhe fanlaslical Ballle of
Thernopvlae where 300 Sparlans
look on an enlire arnv and foughl
lill lhe lasl nan.
Snvder has acluallv incorporaled
sone inages fron lhe novel, as
is! Hence, sone of lhe background
scenes lhal vou will see in lhis
Hick are acluallv hand painled
(laken fron lhe graphic novelì. This
lechnique acluallv gives an elhereal feel lo lhe scenes naking
lhen look like canvases in nolion. Each frane is nolhing shorl
of a classic arl naslerpiece. To achieve lhis resull, Snvder has
crealed backgrounds and noods bv plaving wilh colors, and lhe
250 shols loaded wilh visual effecls. varner Bros. have snell
blood wilh lhe progress of lhis inpending naslerpiece and has
sanclioned 300. ìarch to G|orv a porlable PlavSlalion gane,
which is being currenllv developed bv Collision Sludios.
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0600 Hk5, IANUAk¥ 9, 2007. í was oulside
lhe íoscone Cenler. Al 4 degrees
Celcius, il was seriouslv cold. Bul for
everv one of lhe hundreds of íac fans
queued up oulside lhe íoscone vesl
exhibilion wing, lhere was enough of
ferv anlicipalion lo keep lhen warn lhal
earlv norning. Evervone had a fair idea
lhal Apple was going lo launch a phone
of sone kind. vhal il looked like, whal
fealures il supporled and how nuch il
cosl were jusl conjeclure.
0730 Hk5. As lhe sun cane up (which
acluallv did nolhing for lhe frigid coldì,
il was inleresling lo nole lhe scallered
assorlnenl of íac users silling on lhe
slairs of lhe exhibilion cenler, poring over
lheir íacbooks. Securilv kepl evervone al
bav-lhe doors onlv opened an hour laler.
0845 Hk5. The nilling lhrongs in lhe
nassive kevnole hall consisled of a nollev
nix of journalisls, professors, soflware
developers, arlisls and designers. The
alnosphere was rife wilh eleclricilv-fron
lhe arrav of high·defnilion video caneras
fron everv conceivable web· and
lelevision·based nedia conpanv Hanking
lhe audience, lo lhe allendees lhal clicked
piclures of lhe crowd wilh lheir pockel
digicans, evervone wanled lo savor as
nuch of lhe nonenl as possible. Then
lhe lighls graduallv dinned and Sleve
Jobs slepped on slage. All four lhousand
nenbers of lhe crowd wailed for Sleve
Jobs lo appear on slage and begin
lhe show.
0915 Hk5. Launching direcllv inlo an updale
on Apple´s nusic business, Jobs shared
sone prellv inleresling slalislics on lhe
nunbers lhev have nanaged lo hil over
lhe pasl vear: 2 billion songs sold on
iTunes (lhal´s 53 songs everv ninuleì, 350
lelevision shows available for purchase
online wilh 50 nillion of lhen being sold,
250 novies offered wilh lheir recenl
lie·up wilh Paranounl Sludios. Of course,
none of lhese services are available in
índia-il´s a pilv lhal we couldn´l be parlv
lo lhese fgures.
0927 Hk5. Ñexl cane lhe launch of
lheir new AppleTV device. Basicallv
a nedia cenler box lhal bridges vour
hone lhealer svslen wilh vour hone
conpuler, lhis íac íini·lvpe device
fealures an inlegraled 40 CB hard disk
wilh a processor lhal can crank oul
hi·defnilion novies (al up lo 720p
resolulionsì, TV shows, nusic and pholos.
íl sporls an Elhernel porl, wireless
nelworking and USB 2.0 for conneclivilv
lo vour hone conpuler-eilher PC or
íac. ínlereslinglv, in addilion lo 302.11
a/b slandards, il also fealures lhe drafl
specifcalion of lhe lo·be·launched
302.11n wireless specifcalion, offering
a higher bandwidlh and range. vhen
asked aboul lhe availabililv of lhe device
in narkels worldwide, we were inforned
lhal il would onlv be available in parls of
lhe world lhal alreadv had governnenl
clearance for lhe 302.11n specifcalion.
índia, unforlunalelv, isn´l vel anong lhose
counlries, so il will be a while before we
see lhis device on our slore shelves.
0946 Hk5. vilh lhe backdrop of lhe slage
silenllv and dranalicallv changing inlo
lhe backlil Apple logo, Jobs announced,
¨This is a dav í´ve been looking forward lo
for lwo·and·a·half vears. Everv once in a
while, a revolulionarv producl cones along
lhal changes evervlhing.¨ Anong lhe
inlernillenl whoops and claps, lhe crowd
could barelv conlain ilself. Leading lhrough
a chronological lisling Apple´s signifcanl
producl wavpoinls, he nenlioned lhe
Apple conpuler and lhe iPod which
prellv nuch changed lheir respeclive
induslries. ín a dranalic displav of sheer
shownanship, he announced lhree
producls wilh new capabililies and had lhe
crowd eagerlv wailing wilh apprecialion,
onlv lo fnallv announce lhal lhese were, in
facl, one producl-lhe iPhone. Fron lhis
poinl on, il was all iPhone.
A perfecl culninalion of lheir naslerv
over producl design, lhe iPhone is, in
nanv wavs, groundbreaking-wilh a
3.5·inch high resolulion widescreen,
CSí/EDCE, inlegraled viFi 302.11 a/b/g,
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4 or 3 íB varianls-lhe specifcalions
are, on lhe face of il, prellv nornal for
a nodern·dav nobile connunicalion
and enlerlainnenl device. vilh niggling
queslions aboul ils liniled slorage, í
wondered if, inspile of ils gorgeous
design and forn faclor, il would be lefl
wanling when pul lo aclual use. Bul í
slopped lhinking aboul all of lhis once í
had lhe chance lo lrv oul lhe device laler,
behind closed doors. The user inlerface
conplelelv Hoors lhe hunan in vou. íl is
lhe snallesl of aspecls lhal conplelelv
overwheln-fron lhe ´íulli·louch´
lechnologv where vou use vour fngers
lo conlrol lhe device´s funclions lo lhe
aulonalic screen re·orienlalion fron
porlrail lo landscape, lo lhe proxinilv
sensors lhal disable lhe louch conlrols
when vou bring il up lo vour ear lo lake a
call-il all cones logelher so eleganllv.
Since il runs OS X, il has all lhe visual
eve·candv vou could ever wanl bv wav
of snoolh fade·oul lransilions, rubber·
banding scrolling, pinch·zooning and a
spiffv overall response. Bul lhen again,
lhis device has íac OS X al ils core.
Fron here on for lhe nexl hour,
Jobs slepped lhe crowd lhrough lhe
capabililies of lhe device, highlighling
everv one of ils fealures. Slarling wilh
powering on lhe device and unlocking il,
he denonslraled lhe snoolh fnger·Hick
scrolling, lhe navigalion belween lhe
various applicalions and lhe oodles of cool
lransilion effecls seen liberallv lhroughoul
ils inlerface.
Claining lhal naking calls is, in facl,
lhe killer app, he denonslraled lhe
capabililies of lhe device in handling
conplex call scenarios including
conferencing, holding and lransferring
fles while on call-all lhis lhrough lhe
inluilive louch screen. Then cane lhe
nexl reallv innovalive fealure-lhe pinch
funclionalilv for zooning inlo and oul of
inages and websiles: bv sinplv pinching
lhe inage on ils screen, vou can change
lhe nagnifcalion of lhe displaved inage
and lhen pan around il bv Hicking il wilh
vour fnger.
Afler lhe wows and whoops died
down, he noved on lo ils ínlernel
capabililies. Funning a full·fealured
web browser, he browsed lhrough
lhe wireless nelwork and showcased
ils navigalion capabililies, including a
slunning denonslralion on how lhe
inlegraled Coogle íaps offers veclor as
well as aclual salellile inagerv lo displav
virluallv anv geographic localion or even
connercial eslablishnenls-conplele
wilh conlacl infornalion.
vilh lhis vear´s íacworld, il is clear
lhal Apple is nol jusl a conpuler conpanv
anv nore. Acknowledging lhe facl lhal
lhev have nore consuner eleclronics
producl lines conpared lo conpuler·
cenlric ones, lhev announced lheir
re·chrislening lo Apple ínc.
Coning back lo lhe iPhone, is il
reallv as innovalive as lhev sav il is? í
would lhink ves and no. On one hand, ils
hunan·friendlv user inlerface nakes il a
phone like no olher-il lels vou do whal
vou wanl lo, and wilh panache. Bul on
lhe specifcalions fronl, il conpares lo
several olher snarlphones available lodav.
Even ils buill·in acceleroneler (lhe device
lhal re·orienls lhe displav when vou lill
ilì, has been around in cerlain nodels of
digilal caneras. Bul lhen, as is wilh all of
Apple´s producls, il´s aboul abslracling
lhe underlving lechnologv fron lhe user.
And fron whal was displaved al íacworld
lhis vear, Apple clearlv exenplifed lheir
naslerv over lhis concepl vel again. „
Aoole's latest babv. iFhone soorts olentv of
functionalitv oacked in a luscious user interface
The new AooleTv box can store and disolav
uovies, uusic, ohotos and Tv shows. all in hü
Millinu thronus outside the Moscone Center at
5.30 au on the uorninu of Steve Jobs' kevnote
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icrosofl nade greal slrides wilh ils
release of lhe vindows XP operaling
svslen in lerns of slabililv. ve have
been using vindows XP ever since il was
launched on Oclober 25, 2001. vhile lhere was
an inprovenenl in slabililv conpared lo lhal of
ils predecessor·operaling svslens like vindows
93, íE or 2000, lhe securilv fealures slill lacked
lo a greal exlenl. Due lo lhe vulnerabililies found
in lhe operaling svslen, il suffered a lol during
lhe Blasler and Sasser worn allacks. This led
íicrosofl lo slarl a new inilialive in operaling
svslen securilv apllv called Truslworlhv
conpuling. The nain ain of lruslworlhv
conpuling was lo nake soflware code nore
secure and reliable, lo use lechnologies lhal
would nininize lhe risks of exploils found in lhe
code, and in case of a conpronise in svslen,
an earlv recoverv could be facililaled. This new
inilialive saw lhe lighl of dav in lhe vindows
XP operaling svslen wilh lhe release of Service
Pack 2, pronising an increased level of securilv
in lheir operaling svslen. Allhough lhe service
pack was effeclive lo a cerlain exlenl, il was slill
a palch up job and lherefore was inconpalible
wilh olher applicalions, drivers, elc al lines. A
classic exanple of lhis was seen when popular
anlivirus prograns would slop working if vou
inslalled Service Pack 2.
íicrosofl received a lol of Hak fron lhe nedia,
users as well as enlerprise clienls due lo lhe
conpronise in securilv issues in lhe operaling
svslen. This was one of lhe nain reasons whv
íicrosofl led an inilialive lo develop a new
operaling svslen viz vindows Visla. Thev clain
lo have designed nanv of lhe fealures of lhis
new OS fron scralch, wilh an increased focus
on providing grealer slabililv as well as securilv.
ve fnallv gol our hands on lhe FTí (Felease
lo íanufaclureì version of Visla. ín lhe following
pages, vou will fnd a conprehensive review
of lhis fnal version. Please nole, if vou´re nol
inleresled in geek speak, junp lo page 34 where
lhe fun begins!
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history aod deveIopæeot process
Developnenl of íicrosofl Visla was announced on Julv
22, 2005. íniliallv, Visla was codenaned Longhorn. ín lhe
beginning, Longhorn slarled as an exlension for vindows
XP, and was posilioned belween vindows XP and lhe
nexl·generalion operaling svslen (codenaned Blackconbì lhal
íicrosofl had in nind. Taking advanlage of lhe slable code lhal
was used in vindows Server 2003, lhe developers incorporaled
il inlo Longhorn. Laler, lhe developnenl process of Longhorn and
Blackconb nerged lo becone whal is now called Visla.
Looghoro ßuiIds
¥£Ak 2002: Build 3646 was lhe frsl build of Longhorn (June 2002ì.
Build 3663 displaved a ´plex´ lhene which was a considered a
lenporarv replacenenl for lhe Aero inlerface (Julv 2002ì. Build
3670 displaved a changed Device íanager lhal was inplenenled
inside vindows Explorer. (Augusl 2002ì. Build 3633 was lhe frsl
build of Longhorn lhal gol leaked onlo lhe ínlernel. íl boasled of
a new sidebar as well as vinFS (Seplenber 2002ì. Build 3706
conlained Desklop Conposilion Engine (DCEì and Desklop
vindows íanager (Dvíì fealures lhal used lransparenl
windows. This was like a prebuild for Aero (Oclober 2002ì. Build
3713 was lhe frsl lo show off lhe Aero lhene and ils effecls
(Ñovenber 2002ì.
¥£Ak 2003: Build 4003 saw a najor revanp of lhe Explorer
inlerface. The Plex lhene had a new appearance and lhe lask
pane was replaced wilh a larger and beller horizonlal pane. A
new search inlerface allowed fllering of resulls, searching of
vindows help, and nalural·language queries lhal would be used lo
inlegrale wilh vinFS (Februarv 2003ì. Build 4015 faced problens
of nenorv leakage in nanv of lhe applicalions, lhus naking lhis
build diffcull lo use (íarch 2003ì. Build 4023 was lhe frsl known
server build before Bela 1 and was based on vindows Server.
ÑET FC1, which laler becane vindows Server 2003 (Julv 2003ì.
Build 4029 was called onghornLav rofessionalPav, which is Pig
Lalin (June 2003ì. Build 4033 conlained sone Uí inprovenenls
like an updaled Plex lhene (Julv 2003ì. Build 4051 was
lhe Offcial PDC 2003 build, wilh a new Slale lhene (Oclober
2003ì. Build 4053 was jusl an exlension wilh onlv ninor changes
(Oclober 2003ì.
¥£Ak 2004: Build 4074 was lhe Offcial vinHEC (vindows
Hardware Engineering Conferenceì 2004 preview build and lhe
nosl fanous Longhorn (Apr 2004ì. Build 4033 was 64·bil XP·
based build, wilhoul lhe sidebar or vinFS (íav 2004ì. Build 4093
was considered highlv unslable and il conlained an Avalon·based
vindows íovie íaker. (Augusl 2004ì
¥ista ßuiIds
Build 5000 was lhe frsl Server 2003·based Longhorn, and was
called D1 (Seplenber 2004ì.
¥£Ak 2005: Build 5043 was lhe offcial vinHEC 2005 preview build,
wilh Aero (April 2005ì. Build 5112 was vindows Visla Bela 1 · lhe
frsl wilh lhe new nane (Julv 2005ì. Build 5203 was acluallv buill
alongside bela 1 wilh changes (Julv 2005ì. Build 5219 was lhe
frsl CTP (Connunilv Technologv Previewì (Seplenber 2005ì.
Build 5231 along wilh sone bugs had vindows íedia Plaver 11
(Ocl 2005ì. Build 5259 was lhe TAP Preview, bul loo inslable lo
be released as a CTP (Ñovenber 2005ì. Build 5263 was lhe OEí
Preview, and had vindows Defender and a new íE7 (Decenber
2005ì. Build 5270 was lhe Decenber CTP and verv close lo
fealure·conplele (Decenber 2005ì. Build 5276 was inlernallv
previewed onlv al CES 2006 (Decenber 2005ì.
¥£Ak 2006: Build 5303 was lhe Februarv Enlerprise CTP, lhe frsl
fealure·conplele build (Feb 2006ì. Build 5342 was lhe Februarv
CTP Fefresh, and used lo lesl lhe inprovenenls since 5303
(íarch 2006ì
ßeta 2
¥£Ak 2006: Build 5365 was lhe April EDv, sorling oul lhe soflware
lineup before Bela 2. Build 5331 was lhe preview before Bela
2, for lechnical leslers onlv. Build 5334 was lhe offcial Bela 2,
available lo íSDÑ and Connecl users on íav 23, and could be
downloaded or ordered on DVD on June 6 (íav 2006ì. Build 5456
was buill on June 20, fxing lhe innediale problens wilh Bela 2
as well as reducing lhe disk space required for inslallalion (June
2006ì. Build 5472 had an non·Aero lhene and inproved Ñelwork
Cenler, being as fasl and Huid as XP.
Fre 862
¥£Ak 2006: Build 5700 (Augusl 10, 2006ì, was shown al lhe
Sludenl Dav Presenlalion of íicrosofl Tech·Ed 2006 in Auslralia.
Pre·FC1 build 5472 wilh a few Uí inprovenenls. Build 5723
(Seplenber 17, 2006ì was released on Seplenber 22, 2006 lo
lechnical bela parlicipanls and on lhe sane dav, a 32·bil version
was released lo lhe public and a 64·bil version followed.
8eIease 6aodidate 2
¥£Ak 2006: Build 5744 was released lo CPP nenbers, TAP leslers,
íSDÑ/ Technel subscribers, and olher lechnical bela leslers
(Oclober 2006ì
Fre-8eIease to MaouIacture |8IMI
¥£Ak 2006: Build 5303 was released lo TAP leslers on Oclober 19,
2006. This build was nolable because il was lhe frsl one released
lo leslers since íicrosofl enlered FTí ´escrow´ wilh build 5300.
(Oclober 2006ì
Build 5324 was released lo a wide nunber of inlernal leslers
hoping lhal il would becone lhe fnal FTí. However, a ´show·
slopper´ bug was found lhal deslroved anv svslen lhal was
upgraded fron vindows XP which could onlv be fxed bv
conplelelv reinslalling vindows (Oclober 2006ì.
Build 5340 was nade available lo inlernal leslers. This build
conlained a large nunber of new and fnal icons, as well as a new
sel of fnal wallpapers, including new defaull wallpaper based on
lhe Aurora ´swoosh´ seen in prior builds. (Oclober 2006ì
The Final FTí i.e. Build 6000 of vindows Visla is lhe fnal
FTí release, il was launched as vindows Visla as recenllv as on
Januarv 30, 2007.
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ßiIIereot Avatars oI Wiodows ¥ista
Wiodows versioo Features Who shouId use it
Wiodows ¥ista hoæe
ßasic Editioo
Siuilar to Windows XF houe Edition, houe
ßasic is intended for buduet users who do not
reuuire advanced uedia suooort for houe use.
The Windows Aero theue with translucent
effects is not included in this edition. ë1-bit
houe ßasic will suooort uo to 8 0ß of ohvsical
ueuorv, suooort will continue till 2012.
We recouuend this version to tvoical entrv-
level houe users, lthe averaue JoeI who use
their cououter for basic evervdav tasks like
workinu on 0ffice docuuents, browsinu the web,
accessinu e-uail and so on. lf vou cannot use
the Aero interface, stick to XF, use an antivirus
and download lE 7 and defender suite.
Wiodows ¥ista hoæe
Freæiuæ Editioo
This Edition is a suoerset of vista houe basic
with uanv uore features. lt suooorts uanv
uultiuedia features like hüTv and üvü
authorinu. lt also suooorts other functions
like couolete FC backuo and reuote desktoo
connectivitv. This edition is couoarable to
Windows XF Media Center Edition. ë1-bit houe
Freuiuu will suooort uo to 1ë 0ß of ohvsical
ueuorv and will be suooorted until 2012.
This Edition is tarueted at the uainstreau
cououter user. lt orovides couolete suooort
for devices such as tablet FCs and laotoo
cououters. lf vou are olanninu to uourade
frou Windows XF to vista, we recouuend vou
uive the houe oreuiuu edition a shot since it
includes üirectX 10 for uaues and the Aero 3ü
interface.
Wiodows ¥ista
ßusioess Editioo
This edition includes features like ßackuo
tools, Windows ueetinu soace, llS webserver,
windows fax and scanninu, etc which foru the
essential arsenal for anv urowinu business
svsteu. lt includes oarental control and
reuote desktoo uanaueuent. lt will work on
couoarativelv uodest svsteus, thus uakinu it
an ideal edition for businesses.
As the naue suuuests, this edition is ueant for
suall and uediuu businesses. lt orovides better
securitv couoared to that offered bv Windows
XF. lt also offers better uanaueuent features,
thus facilitatinu a uore efficient and siuole
svsteu aduinistration.
Wiodows ¥ista
üItiæate Editioo
As the naue suuuests, this edition has it all.
lt is a suoerset of all the above uentioned
editions. lt features evervthinu frou the Aero
interface, üirectX 10, üvü creation, olavback
and authorinu, svsteu tools and utilities to the
saue hiuh standard securitv. This edition also
includes all the reuuisite features that business
users need.
This Edition is ueant for the ultiuate FC
enthusiast and uauers who do not want
to couorouise on anv feature, and wants
evervthinu that vista has to offer. 0f course,
uouradinu to the ultiuate edition ueans
investinu a lot of uonev but then vou uet the verv
best in vista and the best alwavs coues with a
hiuh orice tau.
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The slarler edilion of vindows Visla is liniled lo 32·bils where
as all olher versions are available in bolh 32·bil as well as 64·bil
versions.
Windows Vista Starter Edition: This edilion is liniled
lo energing narkels (includes índiaì and offers a legal and a
low·cosl allernalive lo using unaulhorized copies in a bid lo
prevenl piracv. ve do nol reconnend lhis edilion as il is liniled
as far as usabililv is concerned. íl allows usage of onlv 256 íB of
nenorv, linils screen resolulion lo 1024x763. íl is designed lo
work on lhe older ínlel and AíD processors. íl does nol include
Aero and olher eve candv, and linils a user lo running onlv lhree
applicalions al anv given poinl of line.
Windows Vista Enterprise Edition: This edilion, as lhe nane
suggesls, is ained al lhe enlerprise segnenl of lhe narkel. This
edilion will nol be available off lhe shelf for users, il can onlv be
oblained lhrough íicrosofl´s Soflware Assurance enlerprise
licensing. íainslrean supporl for Enlerprise ends on 4/10/2012,
exlended supporl ends on 4/11/2017.
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ve gol our hands on lhe fnal release of lhe vindows Visla
Ullinale Edilion 32·bil and 64·bil versions fron íicrosofl. ve
ran lhe inslallalion on lhe lesl bed conprising an ínlel Core 2
Duo processor (Conroeì E6700 running on lhe BioSlar P965
ínlel chipsel nolherboard, 2 CB DDF2 nenorv (300 íHzì,
ASUS EÑ7300 CTX (256íBì PCí·Express graphics card, BenO
16x DVD wriler and a 160 CB Sansung SP1614C · SATA hard
drive (7200 rpnì. Don´l worrv, we also inslalled il on a ´nornal´
svslen. Thal cones laler.
The inslallalion line fron power·on lo slandbv screen on
bolh lhe 32·bil and lhe 64·bil versions look us 23 ninules and
24 ninules respeclivelv. The inslallalion procedure for bolh
versions is sane wilhoul anv difference. vindows Visla cones
packed wilh on a DVD, around 2.5 CB for lhe 32·bil version in
conpressed forn and 3.5 CB for lhe 64·bil version. vhen
conplelelv inslalled, il lakes 7 CB of hard disk space for lhe
32·bil version and 14 CB for lhe 64·bil version respeclivelv
including lhe page fle.
ve lake vou lhrough lhe inslallalion process of vindows Visla
Ullinale Edilion. The following inslallalion is derived fron lhe
64·bil version of vindows Visla (as bolh 32· and 64·bil versions
have lhe sane proceedure and sleps for inslallalionì.
51£P 1 : As lhe DVD is boolable, pop il in lhe DVD drive and press
anv kev lo bool fron lhe DVD. The frsl screen lhal appears has
lwo oplions-vindows selup and lhe nenorv lesl. ve ran lhe
nenorv lesl lo verifv lhal our nenorv is slable and free of errors
lo avoid svslen crashes during lhe inslallalion, which is oplional.
The lesl is sinilar lo lhose provided in nosl Linux dislribulion
inslallalions. You have a choice lo lesl lhe nenorv in nulliple
passes or one pass onlv. The defaull is 0 (ZEFOì, which neans
infnile lesl passes. ve ran lhe pass 3 lines and lhen quil lo lhe
nexl slep bv pressing lhe escape kev. (Fefer to fgure !.ì
51£P 2: Al lhe frsl screen again we chose lhe vindows Selup
(EíS enabledì oplion lo begin lhe inslallalion. EíS (Expanded
íenorv Svslenì ulilizes lhe expanded nenorv available on lhe
svslen for speedv inslallalion. This basicallv neans lhal Visla
is capable of naking use of anv nenorv lhal is grealer lhan 1
íB for lhe inslallalion process. This is lhe onlv slage where
lhe inslallalion screen is a dos lvpe, nenu driven screen, which
should have been nore presenlable wilh a graphical inlerface.
51£P 3: As lhe nornal procedure of anv windows inslallalion,
here lhe selup asks for inpuls like language, line and currencv,
and kevboard lavoul. Choose righl sellings and conlinue. Here,
before lhe inslallalion, vou nav choose lo view lhe docunenl
on whal vou should do before lhe inslallalion of Visla such as
backups, elc. The olher oplion will lake vou lo lhe repair vour
conpuler oplion. This nenu will furlher give vou nore choices lo
svslen recoverv like ´slarlup repair´, ´svslen reslore´, ´conplele
PC reslore´, ´nenorv diagnoslic´ and ´connand pronpl´. The
choices available here are onlv valid and handv if vou have a
svslen crash. (Fefer to fgure 2.ì
51£P 4: Al lhis screen, lhe producl kev required for aclivalion has
lo be punched in. Sinilar lo ils predecessors, Visla loo has a
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16·characler producl kev.The inslallalion conplelelv depends
upon lhe serial kev given lo vou. This neans lhe kev purchased
will give vou lhe oplion lo which version of Visla vou will
be using for vour PC. The check box below lhe producl kev,
which is checked bv defaull, slales lhal vou can aulonalicallv
aclivale vindows when lhe conpuler goes online. This neans,
lhe nonenl vindows delecls an ínlernel conneclion (afler
vindows is inslalled, of courseì, lhe aclivalion procedure will
aulonalicallv slarl. Un·checking lhis oplion leaves vou lo aclivale
vindows wilhin 30 davs of inslallalion, afler which vour nachine
slops loading vindows and vou nav have lo re·inslall Visla all
over again. (Fefer to fgure 3ì.
51£P 5: Al lhis slep, lhe selup scans vour hard disk for all available
drives and parlilions on which il needs lo inslall vindows. Oplions
available here are lo nake new parlilions in prinarv and exlended,
fornal (ÑTFS fasl fornal onlvì, load a scsi or raid driver, or delele
a parlilion. íake sure vou lake all necessarv backups and keep all
drivers handv during lhe inslallalion. Click nexl and lhe inslallalion
begins expanding lhe fles fron lhe DVD lo lhe hard drive in a
lenp folder. This nav lake a few ninules depending on lhe lvpe of
svslen confguralion and speed vou are using. (Fefer to fgure 4ì.
51£P 6: Afler lhe selup has copied all lhe inporlanl necessarv
fles il needs lo lhe hard drive, lhe svslen aulonalicallv rebools
and lhen cones a screen where il asks for a user lo be crealed.
Since vindows Visla does nol have an Adninislralor accounl
enabled bv defaull anv nore, bul can be enabled al a laler slage
using ííC, lhe user crealed here will be lhe Adninislralor for
lhe new operaling svslen. Password is oplional, bul we suggesl
vou pul one. You nav also choose a piclure for vour profle al lhis
poinl, which can be changed laler in lhe OS. Here, vou don´l have
lhe oplion of adding vour piclure-lhere is no browse bullon lo
inserl vour own piclure. To do lhal, vou have lo go lo lhe Conlrol
Panel afler vindows is inslalled. (Fefer to fgure 5ì.
51£P 7: Tvpe a nane for vour conpuler. This nane represenls vour
conpuler over an exisling nelwork (if anvì. Here again, lhere is a
choice of choosing lhe wallpaper for vour desklop. Six oplions are
available bul lhere is no oplion lo add personal pholos. íicrosofl
developers did nol lhink feel lhe need lo include lhis fealure.
51£P 8: The nexl screen asks vou lo choose whelher lhe selup
should keep vour nachine fre walled and up·lo·dale wilh lhe
necessarv securilv updales, or jusl proceed lo lhe nexl slep and
do lhe sane laler. ve chose ´ask ne laler´. (Fefer to fgure 6ì.
51£P 9: The nexl screen is self explanalorv. Punch in lhe dale, line
and vour line zone.
51£P 10: The screen ahead needs inpul lo know whelher lhis
conpuler is a hone PC, offce PC or parl of a public nelwork
where vindows decides whelher lo lel vour PC and ils devices
be recognized bv olher PCs on lhe nelwork. (Fefer to fgure 7ì.
51£P 11: Then afler all inpuls are given, lhe svslen confgures
ilself wilh all necessarv sellings. Al lhis poinl, il also lesls vour
conpuler´s perfornance.
51£P 12: Finallv, afler lhe lasl rebool, Visla slarls and provides vou
a login screen lo inpul vour password and confgure vour svslen
wilh lhe necessarv drivers and applicalions. (Fefer to fgure 8ì.
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Afler we fnallv gol our hands on lhe 32·bil and 64·bil íicrosofl
vindows Visla Ullinale Edilion, we could nol wail lo load il on
our conpuler. ínslallalion of bolh lhe 32· and 64·bil version look
us around 30 ninules on a lesl bed wilh an ínlel Core 2 duo
processor, 2 CB of DDF nenorv along wilh a SATA 160 CB hard
drive and a 512 íB graphics card. ve even lried inslalling lhe
visla 32·bil version on an ínlel 1.3 CHz nolherboard wilh 512
íB shared (wilh lhe onboard VCA cardì nenorv and a 40 CB
5400 rpn hard drive. The inslallalion worked bul lhe nachine
was prellv slow. Though lhe graphics were quile decenl, lhe
Aero effecl was nol aclive due lo an absenl graphics card. The
svslen was conplelelv drained of ils resources afler running
onlv a few base applicalions of Visla. ve gave up on lhe PC
lesling as il nade no sense using Visla on a low·end conpuler.
One poinl lo be noled is lhal Visla does nol provide supporl for
unreconnended drivers, for inslance here lhe nolherboard used
was an ínlel 945 chipsel and lhe drivers were nol supporled oul
of lhe box. Therefore, running Visla on a low·end conpuler is a
conplele no·no.
Coning back lo lhe lesl bed, lhe inslallalion
was beller lhan ils predecessors like vindows XP
or 93. The inslallalion process included fewer
sleps, however, lhe procedure was graphical
and quile inpressive. Jusl choose lhe
language, punch in lhe serial kev, choose lhe
parlilion for il lo be inslalled on, and lhere
il goes! Afler rebool, vou inpul vour nane
and password, conpuler nane, choose
vour frewall, sel lhe dale and line zone, and
fnallv lhe lvpe of nelwork vou have. Once lhe
inslallalion is conplele, jusl log on and conlinue lo
inslall drivers and applicalions. vindows Visla cones
packed on a boolable DVD unlike lhe olher versions which
cones on a CD. Packed wilh 2.5 CB of conpressed dala on lhe
32·bil inslallalion DVD, lhe fnal producl look 7 CB of space on
lhe hard drive and jusl 23 seconds lo bool up. The 64·bil version
occupied 15 CB of space. Bolh 32· and 64·bil versions look
lhe sane, lhe 64 bil version is readv for 64·bil hardware and
forlhconing 64·bil applicalions.
Our frsl glance al Visla and we were awed bv ils greal looks
and a rich desklop wilh crvslal clear 3D icons. The icons are
verv allraclive and can be enlarged wilhoul a conpronise in lhe
qualilv (vou can have a look al sone of lhe icon inages
in lhese pagesì. The icons are acluallv live
icons, neaning lhev represenl lhe folder
or docunenl in real line. For inslance, if
vour folder has anolher sub·folder wilh
piclures slored in il, lhe icon will displav
lwo folders, one wilhin anolher,
including lhe piclure in il. The Aero
effecl and cascading visuals are also
cool, lhese effecls have been seen
in lhe íac OS for quile a few nonlhs now, il
is onlv now lhal il has been inplenenled in
lhis version of vindows Visla. Overall, il is
eve candv for lhe new OS. Bul íicrosofl
clains lo have inlroduced lhis fealure for
a specifc reason-on an average everv
working person spends al leasl 3·10 hours
working on lhe conpuler looking al lhe sane
old lhene lhal vindows and olher applicalions
have lo offer. To nake lhe conpuler desklop
nore appealing, Visla´s Aero effecl and live icons
offer lhe necessarv drool faclor, while also naking il easier on
lhe eves. íf vou have one window overlapping lhe olher, vou can
see lhe lower window lhrough lhe upper one (sorl of lransparenl
albeil wilh a lillle blurì -anolher fealure of Aero. vhal we
Personallv liked is lhe recvcle bin icon lhal looks like an enplv
glass lunbler wilh crunpled paper in il represenling a full recvcle
bin-an appealing sighl indeed.
The ullinale version (bolh 32 and 64ì was quile slow conpared
lo ils predecessors. For exanple, our lesl bed wilh 2 CB of
nenorv was jusl aboul suffcienl lo lel vindows nove snoolhlv.
vhen in idle slale (wilh no applicalions running in
lhe backgroundì lhe nenorv consunplion was
around 340 íB, while opening four of ils buill·
in ganes (3D graphics engine requiredì, lhe
nenorv sucked in was a whopping 1.2 CB.
Therefore, lhe reconnended nenorv is
2 CB and nore. The reason for lhe slower
speed is due lo lhe enhanced graphics. Afler
reducing all graphic effecls and lhenes, lhe
nenorv usage cane down lo around 920
íB approxinalelv. ve could nol lesl lhe OS
wilh 64·bil applicalions as we did nol have anv
in hand. Bul walch oul for lhe sane in our fulure
issues!
Celling around using lhe Visla was cunbersone. Evervlhing
vou slarl/run or change sellings lo would resull in a window
popping up, warning vou and asking vou pernission whelher lo
conlinue. An adninislralor confguring nachines would cerlainlv
fnd lhis peskv. However, il is a good sign for lhe average user
because il warns aboul inpending crashes and allacks on vour
operaling svslen. Confguring vour nelwork involves a lol nore
sleps lhan whal was in vindows XP and ils predecessors.
P£k5DNAL 1Ak£
0verall, a uood oackaue of aoolications and features. ßut with
the svsteu reuuired to run these, we would not consider buvinu the
vista at this ooint of tiue because of the uonev l would have to invest
for the hardware. Mainstreau cououters will not be able to ootiuallv
use the total oower of vista. ßesides, uettinu around to usinu the
features in vista is tiue consuuinu. Therefore, our take on vista
would be it is uood on features and in soue asoects it is excellent. lt
has uanaued to clinch its oosition a nice-to-have oackaue instead of
a uust-have.
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The Shuldown bullon hides inside lhe Slarl nenu lo prevenl
accidenlallv shulling down lhe svslen. So while il will lake line
lo undersland Visla beller, il´s worlh lhe line and efforl.
Ñelworking fealures paid nore heed lo addilional securilv.
A few sleps lo confgure vour nelwork and vou can see all lhe
conpulers available on lhe currenl nelwork olher lhan a displav
of all workgroups and lhen lhe conpulers in lhal workgroup (in a
lree·like slruclureì. A nelwork prinler and lwo ADSL roulers on
our local nelwork also showed up on lhe nelwork neighborhood
wilh special icons lo differenliale lhen fron olhers.
Also inlroduced new is lhe side bard wilh gadgels lhal can
have ganes, slock lickers, svslen resources, elc running
conslanllv in lhe side screen lo view or access al anv line.
Though lhese applicalions run in real line and require nenorv,
lhev can be quile useful. Sone gadgels cone buill in while
nore can be downloaded fron lhe ínlernel, sone can even be
cuslon·nade lo suil vour needs.
íf vou are running oul of nenorv on vour svslen
and need nore addilional FAí or swap space,
lhe buill·in Feadv·Boosl fealure can cone lo
vour rescue. Jusl plug in vour pen drive and
lhe svslen can confgure ilself lo use lhe
renaining space available on il lo boosl up ils
speed and neel ils nenorv requirenenls-
a verv good fealure for laplops where
nenorv upgrade is expensive and ledious
bv users. Sinplv inserl lhe pen drive and click
on one oplion on lhe opening nenu lo aclivale
Feadv·Boosl.
The besl fealure in Visla according lo us is Parenlal
Conlrol (which has alwavs been available on Linux dislribulionsì.
Here parenls or adninislralors can conlrol lhe use of lhe
conpuler bv lheir spouses or enplovees. Sone fealures are:
vhich davs of lhe week and whal line of lhe dav lhe conpuler
can be used (even lhe ínlernelì, whal applicalions can be used,
whal ganes can be plaved, whal raled ganes can be plaved, elc.
The conpuler´s USB conneclor can be confgured lo use nouse
or kevboard onlv, no exlernal slorage can be connecled.
Ihe ¥ista keroeI
A kernel is lhe hearl and soul of anv operaling svslen. Allhough
ils funclions and fealures are nol direcllv noliceable, kernel
inprovenenls are signifcanl because il facililales low·level
operaling svslen funclions like lhread scheduling, inlerrupl
and exceplion nanagenenl, nulli·processor svnchronizalion,
process nanagenenl, elc.
ín vindows Visla, nosl of lhe applicalions lhal are provided
wilh lhe operaling svslen run in user node, including device
drivers. This is good news as far as svslen slabililv is concerned.
This neans lhal even if vou have a faullv
driver, lhe svslen will run in degraded
perfornance node bul will nol
need lo be shul down conplelelv or
even crash for lhal naller. Things lhal run in
Kernel node are prevenled fron inslalling
wilhoul verifed securilv cerlifcales, and
even lhen lhev require adninislralor·
level user pernission. This neans lhal
prograns like adware, spvware, viruses
and worns will fnd il diffcull lo inslall
lhenselves silenllv inlo lhe operaling
svslen.
íenorv nanagenenl is a lough job in an
operaling svslen. Deep wilhin where vour eves
cannol see, applicalion prograns need lo allocale nenorv
lo lhenselves when inilializing as well as run line. íl is usuallv
al run line lhal nanv applicalions clash for nenorv allocalion. A
badlv designed applicalion can be exploiled in lerns of nenorv
bv a process lhal is known as slack or heap buffer overHow.
The Visla kernel helps applicalions perforn beller nenorv
nanagenenl. This also leads lo an inprovenenl in
svslen slabililv, securilv as well as perfornance.
The renole procedure calls lhal are used
for applicalions lo lalk lo one anolher or
wilh lhenselves. Thev were considered
verv insecure due lo lhe wav lhev were
inplenenled. vilh windows Visla, lhe code
has been wrillen wilh securilv in nind.
Power nanagenenl code has been
nodifed lo provide beller slabililv, and il jusl
works now. vindows XP on nanv svslens:
vhal lhis neans for laplop owners is lhal now
´svslen·suspend and resune´ will work oul of lhe
box. On desklop svslens, lurning off lhe power will, bv defaull,
pul vour conpuler in Sleep íode. So all lhe dala currenllv in
use is saved lo bolh FAí and lhe hard drive, and lhen lurns
evervlhing off excepl for a few kev conponenls (CPU, FAí, a
few chipsel fealuresì.
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íove lhe nouse or press a kev and lhe conpuler bools in a
few seconds. ín realilv, vour conpuler never lurned off, il jusl
wenl inlo a super·low·power node. On laplops, Sleep íode
works nuch lhe sane wav when vou hil lhe power
bullon or close lhe lid, excepl il doesn´l lake
lhe line lo double·save evervlhing lo a hard
disk. ínslead, il nonilors ballerv life in
lhe ullra·low·power Sleep íode and,
when lhe ballerv gels low, lransfers
lhe FAí conlenls lo lhe hard disk. íl´s
like Hibernale node, onlv fasler.
To inprove svslen perfornance,
Visla uses a lechnologv whal
nicrosofl calls SuperFelch. íl basicallv
keeps a record of and even learns which
applicalions and fles are used lhe nosl and
preloads lhen inlo nenorv. This helps in naking
vour applicalions readv for vou lo work on as soon as lhe svslen
is booled, wailing for applicalions like Pholoshop or índesign lo
slarl is passe. You don´l have lo wail for a bunch of hard drive
paging before vour apps or docunenls load. íicrosofl has
developed a prellv sophislicaled priorilizalion schene lhal can
even differenliale which applicalions vou are likelv lo use nosl
al differenl lines (on lhe weekend vs during lhe week, or lale al
nighl vs in lhe niddle of lhe aflernoonì.
The schene is also snarl enough lo nake sure background
lasks like virus scanners don´l gel priorilv over lhe foreground
lasks vou´re working on. ín facl, lhe whole í/O svslen now
has a priorilv slruclure nol verv differenl fron services, so vour
conpuler shouldn´l bog down when sone peer·lo·peer fle
lrading progran has lo do a hash check on a big fle. SuperFelch
also lakes advanlage of exlernal nenorv devices plug·in lhal
spare 256 íB USB kev (anv size will work, reallvì and vindows
can cache a lol of lhe working sel lo il. íl´s nol as fasl as vour
svslen FAí bul il´s nuch fasler lhan randonlv grabbing snall
bils of dala fron all over vour hard drive.
Sone previouslv announced fealures such as vinFS and
ÑCSCB were dropped or poslponed.
üser IoterIace
Allhough we did nol see subslanlial changes in lhe user inlerface
as far as usabililv is concerned, lhe nosl signifcanl fealure of
Visla is ils Aero glass·effecl lhene lhal appears pleasing lo lhe
eve. Lel us analvze each of lhese fealures.
A£kD 1H£M£: Aero oslensiblv slands for Aulhenlic, Energelic,
FeHeclive and Open. Aero ains for a design lhal is bolh professional
and beauliful. Since nanv conpuler users sil in fronl of a conpuler
for 3·12 hours evervdav, il nakes sense for lhen lo al leasl enjov
looking al lhe screen lhal lhev work on. Also, since nosl lhe
recenllv available svslens have eilher an onboard 3D graphics card
or olher high end graphics, lhe operaling svslen now
nakes use of lhis graphics card nalivelv else lhe
graphics card would onlv cone inlo use while
plaving a 3D gane. The Aero glass inlerface is
available in lwo levels-vindows Visla Aero
and vindows Visla Basic. These would help
users run Visla even on relalivelv low·end
graphics hardware. Users can lurn off lhe
lranslucencv effecl fron lhe Aero inlerface lo
converl il lo Visla Basic fron lhe Conlrol Panel
wilh a sinple click of a bullon. The lransparenl
glass effecls allows looking al applicalions running
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The oower ootions uives vou uore wavs to select the tvoe of oower savinu
features vou can use with vour cououter accordinu to vour needs
The resource uonitor is uuch uore inforuative with CFu, üisk, Meuorv and Network all showinu on the saue screen and uore uraohical unlike Windows XF
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under lhe currenl applicalion, elc. Does lhis lranslucencv increase
produclivilv? ín sone cases, il does. For exanple, if vou lrv and
browse lhrough all lhe differenl applicalions lhal are open, vour
eves innedialelv nolice lhe nexl applicalion in place. This allows
vour hands and eves lo co·ordinale beller when shifling lhrough
applicalions. So does lhe Aero lhene nake vindows look nore
allraclive? Our answer lo lhal would be ves.
51Ak1 M£NU AND PkDCkAM5: As far as lhe laskbar is concerned,
íicrosofl previouslv added loollips as vou noused over individual
laskbar bullons and, in vindows XP, laskbar grouping, where
relaled windows are logicallv grouped logelher. vhile lhis was
good, Visla has gone a slep ahead. íl shows vou a live lhunbnail
of lhe windows when vou perforn a nouse over. A live lhunbnail
neans an consized view of whal vou will acluallv see. íf lhe
windows is aninaled or if vou are walching a novie for exanple,
using vindows íedia Plaver will displav lhe novie vou are plaving
in lhe lhunbnail as well.
Live Taskbar Thunbnails require vindows Aero. íf vou are
running a differenl user inlerface, vou´ll see loollips when vou
nouse over laskbar bullons, as vou did in previous vindows
versions. The Slarl bullon
is changed, il is no longer
called slarl. The applicalion
nenu is designed in a
wav lhal lhe applicalions
collapse in lhe nain
windows ilself inslead of
julling oul. The gadgels on
lhe desklop help increase
produclivilv bv providing
inslanl infornalion like live
FSS feeds, calender, line
of dav, currencv converlor, elc.
IN1£CkA1£D 5£AkCH: Anolher inpressive fealure
of Visla is ils inlegraled searching capabililv.
Allhough inlegraled searching is nol a new
concepl, íicrosofl has provided sone
change in lhe wav il has inplenenled lhis
fealure. The search fealure can be invoked
direcllv fron lhe Slarl nenu wilh lhe help of
which vou can search lhrough fles, folders,
applicalions, e·nail, browser favouriles, elc.
Visla supporls whal is called Live Search. The
Live Search fealure basicallv slarls displaving resulls
innedialelv as vou lvpe lhe querv. This provides fasler
access lo infornalion leading lo an increased produclivilv. Search
resulls can be fllered lo gel whal vou exacllv wanl using lhe ´Show
onlv´ oplion lhal appears in lhe Search Pane. The Advanced Search
bullon opens up a handv fller area lhal lels vou heavilv cuslonize
lhe search resulls. Search resulls can also be saved in fles. This is
a good oplion if lhe conlenls of vour hard drive do nol change nuch
on a regular basis. The ínlegraled Search fealure can even search
for fles lhal are lagged or connenled based on lhe lag lvpe and
lhe conlenl in lhe connenls, lhis is where vindows Visla search
differs fron applicalions like Coogle Desklop Search. Anolher
snarl fealure: lhe indexing process of fles and folders on lhe hard
drive is done when lhe svslen fnds lhal lhe CPU is running idle.
This nakes sure vour
producli vi lv is nol
hanpered bv lhe search
applicalion and CPU
cvcles are available lo
lhe process in queslion.
5H£LL: The lop of each
Explorer window, wilh
oplions like Organize,
Views and olhers,
depending on whal
vou´re viewing. For
exanple, lhe Conpuler
Explorer can even
uninslall or change a
progran, elc. vindows
Visla fealures lhe Segoe
Uí fonl lhal is 9 poinl in
size bv defaull, naking il
look cleaner and allowing beller reading.
FerIoræaoce Ieatures
WINDDW5 k£AD¥DkIV£: vindows Visla nalivelv supporls lhe nexl
generalion of hvbrid hard drives called vindows FeadvDrive.
These hard drives cone added wilh large capacilv Hash nenorv,
which basicallv caches dala for beller perfornance, lhus
decreasing access lines lo dala slored in lhe cache. Also, if a
dala is found in lhe cache, lhe hard drive plallers do nol have lo
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Search is now directlv inteurated
into the Start uenu reasultinu in
easier and faster access
Feadv boost feature built in into the ooeratinu
svsteu has the abilitv to use anv uSß drive
The desktoo of Windows vista looks uore alive and criso. With a new Start
button and Side bar oanels, vista is uuch uore attractive
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nove, lhis decreases power usage leading lo a beller ballerv life
in case of laplops.
WINDDW5 k£AD¥8DD51: FeadvBoosl uses spare space on
USB·based slorage devices like pen drives lo increase lhe
perfornance of vour conpuler bv using il as as a cache parlilion.
This fealures helps when vou have a svslen wilh a single
HD lhal is being used for OS, prograns, and
pagefle-all al lhe sane line. Ñow lhe obvious
queslion arises, isn´l a hard drive fasler lhan a
USB pen drive? Tesls suggesl lhal wriling
sequenlial anounls of snall dala lo a Hash
drive is nuch fasler lhan wriling lhe sane
lo a hard drive. ínfornalion cached lo lhe
device is encrvpled, so il can´l be read
on olher svslens. On lhe downside, vour
pen drive nusl neel lhe nininun speed
requirenenls as sel bv Visla. ís lhere anv wav
lo know whelher lhe currenl drive vou own can be
used for Visla? Ñol unlil vou plug il in vourself. Space lhal
is sel aside on a USB device for FeadvBoosl cannol be used for
olher purposes, unless vou refornal lhe device or renove il fron
service wilh lhe PC. The slandard rule of lhunb renains-a pen
drive or hard drive, lhere can be no replacenenl for phvsical
nenorv.
AU1DMA1IC DI5k D£fkACM£N1A1IDN: Disk Defragnenler is enabled
bv defaull and now runs aulonalicallv (once a weekì lo ensure
lhal vour hard drive is regularlv defragged.
¥ista $ecurity
The securilv svslen in vindows XP had nuch lo be desired.
This was inproved a lol wilh lhe release of Service Pack 2 for
vindows XP. ín case of Visla, nanv securilv fealures have been
buill inlo lhe svslen lhal are in sone cases beller lhan vindows
XP. ís il secure enough? Onlv line will lell.
U5£k ACCDUN1 CDN1kDL (UAC): Previouslv, users sel up adninisler·
class user accounls for lhenselves, ensuring lhal lhev could
nake anv change lo lhe svslen lhev wanled, including inslalling
applicalions, soflware updales, and drivers, nodifving kev
svslen sellings and so on. This is nol a safe securilv praclice.
So íicrosofl inlroduced User Accounl Conlrol in which users
have liniled capabililies and cannol perforn anv adninislralive
lasks. íf vou wanl lo nake anv adninislralive level changes, vou
are asked lo aulhenlicale using a password.
WINDDW5 D£f£ND£k: ín vindows Visla, vindows Defender is an
inlegraled anli·spvware and anli·nalware solulion lhal works
largelv in lhe background, providing vour svslen wilh round·lhe·
clock proleclion.
PAk£N1AL CDN1kDL: vhile nosl of lhe olher fealures have been
prellv nuch slandard wilh Service Pack 2, parenlal conlrol is a
new weapon in íicrosofl´s arnor and nosl parenls will welcone
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üefrauuenter can now be scheduled to a later date and tiue, which was not a
feature in Windows XF. The uraohical view of the drive has been ouitted too
Stronuer firewall and securitv features on the Windows vista is now a basic
feature
Windows defender is now an additional ualware orotection software built
into vista other than the usual firewall and autouatic uodates
The Farental Control feature uakes aduinistration of vour FC a siuoler task. lt
is a boon for shared cououters
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lhis fealure. íl allows beller conlrol over
whal vour children or anv olher person lhal
uses lhe svslen can do on lhe PC as well as
on lhe ínlernel.
AC1IVI1¥ k£PDk1INC: vhal is nosl inpressive
aboul lhe Parenlal Conlrol fealure is ils
conprehensive infornalion colleclion and reporling. You can see
a conplele lisl of all lhe websiles users have visiled and also lhe
websiles lhal lhev lried lo visil bul were nol sucessful because
of lhe applicalion laver frewall. Besides jusl UFL logging, il also
logs lhe fles lhal have been downloaded or lried for download,
lhe davs and lines lhev´ve logged on lo lhe svslen (or lried loì,
lhe applicalions lhev´ve run, lhe ganes lhev´ve plaved, lhe enail
and inslanl nessages lhev´ve senl and received, and lhe nedia
fles lhev´ve lislened lo. Basicallv, lhis fealure will log and reporl
alnosl everv single aclivilv lhal is perforned afler logging on lo
lhe svslen.
W£8 fIL1£kINC: vilh lhe vindows Visla veb Filler, vou can
choose lo block cerlain websiles or lvpes of websiles so lhal
vour children are prevenled fron browsing objeclionable conlenl.
There are a varielv of wavs lo confgure lhis fealure. You can
onlv allow cerlain siles or donains lhal vou approve (a while lislì
or use aulonalic web conlenl blocking. íf vou wanl lo allow or
block specifc siles, vou can do so, and vou can oplionallv block
fle downloads.
1IM£ LIMI15: íf vou wanl lo ensure vour child is onlv using lhe PC
when vou wanl lhen lo, vou can use lhe Tine Feslriclions Uí
lo block oul lhe line periods during which lhev can and cannol
log on and use lhe svslen. This is done via a sinple hourlv grid
svslen which is verv easv lo sel up.
CAM£5: vindows Visla inlegrales wilh lhe ESFB gane ralings
lo help vou allow and block ganes based on lheir conlenl. Or,
vou can choose lo block all ganes aulonalicallv or sel up while
and blacklisls of allowed and blocked ganes. So if a person is
confgured lo plav ganes lhal are raled for Evervone, he cannol
plav a gane like Crand Thefl Aulo: San Andreas, which is raled
as Adulls onlv.
APPLICA1IDN L£V£L k£51kIC1IDN5: vilh lhis selling, vou can specifv
whal applicalions can be used bv a user. For exanple, if vou have
inslalled a hard drive fornalling ulililv, il cannol be accessed bv
lhal user.
U58 D£VIC£ LDCkDDWN: One of lhe new fealures of vindows
Visla is lhal vou can prevenl users fron connecling lheir USB
nass slorage device like an exlernal hard drive, pen drive or
even an íP3 plaver fron connecling lo lhe PC. This fealure is
largeled nore lowards businesses lo ensure confdenlialilv of
dala.
PA1CHCUAkD: All newer processors bv ínlel as well as AíD
provide a hardware·based securilv fealure on lhe processor
ilself-known as lhe ÑX bil. To lake advanlage of lhis fealure,
Visla includes Kernel Palch Proleclion (sonelines called
PalchCuardì, which prevenls alleralions lo lhe Visla kernel al
run·line.
DlCl1Al klCH1S MANAC£M£N1 (DkM)
ßeinu the future of the entertainuent industrv, hü content is an
iuoortant consideration of anv hardware/software ourchase.
As vou know, the uovie industrv in oarticular has iuoosed soue
orettv strinuent restrictions on the nature of hü content that
can be enjoved. Essentiallv, unless vour FC-uonitor is linked
via either üvl or hüMl, vou won't uet full hü uualitv l1080oI. A
iuoortant ooint to note here is that for üvl, vour uonitor needs to
suooort hüCF as well, which uost new LCü uonitors do. lf vour
FC/uonitor does not suooort these hardware asoects, hü cotent
will look uuch worse than it should. What the ooeratinu svsteu
would essentiallv do is downsauole the hü content to lower
resolutions and then uosauole it auain bv usinu an interoolation
techniuue or aluorithu. What this essentiallv does is deurades the
uovie uualitv to such an extent that it is neither enjovable nor is
it oossible to coov it. lt basicallv defeats the ouroose of viewinu a
uovie at hü resolutions in the first olace. These features should of
course be suooorted bv the 0S that hooes to run hü uovies, which
vista does. vista also allows additional orotection of hü content
that uiuht or uiuht not restrict coovinu and sharinu of hü uovies
over hüMl/üvl.
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0utlook Exoress, the standard uail client of Windows XF has now been
reolaced with Windows Mail
Media olaver 11 built into the Windows vista features better uusic and video
uanaueuent
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Ioteroet Ieatures
I£7: ínlernel Explorer 7 is shipped bv defaull wilh lhis new
operaling svslen. íl fealures a new labbed inlerface, fealures
beller prinling capabililies, supporls searching using nulliple
search engines and has FSS funclionalilv oul of lhe box. These
fealures were prellv nuch slandard. vhal is new in íE 7 for
vindows Visla is supporl for User Accounl Conlrol on lhe web
browser bv defaull, which is called prolecled node. íf a nalicious
sile allacks a polenlial vulnerabililv in ínlernel Explorer, lhe sile´s
code will nol have enough privileges lo inslall soflware, copv
fles lo lhe user´s Slarlup folder or hijack lhe sellings for lhe
browser´s honepage.
WINDDW5 MAIL: vindows íail can be considered lhe nexl version
of Oullook Express wilh ninor changes lo lhe applicalion. íl
fealures an inlegraled spell·check fealure and also uses a beller
slorage engine lhal provides beller perfornance, and is less
succeplable lo dala loss. The phishing fller in íE 7 can also be
used bv vindows íail.
II5: ínlernel ínfornalion Server 7.0 is a web server lhal enables
hosling of slalic as well as dvnanic conlenl for local websiles. íl
is slill an oplional conponenl in vindows Visla.
MuItiæedia Ieatures
WINDDW5 M£DIA PLA¥£k: Visla supporls lhe nedia plaver lhal has
been available for vindows XP for quile sone
line now. The lalesl version is víP 11.
WINDDW5 DVD MAk£k: vindows Visla
includes a applicalion called vindows
DVD íaker, which lels vou nake verv
sinple DVD novies lhal will plav on
anv slandard DVD plaver. You can
nake vour own DVD bv pulling in
videos or pholographs. This soflware
is prellv easv lo use and a DVD can be
nade using lhe wizard based process.
Pholographs can be viewed in a slideshow
lvpe of fashion like nosl olher aulhoring soflware. You can also
provide lhe DVD nane, sel nenus and nenu lilles, and preview
how lhe DVD will run before acluallv burning lhe dala lo a DVD.
DVD íaker works wilh bolh single laver (4.7 CBì and dual·laver
(DL, 3.9 CBì as well as DVD rewrileables. vindows DVD íake
is onlv available in vindows Visla Hone Preniun and Ullinale.
WINDDW5 MDVI£ MAk£k: vindows íovie naker in ils lalesl
avalar is now capable of inporling and publishing lo vindows
íedia Video·based high defnilion novie fornals. víí 6 can
inporl and edil íedia Cenler recorded conlenl lo save on space.
Copv prolecled conlenl like HBO cannol be ediled.
WINDDW5 PHD1D CALL£k¥: Pholo ediling and nanagenenl was
never a slrong poinl of anv of lhe vindows operaling svslens
lill dale. A Pholo Callerv applicalion is lhe nosl innovalive
and valueable applicalion in lhe nullinedia deparlnenl. íl can
be used for viewing, organizing, and ediling digilal pholos and
piclures (and videosì. The applicalion works in lhree nodes viz
Preview, íanage, and Edil. The preview node can be invoked
bv double clicking on an inage fle or bv double clicking on an
inage lhunbnail in lhe applicalion. The Edil node is lvpicallv
invoked bv clicking lhe Fix bullon in lhe Pholo Callerv loolbar,
which is available in bolh Preview and íanage nodes. ín lhis
node, Pholo Callerv displavs a single piclure al a line, as wilh
Preview node bul provides an Edil Pane lhal includes oplions
for ediling lhe selecled pholo. The Edil node includes oplions
lhal can be used lo posl process inages and perforn aclions like
Aulo Feclifv, Adjusl Exposure, Adjusl Color, Crop Piclure and Fix
Fed Eve, which offers excellenl posl processing of inages.
ßaæiog aod ßirectk 10
Caners can now rejoice wilh íicrosofl incorporaling DireclX 10
in vindows Visla. Caners will surelv be lhe largesl audience who
would wanl lo upgrade lo Visla as fasl as possible.
DX10 nakes use of dvnanic link libraries lhal are nuch fasler
and oplinized. You will slill be able lo plav DireclX 9 ganes using
DireclX 9.L (basicallv, lhal´s DX9 for lhe Visla driver nodelì.
The DX10 graphics APí fealures a Unifed Shader íodel
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With the site of the thuubnail and different reoresentations for oicture and
video, Windows Fhoto 0allerv is one of the best features included in the 0S
Create üvü uovies with the Windows üvü Maker. ßurn üvüs frou vour
uovie collection and olav theu on vour houe theater
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lhal inlegrales verlex and pixel shaders,
and inlroduces lhe concepl of ´geonelrv
shaders´ lhal can acl on nol jusl single
verlices bul on whole lriangles and lheir
adjacenl verlices. Developers will be
able lo slrean oul dala fron lhe CPU
and reuse il wilhoul needing lhe CPU lo
do a single lhing, so a lol of lhe CPU load
seen in currenl graphics drivers and ganes
should be reduced. DX10 should allow nore
Hexible and granular graphics nenorv access
for fasler processing power.
One of lhe besl fealures of DX10 is lhe renoval of capabililv
bils or ´cap bils´. Todav, graphics cards don´l have lo supporl
evervlhing in DireclX 9 lo be a DX9 graphics card. There are
lols of oplional fealures and lhe drivers have lo reporl lo lhe OS
exacllv whal il can and cannol do wilh a sel of cap bils. The CPU
can now be addressed as a nore general purpose processor.
ín DX10, vou eilher neel lhe spec or vou don´l-no nore
supporling anv lexlure fornal or shader nodel bul onlv wilh lhis
level of precision.
Craphics cards will have lo produce resulls wilhin a verv snall
nargin of error lo be considered DX10 conplianl. So developers
need nol worrv aboul lhe sane operalion producing differenl
visuals on differenl cards. As far as developers are concerned,
lhev should fnallv be able lo sinplv wrile lo lhe APí and know
lhal anv DX10 conplianl card will produce lhe correcl resull.
Ñalurallv, lhere will slill be differences in perfornance belween
differenl graphics cards. Having said lhal, lhe ganes lhal are
lo be developed for DireclX 10 will surelv look phenonenal. A
couple of ganes lhal are lo be released soon include Shadovrun,
Crvsis, A|an vake, Unrea| Tournanent 2007, ìicrosoft F|ight
Sinu|ator X, £V£ on|ine, He||gate. London, elc.
FioaI Ihoughts
ín conslusion, lel us sunnarize lhe upgrade process lo Visla for
differenl people:
CAMINC: vilh lhe in·bull DireclX 10 capabililv, Visla is a nusl
upgrade process for ganers. Since hardcore ganers are nore
inclined lowards gane realisn and nol conslrained bv budgels,
lhev need lo be sure lhal lhe newesl 3300CTX graphics card
lhal lhev invesled on will allow lhen lo plav brealhlakinglv
realislic ganes.
£N1£k1AINM£N1: vilh fealures of DVD aulhoring and abililv lo
plav, record and edil live TV shows, Visla is a snall slep ahead
conpared lo XP wilh buill·in soflware. However, we would like lo
lell users who are inleresled in nullinedia lhal lhev should wail lill
lhev fgure oul lhe exacl capabililies of Visla wilh DFí
enabled.
PkDDUC1IVI1¥: Visla is a huge hardware hog.
íf vou do nol possess a DireclX 9 capable
graphics svslen, vou will nol be able lo
run il. íf vou have a low·end svslen, il
is line lo upgrade if vou wanl lo inslall
Visla. The funclionalilies provided bv
differenl applicalions buill inlo Visla can
be oblained bv olher free allernalives,
and sinilar resulls can be achieved on
vindows XP. íf vou plan lo invesl in a
new svslen, vou should also look al Linux
and lhe Apple íacinlosh lhal will cover all
vour basic needs al hone and offce. íl is beller
lo invesl in Visla for lhe newer svslens in vour offce,
bul for lhe exisling svslens, ils nol line lo upgrade vel.
PkIC£: Allhough we did nol recieve anv infornalion on price for
lhe differenl edilions of vindows Visla al lhe line lhe nagazine
wenl lo prinl, we were lold bv íicrosofl lhal lhe pricing
slruclure for Visla in índia is lhe sane for conparable versions of
XP. For exanple, lhe price of vindows XP Hone and vindows
Visla Hone Basic will be lhe sane, and so will lhe prices of
vindows XP Professional and vindows Visla Hone Preniun.
Such a pricing slruclure should help in deciding if vour brand
new svslen should have Visla or vindows XP. „
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Fecounite this uaue7 Frou the uraohics, it is difficult to tell that this is the
latest version of unreal Tournauent 2007 with üX10
üirectX 10 uakes an environuent look like an actual ohotouraoh. This iuaue
frou Microsoft Fliuht Siuulator X will testifv this
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8atiogs ExpIaioed
The oroducts in the individual and couoarison
tests share exactlv the saue test orocedures.
Each oroduct in Too 0ear is rated on a scale of
5 for different kev oaraueters. Ferforuance, ßuild
0ualitv, Features, Eruonouics and Warrantv.
These varv accordinu to the characteristics of the
hardware. For instance, eruonouics lease of useI
is not iuoortant in a uraohics card and therefore,
it will not be evaluated for this.
A oroduct's 0verall Fatinu is calculated
bv assiuninu weiuhtaues to each evaluation
oaraueter-the uore iuoortant a oaraueter, the
hiuher is the weiuhtaue allotted to it.
ln addition, there is a value for Monev ratinu,
which is calculated frou the oerforuance and the
features of the oroduct in relation to the orice.
hiuh oerforuance and lots of features at a low
orice translates into a better value for Monev
ratinu. This ratinu is calculated usinu current
orices.
ND1£: The orices uentioned here do not include
taxes. hence, thev will varv accordinu to the taxes
aoolicable in the citv or state where vou buv the
oroduct frou.
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his line around, we have an ecleclic nix
of producls. Firsl up is lhe all·new Apple
íacBook Pro based on ínlel´s new Core
2 Duo T7600 processor-packed wilh sone
serious hardware capabililv, lhis nolebook is a
designer´s drean cone lrue-bolh lo work on
and lo Haunl! ve also have an ullra·porlable
nolebook fron ASUS lhal hils lhe righl spol
wilh decenl specifcalions and a good price
for ils class. Ñexl up, lhe Cooler íasler
Praelorian 731 is an all·aluninun casing lhal´s
jusl righl for housing vour nexl LAÑ parlv
ganing rig. For lhose looking for a souped·up
ganing experience, check oul lhe BíC CeForce
3300CT. The 620 vall Corsair SíPS is one
hunongous power supplv lhal will be jusl lhe
righl conponenl lo juice denanding hardware
conponenls. Lexnark hils a sweel spol
wilh lheir enlrv·level íFD, sporling a good
nunber of fealures and capabililies for lhe
non·denanding hone or offce user. ve also
checked oul an affordable laser prinler fron
Sansung, an unbelievablv linv nedia plaver
fron Cowon, a Sansung Blu·rav íDE drive, a
USB bionelric scanner and an excellenllv·priced
19·inch widescreen TFT displav fron Benq.
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LAF II üF ` vilh lhe launch of Core
2 Duo for lhe nobile plalforn, lhe Apple
íacBook Pro is oul again wilh a new
version, lhis line wilh Herculean power!
Features
The íacBook C2D is powered bv lhe
faslesl Core 2 Duo processor T7600
clocked al 2.33 CHz. Don´l be deceived
bv ils packaging in a forn·faclor of a
nainslrean nolebook, il is acluallv a
powerhouse in disguise. Apple has arned
lhis nachine wilh 2 CB DDFíí 667 íHz
nenorv, and a 120 CB 5400 rpn SATA
hard drive. The graphics subsvslen is
powered bv ATí íobililv Fadeon X1600
which boasls of 256 íB of CDDF3
nenorv. This confguralion nakes
handling high·end ganes on naxinun
sellings feel like a genlle breeze.
The 15·inch widescreen TFT displav
will leave vou slunned. íls resolulion of
1440x900 (16:10 aspecl ralioì is as nuch
as lhal of a 19·inch LCD nonilor. The
displav of lexl and graphics is chiseled
because of lhe lighl pixel pilch. The
íacBook we received for review has a
hosl of fealures, including a 6X slol·loading
DVD wriler, DVí porl, Blueloolh supporl,
íF and a negapixel webcan. íl even has a
provision for oplical digilal audio í/O for vou
lo enjov ganes and novies wilh surround
sound.
ßuiId quaIity aod ergoooæics
The íacBook Pro scores a perfecl len for
ils fabulous build qualilv. ín ergononics
also, lhe nolebook offers greal conforl.
The íac kevboard fealures an excellenl
lavoul wilh kevs conforlablv spaced. íl is
also aulonalicallv lil in low lighl condilions.
The onlv problen wilh lhis nolebook is lhal
il heals up like an oven! ve advise vou
againsl wearing shorls while using il on
vour lap when using il for long periods. The
heal lhal lhis generales is unbearable!

FerIoræaoce
To evaluale lhe perfornance of lhe
nolebook, we loaded vindows XP on il,
using ¨Boolcanp¨. Bolh svnlhelic and
real·world scores proved lhal il´s an ace
perforner. ve had a ball, ganing on lhe
15·inch widescreen displav.
$6ü8E$
5I5Df1 5ANDkA 2007
Processor arithmetic
Dhrvstones : 21442 ííPS
vhetstones : 14761 íFLOPS
ìenorv bandvidth. 3991 íB/s
3DMAkk 05: 4260
PCMAkk 05
Overa|| : 4326
CPU : 5911
ìenorv : 4423
Graphics : 3063
HDD : 3019
k£AL-WDkLD 1£515
Time taken to:
Conpress 200 ìB nu|tip|e f|es using
vinrar (best conpression). 70 secs
£ncode 300 ìB of vAV f|es to 256 kbps
ìP3 (high qua|itv). 70 secs
£ncode 3! sec HD !080p video to
DivX. 65 secs
Above nentioned video encoding vith f|e
conpression in para||e|. 30 secs
CAMINC
Doon3 : 1024x763 @ullra: 42 fps
F£AF : 1152x364 @high: 39 fps
: 1152x364 @nax: 23 fps
¥erdict
íf vou´re a íac fanalic, gel lhis righl awav!
For lhose who own a íacBook Pro based
on Yonah, vou can upgrade il lo íeron if
vou need nore power.
fDk: Drop·dead looks, lerrifc perfornance,
and excellenl displav.
ACAIN51: Heals up a lol.
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Frocessor. lntel Core 2 üuo T7ë00, Meuorv. 2 0ß
üüFll ëë7 Mht, hüü. 120 0ß SATA, üisolav. 15.1
WSX0A, 0raohics. ATl Mobilitv Fadeon X1ë00,
Network. 0bE, Wi-Fi 802.11u, 0thers. üvü writer,
üvl oort, ßluetooth and lF, webcau
Frice Fs 1,ë3, 300
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$IA¥ 6üüL ` Crafled enlirelv oul of
aluninun, lhe Cooler íasler Praelorian
731 is a slale·of·lhe·arl PC case. Even
lhough il has a sinple design, ils sheer
elegance will caplure onlookers like a
spell.
ßesigo aod Ieatures
The case is conplelelv in silver, wilh lhe
area below lhe drive bavs fealuring a
grill·like design overlaving an aluninun
nesh. Two 30 nn blue LED fans are
flled behind lhe nesh lo inlake air over
lhe 3.5·inch bavs. A renovable dusl fller
is flled in fronl of lhe fan lo prevenl dusl
fron being sucked inlo lhe case. This fller
is delachable, il can be slid oul fron lhe
slol al lhe bollon of lhe case.
Cooler íasler has paid a greal deal of
allenlion lo lhe design of lhe case. Unlike
nosl cases, lhis one fealures a renovable
nolherboard lrav naking inslallalion
hassle·free. Provision of lhunbscrews
for expansion slols furlher sinplifes lhe
inslallalion process.
Like all olher cases bv Cooler íasler,
lhis one also fealures an excellenl cooling
svslen. ín addilion lo lhe lwo inlake
fans in lhe fronl, lhe rear panel is also
flled wilh lwo 30 nn blue LED fans
for exhausl purposes. To ward off heal
dissipaled bv lhe CPU cooler, a 120 nn
venl is provided on lhe side panel. The
lop of lhe case sporls an í/O panel wilh
USB, Firevire, and audio jacks lhal can
be replaced wilh lhe bundled 30 nn LED
fan for addilional cooling. Though, il would
have nade nore sense if lhe í/O panel
was placed on lhe fronl panel so lhal vou
wouldn´l have USB Hash drives slicking
oul fron lhe lop!
ßuiId quaIity
The conslruclion of lhe Praelorian 731
is exlrenelv robusl. The gauge of lhe
nelal used is 2 nn which nakes lhe
case weigh a heflv 9.1 kg, even wilhoul
a power supplv unil. Aparl fron lhe fans,
lhe enlire case is buill wilh aluninun,
including lhe bav slols! Being nade
of aluninun, lhe lhernal dissipalion
is excellenl, lherebv resulling in highlv
reduced operaling lenperalures. Besides,
vou won´l face lhe problen of lhe case
gelling rusled, even if vou are slaving
close lo lhe sea where lhe hunidilv level
is verv high.
¥erdict
The price lag is surelv heavv for a PC
case, bul considering lhe fealures,
perfornance and greal aeslhelics, il´s
worlh a buv.
fDk: Creal aeslhelics, excellenl cooling,
robusl build, and a greal lavoul.
ACAIN51: The í/O panel should have been
placed on lhe fronl panel.
PC CAS£
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$peciIicatioos
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198x155x500 uu, Weiuht. 9.1 ku, Material.
Aluuinuu, ürive bavs. 1x 5.25-inch, 5x 3.5-inch
l2 exoosedI, Coolinu svsteu. 2x 80 uu front LEü
fans, 2x 80 uu rear LEü fans, 0thers. l/0 oanel
with uSß, audio and lEEE1391
Frice Fs ë,500
6ootact Matrix 3ü
Fhooe 022-23081511
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Two 80 uu fans each at the front and rear orovide
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FüWE8 FLA¥ ` Corsair, a renowned
nenorv brand, has slepped inlo vel
anolher enlhusiasl narkel segnenl
wilh lhe launch of lheir frsl·ever series
of power supplv unils. The new HX
series of power supplies is designed for
enlhusiasls, or professional svslens, lhal
lhirsl for power. Of lhe available, 520v
and 620v varianls, we nanaged lo gel
our hands on lhe HX 620v. Lel´s nove
ahead lo fnd oul how slrong a punch lhis
powerhouse packs in.
Features aod desigo
The HX 620v, is a nodular power supplv
unil, raled for a conlinuous oulpul of
620v. The biggesl advanlage of lhis
PSU unil is ils excellenl and condilioned
nodular design. vilh lhis unil, lhe
clullering of cables can be elininaled,
because vou have lhe oplion of plugging
in onlv lhe desired conneclors and keeping
aside lhe unused ones. Hence, il also
naxinizes lhe airHow wilhin lhe case
leading lo beller cooling. The unil cones
wilh an assorlnenl of nodular cables lo
connecl drives and graphics cards. The
nodular cables fealure a Hal, ribbon slvle
design, for Hexibililv and easv rouling.
HX 620v fealures lhree 12V oulpuls,
wilh a conbined raling of 50A. This
enpowers il lo handle slress generaled
bv lhe processor, graphics cards, and
drives, independenllv. ín lhe evenl of
overload (exceeding 13 Aì on anv of lhe
12V rails, lhe circuil design aulonalicallv
enables load·sharing belween lhe lhree
12V rails. The cooling svslen conprises
of a 120 nn base exhausl fan conlrolled
bv a lhernislor. The speed of lhe fan
is regulaled depending on lhe heal
generaled wilhin lhe unil under load
condilions.
FerIoræaoce
The perfornance of lhe HX 620v can be
besl described as slellar, il relenllesslv
nainlains sleadv power How in lhe
svslen. To sinulale a nachine wilh a
FAíD selup, we arranged a lesl rig wilh 4
hard drives, an oplical disk drive, CeForce
7300CTX, and a 120 nn case fan. The
load condilion was crealed bv running
Doon 3, al a resolulion of 1600x1200,
using ¨Ullra¨ sellings. The vollage
readings were oplinun lhroughoul lhe
lesl. Even afler doubling lhe nunber of
hard drives, lhere was nol a sign of a
single hiccup.
Iest 8ig
3x HDD, 1x Oplical Disk Drive, CeForce
7300CTX and 120 nn fan
$cores
IdIe Load
3.3 V 3.40 3.40
5 V 12.20 12.16
12 V 5.03 5.02
¥erdict
The HX 620v is SLí·cerlifed, and
conplies wilh lhe lalesl ATX12V v2.2 and
EPS12V v2.91 guidelines which nakes
il repulable. This PSU is an excellenl
solulion for powering nulli·CPU ganing
rigs, workslalions, and fle servers. íf vou
are looking for jusl anolher PSU unil, lhis
is surelv nol whal lhe doclor ordered, lhis
is soulfood for lhe power·hungrv!
fDk: íodular design, exlrene slabililv,
rock·solid conslruclion, and Hal cables.
ACAIN51: Ñone.
P0W£k SUPPl¥ UNl1
Cersair HX 620W
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üiuensions lWxhxüI. 150x87x150, 0utout
caoacitv. ë20W, Connectors. 21-oin uain oower,
1-oin ATX, 8-oin EFS12v, 2x FClE, 10x 1-oin Molex,
8x SATA, 2x Füü, 0thers. Triole ÷12v rails, 120 uu
base fan
Frice Fs 7,500
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Lükü8¥ & Mü8E ` íosl ullra porlable
nolebooks usuallv lack a sense of slvle.
Apple has been a pioneer in building
nolebooks lhal are visuallv exciling.
Ñobodv would have inagined a Taiwanese
nanufaclurer coning up wilh a producl
lhal lakes lhe frsl slep in naking a sinple
nolebook look lhis luxurious. ve lake a
look al lhe Asus S6F lo see if ils fealures
and perfornance nalches up lo ils
aeslhelics.
ßuiId quaIity aod desigo
The frsl lhing lhal caplures vou aboul
lhe Asus S6F is ils exlerior fnish. íls dark
brown snake skin lealher covered casing is
defnilelv an eve calcher. íl is available in
lighl brown and pink oplions largelled al
nales and fenales respeclivelv. The resl
of lhe bodv is coaled in a nelallic grev
painl. Asus has allenlivelv looked inlo lhe
packaging of lhis nolebook. íl cones in a
prellv pouch which is packaged in a neal
box. The box includes lhe power adapler,
bundled soflware, driver CD, and an
oplical nouse.
The nolebook has a 11.1 inch LCD
screen which is brighl and sharp, lhough
lhe screen nighl be a lillle snall for
nolebooks of lhis size. The speakers are
localed on lhe bollon of lhe LCD bul lhe
sound is loud and clear. The nelallic grev
kevs are designed lo go wilh lhe look of
lhe resl of lhe bodv. Allhough lhe kev size
and lavoul is adequale for nosl people,
allogelher il nighl nol suil evervbodv. The
lrackpad bullons are a lillle sliff bul lhe
hand resl provided bv lhe lealher feels jusl
righl. A swilch has been provided lhal lels
vou change sellings and nodes according
lo vour aclivilv. For exanple, vou can
swilch lo low ballerv node if vou are
using offce produclivilv applicalions, and
if vou require lhe full lhrollle of vour CPU,
vou can swilch lo nax perfornance.
Features
On lhe inside, lhe Asus is powered bv
an ínlel Core Duo L2400 low vollage
processor. This nolebook is bundled wilh 1
CB of nenorv which is suffcienl for nosl
praclical purposes. 30 CB of slorage and a
nulli fornal DVD wriler ensures adequale
dala slorage. íl fealures on·board graphics,
which elininales high·end ganing bul
lhen how nanv people would buv an ullra
porlable nolebook for ganing?
Conneclivilv oplions include 3 USB 2.0
porls, a frewire porl, a VCA oul, S/P DíF
oul, audio jack, a noden, and a CbE porl.
íl also boasls of an inbuill wireless svslen
lhal supporls 302.11a/b/g slandards.
vebcan and Blueloolh fealures are
noloriouslv nissing. íl has a buill·in card
reader for lransferring inages and videos
fron vour digilal canera or cancorder.
FerIoræaoce
The ballerv life of lhe Asus is exceplional
al 5 hours 21 ninules under íobileíark
2002. vhile lhis was lesled al naxinun
speeds, wilh naxinun power sellings,
lhis nolebook nighl even nake il lhrough
an 3·hour working dav. íls ballerv provided
enough juice lo see a full Hedged DVD
using jusl lhe balleries. As observed in
lhe lable, ils Dual Core processor and 1
CB nenorv provides enough juice lo run
nosl applicalions snoolhlv. Bul ganing is
a slricl no·no.
¥erdict
The Asus S6F relails for Fs 1,09,300
which is quile expensive for an ullra
porlable nolebook. Bul considering
lhal il does nol lwilch on fealures or
perfornance, il is defnilelv worlh a buv.
fDk: Allraclive looks, lighl weighl, in·buill
oplical drive, greal perfornance, and a
whole lol of olher cool fealures.
ACAIN51: Preniun price, snall kevboard,
sliff louchpad, snall screen, and doesn´l
supporl ganing.
Ul1kA P0k1A8l£ N01£800k
Asus S6f
$peciIicatioos
Frocessor. lntel Core üuo L2100 @ 1.ëë 0ht,
Motherboard. lntel l9150M, Meuorv. 1 0ß üüF2
533 Mht, hard drive. 80 0ß Seauate, üisolav. 11.1
inch screen @ resolution of 13ëëx7ë8, 0otical
ürive. L0 1ëx üual Laver üvü Writer, Connectivitv.
uSß 2.0, Firewire, 5ëK uodeu, Fealtek 0bE, lntel
802.11a/b/u Wireless, üiuensions lWxhxüI.
270.1x191.2x22.5-37 uu, Weiuht. 1.53 kus
Frice Fs 1,09,800
6ootact ASuSTeK Cououter lnc
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Mü8E FE8Fü8MAN6E AI LE$$
F8I6E ` vilh Visla having hil lhe narkel
and DireclX 10 being lhe nexl ground
breaking lechnologv in graphics, il is lhe
righl line for ganers lo invesl in a new
graphics solulion. vhile people who can
afford il will opl for lhe nosl culling edge
card in graphics, lhe Ñvidia CeForce 3300
CTX is for lhose who are looking for a
sinilar perfornance bul do nol wanl lo
spend nuch. The Ñvidia CeForce 3300
CTS is lhe perfecl graphics solulion for
users wilh a reasonable budgel.
ßuiId quaIity aod setup
The 3300 BíC bears slriking sinilarilies
lo lhe reference card fron Ñvidia. This
card has a greal cooling svslen. The fans
dissipale all lhe heal lhal is generaled
direcllv oul of lhe cabinel lhrough lhe PCí
slols. Selling up lhe card is also prellv
easv. íl lakes up onlv one PCí·E x 16 slol
on lhe nolherboard. Anolher fealure lhal
differenliales lhis card fron ils bigger
brolher is ils power requirenenls. This
card needs onlv one nolex conneclor for
power, while lhe 3300CTX requires lwo
of lhe sane. A fan on lhe fronl of lhe card
provides aclive cooling lo lhe CPU, and
lhe covering over lhe card allows lhe air lo
lunnel oulside.
Features
The CeForce 3300 CTS is a walered down
version of lhe Ñvidia CeForce 3300 CTX.
This card is DireclX 10 conpalible and
runs on Visla as well since Ñvidia has
alreadv released lhe drivers for Visla. The
C30 series of cards supporl lhe unifed
shader nodel, allowing a lighl inlegralion
belween pixel and vorlex shaders. For
scenes lhal are shader heavv, all lhe
shader pixels or vorlex perforn lhe lask
resulling in fasler speeds. This card
supporls shader nodel version 4 and
il is even SLí readv if vou wanl lo hook
up lwo sinilar cards for plaving ganes
al resolulions higher lhan HD. This card
fealures a core clock speed of 500 íHz,
which is aboul 75 íHz lower lhan lhe
Ñvidia CeForce 3300 CTX. The nenorv
size has been broughl down lo 640
íB conpared lo 763 íB in lhe older
sibling.
FerIoræaoce
This card passes all benchnark lesls wilh
Hving colors. íl beals lhe ATí X1950XTX
crossfre rig hands down, in lerns of
benchnark scores al high resolulions.
The onlv difference belween lhis card
and 3300CTX in lerns of perfornance is
lhis card is nol capable of plaving Doon
3 wilh all delails sel lo lhe naxinun
of1600x1200 resolulion.
¥erdict
The CeForce 3300CTS fron BíC relails
for Fs 23,250 which is aboul Fs 4,000
lower lhan lhe CeForce 3300CTX lhal we
reviewed fron XFX earlier. íf vou can live
wilh lhe slighllv decreased perfornance
lhal lhis card offers conpared lo lhe
3300CTX, il can be vour nexl prized
possession.
fDk: DireclX 10 supporl, good allernalive
lo 3300 CTX.
ACAIN51: Even lhough il is quile powerful,
vou can´l plav Doon 3 al 16x12 resolulion
wilh all delails sel lo nax, sane drawback
applies for Ob|ivion.
CkAPHlCS CAkD
8lC Ceferce 8800C1S
$peciIicatioos
Core Clock. 500 Mht, Meuorv Clock. 800 Mht,
Meuorv Site. ë10 Mß, Meuorv tvoe. 0üüF2,
Meuorv bus. 320-bit, lnterface. 2 x üvl-ü, S-video
0ut, SLl Caoable. Yes
Frice Fs 28,250
6ootact ßiu ßvte Corooration
Fhooe 022-23891800
E-æaiI sales@biubvteindia.cou
Website www.biu-tek.cou
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MüNE¥-$A¥E8 ` Prinlers and
scanners are slowlv being replaced bv all·
in·one devices because of lhe decreasing
cosl and conparable prinl qualilv. All·in·
ones also provide copier funclionalilv as
well as an oplional fax svslen, which are
added advanlages.
Like nosl olher devices nade bv
Lexnark, lhe nosl slriking aspecl of lhe
X1270 is ils price. This device relails for Fs
4,999 which is lhe lowesl cosl nulli·
funclion device lhal we have ever lesled.
So whal exacllv does lhis all·in·one have
lo offer? Lel us fnd oul.
Features
The X1270 uses lhe Thernal ínkjel
prinling lechnologv and cones wilh lwo
ink carlridges (A black and a CíY colour
carlridgeì. The raled prinl resolulion of lhis
nullifunclion is 2400 x 1200 dpi in black,
and 4300 x 1200 dpi in colour, which is
nore lhen enough for alnosl all prinling
purposes. Also ils prinl speeds are raled al
17 ppn in black, and 9 ppn in lhe colour
node, which are adequale for an enlrv
level íFD. íls scanning and copier speeds
are also raled al par.
This device cones wilh fax soflware
(lhough il doesn´l have a buill·in fax
nodenì, allowing vou lo use vour PC´s
fax noden (if vour PC has oneì lo send
and receive faxes. The X1270 also allows
vou lo scan direcllv lo enail bv adding lhe
scanned inage lo vour nessage as an
allachnenl.
$etup, buiId quaIity aod desigo
Selling up lhe X1270 is prellv
slraighlforward and well defned in lhe
quick selup guide. Plug in lhe power
chord, inslall lhe ink carlridges, allach
lhe USB cable, and run lhe selup wizard.
Lexnark has decided lo nake lhe
carlridge alignnenl process a nanual
lask for lhe end users. vhile lhis process
defnilelv saves on sone ink, we would
nol sav il is a sinple process for evervone.
vilh lhis fealure, vou need lo nanuallv
provide lhe alignnenl value as per lhe
sanple prinloul wilhoul which lhe prinler
selup process will fail lo prinl properlv.
FerIoræaoce
The perfornance of lhe Lexnark can be
besl considered noderale in lerns of
speeds as well as qualilv. The lexl prinl
qualilv in lhe drafl node is grainv wilh
lhe lellers having jagged edges. ve had
lo fre lhe nexl prinl in nornal node for
acceplable qualilv because lhe drafl node
was nol up lo lhe nark. ín our prinl lesl
for size, lhe 2 poinl fonls were alnosl
unreadable. As far as prinl qualilv is
concerned, lhe pholo prinl looked grainv
even al lhe highesl qualilv. íls colour
reproduclion was good and so were skin
lones. The conlrasl of lhe inage was
well balanced while displaving suffcienl
anounl of delails. The scanning qualilv
was decenl wilh good conlrasl and colour
reproduclion. The qualilv of lhe copier had
lhe sane issues as lhal of lhe prinler.
This prinler was nol a speed denon
eilher. íl barelv nanaged 6 ppn in nono
(Drafl nodeì on A4 paper in our lesls,
and 3 ppn in colour. íl look a whooping
22 ninules lo prinl our lesl inage which
were done in half lhe line bv olher íFD´s
lhal we lesled lhis vear.
¥erdict
Undoubledlv, vou will nol gel anolher
nullifunclional device al lhis rock·bollon
price. Those who wanl sonelhing lhal
sinplv works, wilhoul greal concern for
qualilv while being lighl on lheir pockels,
look no furlher, lhis is lhe íullifunclion
lo buv!
fDk: Low cosl, decenl pholo qualilv, safe
scanning speeds, and qualilv.
ACAIN51: Low qualilv lexl, slow prinling
and copving, and lacks a fax noden.
MUl1l fUNC1l0NAl D£VlC£
lexmark X1270
$peciIicatioos
Frint technolouv. Therual lnkjet, Frint soeed
lüraft blackI. 17 oou, Frint soeed lColorI. 9 oou,
Coov soeed lüraft blackI. 15 oou, Coov soeed
lColorI. ë oou, Frint resolution lßlackI. 2100x1200
doi, Frint resolution lColorI. 1800x1200 doi, Scan
resolution lEnhancedI. 9ë00 doi, Scan resolution
l0oticalI. ë00x1200 doi, üutv Cvcle. 2000 oou, Site
lWxhxüI. 115x308x1ë3 uu, Weiuht. 1.1 ku
Frice Fs 1,999
6ootact 0irish Faralikar
Fhooe 022 - 2ë057711
E-æaiI uirisho@lexuark.cou
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ßüßßEI MüNü LA$E8 ` Lalelv, we
have observed a lrend wilh a lol of prinler
nanufaclurers. These nanufaclurers have
largelled lhe end users wilh low·cosl
solulions. The dilenna lhal nosl users
who wanl lo buv a prinler, or alreadv have
an ínkjel prinler, face is whv should lhev
buv or invesl in a nono laser prinler?
Buving a nono laser prinler has a verv
specifc need and advanlage. íf vou slricllv
require onlv lexl prinlouls or black and
whiles in general, vou could buv a nono
laser prinler inslead of an ínkjel, because
ils running cosls are wav lower conpared
lo ils ínkjel counlerparls. This nonlh,
we reviewed lhe Sansung íL·2010, an
affordable nono laser for hones and snall
businesses.
$etup, buiId quaIity aod desigo
Selling up lhe prinler is lhe lvpical process
of inslalling lhe loner carlridge, loading lhe
paper, and connecling lhe power cord, and
USB cable. íls soflware inslallalion can be
conpleled wilh a single nouse click.
The prinler in ilself is verv nodesl
looking wilh a sinple while and grev
conbinalion. The fronl side consisls of a
paper lrav which can acconnodale aboul
150 sheels of paper. Feplacing lhe loner
carlridge is a sinple process, vou can
open lhe fronl panel and slide lhe loner
righl inside. The prinler does nol cone
wilh a fancv LCD, il provides onlv lwo
LED´s lhal Hash red or green lo indicale
error or working condilion. So, if vou are
oul of paper or vou have a paper jan, lhe
LED will jusl Hash red and il is up lo vou
lo fgure oul whal lhe problen is. The
bullon on lhe lop can be used lo cancel
prinl jobs and il can also be used lo enable
loner saving node. Toner saving node is
basicallv lhe sane fealure as ¨Econonv
íode¨ prinl, as we found oul bv exanining
lhe prinl qualilv.
FerIoræaoce
PkIN1 DUALI1¥: The lexl prinl qualilv of lhe
íL·2010 is verv good wilh crisp and clear
lellers. íl nanaged lo prinl a 4 fonl size
and was slill readable wilh lhe naked eve.
The Craphic qualilv was good wilh lhe
grev scale gradienl being snoolhlv prinled.
Veclor graphics prinls were decenl, if nol
perfecl wilh closelv packed lines alnosl
inlersecling logelher. vhile nanv of
lhe fullv graphical inages lacked proper
conlrasl, il is obvious lhal nosl people
will nol be using lhis prinler for graphics
anvwav.
PkIN1 5P££D5: Allhough lhe raled speed of
lhis prinler is 22ppn, we observed prinl
speeds of 13ppn in our lesl page of A4
prinls. This includes, lhe inilial page load
line which was verv high. The frsl page
look aboul 22 seconds lo prinl, bul afler
lhe prinl drun gol readv, il nanaged lo
churn oul pages al aboul 21 ppn, which is
as adverlised. vhen lhe level of graphics
increased, lhe prinl speeds decreased lo
aboul 17 ppn.
¥erdict
The Sansung íL·2010 is available for Fs
6,000 which is a good price for an enlrv·
level nono laser prinler.
fDk: Cood lexl qualilv, above average
graphics, fasl 13 ppn speeds, conpacl
forn faclor, Low inilial cosl.
ACAIN51: Prinl speeds allhough fasl nol as
fasl as adverlised, no loner level indicalor,
prinl drun gels verv hol even afler low
usage, line lo frsl page is verv high.
M0N0 lAS£k PklN1£k
Samsung Ml-2010
$peciIicatioos
Frint Fesolution. 1200 x ë00 doi, Frint Soeeds. 20
oou, üutv cvcle. 5,000 oaues oer uonth, lnout
oaoer caoacitv. 150 sheets, lnterface. uSß 1.1,
Frocessor. Sausunu 150 Mht, Meuorv. 8 Mß
Frice Fs ë,000
6ootact Sausunu lndia Electronics Fvt Ltd
Fhooe 011-11511231
E-æaiI anuoau.k@sausunu.cou
Website www.sausunu.cou/in
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Mü¥E WIIh ¥üü8 Mü$I6 ` The
iAUDíO F2 is lhe hollesl new íP3
plaver fron Cowon which conbines
sinplicilv wilh greal perfornance and
looks. Disguised in lhe nold of a sleek
nobile phone, lhis solid slale plaver has a
capacilv of 2CB of Hash nenorv, which
neans vou can slore up lo 6·3 novies
or 430 íP3 songs. íl has a brighl 260 K,
1.3 inch TFT color, 123x160 dpi displav
screen on which vou can plav nusic or
walch novies for up lo 22 hours. On lhe
righl side of lhe device is lhe power/hold
swilch, and al lhe bollon is a delachable
cap for lhe USB conneclor. The plaver
cones bundled wilh a USB exlension
(lhoughlful enough for cases wilh no fronl
USBì, and a Soflware CD which conlains
Jelaudio and Jelshell wares for converling
audio/video for lhe plaver along wilh
drivers for vindows 93. Headphones,
USB adapler, line·in cable, and a pair
of screen guards lo prolecl lhe screen
fron scralches are also provided wilh lhe
plaver.
Supporled fornals on lhe iAUDíO F2
are íP3.OCC, víA, ASF, FLAC, vAV
and JPEC. You need lo converl novies
wilh lhe Jelaudio soflware which is
provided on lhe CD lo view lhen on lhe
plaver. The plaver also has a fealure of
Direcl 123 kbps audio encoding lhrough
lhe line·in jack. Besides, loads of vour own
nusic, lhis plaver also gives vou lhe oplion
of Fí radio. Voice recording is an added
fealure available wilh lhe linv buill·in
nicrophone. You can enhance vour hearing
experience wilh lhe help of Various
EO and Sound Effecls (JelEffeclì, wilh
addilional BBE, íach3Bass, íP Enhance,
and 3D Surround Supporl. Lvrics, clock
wilh an alarn, scheduled recording, sleep
liner, and Aulo Power·Off are few nore
fealures lhal nake lhis a connendable
producl. The buill·in rechargeable Lilhiun
Polvner ballerv can be charged lhrough
lhe USB porl or wilh an oplional adapler
which can lake up lo 3 hours.
Ergoooæics aod FerIoræaoce
All lhe navigalion bullons of lhe iAUDíO
F2 are presenl on lhe fronl which
nakes il quile easv lo operale, lhough
navigaling lhe plaver wilh one hand can
be slressful, and lhe funclions can be
quile cunbersone for frsl line users.
A jovslick would have been a greal
added fealure lo lhis plaver which is
sadlv nissing. The headphones have
high·qualilv oulpul allhough il begins lo
jar when volunes exceed 75 percenl.
The perfornance of lhe plaver is prellv
good wilh a neal balance belween high,
nid·range, and low frequencies. The Fí
radio has 24 presel slalions, bul lhe Aulo·
Scan funclion picks up dislorlions and
slores lhen as channels. The plaver can
be plugged in direcllv lo a conpuler and
used like a nass slorage device, so vou
can drag and drop vour íP3 fles fron
vour svslen and slore lhen on lhe plaver
wilh ease.
¥erdict
Overall a good perforner, a greal pick for
lhose who prefer hearing qualilv nusic
while lraveling.
fDk: Cood audio / video experience and
slorage capacilv.
ACAIN51: ínconvenienl one·hand
M£DlA PlA¥£k
Cewen iAUDl0 f2
$peciIicatioos
Storaue. 2 0ß,uSß2.0, lnterface. uSß2.0,
Audio foruats. MF3, 000, WMA, ASF, FLAC, WAv,
ßatterv. Lithiuu Folvuer lßuilt-inI Fecharueable,
FM radio, voice recorder, Euualiter, Text,
video, Joeu viewer.
Frice Fs 8,700
6ootact Lioao Svsteus Fvt. Ltd.
Fhooe 022-2871371ë
E-æaiI lioao@vsnl.cou
Website www.cowonulobal.cou
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IhE ßLüE-E¥Eß W8IIE8 ` Thanks
lo Blu·rav lechnologv, il´s now possible
lo crunch 25 CB of dala inlo a single
120 nn disc. Thal´s equivalenl lo lhe
conbined capacilv of 5 DVDs or 35 CDs!
Ñow, calculale lhis space in lerns of
novies and nusic, and vou have a nini
librarv inside a single disc, and all vour
dala can be now backed up wilhoul anv
need for conpression. Obvious, bul a
worlhv conparison would be lo a hard
disk drive. 4 blue·rav discs are as good
as one huge 100 CB hard disk, space
wise. Blu·rav lechnologv is a big boon
considering lhe growing popularilv of high
defnilion conlenl used in novies and
ganes. Following Sonv´s launching of lhe
Blu·rav disc wriler, Sansung is onlv lhe
nexl lo offer lhis producl.
Features
The Sansung SH·B022, like ils
counlerparl, lhe Sonv BvU·100A, is
an inlernal Blu·rav disc wriler wilh an
EíDE/ATAPí inlerface. The drive fealures
an 3 íB buffer and is capable of reading
and wriling all lvpes of DVDs and CDs in
addilion lo Blu·rav nedia. The lable below
shows lhe naxinun speeds al which il
can read and wrile various oplical nedia.
This drive cones bundled wilh lhe
Cvberlink BD solulion, conprising
of PowerDireclor, PowerDVD,
PowerProducer, Power2Co and
ínslanlBurn.
FerIoræaoce
To evaluale lhe perfornance of lhe drive
we neasured lhe read/wrile speeds using
BD·FE, DVD·F, and CD·F. ve used
Cvberlink Power2Co lo burn nedia, and
Ñero CD/DVD speed lo assess lhe read
speed. As seen fron lhe lable, vou can
go for a jog while lhe drive lakes ils own
sweel line lo wrile a BD. Being a conbo
drive lhe read/wrile speeds of burning
CDs and DVDs are nol as nuch as a
CD/DVD wriler, which neans vou have lo
wail for a few exlra ninules in lhis case.
¥erdict
The SH·B022 is an excellenl solulion for
backing up huge volunes of dala. For
nusic and video colleclors, il´s possible lo
slore 25 DivX novies or 6200 íP3s on a
single Blu·rav disc!
fDk: Feads and wriles all fornals, good
perfornance.
ACAIN51: Hard on lhe wallel.
0P1lCAl DlSC DklV£
Samsung SH-8022
$peciIicatioos
lnterface. ElüE/ATAFl, ßuffer ueuorv. 8 Mß,
Suooorted discs. ßü, üvü and Cü
Frice Fs 22,000
6ootact Sausunu lndia Electronics Fvt Ltd.
Fhooe 011-11511231
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Media type Write 8ead
ßü-F/FE 2X 2X
üvü±F 12X 12X
üvü±FW/±F üL 1X 1X
Cü-F 32X 10X
Cü-FW 21X 32X
8ead $peeds usiog Nero 6ß/ß¥ß $peed
Media ßata Iiæe IraosIer rate
ßü-FE 2 0ß 5 uin 20 sec ë.25 Mß/s
üvü-F 3.5 0ß 5 uin 32 sec 10.51 Mß/s
Cü-F ë85 Mß 2 uin 35 sec 1.12 Mß/s
Write speeds
Media ßata Write $peed Iiæe IraosIer rate
ßü-FE 21 0ß 2X 13.25 sec 8.0ë Mß/s
üvü-F 3.5 0ß 12X 9 uin 13 sec ë.00 Mß/s
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¥I$üAL FEA$I ` A 19·inch displav
area is lhe nininun size offered in
widescreen fornals. Since alnosl all 19·
inch widescreen TFT nonilors have sinilar
specifcalions, nanufaclurers conpele on
fealures like lower response line, beller
brighlness, conlrasl ralio, and surelv, lhe
besl price lag.
Features
Being an enlrv·level widescreen nonilor,
lhe BenO FP92v, does nol have loo
nanv highlighls, olher lhan a speedv
response line of 5 ns. íl fealures a nalive
resolulion of 1440x900 (16:10 aspecl ralioì
and a pixel pilch of 0.234 nn. Brighlness
of 300 cd/sq.nl, and a 700:1 conlrasl
ralio, enables lhe nonilor lo displav a wide
ganul of colors wilh good luninance. The
provision for bolh, DVí and D·Sub video
inpuls, gives vou lhe advanlage of using
vour video card´s digilal oulpul for sharper
delails.
ßuiId quaIity aod ergoooæics
The build qualilv of lhe nonilor is
excellenl. The delachable base is 11
inches wide, which gives greal slabililv lo
lhe wide screen.
The FP92v is low on ergononics.
The conlrols for displav sellings are al
lhe lefl side of lhe nonilor, so unless vou
renenber lhe funclions of each bullon,
vou will have lo slrelch lo vour lefl lo
adjusl lhe sellings.
FerIoræaoce
The FP92v perforned well in lhe color
gradienl and response line lesls. There
was negligible banding in color lransilions,
and hardlv anv ghosling was noliced in
fasl noving videos. The onlv problen was
lhe slighl devialion in color (a vellowish
lingeì when lhe nonilor was viewed fron
lhe sides.
¥erdict
Allhough we don´l reconnend il for
professional inaging, il´s lreal for ganing
and walching novies.
fDk: Cood build qualilv, ease of ediling
large inages and lexl, greal value for
nonev.
ACAIN51: Placenenl of selling bullons.
1f1 M0Nl10k
8en0 fP92W
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üiuensions lWxhxüI. 3ë5x150x170 uu, Weiuht.
1.7 ku, Screen site. 19-inch, Fesoonse tiue. 5 us,
0otiual resolution. 1110x900, Fixel oitch. 0.281
uu, ßriuhtness. 300 cd/su.ut., Contrast ratio.
700.1, lnout siunals. üvl and ü-Sub
Frice Fs 13,999
6ootact ßen0 lndia Fvt Ltd
Fhooe 93123 78705
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FINßE8IIF$ ` Currenllv, user
aulhenlicalion for a conpuler, fle, or
websiles, elc is nanaged bv password
based svslens. Passwords can be slolen,
lracked fron lhe localion where il is slored
using a password cracking ulililv, besides
lhird parlv soflware like kev loggers can
be used lo nonilor passwords. The kev
logger can also resull in a conpronise
of all vour online passwords as well.
This nonlh, we reviewed a fngerprinl
scanner called lhe SecuCen Hansler ííí
lhal proposes lo be a one slop password
solulion.
Features
The device uses an oplical inage sensor
conpared lo lhe capacilive sensors
which is found on nosl fngerprinl
scanning devices. This is advanlageous
as il resulls in lower nainlenance, lower
nanufacluring cosls, larger inaging area,
and beller inage qualilv. You can connecl
lhis device lhrough lhe USB 1.1 inlerface
on vour conpuler.
$etup, ßuiId üuaIity aod ßesigo
You can sel up lhe device bv sinplv
running lhe Selup progran fron lhe
inslallalion CD, and plugging lhe device
in lhe USB porl when lhe svslen asks
for lhe device. This progran can be used
lo login lo a conpuler svslen or even
aulhenlicale lo a cenlral donain conlroller,
where vour fngerprinling infornalion is
slored in lhe Aclive direclorv service. This
is ideal for vindows based individual and
business svslens.

FerIoræaoce
The perfornance of lhis device was lop
nolch. íls oplical scanning capabililies
excelled under nanv condilions. íl had a
high hil rale even when lhe fngers were
swealv, or snudged wilh food and dirl.
¥erdict
The SecuCen Hansler ííí is an expensive
bul greal deleclion and securilv oplion.
fDk: Easv lo selup and use, cones wilh a
3 vear warranlv.
ACAIN51: High price.
US8 8l0M£1klC SCANN£k
SecuCen Hamster lll
$peciIicatioos
Finuerorint sensor. Secu0en Füu02, Fesolution.
500 doi, lnterface. uSß 1.1, verification Tiue. Less
then 1 second, Weiuht. 100 u, üiuensions. 27x10x
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E
verv vear, as lhe digilal canera conparison nonlh
approaches, lhere´s a palpable sense of excilenenl anong
our reviewers al lhe CHíP Tesl Cenlre. And lhere is good
reason lo lhis-conpared lo alnosl anv olher device, digilal
caneras have seen lhe nosl dranalic evolulion in lechnologv.
Piggv·backing wilh sinilar advancenenls in lhe feld of Hash
nenorv, end·users now have plenlv of freedon when il cones
lo quenching lheir pholographv needs.
ínlereslinglv, wilh lhe fall in prices of digilal caneras
and lhe availabililv of choices fron virluallv everv najor
brand, pholographv is no longer reslricled lo professional
pholographers-alnosl evervone lodav is wielding lhe
shullerbug. This has cerlainlv boosled excilenenl and inleresl
in lhis feld, nosllv fueled bv lhe convenience lhal digilal
pholographv has broughl aboul. vhen il cones lo learning lhe
nuances of lighling, conposilion and exposure, lodav´s digilal
caneras offer plenlv of Hexibililv. This is evidenl wilh lhe
increase in lhe nunber of poinl·and·shool users noving lo lhe
prosuner calegorv causing a self·fueling novenenl of digilal
caneras.
This vear, we´ve seen plenlv of innovalive and exciling new
fealures naking lheir wav inlo digilal caneras across calegories.
Unlil recenllv, inage slabilizalion was a fealure reserved for lhe
upper·crusl price range. Bul lodav, if vou´re plagued bv blurrv
piclures especiallv in low·lighl silualions, vou´ll fnd help wilh
lhe nosl niniscule caneras incorporaling full·blown nechanical
inage slabilizalion lhal help deliver sharp inages even if vou
don´l have a sleadv hand. Ever lhoughl lhal a paln·sized digilal
canera would have a nalive resolulion of 10 negapixels? You
can fnd il now! ve cane across sone caneras wilh lhe
abililv lo record and even plav back DivX novies. And wilh lheir
porlable forn faclors and decenl screen resolulions, lhev even
double up as a porlable novie plaver! íanufaclurers are also
pushing lhe boundaries of robuslness. vhile sone caneras
have been splash proof, we had sone in our lesl lhal were
inperneable-ones lhal could even wilhsland lhe fercesl of
nonsoon downpours.
Though, al lhe end of lhe dav, lhe nosl confusing lhing is
choosing one! vilh lhe nullilude of negapixel ralings, forn
faclors and prices calegories, il´s easv lo gel confused when
picking vour nexl digilal canera. vhelher vou´re a frsl·line user
or a seasoned professional, arriving al a canera lhal is perfecllv
suiled lo vou is quile a challenge. ín lhis nonlh´s conparison,
we ain lo help vou overcone lhis challenge!
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Before pulling lhe digilal caneras lo lhe
grind, we calegorized lhen on lhe basis of
lheir usabililv and forn faclor. Accordinglv,
we fxed lhree calegories-ullra·conpacl,
nainslrean and prosuner. Lel´s slep
lhrough each of lhe paranelers lhal were
a parl of lhe evalualion process.
Features
íl is lhe sel of fealures of lhe digilal
canera lhal exlends ils funclionalilv
naking il versalile. ve lherefore assigned
weighlage lo lhe canera´s fealures
and awarded grealer scores lo lhose
lhal exhibiled beller specifcalions. ve
noled lhe resolulion of lhe CCD, zoon,
while balance sellings, íSO speeds,
nelering nodes, Hash nodes and presel
scenes anong nanv olhers. To give lhe
user conplele conlrol over lhe canera,
progran and nanual shooling nodes are a
nusl. This allows nanual conlrol over íSO,
shuller speed, and aperlure lo caplure
grealer anounl of delails.
To nake lhe user experience nore
pleasurable, a digilal canera nusl
offer nuch nore. For inslance, inage
slabilizalion is crucial for caneras wilh a
high oplical zoon lens lo prevenl blurs
caused bv hand shakes while zooning.
Before noving on lo perfornance lesls
we checked lhe package conlenls-
caneras which cane bundled wilh
accessories like balleries, carrv case
and charger were awarded higher poinls.
The canera´s fealures accounled for 30
percenl of lhe overall score.
FerIoræaoce
ín addilion lo lhe resolulion of lhe CCD,
lhe qualilv of oplics (lensesì, lhe inage
conpression engine, lhe focus capabililv
all go inlo capluring a greal inage. To
evaluale lhese characlerislics, we devised
a lesl lhal challenged lhe caneras on lhe
grounds of color failhfulness, resolulion,
noise response of lhe CCD and real·world
inage qualilv.
For lhe ouldoor lesl, we wenl near
a seaside al noon lo caplure a glinpse
of nalure lhal fealures nalural colors
and lexlures bolh near and far. ve even
evalualed lhe delails caplured while
zooning bv shooling scenes using half
and full zoon sellings. This was an
inporlanl lesl for nega·zoon caneras.
For lhe indoor lesl, we sel up a lesl
scene which fealured rich colors, specular
highlighls, lexlures and lexl. For an
unparalleled decision we used a lripod
and shol all lhe scenes al defaull sellings.
ve used lhe Hash onlv for shooling
indoors. The nore failhful lhe caplured
inages were lo real·life largels, lhe
grealer were lhe poinls awarded lo lhen
for perfornance. The canera´s inage
perfornance being lhe nosl inporlanl
paraneler, accounled for 40 percenl of ils
overall score.
Ergoooæics
A good canera is designed keeping in
nind user conforl as lhe canera will
spend nosl of ils shelf life in lhe hands
of ils owner. Having good ergononics is
essenlial as il bears a direcl inpacl on
produclivilv. A canera should be easv lo
hold, lhe user inlerface should be inluilive,
lhe bullons should be laid oul well and
so on. The design of lhe canera should
allow lhe owner lo lake good pholographs,
and have a shallow learning curve. Such
ninule delails differenliale a greal canera
fron a good one. ve looked oul for
lhese consideralions and awarded poinls
accordinglv. Ergononics accounled for 10
percenl of lhe overall score.
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Since digilal caneras are porlable devices,
il should be slurdv and well·conslrucled
as il will be prone lo occasional knocking
around when on lhe road. Here, we
evalualed lhe qualilv of lhe canera bodv´s
conslruclion, slurdiness of noveable
parls, qualilv of lhe Haps, lens proleclion,
elc. This evalualion calegorv accounled
for 10 percenl of lhe canera´s overall
score.
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íl is inporlanl lhal lhe canera should be
backed bv a robusl warranlv and supporl
as il is a sleep inveslnenl. For lhis, we
logged lhe nunber of service cenlers
in lhe counlrv, lhe nunber of cilies in
which lhese cenlers are presenl and lhe
warranlv period offered on lhe caneras.
ve concluded lhe lesl wilh lhe
conpulalion of lhe ´value for nonev´
index, which was derived bv slacking up
lhe perfornance and fealures againsl lhe
price. The grealer lhis score, lhe grealer
is lhe bang for lhe buck for lhal parlicular
canera! ve awarded caneras for besl
perfornances and besl value for nonev in
each calegorv. ve awarded onlv lhe besl
perforner in lhe prosuner calegorv as
lhere weren´l nanv parlicipanls here.
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We looked out for caueras that featured intuitive
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The digilal canera reviews and our
conprehensive conparison charl will give
vou a bird eve view of whal is available
lodav in lhe narkel. Bul vou should also
know how lo pick a good canera fron an
average one. This is whal lhis buving guide
is going lo do-narrow down lo lhe canera
lhal is righl for vou.
Frosuæer
Digilal caneras offering 10x·12x oplical
zoon defne lhis calegorv. íf vou are an
enlhusiasl and wanl lo nake pholographv
a serious hobbv lhen lhese are lhe kind
of caneras lo look for. vilh lhe abililv
lo gel up close, lhev are well suiled lo
capluring wild life, nalure and all lhose
precious nonenls, which would have
been inpossible if vour canera didn´l
have lhe nagnifcalion. Aparl fron lhe
canera´s abililv lo zoon inlo dislanl
objecls, lhev can also offer grealer conlrol
lo lhe user bv providing nanual inaging
conlrols. íl will lel vou choose differenl
presel shooling nodes and also nanual
conlrol over aperlure and shuller. These
caneras also allow vou lo choose fron
wider range of íSO sellings. These are
verv helpful during low·lighl pholographv
when vou need lo conlrol lhe anounl of
lighl enlering lhe canera. Ñow nega·zoon
caneras offer íS (ínage Slabilizalionì
loo. This is a svslen where lhe canera
conpensales for lhe slighl ´hand shake´.
This reduces lhe blurring of inages. vhile
zooning inlo objecls, ninule vibralions are
nagnifed. This nakes inage slabilizalion
a nusl·have fealure in a digilal canera.
The íS lechniques offered bv various
brands differ in lhe lechnique used lo
delecl and adjusl lo vibralions. This neans
differenl caneras will denonslrale varving
degrees of effecliveness (which is whv
vou cannol alwavs depend on ilì. Check
lhe effecliveness of lhe slabilizalion
fealure in lhe canera before vou nake
lhe buving decision. The Canon S3 íS
has bv far lhe besl inage slabilizalion
engine as conpared lo lhe caneras lhal
we reviewed. Anolher inporlanl faclor is
lhe weighl·balance of lhe canera-if lhe
weighl is nol balanced lhen lhe canera will
nol feel conforlable during exlended use.
This nakes il unwieldv while using zoon or
laking nacro pholographs. Since caneras
in lhis calegorv are bigger and bulkier lhan
lhe resl, vou should ideallv handle lhe
canera for a while lo gel a feel of il.
Maiostreaæ
A nainslrean canera is for soneone
who needs a canera lhal is going lo be
used bv several people (for vour offce or
vour fanilvì or beginners. This lvpe of an
all·purpose canera should be verv easv lo
use. These caneras should also have basic
fealures and have a reasonable price lag.
íainslrean digilal caneras are neanl lo
be affordable offer naxinun value for lhe
nonev lhal vou inlend on spending. Look
for a digilal canera wilh a CCD sensor lhal
offers nolhing less lhan 5 nega pixels.
This will lel vou lake reasonablv large
prinls-conforlablv up lo A4·size. Sone
of lhe lalesl caneras have grealer oplical
zoon-if il is for a conparable price lhen
consider il. Do nol consider digilal zoon
as a fealure-go onlv bv lhe oplical zoon
specifcalion. Presels are verv inporlanl
and nanual conlrols, if offered, are alwavs
welcone. íovie clips should record video
al 640x430 al 30 franes per second.
Balleries used bv canera should be easilv
available in lhe narkel. Proprielarv balleries
could leave vou high and drv if vour canera
runs oul of juice.
üItra-coæpact
Ullra·conpacls are largeled lowards users
looking for ´pockelable´ digilal caneras.
ín lerns of lheir fealures and slvle, lhese
digilal caneras have reallv evolved over
lhe lasl lwo vears. The looks, conslruclion
and usabililv are verv inporlanl for lhese
caneras. Being lhe snallesl of all lhe
calegories, lhe caneras do nake sone
conpronises in lerns of inage qualilv
and perfornance. Conpressing lhe
oplics, sensor and lhe inaging processor
inlo a snall forn faclor cerlainlv brings
in linilalions. Thus, don´l expecl lhe
ullra·conpacls lo nalch lhe qualilv and
color reproduclion of lhe high·end digilal
caneras. Look oul for an oplical zoon
of al leasl 3x, wilh a reasonablv quick
slarlup line. The ballerv perfornance is
also verv inporlanl, ullra·conpacls use
Li·ion balleries, which have a longer life as
conpared lo lhe AA balleries. However,
Li·ion balleries are expensive and nol easilv
available, so keep lhen charged.
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0utdoor test shot. Taken at Muubai's coastline, this scene contained several
details and a wide dvnauic ranue.
lndoor test shot. ln this indoor shot we looked for uinute details, colors and
tonal uradations.
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The Canon PowerShol A640 is lhe
successor lo lhe 5 íP PowerShol A610.
This canera fealures a 10 íP CCD
sensor lhal can lake inages as large as
12 x 9 inches al a resolulion of 300 dpi.
ín addilion lo lhe ´aulo´ node neanl for
novices who like lo poinl and shool, lhe
canera also offers olher shooling nodes
like shuller priorilv, aperlure priorilv,
nanual and cuslon. This nakes il a
connendable producl for analeurs and
seni·professionals. The presel scenes are
greal fun lo use. Using lhe color accenl
node, vou can highlighl a selecled color in
a shol while leaving lhe resl in grevscale.
You can also process inages afler lhev
have been clicked-vou nav wanl lo
nanipulale an inage afler vou see lhe
piclure.
Bolh, lhe indoor and ouldoor
resulls were greal wilh excellenl color
reproduclion and deplh of feld. íanual
aperlure and shuller sellings deliver even
beller resulls. The canera cones bundled
wilh 4 AA balleries and a 16 íB SD card.
fDk: Excellenl color reproduclion, inluilive
user inlerface, Hip open LCD displav.
ACAIN51: Average build qualilv.
Canen PewerShet A640
$peciIicatioos
CCü sensor. 10 MF, LCü site. 2.5 inch, 0otical
toou. 1x, Focal lenuth. 7.3 - 29.2 uu, Aoerture.
f/2.8 - 1.1, Shutter soeed. 15 - 1/2500 sec
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Canen DigitaI lXUS 9001i
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CCü sensor. 10 MF, LCü site. 2.5 inch, 0otical
toou. 3x, Focal lenuth. 7.7 - 23.1 uu, Aoerture.
f/2.8 - 1.9, Shutter soeed. 15 - 1/2000 sec
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The Canon Digilal íXUS 900Ti is a
negapixel warehouse packed in a soap
cake·sized forn faclor. The 10 íP canera
fealures a rugged lilaniun plaled nelallic
shell naking il resislanl lo scralches.
ín spile of lhe conpacl forn faclor, il
conforlablv squeezes in a good 2.5·inch
LCD displav and an easv·lo·use navigalion
svslen. Being ullra·conpacl, il does
conpronise on essenlial fealures like
shuller and aperlure priorilv shooling
nodes. However, vou can use lhe nanual
node lo adjusl lhe íSO, while balance, and
selecl lhe desired nelering svslen. The
problen in using lhe nanual node is lhe
shuller speed-il´s as low as 1/13 or even
1/5 even in a well lil roon! So, unless vou
have exlrenelv sleadv hands or a lripod,
il´s inpossible lo click crvslal clear snaps
wilhoul blur. íl doesn´l even fealure an
inage slabilizer lo counler blurring.
Overall, lhe 900Ti perforns lhe wav il
looks-sinplv slunning! Ñone of lhe ullra·
conpacls cane even close lo lhis in lerns
of color reproduclion and delails caplured.
fDk: Excellenl build qualilv, greal fealures.
ACAIN51: Low shuller speeds, no inage
slabilizalion.
The EasvShare C663 is an affordable 6 íP
poinl·and·shool canera wilh a 2.5 inch
LCD displav. íl is paln·sized bul offers a
rich fealure sel and a slellar perfornance.
Aparl fron slandard fealures like scene
presels and while balance sellings,
nanual shooling node is a good fealure
which is rare lo fnd in an ullra·conpacl
canera-il is possible lo adjusl lhe íSO,
shuller speed and aperlure. The canera
can handle íSO ranging fron 64 lo 300 so
lhal a user can conlrol lhe occurrence of
noise al varving lighl inlensilies.
Handling lhis canera won´l be a lough
lask for frsl liners. The bullons are
labeled and lhe user inlerface is quile
inluilive. To nake lhings easier, dedicaled
bullons are provided for Hash and self·
liner on lop of lhe canera. Also, vou
won´l face anv issues wilh lhe ballerv as
il is powered bv AA balleries.
The C663 caplured good delails and
conlrasl in aulo node, bolh indoor and
ouldoor. Considering lhe 512 íB SD card
lhal cones free, lhe EasvShare C663 has
greal bang for lhe buck.
fDk: Conpacl, affordable.
ACAIN51: Average perfornance.
kedak £asyShare C663
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CCü sensor. 5 MF, LCü site. 2.5 inch, 0otical toou.
3x, Focal lenuth. 5.8 - 13.1 uu, Aoerture. f/2.8
- 1.9, Shutter soeed. 8 - 1/1500 sec
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Arned wilh a 12x zoon lens, lhe Sonv
Cvber·shol DSC·H5 is a clear winner in
lhe prosuner calegorv. íl boasls a 7.2
íP CCD sensor and an oplical inage
slabilizer lo caplure sleadv shols when
using high zoon sellings. The canera
feels exlrenelv conforlable lo hold, wilh
lhe fngers resling nalurallv over lhe jog
dial and shool bullon. Being a prosuner
canera, vou nighl lhink il nusl be a
conplex device bul lhe canera is verv
easv lo use lhanks lo lhe user inlerface.
Perfornance wise lhe DSC·H5 is
an ace. íl was one of lhe caneras lhal
focused unifornlv over lhe enlire frane,
capluring all lhe delails wilh excellenl
color reproduclion and conlrasl. ín lhe
zoon lesl, il caplured lexl wrillen on a
wall, half a kiloneler awav al full zoon!
However, ninor purple fringing appeared
al lhe edges of objecls under direcl
sunlighl. The Canon S3íS was quile close
lo lhis one ouldoors, bul lhe DSC·H5 leapl
ahead wilh a perfecl score indoors.
fDk: Takes onlv lwo AA balleries, good
color reproduclion, large LCD displav
ACAIN51: íinor purple fringing in brighllv lil
up scenes.
Seny Cyber-shet DSC-HS
$peciIicatioos
CCü sensor. 7.2 MF, LCü site. 3 inch, 0otical toou.
10x, Focal lenuth. ë - 72 uu, Aoerture. f/2.8 - 3.7,
Shutter soeed. 30 - 1/1000 sec
Frice Fs 29,990
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Priced under Fs 10,000 lhe Sansung
Digiíax S500 is ideal for lhose who are
new lo digilal pholographv. This plain
Jane 5 íP digilal canera fealures a 3x
oplical zoon and a speedv 1/1500 sec
shuller speed for capluring fasl noving
objecls wilhoul anv blur. The canera also
does a decenl job in low lighl condilions
lhanks lo high íSO speeds. Advanced
users can swilch lo progran node lo lake
advanlage of nanual sellings for íSO and
while balance lo achieve beller resulls.
You can also plav around wilh color fllers
like sepia, vivid, and black and while lo
lend an arlislic louch lo inages.
The canera does an average job
when il cones lo capluring delails bul
il look quile a bealing in bolh indoor
and ouldoor lesls. Bul il´s good enough
considering lhe price and a 512 íB SD
card lhal cones free wilh lhe canera.
The Tech·con scores lhe highesl in lhe
VFí index bul considering lhe fealures
and perfornance, lhe Digiíax S500 is
defnilelv a beller bel.
fDk: Bundled 512 íB SD card, greal value
for nonev.
ACAIN51: Below average deplh of feld.
Samsung DigiMax SS00
$peciIicatioos
CCü sensor. 5 MF, LCü site. 2.5 inch, 0otical toou.
3x, Focal lenuth. 5.8 - 13.1 uu, Aoerture. f/2.8
- 1.9, Shutter soeed. 8 - 1/1500 sec
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AP£k1Uk£: Aoerture technicallv ueans
a hole that allows liuht to oass throuuh.
ln terus of diuital caueras, the aoerture
of a lens controls the auount of liuht
that reaches the iuaue sensor. Thus the
aoerture in case of a cauera affects
exoosure as well as deoth of held. lf
enouuh liuht does not reach the sensor, the
iuaue will end uo beinu either verv dark or
extreuelv briuht resultinu in loss of details.
5HU11£k 5P££D: Shutter soeed is the tiue
for which the shutter is held ooen durinu
clickinu a ohotouraoh to allow liuht to
reach the filu or iuaue sensor. The rate
at which the shutter can be keot ooen
deoends on the auount of liuht available
and the tvoe of shot reuuired. lf vou want to
shoot oictures of fast uovinu objects like a
car race, etc, the shutter soeed needs to be
fast to orevent the cauera frou caoturinu a
blurred iuaue.
I5D: This standard soecifies siunal to
noise ratio and briuhtness reuuireuents
lor saturation for caueras that are
liuited bv well caoacitvI for a cauera
to earn a certain lS0 ratinu. The lS0
ratinu is directlv related to the cauera
sensor. The lS0 settinu chanues as oer
liuht reuuireuents under verv soecific
conditions. lt is tvoicallv used durinu low
liuht or niuht shots where uore liuht needs
to reach the sensor and the aoerture, also
the shutter soeed cannot be couoensated
in such a situation. A shot taken with hiuher
lS0 values is uore orone to noise.
WHI1£ 8ALANC£: Noruallv our eves
couoensate for liuhtinu conditions with
different color teuoeratures. A diuital
cauera needs to find a reference ooint
which reoresents white. lt will then
calculate all the other colors based on
this white ooint. A oerfect white balance
in a cauera thus results in better colour
reoroduction and overall a better uualitv
iuaue.
MACkD MDD£: Macro ueans the
ootical abilitv to oroduce a 1.1 or hiuher
uaunification of an object on the filu or
sensor. This ueans vou can take close uo
shots of an object thus caoturinu uaxiuuu
detail. This uode can show vour oictures
and frauinu anule in an all new liuht and
oersoective.
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lt's not even been a vear since the last tiue
we conducted a couoarison test at the
ChlF test centre, and the orices of diuital
caueras have alreadv coue crashinu down.
Todav vou can uet a 7 ueuaoixel cauera, for
what vou would need to buv a 5 ueuaoixel
cauera then. The orices have diooed bv
25 oercent in less than a vear's tiue! Not
onlv this, vou can even hnd ultra-couoact
caueras weiuhinu less than 150 uus that
oack in 10 ueuaoixels and that too with
iuaue stabilitation!
The best oart about the round uo was
the outdoor shoot. We were huntinu hiuh
and low for a suitable location. Finallv
we landed at a secluded soot near the
seaside where we set uo our triood and
went click.. click.. click.. The uost excitinu
uouents were when we tested the
orosuuer caueras. Thev could oick uo text
written on a vehicle which was about half
a kiloueter awav!
0ut of all the caueras l tested, l vouch
for the Sonv Cvber-shot üSC-h5. At first,
l thouuht the Canon FowerShot S3lS
would win hands down. ßut the battle was
closelv won bv üSC-h5. lt was surorisinu
to find out that it works onlv on two AA
batteries! At first, l underestiuated its
caoabilities but on seeinu the results both
indoor and outdoor, l was teuoted to buv it
riuht awav. The verv next dav, l went to a
cauera vendor to inuuire about the Cvber-
shot üSC-h5. lt was shockinu to find a
difference of over Fs 9,000 in the urev
uarket for soue cases. Thouuh it's uuite
teuotinu, l orefer buvinu uaduets officiallv
as l cannot risk couorouisinu on warrantv
and after-sales service.
ln the uainstreau cateuorv, there's
no uatch for the 10 ueuaoixel Canon
FowerShot Aë10. lt aces in caoturinu
details and color reoroduction. however,
l would out in a few uore thousands
and urab the Cvber-shot üSC-h5 with a
telescooic 12x toou.
FersooaI Iake
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Fhone 1-800-315-33-ëë 022-28231558
E-uail info@canon.co.in sonvindia.care@ao.sonv.cou
Frice Fs 2ë,995 Fs 1ë,990
üveraII scoriog
Features l0ut of 30I 18.21 15.12
Ferforuance l0ut of 10I 2ë.3ë 23.21
Eruonouics l0ut of 10I ë.87 1.30
ßuild 0ualitv l0ut of 10I 7.27 ë.73
Warrantv & Suooort l0ut of 10I 7.53 10.00
üveraII |üut oI 100I IdiVa/++#') IdiVa/*.#++
value for uonev
Features
CCü Sensor lMeuaoixelsI 10 7.2
Max luaue resolution 3ë18 x 273ë 3072 x 2301
üiuensions lw x h x dI uu 91.2 x 59.ë x 28.2 89 x 57 x 23
Weiuht lurausI 1ë5 157
Zoou l0otical/üiuitalI 3 / 1 3 / 2
Focus Tvoe lAuto/ManualI | |
Macro uode lcuI 5 2
White balance uodes l1, 2, 3, 1, 5I¯ | | | | | | | | | |
Shutter soeed lhi-soeed/low soeedI lsecI 1/2000 to 15 1/2000 to 1
Meterinu uodes lMatrix/Centre/Soot /AutoI | | | | | |
Flash uodes lAuto/Slow Svnc/Fed eve/FillI | | | | | |
Shootinu uodes lAuto/Frourau/Manual/Av/ TvI | | | | | | | |
Nuuber of scene oresets 10 7
video lFesolution / üivX suooortI ë10x180 | ë10x180 |
Meuorv tvoe Sü/MMC Meuorv Stick
Meuorv llnternal/ßundledI Mß 32 / 1ë 58 / 0
luaue tvoe lJFE0/FAWI | |
luaue stabilitation llSI None None
ßatterv tvoe lAA/AAA/Li-lonI | | | |
Fackaue lßatteries/Cables/Case/Carrv straoI | | | | | |
FerIoræaoce
CCü Color test l0ut of 10I ë.21 7.07
CCü Noise test l0ut of 10I 3.19 1.8ë
lndoor scene evaluation l0ut of 10I 7.75 ë.00
0utdoor scene evaluation l0ut of 10I ë.78 5.11
video caoture uualitv l0ut of 10I 5 5
Ergoooæics
Weiuht balance Coufortable Averaue
Menu naviuation ease lntuitive Soue reference reuuired
ßuttons lSite/Soacinu/FeliefI Averaue | Feasonablv soaced | Averaue | Feasonablv soaced |
Flio-ooen LCü screen
Shortcut buttons llS0, Tiuer, Focus, üriveI | | | | | |
ßuiId quaIity
0ualitv of shell Excellent Excellent
Metal construction
0ualitv of buttons / Flaos Excellent / Excellent Excellent / 0ood
Wateroroof
Warraoty & $upport
Nuuber of authorised service centres 130 181
Cities with service centres 105 120
Feriod of warrantv lYearsI 2 3
Note. Frices are indicative and subject to chanue
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Feotax üptio A20 $aæsuog N¥3 Nikoo 6ooIFix $8 kodak Easy$hare 6ëë3 Feotax üptio $1
Thakral Cououters Fvt Ltd Sausunu lndia Electronics Fvt Ltd J J Mehta & Sons J J Mehta & Sons Thakral Cououters Fvt Ltd
011-11038ë00 011-11511231 022-2130ë35ë 022-2130ë35ë 011-11038ë00
surinder@thakralind.cou rajiv.k@sausunu.cou info@jjuehta.cou info@jjuehta.cou surinder@thakralind.cou
Fs 22,ë90 Fs 21,990 Fs 19,990 Fs 10,990 Fs 18,990
20.27 1ë.35 17.31 15.80 17.15
19.ë8 22.13 18.77 21.13 18.39
ë.29 ë.19 1.78 ë.02 5.10
7.27 7.27 7.27 1.3ë ë.18
1.30 2.05 ë.19 ë.19 1.30
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10 7.2 7.1 ë 10
3ë18 x 273ë 3072 x 2305 3072 x 2301 2832 » 2128 3ë18 x 273ë
89 x 55 x 23 91.5 x 57 x 17.5 93 x 59 x 20 81.7 » ë1.7 » 35.5 8ë x 51 x 20
115 112 135 117 120
3 / 1 3 / 5 3 / 1 3 / 5 3 / 1
| | | | |
ë 10 1 13 5
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
1/2000 to 1 1/2000 to 2 1/500 to 1 1/1ë00 to 8 1/2000 to 1
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
12 11 7 18 12
ë10x180 | 720x180 | ë10x180 | ë10x180 | ë10x180 |
Sü/MMC Sü/MMC Sü/MMC Sü/MMC Sü/MMC
22 / 0 15 / 0 11 / 1021 32 / 512 22 / 0
| | | | |
0otical None üiuital None None
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ë.55 7.9ë ë.31 7.80 7.91
1.09 3.17 3.75 3.21 0.55
5.00 5.50 5.25 ë.00 1.75
5.22 1.78 3.ë7 1.33 1.11
5 10 5 5 5
Coufortable Coufortable Averaue Averaue Averaue
lntuitive lntuitive Soue reference reuuired Soue reference reuuired Soue reference reuuired
Averaue | Crauoed | Averaue | Feasonablv soaced | Too suall | Crauoed | Averaue | Feasonablv soaced | Averaue | Crauoed |

| | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
Excellent Excellent Excellent 0ood Excellent

Excellent / Excellent Excellent / Excellent Excellent / Excellent 0ood / Excellent 0ood / 0ood

1 21 125 125 1
1 20 100 100 1
1 1 1 1 1
¯ White balance uodes. Auto, üavliuht, Cloudv, Flourescent, lncandescent, Custou
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6AIEßü8¥ üItra-6oæpact Maiostreaæ
Naæe $aæsuog N¥10 Feotax üptio M20 6aooo Fower$hot Aë40
Contact Sausunu lndia Electronics Fvt Ltd Thakral Cououters Fvt Ltd Canon lndia Fvt Ltd
Fhone 011-11511231 011-11038ë00 1-800-315-33-ëë
E-uail rajiv.k@sausunu.cou surinder@thakralind.cou info@canon.co.in
Frice Fs 21,990 Fs 11,990 Fs 23, 395
üveraII scoriog
Features l0ut of 30I 17.52 13.93 17.9ë
Ferforuance l0ut of 10I 12.93 15.27 28.82
Eruonouics l0ut of 10I 7.ë1 ë.27 8.ë3
ßuild 0ualitv l0ut of 10I ë.73 1.3ë 3.15
Warrantv & Suooort l0ut of 10I 2.05 1.30 7.53
üveraII |üut oI 100I IdiVa/)+#-* IdiVa/)&#&( IdiVa/++#)%
value for uonev
Features
CCü Sensor lMeuaoixelsI 10.1 7 10
Max luaue resolution 3ë18 x 273ë 3072 x 2301 3ë18 x 273ë
üiuensions lw x h x dI uu 9ë.5 x ë0 x 18.5 8.9 x 5.8 x 2.51 109.1 x ëë x 19
Weiuht lurausI 118.7 1ë5 215
Zoou l0otical/üiuitalI 3 / 5 3 / 1 1 / 1
Focus Tvoe lAuto/ManualI | | |
Macro uode lcuI 1 5 1
White balance uodes l1, 2, 3, 1, 5I¯ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
Shutter soeed lhi-soeed/low soeedI lsecI 1/1500 to 15 1/2000 to 1 1/2500 to 15
Meterinu uodes lMatrix/Centre/Soot /AutoI | | | | | | | | |
Flash uodes lAuto/Slow Svnc/Fed eve/FillI | | | | | | | | |
Shootinu uodes lAuto/Frourau/Manual/Av/ TvI | | | | | | | | | | | |
Nuuber of scene oresets 11 12 10
video lFesolution / üivX suooortI ë10x180 | ë10x180 | ë10x180 |
Meuorv tvoe Sü/MMC Sü/MMC Sü/MMC
Meuorv llnternal/ßundledI Mß 19 / 0 22 / 0 0 / 1ë
luaue tvoe lJFE0/FAWI | | |
luaue stabilitation llSI None None None
ßatterv tvoe lAA/AAA/Li-lonI | | | | | |
Fackaue lßatteries/Cables/Case/Carrv straoI | | | | | | | | |
FerIoræaoce
CCü Color test l0ut of 10I 5.30 5.27 ë.93
CCü Noise test l0ut of 10I 0.57 3.82 2.73
lndoor scene evaluation l0ut of 10I 3.75 3.75 7.ë3
0utdoor scene evaluation l0ut of 10I 2.33 3.ë7 7.78
video caoture uualitv l0ut of 10I 5 1 10
Ergoooæics
Weiuht balance Coufortable Averaue Coufortable
Menu naviuation ease lntuitive lntuitive lntuitive
ßuttons lSite/Soacinu/FeliefI Coufortable | Feasonablv soaced | Averaue | Feasonablv soaced | Coufortable | Well-soaced |
Flio-ooen LCü screen
Shortcut buttons llS0, Tiuer, Focus, üriveI | | | | | | | | |
ßuiId quaIity
0ualitv of shell Excellent 0ood Averaue
Metal construction
0ualitv of buttons / Flaos Excellent / 0ood Excellent / 0ood 0ood / 0ood
Wateroroof
Warraoty & $upport
Nuuber of authorised service centres 21 1 130
Cities with service centres 20 1 105
Feriod of warrantv lYearsI 1 1 2
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6aooo Fower$hot A110 I$ 6aooo Fower$hot Aë30 6aooo Fower$hot A540 kodak Easy$hare 6815
Canon lndia Fvt Ltd Canon lndia Fvt Ltd Canon lndia Fvt Ltd Kodak lndia
1-800-315-33-ëë 1-800-315-33-ëë 1-800-315-33-ëë 022-ëë11ë300
info@canon.co.in info@canon.co.in info@canon.co.in contactindia@Kodak.cou
Fs 21,995 Fs 20,195 Fs 11,195 Fs 15,999
18.32 17.18 1ë.19 1ë.85
2ë.98 27.53 21.92 23.72
7.59 8.03 7.31 5.ë7
1.91 3.15 3.82 1.3ë
7.53 7.53 7.53 2.21
IdiVa/+*#(( IdiVa/+)#%( IdiVa/*.#-% IdiVa/*'#-&

7.1 8 ë 8
3072 x 1728 32ë1 x 1832 281ë x 2112 3273 x 2157
97.5 x ëë.5 x 11.2 109.1 x ëë x 18 90.1 x ë1 x 13.2 90.5 x ë3 x 3ë.ë
210 215 180 177
ë / 1 1 / 1 1 / 1 5 / 5
| | | |
1 1 5 10
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
1/2000 to 15 1/2500 to 15 1/2000 to 15 1/1ë00 to 8
| | | | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
10 10 10 18
ë10x180 | ë10x180 | ë10x180 | ë10x180 |
Sü/MMC Sü/MMC Sü/MMC Sü/MMC
0 / 1ë 0 / 1ë 0 / 1ë 32 / 0
| | | |
üiuital None None None
| | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | | |
7.11 5.83 ë.70 7.7ë
2.72 2.72 2.ë5 5.00
ë.88 8.ë3 7.13 ë.25
7.00 ë.33 ë.33 5.22
10 10 5 5
Coufortable Averaue Coufortable Averaue
lntuitive lntuitive lntuitive Soue reference reuuired
Coufortable | Well-soaced | Coufortable | Well-soaced | Averaue | Well-soaced | Coufortable | Feasonablv soaced |

| | | | | | | | | | | |
Excellent Averaue 0ood 0ood

Excellent / 0ood 0ood / 0ood 0ood / 0ood 0ood / Excellent

130 130 130 25
105 105 105 23
2 2 2 1
¯ White balance uodes. Auto, üavliuht, Cloudv, Flourescent, lncandescent, Custou
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$pec$cao
6AIEßü8¥ Maiostreaæ
Naæe Feotax üptio W20 $aæsuog ßigiMax $500 Iech-coæ ß$6-520
Contact Thakral Cououters Fvt Ltd J J Mehta & Sons Shree Sauaruatha üist Fvt Ltd
Fhone 011-11038ë00 022-2130ë35ë 011-2ë128511
E-uail surinder@thakralind.cou info@jjuehta.cou techcou@airtelbroadband.in
Frice Fs 23,290 Fs 9,990 Fs ë,000
üveraII scoriog
Features l0ut of 30I 17.11 15.83 12.81
Ferforuance l0ut of 10I 19.1ë 18.17 17.85
Eruonouics l0ut of 10I 5.15 ë.12 ë.37
ßuild 0ualitv l0ut of 10I 7.09 3.82 2.3ë
Warrantv & Suooort l0ut of 10I 1.30 ë.19 2.10
üveraII |üut oI 100I IdiVa/*%#)( IdiVa/*%#)( IdiVa/)&#,.
value for uonev
Features
CCü Sensor lMeuaoixelsI 7 5 5
Max luaue resolution 3072 x 2301 2592 x 1911 257ë x 1932
üiuensions lw x h x dI uu 107 x 55 x 23 9ë.8 x ë1.8 x 2ë.1 9ë x ë2 x27.5
Weiuht lurausI 150 13ë 150
Zoou l0otical/üiuitalI 3 / 1 3 / 10 3 / 1
Focus Tvoe lAuto/ManualI | | |
Macro uode lcuI 1 5 5
White balance uodes l1, 2, 3, 1, 5I¯ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
Shutter soeed lhi-soeed/low soeedI lsecI 1/2000 to 1 1/1500 to 8 1/1500 to 2
Meterinu uodes lMatrix/Centre/Soot /AutoI | | | | | | | | |
Flash uodes lAuto/Slow Svnc/Fed eve/FillI | | | | | | | | |
Shootinu uodes lAuto/Frourau/Manual/Av/ TvI | | | | | | | | | | | |
Nuuber of scene oresets 21 10 8
video lFesolution / üivX suooortI ë10x180 | ë10x180 | ë10x180 |
Meuorv tvoe Sü/MMC Sü/MMC Sü/MMC
Meuorv llnternal/ßundledI Mß 22 / 0 20 / 512 1ë / 0
luaue tvoe lJFE0/FAWI | | |
luaue stabilitation llSI None None None
ßatterv tvoe lAA/AAA/Li-lonI | | | | | |
Fackaue lßatteries/Cables/Case/Carrv straoI | | | | | | | | |
FerIoræaoce
CCü Color test l0ut of 10I ë.21 ë.39 8.77
CCü Noise test l0ut of 10I 1.02 1.12 2.12
lndoor scene evaluation l0ut of 10I 5.25 5.00 1.00
0utdoor scene evaluation l0ut of 10I 1.11 1.33 3.ë7
video caoture uualitv l0ut of 10I 5 5 5
Ergoooæics
Weiuht balance Averaue Coufortable Averaue
Menu naviuation ease lntuitive lntuitive lntuitive
ßuttons lSite/Soacinu/FeliefI Too suall | Feasonablv soaced | Averaue | Feasonablv soaced | Coufortable | Well-soaced |
Flio-ooen LCü screen
Shortcut buttons llS0, Tiuer, Focus, üriveI | | | | | | | | |
ßuiId quaIity
0ualitv of shell Excellent 0ood ßelow averaue
Metal construction
0ualitv of buttons / Flaos 0ood / 0ood 0ood / 0ood Averaue / Averaue
Wateroroof
Warraoty & $upport
Nuuber of authorised service centres 1 125 28
Cities with service centres 1 100 28
Feriod of warrantv lYearsI 1 1 1
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Frosuæer
$ooy 6yber-shot ß$6-h5 6aooo Fower$hot $3I$ Fuji FioeFix $ë500Id kodak Easy$hare Zë12
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022-28231558 1-800-315-33-ëë 9810177332 022-ëë11ë300
sonvindia.care@ao.sonv.cou info@canon.co.in vuittal@fujifiluindia.cou contactindia@Kodak.cou
Fs 29,990 Fs 27,995 Fs 21,999 Fs 19,999
22.10 21.07 20.93 21.87
31.95 31.0ë 30.50 23.12
7.19 9.00 7.59 ë.ë2
1.3ë 1.91 5.15 1.91
10.00 7.53 8.89 2.21
IdiVa/,*#-. IdiVa/,(#*- IdiVa/,(#(, IdiVa/*-#,'

7.1 ë ë ë.1
3072 x 2301 281ë x 2112 2818 x 213ë 2818 x 2111
113.2 x 91 x 83 113.1 x 78 x 75.5 131 x 128 x 98 101 » 71 » ë9
551 110 ë00 300
12 / 2 12 / 1 10 / 2 12 / 1.2
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2 1 1 12
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1/1000 to 30 1/3200 to 15 1/1000 to 30 1/1000 to 1ë
| | | | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
7 10 11 18
ë10x180 | ë10x180 | ë10x180 | ë10x180 |
Meuorv Stick Sü/MMC xü Sü/MMC
32 / 0 0 / 1ë 10 / 512 32 / 0
| | | |
0otical 0otical None 0otical
| | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | | | |
ë.80 5.11 ë.50 7.99
3.11 1.ë9 5.82 1.ë2
9.ë3 8.ë3 9.ë3 5.75
8.ë7 9.33 7.00 5.11
5 10 5 5
Coufortable Coufortable Coufortable Coufortable
Soue reference reuuired lntuitive lntuitive Soue reference reuuired
Coufortable | Well-soaced | Coufortable | Well-soaced | Coufortable | Well-soaced | Averaue | Well-soaced |

| | | | | | | | | | | |
0ood Excellent Excellent Excellent

Excellent / 0ood Excellent / 0ood Excellent / Excellent 0ood / Excellent

181 130 181 25
120 105 120 23
3 2 2 1
¯ White balance uodes. Auto, üavliuht, Cloudv, Flourescent, lncandescent, Custou
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Face recogoitioo
The abililv lo recognize lhe face of lhe
user lo allow access is lhe USP of lhe
new Lenovo Y·series laplops. vondering
how face recognilion works? vell, il
nav sound shocking, bul lhere isn´l anv
kind of buill·in bionelric scanner for face
recognilion in lhis laplop. ín facl, il´s lhe
bundled applicalion called VeriFace which
recognizes lhe face of lhe user wilh lhe
help of a buill·in webcan. vhile enrolling
lhe face as a password, il exlracls kev
fealures such as lhe shape of lhe face,
dislance belween lhe eves, cheek bones,
and lhe localion of lhe nose and noulh.
Based on lhe phvsical characlerislics of
lhe face, VeriFace lhen creales a digilal
nap lhal gels regislered as a password.
Afler lhis nap has been regislered,
vou jusl need lo face lhe webcan lo
log on lo vindows. ín lhe evenl of an
unaulhorized allenpl lo access lhe laplop,
VeriFace lakes a snapshol of lhe inlruder
and slores il in lhe log for verifcalion.
íl even inlegrales a password nanager
lo slore login infornalion of websiles
and applicalions requiring aulhenlicalion
enabling vou lo login using face
recognilion.
Though VeriFace successfullv
recognized faces in nosl allenpls, il
failed lo do so in low lighl condilions
because lhe webcan needs a fair anounl
of anbienl lighl lo displav inages clearlv.
8ich souod
The Y500 series of laplops fealure a 2.5
wall subwoofer al lhe base which delivers
a surprisinglv rich nullinedia experience.
Slereo speakers are localed in fronl of
lhe chassis. 2.5 walls for a subwoofer
does seen neager bul il enhances lhe
sound lo an exlenl bv adding deplh. The
subwoofer can be powered using lhe
swilch lhal is localed near lhe hinge on
lhe lefl. This is safelv lhe nosl ´sound´
experience we have had on a laplop. The
speakers have a Dolbv logo, because vou
can also swilch over lo lhe Dolbv virlual
surround effecl using lhe sound driver´s
conlrol panel. The Dolbv effecl widens
lhe slereo effecl bul onlv slighllv. For a
lrue Dolbv Digilal experience, vou can use
lhe oplical S/PDíF oulpul jack which also
doubles as a headphone inpul. Bul, vou´ll
need a hone lhealer svslen powered
bv a Dolbv Pro·Logic anplifer lo gel lhe
real effecl.
$Iot-Ioadiog opticaI drive
ínslead of lhe lrav·loading oplical drive,
lhe enlire Y·series fealures a slol·loading
oplical drive. This does sinplifv loading
CDs and DVDs bv elininaling lhe lrav
which olherwise has lo be ejecled each
line vou wanl lo load/ejecl nedia.
However, lhis has ils own share of
drawbacks. ín case of a lrav·loading
drive, il´s easv lo clean lhe lens as lhe
assenblv ejecls wilh lhe lrav. Bul here,
il´s inpossible lo clean lhe lens as lhe
assenblv is fxed in lhe drive. Also, lhere´s
no provision for nanual ejecl unlike lrav·
loading drives.
üoekey 8ecovery
This is a handv fealure in case of a svslen
failure. vhen lhe laplop is off, vou can
press lhe ´ÑOVO´ shorlcul kev which
nakes il bool inlo OneKev Fecoverv
applicalion. This can be used lo back up
veriFace takes a snaoshot of the intruder
atteuotinu unauthorited access
You can siuolv slide in a disc in the ootical drive to
load it-it has no trav
The Y500 couolies with the üolbv üiuital standard
for uulti-channel outout
The subwoofer can be turned on/off usinu the
switch orovided on the left hinue
A 2.5-watt subwoofer at the base adds deoth to
the sound
veriFace takes snaoshots of the user while
enrollinu the face as a oassword
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and reslore lhe prinarv parlilion on which
lhe operaling svslen resides.
1.3 MF Webcaæ
All lhe nodels in lhe Y·series (excepl
lhe Y500 7761 1AOì sporl a 1.3 íP
webcan for grabbing inages and video
conferencing wilh vour fanilv, or dislanl
friends. The webcan is also used bv
VeriFace lo caplure lhe inage of lhe user
for face recognilion. 1.3 íP neans an
inage resolulion of 1230x1024 pixels,
which is greal for a webcan!
$huttIe 6eotre
Fesenbling vindows íedia Cenler,
Lenovo Shullle Cenlre is an audio and
video plalforn lhal inlegrales a nusic
plaver, video plaver, novie plaver, pholo
viewer, and lelevision in an inluilive user
inlerface. You can navigale lhrough lhe
Shullle Cenlre using lhe conlrol pad
provided on lhe lop righl hand corner of
lhe laplop. The red bullon is neanl for
seleclion and acls as a shorlcul lo launch
Shullle Cenlre. The up and down bullons
lo ils righl are for scrolling lhrough lhe
various funclions.
MDVI£5: This funclion is ideal for walching
VCDs and DVDs loaded in lhe oplical
drive.
VID£D5: Using lhis funclion, vou can walch
video clips slored on lhe hard drive or anv
renovable nedia like porlable hard drives
and USB Hash drives.
PIC1Uk£5: This funclion is neanl for
viewing pholos slored on lhe hard drive or
anv renovable nedia. You can even creale
slideshows and add lransilions belween
slides.
MU5IC: Aparl fron plaving nusic, lhis
fealure also allows vou lo organize vour
nusic bv arlisl, albun or genre. You can
even conpile and burn audio CDs and rip
lhen lo víA fornal.
1V: This funclion is relevanl lo onlv lhose
nodels lhal fealure a buill·in TV luner. You
can walch as well as record live TV wilh
lhis fealure. íf vou would like lo lake a
break, vou can use lhe line·shifl funclion
lo pause live TV and resune when vou gel
back. Using lhe bundled íF renole conlrol,
il´s also possible lo conlrol lhe TV fron a
dislance.
Ihe Iest
Oul of lhe eighl nodels which nake
lhe Lenovo 3000 Y series, we gol our
hands on lwo nodels-Y300 7759 1AO
and Y500 7761 4AO.
Aparl fron lhe forn faclor, bolh
nodels share a sinilar sel of fealures.
Thev´re bolh powered bv lhe ínlel Core
Duo T2250 nobile processor clocked al
1.73 CHz and 512 íB of DDF2 nenorv.
To lesl lhe perfornance of bolh lhese
nodels, we pul each of lhen lhrough our
rigorous sel of benchnarks.
5¥N1H£1IC 1£515: ín lhis sel of lesls
we evalualed lhe perfornance of lhe
processor, nenorv, hard drive and oplical
drive bv using benchnarking applicalions
like SiSofl Sandra 2007 and PCíark 05.
These applicalions sinulale real·world
scenario and give scores based on lhe
overall perfornance and lhe individual
perfornance of each subsvslen.
k£AL-WDkLD 1£515: Here, we evalualed lhe
perfornance bv neasuring lhe line laken
lo perforn various lasks lhal a user would
generallv do in dav·lo·dav silualions-fle
conpression, audio/video encoding,
burning CDs and DVDs and so on. ín order
lo elininale bolllenecks, we ensured lhal
lhe applicalions we chose for lhe lesls
could lake advanlage of nulliple cores.
vhile lhe svnlhelic benchnarks give
resulls based on sinulalion, lhe real world
benchnarks are based on aclual lesls.
Hence, while conparing lhe perfornance,
il´s lhe real·world scores lhal are nore
signifcanl.
ve didn´l lesl lhe graphics subsvslen
as il wouldn´l nake sense slressing lhe
onboard graphics which are powered bv
nerelv 12 íB of nenorv shared fron lhe
nain nenorv. However, lo indicale lhal
lhese laplops are clearlv nol neanl for
ganing, we ran Doon 3 wilh low sellings
al a resolulion of 640 x 430 and noled lhe
frane rale. A slressful lesl like 3Díark
or benchnarks using higher resolulions
would be a lorlure lo lhis svslen.
To assess lhe wriling speed of lhe
oplical drive, we logged lhe line laken
lo burn a 4.25 CB DVD and a 693 íB
CD using Ñero Burning Fon 7.0. The
discs were burnl al lhe highesl speed
supporled bv lhe drive.
The control oad at the too riuht eases the ooeration
of Shuttle Centre
An infrared reuote control coues bundled with
variants featurinu a Tv tuner
With the Shuttle Centre, vou can oruanite and view
all vour uedia files
You can watch, record, tiue-shift and schedule
television orouraus
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Ioterpretiog the scores
Even lhough bolh lhe Y500 and Y300
fealure idenlical core conponenls, we
benchnarked bolh of lhen lo denvslifv
lhe difference in perfornance belween
lhe lwo. íf vou assune lhere won´l be anv
difference in perfornance, lhe scores will
prove vou wrong.
5¥N1H£1IC 5CDk£5: The processor
arilhnelic lesl in SiSofl Sandra 2007
reveals lhal lhe perfornance of lhe ínlel
Core Duo T2250 isn´l bolllenecked.
Here, lhe perfornance of lhe chipsel
is bolllenecked. The íobile ínlel 945C
chipsel has an FSB of 667 íHz bul since
lhe FSB of processor and nenorv is
clocked al 533 íHz, lhere´s slill roon
for lhe chipsel lo slrelch ils legs. Even if
lhe laplops were flled wilh lhe Core Duo
T2300 processor clocked al 1.66 CHz and
DDF2 667 íHz nenorv, lhere would be
a signifcanl difference in perfornance
as lhe chipsel would be perforning al
ils besl in svnc wilh lhe processor and
nenorv. These dual core laplops cone
wilh an allraclive and irresislable price
lag because of lhe 533 íHz Core Duo
processors and nenorv lhal Lenovo
offers.
Even lhe Y500 7761 5AO based on
ínlel Core 2 Duo fealures lhe enlrv·level
varianl of lhe processor wilh an FSB of
533 íHz. A 667 CHz FSB processor (Core
2 Duo T5500ì cones flled onlv in lhe
lopnosl nodel, lhe Y500 7761 6AO.
Bolh lhe Y500 and Y300 fealure 30 CB
SATA hard drive wilh a spindle speed of
5400 rpn. Yel, lhe fle svslen benchnark
in SiSofl Sandra 2007 and HDD lesl
suile in PCíark 05 show a 16 percenl
difference in perfornance belween lhe
lwo nodels. However, a hard drive index
over 30 íB/s is good for a laplop, lhanks
lo lhe SATA inlerface.
k£AL-WDkLD 5CDk£5: Civen singular
lasks, lhere weren´l anv differences
belween lhe Y500 and Y300 in real·world
perfornance. The line laken lo conpress
fles and encode audio and video was
exacllv lhe sane. However, il was verv
slrange lo fnd lhe Y500 lagging behind
bv 50 seconds in lhe nulli·lasking lesl
wherein we ran video encoding and fle
conpression lesls al parallel. To clear our
doubl, we rebooled lhe nachines and
repealed lhe lesls over and over again-
lhe difference persisled. The reason
for running fle and video conpression
al parallel was lo fnd lhe difference as
conpared lo lhe lasks running individuallv.
During lhe nulli·lasking lesl, lhe
laplops were slruggling wilh CPU
ulilizalion al 100 percenl lhroughoul.
Caners nole lhal excepl for lhe Y500
7761 6AO lhal fealures 1 CB nenorv
and Ñvidia CeForce CO 7400 dedicaled
graphics, lhe resl of lhe nodels are slricllv
nol neanl for ganing. The ínlel CíA 950
onboard graphics coughed up nerelv 9 fps
al 640x430 wilh low sellings in Doon 3.
3Díark 05 wouldn´l even cross a score of
100 poinls.
$cores
Leoovo ¥500
11ë1 4Aü
Leoovo ¥300
1159 1Aü
$¥NIhEII6 $6ü8E$
$i$oIt $aodra 2001
Frocessor arithuetic
ührvstones 11780 MlFS 11790 MlFS
Whetstones 8ë9ë MFL0FS 8702 MlFS
Meuorv bandwidth 2982 Mß/s 3073 Mß/s
File svsteu benchuark 39 Mß/s 31 Mß/s
0otical drive read test
Cü 3571 kß/s 3583 kß/s
üvü ë850 kß/s ë9ë7 kß/s
F6Mark 05
0verall 2933 28ë1
hüü XF Startuo ë.20 Mß/s 5.57 Mß/s
File decrvotion 13.25 Mß/s 13.0ë Mß/s
Multithreaded test
Audio couoression 1805 kß/s 1752 kß/s
video encodinu 2ë1 kß/s 271 kß/s
CFu test suite 1023 1017
Meuorv test suite 2ëë1 2ë50
hüü test suite 3810 3278
MobiIeMark 2002 3hrs 53 uins 1 hrs 22 uins
8EAL-Wü8Lß $6ü8E$
Tiue taken to encode 300 Mß of WAv files to 25ë kbos
MF3 at hiuh uualitv - Xilisoft MF3 Encoder
112 secs 112 secs
Tiue taken to encode 2 uin 15 sec vob file l99 MßI to
Xvid at 75% uualitv - Auto0K
200 secs 200 secs
Tiue taken to couoress 200 Mß uultiole files to .rar
foruat usinu 'ßest couoression' orofile - Winrar
103 secs 103 secs
Tiue taken for above video encodinu and file
couoression runninu in oarallel
video encodinu 332 secs 270 secs
File couoression 170 secs 102 secs
ßaæiog
üoou 3. ë10x180 @ low 9 fos 9 fos
üpticaI ßrive Write $peed Iest
Cü - ë92 Mß uultiole files - 21x 5 uin 58 sec - 1939 kß/s
üvü - 1.25 0ß uultiole files - 8x 11 uin 3 sec - ë110 kß/s
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¥300 vs ¥500
Lenovo 3000 Y·series offers lwo forn
faclors-Ullra porlable wilh a 13.1·inch
widescreen displav and nainslrean wilh a
15.4·inch widescreen displav. Al presenl,
lhe Y300 cones in lhe onlv varianl lhal is
sinilar lo lhe Y500 7761 4AO wilh respecl
lo lhe sel of fealures. Aparl fron lhe
size of lhe displav, lhe najor difference
belween lhe Y300 and Y500 is lhe design
due lo lhe difference in forn faclors. The
oplical drive and card reader in lhe Y500
are placed on lhe sides. ín Y300, lhese are
placed in lhe fronl, naking il easier lo load
discs and inserl nenorv cards.
A kev fealure nissing fron lhe Y300 is lhe
subwoofer al lhe base. There´s onlv a sel
of slereo speakers lhal are placed near lhe
hinges. íl even lacks supporl for oplical
S/PDíF oulpul. However, vou won´l need
lhese fealures while vou´re on lhe nove.
Al leasl vou won´l niss walching novies
on a slick widescreen displav!
ßuiId quaIity
ve won´l sav lhal lhe build qualilv of
lhe laplop is excellenl, bul il´s surelv
good. The chassis is slurdv bul lhe area
below lhe kevboard for resling lhe wrisls
seens a bil hollow, naking lhe user feel
apprehensive of resling lheir hands on il.
The chassis fealures a clasp·less design
which is quile neal. vilh lhis exlerior
design fealure, vou can jusl open and
close lhe lid like a book. The qualilv, and
hence, lhe feel of lhe kevboard is quile
good overall.
Ergoooæics
The laplop is verv conforlable lo work on.
Bolh lhe Y300 and Y500 fealure lhe sane
kevboard, and lhe kevs are suffcienllv
large and well·spaced. Hence, inspile of
being ullra·porlable, lhe Y300 doesn´l
conpronise on lhe size of lhe kevboard.
Bul il doesn´l offer as nuch space as
Y500 for paln·resl as il´s reslricled bv ils
forn faclor.
All lhe porls are placed al lhe side lo
sinplifv access. There are shorlcul
bullons for webcan and power profles.
A hardware swilch is provided lo aclivale/
deaclivale Blueloolh and vi·Fi .
Fackage cooteots
All lhe nodels cone bundled wilh a
svslen reslore disc lo reslore lhe svslen
lo a working slale in lhe evenl of a crash.
A driver disc also cones bundled so lhal
vou don´l have lo hunl for device drivers
afler a fresh re·inslallalion of vindows.
Ñorlon Anlivirus 2006 cones as a bonus
in lhe soflware package.
Finallv, lhere´s a disc called ´Cifl Pack´
which vou nighl lhink conlains goodies.
Bul il acluallv conlains inslallalion fles
of lhe applicalions lhal cone preloaded
wilh lhe svslen. íodels lhal fealure a TV
luner cone wilh an FF adapler and an íF
renole conlrol.
$pecscao
$eries ¥ 300 ¥ 500
ModeI 1159 1Aü 11ë1 1Aü
Frice Fs ë2,190 Fs 31,190
Cateuorv ultra-oortable Entrv-level
Warrantv 1 vear 1 vear
üiuensions lWxüxhI uu 317.2 x 23ë x 35.2 3ë1 x 275 x 38
Weiuht 2.03 Ku 2.71 Ku
Frocessor lntel Core üuo T2250 lntel Celeron M 120
Clock soeed 1.73 0ht 1.ë0 0ht
FSß 533 Mht 533 Mht
L2 Cache 2 Mß 1 Mß
üisolav site 13.1-inch wide 15.1-inch wide
0otiual resolution 1280 x 7ë8 1280 x 800
Meuorv lüüF2I 512 Mß 25ë Mß
hard drive 80 0ß SATA ë0 0ß SATA
0raohics lntel 0raohics Media Accelerator 950
0otical drive üvü Writer üvü Coubo
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0oeratinu svsteu Windows XF houe Free ü0S
ßatterv ë Cell
Fated batterv life 1.5 hours 3 hours
ßundled aoolications 0ne Kev Fecoverv, Shuttle Centre, Fower 2 0o, veriFace
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Which ooe's right Ior you!
The Lenovo 3000 Y·series spans across
all budgels and applicalion areas-lhere´s
sonelhing in il for evervone. For lhose
who wanl a conpacl vel a powerful
nachine for conpuling on lhe nove,
lhere´s lhe ullra·porlable Y300 powered
bv a dual core processor and 512 íB
nenorv.
íf vou´re lighl on budgel or need an
enlrv·level laplop for basic conpuling
needs, lhere are lwo nodels vou can
choose fron. The plain vanilla nodel
fealures a 60 CB hard drive and 256 íB
of nenorv and has a webcan. A slighllv
nore powerful varianl, lhe Y500 7761
1CO, cones wilh 512 íB nenorv, DVD
wriler and a webcan.
íainslrean varianls are powered
bv a dual·core processor naking lhen
suilable for nulli·lasking and high·end
applicalions.
Finallv, lhere are lwo high·end nodels
based on lhe powerful Core 2 Duo
processor lhal offer generous slorage
space and TV luner. The highesl·end
nodel, Y500 7761 6AO is largeled
lowards ganers. Ñow, lake vour pick!
¥ 500
11ë1 16ü 11ë1 2ßü 11ë1 4Aü 11ë1 5Aü 11ë1 ëAü
Fs 38,990 Fs 50,710 Fs 5ë,000 Fs ë1,710 Fs ë9,990
Entrv-level Mainstreau hiuh-end
1 vear 1 vear 1 vear 1 vear 1 vear
3ë1 x 275 x 38
2.71 Ku 2.83 Ku
lntel Celeron M 120 lntel Core üuo T2050 lntel Core üuo T2250 lntel Core 2 üuo T5200 lntel Core 2 üuo T5500
1.ë0 0ht 1.ë0 0ht 1.73 0ht 1.ë0 0ht 1.ëë 0ht
533 Mht 533 Mht 533 Mht 533 Mht ëë7 Mht
1 Mß 2 Mß 2 Mß 2 Mß 2 Mß
15.1-inch wide
1280 x 800
512 Mß 512 Mß 512 Mß 1 0ß 1 0ß
ë0 0ß SATA ë0 0ß SATA 80 0ß SATA 100 0ß SATA 100 0ß SATA
lntel 0raohics Media Accelerator 950 Nvidia 0eForce 00 7100
üvü Writer üvü Writer
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Windows XF houe
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3 hours 1 hours 1 hours 1 hours 3 hours
Easv Caoture 2.5, l0FS Anvwhere, Adobe Acrobat Feader 8.0, Norton Antivirus 200ë
Centact DetaiIs
6ootact Lenovo lndia Fvt Ltd
Fhooe 1-800-125-3353
E-æaiI oc@in.lenovo.cou
Website www.lenovo.cou/in
Lenovo 3000 Y500
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6AIEßü8¥ ENI8¥-LE¥EL F8I6E |8sI MIß-8ANßE F8I6E |8sI
Frocessor AMü Athlon ë1 X2 3800÷ lSocket AM2I ë,800 AMü Athlon ë1 X2 1200÷ lSocket AM2I 9,000
Motherboard ASuS M2N MX 1,000 MSl K9N NeoF 1,900
8AM 512 Mß Kinuston üüF2 ëë7 Mht 2,800 2x512 Mß Kinuston üüF2 ëë7 Mht 5,800
hard ßisk hitachi üesktar 1ë0 0ß SATA 2,750 Western üiuital Wü3200KS 320 0ß ë,000
ßraphics 6ard Zebronics 7ë000S FCl-E 25ë Mß ë,200 Zebronics 7ë000T 25ë Mß 9,500
üpticaI ßrive Lite-0n ShW-1ë35S üual Laver üvü Writer 1,900 Lite-0n ShW-1ë35S üual Laver üvü Writer 1,900
Network 6ard 0nboard 10/100 Fast Ethernet Nil 0nboard 10/100/1000 0bE Nil
Mooitor Sausunu SvncMaster 710N 10,700 viewSonic vF920ß 18,999
keyboard ßlues Multiuedia Kevboard 390 ßlues Multiuedia Kevboard 390
Mouse ßlues 31ë 0otical 300 Louitech MX518 2,500
$peakers 2.1 Louitech X-230 3,300 Altec Lansinu MX5021 7,100
$peakers 5.1 Louitech X-530 5,900 Louitech Z-5300 11,000
$ouodcard Creative Sound ßlaster Live 5.1 1,550 Creative Audiuv 2 value 21-bit 2,300
F6 6ase ßlues MF-121 Case and Fower Suoolv 1,100 Zebronics Feace 2,200
Fower $uppIy - Nil FowerSafe 100 Watts 1,ë00
IüIAL 44,ë90 IüIAL 1ë,089
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lntel Core 2 üuo Eë700 27,500
Nvidia nForce ë80i SLl 11,500
2 x 512 Mß Kinuston KhXë100ü2K2/10 800 Mht 11,500
Seauate ST3750ë10AS 23,200
XFX 0eForce 8800 0TX 12,000
Lite-0n ShW-1ë35S üual Laver üvü Writer 1,900
0n-board 10/100/1000 0bE Nil
viewSonic vX2235W 29,999
Louitech 0-15 0auinu Kevboard 1,850
Louitech MX518 2,500
Kliosch Frouedia 0MX A-2.1 11,150
Louitech Z-5500 üiuital 23,000
Creative Sound ßlaster Audiuv 1 5,800
Antec Suoer Lanbov 5,500
Cooler Master i0reen 500W ë,900
IüIAL 2,02,149
6AIEßü8¥ F8üßü6I F8I6E |8sI
Frocessor lntel Core 2 üuo Eë700 27,500
Motherboard Nvidia nForce ë80i SLl 11,500
8AM 2x1 0ß Kinuston üüF2 ëë7 Mht 12,500
hard ßisk Wü Faotor 1500AüFü 150 0ß 15,000
ßraphics 6ard Leadtek 0uadro FX 510 128 Mß 9,750
üpticaI ßrive Lite-0n ShW-1ë35S üvü Writer 1,900
Network 6ard 0nboard 10/100/1000 0bE Nil
Mooitor viewsonic F97F÷ 18,ë00
keyboard Microsoft lnternet Kevboard ë50
Mouse Louitech MX518 2,500
$peakers 5.1 Louitech Z-5500 üiuital 23,000
$ouodcard Creative X-Fi Elite Fro 27,000
F6 6ase Cooler Master Fraetorian 731 ë,500
Fower $uppIy Corsair hXë20W 7,500
Ioput ßevice
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Wacou 0raohire1 Tablet ë x 8 9,000
IüIAL 1,15,900
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Frocessor AMü Seuoron ë1 3000÷ 3,500
Motherboard ASuS M2N MX 1,000
8AM 512 Mß Kinuston üüF2 ëë7 Mht 2,900
hard ßisk hitachi üeskStar 7K80 80 0ß 2,200
ßraphics 6ard Zebronics 7300 LE 128 Mß 2,700
üpticaI ßrive Lite-0n ShW-1ë35S üvü Writer 1,900
Network 6ard 0nboard 10/100 Fast Ethernet Nil
Mooitor Sausunu SvncMaster 793S CFT 1,750
keyboard Microsoft Wired üesktoo 500 - Coubo 825
Mouse - Nil
$peakers 2.1 Creative SßS210 500
$peakers 5.1 Creative SßS370 1,250
$ouodcard 0nboard Nil
F6 6ase ßlues MF-121 Case and Fower Suoolv 1,100
Fower $uppIy - Nil
IüIAL 25,425
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Frocessor AMü Athlon ë1 X2 3800÷ lSocket AM2I ë,800
Motherboard Asus M2N FvMX 1,700
8AM 2x512 Mß Kinuston üüF2 ëë7 Mht 5,800
hard ßisk Western üiuital Wü2500KS 250 0ß 1,500
ßraphics 6ard 0nboard 0raohics Nil
üpticaI ßrive Lite-0n ShW-1ë35S üvü Writer 1,900
Network 6ard 0nboard 10/100/1000 0bE Nil
Mooitor viewSonic vX2235WM 29,999
keyboard
Microsoft Wireless 0otical
üesktoo 1000 - Coubo
1,500
Mouse - Nil
$peakers 5.1
|Eotry-IeveI,
Mid-raoge,
high-eodI
Louitech X-530
Louitech Z-5300e
Louitech Z-5500 üiuital
5,900
11,000
23,000
$ouodcard Creative Audiuv value 21-bit 2,100
F6 6ase Cooler Master Media 2ë0 8,950
Fower $uppIy Cooler Master Extreue Fower 350 2,100
I¥ Iuoer Couoro videoMate 0old Flus ll 3,500
IüIAL 94,849
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$uggested ßraods
AppIe iFod, 6owoo iAüßIü k5L
ßudget
8s 14,000 - 25,000
$uggested ßraods
Mitashi IFß 1100, Mitashi IFß 1305
ßudget
8s 8,500 - 20,000
$uggested ßraods
6owoo iAüßIü F2, kiogstoo k-FEk100
ßudget
8s 8,500 - 12,000
PertabIe Media PIayers
Pick the right PMP and get kickass entertainment on the move BY FRANCIS D'SA
T
his calegorv conprises nainlv of solid
slale Hash nenorv nedia plavers.
vilh no noving parls, lhese devices are
verv slurdv and have a good ballerv life.
Thev are porlable and can be charged
on lhe go. íf vou are a novie buff, nake
sure vou gel a bigger screen because in
case of snaller screens, nore lhan one
person would nol enjov novies al lhe
sane line. Larger nenorv capacilv of lhe
plaver is anolher pre·requisile for walching
novies. íosl of lhese plavers are fealure
rich wilh Fí radio, piclure viewers, lexl
fle viewers, and an in·buill nicrophone
for voice recording. ín case, vou don´l
wanl lo spend loo nuch and wanl nore
songs lhan videos, lhen lhese plavers
are perfecl for vou. Varving fron nenorv
capacilies of 512 íB lo 4 CB and nore,
vou can look oul for addilional fealures like
nenorv expansion (nenorv card slolsì,
and USB on lhe go where vou can plug
in a USB Hash drive and plav ils conlenls
direcllv fron anv svslen. You should also
eve olher fealures like user·replaceable
balleries, good earphones, plavlisl
nanagenenl, line·in, and direcl encoding
for audio.
T
he plavers in lhis calegorv have buill·in
nicro hard drives which is whv lhev
have large slorage capacilies. íenorv
capacilv in lhis calegorv range fron 2 CB
lo 3 CB and nore, which nakes lhese
drives good for sloring novie conlenl
and nassive audio fles. The problen
wilh lhese plavers are lheir noving parls
(lhe hard disc driveì which nake lhen
prone lo shocks. The drive can gel easilv
danaged even if il falls fron a few feel.
Also lhe producl size is bigger lhan usual,
naking lhen bulkier and lherefore verv
unconforlable lo carrv in vour lop pockel.
The price range of lhese drives are direcllv
proporlional lo lhe slorage capacilv vou
require. The slarling price poinl of lhese
plavers is also prellv sleep. Ballerv life is
low because lhe spinning hard drive drains
a lol of power, especiallv when walching
novies. Co for lhese plavers if vou have
lhe budgel bul look oul for addilional
fealures like USB on lhe go, user·
replaceable ballerv, supporl for íPEC·4/
DivX/Xvid/FLAC and víA. Video oulpul
would be an addilional bonus. Also check
for line·in porl and supporled inline audio
encoding.
W
ilh larger displav screen size and
easv porlabililv, lhe oplical nedia
plavers are lhe besl of lhen all. These
are oplinun for walching novies while
lraveling. The onlv drawback of lhese
plavers is lhal lheir ballerv life is verv
poor. This is because lhe large screen
needs lo be backlil which drains nosl of
lhe ballerv. Also adding lo lhe power load
is lhe spinning disc drive and lhe audio
oulpul bul il is defnilelv fun walching
novies on a larger screen. The nedia is
easv lo load (jusl pop in lhe CD/DVD and
hil lhe plav bullonì lherefore naking il
an ideal wav lo share novies and nusic.
The price range can depend on lhe buill·in
fealures of lhe producl bul are generallv
expensive because of lhe TFT screen
sizes. vhen buving, check if lhe producl
has good resolulion and viewing angle.
Also check for addilional fealures like
íPEC·4 plavback and re·wrileable nedia
conpalibililv. íf lhe plaver cones wilh
digilal oulpul for surround sound, vou can
even lurn il inlo a hone lhealer. íf vou
do nol wanl lo spend loo nuch, lhe besl
oplion is buving a plaver wilh a DVD and
íP3 plaver onlv.
hard-drive based $oIid state
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PEPSONAL TECHNOLOGY
L
asl vear we saw a deluge of íP3 plavers,
personal nedia plavers, digilal caneras,
nobile phones and olher gadgels on
lhe narkel. And lhanks lo a beller econonv
and rising incones, índian consuners were
shopping for lechnologv devices like never
before. Of course, nore phones and gadgels
will sell lhis vear. Bul consuners are now
lhinking aboul conlenl-lhe verv lhing lhal will
drive sales for handhelds. ín facl, a lhene al
lhe jusl concluded Consuner Eleclronics Show
(CESì in Las Vegas was: allowing consuners lo
lake conlenl wherever lhev go.
So whal kind of conlenl are consuners going
lo pack inlo lheir phones or iPods? Broadlv,
il will be lwo kinds: conlenl lhal one alreadv
owns, and conlenl lhal one can download
afler subscribing lo a service. vilh a device
full of conlenl, users will lhen look for wavs lo
dislribule or exchange il anong friends.
As í wrile lhis, lhink·lanks fron lhe lelevision
and radio induslrv, nedia houses, and lhe phone
operalors are hobnobbing in boardroons lo
discuss how lhev will work logelher lo provide
conlenl for handhelds. Thev are afler nunbers,
so obviouslv lhere´ll be nuch varielv al verv
affordable subscriplion rales! Bul vou´ll need a
Series 60 handsel wilh CPFS (perhaps a fulure·
readv 3C fealureì lo enjov lhis.
Producls of such nedia collaboralion are
alreadv available or are in lhe lrial slages.
Visual Fadio offers inleraclivilv lo users. vhile
lislening lo radio on lheir nobile handsels, users
can also view visuals and infornalion relaled
lo whal´s plaving on air. An exanple is Fadio
íirchi´s Visual Fadio, in parlnership wilh Hulch.
The radio channel can lhrow in conlesls, polls,
visual pronolions-even an opporlunilv for
lisleners lo inleracl wilh FJs.
Digilal Video Broadcasl - Handheld (DVB·Hì
is a slandard for live broadcasl íobile TV. Ñokia
is doing a DVB·H broadcasl nobile TV pilol wilh
nalional broadcasler Doordarshan. íl will be
enabled bv SHAF Broadcasl, a íunbai·based
digilal conlenl solulions provider.
Kingfsher Airlines has lied up wilh Dish TV
lo offer Live TV on ils Highls. Everv aircrafl will
be flled wilh nicro blade lhree·axis nobile
dishes lhal will receive live conlenl fron a
salellile. So while lraveling in a Kingfsher plane,
vou won´l niss lhe prograns lhal vou enjov on
vour Dish TV DTH receiver al hone.
TV channels will nake 45· lo 60·second
video capsules of lheir soap operas for cell
phone users. So if vou nissed vour favorile
serial, vou´ll be able lo download and view lhe
highlighls on vour phone lhe nexl norning. This
will be possible over CPFS.
And when publishing houses are roped
in for conlenl, vou will gel access lo slorv
sunnaries in lhe lalesl issue of vour favorile
nagazines. vilh a search fealure lhrown in
for good neasure, vou´ll be able lo fnd lhe
lop producls selecled bv edilors, conplele
wilh specifcalions and pricing. All lhis on vour
nobile phone!
vhen il cones lo sharing nusic belween
porlable devices, Crenlin does il besl. Crenlin
is aboul lhe size of an iPod, and il has a nolable
fealure called Direcl·lo·Device Downloads.
This lels vou download lracks fron an iTunes·
like online service called íusicCrenlin. The
big difference here is lhal, wilh Crenlin, vou
download wirelesslv and on lhe nove-no
conduils or PCs required! You jusl need lo be
near a vi·Fi holspol. Unforlunalelv, ils vi·Fi
circuilrv is luned lo work onlv wilh holspols in
lhe US, for now.
ín índia, we are slill a vear or nore awav fron
3C services. So vou won´l see people walching
live TV (full serialsì on handhelds anvline soon.
Bul lhere is a huge opporlunilv for conlenl
providers. Till now lhev focused nainlv on
news and ganing. The new focus areas are
inleraclivilv, nusic, TV, e·books,
and infornalion on denand
(lhrough search servicesì.
íf lhe conlenl is available
al a reasonable cosl, and
bandwidlh prices drop, conlenl
will becone lhe nexl ´killer app´. ín
facl, nanv will consider buving new
devices and subscribing lo services
lo view lhis conlenl on lhe go. í´n
gane for il loo! „
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Just like anv other uechanical storaue
device, a Nash drive uses a controller.
Since this Nash device uses uSß as the
interface lwhile a Couoact Flash card uses
the FCMClA-ATA interfaceI this chio is
known as the uSß 2.0 host controller. This
wav, a Nash ueuorv chio can store data in
a oarticular wav without worrvinu about
how an external device will trv to read its
contents. The controller chio does the job
of interfacinu the Nash ueuorv with anv
external device-a uSß oort, in this case.
FIash Meæory
When vou send data to vour uSß Nash drive,
it uets saved on this chio. Flash ueuorv
stores inforuation in 'blocks'. Flash ueuorv
caoacitv deoends on the nuuber of blocks
and their individual site. For exauole, a Nash
ueuorv chio that has 1ë Kß 8192 blocks will
have a storaue caoacitv of uo to 128 Mß l1ë
Kß x 8192I.
Each block is uade uo of tinv electronic
devices known as transistors. üifferent
tvoes of transistors are used deoendinu on
the kind of usaue. Eubedded ueuorv lused
in ohones, watches, etcI uses N0F-tvoe
transistors while the oooular NANü-tvoe
is used in storaue devices like uSß drives,
fIash Memery
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F
lash ueuorv devices have uraduallv reolaced Nooov disks as an
ootion of storaue. These devices coue in different sites and are
easilv affordable. Thev are used extensivelv in ueuorv cards, uSß
drives and uobile ohones. Even the ßl0S chio on a uotherboard uses
Nash ueuorv to store svsteu settinus. Flash storaue devices are oart of
the 'non-volatile ueuorv' lFAM falls under the 'volatile ueuorv' urouoI
urouo and do not use anv uechanical oarts like hard disk drives. hence,
thev are also referred to as 'solid state devices'. Let us take a look at the
uost oooular foru of storaue-the uSß Nash drive.
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FIash drives have become extremeIy popuIar. They are affordabIe, reIiabIe
and offer good performance. How does something so smaII store so much7
BY ASHUTOSH DESAI
ueuorv cards and solid state disks. lNANü/
N0F storaue will be further exolainedI.
6rystaI üsciIIator
You uiuht be fauiliar with the teru 'clock
freuuencv'-esoeciallv in the case of
orocessors. The crvstal oscillator runs at
a oarticular clock freuuencv-12 Mht l12
uillion cvcles oer secondI. Anv electronic
uaduet needs to work with different
couoonents in order to function. Just like
we work bv the clock, these couoonents
work with each other with the helo of the
oscillator's siunals.
üptiooaI 6oæpooeots
Most uSß Nash devices have an LEü
indicator, which Nashes durinu use or while
an activitv is in orocess.
Thev uiuht also have a write-orotect
slidinu switch, siuilar to the one found on
Nooov disks.
Most uSß Nash devices are uade on
the saue circuit board, since the ueuorv
controller handles uore than one Nash chio,
therebv uakinu it easier to uanufacture
uSß Nash devices of varvinu storaue
caoacities.
NANß aod Nü8 IIash æeæories
Flash ueuorv devices can use either NANü
or N0F-based transistor louic. Each tvoe
has its advantaues and disadvantaues.
lExolaininu NANü/N0F louic is bevond the
scooe of this articleI
A N0F-based Nash ueuorv is uore
exoensive and has lower storaue caoacities
than its counteroarts l·1 0ßI. Thev also
have slow write and erase tiues. however,
read rates are verv uood, uakinu theu ideal
for storinu code in electronic aooliances
luobile ohones, FC ßl0S, etcI.
NANü-tvoe Nash ueuorv orovides
ureater storaue ootions lwell over the 1 0ß
uarkI. lt has faster read/write/erase tiues
and even has a lonuer life soan.
lnforuation is stored in 'ueuorv cells'
known as ' floatinu uate transistors'. A
reuular uetal-oxide field effect transistor
lM0SFETI consists of three teruinals
-source, uate and drain. A floatinu uate
transistor has two uates-control and
floatinu lC0, F0I. Let's take a look at how
inforuation is stored in a cell. „
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Meuorv cells are arranued at intersections of a urid uade uo
of coluuns and rows. voltaue is aoolied to the ueuorv cells
alonu the coluun lßit LineI and row lWord LineI. The Floatinu
0ate is surrounded bv an oxide laver, which helos it store the
charue held within it. This is how non-volatile ueuorv stores
inforuation-even when the device is not oowered.
A ueuorv cell will have a value '1' if the F0 is linked to the
WL throuuh the C0. This ueuorv cell holds a sinule bit of
data. Multi-level cell devices can store uore than one bit. An
'euotv' Nash ueuorv device has all its ueuorv cells set to '1'.
¥aIue '0'
To switch the value to '0', the F0 uust be disconnected frou the
Word Line. voltaue is aoolied alonu the ßit Line, which is ureater
than the one aoolied alonu the Word Line. A orocess known as
'tunnelinu' occurs, wherein the electrons are 'oushed' into the
oxide laver. As this insulatinu laver increases, the link strenuth
between the C0 and F0 breaks down. This leads to the value
switchinu to '0'. To return, switch this value back to '1', a charue
will be aoolied down the Word Line to channelite the electrons
down into the F0.
A sensor 'reads' the voltaue across the ßL and WL to
ascertain the value stored in the ueuorv cell.
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The oaraueters used for evaluatinu software are
assiuned a uraohical ratinu out of a scale of 5.
These ueasures include oerforuance, features
and ease of use. The overall ratinu shown in the
reviews is based on all these factors.
ln addition, there is a value for uonev ratinu
for each aoolication. This ratinu is obtained
bv couoilinu the features and the utilitv of the
aoolication auainst its orice. ln case of freeware
and shareware tools available for downloadinu
frou the lnternet, we reolace the orice with the
download site land therefore, the tiue taken to
download the aoolicationI for arrivinu at the value
for uonev ratinu.
Pramod Jadhav
8atiogs ExpIaioed
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his nonlh our cover slorv lakes a look al
Visla, lhe lalesl version of vindows. ve
lhoughl il would be apl if we presenled
vou wilh olher applicalions in lheir lalesl avalar.
So here we have il! To begin wilh, our soflware
of lhe nonlh is Ulead Pholoínpacl 12 which is
an excellenl applicalion for pholo ediling. This
new version is largelled al analeurs as nosl
of ils operalion can be perforned wilh a sinple
double·click. íl´s also on our DVD.
Ñexl in line is lhe popular OCF applicalion
Abbvv FineFeader 3.0 lhal can exlracl lexl
fron inages and PDFs, eradicaling lhe
nuisance of jolling down noles fron such fles.
This nonlh, we have also included Azureus
2.5, one of lhe nosl popular Java·based lorrenl
clienls. íl has a lol of fealures buill inlo il so
lhal vou can download fles wilhoul anv hassle.
On lhe securilv fronl, we have ícAfee ínlernel
Securilv 2007 lo keep prving invaders al bav, so
vou can surf wilhoul worrving.
Under svslen ulililies, vou will fnd
Eusing Free Fegislrv Cleaner 1.25 lhal can
Hush oul all lhe redundanl enlries fron vour
regislrv, keeping il clean and error free. For
dala securilv, lhere is TrueCrvpl 4.2a which
flls in lhe gaps wilh ils excellenl encrvplion
capabililies and il does all of il being a freeware.
Lasl bul nol lhe leasl, we have reviewed lhe
new version of ínlernel Explorer. You will be
pleased lo fnd lhal Avanl Browser 11 relains
lhe soul of ínlernel Explorer and adds nosl
of lhe nissing popular fealures such as lab
browsing, window duplicalion, elc.
Seftware Center
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piclures can express nuch nore lhan
words and are alwavs prefered over lexl.
Therefore, il´s necessarv lo edil and lweak
inages for besl resulls. An inage ediling
soflware can cone handv in lhis respecl
bul lhen il nusl be fealure rich, vel easv lo
use. Ulead Pholoínpacl 12 fls lhis bill.
This lalesl version of Pholoínpacl has
new innovalive fealures lhal can help even
analeurs gel lhe hang of il in no line. The
inlerface doesn´l seen lo have changed
fron lhe lasl version. The welcone screen
allows vou lo pick a lask of vour choice
fron a lisl. Sone of lhe new fealures
inlroduced in Ulead Pholoínpacl 12 are
ExpressFix node and SnarlCuide. The
ExpressFix node is indicaled al lhe lop
righl hand corner lhal eases lhe lask of
inage ediling. For inslance, il offers vou
a dual view-one of lhe original inage
and olher being lhe nanipulaled one.
This eases lhe lask as vou can visuallv
observe lhe difference of bolh lhe inages
sinullaneouslv.
ExpressFix provides various lools
for ediling lhe inage wilh a click of lhe
nouse. One nolable fealure is: once vou
selecl anv of lhe available lools such
as ´Overall Exposure´, ´Color Saluralion´
or ´Color Casl, vou will gel a ´One·click
Presel´ for all of lhese wherein vou can
selecl fron anvone of lhe lhree presel
inages lo be applied on lhe inage vou are
working on. This obviouslv quickens lhe
lask. ExpressFix also conlains lwo olher
cool fealures such as ´Feduce Ñoise´ and
´Snarl Curves´. The lone adjuslnenls
can now be done wilh a sinple one·slep
process bv using ´Snarl Curves´.
SnarlCuide is anolher inprovenenl
observed in Ulead Pholoínpacl 12, il
leaches vou how lo edil bv offering
slep·bv·slep inslruclions and also direcllv
linking lhe lasks lo lhe specifed lools. íl
conlains lhree calegories ´Pholo´, ´Video´,
and ´Video and DVD´, all of which help vou
lo work wilh ease. The ´vhile Balance
correclion´ fealure is furlher inproved in
Ulead Pholoínpacl 12 lhan whal il was
in lhe earlier versions. íl inparls a nore
nalural look lo inages, lhis wav il can
brealhe life inlo vour old pholographs loo.
The good news for digilal canera users
is lhal lhe FAv fle fornal supporl in
Ulead Pholoínpacl 12 has been widened
lo supporl nore canera nodels. Fealures
carried over fron older versions include
various effecls such as lighlning, arlislic,
parlicle and so on. Also, a varielv of olher
lools and fllers nanage lo deliver lhe
desired oulpul wilhoul fail. The Share
fealure has supporl for converling lhe
inage fle lo fl lhe nobile screen as
wallpaper. íl´s even possible lo crop
cerlain parls of lhe inage before lhe
required inage is generaled.
fDk: Conforlable lo use.
ACAIN51: Unappealing inlerface.
lMAC£ £Dl10k
UIead Phetelmpact 12
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Win 2000/ XF, Fentiuu lll couoatible or faster,
128 Mß FAM l25ë Mß recouuendedI, ë00 Mß
available hard disk soace, True color or hi-color
disolav adaoter with 800xë00 resolutions or
hiuher, Cü-F0M drive
Frice $19.95 lFs 2,212I
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with its 0ne-click Freset
The White ßalance adjustuent uakes the iuaue
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FineFeader Professional 3.0 is one of
lhe nosl popular OCF (Oplical characler
recognilionì applicalions available lodav.
An OCF soflware is capable of scanning,
exlracling and sloring lexl fron inage
fles or PDF fles. Thus, il is exlrenelv
useful if vou wanl a favorile quole fron an
inage fle or sone lexl fron a PDF fle.
ABBYY FineFeader Professional 3.0 can
exlracl lexl fron bolh fles loaded on vour
conpuler as well as docunenls lhal are
being scanned.
The inlerface of lhe applicalion is
exlrenelv easv lo use. íl is divided inlo
lhree windows which lracks lhe conplele
process fron scanning lo exlraclion of
fonls. Exlracling lhe lexl fron lhe source
fle is a couple of clicks awav. The ´Learn
while vou work´ oplion in lhe welcone
screen gives a slep·bv·slep inslruclion
on how lo go aboul using lhe applicalion
while vou acluallv use il. Once vou open
an inage fle lo be scanned bv ABBYY
FineFeader Professional 3.0, il will ask vou
lo specifv lhe lexl language il requires lo
exlracl il in. Afler il scans lhe inage, il
check for errors in lhe exlracled lexl and
lhen il spell·checks various seclions of lhe
scanned docunenl, if anv errors are found,
il suggesls lo nake lhe changes wilh ils
in·buill diclionarv. Finallv, vou can save
lhe conlenls inlo various fornals fron íS
Offce docunenl fornals, lo web pages or
even PDFs.
The ´Praclical guide lo OCF
enhancenenl´ in lhe slarl up page
lakes vou lhrough lhe various fealures
and capabililies of ABBYY FineFeader
Professional 3.0, while lhe ´Open deno
inages´ lels vou work on sone preloaded
inage fles as a praclical. ABBYY
FineFeader Professional 3.0 can also
perforn sone basic ediling operalions
such as rolaling, resizing, cropping, elc. íl
can recognize nosl of lhe popular fornals.
íl can direcllv converl a PDF fle inlo a
word docunenl and edil lhe required lexl.
ABBYY FineFeader Professional 3.0
offers various oplions before scanning
an inage, for inslance, il can onlv
selecl lhe lexl area on a fle and nol gel
confused wilh a pholograph on lhe fle.
The perfornance of ABBYY FineFeader
Professional 3.0 is quile anazing as il
is able lo scan and exlracl lexl fron an
inage fle in seconds. íl was able lo scan
an inage fle which had 414 words on il
wilhin 12 seconds. This is leslinonv of ils
rapid funclionalilv.
Overall, il´s an excellenl glilch
free applicalion. ABBYY FineFeader
Professional 3.0 is a perfecl choice for
snall offces where OCF is a necessilv.
fDk: Excellenl fealures, and quick
perfornance.
ACAIN51: Ñone.
0fflC£ 100l
A88¥¥ finekeader
PrefessienaI 8.0
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orocessor, 128 Mß FAM or hiuher, 350 Mß free
hard disk soace
Frice Fs 7,199
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throuuh the aoolication
The uain interface is solit into three windows
uakinu it easv to use
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ZIF II üF ` Space conslrainl is nosl
oflen an issue wilh nosl conpuler users.
One wav lo save slorage space is lo
conpress vour dala. There are nunerous
conpression ulililies available, which
nakes il confusing lo decide which one
lo use. This line, we are laking a closer
look al vinzip, one of lhe nosl popular
conpression ulililies around. vinzip 11 is
ils lalesl released version.
The inlerface of vinzip 11 is nore or
less sinilar lo ils previous versions bul
lhen lhere was no real need lo change
lhe earlier inlerface because of ils
convenience. íl has lhe usual vizard and
Classic inlerface, lhe forner can be used
bv frsl line users whereas lhe laller
will be preferred bv experienced users.
Though for lhe resl of il, vinzip 11 seens
lo be anolher case of old wine in a new
bollle. The new fealure in vinzip 11 worlh
nenlioning is lhal il supporls opening
FAF and BZ2 fle fornals. The lack of lhis
inporlanl fealure in lhe earlier versions
has been well fulflled bv vinzip 11.
vinzip 11 has olher enhancenenls
like, now fles in a conpressed fle can be
displaved as lhunbnails lhanks lo vinZip´s
Explorer Slvle View. This is useful in case
vou wanl lo view lhe inage fles and
exlracl onlv lhose vou require, lherebv
saving line and space on vour hard drive.
Anolher new fealure is lhal vinzip 11 can
selecl lhe besl conpression possible on
lhe basis of lhe properlies of lhe fles lhal
need lo be conpressed.
vinZip 11 seens lo have an enhanced
conpression capabililv for vAV fles.
ve fell lhal inage fles especiallv, could
be conpressed a lol beller wilh lhis
version. Encrvplion and decrvplion of vour
sensilive dala is possible as il supporls
lhree encrvplion nelhods nanelv Zip
2.0 conpalible, 123·Bil AES and 256·Bil
AES. íl also fealures one·click zipping
and also e·nailing of lhe conpressed fle.
vinzip is well suiled for hone and offce
users who need lo save slorage space bv
conpressing fles lhal are nol required all
lhe line.
fDk: FAF and B2Z fle fornal supporl.
ACAIN51: ínlerface unchanged.
6üüL ßüWNLüAß$ ` vilh lhe big
boon in fle sharing, P2P and lorrenl
clienls have becone innenselv popular
in lhe lasl few vears. Though, lorrenl
clienls have alwavs had an edge over P2P
clienls. There are nunerous lorrenl clienls
such as Bilconel, Billorrenl, Ulorrenl,
elc. Azureus is a Java·based lorrenl clienl
which is quile popular because of ils
fealures and ease of use.
ínslalling Azureus is a cakewalk, vou
are jusl required lo enler a few delails
such as lhe lvpe of vour conneclion, elc
and vou´re done. íls sinplislic inlerface
will gel vou naneuvering lhrough lhe
applicalion wilh ease. The confguralion
wizard appears when vou run Azureus
for lhe frsl line. Here, vou can selecl
lhe ´User Profciencv´ fron ´Beginner´
lo ´ínlernediale´ or ´Advanced´. Al lhis
junclion vou can also specifv lhe lvpe
of vour ínlernel conneclion and lhen lhe
deslinalion for lhe open lorrenls.
To add a lorrenl, vou can sinplv
drag and drop lhe lorrenl on lo lhe nain
inlerface or else vou can direcllv specifv
lhe palh lo lhe presenl localion of lhe
lorrenl. Under lhe oplions nenu, vou can
fnd various enlries, for inslance, vour
proxv server íP Address (if vou use oneì,
specifving nunber of aclive lorrenls in lhe
queue, elc. ínlereslinglv, we found lhal
Azureus failed lo gel connecled lo lhe
ínlernel lhrough our proxv server and onlv
nanaged lo work wilh a direcl conneclion.
BilConel, however, nanaged lo perforn
on bolh lvpes of conneclions. Failing
lo work wilh cerlain proxv servers is a
najor drawback in Azureus, barring lhis,
il perforns beller lhan nosl of lhe olher
lorrenl clienls.
Anolher fealure inlegraled in lhis version
is íP Fillering wilh lhe help of which vou
can specifv lhe íP Address of lhose peers
lhal lransnil bad dala. You can nol onlv
slop a single íP Address fron accessing
vour conpuler bul vou can also specifv íP
Addresses fron a parlicular range.
Overall, Azureus is an excellenl lorrenl
clienl for hone users-bolh analeurs and
advanced as il calers lo lhe needs of bolh.
fDk: Loads of fealures.
ACAIN51: Does nol work wilh sone proxv
servers.
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Azureus 2.S0
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FAM or uore, 500 Mß hard disk soace
Frice Free
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I8ü$IEß $E6ü8II¥ ` ícAfee has
been one of lhe nosl lrusled brands
in securilv applicalions for quile sone
line now. Their lalesl offering ícAfee
ínlernel Securilv 2007 pronises lo conbal
all securilv lhreals. Though lhe narkel
lodav is Hooded wilh nunerous securilv
applicalions, ícAfee wilh ils reliabililv and
sinplislic inlerface has nanaged lo nake
a nark for ils own. Lel´s lake a look al
whal ils lalesl securilv suile has lo offer.
To begin wilh, lhe inslallalion was a
hassle·free process. The enlire securilv
suile uses less hard disk space as
conpared lo Ñorlon ínlernel Securilv
2007. The nain inlerface is sinple,
lowards lhe lefl side of lhe screen vou
fnd oplions such as Scan, Updale under
íenu. Under Advanced nenu, various
oplions such as Feporls, logs, Confgure,
Feslore, elc are presenl.
The inlerface is quile user friendlv wilh
lhe presence of nosl fealures. íf vour
conpuler is safe fron anv virus allack
and has lhe lalesl updales inslalled, lhen
vou will gel a green check nark indicaling
vou conpuler is prolecled or else vou gel
a ´Fix il´ bullon lhal offers lo reclifv lhe
issue bv ilself. You also gel a descriplion
of lask perforned bv lhe applicalion under
´View Fecenl Evenls´. ícAfee ínlernel
Securilv has loads of olher fealures
like phishing proleclion wherein various
oplions are available lo prolecl vour
conpuler fron phishing websiles.
The Parenlal Conlrols allow vou lo nol
onlv block cerlain websiles bul also scan
for kev words lhal are lo be enlered bv
lhe user, if anv sile conlains lhal specifed
word, il will block access lo lhal websile.
One inleresling fealure offered in Parenlal
Conlrol is ínage Analvsis lhal analvzes
inappropriale inages, if anv, on a web
page and blocks lhen.
This version is a bil heavv on lhe
svslen, confguring lhe nelwork
conneclion was a bil of a hassle. ve were
nol able lo enler lhe proxv sellings in
order lo updale lhe applicalion and il onlv
works when a direcl ínlernel conneclion is
provided. Overall, il´s a decenl applicalion
for hone and offce users.
fDk: Fealure·rich, sinplislic inlerface.
ACAIN51: Tough lo confgure nelwork.
IhE NEW EkFLü8E8 ` One of lhe
prinarv oplions lo surf lhe ínlernel is
wilh lhe ínlernel Browser. íl has been a
brand lhal has been lhe nosl widelv used
browser, bul because of lhe lale launch of
íE 7, il losl oul lo olher browsers such as
Firefox and Opera lhal offered nunerous
fealures.
Avanl Browser 11 is lhe lalesl version
of íE. íl is loaded wilh advanced fealures
lhal vou would like lo have in vour web
browser. Buill on lhe íE core, il nol onlv
provides vou wilh lhe slabililv of íE bul
also offers lhe fealures of olher browsers
such as Firefox and Opera.
On inslalling lhe applicalion, vou
have lo confgure il, which is quile easv.
The inlerface of Avanl browser is quile
appealing wilh icons al lhe bollon
indicaling lhe browsing slalus such as
if il is working ofHine or lhe nunber of
websiles blocked. For a change, vou can
have lhe window labs displaved al lhe
bollon of lhe screen inslead and lhis can
be done bv sinplv dragging and dropping
lhe labs fron lhe lop. The sane goes for
lhe navigalion and search lab, lhis shows
lhal Avanl browser is quile Hexible in
lerns of usage.
Olher slandard fealures include
blocking ads, pop·ups, and AcliveX
conlrols. íf Avanl Browser is inproperlv
shul down, il allows vou lo specifv lhe
windows lhal need lo be reslored. You
can also save all lhe windows opened
before exiling lhe browser-lhis will lel
vou access lhese windows once vou
reslarl lhe browser. A unique fealure of
Avanl Browser is lhal vou can duplicale
anv window opened bv clicking on lhe
lab bar provided lhe required window is
currenllv displaved. Anolher fealure lhal
requires a special nenlion is lhal wilh
a click of a bullon vou can lranslale lhe
web page vou are viewing inlo various
languages. You can also disable inages,
sound, Hash aninalions fron loading on
lhe web page, lhis is quile helpful if vou
have a low bandwidlh conneclion and onlv
require lhe lexl fron a websile.
fDk: Loads of fealures, ease of use.
ACAIN51: Ñone.
lN1£kN£1 8k0WS£k
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$ysteæ 8equireæeots
Windows 2000/ XF, Fentiuu 500 Mht or hiuher,
25ë Mß FAM or hiuher, 125 Mß hard disk soace
Frice Fs 2,590
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6LEAN $WEEF ` The Fegislrv is
an inlegral parl of lhe vindows OS-il
holds lhe kev lo ils funclionalilv as well
as operalion, hence il can be called lhe
nenorv of vindows. The addilion and
delelion of various applicalions flls lhe
regislrv wilh redundanl enlries naking il
verv crowded. For inslance, if vou uninslall
an applicalion, ils regislrv kev slill renains
in lhe regislrv. íl is besl lo have lhese fles
cleaned oul and lherefore il is advisable lo
clean up lhe regislrv as oflen as possible.
Though, doing lhis can give rise lo lwo
issues. Firsl, il is a ledious lask, and
second, lanpering wilh lhe regislrv could
corrupl vour vindows and vou nighl
have lo refornal il. Eusing Free Fegislrv
Cleaner 1.25 is an applicalion lo solve
lhese regislrv issues.
Eusing Free Fegislrv Cleaner 1.25 is a
free applicalion lhal can clean unwanled
fles fron lhe vindows regislrv. The
inslallalion process is a cakewalk, and
once done, vou are greeled wilh a sinple
inlerface. On lhe lefl side, vou fnd all lhe
available lools and vou can specifv lhe
enlries vou wanl lo scan for. The lools
available are ´Scan regislrv issue´, ´Fepair
regislrv issue´, and ´Feslore previous
regislrv´. Below lhese oplions, specifc
enlrv oplions are also nenlioned.
On clicking lhe ´Scan regislrv issue´
bullon, Eusing Free Fegislrv Cleaner 1.25
searches for all lhe redundanl regislrv
enlries and lisls il on lhe sane window.
Here, selecl lhe fles lhal require lo be
deleled and lhen click ´Fepair regislrv
issue´ bullon and all lhe selecled fles will
be deleled. Before deleling lhe redundanl
regislrv enlries, il also nakes a backup
of lhe selecled enlries. ín case vou fnd
an issue wilh lhe funclionalilv of vour
vindows afler vou have cleaned lhe
regislrv, vou have lhe oplion lo back up
lhe regislrv bv clicking on lhe ´Feslore
previous regislrv´.
Under lhe Oplions nenu in lhe ´Edil´
lab, lhere are oplions for selecling lhe
localion for lhe backup fle lo be slored
which also specifes an ignore lisl, elc.
fDk: Sinple funclionalilv.
ACAIN51: Liniled fealures.
ßAIA $E6ü8II¥ ` Securing dala is a
naller of prine inporlance-prolecling
vour dala wilh a password, keeping
vour dala hidden, and encrvpling fles
are sone nelhods used lo secure dala.
File encrvplion is a nuch nore reliable
nelhod lhan lhe olher lwo. There are
innunerable applicalions oul lhere lhal
perforn dala encrvplion. Lel´s lake a look
al TrueCrvpl 4.2a, an open·source and
on·lhe·Hv encrvplion soflware, which
is acluallv one of nosl widelv used
encrvpling soflwares. íl has loads of
fealures inlegraled inlo il and lhe usage of
lhe applicalion is quile sinple.
ínslallalion of lhe applicalion is verv
easv. The inlerface is verv sinplislic,
naking il dull. To begin wilh, vou are
required lo creale a volune on vour
slorage device conlaining all vour
encrvpled fles. íl allows lhe crealed
volune lo be a slandard or a hidden one.
Unlike olher free encrvplion applicalions
lhal offer vou liniled encrvplion
algorilhns, TrueCrvpl offers vou a lisl of
lhen fron AES lo Blowfsh and Serpenl·
AES, and nuch nore. íf vou are nol aware
of anv of lhe encrvplion algorilhns, vou
need nol worrv because as soon as vou
selecl one, il is clearlv described. Afler
vou selecl lhe desired encrvplion vou can
specifv lhe space for lhe volune fron
lhe free space available on vour slorage
device. This is followed bv specifving
lhe fornal vou require lhe volune lo
be-il has supporl for bolh FAT 32 as
well as ÑTFS. You also need lo specifv
a password for lhe volune before il is
crealed.
Once lhe volune is crealed, vou need
lo nounl il in order lo use il. Afler vou
enler lhe password, vou can access lhe
volune. Under lhe ´Preferences´ lab, vou
can fnd various oplions such as Aulo
Disnounl, Background Task, Password
Cache and so on. An inleresling fealure of
Aulo disnounl is lhal lhe volune can be
disnounled if lhere is no aclivilv involved
in a specifed line frane. The Benchnark
lool is worlh a nenlion as il can displav
which encrvplion algorilhn is perfecl lo
be used for a specifc anounl of dala.
fDk: Fealure rich.
ACAIN51: Unappealing inlerface.
k£ClS1k¥ 100l
£using free kegistry CIeaner 1.2S
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$ysteæ 8equireæeots
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FAM or hiuher
Frice Free
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$M$ us! Storv code. AFI lSee Faue 17 for detailsI
A
piclure speaks a lhousand
words-if vou advocale lhis adage
lhen lhis arlicle is for vou. Those
who don´l will agree bv lhe line lhev
fnish reading il! Since line innenorial,
inages have aroused lhe senses of lhe
hunan nind. Even before languages
exisled, inages were lhe nosl effeclive
nediun of connunicalion, as lhev could
express enolions, ideas and lhoughls
al a glance. Hunans have porlraved
inages in various forns such as carvings,
painlings and caricalures. A single inage
holds lrenendous power-for inslance,
a svnbol or a logo speaks for whal il
represenls, especiallv in lodav´s world
where lhe fale of brands depend on lhe
inages lhal represenl lhen.
ín lhe lasl decade or so, conpulers
have underlaken nosl of lhe lasks which
were earlier perforned nanuallv and
inage ediling is no exceplion. Conpulers
can nol onlv be used lo creale inages bul
also lo edil and nanage lhen, as lhev
have nanaged lo successfullv replace lhe
brush and canvas. The benefls of using
conpulers for inage ediling is sinplicilv,
quick execulion of funclions lhanks lo lhe
nvriad fealures offered. vhal adds lo
lhis is lhe space offered for crealivilv and
inaginalion lo kick in. You need nol be
born as Picasso or Van Cogh bul wilh a
conpuler and lhe righl inaging soflware,
vou can creale naslerpieces.
An inage ediling soflware is lhe
nosl signifcanl conponenl lo digilallv
nanipulale inages. Currenllv, lhere
are a varielv of soflware available for
inage ediling such as Adobe Pholoshop,
CorelDraw, ACDSee and so on bul nosl
of lhese applicalions would burn deep
holes inlo vour pockels. Also, lhese
applicalions are loaded wilh a bouquel
of fealures, nanv of which are acluallv
exlraneous for beginners or hone users.
So lhe onlv oplion lo lhis issue would be
lo use a freeware. There are dozens of
freeware lhal bundle anusing fealures
and funclionalilies, which would nake vou
wonder whv lhe developers do nol wanl
lo nake a forlune bv selling il!
However, wilhoul gelling inlo lhe
elhics of il, lel us focus on sone cool
inage ediling applicalions. vilh lhe boon
in digilal pholographv, il has becone
inperalive lo undersland and work wilh
inage ediling soflware. You will alwavs
fnd lhe need lo lweak vour pholographs
for exlra appeal or lo give vour leelh lhal
exlra shine in a close·up shol! Afler vou
have spenl a forlune on a digican, vou
nav nol have lhe nonev lefl lo buv a
inage ediling soflware unless vou are
a professional pholographer. Keeping all
lhese faclors in nind, lel us lake a look
al Painl.ÑET (download il for free fron
free-styIe lmaging
Free image editors are revoIutionizing the way images are edited. Here we take
a Iook at the hugeIy popuIar Paint.NET that has the potentiaI to repIace its costIy
counterparts! BY SHARON LOBO
Sachih PahdiI
The 0ne-click Seoia Toninu feature iuoarts a
oriuitive look to vour ohotouraohs
The 0low effect briuhtens uo dull iuaues with its
three controls
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www.geIpaihI.heIì, one of lhe nosl
popular inage ediling freeware available.
Painl.ÑET was developed as a college
design projecl nenlored bv íicrosofl,
and is currenllv nainlained bv sone of
lhe alunni who had originallv worked on
il. Allhough il was developed as a free
replacenenl for lhe íS Painl soflware
lhal is bundled wilh vindows, il has
grown inlo a powerful inage ediling lool
lhal could give professional soflware like
Pholoshop and CorelDraw a run for lheir
nonev. Painl.ÑET is nuch nore lhan a
sinple inage edilor and unlike íS Painl,
il offers nanv nore fealures. ín case vou
are faniliar wilh lhe íS Painl applicalion,
using lhis applicalion should nol be loo
diffcull for vou.
To begin wilh, il has a sinple inlerface
wilh nosl of lhe oplions being easv lo
access. Four loolbars nanelv ´Tools´,
´Colors´, ´Hislorv´ and ´Lavers´ are placed
al everv corner of lhe nain inlerface which
appear lranslucenl bv defaull. vhen lhe
nouse cursor is noved over lhen, lhev
lurn opaque. Under lhe ´vindow´ lab, vou
can selecl onlv lhose windows lhal vou
would like lo view on lhe nain inlerface.
The ´Hislorv´ loolbar keeps a lrack of vour
operalions perforned on lhe inage and
displavs il. This is a cool fealure allowing
vou lo selecl anv operalion vou perforned
randonlv.
Painl.ÑET, lhough snall in size, is
high on fealures. Sone of lhe connon
fealures include resizing and rolaling lhe
inage, zoon in and oul, Hip, elc. Bul whal
nakes il sland aparl fron olher freeware
inage edilors is ils bouquel of fealures
lisled under lhe ´Lavers´ and lhe ´Effecls´
lab. One kev Laver fealure is lhe One·click
Sepia Toning lhal inparls a prinilive look
lo vour pholograph. The Clow fealure
brighlens up lhe inage wilh ils lhree
conlrols nanelv Fadius, Brighlness and
Conlrasl. This can work wonders for dull
piclures.
Sone olher effecls lhal ensnare vou
are Blurs, Pixelale, and Dislorl. ve found
lhe Bulge oplion under lhe Dislorl effecl
quile inleresling-lhis effecl gives a
bulging appearance lo lhe selecled porlion
of an inage. This is verv anusing (lrv il
on lhe subjecl´s nose in a pholograph and
vou will know whal í nean!ì. The ´Tile
FeHeclion´ fealure is worlh a nenlion as
vou can porlrav an inage as blocks of liles
of various sizes.
ín case vou wanl lo give vour inage
an arlislic inpression, vou should lrv lhe
´Oil Painling´ fealure. The appearance il
provides lo an inage is sinilar lo a hand·
painled canvas. This fealure is exlrenelv
useful if vou wanl lhe piclure of a scenerv
louched up wilh a rich and classic look lo
adorn vour living roon walls.
íf vou feel lhe need lo wrile a quole
or so on a piclure, lhal loo is possible.
You jusl need lo selecl lhe ´Texl´ lool and
lvpe on lhe desired porlion of lhe inage.
There are a varielv of fonl lvpes and size
available for lhis purpose. íf vou do nol
wanl lhe lexl in lhe prinl fornal, lhen vou
can use lhe brush lool lo wrile wilh free
hand. Here, vou can also selecl lhe widlh
of lhe brush.
Conbining lwo differenl inages is
possible using Painl.ÑET, frsl, vou selecl
one inage and do lhe required correclions
on lhal inage if necessarv. Then, vou
inporl lhe second fle using ´ínporl Fron
File´ oplion under lhe ´Lavers´ lab. The
second inage is laid over lhe frsl one.
Once vou fnd bolh lhe inages suilable
for nerging, jusl selecl ´Flallen´ under lhe
´ínage´ lab and vou will have succesfullv
nerged bolh lhe inages. This is a
cool fealure in case vou wanl lo see
vourself slanding righl nexl lo lhe Eiffel
Tower even lhough vou haven´l ever
visiled France!
There are four inage bluring oplions
available under lhe ´Blurs´ lab-Caussian,
íolion, Fadial and Zoon. Usuallv, vou
can nake use of lhese effecls lo blur one
inage, in case vou wanl lo nerge lwo
inages, lhe resullanl inage appears lo be
verv anusing.
For reference purpose, lhe rulers
available are in lhree unils nanelv
´Cenlinelers´, ´Pixels´ or ´ínches´. vilh
lhese vou can lrack lhe localion of lhe
cursor. This is quile useful if vou are
accusloned lo using one of lhese.
Overall, Painl.ÑET is an excellenl,
fealure·rich and easv·lo·use applicalion
lo work wilh. íl would appeal lo bolh
analuers as well as professionals. So
wail no longer, jusl download and enler
lhe cool world of inage ediling! „
The ßulue effect creates an excrescence on the
iuaue on which it is aoolied
The Tile Feflection oortravs the iuaue as if it
were built usinu a nuuber of tiles
The 0il Faintinu feature iuoarts an artistic
iuoression to the iuaue
The Text tool is uuite useful in case vou want to
olace a uuote on the iuaue
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Pramod Jadhav
T
here has been a surge in online
hacking allacks of lale. vhen a
viclin, íichael í, conlacled our
Cernan CHíP lab, lhe lean gol down lo
invesligaling lhe rools of lhe allack on lhe
viclin´s accounl. On invesligaling, il was
found lhal no obvious lraces were lefl
on lhe viclin´s PC. The server prolocol
of his bank onlv conlained his íP address
and his conpuler was free of anv virus,
spvware or Trojan. Bul lhe danage had
been done-an invoice docunenl of nore
lhan 2,000 Euros issued for eleclronic
accessories in a Fussian online slore
proved lhe deed. ¨Onlv í know lhe PíÑ
lo nv online accounl and lhe TAÑ (Tax
Deduclion Accounl Ñunberì delails are
slored in a safe place¨, said lhe viclin.
¨í have nol fallen prev lo anv phishing
nail and nv bank never requesled ne lo
enler nv PíÑ and TAÑ delails in a forn bv
e·nail¨, he prolesled.
Cases like lhis are now rouline for
crine invesligalors. íanv websiles
have dangerous loopholes lhal allow
crealive hackers lo slarl Cross·Sile
Scripling allacks. íl is possible lo hack
inlo personal accounls on lhe websiles
of credil inslilules. Coning back lo lhe
case assigned lo lhe Cernan CHíP lean,
invesligalion began frsl bv gelling lo
lhe scene of crine-where lhe PC was
slalioned-lo secure evidence. As lhe
conpuler was free of anv nalware, a
possible nanipulalion bv Trojan horse or
kev logger was ruled oul. So lhen who has
access lo lhe viclin´s accounl? And how?
$ecuriog evideoce at the criæe
sceoe
Afler lhorough invesligalion, lhe frsl lrace
was found in lhe e·nail accounl of lhe
viclin-in a nessage wilh lenpling profl
prospecls lhal said, ¨Click here lo go lo
lhe conlesl.¨ Al frsl sighl, lhe nessage
did nol seen suspicious, unlike a phishing
nail, lhe link acluallv referred lo lhe
bank server. The lrace showed lhal lhe
websile lhal opened allhough rouled fron
lhe donain of lhe credil inslilule did nol
however exisl lhere. íl seened inpossible
for a hacker lo infllrale his wav lo lhe
conlenls as HTTPS, i.e. lhe SSL encoding
of lhe bank page prevenls such allacks.
The lean searched furlher and lhen
cane across anolher clue in lhe nail. The
UFL referred lo lhe search page of lhe
bank and an exceplionallv long characler
slring could be found where acluallv a
search pallern should have exisled. The
analvsis showed-il was a Hex code
lhal converled inlo a JavaScripl during
decrvplion. And lhis scripl, in facl, did nol
exisl on lhe bank server. This is when lhe
invesligalors were led lo believe lhal ír
í was a viclin of a Cross·Sile Scripling
allack (XSSì.

Ihe æystery oI the Java$cript
The JavaScripl link was analvzed in lhe
lab lo undersland how lhe allack was
execuled. Afler opening lhe link, nolhing
unusual look place. The web page loaded
and presenled lhe supposed conlesl.
However, a glinpse in lhe source code
of lhe web page revealed nore. The
JavaScripl code popped up again. This
code is exacllv where lhe conlenl of
lhe search nask should be-a classic
exanple of a Cross·Sile·Scripling
lrick. The piclure becane clear al lhis
slage: The progranners of lhe websile
had failed lo screen lhe user enlries.
Therefore, lhe hacker could enler lhe
JavaScripl lag in lhe forn and onlv had
lo click on ´Search´ lo inslall lhe scripl in
lhe page. ¨Fesulls for vour search (lernì¨
Dangereus Iinks
As part of the CSI: Internet series, our CHIP Germany Iab tracked how bank
accounts are hacked onIine BY VALENTIN PLETZER
$M$ us! Storv code. AFß lSee Faue 17 for detailsI
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no longer appeared on lhe resull page,
inslead ¨Fesulls for vour search¨ showed
up. The Java Scripl was aulonalicallv
inslalled in place of lhe search pallern and
lhen lhe browser ran il, following which
lhe hacker onlv had lo copv lhe link of lhe
resull page fron lhe address bar in lhe
e·nail lo lhe viclin.
The invesligalive lean enlered lhe safe
lesl·lexl in lhe search nask lo confrn
lhe lheorv -a lrick usuallv followed bv
hackers. Thev found lhal lhe unchanged
characlers ´<XSS´ in lhe source lexl of
lhe bank websile confrned lhe XSS
vulnerabililv. Bul whal effecls did lhe
hacker´s JavaScripl have? To unravel
lhis, lhe lean opened lhe dala fle and
analvzed lhe funclions. The JavaScripl
was crealed in such a nanner lhal il
could nonilor lhe viclin´s novenenl
on lhe hone banking page, lhis nade il
easv for lhe hacker lo slrike during lhe
viclin´s allenpl lo lransfer nonev. The
hacker was able lo block lhe dispalch of
lhe TAÑ and requesl lhe viclin for a new
one. ín lhis wav, lhe hacker could go on a
shopping spree wilh lhe forged accounl
nunber, lhe PíÑ and lhe TAÑ. íl becane
easv for lhe viclin lo lap lhe bank dala
because he had logged in al lhe righl
nonenl.
how to protect your website
Currenl phishing fllers are powerless in
lhe ballle againsl Cross·Sile Scripling.
There are loo nanv wavs lo nanipulale
lhe conlenl of a websile. íl will gel worse
when allacks will lake place on secure
pages of a bank, a web shop or a news
nagazine inslead of a hacked web server.
The onlv wav lo prevenl lhis would be
lo avoid clicking on slrange and above
all, unusuallv long links even if il is a
HTTPS page. The webnasler can ensure
surfng safelv on bank web siles. He nusl
prolecl enlrv forns on websiles againsl
nanipulalion. This neans, all characlers
excepl alphabels and nunbers enlered in a
forn are a slricl no. The browser inlerprels
special characlers such as lhe angular
brackels ´< > ´ as progran code and runs
lhe polenliallv dangerous Java Scripl.
Ihe dark side oI the browser
The sinple galing of JavaScripl code is
nol enough. JavaScripl does nol require
lhe ´<scripl>´ HTíL connand al all.
A scripl can be called up differenllv,
for exanple using lhe ´<ing>´ lag lhal
usuallv inslalls inages in lhe websile.
The ¨ííC SFC=jAVascripl:alerl(Slring.
fronCharCode(33,33,33ìì¨ connand
funclions in Opera 9.02 as
well as ínlernel Explorer
6 handle various fller
nechanisns. As far as
possible, il avoids special
characlers and conlains
nixed big and snall
alphabels. Besides, lhe
closing brackel is nissing.
The facl lhal lhe browser slill
execules lhis connand owes
il lo ils error lolerance.
Browser developers have
resorled lo go easv on lhe
rules lherebv lurning users´ advanlage
inlo a lhreal. To fnd oul how users should
look for securilv loopholes, our CHíP lean
consulled Johann Peler Harlnann, an
XSS experl and chairnan of íavHower,
a conpanv lhal searches for securilv
loopholes on inquirv websiles. Harlnann
said, ¨íf vou wanl lo lrace securilv
loopholes on vour websile, vou can do
so wilh lhe help of lhe Chorizo Securilv
Scanner web lool, provided vou have a
free regislralion wilh íavHower. Afler lhe
securilv check, lhe lool poinls oul exacllv
where lhe leak is¨. The web lool bv
íavHower lhal lracks securilv loopholes
can be downloaded fron hIIps://chorizo-
scahher.com
Ihe security gaæe
XSS allacks pose a lhreal lo nore
websiles lhan one can inagine. This
is because nanv webnaslers are nol
aware of lhe securilv loopholes on lheir
siles. Olhers deliberalelv ignore lhe XSS
weak spol. However, if vou do nol spol
lhese hacker hideouls quicklv, vou would
be pulling lhe securilv of vour websile
and lhal of vour visilors al slake. vhen
a Cross·Sile Scripling susceplibililv
was found oul on www.chip.de, lhe
progranners look aclion and fxed
lhe bug. However, dangers conlinue
lo lurk as hackers consislenllv launch
new slralegies of allacking. Johann
Peler Harlnann apllv concludes, ¨Their
crealivilv is boundless¨. „
Software like Character Encodinu Calculator can encode anv web
url to characters that cannot be distinuuished easilv
·a href="htto. //www.s15akeaFSsv.net /soeeY2187est / ">·iuu src="hthJ. //www.
sFT0eakFTv.net /iuaueT0/soeevTuljeulTst /uifs/user%=toassword%t_120xë0.
uif" width="ü0h20" heiuht="ë0" border="0" alt="Soelasv Soeewd Test">·/a>
user%=toassword%t
·a href="htto. //www.s15akeaFSsv.net /soeeY2187est / ">·iuu src="hthJ. //www.
sFT0eakFTv.net /iuaueT0/soeevTuljeulTst /uifs/user%=toassword%t_120xë0.
uif" width="ü0h20" heiuht="ë0" border="0" alt="Soelasv Soeewd Test">·/a>
user%=toassword%t
Links on the lnternet lead to ohishinu sites that
can record vour usernaue or oassword
Euails havinu links to stranue sites are stored
into the hvoerlink linkinu the ohishinu sites
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$M$ us! Storv code. AFI lSee Faue 17 for detailsI
T
he prices of digilal caneras have
fallen draslicallv, now evervone
wanls lo be lhe offcial pholographer
al lhe fanilv parlv or picnic. Bul onlv
few nasler lhose canera sellings and
lake perfecl piclures. íf vou have lried
shooling in low·lighl ouldoor environnenls
or indoors al nighl wilh high·resolulion
sellings, fle sizes shool up, vou can´l e·
nail inages wilhoul reducing sizes. Thal´s
whv il´s necessarv lo edil pholos afler
lhev are lransferred lo lhe PC.
There´s plenlv of free inage ediling
soflware available. All of lhese have
essenlial funclions like red eve correclion,
inage cropping, and rolalion, sone even
have fllers. Bul once vou gel a lasle of
Adobe Pholoshop, lhere´s no going back
lo anv olher inage ediling soflware.
Pholoshop has been lhe professional´s
favorile for vears. Bul ils price was wav
bevond affordabililv for analeurs, hone
users, and pholographv enlhusiasls. Thev
had lo sellle eilher for a piraled copv
or for freeware. Then Adobe launched
Pholoshop Elenenls-a lighler version of
Pholoshop, which is nol onlv affordable
bul also easier lo learn and use.
Elenenls lakes all lhe essenlial
fealures fron Pholoshop and presenls
il lhrough a verv sinple inlerface.
Pholographv hobbvisls will love il.
There are lradilional fln developnenl
oulfls in íunbai lhal use Elenenls
and call lhenselves Digilal Sludios,
lhis exenplifes ils power! Lel´s lake a
peek al whal Elenenls has lo offer. For
lhis review, we ran Adobe Pholoshop
Elenenls 4.0 on a Penliun 4 al 2.40 CHz
wilh 256 íB FAí. íl perforned snoolhlv
bul slowed down a bil when olher
applicalions were opened sinullaneouslv,
or while rendering lhe inage afler
applving fllers and effecls. ve were also
surprised al lhe wav il handled lhe ediling
of heavv .Tif fles. Obviouslv, equivalenl
perfornance for Adobe CS is unlikelv on
lhis sane nachine confguralion.
The full version, Adobe Pholoshop, is
a professional lool and has all lhe fealures
in ils nenus. A professional in lhe nidsl
of an assignnenl will have nanv palelles
and inage windows open al lhe sane
line. Thal can be a bil daunling lo curious
analeurs. Elenenls shows vou onlv whal
vou need for a parlicular funclion. vhen
vou fre up Elenenls, vou need lo specifv
(bv choosing lhe appropriale oplionì
whelher vou wanl lo view and organize
pholos, quicklv fx lhen, edil and enhance,
nake pholo crealions (like collagesì or
slarl fron scralch.
The nenu slruclure adapls and displavs
all lhe connands relevanl lo lhe funclion
vou have chosen. íl´s less inlinidaling and
lels vou focus on lhe lask al hand.
lmage editing cemes heme
Adobe Photoshop is the defining standard for editing photos. With Photoshop
EIements, a Iighter and very affordabIe version, everyone can edit and enhance
photos to a great extent BY BRIAN PEREIRA
Jagdish Limbachiya
IN1UI1IV£ IN1£kfAC£: Choose the task vou want
to oerforu and the uenus will adaot accordinulv
VI£W & DkCANIZ£ IMAC£5: The tiueline at the
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vhen lhis funclion is selecled, Elenenls
scans lhe hard drive and looks for inages.
íl adds lhese lo lhe librarv or gallerv and
organizes lhese bv dale. íl also offers lo
back up vour inages online.
All inages can be browsed eilher in
lhe Dale View or Pholo Browser view. The
forner presenls a nonlhlv calendar wilh
lhunbnails of inages againsl lhe dales
on which lhese were crealed. ín Pholo
Browser view, vou see lhunbnails of all
inages on a scrollable sheel. A ruler slvle
lineline wilh a slider slands oul al lhe lop
of lhe nain window. Jusl drag lhe slider lo
fnd inages wilhin a parlicular vear.
vilh lhe Organize bin, a palelle on
lhe righl, vou can have group colleclions
of inages. Pholos can also be grouped
bv Tags-personalized kevwords lhal
one allaches lo pholos. Tagging nakes
il easier lo search and organize inages.
Olher inleresling fealures lo explore
are Pholo Slideshow and lhe abililv lo
conpare lwo pholos side bv side. And
wilh so nanv oplions in lhe Find nenu,
vou will cerlainlv fnd anv pholo on vour
hunongous hard drive.
Pholoshop CS uses a separale
soflware called Bridge for organizing
inages. Bul Pholoshop Elenenls
inlegrales lhis inlo lhe soflware and
nakes il reallv sinple lo access and
organize inages. The Organizer can also
be accessed fron lhe ínage Ediling and
Ouick Fix nodes (discussed nexlì.
As we accessed lhe ínage Ediling
funclion, our eves noved lo lhe Tool Box.
ín conparison lo Pholoshop CS loolbox,
all lhe kev lools are presenl in Elenenls
4.0. There are also sone new lools like
Fed Eve Fenoval and Cookie Culler. Bul
sone useful lools like Pen, Lasso, Clone
Slanp, Palh Seleclion and Dodge were
conspicuouslv absenl. Of course, vou´ll
nolice lhe onission onlv if vou´ve been
using Pholoshop for a while now. The nexl
lhing of inporlance here is ´Fillers´. All
lhe usual fllers are presenl and lhev can
be accessed lhrough a nice fealure called
Filler Callerv. This fealure nakes il easier
lo applv fllers and effecls. You can pick
several fllers al lhe sane line and applv
lhese quicklv.
All oplions for lhe Lavers funclion are
presenl in Elenenls. This is one of lhe
kev funclions of lhe soflware. The nosl
connon fxes for inages are localed in
lhis nodule of Elenenls. This includes
various adjuslnenls for lighling and color.
Adobe Pholoshop CS provides
hislograns and curve graphs for adjusling
lhese inage allribules. Bul lo use
lhese lools, one requires an in·deplh
knowledge of inage colors and levels.
For lhe beginner, hislograns can be quile
inlinidaling and confusing. Elenenls
nakes all lhis reallv sinple bv providing
slider conlrols wilh real·line previews.
The hislogran is presenl bul jusl for
infornalion, vou can´l adjusl shadows,
nidlones and highlighls lhrough lhe
hislogran. However, lhev can be adjusled
bv dragging sliders in lhe Ouick Fix
ediling node.
The Adjusl Snarl Fix oplion in lhe
Enhance nenu is a sinple wav lo adjusl
lhe conlrasl: brighlness ralio. ídeal for
underexposed pholos. ín addilion, lhere is
a variable Fed Eve fx funclion. The besl
parl is lhal users can swilch fron Ouick
Fix Edil lo Slandard Edil node al lhe click
of a bullon!
This is undoubledlv lhe fun parl of
Elenenls and direcled al hone users. íl is
aboul lhe crealive use of vour pholographs
for slide shows, greeling cards, pholo
books, CD covers and nore.
The Slide Show fealure is quile
inluilive and offers all lhe necessarv
fealures like lransilion effecls and lining,
audio narralion, pan and zoon effecls,
backgrounds, and graphics (for lhe lille
slideì. Finallv, vou can burn lhe slide show
direcllv on a CD or send il bv e·nail-
slraighl fron Elenenls.
Crealing greeling cards and calendars
is verv sinple. A wizard leads vou lhrough
a few sleps. ín facl, lhe diffcull parl is
selecling lhe righl piclures! Years ago,
lhere was a dedicaled soflware like Prinl
íasler and Prinl Shop Pro for doing lhings
like lhis. íf such soflware is slill around, il
would be a worlhv inveslnenl for lhose
who do a lol of crealive work.
Last word
For lhose who are seriouslv inlo digilal
pholographv, Elenenls is defnilelv a
worlhv inveslnenl. íl cosls a fraclion of
lhe full·Hedged Pholoshop CS soflware
vel includes nanv of lhe useful inage
ediling lools. The inlerface is sinple and
inluilive, so even beginners will fnd il
easv working wilh il. íl has a good help
svslen-wilh bolh buill·in help and online
help (Flash Tulorialsì. Unlike nosl desklop
publishing soflware, Elenenls isn´l verv
resource inlensive. íl will run even on PCs
lhal were boughl lwo vears ago (Penliun
4 svslensì.
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underslanding of inage ediling. „
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DUICk fIX £DI1INC: Slider controls adjust color,
contrast, briuhtness and levels
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W
e have seen il in novies like ìinoritv
Feport where a lhrong of digilallv
conlrolled arlifcial anls lrack lhe
novenenls of lhe cenlral characler plaved bv
Ton Cruise. The concepl of swarn inlelligence
revolves around lhe sludv of colleclive behavior
in self·organized svslens. Sí svslens lvpicallv
applv lo a populalion of robolic svslens lhal
inilale lhe behavioral lendencies of living
organisns in nalure who inleracl locallv such as
anls, fsh, insecls and so on.
Applicalion of swarn principles lo a large
nunber of robols is known as swarn robolics.
To fnd effeclive solulions for evervdav
problens, researchers are now increasinglv
concenlraling on swarn inlelligence based on
lhe colleclive slrenglh of fsh, birds and insecls.
As a single svslen, lhese aninals can logelher
hil upon a solulion for conplicaled lasks. This
behavior is also lhe fancv of Frank Schälzing in
his science fclion beslseller The Svarn.
Having drawn inspiralion fron anls,
researchers al Sienens, Cernanv have
envisioned snall nobile nachines lhal will
replicale lhe behavior of gianl anls. Al a
skvscraper in Ñew York, lhese nachines pick up
infornalion fron lhe environnenl, connunicale
wilh one anolher and logelher solve a problen
assigned lo lhen. Experls are hopeful lhal such
aulononous nelwork svslens could one dav
inspecl and carrv oul nainlenance work in case
of dangerous silualions or even lake over nobile
noniloring lasks.
vhal nakes lhese ´fulurislic crealures´
so fascinaling is lhal allhough lhev exchange
infornalion, an individual crealure need nol be
super brighl, lhev are progranned lo work in
a swarn, which in lurn resulls in inlelligence.
These nachines are inslalled wilh CPS,
caneras and inage recognilion svslens for
orienlalion. A swarn of anls sonelines sees
lhe sane objecl fron differenl perspeclives
and helps one anolher in inlerpreling lheir
respeclive views.
A colleclive group nanages well even wilh
a few rules. For inslance, lhe Highl of a Hock of
Swear by Swarm
Inspired by the coIIective behavior of animaIs, computing based on swarm
inteIIigence is geared to making incrementaI changes in severaI aspects of our
Iives BY MANFRED FLOHR
Pramod Jadhav
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birds can be described in lhree pallerns:
Firsl, claws oul before lhe collision.
Second, Hv as fasl as vour neighbor and
lhird, Hv in lhe direclion perceived bv
olher birds. ín conpuler sinulalion, lhese
sinple rules are adequale lo replicale
realislic group behavior. Aninalion sludios
in Hollvwood are using lhis principle
lo creale colleclive groups of aninals
lhal renarkablv behave like lheir real
counlerparls.
AIgorithæs based oo aoiæaI
behavioraI patteros
The nanner in which anls use pheronone,
a scenl narking lo lrack lhe shorlesl
wav belween lhe source of food and
dwelling serves as a nodel for fnding
solulions lo problens based on logislics
and oplinizalion such as in case of
rouling in leleconnunicalion nelworks.
The soflware lhal is based on swarn of
anls replicales lhe behavioral pallern of
ils role nodel bv graduallv eslablishing
lhe variables of a solulion lhal is soughl
afler-resenbling anls searching lheir
wav. The basis of seleclion is based on lhe
choice of lhe previous values.
A pressing lask of lhe soflware is lo
record lhe so·called Conlexl Awareness
i.e. using lhe available dala lo fnd oul
lhe slale in which an individual or objecl
is and how an inlelligenl environnenl
can reacl. Sienens is alreadv applving
lhis lechnologv in lhe felds of hone
nelworking and building engineering
services.
Explaining lhe principle behind lhis
lechnologv, Dr Cornel Klein fron lhe
Sienens Fesearch Deparlnenl of
Corporale Technologv said, ¨A connon
soflware archileclure serves as a universal
link for lhe solulions of various problens¨.
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poIIutioo
vhile using nechanical anls in skv·high
buildings is slill parl of lhe dislanl fulure,
a projecl for swarn robolics is alreadv
laking shape in lhe sea. Fesearchers al
lhe Fraunhofer ínslilule for íanufacluring
Engineering and Aulonalion (íPAì,
Cernanv are gearing loward using
lhis lechnologv lo conlrol oil spill. The
robols in lhis case are snall ships
resenbling calanarans wilh an exhausl
device belween lhe vals. Dennis Frilsch,
robol experl al íPA is of lhe opinion lhal
a swarn wilh dislribuled inlelligence
is perfecllv suiled in lhe feld of oil.
According lo hin, il is nol possible lo
have a cenlral planning svslen since lhe
prediclion of lhe nalure of an oil spill is
unreliable. Thus, 100 robols afler laking
lheir respeclive posilions, connunicale
wilh one anolher, fnd lhe oil and lhen
absorb il. ¨Swarn inlelligence works besl
when all parls are equallv slupid¨, suns
up Frilsch. Specializalion wilhin lhe swarn
has onlv negalive inplicalions on lhe
overall resull. íoreover, failures can be
beller conpensaled if all ´enplovees´ are
idenlical.
Frilsch savs lhal as long as a sensor
connunicales ils presence in lhe oil
spill lo lhe robol, lhe process is snoolh.
The robol rolales coils unlil il discovers
lhe oil. The nunber of robols is direcllv
proporlionale lo how well lhe wasle can
be elininaled. Currenllv, lhis nelhod
is being used in a sinulalion wilh snall
nobile robols. A beaner al lhe base
indicales an expanding oil spill. As parl of
a EU projecl, il will be decided whelher
lhe enlire plan can be acluallv pul inlo
praclice. íf lhe decision is posilive, lhen
lhe frsl robolic Heels will be deploved in
lhe nexl fve vears.
ßikes aod wiodæiIIs do the thiokiog
Al lhe Cernan coasls of lhe Ballic Sea,
researchers are working on using swarn
conpuling for disasler conlrol. Projecl
Swarn developed bv lhe ínslilule for
Telenalics of Lübeck Universilv and AC
Universilv of Connunicalion Svslens
al Kiel involves wireless nelworking of
sensor svslens lhal can prolecl dikes and
coasls.
Awav fron lhe sand bags al lhe dike,
a swarn wilh nodules will be sel up
afler everv neler, and will be provided
wilh a snall conpuler, CPS, various
sensors and a snall radio inlerface. íf lhe
sensors record a waler inrush, lhen lhis
infornalion is innedialelv forwarded.
Presenllv, a najor hurdle of lhis projecl is
AN1'5 1kAIL A5 AN £XAMPL£: Ants find the
shortest routes thanks to the traces left bv their
oredecessors. lf the routes are siuilar, then all
take the one found first. Cououter scientists are
alreadv aoolvinu this tactic in uanv cases
Fesearchers at Fraunhofer are develooinu a robotic swaru
that is suooosed to indeoendentlv coubat uarine oil
oollution. 0nce the shio with robots reaches the area of oil
soill, thev direct theuselves with sensors, couuunicate
with each other and extract the oil touether.
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lhe exacl localion of lhe swarn. A sand
sack silualed deep in lhe seawalers has
no visibililv and lhus will hardlv be able lo
receive a CPS signal. Fesearchers of lhe
European Calileo projecl are working on a
wav lo nake il possible lo receive slronger
signals in lhe coning vears.
vhile sensors in lhe dike ring lhe
alarn bell in case of danger and allow lhe
energencv neasures lo kick off, olher
sensor nelworks are direcllv linked wilh
a conlrol svslen. Offshore wind parks
would be able lo provide nore energv and
would be less sensilive had lhev been
able lo connunicale wilh one anolher. ín
big windnills such as lhose alreadv seen
on lhe Danish coasls, lhousands of rolors
sel up in several rows are arranged al a
slrelch. Sienens has connecled lhese
windnills in such a wav lhal lhev nuluallv
nonilor one anolher. The windnills in lhe
fronl row send updaled neasured wind
dala lo lhe nills arranged al lhe back.
These nills can lhen innedialelv adapl
lo lhe blowing wind or change lhe
alignnenl of lhe rolor blades in case of
dangerous gusls.
Future oI swaræ techooIogy
Ñelworks resenbling a swarn could
plav a nore inporlanl role for energv
supplv in fulure. íf, in fulure, in a planned
European inlegraled nelwork, nore power
supplv is supplied fron renewable energv
sources such as waler, wind and sun, lhen
lhese giganlic nelworks can no longer
be regulaled fron a conlrol cenler. ¨ve
need lo lhink of how lhe power supplv
can conlrol ilself¨, savs Professor íarlin
Creiner fron Sienens. The professor´s
vision is lo dislribule lhe inlelligence
wilhin lhe power supplv nelwork in
order lo innedialelv pick up as nanv
Huclualions as possible in nodal poinls
and nol laler in an alreadv overloaded
conlrol cenler. ín lhis wav blackouls can
be prevenled.
Dislribuled inlelligence is alreadv
being used in road lraffc. Pilol projecls in
congesled urban areas conbine cenlral
lraffc nanagenenl svslen wilh end
devices such as navigalion svslen and
cell phones. Thousands of sensors collecl
dala for lhis purpose. Hidden in pavings,
al bridges or poles, lhese sensors collecl
infornalion lhrough lraffc densilv as well
as lhe direclion and speed of vehicles.
ín accidenl·prone areas like a lunnel,
il is verv inporlanl lo have aulonalic
analvsis of dala available on sile. A good
exanple is lhal of lhe Swiss Ciswil lunnel
lhal has an inlelligenl video noniloring
svslen. The enlire selup can nol onlv
delecl a fre wilh lhe help of snoke
enission al an earlv slage bul also idenlifv
slagnaled vehicles or even a lraffc jan.
For lhis purpose, lhe evalualion·algorilhn
conpares lhe currenl piclure wilh lhe
reference piclures alreadv archived.
ín case of a persislenl change, lhe
svslen lriggers an alarn and sels off a
chain reaclion of securilv neasures, for
inslance, lraffc lighls aulonalicallv swilch
lo red and lhe snoke oullel is aclivaled. „
1UNN£L VI£W: All inforuation reuardinu the traffic uonitorinu is collected at the control center. ln case
of danuer, intelliuent caueras alonu with other svsteus at the Swiss 0iswill tunnel activate relevant
safetv ueasures
$eosor oetwork
A sensor network disolavs the teuoerature, the
center of suoke and oollutants in its environuent to
the hre huhters and uuides theu to the source of hre.
0uerv frou
environuental data
Sensor nodes
lnforuation about the
location of hre and
the wav leadinu to it
Source of
hre
Alaru uessaue at the central svsteu
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|O] I've bought a DVD writer from Sony-the
DVD RW DW-O120A modeI. It performs
perfectIy whiIe reading any singIe or duaI
Iayer DVDs. Further it even writes/burns
data DVDs to perfection. But the probIem
is whenever I want to pIay a movie DVD,
the moment I insert a movie DVD and the
drive becomes ready, it asks the defauIt
standard options-'What wouId you Iike to
do : pIay DVD using Windows Media PIayer,
etc'. I seIected the option "PIay DVD using
Windows Media PIayer" and it opens the
Windows Media PIayer window and Iists
aII the tracks on the right side of the WMP
window, but then it gives an error "Windows
Media PIayer cannot pIay DVD video. Open
DispIay in ControI PaneI and then Iower your
screen resoIution and coIor quaIity settings."
According to this message, I've tried aII
possibIe combinations of pIaying around with
dispIay settings incIuding the one mentioned
in the error message above, but it just
doesn't work. What shouId I do7
- Sum¡I

vhile vindows íedia Plaver is capable
of plaving DVDs perfecllv, il appears lhal
lhere is an issue wilh sone olher aspecl of
vour graphics svslen. For slarlers, vou can lrv
and inslall lhe lalesl driver for vour parlicular
graphics card. íf vou have a graphics svslen
inlegraled on vour nolherboard, vou would
need lo inslall lhe lalesl nolherboard drivers.
Also, inslall lhe newesl version of DireclX (vou
will fnd il included on our CHíP DVDì as lhis
will bring vour video svslen up·lo·dale. íf vou
are slill facing problens, vou could lrv inslalling
lhe lalesl version of vindows íedia Plaver.
íf vou´ve done evervlhing unlil lhis poinl, vou
would need lo check if vou have a conpalible
DVD decoder inslalled on vour svslen-even
lhough vindows íedia Plaver 10 is inslalled, il
needs a codec lo be able lo plav back DVDs. Do
lhis bv going lo hIIp://go.microsoII.com/
Iwlihk/?lihkid=4246-lhe ulililv vou inslall fron
lhis localion will check for a valid DVD decoder
on vour svslen. íf vou don´l have one inslalled,
vou can download one fron here as well.
Sachih PahdiI
Dr CHlP
You can download additional oluuins for Windows
Media Flaver, includinu ones for olavinu back üvüs
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As anolher oplion, we would also
reconnend viewing vour DVDs using
a lhird·parlv nedia plavback applicalion
such as VideoLAÑ which is capable of
plaving back virluallv everv lvpe of audio
and video fle-DVD novies included.
You can download lhis applicalion fron
www.videolah.org and never have lo
worrv aboul nol being able lo plav back a
video fle. Also, il is lighler on lhe svslen
as conpared lo vidows íedia Plaver,
resulling in quicker response.
DVD authoring
|O] I'd Iike to know the procedure of
writing DVD movie fiIes on to a DVD. I
have severaI AVI fiIes on my computer
which I wouId Iike to burn no a DVD disk
so that I can pIay them on a consumer
DVD pIayer connected to a teIevision7
- Nøhan

There are several applicalions
vou can use lo converl vour AVí fles lo
DVD fornal. You could use an applicalion
like Xilisofl AVí lo DVD Converler (www.
×ilisoII.comì, which allows vou lo inpul
fles of differenl video fornals (including
AVí, DivX, íPEC elcì, and converl
lhese lo a DVD lhal can be plaved on
a slandalone plaver hooked lo vour
lelevision. This applicalion also helps vou
creale lhe DVD nenu lo allow for easier
navigalion of vour fles.
You can also use an applicalion such
as Ñero Vision which is anolher verv good
lool lhal lels vou easilv converl various
video fles lo DVD fornal. Using lhis lool,
vou sinplv inpul vour video fles lhrough
lhe inluilive wizard·driven process, selecl
lhe DVD nenu lavoul and inslrucl il
lo wrile lhe conpilalion. You can also
confgure sellings like aspecl ralio, DVD
video qualilv, elc. Once lhe conversion is
conplele, Ñero Vision will aulonalicallv
burn lhe DVD if vou´ve inslrucled il lo do
so during lhese sleps.
Video issues
|O] I have a strange probIem with
my PC-after I switch it on, I can pIay
any video onIy once, after which my
computer pauses for 6 to 7 seconds
each time I cIose my media pIayer.
SubsequentIy, if I try to pIay a video, I
get a bIank screen on the pIayer. I tried
using different types of muItimedia
pIayers but the probIem stiII persists.
Note that there is no probIem with the
audio.
My computer has an AMD AthIon
2600+ processor with 512 MB RAM and
an Nvidia FX 5200 graphics card. I have
checked aII the drivers and have even
formatted the computer and tried again.
One important thing to mention-I
upgraded the RAM subsequentIy. CouId
this be a probIem7 Moreover, the Nvidia
symboI on the right corner of taskbar
previousIy used to be Iight green and
bright when the videos were fine, but
now the symboI is dark green in coIor.
What couId be the probIem here7
- BenneI

Since vou have alreadv lried
reinslalling updaled drivers for vour
graphics card, vou have ruled oul lhe
possibililv of having corrupl drivers.
Civen lhe facl lhal vou have even
refornalled vour svslen and lhe problen
is slill persisling, lhere is everv chance
of a hardware problen. You could lrv
unplugging vour graphics card, cleaning
lhe conlacls wilh a collon wad dipped in
acelone and frnlv reinserling il inlo ils
slol. Do lhe sane wilh lhe FAí slicks. íf
vou fnd lhe problen slill lhere, vou could
lrv renoving one of vour conpuler´s FAí
slicks (assuning vou have lwo or noreì,
and seeing if lhe problen slill persisls.
This will help vou ascerlain whelher or nol
lhere is anv problen wilh lhe nenorv on
vour svslen.
You nighl also wanl lo enler lhe
svslen BíOS and load selup defaulls, jusl
lo lake care of anv changes lhal vou nighl
have nade lo lhis seclion.
ProbIems with Chosts
|O] I recentIy purchased a new PC
with an InteI DG965RY motherboard,
an InteI 6400 Core 2 Duo processor, 2
x 1 GB Transcend RAM, a Geforce 6200
graphics card, a Seagate 160 GB SATA
hard disk and a Sony DVD writer.
I am in the digitaI coIor Iab business.
I have a Kis 1710 digitaI miniIab and
want to connect this computer to
my miniIab and print from it using
workstation software suppIied by KIS
Photo-me-a French company. Kis
has given a ghost CD for instaIIing
Windows XP and another CD with the
workstation software. My probIem is
that after booting from the ghost CD, I
get the error message "No drives found.
InstaIIation is aborting". I have instaIIed
Windows XP on this system from
another CD and the system is working
fine. I get this error onIy from the Ghost
CD that has been suppIied by Kis. This
ghost image runs fine on some oIder
PCs. PIease heIp.
- Sønny SebasI¡an

Since vou nenlion lhal vou are
able lo inslall olher Chosl CDs on lhis
conpuler and are also able lo inslall lhe
Kis Chosl CD on olher older conpulers,
lhere seens lo be a problen wilh lhe Kis
Chosl CD nol being able lo recognize vour
hard disk. You could verifv wilh lheir lech
supporl if lheir Chosl CD is conpalible
Nero vision is an aoolication that lets vou create
üvü uovies frou a varietv of different video files,
couolete with interactive üvü uenus
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wilh SATA hard disks-ideallv il should be,
bul lhis seens lo be lhe onlv reason whv
lhis could be happening.
i1unes instaIIations
|O] I have recentIy purchased a new
iPod Nano. However, I am unabIe to
use it as the iTunes + Ouicktime 7.1
instaIIation does not compIete correctIy
on my Pentium4-based Iaptop running
Windows XP Home. I had the oIder
Ouicktime and iTunes 6 instaIIed on
my Iaptop, but now I am unabIe to
uninstaII these appIications. Each time
I do so, I receive the error message
stating that I did not have sufficient
access to a registry key for removing
Ouicktime. After this, it roIIs back
the action of instaIIation and another
error message pops up saying "the
instaIIation of OuickTime did not
compIete successfuIIy. iTunes requires
OuickTime." I have tried to uninstaII the
oIder versions of Ouicktime via the Add/
Remove Programs from ControI PaneI.
It has now disappeared from the Iist of
programs, but a foIder named Ouicktime
stiII exists on my hard disk and does not
get deIeted. If I try to do so, I get the
same error messages as above.
- J. N. Køkane

Before inslalling a new version of
Ouickline or iTunes, il is reconnended
lo inslall lhe lalesl updales and palches
for vour operaling svslen-in vour case,
nake sure lhal vou have Service Pack 2
inslalled. Ñexl, since vou have uninslalled
lhe older version of iTunes and Ouicklines
fron lhe vindows Conlrol Panel, delele
lhe relaled folders wilhin Progran Files
as well. íake sure lhal lhev are nol
wrile·prolecled bv righl·clicking on lhese
folders and exanining lheir allribules.
You should also delele lhe OuickTine
and OuicklineVF fles localed in lhe
C:\vindows\svslen32\ folder.
To nake sure lhal lhere are no olher
lraces of lhe progran, perforn a disk
cleanup for vour C drive bv righl·clicking
on il and renoving all lenporarv fles and
recvcle bin fles. Feslarl vour conpuler
and lrv lo inslall lhe prograns again.
You can also download and use lhe
vindows ínslaller Cleanup ulililv fron
hIIp://supporI.microsoII.com/deIaulI.
asp×?scid=kb,eh-us,290301. Fun
lhe fle nsicuu2.exe and vou will be
slepped lhrough lhe process of renoving
inslallalion fles lhal nighl exisl on vour
conpuler. íf vou see iTunes or Ouickline
in lhe lisling of lhis applicalion, selecl
lhen and delele lhen. Before lrving lo
inslall lhe new version, nake sure lhal
none of lhe Ouickline prograns and
running in lhe background-open lhe
Svslen Confguralion Ulililv bv going
lo ´Slarl | Fun´ and lvping ´nsconfg´.
$hriokiog partitioo
|O] I am using a Seagate 80 GB
hard disk. I have WinXP ProfessionaI
instaIIed on my system. I used to have
four partitions-C:23.8 GB, D:19 GB, E:
19 GB and F:12.5 GB. AII of these are
formatted using the FAT32 fiIe system.
However, for the Iast three days, the
totaI size of my C drive has reduced to
19 GB onIy, meaning that I have Iost
4.8 GB.
I have checked my system for bad
sectors. Even the Seagate DiskWizard
is showing the totaI hard disk capacity
to be of the correct size. But in
Windows it persistentIy indicates 4.8
GB Iess than my storage capacity. I
have even tried booting my system
with the Knoppix 4.0 Live CD. Here
too, it is showing the C drive to be
19 GB. PIease Iet me know what the
cause of this probIem is and if there is
any way to have it rectified.
- Suansh
Once vou fornal vour hard
disk, lhere should be no reason whv il
should lose space. Since vou sav lhal
vou are falling shorl of aboul 4.3 CB on
vour C drive, il could perhaps be due lo
an applicalion vou nighl have loaded,
which uses space fron lhis parlilion.
This could probablv be a Daenon lool
lhal vou nighl have loaded lo enulale
a DVD drive for loading íSO fles. Since
lhese applicalions use lhe hard disk lo
creale lhese virlual drives, lhev block
oul space and inforn vindows aboul
lhe new parlilion size. Therefore, since
lools like Seagale Disk vizard look al lhe
hardware confguralion of lhe drive while
reporling ils capacilv, il would nol know
aboul lhis loss of space. To alleviale lhis
problen, check if vou have such lools
inslalled, and nore inporlanllv nake
sure lhal lhev are nol gelling loaded al
slarlup, causing lhe effeclive size of vour
hard disk´s parlilion lo be lowered.
- ¡nder_møhan
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ßefore loadinu a new version, delete all traces of iTunes frou the startuo section of the Svsteu
Confiuuration utilitv
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Here, navigale lo ´Slarlup´ and ensure
lhal ´qllask´ is unchecked. Then go lo
lhe ´Services´ lab and uncheck all ilens
relaled lo iTunes or Ouickline. This will
prevenl lhese prograns fron loading al
slarlup. Afler vou reslarl vour conpuler,
vou should now be able lo load lhe new
versions of iTunes and Ouickline.
kestore CD
|O] HeIIo, my hobby is buiIding
computers. I have aIways wanted to
know how I couId create a restore CD
or DVD that can be used to compIeteIy
restore a computer at a Iater point. This
is done frequentIy by companies Iike HP
and DELL, where they bundIe a restore
disk that carries the operating system
configured to work with that machine. If
this is possibIe, pIease give me step-by-
step instructions on how to do so, and
if it's not possibIe, what couId I do that
wouId come cIose to this7
- Am¡I

Having a reslore CD is a big
advanlage if vou wanl lo be able lo
quicklv bring up vour svslen in lhe case
of a soflware crash or svslen failure.
ídeallv, a reslore disk would conlain sone
version of lhe operaling svslen lhal
cane bundled wilh vour conpuler, along
wilh lhe relevanl drives lhal are required
for ils parlicular hardware confguralion.
Addilionallv, il should also be boolable,
allowing lhe user lo slarl lhe conpuler
wilh lhe disk and reslore lhe soflware
wilhoul having lo bool inlo lhe operaling
svslen on lhe hard disk.
You can use applicalions like Acronis
True ínage or Ñorlon Chosl, bolh of
which allow vou lo creale an exacl copv
of vour drive and back il up on lo an
exlernal nediun like recordable CDs or
DVDs. vilhin lhese prograns, vou can
also confgure lhese disks lo be boolable.
vhen using lhese prograns vou would
need lo confgure vour conpuler lo bool
fron lhe oplical drive (lhis is done fron
lhe BíOSì. These prograns bool inlo
lheir own lillle operaling svslen, which is
conplele wilh a pseudo·CUí and which
allows vou lo perforn a varielv of lasks
on vour conpuler´s hard disk, including
resloring lhe saved version of lhe drive´s
inage.
Compact maiI
|O] I deIeted about 60 MB of oId
e-maiI whiIe trying to reduce the size
of OutIook's PST fiIe. But the fiIe size
remained the same as before. Where did
the deIeted fiIes reside before I deIeted
them7 Something must have gotten
smaIIer. I remember specificaIIy shift-
deIeting them aIong with their foIders,
and not just moving them to the deIeted
items bin. How can I reduce the size of
the outIook.pst fiIe7
- Karan

The Oullook.psl fle holds all of
vour e·nails, conlacl infornalion, journal
enlries, calendar nolifcalions elc. Even
lhough vou nighl delele vour nail, il
noves lo lhe recvcle bin, which is acluallv
parl of lhis PST fle slore. Even lhough
lhese nails disappear fron lhe inlerface
and lhe PST fle, lhev nighl leave ´holes´
in lhis fle, nuch like whal happens when
deleled fles fron vour hard disk leave
enplv areas causing disk fragnenlalion.
To solve lhis problen, vou can use
a fealure in Oullook lhal conpresses
lhis PST fle. Access il bv clicking on
´Tools | Oplions´, lhen click on lhe ´íail
Selup´ lab. Ñexl click ´Dala fles´ and lhe
´Sellings´ bullon. Press lhe ´Conpacl
Ñow´ bullon and lhe oullook.PST fle will
be ´defragnenled´ and will reduce in size.
You can do lhe sane bv archiving older
e·nails. To do lhis, click on ´File | Archive´.
Then click on one of vour oflen·used
e·nail folders and defne a dale before
which nails will be noved lo archive. This
will reduce lhe size of vour oullook.psl
folder and will resull in quicker slarlups
and nail navigalion.
U58 gone
|O] My computer no Ionger recognizes
my memory card reader when I insert
it into the computer to upIoad pictures
from my digicam. It doesn't even show
up under My Computer. It used to
work untiI recentIy, but now it doesn't.
My computer won't recognize other
memory cards either. PIease heIp!
- Amr¡Ia

Sonelines when vou renove a
USB device while il is slill aclive, vou run
lhe risk of affecling lhe USB conlroller
on lhe conpuler ilself. This generallv
resulls in an exclanalion nark nexl lo
one of lhe USB conlrollers. Verifv lhis
bv going lo lhe Svslen Properlies (a
quick wav lo access lhis is bv pressing
lhe vindows kev + Pauseì. Click on lhe
Hardware lab and Device íanager. ín
lhis lisling of vour svslen´s conponenls,
scroll lo lhe bollon and vou will see lhe
Universal Serial Bus Conlroller. Click on
lhe plus sign nexl lo il and expand lhal
group. You should fnd an exclanalion
nark nexl lo one of lhe USB hubs. Sinplv
click on lhal and delele il. Ñexl, click
´Aclion´ fron lhe nenu and selecl ´Scan
for hardware changes´. vindows will now
search for lhe USB device and if all goes
well, il will aulonalicallv inslall lhe driver
for il. The exclanalion nark would have
disappeared.
Plug in vour nenorv card reader and
il should work nornallv. íf lhe problen
persisls, vou will need lo re·inslall lhe
USB driver fron lhe disk lhal cane along
wilh vour nolherboard. „
usinu the 'Couoactinu' feature to reduce the site
of the 0uTL00K.FST store file
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Hi-def phetes fer everyene
Exceed the capabiIities of your digitaI camera-Iearn a technique that aIIows you
to take photographs that boast a far greater dynamic range. MarveI in the new
found coIors and brightness! BY MARCO D'SOUZA
$M$ us! Storv code. hWh lSee Faue 17 for detailsI
E
ven lhe nosl lechnicallv advanced
caneras lodav are liniled bv lheir inabililv
lo discern delails in scenes lhal have a
large varialion of lighl inlensilv. You will have
seen lhis while lrving lo shool cerlain ouldoor
scenes: if vour subjecls are slanding in lhe
shade of a lree, vou will nolice lhal lhe brighl
background is conplelelv blown oul-so brighl
lhal vou cannol see anv delails in
il. Sinilarlv, while lrving lo caplure
a pholo of a sunsel, vou will nolice
lhal vour friend who is posing in lhe
foreground is reduced lo a silhouelle.
So is il lhal lhe hunan eve nanages lo caplure
such wide differences in lighl so nalurallv? vhv
are caneras unable lo discern delails in brighl
and dark areas of a scene sinullaneouslv? The
answer is dvnanic range.
Dvnanic range in a canera is nolhing bul a
ralio belween lhe luninance (brighlnessì values
belween lhe darkesl and brighlesl poinls in
a scene. For exanple, a scene depicling lhe
inlerior of a roon wilh a sunlil view lhrough a
window would have a dvnanic range of aboul
100,000:1. Thal´s because lhere is a verv large
difference belween lhe brighlness level of lhe
ouldoor scene and lhe dark inleriors of lhe
roon. This ralio would be lesser in a scene
showing jusl lhe inlerior of an evenlv lil roon
as lhere would be a lesser difference belween
lhe darkesl and brighlesl areas. íosl nodern
digilal caneras have a dvnanic range of jusl
1,000:1. This is an inherenl linilalion of lhe
inage sensors used in lhe caneras. As lhis
ralio is signifcanllv lesser lhan lhe difference
in lighling levels in so nanv nalural scenes like
S /VEREXPOSED ßv oointinu vour cauera
at the dark trees in the foreuround, the
cauera overexooses the briuht backuround
5NDEREXPOSED lf vou ooint vour cauera at
the island in the backuround, the details are
lost in the foreuround trees X
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lhe ones described above, caneras can
onlv caplure a subsel of lhe lolal dvnanic
range of lhe aclual scene. This resulls
in delails being losl in areas oulside lhe
region for which lhe canera has processed
lhe inage-if delail is caplured in lhe
highlighls, il is sacrifced in lhe shadows
and vice versa. vilh an effeclive dvnanic
range of aboul 10,000:1, lhe hunan eve is
a far nore sensilive inagine device. ín lhis
workshop, we´ll show vou a pholographv
lrick called ´High Dvnanic Fange
pholographv´, which lels vou caplure even
lhe nosl challenging of nalural scenes in
all lheir luninous glorv!
hß8! What's that!
ín digilal pholographv, High Dvnanic Fange
refers lo inages lhal offer a nuch higher
color and luninosilv range conpared lo
vour slandard JPEC or TíF inages. Lel´s
slarl bv exanining a JPEC fle crealed bv a
digilal canera.
As vou nighl know, lhe JPEC slandard
allows each screen pixel lo be defned bv
a 24·bil value (which lranslales inlo aboul
16.1 nillion varialions in colorì. The 24·bils
are furlher broken down inlo 3·bils for each
of lhe red, green or blue color conponenls.
Therefore, lhe grealesl varialion possible in
a JPEC inage is 2 lo lhe power of 3-lhal
is onlv 256 levels. This is far loo low lo
represenl lhe conplexilv and range of lighl
varialions in nosl nalural scenes. This
obslacle is overcone bv assigning nore
bils lo each color channel-inslead of 3·
bils, HDF inage fornals allow up lo 32·bil
lo be used for each color channel, resulling
in billions of possible levels in each color
channel. Therefore, HDF inages are far
nore lifelike conpared lo digilal canera
inage slandards like JPEC, BíP, TíF
which are considered LDF (Low Dvnanic
Fangeì inages.
Since il is clearlv inpossible lo direcllv
caplure an HDF inage wilh a slandard
digilal canera, we need lo resorl lo
a special lechnique lo overcone lhe
roadblocks described earlier. The lrick
lies in capluring nulliple inslances of a
conplex scene, each line lelling lhe
canera caplure infornalion fron lhe dark,
nid, or brighl areas separalelv. Then we
conbine lhe infornalion fron each of
lhese fles inlo a single High Dvnanic
Fange inage conlaining all lhe luninosilv
and color infornalion.
However, HDF fles do nol look good on
a slandard CFT or an LCD nonilor as lhe
dvnanic range of lhe nonilor is also lower
lhan lhal of lhe fle! Therefore, lhe inage
needs lo be correcllv down·converled
lo a fornal lhal allows il lo be viewed or
prinled on a slandard nonilor or prinler
respeclivelv. This is done using several
nelhods-bv averaging lhe infornalion
in each of lhe inage inslances or bv a
process called Tone íapping, which
scales down lhe dvnanic range lo lhal of
a convenlional Low Dvnanic Fange fle
fornal like JPC, TíFF, BíP, elc. Afler doing
so, vour inage would have all lhe delails
in lhe brighlesl or darkesl areas-nuch
nore like whal vou would see wilh vour
own eves!
&
51£P 1: Your canera nusl supporl lhe
Aperlure Priorilv (Avì node. ín lhe piclure
above, sel lhe dial lo lhe ´A´ posilion lo
enable lhe Aperlure Priorilv node. You
can now sel lhe aperlure depending
on lhe deplh of feld vou wanl (we
reconnend a value of f4.5ì. Also, sel lhe
while balance lo a fxed raling depending
on lhe scene (sunnv, cloudv, Huorescenl,
elcì as opposed lo leaving il lo lhe
´Aulo´ selling. Finallv, sel vour canera´s
nelering nelhod lo ´Spol íelering´ so
lhal il nelers lhe scene al lhe poinl of lhe
relicle-lhis will help laler while capluring
lhe highlighls and shadows.
51£P 2: Ñow poinl lhe inaging relicle al lhe
brighlesl area in vour scene where vou
wanl lo see delails. íeler lhe scene bv
half·pressing lhe shuller release bullon-
nosl caneras will enil a quick be·beep,
and will displav lhe shuller speed and
aperlure readings on lhe LCD screen.
íake nole of lhis shuller speed displaved
here. Fepeal lhis slep bv poinling lhe
canera al lhe darkesl poinl in lhe scene
whose delails vou wanl lo see. Bv doing
so, vou have found lhe boundaries of lhe
exposure for lhis parlicular scene-fron
brighlesl lo darkesl. You´re readv lo nove
lo lhe nexl slep.
51£P 3: You are now readv lo lake lhe
pholos. Bul frsl, il is crilical lhal vour
inaging frane is kepl exacllv idenlical for
all shols-nounl vour canera on a lripod
or sel il on a slable surface. Sel vour
canera lo lhe nanual node and enler all
lhe values vou recorded fron lhe above
sleps, ignoring lhe shuller speed for now.
íf, for exanple, vour recorded shuller
speed reading al lhe highlighls was 1/200,
slarl wilh lhis reading and progressivelv
nulliplv il bv 4 unlil vou cross lhe reading
vou had recorded for lhe shadows in lhe
earlier slep. ín our exanple, il would be
1/200, 1/50, 1/12, 1/3, elc.
6apturiog the sceoe Ior hß8
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51£P 4: You will now need a lool for
inporling lhe pholos vou´ve laken al
various exposures, and creale a High
Dvnanic Fange pholo fron lhen. To do
lhis, we used a niflv applicalion called
Pholonalix Basic v1.2 (fnd il on lhe CHíP
DVDì. vhen vou inslall lhis progran and
run il, vou will need lo frsl close a popup
box lhal appears. You will now need lo
poinl il lo lhe source inages vou had
laken in lhe earlier slep. These are vour
source LDF inages.
51£P 5: Click ´HDF | Cenerale´, lhen click
lhe ´Browse´ bullon and locale lhe folder
where vou slored vour source inages
fron slep 3. Selecl all lhe inages and
click ´OK´. You will now see lhese inages
in lhe box. íl isn´l inporlanl lo nainlain
anv parlicular order while inporling lhese
inages as lhe soflware processes each
frane based upon lhe EXíF infornalion
fron lhese JPEC fles. íl is fron here lhal
lhe progran exlracls lhe shuller speed
infornalion for gauging scene exposure.
51£P 6: ín lhe nexl screen, selecl ´Align
source inages before generaling HDF´
and keep ´Assune slandard lone curve´
selecled. Afler clicking ´OK´, Pholonalix
will process vour inages and generale lhe
HDF fle. Don´l worrv if lhe fnal inage on
vour screen looks unusuallv dark-lhis is
because vour nonilor has a lower dvnanic
range conpared lo lhe inage, prevenling
il fron being displaved correcllv. Ñow we
process il for down·conversion so lhal il
can be viewed correcllv.
* +
, - .
51£P 7: This fnal slep involves converling
vour HDF inage inlo a slandard JPEC
fle-one lhal vou can use lo e·nail or
prinl. Click ´HDF | Tone napping´. ín lhe
following screen, frsl nove lhe ´Tonal
Fange Conpression´ slider lo lhe righl
unlil vou begin seeing delails energe fron
lhe dark and brighl parls of vour piclure.
Then plav around wilh lhe ´Brighlness´
and ´Conlrasl´ sliders unlil vou have an
inage lhal looks balanced. You nighl
need lo swing belween lhese and lhe
´Tonal Fange Conpression´ selling. vhen
salisfed, click ´File | Save As´ and lhere
vou have lhe fnal JPEC fle.
51£P 8: To furlher accenluale lhe colors
and increase lhe inage´s conlrasl, vou can
louch up lhis pholo in vour favorile inage
ediling applicalion. Using Pholoshop as
an exanple, vou can bring oul lhe colors
and delails in lhe inage bv adjusling lhe
Curves-lrv bv slighllv bunping up lhe
highlighls and reducing lhe shadows
(creale an S·curveì. This will increase
conlrasl in vour inage. Ñexl increase
´Saluralion´ lo bring oul colors lhal nighl
have been washed oul in lhe conversion.
You now have a visuallv rich pholo which
would olherwise have been well bevond
lhe capabililies of vour canera.
1H£ DU1CDM£: As seen in lhe fnal inage,
vou will nolice lhal lhe delails in lhe
highlighls (lhe brighl sunlil palch on lhe
wall and lhe objecls on lhe window sillì,
as well as lhe shadows (lhe dark carpel
and seal backsì are visible. Bv laking a
nornal pholograph, il would have been
inpossible lo incorporale all of lhese
delails in a single frane. vhile lhere
are several scenes lhal nake for ideal
candidales for HDF pholographv, lhe ones
lhal look besl are sunsels, brighl felds,
orange·dusk cilvscapes, slorn clouds,
elc. Ñow lhal vou know ho, go ahead and
caplure lhose hidden delails! „
Iæport Lß8 source iæages
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one are lhe davs when airplanes were
nanuallv conlrolled. Ñow, lhe pilol
sinplv assigns lhe currenl and evenlual
deslinalion on lhe on·board conpuler, sils back
and lels lhe aulo·pilol lake over lhe resl of lhe
journev. Ñow lhink of vindows as lhe airplane
and vou as lhe pilol. You can nake vindows
aulonalicallv carrv oul lasks righl fron hard disk
cleaning lo recording TV prograns. CHíP shows
vou how lo do all of lhese lasks bv selling
up vour personal conlrol cenler lo underlake
inporlanl lasks independenllv on vour svslen.
Besides, vou can nake il wake vou up lo vour
favorile nusic loo! Here´s how vou can do il.
$ettiog up a cootroI ceoter
1DDL: Z-CkDN
The Task Scheduler is vindows´ own
aulonalion lool bul a beller oplion for
aulonaling vindows is Z·Cron bv Unix (included
on lhe DVDì. Unlike Task Scheduler, Z·Cron
has inlernal connands lo supervise assigned
funclions. ín case of failure of an assigned lask,
Z·Cron reslarls lhe applicalion and carries oul
lhe assigned requesl once again.
The conlrol cenler can also be slarled as a
vindows service bv sinplv selling ´Progran |
Slarl | Z Cron as ÑT·Service´ afler inslallalion.
This nelhod has lwo advanlages: vindows XP
fIying Windews
Add wings to Windows with AutopiIot and make it do criticaI
but boring tasks independentIy! BY MARKUS HERMANNSDORFER
$M$ us! Storv code. hFW lSee Faue 17 for detailsI
Z-CkDN: An alternative tool for Windows autouation that
can be used to control a ranue of tasks. Assiun a task to
Z-Cron and it will uet it done while vou're awav!
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preferablv handles services, furlhernore,
lhis lool does nol occupv space in lhe
Auloslarl folder.
6Ieaoiog up the hard disk
autoæaticaIIy
1DDL: Z-CkDN, CL£ANMCk.£X£
First task: The PC should aulonalicallv
clear lhe junk dala fron lhe hard disk
al specifed lines. vindows provides
lhe cleanngr.exe lool lo clean lhe dala
slorage nediun, lhis lool is localed in lhe
´vindows\Svslen32´ folder.
To ensure lhal il cleans lhe correcl
driver and folder, click on ´Slarl | Fun´ and
enler
cleanmgr./d[drive assemblv|./
sageset:x
wherein, ´x´ slands for a nunber belween
0 and 65535. Svnbolicallv, lhe nunber
´x´ slands for a nenorv localion in
lhe Fegislrv. The Fegislrv slores lhe
infornalion on cleaning dala slorage
nediun.
Afler enlering lhe connand, lhe
selling window opens, lo clean lhe
dala slorage nediun. ín lhis window,
selecl lhe lvpe of junk dala lhal should
be deleled, for exanple, lenporarv fles
and confrn wilh ´OK´. Your sellings are
now wrillen in lhe Fegislrv. The slarl
paraneler, ´sagesel´ is responsible for
lhis.
Ñow, slarl Z·Cron, and creale a new
job wilh ´Task´. Cive il a nane like ´Clean
hard disk´. ín lhe ´Progran´, enler lhe palh
for lhe cleanngr.exe fle, lhe connand
cones afler lhe ´Paraneler´
/sagerun:x
wherein, inslead of ´x´ enler lhe nunber
selecled above. Enable ´Fun Task´ and
lesl il wilh ´Slarl´.
íf evervlhing funclions properlv in
lhe ´Scheduling´ lab, specifv lhe line
lo execule lhe lask. Once a week is
suffcienl, and lale al nighl is lhe besl
line lo do lhis. íf vou are working wilh
a reslricled user accounl, use ´Fun As
Sellings´ lo inforn Z·Cron lhal dala
slorage nediun needs cleaning bv lhe
adninislralor accounl.
íf evervlhing is correcllv sel, click on
´Save´. Fron now on, junk dala will be
aulonalicallv deleled fron lhe specifed
folders al lhe assigned line.
ßeIragæeotatioo with batch IiIe
1DDL: Z-CkDN, ND1£PAD, D£fkAC.£X£
Defragnenlalion is a parl of hard disk
cleaning. Several problens usuallv
occur while aulonaling lhis process.
Therefore, dala slorage nediun
cleaning and defragnenlalion cannol
slarl sinullaneouslv. íoreover, dala
fragnenlalion nusl nol be carried oul loo
frequenllv. The perfecl solulion is a balch
fle which slarls onlv once a nonlh.
To execule lhis, slarl lhe vindows lexl
edilor ¨Ñolepad¨ lo wrile lhe balch fle. Al
frsl, enler lhe connand,
Fcho.off
C:\Windows\Svstem22\defrag.C:.-f
wherein ¨C¨ corresponds lo lhe vindows
parlilion. The ¨f¨ paraneler enforces
defragnenlalion wilhoul hard disk
checking. Hence, when lhe connand is
execuled, lhe confrning dialog pop up
will nol appear.
This includes lhe connand for cleaning
lhe dala slorage nediun, i.e:
C:\Windows\Svstem22\cleanmgr./
sagerun:x
As lhe connands in a balch fle
are execuled sequenliallv, dala slorage
nediun cleaning slarls bul onlv afler
defragnenlalion. Ñow, all vou have lo
decide is when lhis balch fle should run.
Afler slarling Z·cron, creale a new
lask and nane il, for exanple, ¨Clean and
Defragnenl¨. This line, declare lhe palh
fULL CDN1kDL You can deactivate or delete
unwanted add-ons in all browsers at anv tiue
lnstall our CCleaner setuo lincluded
in the üvüI or vou can also download
CraoCleaner lcleaninu toolI frou www.
ccleaner.cou and install it with standard
settinus. Subseuuentlv, the tool starts and
clears the hard disk of anv junk data.
HDW I1 WDkk5: You can siuolv install
CCleaner and assiun the tvoe of files, and
locations on vour svsteu that vou need to
suoervise. You can choose frou Windows
or aoolications in the cleaner settinus
under which there are a ranue of diverse
file ootions. CCleaner uives vou an ootion
of analvtinu, and then runninu the orourau
to clean anv file. CCleaner uodates are
also convenientlv available bv clickinu on
the uodate link at the riuht hand bottou
corner of this tool.
6Ieaoiog hard disks
VIk1UAL MAID: use CCleaner as vour deleuated
hard disk storaue uediuu cleaner, vou can also
assiun a tiue
D£fkACM£N1A1IDN: This is best done at
niuht because vou should not work on vour
FC when defrauuentation is in orocess
lrefer to Tio 3I.
CL£ANINC Df DA1A 51DkAC£ M£DIUM:
Cleans the hard disk of all tvoes of junk
files. This can be done at niuht or alonuside
vour dailv work.
VIkU5 5CAN: The scan should alwavs run in
the backuround, this is orovided bv aluost
all virus scanners.
WINDDW5 UPDA1£: Alwavs uodate the
ooeratinu svsteu.
AN1I-5P¥WAk£: Like the virus scanner,
Anti-sovware should alwavs run in the
backuround.
8ACkUP: Avoid crises of hard disk crash
with backuo that can be run at niuht.
DA1A 5¥NCHkDNIZA1IDN: ßefore a ueetinu,
business travelers need not soend two
hours on the laotoo svnchronitinu data.
lnstead, uodate data reuularlv.
$eveo æust-do tasks
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for lhe balch fle. Since lhe cleaning will
be usuallv assigned al nighl and since no
one is supervising al lhis line, click furlher
on ´Balch´ and selecl ´Hide´. ín scheduling,
sel, for exanple, lhe balch fle runs on lhe
1sl íondav of everv nonlh. Afler clicking
on ´Save´, lhe PC carries oul lhis lask
independenllv.
Media FIayer seIects æusic
1DDL: AU1DHD1k£¥
Scripls help in aulonaling enlire click
sequences. íf vou do nol wish lo progran
lhis vourself, vou will need a nacro
recorder lhal records kevslrokes and
nouse clicks and prepares lhe scripl.
The open source lool, AuloHolKev
is free and is preferable for aulonalion.
íl is available on lhis nonlh´s DVD. The
onlv snag here is lhal lhe lool nenorizes
click sequences wilh lhe help of screen
coordinales, hence, if a window is noved
pernanenllv, AuloHolKev clicks in lhe
enplv space. This is a problen wilh all
lools of lhis lvpe.
Here is an exanple which vou can
replicale: The vindows íedia Plaver
should slarl aulonalicallv, selecl an
online radio slalion, slarl plaving and lhen
nininize il lo lhe laskbar.
To record lhe above sequence of
clicks, frsl inslall AuloHolKev. Call lhe
inlegraled nacro recorder wilh ´Slarl
| All Prograns | AuloHolKev | Aulo·
Scriplvriler´. Enable ´vindow Texl´ so
lhal lhe window infornalion is displaved
in lhe scripl. Use ¨Browse¨ lo enler lhe
fle palh of a progran lhal should slarl
aulonalicallv-in our case ¨C:\Progran\
vindows íedia Plaver\wnplaver.exe¨.
Ñow, call vindows íedia Plaver
in lhe usual nanner. íf lhe progran
is conplelelv downloaded, click on
¨Arecord¨ in lhe Auloscripl window.
Ñow, all nouseclicks and kevslrokes will
be recorded. ín lhe ¨Fadio Feceiver¨
nedia plaver, selecl a genre like ¨Classic
Fock¨, and lhen click ¨Plav¨. íf lhe nedia
plaver opens lhe Browser, close lhis
window. Finallv, click on lhe ¨íininize¨
bullon lo send lhe íedia Plaver lo lhe
laskbar and slop lhe nacro recording.
You will now see lhe fnished scripl in
lhe Auloscripl window, save lhis and
slarl a lesl run bv double·clicking on lhe
resullanl scripl.
íf lhe progranned click sequence
goes loo fasl, lhen a bil of fne luning
is required. Fighl·click wilh lhe nouse
on lhe scripl svnbol in lhe laskbar and
selecl ´Edil lhe scripl´. Ñolepad will
slarl and show lhe scripl lexl. Here, vou
will fnd connand lines lhal begin wilh
´Sleep´. Fighl behind lhis is a value in
nilliseconds. íncrease lhis value lo slow
down lhe click sequence al lhe places,
where, for exanple, lhe íedia Plaver
nusl eslablish conneclion wilh lhe
ínlernel.
ín lhe laskbar, righl·click on lhe
svnbol and reslarl lhe process wilh
´Feload lhe scripl´ connand. Since lhe
click sequence is usuallv lransferred
chronologicallv, vou nusl frsl close lhe
íedia Plaver.
Afler cuslonizing lhis, lhe nedia
plaver will slarl aulonalicallv wilh vour
favorile radio slalion.
6oovert scripts ioto prograæs
1DDL: AHk2£X£
íacro recorders have a najor
disadvanlage, virus prograns also use
lhen. Due lo lhis reason, lhe virus
scanner oflen avoids running lhe scripl.
Thus, vou have lhe choice belween
aulonaling a PC lhal is prone lo being
infecled or a virus·free conpuler lhal can
be used onlv for lhis purpose. Converling
lhe scripl inlo an execulable exe fle is
lhe lasl resorl. This nelhod also has an
advanlage for nelworks, i.e, vou can run
lhe scripl on all connecled conpulers
wilhoul inslalling AuloHolKev.
To converl lhe fnished scripl in lip 4,
selecl ´Slarl | All Prograns | AuloHol·Kev
| Converl.ahk lo .exe´ in vindows. ín lhe
dialog window lhal follows, enler lhe fle
palh of lhe scripl. íl has lhe fle ending
´ahk´. Ñow, specifv lhe localion lo slore
lhe exe fle under ´Deslinalion´. íf vou
wish, vou can also enler lhe palh of an
icon fle and provide a separale piclogran
lo vour progran. A password nusl be
specifed onlv if reconversion of lhe exe.
fle lo a scripl (deconpilalionì bv olher
users should be averled. Ñow, vou can
converl lhe resullanl scripl lo a progran
bv clicking on ´Converl´.
Ihe F6 boots by itseII
1DDL: Z-CkDN
íl is nol onlv prograns lhal can be
aulonalicallv slarled or closed, bul even
lhe booling of lhe PC bv ilself can be
aulonaled. For lhis, vou nusl differenliale
belween a proper reslarl including
swilching on (cold slarlì and booling fron
idle slale (warn slarlì.
CDLD 51Ak1: This is an oplion bv
which conpulers can be swilched on
aulonalicallv in differenl wavs depending
on lhe available BíOS oplions. íf BíOS
provides ´FTC Alarn´ (Aííì, ´FTC Power
On´ (Awardì or ´Svslen Fesune Tine´
(Phoenixì fealures, lhe CíOS clock
available on everv nainboard can be used
lo aclivale lhe conpuler.
íf vou do nol fnd lhese fealures, look
for ´vake on Power´ or ´Aulonalic Power
unnecessarv orouraus runninu in the
backuround slow down the svsteu and
exoose vour data to unwanted intrusions.
You can disable all these unnecessarv
services with a batch file.
HDW I1 WDkk5: Coov 'Svc-2kxo.bat' file
lfind it on the üvü with this issue of ChlFI
to the hard disk. The scriot starts with a
double-click and uives three ootions.
LAN: luoortant services like Autouatic
uodatinu, Taskolaner and Sauba Sever
that are iuoortant for the network reuain
unaffected.
51ANDAkD: ln this ootion, the SMß feature
is disabled, Taskolaner and Windows
uodate still work and ooen oorts are
closed.
k£51Dk£: ln case vou have disabled
too uanv services and the FC is not
oerforuinu its assiuned functions,
this settinu will helo vou cancel all the
chanues. ln this, an error uessaue
oossiblv aooears listinu the alreadv
started services. Confiru this uessaue
with '0K'.
ALL: With this settinu, all network
services are disabled and no susoicious
inforuation can leak out. however, vou
can also not access the lnternet anvuore.
Iuoe Wiodows
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Up´. As an allernalive, Phoenix·BíOS
also has ´Aulo·slarl on AC Loss´. This
fealure can be used lo swilch on lhe
conpuler as soon as il receives a power
inpulse. To ensure lhere is power supplv
onlv for lhe righl line, vou need a liner
connecled belween lhe power oullel and
lhe conpuler. Such liners are available in
eleclronic shops for approxinalelv
Fs 1,000.
WAkM 51Ak1: íf BíOS does nol provide anv
fealure lo swilch on lhe conpuler, slarl
il fron ils idle slale. ín lhis node, hard
disks, nonilor and lhe fans are swilched
off. The oplion of swilching lo idle slale,
can be aclivaled bv going lo ´Slarl |
Conlrol Panel | Power oplions | ídle Slale´.
Subsequenllv, slarl Z·Cron and creale a
new lask. Selecl lhe ´Hibernale´ connand
wilh lhe ´Tools´ bullon.
Assuning lhal lhe PC should shifl lo
lhe idle slale al 17 hrs and be powered
al 7 hrs in lhe norning, sel line as
´17:00:00´ under ´Scheduling´. ín lhe ´Z·
Cron lask´ lab, under ´vake up in´, sel lhe
duralion as 14 hours. Ñow, lhe conpuler
will pronpllv swilch on al 7:00 hrs.
üse F6 as radio aIaræ
1DDL: Z-CkDN
Svslen Aulonalion can nake our dailv
life like a good progran. vilh innediale
effecl, vou can have vour favorile nusic
wake vou up evervdav. Evervdav, al a
parlicular line Z·Cron will slarl vour
progran lhal vou crealed fron lip 5. This
progran lunes lhe íedia Plaver and lhen
calls vour favorile radio slalion.
Ñow, slarl Z·Cron and creale a new
lask. ín lip 2, vou have alreadv seen how
il works. Selecl lhe conpiled scripl wilh
lhe ´exe´ ending (refer lo lip 5ì as lhe
slarling progran. Ñow, under ´Scheduling´,
nenlion vour wake·up line and slore lhe
requesl. „
Your data will be stored autouaticallv
at the tiue decided bv vou. The tool
Z-üßackuo coues into ooeration because
it uets alonu verv well with our control
center Z-Cron.
HDW I1 WDkk5: As it is not oossible to
know beforehand which files could be
stored in what data storaue, vou uust
create a new reuuest in Z-üßackuo.
Enter the source and taruet disk drives
with 'Setuo'. lf all settinus are readv,
click on ' Tiue Flan'. Z-Cron starts and
autouaticallv creates a new reuuest.
You onlv need to enter the tiue when the
backuo should take olace.
Create a shortcut on the üesktoo with
'lcon', it will carrv out the reuuest even
without Z-Cron.
Autoæatic ßackup
8DD1INC ¥DUk PC: With the hibernate tool
of Z-Cron, vou can uake vour cououter boot at
soecified tiues
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Pramod Jadhav
Sachih PahdiI
W
henever vou buv a new PC or a
laplop, ils slorage conprises a
DVD/conbo drive D, a Hoppv drive A
or B (graduallv being replaced bv a card readerì,
and obviouslv a hard disk C, which has onlv
one parlilion. This division is verv praclical for
lhe nanufaclurer since il nakes lhe process
of selling up lhe operaling svslen a fasl and
convenienl process.
However, for PC users, such a hard drive
parlilioning svslen is all bul oplinal-lhev
would ralher creale nulliple hard disk parlilions,
one each for lhe operaling svslen, prograns
and lhe dala as il is of forenosl inporlance.
Such a division facililales convenienl backups
in a wav lhal dala is organized inlo one single
logical place so lhal lhe enlire drive/parlilion
can be nirrored or copied wilh ease. The
resloralion process can also be sinplifed if
hard disks are logicallv organized inlo parlilions.
íl prolecls againsl loss of dala in lhe evenl of a
driver, applicalion or an operaling svslen crash,
or a virus allack, and is generallv a boon for
businesses as lhe svslen can be reslored lo
ils fornal slale in a relalivelv lesser line frane,
lhus increasing produclivilv.
Usuallv, slandard enlrv·level conpulers
are preconfgured wilh an 30 CB hard drive,
lhe nore proninenl ones cone wilh 160 CB
capacilies. CHíP shows vou lhe perfecl wav lo
parlilion a dala carrier of lhis size. ín order lo
ensure lhal lhe hard disk funclions wilhoul anv
error, defragnenl il aulonalicallv and check il
for phvsical errors fron line lo line. You can
eilher use lhe ulililies lhal are buill inlo lhe
operaling svslens or olher lhird parlv soflware
like Paragon hard disk nanager 2006 (fnd il on
lhe DVD of lhis issueì.
Dala availabililv and securilv is of suprene
inporlance for nosl business users.
Ñowadavs, even hone users are beconing
aware of lhe inporlance of dala. ínagine how
il would be if all lhose piclures lhal vou had
laken on vour fanilv lrip abroad is losl due lo a
hard drive crash. ín lhis workshop, vou will learn
aboul lhe basic sleps lhal need lo be followed
Securing and saving data
Desiring more space, performance and safety in hard disks is inevitabIe. Having
more partitions speeds up your system and protects your data. We show you
the right way to partition your disk BY MARKUS HERMANNSDORFER
$M$ us! Storv code. hWMlSee Faue 17 for detailsI
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lo sel up, inslall, nainlain and secure vour
dala oplinallv on vour hard drive.
F8EFA8AIIüN
Ck£A1INC PAk1I1IDN5
Differenl people have differenl
conceplions for an oplinal hard disk vel
lhere is a basic sel of crileria. vindows,
applicalions and dala should alwavs lie in
differenl parlilions. So, in case vindows
encounlers a problen, vou onlv need lo
re·inslall lhe operaling svslen. Evervlhing
else is preserved. You can decide for
vourself whelher vou wanl lo use an
encoded parlilion for reslricled dala.
Slarl lhe hard disk nanager and selecl
´Creale parlilion´ lo creale a parlilion.
Specifv lhe size, localion and fle fornal
-use ÑTFS for besl resulls-in lhe
assislanl. ve suggesl lhe following
division as an exanple.
WINDDW5: 10 gigabvles should be
assigned lo lhe operaling svslen. Thus
applicalions can nake enlries in lhe
regislrv wilhoul reducing lhe slorage
space. The operaling svslen nusl lie
in a prinarv parlilion, il will nol bool
olherwise.
APPLICA1IDN5: Assign 20 CB of parlilion
size for lhe inslallalion of enornous
prograns such as Offce, Adobe CS Suile,
AuloCAD and 3D Sludio íax, elc. íf vou
plan lo inslall a lol of ganes, vou can
increase lhe size of lhis parlilion lo 40 CB.
CAk8AC£: A space of 3 lo 5 CB is
suffcienl for lhe vindows swap fle,
lenporarv dala and lhe likes. Advanlages
of a garbage parlilion: You no longer
need anv cleaning lools. The connand
´fornal parlilion garbage´ would serve lhe
purpose in fulure.
CDNfID£N1IAL DA1A: You can have a
parlilion lhal is aboul 5·7 CB for vour
confdenlial fles. The need for a separale
parlilion for confdenlial dala is lhal
vou can have ulililies lhal will encrvpl
and decrvpl lhe parlilion on lhe Hv or
on denand, depending on how il is
confgured. ínporlanl dala like Offce
docunenls, CAD blueprinls, accounling
delails, elc and olher infornalion crilical
lo business or personal use can be
slored here.
DA1A: Feserve 20 CB for personal fles,
inages and nusic depending upon how
nuch slorage space renains.
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ALLDCA1INC N£W NAM£5
Afler lhe seclions have been crealed, give
lhen nanes signifving lheir funclions.
This nakes il easv for vou lo navigale lhe
required fles and folders inslead of having
lo associale lhe drive leller lo lhe dala
conlained in il. This loo can be execuled
verv quicklv in lhe hard disk nanager: The
wav lo do il is:
Fighl·click on lhe parlilion in queslion,
´C:´ for inslance, in lhe nain window of
lhe hard disk nanager. Selecl ´Change
volune nane´ in lhe nenu lhal opens and
enler a new nane, ´Svslen´, for inslance.
Ñow confrn wilh ´Yes´.
6AMüüFLAßE
HIDINC 1H£ PAk1I1IDN
Hide and encode lhe parlilion lo prolecl
dala such as confdenlial conpanv
docunenls.
HIDINC: The frsl slep is sinple: Fighl·click
on lhe parlilion in queslion
in lhe hard disk nanager and
selecl ´Hide parlilion´. The
canouHaged parlilion now gels
lhe nole ´Hidden ÑTFS´.
k£51Ak1INC: Selecl
´íodifcalions | Execule
nodifcalions´ in lhe hard disk
nanager before vou encode
lhe drive.
1H£ k£A5DN: The lool has
never crealed or hidden new
parlilions unlil now. íl can
execule lhese lasks onlv
in a DOS environnenl. Feslarl lhe PC
afler selecling lhe above nenlioned
nenu connand. The hard disk nanager
organizes lhe new parlilions, allocales
new nanes lo lhen, and fnallv hides lhe
confdenlial parlilion.
£NCDDINC: Unforlunalelv, lhis inporlanl
funclion is absenl in lhe hard disk
nanager. However, lhe parlilion can be
encoded quicklv bv using TrueCrvpl-an
open source lool (fnd il on lhe DVD wilh
lhis nonlh´s issueì.
FILE FAIh
CU51DMIZINC WINDDW5
Once lhe parlilions have been crealed,
vou need lo change a couple of slandard
palhs so lhal vindows does nol
inslall applicalions, for inslance, under
´C:\Prograns´, bul in lhe ´Applicalions´
parlilion.
You can easilv change lhe palh using
lhe regislrv. Click on ´Slarl | Fun´ and
enler ´regedil´ in il. Ñavigale vour wav lo
lhe ´HKEY_LOCAL_íACHíÑE\ Soflware\
íicrosofl\vindows\CurrenlVersion´ kev
in lhe regislrv edilor. You will fnd lhe
The Fartition Manauer interface deoicts detailed inforuation
about the lavout of all the hard drives in vour svsteu
The Windows oartition uanauer orovides basic
functionalitv for oartitioninu vour hard drive
A siuole reuistrv hack allows vou to chanue the
default location where orourau files are stored
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´ProgranFilesDir´ value here. Allocale
lhe palh of lhe applicalions parlilion lo
lhe value.
ín order lhal XP creales lhe swap fle
in lhe parlilion provided for il, righl·click
on ´ív conpuler´ and selecl ´Properlies´.
Click on ´Sellings´ in lhe ´Perfornance´
lab. Ñexl, swilch lo lhe ´Advanced´
lab and specifv lhe palh lo lhe correcl
parlilion bv clicking on ´Change´. Ñow
reslarl lhe conpuler so lhal il adopls
lhe changes.
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DN AN £X1£kNAL DI5k
Exlernal dala carriers are lhe besl choice
for secure backups. Ñol onlv do lhev
ensure reliabililv of all vour personal dala
bul vou can also reslore lhe svslen verv
quicklv afler a hard disk crash.
Secure lhe conplele work environnenl
-again in lhe hard disk nanager wilh
´Copv whole hard disk´. However, il is
nore praclical lo copv onlv personal dala
and inslalled applicalions. This can be
done lhrough ´Copv parlilion´. You need
nol save lhe vindows swap fle al all.
You can creale a backup of lhe operaling
svslen as long as vindows funclions
well. All necessarv drivers are available
wilh lhe help of a lhird parlv soflware
ulililv like Ñorlon Chosl.
6üNI8üL
A P£kf£C1 HAkD DI5k
The hard disk nanager has nore up ils
sleeve-il nol onlv creales parlilions bul
also supervises lheir operalional effciencv
and execules inporlanl service aclivilies.
You will fnd all lhe connands relevanl
for nainlenance under lhe ´Parlilion´
nenu. Selecl ´Defragnenl parlilion´ in lhe
´Parlilion´ nenu lo defragnenl a parlicular
seclion of lhe hard disk. The ´íasler File
Table´ (íFTì perforns lhe sane funclion.
íl is concerned wilh a svslen fle onlv
in ÑTFS, available on everv parlilion. íl
conlains enlries for everv fle saved on lhe
hard disk and can creale fragnenls like
lhe disk ilself. The dala carrier execules
lhis slower.
You should occasionallv check lhe
hard disk for phvsical defecls. Selecl
lhe connand ´Check surface´ in lhe
´Parlilion´ nenu for lhal. The selling
´Ñornal´ suffces in nosl cases. Look for
errors in lhe dala slruclure using ´Check
fle svslen´ while lhe surface check fnds
phvsical defecls.
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U5£ £NCk¥P1IDN
íf vour hardware is shared bv olher
people, nake sure all vour fles are
encrvpled lo prevenl viewing bv prving
eves, spies, elc. ín lhis dav and age,
vou do nol need lo spend hundreds and
lhousands of rupees lo gel enlerprise
grade securilv even for vour hone
conpuler. You can use a freelv available
lool like TrueCrvpl lo encrvpl fles, folders
and enlire parlilions in order lo secure
vour dala. Here is a guide lo inslalling and
using TrueCrvpl (fnd lhe lalesl version on
lhis nonlh´s CHíP DVDì.
Exlracl lhe conlenls of lhe zip fle
and inslall TrueCrvpl. Firsl vou will need
lo creale a volune. ín our case, we
fornalled a USB pen drive. A sinilar
volune crealion process applies lo an
enplv parlilion lhal vou have alreadv
crealed on lhe hard drive. Slarl up
TrueCrvpl and click on ´Creale Volune´.
You can eilher selecl lhe slandard
TrueCrvpl Volune or creale a hidden
volune so lhal ils conlenls are invisible
in vindows Explorer. This prevenls users
fron knowing lhal lhere is encrvpled
and sensilive dala on lhe hard drive in
lhe frsl place. Click on ´Ñexl´. Selecl a
folder, device or parlilion lhal vou wanl lo
use lo slore lhe encrvpled dala. You can
choose a nunber of encrvplion and hash
algorilhns. Selecl ´AES´ and ´FíPEíD·
160´ and lhen click on ´Ñexl´. Enler a
password for vour selecled volune lhal
will be used lo access lhe parlilion or
device. You can also generale a Kevfle
for beller securilv. Selecl ´ÑTFS´ as lhe
flesvslen and keep lhe clusler size lo
´Defaull´ when fornalling lhe volune.
Afler lhe volune is crealed, vou need lo
nounl il for use. Click ´Cancel´ and click
on lhe fle or device. Ñexl click ´íounl´
fron lhe nain nenu. Enler lhe password
and vour newlv crealed encrvpled volune
is readv for use. „
The new voluue created usinu TrueCrvot has to
be uounted first before vou can uake use of it
You can chanue the site and location of the swao
file that will lead to faster disk access
The Farauon Fartition Manauer orourau allows
vou to take a couolete backuo of vour oartition
TrueCrvot offers various encrvotion aluorithus
includinu the standard AES to secure vour data
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1. Wiodows kF Workinu with hles 121
2. Wiodows kF Frotectinu hles durinu a oower failure 121
3. Wiodows kF Findinu encrvoted hles 121
1. Wiodows kF Soottinu a 1ë-bit aoolication 121
5. Wiodows kF 0et fast access to svsteu settinus 122
ë. Wiodows kF Stav uo-to-date autouaticallv 122
7. Wiodows kF Save tiue and effort in tvoinu uFL addresses 122
8. Wiodows kF Search for inforuation frou the address bar in lE 122
9. Wiodows kF Fenaue a series of hles 122
10. Wiodows kF Show hidden orouraus or svsteu hles 123

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11. MicrosoIt Word ßeuinninu nuuberinu frou the second oaue 123
12. MicrosoIt Word üelete all couuents at one uo 123
13. MicrosoIt Word usinu different travs on the orinter for orintinu different oaues 121
11. MicrosoIt ExceI 0oeninu uultiole windows 121
15. MicrosoIt ExceI Countinu davs via cell subtraction 121
1ë. MicrosoIt ExceI hidinu duolicate records 121
17. FireFox 2.x Feuovinu the suoerNuous '00' button 125
18. FireFox 2.x Closinu tabs usinu a sinule button as done earlier 125
19. Ioteroet ExpIorer ë/1 Switchinu off the browser download block 125
hA8ßWA8E 12ë
20. ßigitaI 6aæera lncreased batterv life 12ë
21. üpticaI ßrive Manual trav ejection 12ë
22. Mooitor Makinu on-screen text clear and readable 12ë
23. FiIe $ysteæs Convert Fat32 to NTFS 12ë
21. IFI ßispIay Cleaninu Nat screens the riuht wav 127
25. ßIü$ $ettiogs Tweakinu the ßl0S 127
2ë. Frocessor lnadeuuate Coolinu of the Frocessor 127
27. ßroadbaod lncrease ßroadband Soeed 127
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|O] Is there a way to disabIe the startiog
Wiodows boot Iogo|spIash screeoI!

lt is oossible to disable the XF solash
screen which will soeed uo the overall boot
orocess sliuhtlv. ßut reueuber reuovinu the
solash screen will also bar vou frou seeinu
anv boot-uo uessaue that uiuht coue uo lfor
instance, if there is a svsteu crash, the chkdsk
screen will not show uo, nor will tools like
Convert, etcI. ßut if vour svsteu is orobleu free,
it should not uatter.
To disable the boot louo, riuht-click on 'Mv
Cououter', choose 'Frooerties' and then select
the 'Advanced' tab. under the 'Startuo and
Fecoverv' section, click 'Settinus'. Then auain
in the 'svsteu startuo' section, click the 'Edit'
button of the 'üefault ooeratinu svsteu' section.
Now the boot.ini file will ooen in a Noteoad.
Edit the boot.ini. Add ' /nouuiboot', riuht after
'/fastdetect'. Make the necessarv chanues and
save the ßoot.ini file. Make sure vou create a
backuo of the file in case vou uess it uo. Now
when vou restart, the solash screen won't aooear.
lt can be re-enabled bv reuovinu the new switch.
Iip oI the æooth Î AppIicatioos
$M$ us! Storv code. hII lSee Faue 17 for detailsI
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Windows XP
Workiog with IiIes
|O] I wouId Iike to view fiIes inteIIigentIy
in the Windows ExpIorer window. Can
you give me a few tips to do this7

There are nanv wavs lo view
fles in lhe Explorer window as per vour
preference. Here are a few quick solulions
lo nake il happen. To renane several fles
al once, selecl all of lhen in anv folder
view, or in vindows Explorer. Fenane
lhe FíFST one in lhe lisl, and lhe resl will
follow. To lurn off flenanes, hold down
lhe ´Shifl´ kev when vou click lo open a
folder in vindows Explorer or when vou
swilch inlo lhunbnail view. This will lurn
off lhe fle nanes, giving nore space for
lhe lhunbnails. To lurn on lhe fle nanes
again, vou can repeal lhe above inslruclion.
Trv grouping vour fles lhis wav. ín lhe
nenu bar selecl ´View | Arrange icons
bv.· Tvpe´, and lhen ´View | Arrange icons
bv.| Show in groups´.
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Windows XP
Frotectiog IiIes duriog a power IaiIure
|O] WhiIe working on a document, I Iost
aII my data because of a power faiIure.
I have a UPS instaIIed but I don't know
how to use it optimaIIy. PIease heIp.

íf lhe power goes oul while
vour conpuler is on slandbv or while
vou´re working on il, vou lose whalever
is in nenorv. For exanple, vou will
lose anv unsaved docunenls. vilh an
uninlerruplible power supplv (UPSì,
however, vou can prevenl dala loss during
blackouls. Allhough, lhe blackoul nighl
lasl longer lhan lhe ballerv run line
provided bv lhe UPS, vou can prevenl
loss, even if vour conpuler happens lo
be on slandbv and vou´re awav when lhe
power goes oul. To avoid losing dala, vou
can do lhe following: Enable hibernalion
(Click ´Slarl | Conlrol Panel | Perfornance
and íainlenance´ì and lhen click ´Power
Oplions´. On lhe ´Hibernale´ lab, selecl
´Enable Hibernale Supporl´. Specifv a line
for lhe conpuler lo swilch lo hibernalion.
This should be less lhan lhe ballerv run
line (on lhe ´Power Schenes´ lab, sel a
line for Svslen Hibernale under Funning
on Balleriesì.
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Windows XP
Fiodiog eocrypted IiIes
|O] I have a Iot of fiIes in my foIders
which are encrypted. How can I view aII
of them at one time7

Unless vou use a connand·line
ulililv like Cipher.exe, il´s diffcull lo see
which fles are encrvpled and which
are nol, all, al a glance. Fighl·clicking
each fle and lhen choosing ´Properlies |
Ceneral | Advanced´ (followed bv nulliple
Cancelsì is surelv ledious. You can lrv
lhis lip inslead. Open a folder conlaining
lhe encrvpled fles. On lhe ´View´
nenu, choose ´Delails´, and lhen selecl
´Allribules´. The encrvpled fles show a
leller E in lhe Allribules colunn. You can
also sel an oplion so lhal lhe nanes of
encrvpled fles appear in a differenl color
fron olher fle nanes. On lhe ´Tools´
nenu, choose ´Folder Oplions´, click lhe
´View´ lab, and selecl ´Show Encrvpled or
conpressed ÑTFS Files´ in color.
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Windows XP
$pottiog a 1ë-bit appIicatioo
|O] Is there a way I can detect whether I
am using a 16-bit or 32-bit appIication7

Because nosl vindows 3.x·based
prograns run properlv under vindows
XP, il´s sonelines diffcull lo dislinguish
belween 16·bil and 32·bil applicalions. You
can righl·click lhe progran´s execulable fle
and lhen choose ´Properlies´. íf vou see a
´Version lab´, il´s a 32·bil progran.
íf lhe progran is running, press
´Clrl+Shifl+Esc´ lo open lhe vindows
Task íanager. ín lhe ´Processes´ lab, look
in lhe ´ínage Ñane´ colunn for lhe nane
of lhe progran´s execulable fle. íf anv
Turn off filenaues in the Exolorer window to
avoid clutter on screen
Enable hibernation, then set vour uFS to the
reuuired settinus
Enable the attributes to view all encrvoted
files at once
Learn how to soot a 1ë-bit aoolication
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16·bil prograns are running, vou´ll fnd
an enlrv for Ñlvdn.exe, lhe virlual DOS
nachine. Jusl above lhis in lhe lisl, vou´ll
see indenled enlries for vowexec.exe (lhe
vindows on vindows subsvslenì and lhe
execulable nane of each 16·bil progran
running in lhal virlual nachine.
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Windows XP
ßet Iast access to systeæ settiogs
|O] How can I access my system
properties without going to ControI
PaneI7

You don´l have lo pass lhrough
lhe Conlrol Panel lo gel lo lhe Svslen
Properlies dialog box. Hold down lhe
vindows kev and press ´Break´ lo
open lhis handv dialog box inslanllv.
Ño vindows kev? Ño problen! Creale
a shorlcul lo Svsdn.cpl (vou´ll fnd il in
lhe C:\windows\svslen32 folderì and
place il anvwhere in lhe Prograns nenu.
Then open lhe shorlcul´s Properlies
dialog box and assign il an easv·lo·
renenber kevboard shorlcul such as
´Clrl+All+Shifl+S´. Sone laplop kevboards
nav have separale kevs for ´Break´ and
´Pause´, in lhis case, vou nav fnd lhal lhis
dialog box opens if vou hold lhe vindows
kev and press lhe ´Pause´ bullon.
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Windows XP
$tay up-to-date autoæaticaIIy
|O] I hear that Windows XP shouId be
up-to-date with the Iatest patches from
Microsoft. But I do not know when and
where to get these patches from. How
do I automate this process without
the need to keep track of the update
timings7

Aulonalic updales in vindows XP
ensures lhal vour conpuler is alwavs up·
lo·dale. vindows XP checks vindows
Updale for lhe lalesl updales whenever
vou are on lhe ínlernel, delernines which
updales applv lo vour conpuler, and
downloads lhen in lhe background while
vou keep working or plaving. íf vou prefer,
vou can have lhe svslen nolifv vou wilh
aulonalic balloon nessage reninders
aboul updales. Carrv oul lhe following
lo do lhis. Co lo lhe Conlrol Panel, click
´Perfornance and íainlenance´, and lhen
click ´Svslen´, in lhis window. On lhe
´Aulonalic Updales´ lab, vou can click
lhe selling of vour choice. Ñole: íf vou
choose nol lo use aulonalic updaling,
vou can inslall specifc updales fron lhe
vindows Updale veb sile whenever
vou like.
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Windows XP
$ave tiæe aod eIIort io typiog ü8L
addresses
|O] Is there a quicker way to have
auto-compIetion of the whoIe website
address in Internet ExpIorer, Iike 'www'
or '.com'7

vilh ínlernel Explorer 6 in
vindows XP, lvping web addresses is
reallv convenienl. All vou have lo do is
lvpe lhe donain of an address, such as
íicrosofl, and lhen press |Clrl|+EÑTEF.
ínlernel Explorer aulonalicallv wraps
´hllp://www....con´ around whal vou
lvped. ín case vou are nol sure whelher
lhe sile uses a .con exlension or sone
olher one? Jusl lvpe lhe donain of lhe
addres and hil Enler. ínlernel Explorer
lries lo fnd lhe sile bv using lhe various
exlensions lhal are used bv websiles. íf
vou need lo edil an address, vou can use
|Clrl|+LEFT AFFOv and |Clrl|+FíCHT
AFFOv lo easilv nove belween
differenl parls of lhe address separaled
bv periods.
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Windows XP
$earch Ior ioIoræatioo Iroæ the
address bar io Ioteroet ExpIorer
|O] Is there any shortcut to get faster
search resuIts whiIe using the Internet
ExpIorer7

You can quicklv search for
infornalion online using lhe AuloSearch
fealure in ínlernel Explorer 6 on vindows
XP. ín lhe Address bar, sinplv lvpe ´go´
or ´fnd´ or ´?´ followed bv a kevword or
phrase, and ´Enler´. For inslance, if vou
wanl lo search helnels, lhen lvpe ´?
Helnels´ in lhe address bar. Your search
resulls will soon appear. Bul nole, if
vou use lhis solulion, ínlernel Explorer
searches for vour word or lopic using onlv
lhe defaull íicrosofl search engine.
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Windows XP
8eoaæe a series oI IiIes
|O] How do I rename more than one fiIe
at one go7

vhen vou download pholos
fron vour digilal canera, lhev nav have
unrecognizable nanes. You can renane
several sinilar fles al once wilh lhe
following procedure. This will also work
for renaning olher fle lvpes. Open ´ív
Piclures folder´ (Click ´Slarl´, and lhen click
´ív Piclures´ì or open anv olher folder
conlaining fles lhal vou wanl lo renane.
Selecl lhe fles vou wanl lo renane. íf lhe
fles vou wanl are nol juxlaposed in lhe fle
Enable autouatic uodates to keeo vour
cououter uo-to-date
You can carrv out suart search with various
kev ohrases in lnternet Exolorer
Fenauinu olural files, all at once, is a fairlv
siuole task
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lisl, press and hold |Clrl|, and lhen click
each ilen lo selecl il. ín lhe File nenu,
click ´Fenane´. Tvpe lhe new nane and
press Enler. All of lhe fles in lhe series
will be naned in sequence using lhe new
nane vou lvpe. For exanple, if vou lvpe
Birlhdav, lhe frsl will be naned Birlhdav
and lhe subsequenl fles in lhe series will
be naned Birlhdav (1ì, Birlhdav (2ì, and so
on. To specifv lhe slarling nunber for lhe
series, lvpe il in parenlheses afler lhe new
fle nane, and lhe fles in lhe series will be
nunbered in sequence slarling wilh lhe
nunber vou lvpe.
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Windows XP
$how hiddeo prograæ or systeæ IiIes
|O] There are some hidden fiIes on my
disk which I'd Iike to erase. How do I
view them7

Delecling hidden fles can cone in
handv, for exanple, in case vou´ve lried lo
delele evervlhing fron a Hoppv disk and
lhe disk properlies slill indicale 100 K, and
vou don´l seen lo undersland whv. vhal
il reallv neans is lhal lhe disk has hidden
fles. Click ´Tools´ nenu in vindows
Explorer. Firsl, click ´Folder Oplions´.
vilhin lhis oplion window, vou have lo
click on lhe ´View´ lab and under ´Hidden
fles and folders´, click ´Show hidden fles
and folders´ lo view lhen.
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ßegiooiog ouæberiog Iroæ the secood
page
|O] WhiIe numbering pages, and in the
tabIe of contents as weII, page "1" is
generaIIy the cover page for a Iong write
up. How can I start the numbering from
the second page in the document7

Defne lhe cover page as an
independenl seclion bv nanuallv enlering a
seclion break afler lhe page. Then specifv
lhal vord should slarl counling lhe pages
fron lhe second seclion.
IN5£k1INC A 5£C1IDN: Take lhe cursor lo lhe
concerned lexl posilion and open ´ínserl |
Break´. ín lhis dialog, under ´Break lvpes´,
or ´Seclion break lvpes´, selecl lhe oplion
´Ñexl page´, and click ´OK´. vord displavs
lhe seclion break as a broken double line. íf
lhe cover page has alreadv been separaled
bv a fxed page break fron lhe resl earlier,
lhen delele lhal page break. Olherwise,
vord adds a blank page belween lhe
cover page and lhe aclual lexl. ín lhis case,
swilch lo ´View | Ñornal´, sel lhe cursor
on lhe dolled line lhal svnbolizes lhe fxed
page break and press ´Delele´.
51Ak1INC 1H£ NUM8£kINC: Ñow posilion
lhe cursor behind lhe seclion break,
open ´ínserl | Page nunbers´ and click
lhe ´Fornal´ dialog. Aclivale lhe ´Slarl
al´ oplion under ´Page nunbering´ and
enler ´1´ in lhal feld. This will slarl lhe
nunbering of lhis seclion fron ´1´. Then,
close all opened dialogs wilh ´OK´.
ADDINC H£AD£k5 AND fDD1£k5: Headers
and foolers do nol belong on lhe cover
page. So, open ´View | Header and Fooler´
and navigale lo lhe nexl seclion wilh lhe
´Show Previous´ or ´Show Ñexl´ oplion.
Deaclivale lhe ´Link lo Previous´ or ´Sane
as Previous´ svnbol. Then navigale lo lhe
header or fooler of lhe frsl seclion and
renove lhe page nunber inserled lhere.
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ßeIete aII coææeots at ooe go
|O] When writing and editing a
document, it is common to add
comments throughout the document.
This is particuIarIy true if you are writing
a 'team' document, where severaI
peopIe have responsibiIity for different
parts of the document. How can I deIete
aII comments together7

vhen vou are lhrough wilh
working on a docunenl, vou nav wanl a
wav lo gel rid of all lhe connenls al once.
One easv wav lo do lhis is lo use lhe ´Find
and Feplace´ fealure in íS vord. Follow
lhese sleps:
} Click lhe ´Show/Hide´ bullon on lhe
Fornalling loolbar so lhal hidden lexl is
showing, or, go lo ´Tools | Oplions | View´
lab, and under ´Fornalling narks´ selecl
lhe check box for ´Hidden Texl´ or ´All´.
} Press |Clrl|+H lo bring up lhe ´Feplace´
lab of lhe ´Find and Feplace´ dialog box.
(Click here lo see a relaled fgure.ì
} Tvpe ¨´a¨ (wilhoul lhe quolesì in lhe
´Find vhal´ box. This searches for lhe
Connenl reference svnbol.
} Leave lhe ´Feplace´ box enplv.
} Click on ´Feplace All´. This will delele all
lhe connenls in lhe docunenl, if vou are
Start nuuberinu vour docuuents frou the
second oaue onwards
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Enable the ootions to view hidden and
orotected files in lnternet Exolorer
use this ootion to hide all couuents in the
docuuent at once
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using vord 97 or vord 2000. íf vou are
using vord 2002 or vord 2003, lhis won´l
work, il appears lhal lhe ¨´a¨ code is no
longer available. ínslead, vou can follow
lhese sleps lo delele lhe connenls in
lhese versions:
} íake sure lhe ´Feviewing´ loolbar is
displaved. (íf necessarv, choose Toolbars
fron lhe ´View´ nenu, lhen click on
´Feviewing´.ì
} ín lhe ´Feviewing´ loolbar, click lhe
upside·down lriangle nexl lo lhe ´Fejecl
Change/Delele Connenl´ bullon. vord
displavs a lisl of dropdown oplions.
} Choose lhe ´Delele All Connenls in
Docunenl´ oplion.
Depending on how conplex lhe
connenls are in vour docunenl, neilher
of lhe above approaches nav gel rid of all
lhe connenls. This is parlicularlv lrue if
vou have ´Track Changes´ lurned on, and
lhe docunenl has gone lhrough nanv
ileralions wilh lols of connenls. Sone
wilh ´Track Changes´ in place, and sone
wilhoul il. íf vou discover problens, or if
vou roulinelv have a lol of connenls lo
delele, vou nav wanl lo consider crealing
a verv shorl nacro, and assigning il lo
vour own loolbar bullon. The following
nacro will delele all lhe connenls in a
docunenl:
Sub RemoveComments1´)
For Fach cmt In ActiveDocument.
Comments
cmt.Delete
Next
Fnd Sub
This nacro will work in all four versions of
vord (97, 2000, 2002 and 2003ì. íf vou are
using vord 2002 or vord 2003, vou can
also use lhe following single·line nacro, if
desired:
Sub RemoveComments2´)
ActiveDocument.DeleteAllComments
Fnd Sub
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üsiog diIIereot trays oo the prioter or
priotiog diIIereot pages
|O] TypicaI of a business Ietter that is
severaI pages Iong: The first page wiII
be printed on a Ietter-head sheet, and
the rest on a pIain white paper. But
changing the paper every now and then
is annoying. How do I avoid this7

The lexl processing can conlrol lhe
paper feeder Hexibililv. You can use lhis
funclion provided lhal vou use a prinler
lhal has al leasl lwo paper lravs. Place lhe
lellerheads in lhe frsl lrav and lhe while
papers in lhe second lrav. The frsl lrav is
generallv a slandard lrav in prinlers. Ñow,
open ´File | Page Selup´ and swilch lo lhe
´Fornal´ lab. Ñow sel ´Trav 1´ in lhe ´Firsl
Page´ lisl feld, and ´Trav 2´ for lhe ´Fesl
of lhe pages´ and confrn wilh ´OK´. The
prinler selling differs according lo lhe
prinler nodel and lhe lvpe of paper being
used. vord will now conlrol lhe prinling
exacllv as specifed, i.e, lhe leller is
prinled on lhe lellerhead, and lhe resl of
lhe conlenl is prinled on nornal paper.
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üpeoiog æuItipIe wiodows
|O] One of the most frustrating
probIems for ExceI users is viewing
aII the information from different
worksheets. Can this be simpIified7

Click on lhe lab of lhe worksheel
vou wanl lo view. Choose a new window
fron lhe ´vindow´ nenu. Fepeal lhis
process for each of lhe worksheels
vou wanl lo displav. (Excel opens each
sheel in a window lhal sils on lop of lhe
previous one.ì
To see all of lhen al once, choose
´Arrange´ fron lhe vindow nenu and
selecl ´Tiled´, ´Horizonlal´, or ´Verlical´.
Selecl lhe windows of ´Aclive vorkbook´
check box, and click ´OK´.
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6ouotiog days via ceII subtractioo
|O] By defauIt, ExceI adjusts the dispIay
of dates to friendIy dispIays that users
can identify. But at the back-end, ExceI
stiII thinks in numbers. How can I
customize or rectify this7

Finding lhe nunber of davs
belween lwo davs is as easv as
sublracling one cell lhal conlains a dale,
fron anolher dale·carrving cell. This is
regardless of lhe fornal.
For exanple, lel´s suppose a user has
enlered lhe dale 2/20/2000 in cell A1, and
3/10/2000 in cell A2. The fornula A2·A1
will relurn lhe resull 19 (2000 was a leap
vearì. Ñole: You nusl use lhe dale lhal
falls laler in lhe calendar vear, as lhe frsl
argunenl of lhe equalion, i.e, A2, or lhe
equalion will relurn an error.
Bv defaull, Excel will fornal lhe resull
of a fornula in lhe sane fornal as il is
in lhe source cells. So in our exanple,
il reporls lhal lhe difference belween
2/20/2000 and 3/10/2000 is 1/19/1900.
However, righl·clicking on lhe fornula
cell, selecling ´Fornal Cells´, and selecling
a Ñunber fornal can also solve lhis
problen. This should ensure lhe dales on
vour Excel sheel and vou can avoid being
nislead bv lhe dales dsiplaved on vour
inporlanl docunenls.

£xceI 2000JXPJ2003
hidiog ßupIicate 8ecords
|O] How do I hide dupIicate records in
my workbook7

One of lhe nosl connon nislakes
lhal users nake in preparing a reporl
or sorling dala is including redundanl
enlries. For exanple, if a worksheel
keeps a running lallv of purchases nade
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MS Excel has ootions bv which vou can view
different worksheets siuultaneouslv
13
You can soecifv different oaoer for the first
oaue, and subseuuent oaues
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bv Cusloner 1, lhere´s no need lo reporl
cells olher lhan lhe ones keeping lhe
conposile fgures. A buill·in fller in Excel
can lake care of lhis problen. Choose ´Dala
| Filler | Advanced Filler´. Drag across lhe
worksheel lo selecl lhe lisls conlaining
duplicale enlries. Selecl ´Unique Fecords
Onlv´, and click ´OK´. Excel will now hide
anv duplicale records in lhe selecled range.
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firefox 2.x
8eæoviog the superIIuous 'ßü' buttoo
|O] Besides the address bar, there is an
additionaI button to Ioad the entered
address which I never use. After entering
a URL, I can ENTER, rather than hitting
the button which is much faster to caII
the page. I'd Iike to hide this button to
see Ionger URLs more cIearIy. PIease
heIp.

The ´CO´ bullon can be hidden
using lhe Firefox confguralion fle which
creales nore space lo displav longer
UFLs. To do lhis, enler ¨aboul:confg¨
in lhe address bar and press ´Enler´. ín
lhe lisl, search for lhe ¨browser.urlbar.
hideCoBullon¨ selling. Double·click on il
lo change lhe logical value lo ´lrue´. The
´CO´ svnbol will disappear innedialelv.
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firefox 2.x
6Iosiog tabs usiog a siogIe buttoo as
dooe earIier
|O] In the new version, Firefox shows
the cross symboI to cIose a window
separateIy for each tab. But I wouId
prefer cIosing each active tab with one
singIe button on the top-right. How can
I activate this7

vilh lhis new selling of lhe ´Close´
svnbols on each of lhe labs vou can
defnilelv close specifc labs fasler bul
il also increases lhe risk of clicking on
lhe wrong ´X´, especiallv if lhere are loo
nanv labs open. To avoid lhis, change lhe
behavior in lhe advanced confguralion
sellings lo lhe good old operalion
concepl. Address ¨aboul:confg¨ and
press ´Enler´. To search lhe selling, enler
lhe value ¨browser.labs.closeBullons¨
in lhe ´Filler´ feld. Double·click on lhis
inleger value for ediling. The slandard
selling ´1´ delivers lhe Close svnbol
on each lab. vilh lhe value ´2´ vou can
conplelelv hide lhe svnbols. Finallv,
lhe value ´3´ will lake vou back lo vour
old selling, in which, one single svnbol
serves lhe purpose of closing anv aclive
lab.
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Internet £xpIorer 6J7
$witchiog oII the browser dowoIoad
bIock
|O] When a website initiates an
automatic downIoad, the browser
immediateIy shows an info bar on the
top border under the symboI bar. OnIy
after cIicking this bar and reseIecting
the downIoad option in it, you reach
the usuaI diaIog. How can I cIose this
bar7
The addilional bar appears due
lo an advanced securilv selling of lhe
vindows XP Service Pack 2 which is
supposed lo prevenl uninlended aulonalic
downloads. Depending on lhe browser
version, lhere are lwo oplions of closing
lhe info bar.
DP1IDN 1: You can add safe websiles forn
which vou download fles frequenllv lo
lhe lisl of lrusled websiles. To do lhis,
double·click on lhe ´ínlernel Oplions´
svnbol in lhe Conlrol Panel and aclivale
lhe ´Securilv´ lab. Selecl lhe ´Trusled siles´
zone and click on lhe ´Siles´ bullon below
il. The aclive sile will be enlered in lhe
ensuing dialog, now, click ´Add´. íf required,
vou nusl frsl deaclivale lhe ´Fequire
server verifcalion (hllps:ì for all siles in
lhis zone´ oplion, lo accepl unsecured
websiles as well. Confrn lhe dialog box
wilh ´OK´, and ´Close´. This nelhod has
lhe advanlage lhal lhe securilv funclion
renains aclive for all olher siles barring
lhose lhal have been assigned.
DP1IDN 2: vilh lhis oplion, vou can
conplelelv swilch off lhe info bar. Aclivale
lhe ´Securilv´ lab in ´ínlernel Oplions´,
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19
Touule the settinus to uet rid of the '00'
button frou the address bar
18
Set the switch to enable closinu tab buttons
as oer vour oreference
17
Choose the advanced filter to hide duolicate
records
Soue websites install oluuins and aoolications
throuuh lnternet Exolorer itself
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and lhen click on ´Cuslon level´. ín lhe
ensuing dialog, search for lhe oplion
´Aulonalic pronpling for fle downloads´ in
lhe ´Downloads´ seclion and change il lo
´Enable´. Ñow confrn wilh ´OK´, and click
´Yes´ for lhe following warning nessage.
íf vou´re using ínlernel Explorer 7, lhen
even in case of lhe frsl nelhod, vou will
have lo nake lhis selling separalelv for
lhe ´Trusled Siles´ zone. Ñow, vou can
carrv oul lhe above, lo execule downloads
wilhoul anv inlerruplive queslions.
hA8ßWA8E
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DigitaI Camera
Iocreased battery IiIe
|O] How can I maximize the Iife of my
digitaI camera's battery for outdoor
shootings7

Digilal caneras lend lo drain oul
lhe ballerv, wilh nanv nodels nol giving
vou nore lhan 20·30 shols per charge.
There are bound lo be lines when vou
could be in a place lhal doesn´l allow vou
lo charge vour balleries (sav, lrekking
in lhe woods, or while sailingì and vou
nolice lhe rapidlv declining ballerv
indicalor. Here are sone lips lhal can help
vou naxinize vour balleries´ renaining
life.
} Turn off lhe LCD. The LCD uses up a
lol of vour canera´s ballerv life, so il´s
beller lo keep il lurned off and use lhe
canera´s viewfnder inslead.
} Plan vour shols before lurning on lhe
canera. Turning lhe canera on and off
afler everv shol will use up nore ballerv
power lhan lurning lhe canera on, laking
a few shols and lhen lurning il off.
} Trv using higher exposure sellings over
Hash when vour ballerv seens lo be dving
oul. Flash requires lol of ballerv power.
} íosl people have a lendencv lo keep
seeing lhe clicked inages. íl is besl
lo avoid plavback of lhe piclures and
videos vou jusl clicked. This will help in
conserving lhe ballerv life.
These lips will easilv gel vou a few nore
shols oul of vour digilal canera wilh lhe
sane old balleries. Though, lhe besl lhing
lo do lo avoid silualions where vou are
slranded wilh dving balleries is lo carrv
an exlra ballerv pack for vour canera.
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DpticaI Drive
MaouaI tray ejectioo
|O] My opticaI drive is quite oId and
most of the times the CD gets stuck in
the tray and does not eject. How do I
remove the CD from the drive7

íf vour CD·FOí or DVD·FOí
drive lrav nechanisn nalfunclions and
vour CD or DVD refuses lo ejecl fron lhe
drive, here´s a sinple wav of rescuing
il nanuallv. ín such a case, vour lool is
jusl a sinple pin! You can even use a
slraighlened paper clip or anvlhing else
lhal´s lhin and poinled. Locale lhe lillle
hole righl below lhe CD lrav of vour drive.
ínserl lhe pin in lhe hole and push il
slraighl and slowlv unlil lhe drive ejecls
lhe nedia inside. íl´s preferable lo lrv lhis
onlv in case of energencies.
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Monitor
Makiog oo-screeo text cIear aod
readabIe
|O] I have a big computer screen
but its resoIution is Iow which resuIts
in readibiIity probIems. How do I rectify
this7

You can change lhe displav sellings
lo nake viewing lexl and graphics on lhe
nonilor screen easier. íf vou increase lhe
resolulion of lhe screen, il resulls in a
snaller fonl, naking lexl blurrv. So vou
should ideallv increase lhe fonl size bv
lweaking lhe nonilor sellings. Fighl·click
on lhe screen, click on ´Properlies´, and
selecl lhe ´Sellings´ lab. Click on lhe
´Advanced´ bullon, and nake sure lhal lhe
´Ceneral´ lab is selecled. ín lhe ´Displav´
box, click on lhe DPí drop box. Bv defaull,
vindows applies ´Ñornal´ size sellings,
bul vou can choose lhe ´Large´ size. The
sellings can be cuslonized lo selecl lhe
exacl percenlage.
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fiIe 5ystems
6oovert Fat32 to NIF$
|O] I have a partition that is formatted
in FAT32 fiIe system. Can I convert it to
NTFS without having to format again7

Yes vou can. vindows has a buill
in connand line lool called ´converl.exe´.
To converl a parlilion fron FAT32 lo ÑTFS,
nake sure vou frsl have proper backup of
vour svslen before vou slarl. Ñow, click
´Slarl | Prograns | Accessories | Connand
Pronpl´. Al lhe pronpl lvpe ´converl´,
followed bv vour drive leller and lhen lhe
fle svslen lvpe has lo be changed lo,
for inslance, í have a drive ´E´ (FAT32ì
which needs lo be changed lo ÑTFS. The
connand used here will be ´converl e:\
/fs:nlfs´. The duralion for lhis process
lnsert the oin straiuht till vour drive oartlv
ejects and then oull the trav out
lncrease the doi settinus to uake vour text
uore readable on the uonitor
Convert vour FAT32 oartition to NTFS bv usinu
the couuand line tool
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depends on lhe size of vour hard drive or
parlilion. íl usuallv lakes a few ninules.
Bul please nole, drives once converled lo
ÑTFS cannol be converled back lo FAT32.
so nake a prudenl decision.
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1f1 DispIay
6Ieaoiog IIat screeos the right way
|O] The TFT dispIay on the writing desk
or the notebook screen is covered with
dirt marks. I want to thoroughIy cIean
my screen and make it spotIess. What
shouId I use for this kind of cIeaning7

The expensive displavs in nonilors
or nolebooks should never be cleaned wilh
chenicallv aggressive cleansing agenls or
wilh anv solvenls, for lhal naller. These
could danage lhe polarizalion and lhe
blooning coal on lhe screen surface. Also,
on Hal screens, vou should never applv
pressure on a parlicular poinl olherwise il
leads lo uglv pixel errors.
ínslead, nainlain vour Hal screen
like professionals do. Sprav sone nild
dish·washing liquid in lukewarn waler. Dip
a sofl, nicro fber clolh in lhis waler and
wring il oul lhoroughlv. vilh lhis noisl
nicro fber clolh, even lhe loughesl dirl
narks will be gone fron lhe Hal screen
surface, wilhoul having lo applv loo
nuch pressure. Once lhe displav is clean,
innedialelv wipe il wilh a sofl lissue
paper, so lhal lhe dish·washing liquid does
nol leave behind anv grav haze or uglv
lraces. Do nol applv nuch pressure lo
avoid screen danage.
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8ID5 5ettings
Iweakiog the ßIü$
|O] It's very easy to aIter the Bios
settings of the motherboard, but
sometimes the system can get unstabIe
and crash. Can I have a few tips before I
tweak my Bios settings7

Plaving around wilh lhe bios
sellings is alrighl, bul il can resull in
an unslable svslen. Cerlain sellings
are relaled lo over clocking of lhe
nolherboard´s vollage sellings for lhe
nenorv and processor. íf incorrecllv
allered, lhe svslen can cone down
crashing or even go dead. Craphic cards,
can also have lheir own selling problens.
Cerlain nolherboards enable vou lo adjusl
an arrav of sellings including linings.
Allering lhese can be riskv. vhile il seens
lo be fun lo lweak lhese and see whal lhe
resull in lhe svslens speed are, renenber
lhal vou are plaving wilh delicale nenorv
wail slales.
The sinplesl oplion is lo resel lhe bios
lo safe defaulls available in lhe nenu.
For exanple, í had a problen once wilh
an 3X nolherboard and an ATí graphic
card. However, a Hash on lhe bios FOí
and now ils working effcienllv. íl can
be annoving, bul we have lo follow lhe
nelhod of upgrading lhe lechnologv for
besl conpalibililv purposes al regular
inlervals.

Processor
Ioadequate cooIiog oI the processor
|O] I recentIy upgraded a few hardware
components of my PC and now the
chassis is heating. I think my processor
is heating up too much. What do I do7

Processor problens can varv
fron incorrecl fllings of lhe cooling fan,
lo ninor problens in lhe bios sellings.
Crilical problens found is lhe cooling fan
heal dips leading lo breakdown of lhe
PC. However, P4 and even lhe Alhlon,
can run wilh onlv a heal sink and no fan,
bul í wouldn´l advice lhis. The processor
can overheal, breakdown, or even drop in
perfornance, if lhe CPU fan breaks down
or is flled wilh dusl.
Sonelines, even lhe power cables
inside lhe chassis louch lhe fan and slop
il, leading lo overhealing. ín lhis case,
open lhe chassis, check for anv cables
which have gol in lhe wav of lhe cooling
palh or lhe fan. Also regularlv keep vour
PC free fron dusl inside, as well as lhe
surroundings. Use a blower (sonelhing
like an AC blower or lhe blowing end of
a vacuun cleanerì lo blow awav lhe dusl
fron unreachable corners. Be careful whilsl
doing lhis as vou nav danage lhe delicale
conponenls, and even lhe fan blades.
This is a nusl if vou are silualed in a
environnenl prone lo dusl. Do lhis al leasl
once a nonlh. Assure lhal lhe fans inside
lhe conpuler are clean and dusl free.
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8roadband
Iocrease broadbaod speed
|O] Is it possibIe for me to increase the
speed of my Internet connection7

This lip is for Broadband
conneclions, lhough il nighl even work
for dial·ups. Firsl of all nake sure vou
are logged on as ´Adninislralor´. Then,
click on ´Slarl | Fun´, and lvpe ´gpedil.
nsc´. Expand lhe ´Local Conpuler Policv´
branch. Ñow, expand lhe ´Adninislralive
Tenplales´ branch, and lhe ´Ñelwork
Branch´. Highlighl lhe ´OoS Packel
Scheduler´ in lhe lefl window. ín lhe righl
window double·click lhe ´Linil Feservable
Bandwidlh´ selling. ín lhe selling lab,
check lhe ´Enabled´ ilen. vhere il savs
´Bandwidlh linil '´ change il lo 0 using
lhe scroll bars or lhe kevboard. The effecl
is inslanl on sone svslens, while sone
nav need lo re·bool. Prograns can
requesl up lo 20' of lhe bandwidlh lo
be reserved for lhen, even wilh lhe OoS
(Oualilv of Serviceì disabled. „
Enable this settinus as an aduinistrator and
soeed uo the bandwidth of the network
UNWlND
Pramod Jadhav
$M$ us! Storv code. ü86 lSee Faue 17 for detailsI
For. The Centurv Stick control svsteu iuoarts strenuth and auilitv to uaueolav. For the first tiue, bowlinu seeus uore interestinu than battinu!
Agaiost. The ease of suashinu sixes takes awav the charu of eleuant stroke olav.
G6I>C<H +#*$&%
C
r¡ckeI 2007 by EA SporIs is a crickeI
ehIhusiasI's Edeh. AparI Irom gamers,
amaIeur ahd proIessiohal crickeIers
are goihg Io love Ihis versioh hoI iusI Ior iIs
sheer ehIerIaihmehI value buI also Ior Ihe
simulaIed learhihg ahd game plahhihg IhaI
cah be e×ecuIed oh a real Ield.
VirIual crickeI, uhlike mosI oIher sporIs,
cah hever oIIer ihsIahI adrehalihe rush ahd
keep iI Iowihg IhroughouI Ihe gameplay
simply because oI Ihe sheer haIure oI Ihis
sporI. This cah make iI borihg beIweeh
deliveries ahd umpire reacIiohs buI Ihe
pace ih Cr¡ckeI 2007 is quick, iusI like BreII
Lee's lighIhihg deliveries ih Ihis versioh.
The opehihg scehe is desighed wiIh much
IhoughI-hoI ohly does iI deliver Ihe
essehIials oI gameplay buI iI also aIIracIs
your aIIehIioh aI Ihis very poihI. From Ihis
momehI you begih your iourhey as a virIual
crickeIer. Based oh your perIormahce, you
cah become a legehd or quieIly Iade away
ihIo oblivioh.
The CehIury SIick cohIrol is Ihe highlighI
oI CrickeI 2007 as iI imparIs a liIe-like
mechahism Io baIsmeh ahd bowlers
alike. FooIwork, shoI selecIioh, power,
eIc have all beeh made sehsiIively
acIive wiIh Ihis cohIrol mechahism. The
game IeaIures pracIice modes, Iours, a
pleIhora oI ODÌ IourhamehIs, ahd also, 'The
Ashes' Ior Ihe paIiehI. Ìh Ihis versioh, Ihere
are Ive levels oI diIIculIy uhlike Ihe Ihree ih
Ihe previous versioh Ihough iI doesh'I seem
Io chahge much Ihrough Ihis rahge.
Graphic represehIaIioh was hever really a
problem wiIh Cr¡ckeI 2007's predecessor, Ihis
versioh Ioo leaves ho room Ior ahy complaihI
ih Ihis area. Ìh IacI, iI is IurIher ehhahced
wiIh idehIical replicas oI all crickeIers ahd
embellishmehIs oI Iheir persohal sIyles
ahd acIiohs. The camera ahgles have also
chahged albeiI modesIly.
Cr¡ckeI 2007 scores heavily ih ihIerIace
ahd cohIrol. ÌI is, ih IacI, Ihe IrsI bowler's
game-while Ihe bowlihg cohIrols have a
sharp edge, Ihe baIIihg cohIrols are edgy.
NoIhihg goes pasI Ihe auIomaIic Ielders ahd
makihg chahges ih Ihe Ieldihg arrahgemehI
is easily havigable. You cah geI a hahg oI Ihe
cohIrols ih ho Iime buI your gameplay will
depehd oh your cohcehIraIioh aI ahy giveh
day, hehce ihculcaIihg Ihe crucial cohcepI oI
'Iorm' ih Ihe game.
The music ih Cr¡ckeI 2007 is bliss, so is
ighorahce! Skip iI ahd rush Io Ihe Ields. The
oh-Ield souhd eIIecIs are realisIic ahd Ihe
sIadium souhds are geographically diverse.
Cr¡ckeI 2007 is a greaI Iollow up Io iIs
predecessor. Led by ace desigher, Mark
Nicholas, Ihis versioh has surely riseh
Irom Ihe ashes. The successor Io a hoI-so-
successIul game, Ihis heir khows how
Io rule! „
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PEVÌEW UNWlND
$M$ us! Storv code. ü8WlSee Faue 17 for detailsI
For. Affordable uaue. 0ood for beuinners.
Agaiost. Foor Al. Storvline not couoellinu.
G6I>C<H +$&%
u
hlike popular IrsI-persoh
shooIers or PTS World War
games like Nedaí øf Hønør
ahd Cømpany øf Herøes, PeeI
EhIerIaihmehI's Wøríd War Zerø comes
wiIh a ploI oI iIs owh.
The game, however, is hoI hew
as iI has already appeared earlier Ior
Ihe cohsole. ÌI uses a posI-World War
like seIIihg where Ihe dusI oh Ihe
baIIlegrouhds is yeI Io seIIle. The war,
also reIerred Io as 'The GreaI War'
has resulIed ih a dicIaIorial regime
goverhed by ah EsIohiah by Ihe hame
oI Baroh Nikolai AleksahdroviIch
Ugehberg. This megalomahiac
has uhiIed Ihe Mohgoliahs ahd
Ihe Pussiahs aIIer a civil war
ahd has seI his sighIs oh
e×pahdihg his empire
- wesIwards.
Obviously his
ihIehIiohs have hoI beeh received
well by Ihe WesIerh CohsorIium.
UhIorIuhaIely, Ihey have iusI abouI
goIIeh over Ihe 50-year war ahd are
leII wiIh a depleIed Iorce ahd virIually
empIy coIIers. Ìh ah eIIorI Io creaIe
Iuhds, Ihe CohsorIium has (amusihgly)
IoaIed Ihe armies oh Ihe sIock
e×chahge.
The obiecIive musI be preIIy clear Io
you how. You Iake oh Ihe role oI Ihe war
veIerah ahd legehd LieuIehahI James
Ahdersoh. You have Io use your survival
skills Io Iraverse Germah Ierraih Io
overIhrow Ihe Pusso-Mohgoliah
Iorces. You will hoI be all alohe ih Ihis
vehIure. CapIaih Cecile NewcasIle ahd
Colohel MiIchell will help you Ihrough
Ihe 12 levels oI Ihe game. To keep you
cohsIahI compahy, Ihe CohsorIium's
'sIormIroopers' (ho relaIioh Io Ihe whiIe
suiIs ih SIar Wars) will also be
Ihere wiIh you. However, as
you work your way Ihrough
Ihe game, you mighI wish
Ihey were hoI Ihere.
Now IhaI you khow
which side you are
oh, you heed Io khow
who are you goihg Io
meeI while you work
your way Ihrough
ehemy Irehches. The
Pusso-Mohgoliah
soldiers comprise Ihe
SIurmpiohhers, Kazakhs, Shiperkorps
(Germah sharp shooIers) ahd Siberiahs.
Each group is dahgerous ahd hoI
supposed Io be uhder esIimaIed.
UhIorIuhaIely, Ihe ehemies do hoI live
up Io Ihese e×pecIaIiohs. They are
hoI ihIimidaIihg ahd Iheir AÌ is quiIe
rudimehIary. There are Iimes where
Ihey Iry Io avoid Ire oIherwise which
Ihey do hoI reacI Io aIIacks realisIically.
PudimehIary rag doll physics has beeh
ihcorporaIed ahd shoI accuracy has
also beeh Iakeh ihIo accouhI. Degree oI
ihiury is direcIly relaIed Io Ihe accuracy
oI your shoI.
Wøríd War Zerø is ohly able Io
scraIch Ihe surIace oI a IrsI-persoh
shooIer war game. Uhlike IiIles like
WøífensIe¡n ahd Frø]ecI ÌGÌ (albeiI old)
IhaI were modeled arouhd IcIiohal
world war seIIihgs, WWZ has hoI
beeh able Io produce IhaI level oI
ihIrigue ih iIs lihear gameplay. The
graphics are average ahd Ihe choice
oI weapohs comprises Ihe sIahdard
Iare-shoIguhs, assaulI riIes, shiper
riIe, clusIer grehades ahd more.
Weapoh perIormahce is average Ihough
Ihe overall audio reproducIioh is good.
The levels are hoI very Iough Io pass,
someIhihg IhaI mighI hoI ihIeresI avid
gamers. ÌI you are hoI ah ehIhusiasI
ahd averse Io Ihe more e×pehsive IiIles
available oh Ihe shelves, Ihis makes Ior
a decehI buy. „
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he laIesI ihsIallmehI oI Ihe
Fa¡nbøv series marks Ihe reIurh oI
Fa¡nbøv Io Ihe PC. AIIer migraIihg
Io Ihe cohsole areha ahd dabblihg ih iI
Ior a while, Fa¡nbøv S¡× is back wiIh a
bahg. WiIh mouIh-waIerihg graphics,
edge-oI-Ihe-seaI acIioh ahd realisIic
souhd eIIecIs, Ihis is ohe IacIical
shooIer IhaI recapIures Ihe hail-biIihg
acIioh hoI seeh ih IacIical FPSs Ior
some Iime how. The maih diIIerehce
beIweeh Fa¡nbøv S¡× Vegas ahd Ihe
previous versiohs is Ihe Iuh level. Ah
acIioh shooIer, Ihis is ohe game IhaI
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sihgle player campaigh, you play Logah
Keller, Ihe head oI a crack Paihbow
Ieam IhaI specializes ih ahIi-IerrorisI
missiohs. The game
sIarIs ih Me×ico
ahd Ihe
acIioh
sIarIs Irom Ihe word go. You pluhge
ihIo a deadly game oI double cross wiIh
a IerrorisI orgahizaIioh IhaI is willihg
Io do ahyIhihg iI Iakes Io achieve Iheir
heIarious aims. Gameplay is e×Iremely
immersive. ThroughouI Ihe game you
geI Ihe Ieelihg oI playihg Ihe role oI ah
e×Iremely eliIe commahdo. The e×oIic
locales, Ihe voiceovers oI Ihe ehemies
(Ire aI Ihem ahd Ihey begih iabberihg
away as Ihey Iake cover), Ihe way you
rappel dowh walls, hug Ihe wall as you
Iake cover Irom a spray oI bulleIs-all
oI Ihese cohIribuIe Io gameplay. A
uhique IeaIure is Ihe way Ihe game
seamlessly Ioggles back ahd IorIh Irom
a Ihird-persoh perspecIive. As you Iake
cover behihd a railihg or ah SUV, Ihe
game swiIches Io a Ihird-persoh mode
allowihg you Io see your ehemy. Slide
Io Ihe side ahd you cah pop ouI Io Iake
a shoI aI Ihe guy. Or, iusI hold your guh
Io Ihe side ahd Iake a poIshoI aI him.
Ahd you'll Ihd yourselI doihg IhaI a loI.
Wheh Ihe lead begihs Io Iy, duckihg
behihd every rock or doorway or
ahyIhihg IhaI's hahdy is Ihe ohly way Io
survive, Ihe odds are heavy ahd sIacked
agaihsI you ahd your IeammaIes.
Your Ieam's AÌ is preIIy good.
DirecIihg Ihem Io cover or assaulI
posiIiohs is a cakewalk. All you goI Io
do is poihI where you wahI Ihem Io go
ahd Iap Ihe spacebar. They cah Ihd
Iheir way preIIy well, wheh uhder Ire,
you'll Ihd Ihem cozy ahd shug agaihsI
a hail oI bulleIs while you're ruhhihg
helIer skelIer Ior cover. However, Ehemy
AÌ is hoI as good. BuI iI you crahk Ihe
diIIculIy a hoIch more (Io Ihe 'PealisIic'
seIIihg), e×pecI Io load Ihe game
more oIIeh.
Fa¡nbøv 6 Vegas has opIed Ior a
regeheraIive healIh sysIem. Take a hiI
ahd your visioh blurs, buI ohly Ior a
momehI. Take Iwo more ahd everyIhihg
goes black. Ohe more, ahd you're
hisIory. BuI Ihd some cover ahd rela×
Ior a Iew secohds ahd your healIh will
be back Io hormal.
The graphics oI Ihe game is IahIasIic.
Weapohs' modelihg is realisIic. So is
Ihe physics ehgihe ih Ihe game. BuI
Iheh, IhaI's Io be e×pecIed oI a game
builI arouhd Ihe Uhreal ehgihe.
Souhd Ioo is IrsI-class. BulleIs whihe
ahd ricocheI arouhd you. The souhd
Irack Ioo is greaI, you Ieel like you're
waIchihg a Hollywood Iick.
Overall, Ihis is a game capable oI
ehgagihg Ihe gamer wiIh iIs combaI.
The sIeep sysIem requiremehIs may be
a Iurh oII Ior some. „
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Post: Lead OA- Service Delivery
Company: keliance lníocomm LLd.
ProñIe: SLrong knowledge oí posLpaid
operaLions, (GSM/ CDMA) in 1elecom
lndusLry wiLh ahiliLy Lo resolve CusLomer
ComplainLs, LxcellenL CommunicaLion,
lnLer-personnel, Supervisory and Leadership
Skills.
£xp.: 6-l0
Location: Mumhai
£maiI: alherL.minz@relianceada.com
Post: !ava 1echnical Lead
Company: 8irlasoíL LLd.
ProñIe: Good on Core !ava, ServleLs, !Sl,
L!8 , SLruLs, !2LL Design laLLerns, !MS,
lnLegraLion & AhiliLy Lo manage and menLor
a Leam oí l0- l5 wLh proven experience on
hanking / CrediL card domain.
£xp.: 6-9
Location: Hyderahad
£maiI: ismail.siddiqui@india.hirlasoíL.com
Post: Service Delivery Manager- l1
lnírasLrucLure
Company: Siemens lníormaLion SysLems
LLd.
ProñIe: Will he leading a Leam oí 25 +
people & handling l1 inírasLrucLure íor
Siemens LLd.
£xp.: 8-l2
Location: Gurgaon
£maiI: suresh.chander.exL@siemens.com
Post: Head- l1
Company: 1elemarL CommunicaLion
ProñIe: kelevanL experience in handling
counLry-wide WAN/ LAN neLworks along
wiLh Lhe knowledge oí lmplemenLing Lkl
would he an added advanLage.
£xp.: 8-l0
Location: Delhi
£maiI: Leleecarehr@Leleecare.com
Post: Sr.Manager- lníormaLion SecuriLy
Company: SynLel LLd.
ProñIe: 8L(1elecom/ Llec/ Comp) and ClSA /
ClSSl CerLiíed.AddiLional cerLiícaLions on
NeLworking preíerred.Good lresenLaLion,
DocumenLaLion, CommunicaLion and
lnLerpersonal skills.
£xp.: 8-l2
Location: Chennai
£maiI: SmriLiGiroLra@synLelinc.com
Post: 1esLing Lead
Company: laLni CompuLer SysLems LLd.
ProñIe: 8achelor's Degree in Lngineering
wiLh proven experience in Lhe similar
posiLion.
£xp.: 6-8
Location: lune
£maiI: recruiLmenL.pune@paLni.com
Post: 1eam Lead- .NeL 1echnologies
Company: Zensar 1echnologies
ProñIe: Should have experience or
poLenLial Lo lead a Leam oí 8 - l2
programmers/ Senior programmers.
AccounL managemenL, ClienL relaLionship
managemenL. LsLimaLion, making proìecL
proposals, requiremenL analysis eLc. Should
he Lechnically sound.
£xp.: 6-l0
Location: lune
£maiI: r.padmanahhan@zensar.com
Post: 1eam Lead- !2ML / 8kLW
Company: 1anla SoluLions LimiLed
ProñIe: Should have 8achelor's degree
in CompuLer Lngineering wiLh hands on
experience in SoíLware DevelopmenL.
£xp.: 5-8
Location: Hyderahad
£maiI: sachin.marri@LanlasoluLions.com
Post: C Developer
Company: Crown SoluLions lndia (l) LLd.
ProñIe: Should have knowledge oí C, C++,
Shell or lerl ScripLing, Unix operaLing
sysLem, neLworking domain eLc.
£xp.: 4-9
Location: Chennai
£maiI: placemenL@crownsoluLion.com
Post: Oracle D8A
Company: 1ech Mahindra LLd. (M81)
ProñIe: Should have 8achelor's degree
in CompuLer Lngineering wiLh hands on
experience in SoíLware DevelopmenL.
£xp.: 4-9
Location: 8angalore
£maiI: ivisionservices@eLh.neL
Post: Sr. lrogram Manager
Company: Wipro lníoLech
ProñIe: 8L/ M8A.Should have good accounL
managemenL skills, ApplicaLion and l1
inírasLrucLure managemenL & would he
leading Leams oí size over 75.
£xp.: l0-l6
Location: Delhi
£maiI: devasmiLa.dashl@wipro.com
Post: Sr. l1 ArchiLecL
Company: Cadence Design SysLems LLd.
ProñIe: 8Sc in compuLer science or relaLed
íeld wiLh experience in large scale design
and deploymenL oí e-husiness or Lkl wiLhin
a glohal organizaLion.SLrong verhal and
wriLLen communicaLion skills.
£xp.: 8-l0
Location: Delhi
£maiI: indiahrd@cadence.com
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coupled wiLh 1echnology acumen.
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Location: Delhi
£maiI: amiL.anand@niiL.com
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Company: NeL vigil SoíLware lvL LLd.
ProñIe: Lxp in !2LL, !ava, C++ , XML, Design
paLLerns, OOlS and Wehservices who
would he responsihle íor compleLe proìecL
managemenL planning and scheduling.
£xp.: 4-8
Location: Mumhai
£maiI: ìohs@nvsoíL.com
Post: lroìecL Manager- Lcommerce
Company: vAngelz 1echnologies lvL. LLd.
ProñIe: Knowledge ahouL lnLerneL, Weh
SoluLions/ inLeracLive online markeLing/ L-
Commerce/ SLaLisLical Analysis, MarkeLing.
£xp.: 5-8
Location: Delhi
£maiI: hr@v-angelz.co.uk
Post: Sr .OA Lngineer- Lcommerce
Company: 1rihal lusion k&D lndia lvL LLd.
ProñIe: 8achelor's Degree in CompuLer
Lngineering wiLh proven experience in Lhe
similar posiLion & LxcellenL Knowledge oí
Lcommerce/ Weh hased applicaLions eLc.
£xp.: 4-8
Location: Delhi/ NCk
£maiI: Lrihalíusion.india@gmail.com
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Company: Nagarro SoíLwares lvL LLd.
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£maiI: raìesh@nagarro.com
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wiLh experience in C and C++ on hoLh
Windows and Linux plaLíorm, coding and
designing íor vOll and 1Cl/ ll applicaLion
on windows and Linux.
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£maiI: nmaheshwari@ícslLd.com
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ProñIe: Should he 8L (CompuLers) wiLh
proven experience in similar posiLion.
£xp.: 5-8
Location: Hyderahad
£maiI: LhuLalenL.hyd@paLni.com
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Company: vecLoríorm SoíLware lvL. LLd.
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Lngineering wiLh proven experience in
similar posiLion.
£xp.: 4-8
Location: Hyderahad
£maiI: sumiL@vecLoríorm.com
Post: AssL. vice lresidenL
Company: 1ransworld lnc
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a Leam oí 80 ConsulLanLs & will work more
inLo program managemenL on onshore/
oííshore model and microsoíL Lechnologies.
£xp.: l0-l2
Location: Mumhai
£maiI: shruLi@LransworldsoíLware.com
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oí lndia LLd.
ProñIe: 8.1ech/ 8L/ MCA/ or oLher l1
managemenL relaLed qualiícaLion.
Should he conversanL wiLh lKl Lechnology,
lNllNL1 wiLh experience in handling
smarL cards.UndersLanding oí kD8MS,
SOL server,Oracle design is also essenLial.
£xp.: 8-l0
Location: Mumhai
£maiI: recruiLmenL@sLcionline.co
Post: Manager- Lcommerce
Company: D'damas
ProñIe: Lxperience in Lhe wireless indusLry
a maìor plus lerson should possess wiLh
a vision íor Lechnology. Should 8e an
M8A in Sales and MarkeLing having sLrong
l1 skills and knowledge. Only Mumhai
candidaLes need Lo apply.
£xp.: 6-7
Location: Mumhai
£maiI: hrd@ddamas.co.in
Post: 1esLing Lead
Company: SAS keserach & DevelopmenL
(lndia) lvL. LLd.
ProñIe: 8.1ech/ 8L/MCA/ or oLher l1
managemenL relaLed qualiícaLion wiLh
working experience in soíLware LesLing
and LesLing íor issues like user response/
íeedhack, qualiLy oí error reporLing, eLc.
Good inLerpersonal, wriLing and prohlem-
solving skills.
£xp.: 7-l0
Location: lune
£maiI: seniors@sas.com
Post: ConsulLanL- SecuriLy SoluLions
Company: DaLacraíL lndia LLd.
ProñIe: Handle Lechnical and husiness
impacLing aspecLs oí all securiLy relaLed
Lechnology in our producL porLíolio írom
írewalls, vlNs, lnLrusion ManagemenL
lramework, Managed Services eLc.
Comhine all Lhe DaLacraíL consulLing,
producLs and services inLo soluL
£xp.: 6-8
Location: Delhi, Mumhai
£maiI: agnelo.ìoseph@daLacraíL-asia.com
Post: Head- SLraLegic 8usiness
Company: 1echnosoíL lníormaLion
1echnologies (lndia) LLd.
ProñIe: 8usiness & l1 ConsulLing
experience in eiLher míg, LransporLa
Lion,disLrihuLion or reLail vehical, Lkl
package implemenLaLion,CkM& husiness
inLelligence.
£xp.: 6-8
Location: Mumhai
£maiI: ìohs@LechnocraíLgroup.com
Post: ArchiLecL- 1elecom
Company: Wipro lníoLech
ProñIe: 8.1ech/ 8L/ MCA/ or oLher l1
managemenL relaLed qualiícaLion wiLh
proven experience in neLwork operaLion
wiLh LííecLive communicaLion and
inLerpersonal skills.
£xp.: ll-l5
Location: 8angalore
£maiI: devasmiLa.dashl@wipro.com
Post: AssociaLe Head- l1
Company: DS Group
ProñIe: 8achelor's degree in (LlecLronics
& 1elecommunicaLion) or 8Sc compuLer
science wiLh experience in l1 inírasLrucLure
managemenL in a manuíacLuring seLup.
£xp.: 8-ll
Location: Noida
£maiI: amiL.kumar@dsgroupindia.com
Post: lroìecL Manager- !ava
Company: HCL 1echnologies LLd.
ProñIe: 8achelor's degree in Lngineering
wiLh proven experience in similar posiLion.
£xp.: 9-l2
Location: Noida
£maiI: supriyak@hcl.in
Post: lrogram Managers
Company: 1ech Mahindra LLd.
ProñIe: Should have experLise in 1eam
managemenL, resource planning,
hudgeLing, resource allocaLion,1eam
huilding/ menLoring, clienL inLeríacing,
delivery managemenL.Should have also
managed large and mulLiple proìecLs.
£xp.: 9-l4
Location: KolkaLa
£maiI: ivisionservices@eLh.neL
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f vou regularlv buv íT producls for personal
consunplion, over nanv vears, vou´ll face
lwo challenges: lechnical obsolescence and
lechnical equipnenl slockpiling. There are sone
wavs of dealing wilh bolh and here´s whal í plan
lo do.
Over a decade, í have consuned and
accunulaled a colleclion of soundcards,
adaplers, oplical and nagnelic drives, a vollage
slabilizer, and a scanner. ín belween, power
supplies were replaced a couple of lines, and
Sííí nodules were swapped. PCs were
upgraded and sold on lhree occasions. Thal´s
lhe realilv. There isn´l a lhing we can do aboul
lechnical obsolescence. Bul lhe bigger issue
is gelling rid of all lhal accunulaled eleclronic
paraphernalia lhal´s shoved behind cabinels,
under lhe bed or in lhe allic. vhile í was
cleaning nv hone lasl weekend, il all spilled
oul inlo lhe open. The heaviesl of lhal is nv
old vollage slabilizer. íls coil has been replaced
several lines. íf í repair il once nore, lhe lolal
cosl of repairs will exceed lhe cosl of lhe unil.
So í decided lo dunp il, a diffcull proposilion
indeed. The local raddiva||ah offered lo lake il
awav for Fs 25. The ladv of lhe house ridiculed
his offer and pulled il righl back in. So lhere
il lies, al lhe side of lhe refrigeralor, lhe laller
svnpalhizing wilh il. ve fnallv decided lo give il
awav for free, lo our regular eleclrician. Perhaps
he can salvage sone working conponenls and
use lhose.
Ñexl cane lhe CD·FOís collecled over
lhe vears. The local librarian didn´l wanl lhese
as lhev were far ouldaled. Flipping lhrough
lhe colleclion, í lhoughl sone CDs had reallv
good (albeil ouldaledì soflware. Thousands
of nan hours nusl have gone inlo developing
lhis conlenl, nol lo nenlion lhe huge salaries
paid lo developers. And here í was haggling
wilh nv raddiva||ah for a beller deal
on 25 CDs. Thev were fnallv sold bv
weighl for a nere Fs 15! vhal a
wasle, bul lhen lhev had lo go.
í fell sad lo see lhe CDs
go, and resolved lhal
evervlhing else will
be given awav for
free lo needv people.
The soundcards are lhe nexl lo go. The old íSA,
16·bil varielv. These í´ll give awav lo lhe guv
who repairs nv PC. Perhaps he can re·use lhe
capacilors and olher eleclronic conponenls-as
spares for olher sound cards.
ív old íonega Zip Drive and a slack of 100
íB Zip disks are in working order bul are a
decade old. There was a line when 100 íB on
a single disk was a big innovalion (renenber
lhe 1.44 íB Hoppv disks?ì Todav, vou can pack
in 700 íB on a single CD, lhinner lhan anv Zip
disk, cosling onlv len bucks. Thal´s a reallv low
cosl·per·negabvle. The Zip Drive and disks í´ll
give awav lo a charilable inslilulion (if í can
fnd oneì.
Then lhere´s an old Unax Aslra 2000P
scanner lhal sils alop a cupboard, carefullv
wrapped lo prolecl lhe glass. This scanner
becane obsolele lhe dav í upgraded nv PC
fron vindows 93 lo vindows XP. í jusl could
nol fnd lhe updaled driver for il, repealed
allenpls lo conlacl lhe nanufaclurer proved
fulile. Then lhere´s lhe PC ilself. The hone
PC was upgraded lhree vears ago. And í have
decided lo use il for anolher vear. The cabinel is
aboul lhe onlv lhing lefl over fron lhe PC í had
boughl in 1996. Alnosl evervlhing else inside
has been upgraded and replaced over lhe vears.
Lasl nonlh, a neighbor cane over lo seek
advice. You see, lhev have lwo grosslv ouldaled
PCs, one of which is in working condilion. She
innocenllv asked whal she´d gel for lhen if
lhev were sold, and if í knew a buver. í lold her
nol lo expecl nuch fron lhe raddiva||ah. And
lhal she nighl have lo plead wilh a charilable
organizalion lo lake lhen for free. These
nachines are eighl lo 10 vears old and run
vindows 95. Then she lhoughl for a nonenl
and asked aboul exchange schenes. Fron
personal experience í have galhered lhal nanv
exchange schenes are a bluff. For inslance,
lhev look nv old 14·inch nonilor and gave ne
a 17·inch one. Afler doing lhe nalh, í fgured í
gained less lhan Fs 2,000 for lhe old one.
So lhe noral of lhis slorv is lhal il´s besl
lo give il awav-for a noble cause or lo lhe
needv. í feel beller doing lhal-nuch beller
lhan whal í fell afler selling nv CD·FOís lo lhe
raddiva||ah. „
LAST WORD
Ne SBEEJXBMMBI BY BRIAN PEREIRA
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