This month is rather unique for PC Authority in that we’ve teamed up with Channel 7’s popular news programme, Today Tonight, to bring you an investigation into one of the biggest names in tech: eBay.
When Today Tonight asked us to comment on why eBay’s stock price had plummeted the idea was born to do a combined investigation. As such, many of the horror stories you’ll read this month come from Today Tonight viewers in addition to PC Authority’s readers.
We investigate the company itself, its subsidiaries and the legality of its decisions. We also give tips on how to win every auction and much, much more. If you’ve ever used eBay, if you’re planning to use it or if you’re one of over 50,000 people in Australia who makes a living using it, then you need to read this month’s feature.
Also this month, the MacBook Air has finally been through our full suite of Labs torture tests and we give it a special double-length review.
On top of this we’ve arguably the widest variety of notebook reviews that we’ve ever printed. We’ve a tiny 600g Tablet from Fujitsu and a 6kg, quad-core monster from Pioneer. We’ve a bargain from MSI, new 45nm processor-based models from Asus and Zepto and stylish models from Toshiba and Sony. Whatever type of notebook you’re after, you can bet we’ve got one for you this month.
We also have a report on the steps being taken to digitise and preserve the contents of one of the world’s most prestigious libraries and a tutorial for those interested in Web 2.0. Our more business-oriented readers will like our special supplement on Security.
What's in the mag?
* Ebay friend or foe?
* Macbook Air
* Windows Home Server
* Notebook Reviews
* HTML superguide: Web 2.0
What's on the disc?
* America’s Army demo
* Steganos Safe One
* Bluesquad Booster 4.0
* McAfee Internet Security 2008
* Webroot Firewall 5.5
Avanquest Driver Genius 6
Magix Music Maker silver
Large Software PC Tune-Up
Bluesquad PC Booster
Webroot Desktop Firewall 5.5
Reallusion Crazytalk Messenger
Steganos Safe One
McAfee Internet Security (90-day trial)
GenieSoft Archive for Outlook (60-day trial)
Geniesoft Mail Backup (60-day trial) FREEWARE
Ambient Design Artrage 2.5 Starter Edition
DeepBurner Free 188.8.131.52
GIMP helpfiles 2.4
GTK+ 2 Runtime Environment 2.10.13 (required for installation of the GIMP)
Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
Open Office 2.3.1
The GIMP 2.4.2 EDITORIAL
Real World Benchmarks
Creating a burned CD-R from an ISO image using Deepburner
Download - Data Protection
How-to: 3D Graphics Part 1
How-to: HTML basics
How-to: CSS WINDOWS
Ad-Aware 2007 184.108.40.206
Adobe Reader 8
Editpad Pro 6.3.2
Explorer XP 1.07a
Foxit Reader 2.2
Google Desktop Search
Google Earth 4.2
LP Recorder 8.7
Microsoft Windows Media Player 11
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.5.1
True Launch Bar 4.2
Zonealarm firewall GAMES
Conflict: Denied Ops (demo)
Rise of Atlantis (1hr demo)
Sam and Max Ice Station Santa (demo) LINUX
Damn Small Linux 4.2.1
SystemRescueCD 0.4.2 INTERNET
AOL Instant Messenger 220.127.116.11
Azureus Beta 2
Crazy Browser 3
eBay Desktop (with Adobe AIR runtime)
Mozilla Firefox 18.104.22.168(98/ME)
Mozilla Thunderbird 22.214.171.124
MSN Messenger 7
Portable Firefox 126.96.36.199
Remote Administrator 3.1
Trillian Basic 3.1.9
Windows Live Messenger PATCHES (XP and Vista)
ATI Catalyst 8.1 Control Center Package (XP)
NVIDIA Forceware drivers (for FX, 6000, 7000 and 8000 series GPUs) 169.21; 169.25
NVIDIA Forceware drivers (for laptop; 7800 and 7900 GO Series) 84.63
VIA HyperionPro drivers 5.13A
Realtek AC'97 Codec 4.04
Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs 1.86
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