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“Digit is another step on the path of evolution that we have embarked upon”
nother day…another bit of news. Some things change, others stay the same… We began three years ago with dreams of catalysing an interest in computing in India. In January 2001, we took on the even more daunting task of spearheading the digital technology revolution in this country. Driving towards addressing a new computing environment required a redefinition of our focus, a redesigned content package, while continuing our dedication towards the needs of our readers. Digit is another step on the path of evolution that we have embarked upon. A name that best reflects the confluence of people and technology that our magazine will be about. A magazine that will be dedicated to achieving the high standards that we will continue to set for ourselves. We embrace this significant change with a great sense of enthusiasm and confidence, and we hope that you will continue to support us with the same passion that you’ve shown over the last few years. Digit will continue to strive to live up to your expectations—with the same focus on quality of content and design that you have come to expect from India’s premier technology magazine. Karan Manral
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J U N E 2 0 0 1 EDITORIAL 7 CONTENTS 10 COLOPHON 16 PULSE 18 AMD going 4 mobile XP building a monopoly? Nokia’s Linux-based consoles MIT promotes OpenCourse quicktake: Ken Constable, Vice-President, Dell Asia Pacific Whois?: GRUB Hypethesis: Simputer tomorrowstechnology: ModelMaker 3D scanner DIALOG 26
MP3 toppers: Pentagram 28
Should corporates monitor 30 employees’ Net usage?
Madhu Kurup on network security
Embedded and real time 36 operating systems
E-mail goes vernacular!
PDAs and handhelds
Get a .Net certification
Remote control your machine
How satellites affect our 48 daily lives
Sending SMS text messages 64 through the Net
Send and receive e-mail in your regional language 50
Solutions to your computing problems
TIPS & TRICKS
Construct your own Web site
A guide to building your Web site
ON THE COVER
79 100 116
TIPS & TRICKS
Unbreachable desktop security
21 inkjet printers and 16 flatbed scanners
8 antivirus software and 10 personal firewalls
The DirectX8 and GeForce3 experience
FIREWALLS BlackICE Defender 2.5 eSafe Desktop 3 McAfee Personal Firewall 2.1 NeoWatch 2.2 Norton Personal Firewall 2001 PGP Desktop Security 7 Sygate Personal Firewall 4 Tiny Personal Firewall 2.0.13 ZoneAlarm 2.6 ZoneAlarm Pro 2.6 ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE Antivir 9x, AVG, eScan, F-Secure, InoculateIT, McAfee 5.1, Norton AntiVirus 2001, QuickHeal 6.0.1 ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE Account21, ACE, Arthalekha, Easy Accounting, EX Next Generation 1.5, FACT 1.9, Simply Accounting, Tally EIS 5.4, Wings2000, Wings2000 Pro 16 FLATBED SCANNERS 21 INKJET PRINTERS
TEST DRIVE INSIGHT 100 106 116 130 135
Embedded systems and RTOSs make your dreams a reality
16 flatbed scanners 21 inkjet printers 10 personal firewalls 8 antivirus software 10 accounting software
A better gaming experience with DirectX8 144 and GeForce3
Undercover: Agent 001 158 dials ‘M’ for mobiles 159 A-List
Radar: Tested products 152 Reviews: Latest books 157
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