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editorial

Re-evolution!
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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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Assistant Editor karan_manral@jasubhai.com

CgNTENTS
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

CONNECT
SPOTLIGHT

MP3 toppers: Pentagram 28
FACE-OFF

Should corporates monitor 30 employees’ Net usage?
COLUMN

Madhu Kurup on network security
TECHNOLOGY NEXT

32

Embedded and real time 36 operating systems
DROOLMAAL

50
RESOLVE
WIRED

E-mail goes vernacular!

PDAs and handhelds
PASSPORT

42

Get a .Net certification
WIDE ANGLE

44

Remote control your machine
UNWIRED

62

How satellites affect our 48 daily lives
NETRETURNS

Sending SMS text messages 64 through the Net
S.O.S.

Send and receive e-mail in your regional language 50

56

Solutions to your computing problems
TIPS & TRICKS

70

FIRSTHAND

Construct your own Web site

A guide to building your Web site

56

Desktop security

79

ON THE COVER

79 100 116
10

TIPS & TRICKS

Unbreachable desktop security
TEST DRIVE-HARDWARE

21 inkjet printers and 16 flatbed scanners
TEST DRIVE-SOFTWARE

8 antivirus software and 10 personal firewalls

144

The DirectX8 and GeForce3 experience


June 2001



contents

Products reviewed
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

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SELECT
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
REPORT CARD

Undercover: Agent 001 158 dials ‘M’ for mobiles 159 A-List

Radar: Tested products 152 Reviews: Latest books 157

DIGIT DIARY BACKBYTE

161 162

Software on CD Mindware
DEVELOPERS: AG WindowWatch...
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