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1999 ARTICLE SUMMARIES

12/28/99 If you are looking for a starter kit for a home or small office network, the D-Link DFE-910 Network in a Box has speed, expandability, and basic Internet sharing at a reasonable price.

12/20/99  Just about the time my wife's radio broke we received this novel device from D-Link...  Physically, it is an FM tuner with an antenna and a cable.  Read on to learn more about the D-Link DSB-R100 USB Radio.

12/1/99  The fastest computer we have built to date features an AMD Athlon processor, MSI MS-6167 motherboard, and a Diamond Viper V770 Ultra graphics board.  Read more about it in How to Build Your Own Athlon Computer

11/23/99  The MSI MS-6167 Athlon motherboard has it where it counts: stability and performance.  Combine it with an AMD 650 Mhz Athlon processor, 128 MBytes of PC-100 memory, a 7,200 RPM ATA/66 hard disk, a high-end graphics board, and a large screen monitor and you will have the ultimate gamer's machine...

11/19/99 The AMD Athlon processor features a superpipelined, nine-issue superscalar microarchitecture... and multiple integer and floating point schedulers for independent superscalar, out-of-order, speculative execution of instructions.'  What in the world does all of this mumble jumbo mean?  Let's put this silicon genie back into its bottle and try to describe it in brief and more understandable language.

11/17/99  The Toshiba SD-M1212 6X/32X DVD drive not only brings first-rate DVD movie quality to you computer screen, it has enough CD-ROM oomph to make a Windows 98 install on a 650 Mhz Athlon computer quite fast.  No longer do you have to feel that you are giving up substantial CD-ROM performance to get DVD features in the same drive.

11/16/99 If you are looking for a high-capacity, high-performance hard disk drive, Western Digital's WD273BA 27.3 GByte drive is big, fast, quiet, and cool.

11/11/99 The Antec KS282 is a very attractive and well-designed ATX mid-tower computer case.  The model with the 300 Watt Power Supply is one of the case/power supply combinations approved by AMD for the Athlon processor.  Excellent air circulation and a hefty power supply make this case an excellent choice for those who want to build a high-end, fully-loaded computer--a gamer's delight.  Click here to read the review...

11/4/99 The Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 Digital Camera is a notch up from the MVC-FD83 reviewed a couple of months ago...

10/30/99 The ChipCoolers HTS421B-SB is a large heat-sink fan which cools the outside of a 650 Mhz Athlon processor to almost body temperature.

10/27/99 Sybergen Networks' SyGate Internet Connection Management Software is the best means of sharing an Internet connection I've seen to date...

10/14/99  Do you want to watch TV on your computer?  Then just add an ATI-TV Wonder, install the software which comes with the board, and plug-in your cable TV, VCR, or camcorder. The ATI-TV Wonder is also a very good video-capture board.

10/11/99 Success!  I just installed Windows 98 Second Edition Internet Sharing Software (ICS) on our Mom 'n Pop Local Area Network and it works well with our ISP supplied external cable MODEM, on a one-way cable system.  At last, Claudia can share the Internet connection and (ah!) read my mail.  Read on to find-out How to Share a Cable MODEM with Windows 98 Second Edition.

10/7/99  The D-link DFE-530TX+ a very different  Ethernet adapter than the D-Link DFE-530TX recently reviewed in the Digest.

10/5/99  Overall, the General Instrument's external Surfboard SB2100D Cable MODEM works quite well and has some advantages and disadvantages when compared to an internal cable MODEM.

10/4/99  Like other Ethernet adapters I have seen recently, the LINKSYS LNE100TX is physically smaller, measuring 2 3/16 by 5 7/8 inches, and has fewer capacitors...

10/1/99  The Epox MVP3G2 ATX Super7 motherboard is one rock-solid motherboard, but its performance with ATA/66 hard disks and that of the disk drives themselves is rather disappointing.

9/29/99 Editorial:  World-wide Memory Boycott?

9/17/99  "Floppy" drives just got bigger, again...  Iomega's new 250 MByte internal IDE Zip drive packs still more storage capacity and speed into a package which is physically the same size as it's 100 Mbyte predecessor.

9/15/99 If I could sneak $800 past my wife, I'd be sorely tempted to go out right now and buy a Sony Mavica MVC-FD83 Digital Camera.

9/13/99 I usually use Acer CD-ROM drives, but last week the vendor I was placing an order with didn't have any.  At his recommendation, I bought a couple of 44X CD-ROM drives made by a Taiwanese company I never heard of before.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Actima A44T 44X CD-ROM drive.

9/3/99 The AOpen HX95A ATX desktop computer case is an improved version of the HX95, a case I have been using for years.  It is  a good choice for building the average computer.

8/31/99 The AOpen HX45A ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case is an excellent choice for those who are going to build their own computer.  It is roomy and a pleasure to work with.  The case looks good, has a solid feel, is furnished with an ample assortment of hardware.

8/23/99 Are you looking for fast and easy way to network those PCs you have at home, to share an Internet connection, printers, and disk drives, and play multi-PC games?   How about one that doesn't require installing network cables or even opening your PC?  Read all about it in a Review of the IntelŪ AnyPoint™Home Network.

8/13/99 The A-TOP AT589 Translucent Computer Case
They come in orange, purple, and blue...
Which, to many, is a case quite cool...

8/10/99  AOpen just released a new version of FM56-ITU FAX/MODEM, my all-time favorite MODEM.  Like its predecessor, this new version, the FM56-ITU/2, is economical, works well, and is one I can control.

8/5/99 The new EpoX EP-MVP3C Baby AT Motherboard is a worthy successor to the EP-58MVP3C-M, which was previously reviewed,  and continues Epox's trend of manufacturing high quality motherboards.

8/3/99  AOpen's new FM56-PM MODEM employs the Conexant (Rockwell) Mono Pack RH56D/SP-PCI  Single Chip Host to provide a complete set of V.90/K56Flex FAX/MODEM features.

7/27/99 Windows 98 Second Edition, with Microsoft's Internet Connection Sharing, is one way to connect your Windows network to the Internet and share an Internet connection with other users of the network.  Here's How to Network and Share an Internet Connection with Windows 98 Second Edition.

7/15/99 How to Network Two Windows 95/98 Computers.  This article will show you how to setup the simplest of Local Area Networks:  two Windows 95/98 computers, each with a network interface card (NIC) and connected together with a twisted-pair crossover cable.

7/12/99  Hardware Review:  The AOpen FM56-P is currently my choice for a PCI Plug 'n Play K56Flex/V.90 FAX/MODEM.  I've had fewer problems with this MODEM than any other Plug 'n Play MODEM I've used during the last year.

7/10/99 From the Shop.  Windows 98 Second Edition, running on a motherboard with the VIA MVP3 chipset, detects and installs Iomega's IDE/ATAPI Zip drive and the parallel port version of SanDisk's ImageMate CompactFlash card reader as floppy drives.  The fix.

7/6/99 Hardware Review:  The D-Link DFE-530TX is a  high-quality, Fast Ethernet Adapter with excellent silk-screening, good lay-out, and electrolytic capacitors rated at 105°C...

7/1/98  How to install the Windows 98 Upgrade on a new hard disk without having to first install and then upgrade an older version of Windows.

6/28/99 Ways to make a Windows 98 Startup Disk which will work when you need it.

6/24/99 From the Shop.  Diary:  Weird Power supply ProblemA customer brought a Packard Bell, Multimedia R515 Computer (model 890498-03) to my shop with a power supply problem I haven't seen before.

6/21/99  Hardware Review.  If you are looking for a low-end replacement motherboard or want to make a modest upgrade to an older computer, without replacing its 72-pin memory, then the Shuttle HOT-591P Baby AT Motherboard is in the running...

6/9/99  Hardware Guide.  Are your thinking of building or upgrading your own computer?  If so, I hope some  Advice on Buying a Motherboard will be helpful in that pursuit.

6/8/99 From the shop... Diary. The Switch-a-roo trick (a slang expression, origin unknown)... Larry discovers a new trick for fixing Windows 98 upgrade problems.

6/8/99 If you are looking to add a USB capability to computer which is a no brainer to install, the Ads Technologies PCI USB Port is just that.

6/5/99 From the shop... Diary.  EpoX BIOS updates, VIA all-in-one Service Pack for the MVP3 chipset, VIA FAQs.

6/2/99  Software Review:  In a nut shell, I don't like Note Pad or Word Pad. Why use multiple tools with multiple interfaces when one good one should be able to do it all?  Don Z'Borey has solved this problem with NotesPad.  It does it all and does it better.

6/1/99 Hardware Review: I frequently use a scanner to scan images and documents for Web sites. The Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 5200C USB Color Scanner provides just about the right combination of cost, quality, features, and speed for this function.

4/26/99  Hardware Review: The "high-density" Zip drive has arrived.  Read about it in the Iomega 250 MByte Parallel Zip Drive Review.

4/25/99  Hardware Review: The Acer ALN-315C is a low cost, bus-mastering, full-duplex, auto-sensing, Fast Ethernet adapter.

4/16/99  Lawrence Dux of Minnesota asks, "Where did you get your company name?"

4/14/99  Build the latest a greatest:  How to Build Your Own Pentium III Computer.  There were enough differences between building a Pentium III computer and a Pentium II computer that I decided to publish a separate check-list.

4/12/99 If you want to try your hand at building your own Pentium II computer, the following link will take you to a complete bill-of materials and a build-it-yourself checklist with comments:
How to Build Your Own Pentium II Computer.

4/9/99   Hardware Review:  Not everyone needs a high-end sound card in their computer.  If you are looking for a simple ISA PnP sound card which is Sound Blaster Pro compatible, easy to install and has a good audio rack, the AOpen FX-3D Plus is a good choice and is very affordable.

4/8/99  So, you bought an Epox MVP3G-M motherboard, an AOpen HX45 case, etc., or something similar, and you want to build your own.  Here's... How to Build Your Own Super7 Computer.

4/5/99  Motherboard Review:  Epox maintains it's leadership position in Super7 motherboard market with the MVP3G-M ATX motherboard.  Click here to read the review.

3/31/99  From the shop...  Tips for solving HP ScanJet 4100C installation problems.  MORE

3/29/99  Hardware Review:  The NewCom E-Cam color digital camera is an attractive looking camera with a street price of about $90.00.  It is very easy to install and the picture quality is quite good for a low-cost camera.  Its printer port interface limits performance. MORE

3/24/99Hardware Review:  Do you want to watch TV on your computer?  Then just add an ATI-TV board, install the software which comes with the board, and plug-in the your cable TV, VCR, or camcorder. The ATI-TV is also a very good video-capture board. MORE

3/19/99 From the shop.  Diary.  Larry leaves the Internet Bronze Age.  Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5.0 has been released, but is playing hard to get.  MORE

3/4/99  Printer Review:  f you are looking for a  high-performance, color ink jet printer for personal, small office, or workgroup use, the HP DeskJet 895Cse is a very good choice.  MORE

2/4/99  Hardware Review:  If you are looking for a low-cost camera to  videoconference on the Internet, setup a videophone, or send video E-mail, the Zoom Telephonics ZoomCam-ISA does the job for a current street price of about $55.00.  MORE

1/29/99  From the shop.  Diary: The Y2K problem.  MORE

1/27/99  Hardware Review: The Hewlett-Packard 8100i SureStore CD-Writer Plus drive is my current choice for an internal CD burner. MORE

1/19/99  From the shop.  Diary: AMD 350 Mhz and higher K6-2 CPUs and older versions of Windows 95 are incompatible.  MORE

1/18/99  Motherboard Review:  The Asus P5A-B Baby AT, Super7 motherboard has too many of one thing and too few of another.  MORE

1/13/99 From the shop.  Diary: the shop, comments on the 300 and 333 Mhz AMD K6-2 processors, the K6-2 and the Epox Super7 motherboards, and the 400 Mhz AMD K6-2 processor.  MORE

1/5/99  Hardware Review:  Low cost, bus-mastering, full-duplex, and fast describe the Acer ALN-320 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX Fast Ethernet adapter.   MORE

1/5/99 How to determine what version of Windows is installed on your computer.  MORE

1/4/99  How to install the Acer ALN-320 Fast Ethernet adapter. These instructions are provided as an example of how to install a PCI network adapter.  MORE

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