From the Magazine

How To: Send E-mails Securely and Confidentially

By Omeed Chandra
Shell out $60 for PGP Personal Desktop and you’ll get PGPdisk (for encrypting files on your hard drive), as well as convenient plug-ins for ICQ and several popular e-mail clients.

How To: Protect Your Data from Digital Thieves

By Omeed Chandra

Use encryption technology to keep your private data out of the public domain

Firewalls and antivirus programs are just dandy for protecting your PC itself, but what about the stuff that’s on your PC? The thousands of MP3s you’ve amassed over the years; your income-tax returns dating back to the Reagan presidency; your infallible proposal for achieving peace in the Middle East—we’re talking about your data, chief.

iBuyPower Gamer-X

The Gamer-X cuts through the price tags but can’t dent the benchmarks

After a few months of reviewing PCs equipped with bristling RAID arrays, SLI videocards, amazingly fast CPUs, and even the occasional luxurious 30-inch flat panel, iBuyPower’s Gamer-X comes across as quaint.

You know how you feel after landing your F-22 Raptor only to learn that your ride home is a Sopwith Camel? That’s how this rig makes us feel.

Empire Earth II

Finally, a game that lets you skip your history classes

History is a hot subject these days.

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30

This war suddenly got a lot more realistic!

Dear Mom and Dad,

Sorry I haven’t written in a while, but the Germans have been fighting us tooth and nail, and I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write.

Logitech MX518

This variable-sensitivity gaming mouse will tickle your fancy

Using a hyper-sensitive gaming mouse can be both a blessing and a curse.

Xitel SoundAround

2 + 1 does not equal 5

Before we listened to Xitel’s SoundAround, we thought any device or software that promised to deliver true surround sound from two speakers was digital hokum.

US Robotics USR 5461

Late Arrival

Arriving late to the turbo-G party, the US Robotics USR5461 Wireless MAXg Router is a case study in mediocrity.

Linksys WRT54GX

We would so hate to be a mere turbo G router

Month Reviewed: June 2005
Verdict: 9
kickass=yes
URL: www.linksys.com

The Linksys WRT54GX is the second MIMO router we’ve tested at Maximum PC.

FIC Piston

Build your own micro PC

Neither boom box nor nuke, FIC’s Piston is the wackiest small formfactor we’ve seen to date.

Built by the company that brought us the fabulous Condor SFF, FIC’s Piston offers its own innovations in small-formfactor design.