Sie sind auf Seite 1von 68

D ece m b e r

$3.95

siOOS

Cetatban Publication Mail, Satee'Product Agreement tt40064828

Vlalume 1B

N u mbe r I B

lo

ei

CO

Ce

CO

CO
lO

Ql

co
CI

C4
o
I

JD

D igita l V i d e o

+ ~~i'
<~

o~l.

colin an iMM

g a@ e t a ,
games-, ~'
-

Jennifer
A obin e o n r

s p~ ' Ie mr, s ~

six-time Csnadisn
figur s skstinQ ahsmpicmn.

fo

CSinPtterPA
PEE
in t' he Houee

Oat he Move

~ r wish l i s t
C3igital Living

The'new 40" L| 0 visual display.

Available now from Samsung.

Lower lifetime operating costs for


reater return on investment
e Round-the-clock
oun operation uupto 60.000 hours
No cooling fan for quieter operation
Uses 2-3 times less power than other
large format displays

That's DigitAII captivation.


I dis la s, nothing commands attention li e
7 C D b i h t 4 0i h d i I y id I
ambe tli ht l e t i o 0 LCD te c h noogy
I '
- p, g
d'
to captivate an au ience.
e. Just try not to stare too ong. e
you to miss your flight.

'

"Visit www.samsung.ca orr call


ca 1-800-SAMSUNG (728-7884)
For Mississauga cail: 905-542-3837
2003 Samsung Electronics Canada. Inc, All brand

prod
Product appearance an
d specirrc
i cations are subject to change w
Screen images simulated.
scs17521

or rega
istered trademarks of their respective companies.

'

FASTS 85Yshipping toanytAfhere in Canada!

Toll Free: 1.888.NCIX888

oo

corn

Vancouver: 604.739.9985
Burnaby: 604E45.8682

Great technology.Greatselection. Great Service. S

ubs
cribetoo
urweeklynewsletterandgetachance towin...
aagagggbadH)/per x PC3200 512 Igtec) DDRKit
~ Ib
~ w~

" Euw scHx9200/klQ/512 - High


P
erformance
Memory

g g Enter the NCIItrcaggnSAVINGS CODE

4cm com yon'it and th 4cm. msnuinosaooa


JQ fer Openjel midtrertjnegI rjCeng anarch
virit www
hononion rrght hand rido of tho HOME ne

on

FinaIFantasyXI:PC Asuslladeon9(500SE AMDAthlon2500+XP Intel'PentiMm'42.6GHz

The01Fantasy6ame6oesONUNH A6P Video Cardwith OVl-l8 TVOut

gg

'' $

gs

aawmumSael

10476-1028
RNALF
AIfTASY)ghdseesstaormagauninthe
RNALF
ARTASYsedesuuwpuphy

10681-1028
w. lagd80fDD
Rmnssny&gbfeunn

R e tail Vers)oft
with 3YearWaltarlty
uuhmuubsm
ssm

gs

, Retail( Versionwith3YearWarranty

bmr SateSSSSE

Athlon.xn 9132 1028


n
With thenawtan
Adlanp C
,
%~~

ATIRadND9NOXTW.256m
m
huptg you,
withlinddds ~
dsh gntusn
Faoluungfbsdda
ypaa/
am sueu
assua $g QQ ntsp
Sgtouton
yawowntostssuwsthecuunthssdouts
Aubdalurdforedrdf
hssmM
10703-1028
ofygtnsbdSgfbamglmmetentgtmWSpdbf
MQ+ gjgg Igsuntgtsumrmdehgd Dsecusbdo/Appiiugiiws

Soltek75FRN2-I. qe@ Kingston HyperXRAM 40tBig Hard Drive


NmdiaNForce2AthlonMotherhoard HighPerformanceOOR
Memory

$<~ > g e

lsxddnggttlnbnml'3

Awahbs' sfunununysw
hase

tubebpigssaLugthhg

sienofiousebbd
'

Dual ChannelDDRION

r12~rcrnn

I.exmarke210Printer
laSer Printer-tsgsggct
farymungwsystung

'199"

8
0
/D

6466-1028
U4AR-(IFOne
Psbdsu/capbu/scanngr/fag
u
E

galiluiiba $
~FClwmauaram
edgmbew
puauaaw.unmm
amartsy.

10840-1028

9747.1028
88OMILFSD-The

'

Pdy~sosnmnds
,

14990
10018-1028

ToshibaSatellite P20
P20-6PV
P4326HzNotebook

---- 'l38"-

SocketABarehenesMini-K/Mirrored

349gs

WiddbnganINxh NDAdinghy,326Hzlntgl'

MS(648NEO-LSocket 478(P4)

10340-1028
MS(R7N2Oelta-LnForce2Socket A

AMDSaket462
ISods
etA) Pmcgssonw.280/266/333
Fgasu
ppon,nYEIMCnuh '
18686P)+ nlMi
gMCP21,
Suppons2
xDDR3BQ66/288,nNh 6ehm04bu,
wilh dual
disphysupport&MDRBlawNoise!

'16$"
5478-1028

Samsuaglrsu'll" knl g
12NN 1024Resolution

MIRDIA60faroe
RI60$20ographhs, builtin
862.11
9&aCDRW/DYDmmbadsiugfarthe

bur
ningufGhwuiuwingofDYDs .

10741-1028

MSIMotherboards

- '3399 @i' '1'l6


10848-1028

superi
ospelfolmance
fasuserswhodemand
thelgtest technology.

SoltekQBic EQ3702M

6471-1028

Ute0nDVD+R/RWBunter

98 %! A11 Pumium'4Hypsutbsuad
pmcdsssn806BHD,

admrbrsoliamiwwaknhn liahrswgudcsu

SMMSEO
ESSSS

'

98

Nbh ulppliwile pfkm ma duult de 4 laarhsgramma

h
3
u

Sea gategarracuda7200RPM

.,149 ~' 7 4"

, s t a~ pcasoo $

de

sg390

9769.1028
sin hhl'paahrn'\
Puwuw.
uwhmaPuluwmw

aunTEXACfLYTHtwAYYouwAHT

rarmt Imauhuadm
os
Waiuaoh
hpuawo

ncixsC6amer Ip TOO

wilbth
EAMDAtbhmNPNsee+Cpu

dmasgamm
gparhauwm!
uw arbddaammgotmbdarc
samwbu
gamingpafwmmmaaheshmhng ibebsuk
hdudndwhndmuksdmka Sl gadme
ESSPmvwaa
msn Sel meg
almgb
perhmwamigagdaaulpmgFCES00

agumemmnsaog
ksdaamaiulaa qths
miagelmm
Smgue, laulub MSI00wkdm

ncixPCVesta1000

Acer Ferrari 3000NI

Iald PesdkmntdrtlhwiusgaghghrtnaHrtsshnoloin

AMOM2SN+ poweredNotehookK

a '1029" N'2499
bmi Searm000

10189-1028
pdldouckmpwdsaalalad sae
stssksnsao
Dnk
ngaratg
gMHadnbEHSSOIana~d
IDWihrniomadeaghctusa
usnemsp
edwfrskm

Plan,buildandtvsgabyowdwammmpatw ashton
with HCD
LcamboxdsuhePCRugds.

$pedfy
duelythingFNACILYuw waynwwaute,tlun
twilditymnelfaphwemauwuble,testaudbsmsbs
ywrnewPCfopys
w,

PCggmw

10954-1018
Hereslmnakmhuedaauho
okfemmeashmwols kids
itoigsphr,$1
jmeggAM,dgglg ND,DVDs-ewopuud

Au gade
mnakeegtggsnl atuadmeWHarm

101e.laid

LEAslue
AYAHAelscallTODAY

NuwiDDEN FEES!' TWO 6REATlOCATlONS!


Store,Support,urdarFulglmentand5hipping Hours
BURNABY
:5068 Kiugswayaurnaby, 84 VSH2E7,Canada (2blockseast of Metrowo)
Man to
Fli:930AMto638PM,SabloAM to538PM,(PST}
VANCO
UVER:1843YY. Broadway,Vancouver, BC
, V6) TY5, Canada(1/2 blockwestof Burrard) Closed Sundaysandhglidays.
limitedqoaaimesamihkle ansomedrhesdsed itemswereeve therightio limit quaniianmkl ct 2003Ncnmm/Nedek
compulu Iai Mi righulearned weareuoi Nspreiible iaranysppognpucaleiihs.

Qi
I

e ieve our
I

I
I

,t
I

II

'

'

I.t.t
.I

,t, ,

*' I

P' I

'~' !'

',!;,

See the Differe nce


I

' I

> "

'0:!'.l","Sit!+k~5
;<0l l '

0
0

II

11 0

on en
Letter from the Editor

10

F'irst Glance

11

On our cover;

22

Jennifer Robinson, six-time Canadian figure-skating champion

CyberWalker: A vaccine for obsolescence

38

Getting into the game


Bring home your own digital hub

14

The gift of WiFi


Home theatre for the holidays

18

Thumbs up kids picks

20

Organization{and fun) on the go

23

Tuning into holiday sounds

26

Digital gifts for the shutterbug

28

Ringing in the season

30

Dreaming of a Blue(tooth) Christmas

32

Gifts for your notebook PC

33

How to; Plan a party with your handheld

30

The three-gear itch: PC obsolescence

34

Letter of the month

10

Digital video contest

33

Photo spree

35

tl Pz%frN

ix [sl
):

, il1:
I,-;

ma@

Look for this logo for throughout HUB indicating


longer reviews or more product info online.

mtare gl

www.hubcanaca.corn

l',] all"I"i'a

Oecember 200 3

- H U B : D igital Living

888.222.7300
CAll 08 SHOP
NIDlf

niev.fige direct.calc
/'/

U.S.Robotics

I / I

I 'I/ v

usa
lit

I
'' I

.I

/ /I

///

f l

' I' '

II

/ I I I I I ll

//
Ill

I I

'I

:I

' I

: W

I I

I / l

/ I

IA A "

.I II I

' :l l

/I r l
I I

I:

'l
,

I . II / I I

I'

I/

// '

usB

II
I I ' 'I

', I l l

I '
I'

II

'

II

/'

I I

/t

II / I .
.

I:

I I

I I

/ 'I '

/I

g I

I : 'I

I .

/'

' /

: / I ' ' IV$ II

I / ' '

ll

,'

Ig '

Il

II

I .t N I

I I I '

I
'Ill

///

I I
'

I I

I '

I I

/ II
I I

. II

//

VK
t/t

I
II'

.II

.'

l .l l

,w

'

II

CS%
as6~n

I
I

".
,> .

I I

' tt/V I I

.4

vl

CSA ~ ' VvC!

I
' ll;v I I

A
~~A//-"Pvt-'&C7PVVP

/
y p

I
II

"gW~ERr

../PP.

~'I

/,

II

'Ill

Il

II

i ;

'

;I

I I I l l l ',I

Il //
I

I,

I
r

GREAT DEAI.3

II I

WANT MQREThe TII/orlds /owestsPricesOn...


GREAT BEAlsV

..OES/E
TGPCOIAPUTERS. HGTEGOOAS IAGTHEROGARG
S. CPIII HAR
OGRIVES.PCCASES

GGRv;
AIRIovQQ
RITEs scAHRERs.IAGHITGRs PRIHTERs AccEssoRIEs
AH
QATGRE

IQ AIOGIPIP ~I

QPI

ppAA) IPTC

888.222.7300

I IP IPSI:.Cl
The Hest Computer Deals, Anywhere, Anytime

II

i'

II

h'yI'

I '

"

I
g

ll ' '

I, '

ll

. I

ll '
I '

l i 'I
I ii . I

'

I i ' I
I

ll

'

'

I
i

II

t
w!t~

l ii .

>~~~~~~

i ll

,l I '

lf

. VflDE
!~~~
~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~

I
, II

'

'I

/ /'

/'/

il'

I'

I,,'
I I

/ '

II

Ni l

'

) gi~~g
g

3gPII

I II
1

III/
, /,, '
I '
1

1' I

/I ' Isr

I , ,

loIEST

PHlt'EO

I I

I I

I"

I lh

MOMTO
R!

1 f

If I
I

/11

/, I

'1

Iff."

1 1

I I I I

1 1, 1 .

1'

I
l li

/ II

hi'

'.

'' I

I 1

am

/I

''I 0

I y h' / I 0 I

I I
I ft

Ifh

'

I I
111 *

I/ I feat ~i
@

II

I.

II'
I

I
I

' ll

'

ff

I ,

11

I: .. 1

I ,' I

1.

/,I

1 I

;Afar

il l

'

//
1

1'

f f' I ' h f h

f~

'I

s I:

BUY TODAY IT SHIPSTODAY COMPUTE RSI COMPONENTS AND MORE

I I fr i I

I:

Valid from Noiember 1,3003tnrour/h December 31, 3003on any orders aver Sllig CONto
Canadian adrlrasses. Omers vrigibshipped v/a ground shipment, whn standard delmery

time frrm 35r!avstonost toeaeonsin Canada Ordersunder3100andEspednadOrdersare vme

chargei I Shipping and Nandimrg


t'ee Noi aophcahio onprevious ardem Noi val/d veth any Q,,:
other discount This offai may bevvfthdrewn st any arne w/ithaut prier nodce Tl:I stapmera em
ol orders ta cenani remote locations or itemsove. 50lbs niay beesctuded ironi tiiis otfer. fn
these nstaoces,a shrpmngandhandlingfeewill be visible using tha shipping calcutatai

and ivig beadded ta yaur order dirnng the checkout process

WiD%

OR SHOP ONLINE: wvnv.tigerdirect.ccg//'c REGISTER NO'/I/I FOR OUR E-MAIL DEALS NEVfSLEYYERi

E di t;o r i a l
By the time this issue hits the streets, it will be a week into the biggest
shopping season of the year. For some it's a reason to rejoice, for others
it's a reason to recoil as they see the annual holiday advertising tsunami heading in their direction once again. To help those troubled soulsas well as for those who embrace their inner consumer we' ve compiled a Gift Guide[pages 12 to 33) that goes beyond the usual "ideas"
culled from press releases that are found in a lot of magazines this
time of year. All of the gadgets and gear in this
issue have been in the hands of HUB editors and
contributors. To signify this, we are introducing the
HUB Tested logo this month, which we' ve incorporated into the first page of the
Gift Guide. The heavy lifting for this issue was done by Senior Product Review
Editor, Sean Carruthers, who coordinated all of the reviews and made sure that
we have something for everyone. So, happy shopping, and, more importantly, have a great holiday
and best wishes for the new year from everyone at HUB: Digital Living.
Megan Johnston, Editor

Letters: The gadgets tIou lave


We had a lot of feedback on your favourite digital gadgets. Here are a few of our favourite letters:
When we were visiting my wife's grandmother in September, I happened to bring my MP3 player with
me it's so small that I had forgotten to take it out of my shirt pocket. Pulling it out, I remembered
that I could also record with it, and so we spent the next couple hours talking with Olive,and recording her reminiscences. Not long after we returned to Winnipeg, Olive passed away, and we realized
then that the audio captured by the MP3 player was the only recording of her voice ever made, one
that will always be precious to the entire family. Mark Morton, Winnipeg
My favorite digital gadget... has to be my hearing aid. Having gone with an analogue unit for the
majority of my life, I decided to take the jump in my midlife and purchase a digital unit. The experience is unbelievable, I am able to hear conversation and sound much clearer and at a further distance... and feedback has be reduced.... This digital device pretty well destroyed all of my own
excuses of not hearing the individuals, especially my wife. Luciano Borrello, Vaughan, Ont.
It is a tie between by Dell Axim XS[PDA) and myXbox.Both are wirelessly connected to my PC.With
this setup I can easily transfer files, play MP3s, play movies, access email, and the Internet(on my
PDA) from my PC instantly in my home! The Xbox also acts as a secondary file server, allowing me to
store files on its harddrive, which is upgraded to a 120 GB from its regular B GB.The next project is,
of course, setting up my home theatre PCand connecting it to a HDTV projector. Trung Ta,Toronto
L etter of the mo n t h oo n t e s t
The prize this month goes to Joe Larotta of Calgary:
"Thanks for your article on GPS
['I know exactly where I am,' HUB November]. I bought a portable GPS
last spring (the Magellan SportTrak Map) and recommend to anyone who is thinking of getting one to go
ahead and do so. Especially if you are thinking of Geocaching. My family have become avid Geocachers
and have found all kinds of "treasures." Though we are not big hikers, the beauty of geocaching is that
there are many caches hidden throughout urban parks here in Calgary(and surely every city in
Canada). As we've become more adventurous, we' ve visited some more remote locations, seen some
fantastic sights, and have had a great deal of affordable family fun. It sure makes it worth while to
wade through thorn bushes and battle mosquitoes when I hear one of my daughters
excitedly scream, 'I found it!'"
Fujifilm Canada is giving away a digital camera for the best letter of
the issue. The camera is its new pocket-size Fuji FinePix A205, a 2.0
megapixel model, with 3X zoom, and 1.5-inch colour LCO
monitor for
reviewing shots and navigating the commands. This month, in addition to feedback on the issue, tell us if you' vemade New Year's resolutionsinvolving digital technolgoy.
Drop us a line at lstterslthubcanada.corn.
10

H UB : D i gitaal Lh/inGf December 2OQS

Vatume 18 4 Number gg

EDITORIAL
Editor

Megan Johnston

megan johnstonehubcanada.corn

Managing Editor

Nestor Gula

nestor gulaShubcanada,cern

Senior Product Editor

Se an Carruthers

sean carruthemShubcanada.cern

Assistant Editor

Sharlene Mgers

sharlene mgersehubcanada.corn

Web Editor

Jessica Malone
iesstcamaloneehubcanada.corn

Contributing Editor
Art Director

David Tanaka
Steven Stoner

Graphic Designer

Chris Brockles

Letters
Releases

lettemShubcanada.
corn

pre ssreleasesehubcanada.corn

'j~~~-:-:.:::::;::COM!
NBU~c
t' ~~ '

~g~~

.'"2 Qigxplgfjfbt0 ',;.'+rre.'~-"-':,.~>f

ftigjon'4Iaxtbrrs'ikmgdaabffna;g4".:;hI ~:;:0'

. ":,".
ttdmtbAutomig4'ii~~- ~ ~
tfatkinafmrbiiskfngdeadgrta:"r p Sffktt'r' Jaf xgg"'

SUBSCRIPTIONS
Subscrlptlons
12 Issues $34.95
US $25 in U.S. funds, Overseas $135 Cdn
Email
sub scriptionsShubcanada.corn
Tal. Itog-freel
1-800-465-3517
CanadianPublicationMail, SalesPreduct Agreement
840084828.
Printwlin Canada.ISSR 0840-3929.
Memberofthe BPAOivisionof KAB
HUBr Oigtal Living is publishedmonthly bgCCP
Media. AB
rights reserved, Repmduction in whole
or in part withoutthepermission ofthe publisher
is strictl9 prahibited. Infermadonpresented here
is compiled fromsources believed to beaccurate,
however, the publisherassumes noresponsibilitg
for errom oromissions.the publisher reserves the

right to refuseads.Theopinions expressedinthe


articles andcolumns andadsare those ofthe
writer/advertiser andnot necessadlg thoseof
HUB: oigtal Livmg.
On the
coverthismonth:
Jennifer Robinson,six-time Canadian figureskating champion.
Photographer
Mir Lads.www.mirlada.corn

Male up andHair
Jase Bass,Plutino Group

www.hubcaneda.corn

F ir s t

G la n c e

F irst: glan c e
A preview of new and notable digital
devices. Look for full reviews in upcoming
issues of HUB: Digital Living.

Do you frequently find your-

self [or rather, your gadgets) powerless2 Rayovac [www.rayWide-screen wannabes whose
budget can't quite stretch to
plasma have an affordable alternative in Epson's(www.epson.ca]PowerLite Home 10.The
$1,999 projector delivers 16:9 widescreen video for home theatres and is HDTV-ready. Users can choose between four projection modes that adjust the display to suit the viewing environment, and the projector can project an 80-inch image from
as close as 1.8 m [6 ft.) or a 300-inch image from as far away
as 7.5 m (24.9 ft.), according to Epson. A 1.54X optical zoom
lens provides flexible positioning. The projector weighs 3.6 kg
and comes with a two-year limited warranty that includes
expedited telephone support and a replacement program for
projectors that need to be repaired.

Banking on the idea


that size matters after
all, Apple

[www,apple,ca) has
added an iMac with a
20-inch display to its
Is~
lineup, which includes
15- and 17-inch models,
The widescreen display offers
1,680x1,050-pixel resolution,
which is 36 per cent more
I
viewable area than the 17-inch
model, according to Apple. The
new model is otherwise identical to the 17-inch version, and
is priced at $2,999. The company also took the opportunity
to expand its Power Mac GS lineup, introducing a dual-processor 1.8 GHz model that starts at $3,499 to complement the
single processor 1.6 GHz and dual-processor 2 GHz models
already available.

www.hubcanada.ccm

ovac.corn) boasts its new I-C3 Nickel Metal Hydride [NiMH] battery system can be fully recharged in 15 minutes or less.
Available in AA and AAAsizes, the batteries can be recharged up
to 1,000 times and will last up to four times longer than alkaline batteries in a digital camera, according to the company, The
chargers are available in two- or four-position versions, with a
car cord adapter available for the four-position unit. The
recharger takes other NiMH and Nickel Cadmium batteries, but
the I-C3 batteries are required to get the 15-minute charging
time. A Rayovac press release lists prices starting at $13 For a
pair of AAAs and $32 for the two-position charger, but a quick
look at Canadian online retailers showed higher prices: $19.99
and $49.99 respectively.

Even the most eager shutterbug will have room to spare on


SmartDisk's(www.smartdisk.
corn)40 GB and 80 GB FlashTrax
drives, portable USB 2.0 multimedia players. Both models can
be connected to a TV for viewing images, but also unfold to
reveal a 3.5-inch LCD. Users can
zoom inand out,pan,and view
i . . i :
slideshows ofJPEG and some
raw image file formats, as well
as play motion picture JPEG
files and MP3 files. They
accept CF and microdrive cards, with optional
adapters available for
Smart Media, Memory Stick,
SD, MMC, and xD formats.
The 40GB model is $716*,
the 80GB is $911*,and the
adapter is $65 .

' Converted from US$.


December 2GCX3 HUB: Digital Lvtng

11

Getting into the game


No gift categorg sage holidag better than games, and in the digital world that means consoles, PCs, and handhold sgstems.

Gadgets and gear

Here we look at some recent titles and gadgets, but start with a

Ngko Air Flo EX controller [Xbox)

roundup of consoles.

www.ngko.corn Estimated price: $45~


The Air Flo EX features a dual-speed fan as part
of an only slightly bulkier controller. Cut outs
on the controlier's handles direct the air and
work well to cool the palms, avoiding the
dreadedclammy gamer hands.Youropponents will thank you when ending the game
with a relatively dry handshake. AMC

The consoles
Song PlagStation 2
www.plagstatlon.corn Estimated price: $250
PS2 leadsthe pack in sales and has signed an online
exclusivity deal with EA Sports, the biggest sports
game development and publishing company. It also
has the most available titles overall and, with this
clout gets some of the juiciest exclusive software
deals. That said, the PS2 is beginning to show its age
where graphics are concerned and its online arrangement leaves the door open for individual games to
charge an online access fee.
Andrew Moore-Crispin

NintendoGameCube
www.nintendo.ca Estimated price: $140
Now running neck and neck with the PS2 in sales,
Nintendo is the only console not to offer DVD playback, thanks to its proprietary disc format.
Nintendo's focus is on its signature gameplay
flair and connectivity with the Game Boy
Advance, the incredibly popular handheld game
~4' system. Also, with a recent holiday season price
drop,GameCube is head and shoulders above
(below?) the competitionwhere price is concerned. GameCube's most
notable downside is its somewhat smaller software library. AMC

Mad Catz RetroCON(for PS2)


www.madcatz.corn Estimated
price:$35'
As the name implies, the RetroCDN PS2controller harkens back to the old rectangular
control pads of the Nintendo Entertainment
System and the Sega Master System.
Despite low marks for ergonomics, it scores
points for the cool aluminum shell and a lace that
lights up in Technicolor. The RetroCDN is a neat peripheral but one that
will tire out hands the way old control pads did in their heyday. AMC

Belkin Nostromo SpeedPad n52 (for PC)


www,belkin.corn Estimated price: $65'
Part keyboard, part control pad, and a small part
mouse, the n52 adds a scroll wheel, quick
shifting, and full customizability, Not exactly
your standard game controller, the nS2 appeals
to a small portion of fanatical PC arners
g
but is
good at what it does, namely, putting all of the
game's controls at your fingertips. AMC

Microsoft Xbox

Ngko iTgpe2 PS2controller (for PS2)

www.xbox.ca Estimated price: $250

www.ngko.corn Estimated price: $50~

The most powerful and largest of the bunch,


Xbox has an 8 GB hard drive built in for
game savesand music ripping.The console's graphics are noticeably better than
those of the PS2, even to the untrained eye.
Microsoft charges a yearly fee of $79.99 for its Xbox
Live online service, with one-year included in the purchase cost of an
Xbox Live starter kit. The original Xbox control pad was an assault to
the hands but has since been replaced with the svelte and infinitely
more usable Xbox Controller S. AMC

NintendoGame Bog Advance SP

Nyko goes a step further than its Air Flo controllers with the iType. While there are no fans,
this controller incorporates a thumb-size, USB
keyboard on a slightly larger PS2 controller

base. Garners who do alot of text entry in


online games will appreciate the feature. AMC

The games
ESPN NHL Hockeg
www.espnvldeogames.corn Estimatedprice:$FO

www.nintendo.ca Estimated ~rice: $140

4
12

NintendosGame Boy Advance SP allbutowns


the handheld games market, and with
good reason. With a massive software
library, compact clamshea design, relatively large LCD screen, and the ability to connect
with the GameCube in many newer games, the
SP is a good bet for garners on thego.AMC

H U B: D i g itel Living December BQCG

The best of this year's hockey games is available on


PS2 andXbox only.Sharp graphics,numerous play

modes, online gameplay, and excellent presentation


make thisgame a good betforhockey fans. AMC

'Converted from USS.


www.hubcariada.corn

The SimpsonsHitand Run

Billtl Hatcher and the Giant Egg

www.thesimpsons-hitandrun.corn Estimated price: $70


Available on all consoles, Hit and Run is perhaps
best described as a slightly scaled back PG version
of Grand Theft Auto. Fans of The Simpsons will
delight at the inside jokes, cars, and characters, and
can rejoice that there is finally a good game based
on TV's most popular cartoon family. AMC

www.saga.corn/Estimatedprice:$59.99

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004


www.easports.corn Estimated price: $70
Arguably the best golf video game franchise gets
even better this year, offering tournament play
online for PS2 garners,
plusEA'sexcellentGame
Face feature on all consoles, as well as the PC. Easy
to pick up, but with enough depth to keep things
interesting, Tiger Woods 2004 is a great game for
any golf
and video game fan. AMC

Tron 2.0
www.tron20.net Estimated price: $50
When the movie Tron was released in 1982, the
e
computer graphics were revolutionary, and it

spawned a hit video game as well. Now, two


decades later, Tron 2.0 takes advantage of even better graphics, right on your PC, This one features a
story you can play through, or just jump straight to
the lightcycles if you want to race.
Sean Carruthers

From the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, a hero who


saves the world from eternal night by rolling giant
eggs around and wearing a rooster suit. If you' re a
consolegame player,though,you probably have
the suspending-disbelief thing covered and will
enjoy the trip through the cool 30 worlds. Fun for
Everyone (with mild cartoon violence). For
NintendoGameCube only (GameBoy Advance compatible),
Megan Johnston

Games for
thegrownups
Halo: Combat Evolved
www.microsoft.corn/games/Halo Estimated price: $70
The title that helped launch the Xbox now comes to the PC. An alien
alliance is determined to wipe out Earth's budding star empire, and
you' re marooned on the colony world Halo. Gameplay is fast and
futuristic, and this version features new maps, weapons, and online
multiplayer. Rated Mature 17+ for blood, gore and violence. SC

Mac Pagne 2:
The FallofMax Pagne
www.maxpayne2.corn Estimated
price:$70
Available for PC, PS2, and Xbox, it returns to the noir, comic book feel
of the first installment. You play Max Payne, an NYCcop, who's lost it
all and has to fight mobsters, commandos, and even other cops.
Rated Mature 17+ for blood, violence, language, and mature themes.
SC

El'
Timex Ironman Oata Link USB
www.timex.corn Estimated price: $150
PDAs are essential to many
people who need access to
their schedule and contact
list on the go, butsome'
times you don't want to
eI
have to carry a handheld.
If you just want the
basics, Timex's Ironman
Data Link USB watch synchronizes with Microsoft
Outlook,
and can copy calendar and contact information to
the watch by connecting it to
your PC with a USB cable. You can' t
enter data into the watch, just review it, but if you want to travel light
for a few hours, it's perfect. Of course, it also has standard Timex
www.hubcanada.corn

Ironman features like watch, 200-lap chronograph, countdown


timers, multiple alarms, and an lndiglo night-light.

Microsoft Wireless inteilimouse Explorer


www.microsoft.corn/hardware Estimated price: $80
Just when you thought they couldn't do anything new with the good
ol' mouse, Microsoft has added a new twist well, a tilt, really. This
addition to the wireless line has all of the things you'd expect if
you' re right-handed, including an optical sensor on the bottom that
allows you to use it on nearly any surface, two buttons up top, and
two more within easy reach of your thumb and a scroll wheel. The
"tilt" is in that scroll wheel: in addition to the usual up/down scroll,
the whole wheel can be tilted to the left or the right, making it easy to
scroll around large documents like spreadsheets in any direction you
want. It takes two AA batteries.
SC

December BCXX3 -

H L I B : Digital Living

1S

Br ing home
your ow n d igital hub
Despite the spread of digital technology into cameras, camcorders, and audio andmultimedia players, the personal computer remains central to sharing, creating, and organizing the
content. Here are a few systems we've looked at recently that
are fit for a family whatever their digital work and play needs
and some peripherals that can add a little zip to an existing

system.

Wlndowe XP Media Centre PCs


If you want to pick up a nice tech toy for the whole family this
Christmas, but you' re deadlocked between a new computer and a
media centre, here's your chance to get both in one box. Microsoft's
Windows XP Media Centre operating system starts with Windows XP,
then adds multimedia functionality, including DVD movie playback,
cable TV input, the ability to record your favourite television programs
to the hard disk, digital audio playback, and special digital photography slots and software. Throw in a remote control so you can play
music or DVD movies from across the room, and it adds up to a nice
all-in-one package. Hewlett-Packard was the first company out of the
gate with a Windows XP Media Centre, but a number of other companies are now onboard, including Dell, Seanix, and Sony.

HP Media Centre PC nt270n


www.hp.ca Estimated price: $2,499
Right out of the box, you can tell that the m270n isn't your typical
Windows box: its silver and black finish looks more like a home audio
or video component than a PC.
The system makes it easy to
switchbetween TV,DVO, photos, and PC functions with the
remote and on-screen menu or
using the buttons on the front
of the PC itself. It has USB 2.0
and FireWire ports on the front
and rear of the machine, and
slots for digital camera memory along the front. The
I' s
computer has a topnotch graphics component and a speedy CPU,
which means it' ll handle whatever
you throw at it, from OVDs to photo editing
to games. It also has a 160 GB hard drive inside, which means a lot of
room for your music, photos, recorded TV programs, and videos.
Because it also has a DVD+RW
burner, you can burn your media files
to CD or OVO,too. The monitor is sold separately, but the Media Centre
PC comes with its own high-quality speaker set.
Sean Carruthers

Song VAIO PCVRZ44G

ware, Sony has also joined forces with Microsoft for the new VAIO,
whichmakes use ofthe
Windows XP Media
Centre Edition 2004
operating system.
The machine comes
with a CD drive and a
OVO ~ RWburner,
plus slots on the
front for Type II
Compact Flash,
SmartMedia, and
Memory Stick Pro
cards. The system
features a 2.8 GHz
Pentium 4 processor,
512 MB ofmemory, and a
160 GB hard drive. It has a total of seven USB 2.0 ports and two
FireWire (called i.LINK by Sony) ports onboard. As with other Sony
multimedia systems, this one comes with Giga Pocket onboard, allowing you to view TV on your PC and share it with other Giga Pocket
accessories.
SC

SontiVAIO PCV-W500GN1
www.sonystyle.ca Estimated price: $3,000
If space is at a premium, Sony's new VAIOW-series has come to the
rescue. Though it's not a Windows XP Media Centre machine, this
Windows XP-based
system is
nonetheless a
pretty compelling
multimedia PC, featuring a built-in
cable TV
antenna, DVD
burner, inteI<
grated speakers, and a 17.S:. I
inch widescreen
LCD. Even better, it' s
integrated into one compact unit, featuring a keyboard that folds up if you' re not using the
machine or folds in if you' re using it as a television. The machine
changesmodes depending on which way you flip the keyboard.The
VAIO comes with Giga Pocket onboard, which manages your multimedia content, from recording TV programs to streaming data to other
Giga Pocket-enabled Sony devices like the RoomLink Receiver[$350,
sold separately]. A remote control is included so you can put up your
feet and control the machine from across the room.
SC

www.sonystyle.ca Estimated price: $2,499


Previously reliant on its own proprietary mediamanagement soft14

H UB : D i g ital Living - D e c e m ber BQD3

www.hubcanada,corn

PC accessories
Belkin Mini-Wireless Optical Mouse
www.beikin.corn Estimated price: $75
Take a standard mouse, shave off some weight and size, eliminate
the ball, and cut the cord. That pretty much describes Belkin's MiniWireless Optical Mouse no ball, no cord, and about one-third the
size of a standard mouse. A USBRadio Frequency module that plugs
into the computer[it comes with a USB extension cable) communicates with the mouse at distances of up to a 90 cm. The mouse, while
small, is quite comfortable to use and has a scroll wheel and a rubbery coating that improves grip. It's powered by two AAA batteries,
and has an off-on switch on the bottom for conserving battery power.
David Tanaka

Zboard interchangeable keyboard st)stem


www.ideazon.corn
The Zboard (think "zee" instead of "zed" and it' ll all make sense] is
such a simple idea it's surprising it wasn't done before: unlike a standard keyboard, the Zboard consists of a base unit and removable
keyboard components that can be swapped out for other configurations. It may be as simple as a module that's relabeled to show you
Photoshop or Excel commands right on the keys themselves, or as
involved as reconfiguring the keyboard to include huge cursor buttons and regrouped function keys specific to some of your favourite

Humanscale CPU Oollti


www.humanscaie.corn Estimated price: $279
One of the best solutions to desktop clutter is moving your computer under your desk [it helps muffle the fan noise, too]. One way to do
that is with a CPU stand preferably on casters.
', 't
Not only do the wheels make it easier to
clean under the desk, it makes it
easier to access the computer's
cables.Humanscale's steelCPU
dolly is more expensive than most,
but it's also one of the lightest,
sturdiest, and best-designed out
there. Its base accommodates
tower-style CPUs up to 22.8 cm
wide, and its adjustable handle
m akes it
a snap to puteven a 62
cm-long CPU on without fear of tipping. Best of all is the simple mechanism that uses the computer's own
weight to hold it securely in place just put it on the dolly and
you' re done.
Emru Townsend

Samsung StlncMaster 191T Plus


www.samsung.ca Estimated
price:$1,180
If you want a bigger monitor but don't want to use
up a lot of your desktop space, check out the
SyncMaster 191T Plus, which handles both
analogue and digital video signals. The
screen itself pivots between landscape
and portrait, the whole thing swivels in
place, and the screen's height can be
adjusted. And of course, since it's a
Samsung TFT display, the picture
is fabulous.
SC

www.hubcenede.corn

4t
iggt,

At

games. There are currently keyboard inserts for eight different productivity applications and seven different game titles[with more to
come). Ideazon also has a generic gaming keyboard called the
Zboard Crossfire, which is designed to be used with many different
games.The good news is thatw hichever keyboard insertyou choose,
all you have to' do is pop it into place, and the software reconfigures
the keyboard layout automatically.
Zboard base: $27
Gamingkeysets:$15 to $20
Application keysets: $20 to $55
Base and basic keyboard starter kit: $40
SC

Logitech QuickCam Orbit


www.iogitech.corn Estimated price: $225
If you don't live close to friends or family, Web
cameras are a great way to stay in touch, allowing you to see each other while chatting online.
With most Webcams, though, if you lean to one
side or the other, you may just lean out of the
image frame. Rather than spending all your time
repositioning the camera, take a look at the QuickCam
Orbit. The camera module sits on top of a 22 cm
stand, and you can set up the camera to pan and tilt
automatically when you move using the FaceTracking feature. The camera captures still images up
to 1.3-megapixel, video at resolutions up to 640x320
(including up to 320x240 live streaming in compatible instant messaging programs like MSN and
Yahoo), and audio from the built-in microphone. It
connects to your computer via USB and is compatible with both Windows[Me, 2000, XP] and
Mac [OSX 10.1.5+].
SC
D ecember 2QOS -

H U B : Digicel Living

IS

T he Bitt of W i F i
Once youVe tried connecting to the Internet or other networks
wirelessly, going back to the world of cables can be mighty dis-

US Robotics SD2.iig Wireless Turbo series

appointing. It may be time to cut the cords, clean up the clutter,

While other manufacturers released 802.11g products before the


specifications were finalized, US Robotics held off until it was sure its
products were 100 per cent compatible. Not only that, the company's
11g debut offering features 100 Mbps Turbo speed, which
is nearly twice that of standard
11g products, even while
maintaining backwards compatibility with standard 11g
and older 11b products[includingUSR's22 Mbps models ). The
Wireless Turbo series features
the usual assortment, including a
four-port broadband router, an
access point, a notebook PC
Card, and a PCI card for your desktop
machine. All of these feature 100 Mbps speed,
and both WEP and WPAForsecurity. There's also an access point with
extended functionality, including bridge/repeater functionality for
larger offices.
Wireless Turbo Router. $209
Wireless Turbo Access Point: $409
Wireless Turbo PC Card: $129
Wireless Turbo PCI Card: $159

and set up a wireless network. Whether it's in your homeor


home office, here are some new wireless networking products

we' ve been looldng at.

Microsoft Sroadband Networking series


www.microsoft.corn/hardware
Microsoft joined the ranks of wireless networking hardware vendors
last year with the release of its 802.11b WiFi products. Now, the company has updated the line by moving the products to the faster 54 Mbps 802.11g standard. The
Broadband Networking line includes several models: a notebook adapter, a PCI adapter
for your desktop machine,
and a base station mode!
that acts as an Internet
sharing device. The base
has four
w ired 10/100 networking ports and the ability to handle up to 253 wireless devices. All of these
products feature both WEP
and WPA security, to keep
yourconnections safe.The products
are also backwards compatible with slower 11b products. You can
save a few dollars by purchasing the Wireless Notebook Kit [a base
station and a notebook card) instead of buying the pieces separately.
For garners, there's also an Xbox wireless adapter that allows you to
add your Xbox game console to your wireless network.
Wireless Base Station [MN-700): $150
Wireless Notebook Adapter[MN-720): $120
Wireless PCI Adapter [MN-730): $120
Xbox Wireless Adapter [MN-740): $200
Wireless Notebook Kit [MN-820): $250

Aerieiink SD2.iig series


www.aerielink.corn
Generally, when a motherboard manufacturer branches out into a
technology that's not specifically motherboard-related, you know
there's a future for the technology. This is the case with
Soyo and its Aerielink wireless networking division,
whichhas introduced a few new 11g products.We
looked at the PC Card and the 1ig Wireless Router.
While the former is pretty typical of PC Cards
in this category, the router is very
compact but very powerful. Despite a
tiny case, it has four wired ports and
can handle253 wireless devices.The
configuration Web page is welldesigned and easy to configure.
Wireless Router[AWR01403): $185*
Cardbus Card [AWPC3101): $105'

www.usr.corn

3Com DfficeConnect iig series


www.3Com.corn
Also featuring both WEP and WPAfor maximum security, 3Com's
OfficeConnect series may be aimed at the business user, but these
powerful products are affordable enough to be attractive to the home
user.
The access pointand broadband gateway have adjustable
antennae, and the gateway features four wired Ethernet ports. A PC
Card adapter is also available.
Cable/DSLGateway: $183
Access Point: $198
PC Card: $116

X-Micro %LAN iib series


www.x-micro.corn
The biggest problem with going wireless is that if WiFi isn't already
built into your notebook or PC, it can be pretty expensive to add it. XMicro's new line of wireless products is designed for
affordability, sporting standard 11b features like
WEP, but at a lower cost. The wireless router works
with either DSL or cable modem, comes with an
adjustable antenna and features four
wired ports on the rear. You' d
almost expect value-based products to cheap out on the manual
or onboard configuration tools, but
it's easy to set the router up and get
everything working.
continued on page 21

16

HL IB : D igital Living December 2OQB

www.hubcanada.ccm

Microsoft'" is concerned about improving your computer's security and is committed to helping
protect your PC from the latest viruses, as well as from f uture threats. Microsoft and
leading industry partners are working together to help protect your PC from these malicious

attacks. Please do your part, go to www.microsoft.ca/protect and follow these steps today.

Llse a firewall, like the Internet Connection Firewall


already in Windows' Xp.

Use Microsoft V/indows' Update to get and keep


your PC up-to-date.

Install antivirus software and ensure it's up-to-date.

To get more information and resources about how to help protect your PC and
to register for future PC safety alerts from Microsoft, go to:

www.microsoft.ca/protect

H orne t h e a t r e f o r
the ho liday e
SharpAquos

Panasonic Diga DMR-ESDPP

www.sharpeiectronics.corn

www.panasonic.ca Estimated price: $1,000

Flat's where it's at when it comes to the cutting edge of television,


and Sharp's Aquos has been on that edge for a while, The Aquos line
has expanded substantially, with standard 4:3 aspect models ranging
in size from 13 to 20 inches, and widescreen 16:9 models ranging
from 22 to 37 inches. These models definitely cost some
extra cashola, but if you' re short
on space, they will fit
almost anywherep' .
you can even hang
them right from the
wall. Better, with a 170degree viewing angle in
all directions, you' ll be
able to see the screen
from wherever you' re sitting, no matter how small
the room. Smaller models
feature S-Video, composite,
componentand CATV inputs,and
higher-end models also feature computer inputs; check the Sharp Web site for a full breakdown of models
and their features.
13-in. standard: $1,000 - $1,150
15- in. standard: $1,150 - $1,500
20- in. standard: $2,000 - $2,300
22- in. widescreen: $3,500
30- in. widescreen: $7,000
37-in. widescreen: $10,500
Sean Carruthers

Panasonic's version of the DVD recorder is a bit cheaper than Sony's,


but it only handles DVD-RAMand DVD-R media. In addition to CATV,it
features composite and S-Video input for recording from other
sources, and it has slots for PC Card
and Secure Digital
media, so you can
record your digital
photographs to OVD or
play a slideshow right
from the machine. It
also has a OV input on
the front, so you can record your digital videos straight to DVD.
SC

'

Song DVD Recorder RDR-GX7


www.sonystyle.ca Estimated price: $1,300
Hooked on DVD but still want to record your favourite television programs? In
addition to DVD movie playback, Sony's RDR-GX7 can
record to blank DVDs(-RW or+RW formats). The nice thing about
recording to DVD is that you don't have to search for a blank spot on
the disc, like you would with a video tape, because the recorder automatically finds it. With CATVinputs, you can record TV programs
directly off the wire, but there are also inputs for other components,
allowing you to digitize your old
videotapes or

movies
+44 y g sP>"

directly from
your video
camera. The
discs you record
will be compatible

with Sony's DVP-NS725P progressive


scan DVD player [$230j, which will also play regular DVD movies and
MP3 CDs. SC
18

H U B: D i c jitalLiving - D e c e m b e r 2 O Q 3

RCA CRCU900 Universal Learning Remote Control


www.rca.corn Estimated price: $99
Let's see... big-screen TV? Check. VCR?Check. DVD player? Check. CD
player, receiver, satellite dish? Check, check, and check. An end table
to hold all the remotes they come with? IAy caramba! Back in the
days when four A/V components constituted serious tech,
remotes were the only way to keep your sanity. But as gadgets
became more complex it became impossible to find a decent universal remote that didn't have either a few hundred buttons for every
conceivable function or one that forces you to learn perplexing button
substitutions. Thank goodness, then, for universal learning remotes
with LCO touch screens. Depending on the device you' re controlling,
the display shows only the relevant buttons the AM/FM button disappears when you switch from the receiver to the TV, for instance.
RCA's CRCU900 is notable because, unlike many multifunction
remotes, it's not much bigger than a regular remote, though it's a little
heavier. And with the ability to control up to eight devices, there's a
good chance you' ll be able to retire most of the other remotes from
active service. A macro function makes it a snap to execute a
sequence of commands with one button. Other LCD remotes control
more devices and offer more features, but for the simple purpose of
consolidating your remotes into one easy-to-learn device, it's hard to
beat the elegance of the CRCU900.
Emru Townsend

learning

Kameleon 8 Remote Control


www.radioshack.ca Estimated price: $150
The Kameleon 8 remote control can operate up to eight
entertainment devices such as a DVD player or satellite, and can be used with a PYR(personal video
recorder) as well. It is quite stylish looking,
with digital buttons that only light up when
in use rather than raised buttons. The
Kameleon 8 is available exclusively at
Radio Shack.
Jessica Malone
www.hub csnsds.corn

Logitech Z-680 speaker set


www.logitech.corn Estimated p~ice: $600
As the home PC gets better and better as a stand-in For a home theatre setup, with DVD playback, surround sound, and high-quality
graphics, it's not unthinkable to spend more money on a decent multimedia speaker set. While Logitech's Z-680 is pricey, it's also an
amazing configuration: not only is it THX certified, you can hook it up
to your computer and your component DVD player at the same time,
thanks to multiple inputs on the rear of the volume control pod. In
fact, it not only has a trio of 1/8-inch plugs for analogue surround
input, it also has optical and coaxial SPDIF inputs, which means you
can have three input sources, and cycle between them using the
remote. And with 500 watts of room-shaking power, you'd better
make sure your house's foundation is sound.
SC

PanasonicSC-HT8i0 Home Theatre


www.panasonic.ca Estimated price: $1000
There are a number of all-in-one home theatre configurations that
come with the surround
speaker setup and a
DVD player. If qou
want an all-in-one
but don't want to
l
give up your videotapes lust yet,
'>7
say hello to this
bundle, which
features both
-;F"

DVD and VHS in addition to the SDD-watt 5.1 surround sound speakers. The DVDcomponent handles both DVD audio and video, and wiil
play Windows Media and MP3 files too. It can also play back DVD-R
and DVO-RAMfiles recorded on other Panasonic recorders. SC

OVD for the road


Cgberhome DVD platier
www.radloshack.ca Estimated price: $500
New on the market and priced affordably, this portable DVO player
has a 7.inch in 16:9 format screen that can also display movies in 4:3
format. The unit also plays
aaVideo CDs tVCDs), as well
as audio and MP3 CDs,
and will display JPEG
images. The battery is
rated at four hours but
squeezing in two movies
before it runs out of juice is
very optimistic. Image
quality is good and speaker
sound is passablebut
using headphones is much
better. Its controls are fairly
intuitive and we got it working fairly quickly without
having to consult the manual. The Cyberhome is a good, affordable portable DVO solution. I especially like the jacks for video and
audio out, allowing you to plug the unit into a TV, or to connect to digital still or video cameras.
Nestor Gula

X'
DVD corner
Once your hometheatre is all set up, you' ll want something to
play on it. Here are a few ideas.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine sets


Paramount www.startrek.corn Estimated price: $150 to

$200 per season


For the Star Trek geek on your list, Paramount has released all seven
seasons of the series Deep Space Nine this year. In addition to all of
the episodes, each set comes with
a number of "hidden"
interviews, short
features, and
behind-thescenes looks for
that season. Each
set squeezes
seven DVDs into
www.hubcsnsds.corn

an attr
active and compact package thatwon'ttake up much space on
your DVD rack.
SC

Alien I3uadrilogtl
Twentieth-Centurjj Fox, www.foxhome.corn/allenq/
Estimated price: $1,40
The nine-disc Alien box set is bound to be at the top of many for scifi fan wish lists: all four of the movies are included(with extended
Director's Cuts]. The extra discs are filled to bursting with extras,
such as behind-the-scenes looks at the pre-production, fil ming,
and
post-production required for all of the movies, design and artwork
galleries, trailers, short features, and even Sigourney Weaver's original screen test. Because there are so many discs crammed into this
small box, the packaging is somewhat unwieldy, but for true fans, a
bit of package wrestling is a small price to pay for having this comprehensive set.
SC
For more top DV0 p>cks:
D ecembe r 2 O C G

- HL J B : OigitelLivin g

1B

looks for kids


old parents
Awesemninternet
Sites far IQtls
www.smcrk.corn

Estimated price: $20


This 155-page, kid-fr iendly title
catalogues children's sites worth
visiting. Best thing, it includes a
Web version, so you won't have
to typein UFIL atterURL

llnmewarkllelp 4 {Quan
Nnl I: gratias 1-3;
Vnl 2: grndan4-Sl
kepablekidz.corn
Estimated price: $20
Ycu might want to consider these
books as you ponder how to successfully integrate the Internet
with your child's education. Each
section is prefaced with guidelines from the Onterio Elementary
School Curriculuin and provides
an endless selection of Web sites
for learning end practice.

Professional
toy testers
Here are some piofessionel toy
tester s whose aim is to help you

makesenseofthepre-Christmas
onslaught.

CnnntlinnTayTesting Cnuncil
www.toy-testing.org
For the past 50 years, the
Canadian
Toy Testing Councilhas
been giving kids, ages three
months to 16 years, six to 12
weekstotaketoys home and test
their design, function, durability,
and play value. The final result is
age-appropriate ster ratings in
various categories. Children' s
Choice Awards go to new toys
that ei e "Iun, innovative and the
absolute best in their area
of play."

IgnighSnnrhaaii
TayStares ofCnnmhi
www,neighbourhoodtoystcree.ca/
goldsterwiririers,htrn
If you have a favourite toy store,
chanceseie it has helped the
Neighbourhood ToyStores of
Canadadetermine what toys
deserve Gold Star Awards. The
criteria'/ "Top quality toys that
give the bast play value to
childreii."

BO

Thumba up kida picka


for the h o lidaya
Here's e sampling of some of the new smart
toys,technologies,games, and books we've
tried out for the under-12 set.

Hands-on
Ltlra RDiDPi
www.rca.corn Estimated price: $200
RCA's media relations guy suggested 10 year-olds
could easily use this MP3 player, but after witnessing an eight gear-old transfer tracks and sit
mesmerized for an entire Saturday, I'm lowering
the bar. It's incredibly easy to use and the 128 MB
memory isexpandable.

PowerTouch Learning St)stem


www. fisher-price.corn/us/pawertouch
Estimated price $80
This Fisher-Price product is meant for kids three
years and up and is a direct competitor to the
highlysuccessful Leap Pad Learning System. The
main difference is that kids use their fingers, not a
stylus, to spell out words, which is easier, but not
always as precise. Unlike the Leap Pad, there's no
need to press "go" to identify a pagePowerTouch magically determines what page it' s
on. My testers point out that the handle "makes it
easier to carry." More than 60 learning activities,
and a library of books featuring popular characters
like Clifford, Blue, and Arthur.

Manctl Drew: Danger


on Deception Island {pc)
www.herint
aractive.corn/prod/ddi
Estimated price: $33
Nancy's vacation is cut short in this ninth title in
this game series. It turns out there's an orphaned
crea whale in the harbour and some distress and
mystery concerning what should be done about it.
For ages 10 and up.

PlumO at the Park {PC/Mac)


www.cognisclancaine.corn
Estimated price: $25
Here's a delightful Canadian surprise that my
testers were already familiar with, since they' ve
played the first two titles at school. Playable in
English, French, and Spanish, although once into
the game, language is of gttle importance. For
ages three to seven.

Learn to Plati Chess with Fritz


and CheSSter {f C/Mac]
www.viva-media.corn Estimated price: $40
My chess-playing nephew could hardly restrain
himself when he saw this winner of the 2003
Bologna New Media Prize. It includes an entertaining story with lots of opportunity to learn about
and practice chess-playing skills.

{vila's Language Adventure:


Pixter 2.0
www.fisherprice.corn/us/pixter/
Estimated price: $F5
Unfortunately, Pixter Color isn't avaiiable in
Canada, but you can get your hands on the 2003
[third) version that lets kids four years and up
beam pictures they' ve drawn on the screen to
other Pixter owners, just like Palm-owning parents,
albeit from a maximum 1.5 m distance. Older cartridges run on the new device.

The KidnaP CaPer {PC/Mac)


www.kutokn.corn Estimated price: $30
This latest adventure of the[Canadian] mouse Mia
focuseson learning French orSpanish as a second language. As always, Mia has to find sparklies,
solvea mystery, and stay away from the nasty
rats. For ages six to 10.
Mare Guiana

Cool programs
Barbie Horse Adventures
Mystery Ride {pc)
www.vugemes.corn Estimatedprice:$30
Barbie
becomes Nancy Drew as she sets outon
the trail of a prize horse. Besides solving the mystery, players get to ride and groom their horses,
and try on a series of what elsey beautiful
Barbie outfits.

H LIB : D igital Living - D e c e m ber BOOB

Powertouch e
Larning
System
www.hubcanada.ccm

The gift of WiFi continued from page 16


Wireless router: $80
USB adapter: $45
PC Card adapter. $40

Kensington NiFi Finder


www.kensington.corn Estimated price: $34
Now that you' ve added a wireless card to your laptop, how do you
find WiFi hotspots when you' re on the road'? You can fire up your laptop and walk around until you get a signal or, for a mere $34, invest
in Kensington's WiFi Finder. Just press the button and the LEDs tell
you if you' re in an open hotspot: red for no and green(a series of
three lights indicating the strength of the signal) if you are. It' ll only

give you a positive result if you' re in an 11b or 11g area that isn't protected by encryption, which means you won't waste time firing up
your notebook only to find out that you need a WEP key. The two
user-replaceable CR2032 watch batteries are designed to last up to a
year, It does come with a keyring attachment, but it's probably a bit
big for that just make sure you have a jacket pocket handy and
you' re set.
Sean Carruthers
*Converted from US$139(Aerielink Wireless Router) US$79
(Aerielink Cardbus Card)

Untangle and
Go Wireless!
Faster speed,
greater compatibility,
better security
Available at:

live~~
Ngg~.

Insight.
www.insight.ca

The Accelerator advantage: 54 Mbps accelerated to 100 Mbps performance!' Includes


256-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption for simple, secure wireless
networking. Three-step installation!
Visit www.usr.corn/rebates for details or call 1-877-532-8464 for more information.
Want to learn more about wireless networking? Visit www.keating.corn/usr to download
whitepapers on 802.11g Wireless Turbo and enhanced wireless security,

San((so

s/(.(

"so
b f ((~ " S
O

$20
4n

fs(

Ready. Set. Connect:

100 Mbps Wireless


Turbo Cable/DSL Router
Model USR808Q54CAN

100 Mbps Wireless Turbo

Multi-Function Access Point


Model USR805450CAN

100 Mbps Wirettms


Turbo PC Card
Model USR805410

100 Mbps Wireless


Turbo PCI Adapter >@
Model USRSQ5418

' Capable of data thmughput rates equivalent to 1 00 Mbps perhrmance. Actual performance may vary depending on operakng environment and distance between networksd computers.

Copyright 2003 U.S. Robotics Corps(afion. Ati rights reserved.U.S. Robotics and the U.S. Robotics logo are registered trademarks of U,S, Robotics Corporation. Other product names
ara for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respecbve companies. Product specificsbons subject to change without nofice. 04-21 43

O ecernber ECXX3 HUB: Digibel Living

B1

Q n ou r c o v e r

J enn ife r R o b i n e o n
Six-time Canadian champion Jennifer Robinson has been figure skating for 20 years and has been a member of the national team For the
last 10. In January, she' ll be trying for her seventh Canadian charnpionship in Edmonton.
Robinson grew up in Windsor, Ont., although she now calls
Barrie home.
"I actually wanted to play hockey before I wanted to figure skate, but
they didn't really have leagues [for girls] back then. So I took up figure
skating after I went to the Ice Capades with my mom and saw them
skating," says Robinson. "I liked all the costumes and the speed
and jumping."
She was an athlete at the 2002 Winter Olympics, where she watched
the judging scandal surrounding Canadian pairs figure skaters Jamie
Sale and David Pelletier unfold.
"We didn't realize how big it actually was, because in the[athletes']
village you only get the two official broadcasters, so we didn't realize
how worldwide it was. That night, when they came back after winning
the silver medal, a whole bunch of us slipped some notes under their
door and congratulated thein. It was so in the public eye, but that' s
helping our sport because if it didn't happen our sport would still be
the same."
That scandal actually resulted in a new judging system that employs
a range of new technologies.
"It's really cool. It's all touch-screen. There's instant replay, you have
your own little monitor, and if there is something you want to review,
you just call it up and it will instantaneously show you the take off
and the landing and the jump. It shows you in slow mo, fast, anything
you want. You put your marks in and it is just so much faster."
From a skater's point of view, Robison says this system is better.
"If you looked at skating in the past, you would see a skating champion, for example, who would do a double axle. You'd get, say, five
points. Then you'd see a skater from another little country, or who is
skating in their first group, and they'd do the same element, just as
good, and they would get no points for it, so there was no consistency, So this way with the new system, if you do a double axle, you get
12 points. That's what you' re guaranteed to get."
Robinson says she enjoys the fact that her Web site(www.skatinginc.corn/Skater
s/Robinson ] allows her to keep her fans apprised of
what she is doing and answer fan mail more efficiently.
"I' ve had that Web site for about two and a half years. I write little
journal entries, and then there's a form where [fans can submit] letters, and then I' ve got a special way that I can write them back.
"I really like the Web site because a lot of people used to w~ite fan letters, but now this has just totally changed that sort of aspect and it' s
great a lot of people want to know what you are thinking as you are
skating, and if it didn't go well, why didn't it go well, and they just
want to know, as well to[give] a lot of support."
Because she travels so frequently, Robinson says she relies on
email to stay in touch. There is often a computer set up for the athletesatevents,and Robinson says she makes good use ofher
Hotmail account.
Robinson says one of her favourite gadgets is her portable Sony
DVD player, which she takes with her on all her trips.
"I love it! I got it from my parents for Christmas two years ago
and it's just the perfect thing when you' re traveling, especially
BP

H U B: D i g ital Living - D e c e m b e r BOCH

where there's a time change. I watch it on the plane all the time too."
At home,Robinson has a DVD player and she and herhusband are
saving for a big-screen Sony Wega this Christmas. As well, Robinson
uses her HP computer to check her email and surf the Web.
During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Heritage Minister Sheila Copps
gave all of the Canadian athletes a BlackBerry. Robinson says she
continues to use the wireless email device and PDA to manage her
schedule.
"Every Olympic athlete [got] one. It was awesome because the
Canadian team in the Olympics is massive, so they gave you a book
with pictures and bios and everybody's email address. It was a great
way to meet people during the Olympics that you may not have the
courage to go up to and introduce yourself to. You could just send an
email."
Robinson's next competition is the National Championships in
Edmonton, followed by the Four Continents Championships in
Hamilton later in January,
CheckSkateCanada's Web site atwww.skatecanada.ca form ore
information.
By Jessica Malone

1'

.?

Calgar y

A dver t i

ing inde x

si

~ et

OlTl

oc

South Store
North Store
1 04 521 1 Macleod Tr. SW
B a v 5 201 5 32nd Ave. N.E.
Tel: 252-5777 Fax: 252-1 998 Tel: 25h-5777 Fax: 252-1 998 ~

OPEN 7 DAYS
A WEEK

Super Boxing Day Specials -Dec 20 4 26


I

II

,I

'

m30 per

- 10 pe&

Itr

~l

Store g

Store

y,

I
II

I r r
I

u~e
Store

Cr'

I I

'

I II

III

10 per <~

k
I
II'r
I I .

Sto re;-,~i
/

;ll, gg

599.'.:
I
h
II Ifft S U N

gy>
: 1 0 per/

Store,
P

:1 0 pe

gf~

5 per

Sto r
/

Store x
/

999." ..--I
I ' I
I

'

I I

I I I

.: 10 per
Sto xy

II

I I

I I

I I

II

Store Hnurt

( nme ('heel'nuf nur

Snt; 10.44I -. P~l

llnme I nferfufnmenf.

I eutinn Vuilnhlc. Pricet Suhject tn('h fnIIC ffI ithnut Ifntiee. ( Inch Itfhnitc l nr ('urrcnt PricinI!. Ifll priccI are ( urlf I< lift f fcf (lnh, I ffdd I". fifr ('reditl
Specinl Prie in I I)nlf in Vff'I et nn 1)I I 'lith:fnd Z(Ifh ()nh. Q hite Supplic1 I;f1f

NOWTWO
LOCATIONSTO
SERVE YOij

Super Upgrade Specials


R

I'
) I '
I

ll

I I l

I
I

I)
I

I)
)

'

I I

I'

Il

a I I

It
I

II

I a I

Complete Systems
't'

I I

I:

l l

I I

'll
l

I II I I

AI

Includes ~
I

I .

I I I

I I

1%" LCD'

I'

'

'

I I I

I I

I I

I I

Il '

. Includes

15" LCD.R

FREE
upgrade to Ofltce~~
Professional P~
I nlallca I

I I

' ll
l I II
I ' "

I I I

I I I

I I

I I I

I
I I

I
30631427

Store llours
lllon-Fri: It) >c.'II - 7PII
Sat: Io,s>II - SP~I
Sun: 1(on-5P~I

www.computerrack.ca

8; HUE>ncs>S>steals IS" Scl'1 Frs.

I casing I>>eailahle. Prices Sul>jcct to (' hang tt ithout Etice. Chccl Qchsitc I'or Current Pricing. >>Il Prices arc ( ash Ecc
Interact ()nl). )(dd t''rii I' I>r ('1'edit)

e e

""~ni:. "iui'j'Fa

lnds

i;@Icrd'4 'Q n ges fpg

'5

e
r c

'j'u

Processors

Cfirisl'mas SPeciafs
FSC P2$00 Power System
Intel2.$G $00FSB
SI2MB DDR PC3200
ASIIS FXS200TD l2$NB DDR
ON Board Audio a LAN
BOGB 7200RPM HDD
LG I
OX DVDrt S2X32XS2 CDRW
l.44 Roppy Drive
Microsoft Windows XP Home

oNLT$949.44

Motherboards
Asus A7N8X
Asus A7N8X-DLX
Asus A7V600
Gigabyte 7VM400M-P
Gigabyte 7VT600-L
Asus P4P800-VM
Asus P4P800
Asus P4PSOO-DLX
Asus P8800-VM
Asus P4CSOO-DLX
Gigabyte 8IPE1000Pro2

.. . 499.

'

4068 Maxtor 7200rpm


8068 Maxtor 7200rpm
8068 WD 7200rpm
120GB Maxtor 7200rpm
120GB WD 7200rpm SMB

I II .
.

II

II

$159.95
$129.95
$149.95
$189.95
$129.95
$94.95
$99 95
$165.95
$179 95
$199.95
$129.95
S264.95
S164.95

Hard Drives

Adprices and aradabdur aro auhiecc re change wlchoucnodce. Prlcar are C5ICsunCadfor cwtdchequas

$134,95
$259.95
$309.95
$399.95
$99.95
$129.95
$229.95
$319.95

Asus A7NSX-VM
Asus A7NSX-X

oNLT$975. 44

IS"
LCD MonitorsStarting from
IT M LCD MoniotrsStarting from

Memory

Intel Celeron 2.6


Intel P4 2.6c 800('sb
Intel P4 2.8c 800fsb
Intel P43.0 800fsb
AMD Athlon XP 2000+
AMD Athlon XP 2500+
AMD Athlon XP 2800+
AMD Athlon XP 3000+

FSC A2$00Performance System


AND XP 2$00+
SI2 NB DDR Nemory
ATI Radeon 9200(I2$ MB)
ON Board Audio & LAN
$0 GB y200 Hard Drive
$2X32XS2X CD-Writer
3PCE Speakers with Sub
I.44 NB Roppy Drive
Microsoft Windows XP Home

rcm s

II

$79.95
$99.95
$99.95
$129.95
$144.95

256MB PC133 Micron


512MB PCI33Micron
256MB PC2700 Micron
256MB PC3200 Kingston c2.5
512MB PC3200 Kingston c3
512MB PC3200 Kingston c25

Lee~ ' I W QQ~ IeiI~

Optical Drives

Cables

lfrl

.
,:
.

25ft
IU45ethernetpatch

50ft IU45 ethernet patch

100ftIU45ethernet patch
6ft USB cable
6ft Firewire (1 394) cable

Service 8 Repair
$30/hr
S60/hr
Scall

In-store

On-site
IT Consulting

CA cS ~P~
~.-.':-MUEI: Dicjtxal Liyirtg: Calgary B
hurbudatraat r radde.'-yolcdi"dabd ~

gis ddh hsss~

'

'

I'

"II!i

I ' d

lt

'

YOSHISA

Celeron 2.6
512/40GB Hard Drive
15" Screen

Ibrhattmnttttt 55Kv.scModem
Ms win XP
Sound /10/100

===
: Lowest ltrlco
Guarantee
"

.=

/nceN )I I I

TDSHIea VIswSOnic
~ ~
r r ~

Actunt paccscr any


ascpfgteuf tdnultttunnhlta

alrs c

ttt

,n

ZOOS

nsr a nsiuo'M~

"" s
u
..uncsuncnidftdlh~h,

I I d~~

c~<'-4

I(lI)!;

l':."

-Tj~ji uj

DVDICDRW, WLS

:-

eckon=..= ' December

Weca c m iete lilt of Toshiba notebooks dfc


accessories

Cult SD, Coloreal Emboililell/


Isual/Srilbt, Oua ttetal D
l a mr n aNars I . a a n c s s r w s a m a a a asarr aclacassuarsaumasraslsumatsurrs

FVR, NufaetDVD,lwnfoall,

prices euctuate on a dally bash, please chech ocswebaih st www beedamanh ca for up to date prison.

'

I
st

- OefereeN %600 Villeo Car(i


- 2%6ttS DDlt
- Vllleo la/outVIVOfuaotloas
- Sua(lied hltlrare laaiuiioat
Ulead1NOOStullio DE DVD,
Ulead Coal DD
SE, Nlafaat

SlettutbaTracherCameo.

I R S

"~+RP'L's~~~

I ' II S Ny%~ % & e C~4

. j'

S d dl 0 - R

WJh'54%:,iW",;:4

- h-tsterlaae tbrest-madansides
- Video hlitini Coftefare inolnded

n ns s

%
d!

.;~9'LCD. Ps9

Video editlni 4 Anthorinll


- Tllne4hiftinl Featnrea

saws

$22.95
6.95
11.95

N-'

- Oieitei VideoReoorder arith

., ': :

$,95
57.95
$10 95

-. Christmas
Sale

s=d

- Reinote Control

: :

'-' wr

10ft IU45 ethernet patch

COMPUTER STORE

M Tm e

- ScreeFwlRadio

SnnthlndnCrnssin Sh
n in Csnhn

- Ilnltihnetlon TV Tuner
- Piotnre ln Pletnre (PIP)

iii'

,Wc~li

For tho ttetalar ehws ta ueu alanna ssa tdosl dc oases or atoll eur wahsne sl wwrr freedsmunh.es

Ir,"'.

ROO

::.<i'j!' I,

IIil@:.8
Oo,' st fo'-':1$ ettfuut'ts.ut;
.' cdfoartA' ~ , ' v a a 'yda
'r o'I.h.' (4 0 a'I'r, a 4 0, use'5
u-Wlh o~nleatfifrnodenhunn.ea
:,wfILhsauuun'Iv'wfnrtodosLtl

bklj~ "

Le@~~

$109.95
$149.95
$79.95
$84.95
$129.95
$139.95

Asus 52x cdrom (beige)


$29.95
Asus 52x cdrom (black)
$29.95
LG 52x cdrom (oem)
$24.95
Asus 52x24x52x cdrw
$64.95
LG 52x32x52x cdrw (oem)
$54.95
uteon 52x32x52x cdrw (oem) $57,95
LG 16x dvd-rom (beige)
$44.95
LG 16x dvd-rom (black)
$54.95
LG 4x dvd+/-rw (oem)
$179.95

'

i==--I

I
I I'

'I

/d'f sbm alhbstufdrf Ift~l

i "'

!RED{OH P4 2.26Hx w/OVD BURHER


Cutting Edge Affordable Desktop

WE BUY,Sfll a SNVIt;k

TOSHlBA TECRAP2 300!RHz' LAPTOP

tfescc8 neforbfstied Cornpoiers 4 {apiops


Easy financing froni Dnfy II Blcck4 {roy!

Outstanding Student Va!ue!!

I '

eiisiis
osoi

Il

'

Q
II

MONITORS'

DESKTOPS*

{2

NOTEBOOKS*
I

I IIIICHIHii i

IBN THIHKPAO
P3 500NHx* w/(O BURNER

l li i

/ IICII H C HHHI

Advanced Performance Great Value

Practical and Affordable

ce

l
HPAtIP4 2.
(ON
4 6Hz'w/OVO 8 (ORW

ULTRATHIN NOTEBOOK" w/OVO R (ORlN


Elegant-Superlight Nobility Only4.4 lbs

Ci S I

Advanced Business Solution

"Ml.

I'

II '

I I I

II

I IScrc&
I

CC HHCHCC

.I

I'

,I

"lli

iHI"

I'

CI

I
I

.' C

O
s
SIIXSTH

S~

(ONPAg P42.4 6Hx'w/OVO R (OR%

I -.

4
"

S200 In-Store Instant Rebate

CITS 7: HHP: I

.,

e e s7 7 &tlVWY~

RCNS fWPBRNP ~

HH ,P CS'HHeen~

tyj '

I
I

CI t

H~

6ATEWATP4 3,066Hr'w/OVO BURNER


Naximum Performance e Affordable Price
~ SL l -

Power
,,,8 Projects,,=~j

McGraw-Hill's

Energy {luest
(www.engergyquest.ca.gov],
which aims to educate
students about energy and
how it can be saved, is, not
surprisingly, a governmentsupported site from the larid
of brown outs: California.
Though essentially a
resource for students and
teachers in that state, it can
M be accessed by anyone with
a Web browser, and includes
energy-related news, profiles
of energy pioneers, energy
conversion calculators, inter,<,,9
' 'PQactive ga'mes, an'd links to .-.,';,:.;',
additional resources.
The Science Project section
provides an outline of what
makes a good project for science fair participants. It also
includes how-tos for fun projects a solar hot dog cooker, measuring the energy in a
peanut, making a simple
thermometer, splitting water
into hydrogen and oxygenthat can be made with readily available materials like
pencils, 9-volt batteries,
elastic bands, and candles.
The projects include supply
lists, diagrams, alerts for
projects that require adult

Hose to ck
Everything series
. Pdo

~
'SI s e
.' ." PowerPn
iN
.

s ~

2863

un

'vv '

o.

~sr r

Q ss o

Photoshop 7, Powerpoint 2003, FrontPage


2003, Microsoft Oflice 2003 and many more.
Superb selections of computer and technical books. Discount applies to
in-stock titles only. Offer ends January 15, 2004.

' =,.'-.~

- . '

;: : ;

4
+g in

::;:::;-supervision,snoon 27

McNALLY
A FAMILV-OWmO
INDEPENDENT PRAIRIE BOOKSELLER

Winnipeg

Saskatoon

Grant Park: 475 0483


Portage Place: 943 8376

3130 8th at Circle:

explanation of the what


students should discover
when doing each experiment.
The Saving Energy link
+ leads off with a history of;,.;;.
California's energy crisis, but
is followed by a list of tips,
broken down by rooms in the
house, that are written for
kids but will probably
enlighten a few parents too-.="

-'

Calgary

120 Stephen Avenue %'alk


955 3599
264 7411
Free Shipping within Canada onall web site orders over $302 mcnallyrobinson.corn

= '---- '

30622927

CA S

H UB : D i g ital Living: Calgary Section - D e c e m ber BOQS

vvvvvv.flUbcenalclcB corn

Best Price in City Guaranteeefi

iMf Pkf 4$8 NNz

120 ND RAN
6GD HDD
24X CO-ROM
FLOPPY
DRIVE
USR PORT
SOUNDCARO

s sr

Best Price in City Guaranteed!

cNNPAgP1IJHo ASz

120 Nl RAM
9GD HDD
<32X CD-ROM
10/100 NIC 0LRD
FLOPPY
DRIVE
USR PORT
SOUND
QRD

Best Price in City Guaranteedi

JBN PBJ888A$8z

120 ND RAM
1000 HllD
+32X CD-ROM
10/100 NIC GLRO
FLOPPY
DRIVE

uss soar

SOUNDCARD

XMAS SNCIAE EI XNLS SNBIAE S


Excellent
Sound
Guality
GreetChristen GIftt

Lahtech Cordless in itech 8 Piece


>uound
u~hosrd /i muse 8 eo
Spe8ker S'et

logitech Cnrdiess
Nnuse/infi
e Red
AREAS SWAN. N
SN 788 NPi~
kJ'/iA Smrit

Bed' P885em 8
120 MD RAN
1000 HDD
24XCO-ROM
ACTIVECOLOURDISPLAY
SOUND
ANDSPEAKERS
USR PORT

Ssl/PsnNum84M
120 NR RAM
12GR HDD
'14.1 TFT PI$PLAY
24X CDROM
SOUNDANDSPEAKERS
+ USDPORT

120 Dlb RAM


lOGS HDO
13.3 TFT DISPIAY
CD DURNE/RCDRO
M
$6.6K FAX
MOPEN
10/100 NIC CARP
DUILT IN SPEA
KERS
FREE CA
RRYINGCASE
FREE SO
PACKCASECDR'a
+ FREE
CD.WALLET
FREE WINDOWS
O/ $

NORTH DEPOT
(ecreabee Utt)

VISIT IJS ONLINE

eaLL TOLI.eRII

MII-

lfsrrr rsss
sss4 cuafy srBowel ~ w l 4 srhg asy ~. ll qrrrrsrrsrAkkel. Tiebsrsh esnjawl Is r4 ssrsssirs
saw. own wl s y k a l
4 r s ssrssssrs eel> risl sirrsrQr
yspeyl'el
4
ermsr~

Audiohooks for the digital age


Notreading as much asyou usedto2 Foryears,
commuters, road warriors,andloggers have
done their reading on the go with audio books on
cassette tape and later COs.With the boom in
digital audio formats and delivery and online
services, there are some new chapters in the
audio book story worth noting.

emplyaudlpboeks.
cpm
ThisToronto-based company runs an audio book
service that is akin to online OYD
rental services
like U.S.-based Netflix.corn or MoviesForMe.ca.
Users pay a
e~
'+>+~ + ~
monthls fee

l$24.95],
select audio
book titles
through the

R+

'f ~

compa ny's

.online listings,
and receive the
audio book COs
in the mail.
Included in the package is a prepaid mailer for
the discs. For the fee, they can borrow
returning
as many titles as they want, two CDs at a time.
The company sends out the borrower's next
selections when the first discs are returned. And

users can cancel the service at any time.


Currently, the Simplyaudiobooks.corn library is
fairly slim, but the company says it is adding
new titles "continuously," and customers can
submit requests for titles they'd like to see.
Books are listed in six categories: business, kids
titles, comedy, fiction, non-fiction, and self-help.
Fiction includes popular authors like Robert
Ludlum, Jonathan Keilerman, John Grisham, and
Margaret Atwood. Comedy inciudes titles by Bill
Cosby, Dennis Miller, and Robin Williams. Most
titles listed are fairly recent, including Atwood's
Dryx and Crake. With audio book CDs running at
about $30 each for newer titles, this can be an
affordable option if you plan to listen to a
iot of books.

American. Thevariety of books, however, has a


more international Aavour and includes recent
works by several Canadian writers: Douglas
Coupland, Yann Martei, and, of course. Atwood. It
also has representation from bestseiling authors
like Grisham and Stephen King. Customers can
purchase books
%eh,
individually for
about US$20 to ':= ~4
$32 each (for
newer,
unabridged
titles) about

SBiI5%aIII 'ar'nII"
"o~co:'p;,

of the same
title. Or they can sign up for a monthly memberAudible.corn
ship. The Basic L.istener plan is US$14.95 per
U.S..based Audible.corn is the literary equivalent
month, and allows the member to download one
of music download sites like Puretracks.corn and
book and a one-month audisypenodicaI or radio
iTunes. Unlike iTunes, it is not limited to U.S. lisprogram. For US$19.9S, they can download two
teners. Canadians can use the service to downaudiobookseach month.Audible's system
load books in audio format, They can listen to
requirements for downloading files are fairly
them on their PC or load them onto an MP3 playwide: any Mac or Windows PC. Aswell, it says
er. in addition to books, the company distributes
compatible portable players include Apple iPods,
a wide range of what it calls spoken audio conHP iPaqsand otherPocketPCs,Palm PDAs,
tent which includes magazines, newspapers,
and more,
and radio programs, almost of which are

"'e Ii

eaa

Imontiii

ast

~ 150 MB storage
< 2$ email accounts
+ free domain +
+ shopping cart trial"
+ free $20 shopping
I '

Credit (a total of $64value)

a n

1NhlN.8IlOAIIlg.CcI

Our eHosting Plans

Mini Plan

StartUp Plan

iaaf/ Unlimitedbandwidthusage
v/ Host multiple domains
underT account
vt URIIXandNTplatforms
/ 2 4/7 tech support

20 MB web storage
10 email accounts
FrontPage support

80 MS web storage

g25
i m a nth sdn

(
CA B

ehosting.ca

25 email accounts
ASP/PHP/ColdFusion/PERVSSI/JsIET

C95
/ m onth cdn

'Limited Time offer.Restrictions for these promotions apply.seewwwehostlngxa for details

H LJB : D i g i tal Lh/ing: Celgery BectJori - D e c e m ber 2 O D 3

"I have used ehosting


since day one. They are
r eliable, f a st , an d
extremely easy to work
with. Their support has
been exemplary."
Byesssfen Pierce
Axon Media,
Maple Ridge,BC

-a;

ipe

1 I>> el 1> n>>l l>>i xi'el>l el> I>>> r > l 1> I l>A

ermasoke V
Xaxer UlLanllre
Ogert, w/520W PS

'

Business card CD
Mini I Shape CD
Standard CDRQMI Audio
CDR DVDWCopiers
CDR DVD-R Printers
Media Suppges
Packaging Supplies

Duplication / Replication
CDR I DVD-RPrinting
Qffset I Digital Printing
Assembling
6 Packaging
Fulggment
-: 0 F'
Diskette Duplication
Tape to VCDDVD
I

' QoI

I" 180

II ~

11Ha rdcano 10

Vanlec Nexus101 $3S


Vantec Nexus201 $35

Vantec Nexus205 $35


ZalamTAI-Mrct

I turb iumhs>cene

trI- u e

o w e r uppy

AhnnArstfent300/OL550W4558 TOO
SensontcSS-300FSOO
OWPS. 525
SensonicSS-350FS 350W PS, 550
Seesonic SS4OP
OFS400IV PS. 5120
Zalmnn 2/5300-AF 300WPS. 500
Ze/mxnZAI4NAF4OOWPS. 5140

110 - 12811 Clarke Place, Richmond, BC V6V 2HU~~


Tel: {604) 821%066 (800) 81841861

Check out our new division:

www. MyEShop.ca

Emab: inroopmcresemerkeUne.corn
I

:>~a,$11

DViii>456

Neon LE.D Fan

Most jebe about $500.

aitf>E' +

;:g'g ig 5105 g +
Cooler Allaster

lb
25

BOUN% Tt Hardcano P

urs Nu lorn>adilu

iae06%hS Media Oupacatian


usNuw.pragrassmartratlng.aama

TlHardcano 7
Tt Hardcano8

'

ves, ft includesdeaddrives

CENTU
alca CACTbl

From dead,deleted, formatted, fdisked, corrupted, virus infected, water &fire


damaged, overwritten, passworded,inaccessible devices: hard drive, raid, flash

2005
005etief ;;
I2253
35

memory,
tape, GD,zip... Windows / fwac/ Unt)E/ NetWare
Forensic Service

14 Years of CtuafilyComputerService

. -

Toll Free:
1-877-460-367O
)0 Business Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 9:SO - ROOpmPT
I

I
I'

Fan & Light Controse


w/ 2 SWE COLD
CAtHODE)

I'

olmon 2M-WB2
CPU WaterBloc

$46 @gal

s. . ' .

If

P$g

svsTs Ms

OVIACt/EUEtllelh CPUbuild u
OsnbosrdVideoI, lV oui
Osnboerd
IchannelAC'tltound
OonbsadUtbtd,IEEE13rd5LAH
swm> Osnboerd
talel I ParabdPat
OlPCltlol

EPIA C L 6 0 0 0
EPIA C L 10 0 0 0
EPIA IV I E 6 0 0 0

lkCifiP PD~ ~;~, ,

ass >sn c
nein-IIX 2699R

NIi

2
2
2
I

E pIA e o o

6 D
8 9
18
SC

'"3

='PIIM

". $14

'

J~

4/-I >F~~vfr Y~dF " M4P 4'A~~


-'

'

"

' -

'

$535 ~~
~

P~ U~ t I
~

N85G4 A
ef/tf StBI198fQS
SN45G

A verNieciie
Sercurity OYRs
AOPSOOd

S S>S S

rpsood

S sz o

L XSOOd

4E s

Pr a

SSOS ~

S ZOO

64) 46 6
399

Attic CtttuS
JOLZ
I II

l@,s',>w>gljlil
cixxt rnnratraNII ~
Sr pefsrrrrrotutr
I

799

December 9QCS -

H L ) B: Digttei Living: Cetgertr Section

CA 9

0
(Technology at Your Doorstep)

HO HO HO X- MA S SPECIALS
CPU SPECILS

SERVICE:

Sales
On-site Repa,irs
Upgrades
Data Transfers
Laptop Support
Hardware Installation
Microsoft Windows Solutions

AMD ATHALON XP
AMD XP-2200+ (266MHZ256K CACHE) $99.99
AMD XP-2500+ (266MHZ, 256K CACHE) $127.99
AMD XP-3000+ (266MHZ, 256K CACHE) $279.99
AMD ATHLGN 64FX-51 2200MHZ (400MHZ, 1MB CACHE)

$579.99

INTEL P4
INTEL P4 2.6C GHZ (800MHZ, 512K CACHE $239.99
INTEL P4 2.8C GHZ (800MHZ512K CACHE) $289.99

INTEL P43,QC GHZ (800MHZ, 512K CACHE) $369.99


INTEL P4 3.2C GHZ (800MHZ,512KCACHE) $539.99

AMD m5OO+ VULCAN

P4 2.6C TITAN

AMD XP-2500+ RETAILBOX (333MHZ, 512K CACHE)


GIGABYTE GA7N400-Li(SOUND, LAN, AGPS(, USB 2.0)
512 MB 2X 256MB DDR PC3200 (INFINEON)
ADD, ] 7a MONITOR
MAXTOR 80GB 7200RPM ATA133 2MB 8.5MS D AYTKH 5139.99
PANDEX GEFORCE 4MX440 128MBDDR AGP BX
LG 52X24X52 CDRW
PANASGNIC 1.44MB 3.5a WHITE FACE
ONBOARDSOUND
17" ATX TOWERCASEW/400W (BLUE)
MICROSOFT OPTICAL MOUSE
LQGITECH ACCESSKEYBOARD

INTEL P4 2.6C GHZ (800MHZ, 512K CACHE)


GIGABYTE GABS648FX-L (SOUND, lANP AGP8XUSB 2.0)
512MB DDR PC3200 (INFINEON)
MAXTOR 80GB 7200RPM ATA133 2MB 8.5MS
PANDEX GEFORCE 4MX440 128MBDDR AGP 8X
LG 52X24X52 CDRW
PANASGNIC 1.44MB 3.5n WHITE FACE
ONBOARD SOUND
17a ATX TOWERCASEW/400W (BLUE)
MICROSOFT OPTICALMOUSE
LOGITECH ACCESSKEYBOARD

ADDwlNDDwsxP

$8Q9 9

ADD: WINDOWS XP

meniter net in cr

AMD STA R T E R OOOO+

ADD:wiNDows xP

C OMPLETE I N T E L 2 . 4

ECS K7SOM W/ DURON PRO2000+ (USB2.0)


256MB DDR PC270Q(INFINEON)
MAXTQR 40GB7200RPM ATA133 2MB
PANASONIC 1.44MB 3.5n WHITE F
LG 52X CDRQM
INTEGRATED SOUND/LAN
INTEGRATED VIDEO
17n ATX TOWERCASEW/400W LUE)
Yna99 PB/9 KEYBOARD
PS2 WHEEL MOUSE

ADD:17" MONITOR

WIN98 PS/2 KEYBOARD


+

ADD:wINDowsxP
INTEL CELERON 2.2GHZ (40QMHZ, 128K CACHE HO
256MB DDR PC2700(INFINEON)
ECS P4VMM2+ 533MHZ (LAN, USB 2.0)
MAXTOR 40GB 7200RPMATA133 2MB
INTEGRATED VIDEO
PANASONIC 1 44MB 3.5a WHITE FACE
INTEGRATED SOUND
LG 52X24X25
INTEGRATED LAN
17n ATX TOWERCASE W/ 400W
PS2 WHEEL MOUSE

[ 2Q2, 227 1Q
SEN W Ho u r s

Mon-Pri 10:30sm - 8:00pm


(403)398 7033 Sat 11:00am - 6:00pm

4 T2N-1VS

(866}610 7077 surid 7 cx.osED

pdcm sabiccr mcbcarrc abbma nsiba. Al pdcecare cssbami Ercbbmdp pkaacs far inaamdan parpescsardp
(Add 999 farmedb) Samecream mar rmprbcbe bashceedaysfar sblpprapnrs cikfd99 Tfbb EYECEbeer/31/Bce

~ ~~ ~ ~
QQ j + a++

ADD:17"MONITOR
DAYTECH513999

~
TOR
SOGB 72OORPM ATA133 2MB $94.99
4OGB 720ORPM ATA133 2MB $74.99

W WW. P CD O C T O R S . C A
DA 10

H UB : D i g i tel Living. Celgerjj Section - D e c e m be r 2 0 0 3

www.hubcenede.corn

HOST

""Confidence!
+-

LVeb Hosti rl

,,

'

servef coloearirwjI

Oed i cated 5erver

.'150
Web Hosting'' .",'. Dedicated 5er ve'rI5ert/ei Coloci iti'on I
Linux and Windows Hosting

. Intel Celeron 1.7GHr


512MB RAM
40GB Ha: d Drive
100 GB Monthly Data Transfers

FullyRedundant BGP4 Network


100MB'Sec Fast Ethernet Switched Port,.

UP+ back P Powa


s Tefnm
rqefatuf~ { ofttroriedEft'F(rot

24: .' Fac!ktv Access

Reo Ha i i tus sei

Online Tr enc Reports

Ensim i/i/EBpp/iance' Pro +

LsV >E tlt.tntec Ca r r t cr S clrt Mr v e r

fof ' ~t'ux

Multiple FTP accounts


MS Frontpage Support
PHP / CGl / ASP / ColdFusion
Database Support
. E-commerce Readv
SSL Secure Server
Webslxe Statistics
Web-based Control Panel
Toll Free Phone and Email support
FROM ONLY $6.95/mo.

Secure F=olit/ ' <vtth 24--: ~ur ki'onitoftno;


' Conven!=nt Ffee Caf Parking

er is i m

Veb-Based Control Panel


Host Unlimited Domains
Set 0 Fee 5 l49

Competitive Pricing
8 Rack

* Mionthly Fee Sl49

2 2 G B Tta":sref 5 15 0 m o

1i4 Rack

SQ C B Tr
=-sfe!

1QQ GBTfansfef SS50,'mo

Full Rack

2 QQGB 'fansfef 5995/mo

4QGB Hard Drive


100 GB Monthly Data Transfers

) 8Rack:

Windows Server 2003 tAeb Eoi;ion

1:4 Rack.
eti

Ensim WEBppliance'" Pro


rof Win: .ows

corn, net, oio, ca,.biz, info

1 2 ttak

ensim

vyeb-Based Contfol Pane~


Host Up To 250 Domains
S tup Fee 5249

free domain parking


fice "under construction page

5300 mo

Windows Server $2 4 9 mo 1/2 Rack


intel Celeron 1.7GHz
512MB RAM

"" 15,yr

Domain Registration " '

only $ 1 49, mo - Dedicated Server Cabi .et

Linux Server

Upto 1,000 MB Web Storage


Up.'c 20,000 MB Data Transfer
. POP i lMAP Email Accounts
Web-bas:d EmailAccess
Email Aliases . Fof::iardina
Email Virus Scanning

FMI Rack:

. se-r fst'v Fee 5 "9

I'

0 4

'

"

',pV,l,f)@ll, "

'

! ! New Showroom No w O p e n ! !
Come By Our New Co m puter. Design Centre For A Low Key, h assure Free
Consultation Before You Buy Your Next Computer. Our Extremely Knowledgeable,
Non-commision, Unbiased Sales Staff Will Help You Decipher The Often Cryptic
Computer World.

~~P
V
~
$+~
,'"I,'
8igfpi

Pentium 4, Athlon, Celeron, Geforce, Radeon, Hyperthreading, Tablet PC, Centrino,


802.11ajb/g, PC3200, FSB, S-ATA, RAID, DDR, XP, Ghz, GB, SXAGP, 84 bit, USB2.0
This Is Our World And We Can Explain It To You In Language You Will Understand.
Visit Us And You' ll Find Out Why Thousands Of Home And Business Users Have
Chosen Problem Solved Over The Last Decade. Excellent Computers, Great Value,
Unparalleled Service Are Just the Beginning.
Please Look For Our Full Page Ad Elsewhere in the Paper For More Specials
I INEW 98 Skyline Cree. N.E., Calgary, AB Tel: 73$ 4 %2 8 Fax: 20 8 - 7 63 7 N E W I I
Call for current price and availability.
www .problemsolved.ca s a lesproblemsolved.ca
Hours M-F 9-8, Sat 12-6. Closed Sun, Long Weekends

.Qu'il '.%55,':0l'f5:-,4@sc',,; 'niAf-.::'i:.,.:;.,:,".jjc~i~c'y,".'A)liiertp,'-"-':;rsl.:::


rj)@=:.:=.:,4:,",;:.,*.,
:: V: e'::4' 'i-::'-":i(::4' ll'I:." )'"-::i~4"''ill'i~%':"4-" '4':
.M"-&'iii I".";ia Ie+4f tea'40''mi'i''i I:"C'k',,
'

..'lii,',i, 4ek'.~WW,":fth m
'.,:0,'%' -,,;$4+gi;44".,;-

IIIIIe'~

'%hllIIN~

I ' I ' :

': ~g-",'..P7,'.'W.W,%';F.':'"=
-0tt(k. $5~Q:,

P" ""'-,:: ~"


;:;~'I j ;Alberti,:,-;~:.,"
;~ ~
-T ) Y SE4,'+'::
;,''A
r i 5'4~ ) 8 1 <dx88:";;:,;::,
.';~ f463$%."f'%8)8'.,.:'."'""i'".'"".;",;::~
a"
"-'Tgttt18((".;

'

'

rc

'glksOdcflttttQ.Ahf&j...,"-'o:>

ECS

G551

Iwf:ef-CPupsef
If/Iainboard
Saltdbart
I

IOcr
I(rnnonm

Intel Pentium 4 Processor


400/533/800MHx FSB
Supper@ speeds
up to 3.2GHz
incl. Inttd Hyper.Threading Tech.
Supports
266/333/00MHz
DDR SDRAM
using SODOM
15 ' SXCdtk
TFTw/ATI Radean
hit 10NP N w/'128htISNR
CDROM/RW/DVDROM/LW
Cambo Optica( drive
x USB 2.0 ports/lx
IEEE1394a/FiR
Vtrtreiess capability irDA/VhrtFi
802.11b

Intel Pentium hhProcessor


Supports speeds 1.3 to 1,7GHz
with Intd SpeedStepTechnology

Supports 266/333MHz DDR


SDRAMusing SODIMM
15" SXGA TFTw/ATI Mobt1tty
M9PZSP64 AGP4Xw/64MB
video memory
CDROM/RW ComboOptical
Li-ion boilery for up to 4+ hrs
usage
Wireless capability IrDA/WIFi
802,1!b

VIA C3 1,0GHz CPU


w/133MHz FSB
256MB DDR
SODIMM (512MB
Max,)
2068/40GB 2.5o 9,5mmheight
ATA-100 HDD
DVDRQhh drive(CDR/DVDROM
drive optional}
14" XGA TFTDisplay
4x USB 2.0/10 'f00mb LAN/
56k fax modem

g ote boo(5eries """ .


'

FealuresIntel I865PE/6 (kttegrated


graphics(chtpset (Northbrldgs(
Supports Intel
HyperThreading
tedstdogy: Doukfssgentium4
power to theequlvdent of a
dud CPUplatform
AGP BXAGP3.0 interksceand
backwcrd compaiibl kywilh AGPX
On board 6CHCmedta9739A
Audio Chip suRxxts ureomptomsing
DVD audio qudily. Uses can also
cheeseSPDIFoutput by using an
extended cable fromRCAor

optcal coaxid (ack


Supports 21xxts SATA
rursting
at ISOMb/s
DDR DIMMs supportdud channd
DDR00, expandingmemory
Intel PenSvm
Pntcessor 4
Intel Celeron ond Pentium 4
Intel Mobile Celeron 1.6GHz CPU
00/533MHz FSS
bandwidt
hto6.468/sond
Processor 400/533MHz FSS
Supports spescb
vp ta 3,066Hz
256MB DDR
SODIMM
supporting up to 468s ofmemoty

Supporls
266/333MHx
DDR
Supports 266/333hhHzDDR
2068 IDE HDD
2.5"
Supports Intds Iatat FSB
800MHx
SDRAMusing SODIMM
SDRAMusing SODIMM
15' TFT XGA
screen
XGA+ 15 TFT display w/SMA
CFU wk superoverdocking
SXGA+ 15o TFT
display w/ATI
DVDROM/CDrw combo drive
(Shared Memory Architecture),
RadsanMobility hh9Graphics 8
cctpckility. Pumps
vp CPUfran 800
MtniPCI 802.11b wireless lAN
6MB videomemory
max. 64MB
hhHz up toon IncreNe 1+ GHz FSS.
(OPTIONAL)
4x USB 2.0 ports/IEEE1394
Fireviire 2xUSB 2.0
paris/IEEE1394Firewire/
Li ION battery for extended usage Dud IEEE1394 slatsupportstranskr
(or the ultimate in connechvity
LAN/IrDA/PChhCIATypell
Low 1xtwer
Wireless capabi(ity using IrDA/
rates up to 4ehhb/s
Li.ION battery for extended usage
Vft.Fi 802.1 Ib
high perfonnanceCPU
Eight
hippedUSB
2.0 parts
LI.ION battery for extendedusage

cons
um
ption,

EL+'EQROUP
NN'IRFOCSll$0CON

vrww.desknote.net

ECS recommends
Microsoff'Windows XP
Professional for Business
octcol pcdeci Incr disor dtshdr fmm iltnroooon. Ai hrond nonI mo tnotmionc cd their mvmcocoorrrom

www.hubcanada.ccm

D ecember 2 0 0 3

- H U B : D igital Living: Calgary Sectdcn

D A 13

(RANG
lip
CN
~
206-12Ave. SE
265-5555

TO Square
252, 317-7 Ave, SW
571-7760

Petro CanadaCentre

111- 5 Ave.
777-1 777
Scotia Centre
700-2 St. SW
571-5925
Bow Valley Square
205-5 Ave. SW
263-0647
Eau Claire
200 Barclay ParadeSW
261-2928
343-11 Ave. SW
543-5045

The joy Of the Iatest toy

e3I

Integrated digital camera


and video recorder
$199.99*
No Term $399.99

sloyd
(
a

252-2227
8720 MacleodTr. SW
287-0870
4550 - 17 Ave. SW
974-3150
303 Centre St. SW
263-7595

R((KXQI
Southlrall Crossin0
4307-130Ave. SE
2574655
2515-50Ave.SE

Q' s) $,s (a

()fa;

I(LttHUIKSI
5000 MacleodTr. SW

'

,. :

: :FREE picture ME%SAC'INC::


:: until January 31, 2004

(Inside Truckstop)
203-3862
Costco South

681-1655
205 Shawville Blvd.SE

(Beside Zellers)

254-6901
3012-17 Ave. SE
207-0488

NINTH NE
ET
Northland VINaSe

247-8415
20 Crowfoot Cree. NW
215-7300
233 - 16 Ave.NW
278-1200
Perma Plaza
901 Centre St. NW
230-3380
0120Beddln0ton BlvdNW
216-9363

Phone, MP3 player and full


keyboard for txt'ing all in 1

$199.99"

NO)tIlkXkQ
2015 32 Ave.NE

No Term $529.99

291-6801
Marlhorou0h Mall

3800 Memorial Or. NE


235-6779

CoatcoNorlh

irelessaccess from laptop PC


r wireless handheld device

616-9724
VlllaSe Square
2640-52 St. NE
280-6505
500 Country Hills Blvd. NE
313-3444

The joy of freedom


Onl $399.99*

ROGERS =
WIRELESS
C A 1uz

NK
Acuvation on new 2eononth senrice agreement after mal in rebate on
select plans. See dealer for details. TM Rogers Communicabons Inc. Lbed
under License. e ATRrTCorp Used under Ucense.

H LiB : D igital LiVing: Calgary SeCtian - D e C e m ber 2 0 0 3

Market Mall
202-0200
North Hill Centra
202-1801
Oeerfoot Outlet Mall
275-3500
SunrldSeMaN
280-5151
Chinook Centre
253-0229
South CentreMall
2254593

www.hubcanada.corn

kLI.ICk::;;
omputer Centre '"'

.caltech I

Merr X MAS Cal ar


Eagle P4 2.6GHz

EagleCel 2ACHz
Gigabyte Motherboard
Intel P4/Cel 2.4 GHz
256MB DDR lbun
Midtower case w/300 PS

Gigsbyte SIPE1000L
Intel P4 2.6GHz

256MB DDR Rsm


Midtower case w/300 PS
Asus 9520Magic 128MB
I A4 Floppy Drive
40GB HD 7200RPM
LG CDRW 52X32X52
MS Optical Mouse
MS Internet Keyboard

1.44 Floppy Drive


40GB HD 7200RPM
LG CDRW 52X32X52
MS Optical Mouse
MS internet Keyboard

$499
EagleAMD XP2400
Gigsbyte 7VM400M-P
AMD XP2400 Box
256MB DDR PC2700
Midtower case w/300 PS
1.44 Floppy Drive
40GB HD 7200RPM
LG CDRW 52X32X52
MS Ophcsi Mouse
MS Internet Keyboard

$799
EagleAMD XP2608
Glgabyte 7N400L MB
AMD XP2600 Box
256MB DDR PC2700
Asus 9520Msgic 128MB
Midtower case w/300 PS
IA4 Floppy Drive
40GB HD 7200RPM
LG CDRW 52X32X52
MS Optical Mouse
MS Internet Keyboard

EagleP4 3,0GHz
Gigsbyte 81PK1000P2
Intel P4 3.0GHz
512MB DDR Ram
Midtower case w/300 PS
Asus 9520TD 128MB
1.44 Floppy Drive
80GB HD 7200RPM
LG CDRW 52X32X52
MS Optical Mouse

OUR NEW LOCA'noN


tress' oa
rr s
I

s
s'

MS Internet Keyboard

$1099

Catge 3'
Cat5e 6'
Cat5e 10'
Cat5e 15'
Catge 25'
Cat5e 50'
Cst5e 75'
Cat5s 100'

$2.95
$3.95
@.00
$6.00
$8.00
$12.00
$20.00

Santuno ML-1750
17pprtt, 8MB

st

s
s

EagleAMD XP3000
Gigsbyte 7N400P2 MB
AMD XP3000 Box
512MB DDR PC3200
Asus 9520TD 128MB
Midtower case w/300 PS
I A4 Floppy Drive
80GB HD 7200RPM
LG DVD/R CDRW
MS Optical Mouse
MS Internet Keyboard

Monitor

II

Ssmsung191T+ $695
s

rl

A OC 17" 7F
$1 6 9
AOC 17" 7ELR $159
AOC 19" 9KLR $229
We Carry NEC, LG, Samsung
6' M/M Monitor Cable $8.95
*
6 M/F Monitor Cabie $8.95
15' M/F Monitor Cable $15
15' M/M Morstor Cable $15

II
I

'tl

II

USBDrIV0$11 9

PCIICIAt0 IDE to US82.0

Vantee 420VI'3Fsn

USBg O

$279
LG DVD/R-R, +R

Kingston

EnerlTlax

DDR Pc2700 512M st0935


DDR Pc3200 512M Sttsas

ASVII,

D-LINK
DSS+ 8 Port Hub switch
DSS+ 16 Port Hl switch
Dl-604 4 Port DSL/Cabin
Di-714P 4 Port
wireless router 4P 614+
wireless Lsn USB DWL120
wireless Lan PCI DWL520+

Stot Fan Case Fan CPUFan


$ 15.95 S T .S S S.S S

$69

$7.95
$6.95
$9.95
$6.95
$9.95

HubsISwitchs

69

I F an

$25.00

IREE 1384 Csbtss


6PX6PS'
$13
6P X 4P 10'
$13
6P X4P 12'
$18
6P X 4P 15'
$22
4P X4P6'
$15

3.5/5.25 g

~$45

25 IIB

USS Cables
6' A-8 2.0
10' A-8 2.0
15' A-8 2.0
10' A-8
15' A-8

LCD
AOC 15" LM520 $365
AOC 17" LM720 $525
AOC 19" LM914 $875
Samsung 171N $599

ll

RJ45 Csbts
Cat5e 1'
$1.95
Cat5e 1.5'
$2.25

30635s27

I
I

ls

tl

KVM Switches
2P Auto PS/2
$ 6g 2P Auto PSI2+CBL
$126 4P Auto Switch
$6g 4P Auto PS/2+CBL
$139 4P Auto USB+ CBL

$79.95
$99 . 9 5
$124,95
$14 4 .95
$169.95

$114 Speakers
$95 Edlfire R202 26pk
$79 Edifire R451 Sspk sub $99.95

'I

IIicro Plus

IDE to US82.0 2.5"


IDE to US82.0 3,5'
IDE to USB2.0 3.5/5.25
IDE to 1394 2.5"
IDE to 1394 3.5"
IDE to 1394 3.5/5.25
IDE to US82/1394 3.5
IDE to USB2I1394 5.25

$64
$79
$79
$79
$89
$69
$109
$109

Asus
V7100 INX008MB
$65
VSS20TD FX5200 128m $138
VS5201tiaglc FX5200128m$114
VS520VS FX5200 't2Sm $163
V9560TD FX5800 128m $285
V9580TD FX5600256M $274
ATI Radeon 9800Pro128IN$25
ATI Rsdaon 9800XT128M $264

Bustness Hours: Monday to Saturday l e res A.M . to 6 PM . C l ose Friday from 8 tse PM. t o 3:00 P M.
payment by c asb or cheque only: pntsnv subject rn chancre wtabnut nnrlcn. please catt for updated prlee and avastabnlty.

www.hubcarsadss.corn

D ecemtxar 200 3

- H UB : D igital Living: Calgary Sectio n

CA 15

IH
E

i' 9 a~i~~
<rl~

8'"'os~~

1dhd ~
<ps~'

~ 9uig

~ @ s wig ~
~~ iIVI~

.-w4

>'Vi i

~neo;~. i~g

'Ivid++ +

":4
lhr

t'I ~

i iy

> u ~'

is

ii

' C Q

tn

IN T E R

IS

SO

COOL

WITH
D ecem b e r : G i f t G u i d e
J an ua r y : D i g i t a l V i d e o
F ebr uar y: H o m e A u t o m a t io n

P ick i t

u p m o n t h ly !

WMIVLI. hLIIDci Bn chCli3 cl3ITl


0

'e

8=

s.

'

e I

,;4 A , W ' M I I )If%i gN;%44;


e

DDR

SDRAI VI

HITACHIITOSHIBA/I BiuI

PC ISO P C 133
PC 2100 P'C2700 '.,', 20GB ... . $13S
40 G B . . . . $ 1 75
120MB from...$65 ...$59
120NB jrom. ,$45,.. . . .
.
31 2S6NB... . . . . $ 90 .. . $09
254MB.. . . . . $60 . . . . . . $75 j,, '30GB .. . . $ 1 50 6 0GB . . . .$ 2 0 0
512MB.. . . . . . Call .. .$129
512MB.. . . . . $ 105 . . . . $120
FOR CURRENTPRICINO

PLEASE
VISIT
WWW jUJIERTACOMP
UTER,COM

SQOMHz 1066NHz DDR ECC PC 2100 PC 3200


254NB ..$149 , . . . . . $169'
120NB .. $79 254NB . . .$69
512NB ..$299 .. . . . . $309
2S6NB ..$115S12NB . .$1 IS

Al for$229

Cel tgr CCCS-e~


pasturer:guiecyeaseruerre Ceaeel

rearer Supply.nerhrar psalter. Sate


Our Tray,arc.

45O V f AT T . . . .$ 9 9
SspOWATT . . . $ I 8O

INTEL

Pi Colsron 2,4GHE
' P4 Cdaron 1.4 GHa
ATI Raison lOPO
44HS..... . . . . Sip
P4 Cebron 2.7 GHa
:; tisb 3,5"Is,15" External snciosoro ...from Sye.tt v r o lan Rrtrron $$GE .$lye
ATI Raison 9100 SE 12IMb ..... Stt P4144 GHE S33
VVeb Camera ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S i t .'$9
.'; Removablo 1.44 MS Floppy Drive Usb ... . .Sit.ss ssraGATE Ilsos . ... . .$1$$ ATI Raison tiN PRO 12IHS... 4210 141 2.N GHE S33
ATI Radaon tIPO XP 254MS DDR $430
Removable HDD Rack ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , . . . 5 14.'tt
141 3.0 GHE 333
,.; USS tp pci Card . ... . . . . . . . . . . . .
$399$ S EAGATE laeoa... . . . . $
NIAIRI Radaan
tONPIO 40uB DDR $3ris
' PCI ATA 133 Card.... . . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . s i t .tt
ATIAIVV Radoon t400 11IMS....$339 141 iA GHE 000
KVM Switch APort .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 1st
ASUS Radaon ti005E 12IMb DDR$14S 141 2.0 GHE SN
paartTGR lssos ..... . .$$4$ Sapphira Radeon 9000 12ulb DDRS30$ Pi LOGHa IOO
'!; Laser LEDS/Neon Li ht . ... . . . . . . . . St.ttIS It.tt
Msl Gi FX51N 11IMS ..... . . . . Stt
Pi 3.2 GHa 000
Msl G4 FX51OPVTD 11IMS DDR 4140
MSI G4 PX54N TD 12IHS DDR 4220
:- Drodter HL 1230 .
. .$250 E pson CS4.... .
...SI 50 Mti G4 FXSSNVTD 254MS DDR .$240

..$270
..$559

rr. Samsung ML l750

SamsungIviL2I SO .

AlvlD Duren I.3 OHB I


IE4 COIaron R.OOHB
'

a GarCNNQ NB vdvbheo
canon ma brd

, 256NB
:, eATX Case
-'' 3.S" Floppy Dhk Delve
;r: 40GB 55DMA Hard Drhro
52X CD RON
PS2 Boyboard
. PS2 Mouse
0poaltors
;

Bastmena 19IT

SESO
S424
ErEBC AS70
SBFO BE EC FH7158
S4$$
E SBSrEQ FPSS7S LCD
SHOO SEESB VS-7P DIGITAL

:-F48 ':e~

ai

LSE F7008
LQ F700P
LGI T7IOENC

,i.)E'LJSS))":Via')45:4 ~

LG 52X CD Rom .... . . . . . $25


LG S2X24X52 CDRW .....$50
I.G 32XI OX40/16X DVD
C ombo ..... . . . . . . . . . .$70
LG 14XDVD ... . . . . . . . . . ,$40
LG CDIDVD RW
$170

.. Sats~st 753DF g

19IN

SSOO
S22$
S84$
848$
ST44

::i Bas mrna 173T

e PS2 uoyboMl Or Mollao


e Spoabars

LO LI51 IS
LO LIB I IS

alar
$34S
$145
$199
0375
$550

ATHLON

SB Live
Value 5,1 OEM ....$49
2PCS Spoaloars .... . , . . . $ 5.99
A ltos Lansinb AVS 300.. . . . $ 4 5
' rhmaha MS201 ... , , . . . , $ 7 0
intel P4 2.4OHr CPLll
Craauva Inspire 4.1 4400 .,$40
AND XP 2400+ CPLI
OlbabytaINSIIASUSIRCS Nalnboaoe Croauvo Inspire 5.1 S200 $105
ATX Casa

:, AOC7F 17
' ROC 9KLR 19"
:,: rSIOC IPI520 15"
-:;. AOC LN720 17AOC IPI 9 14 19"
, ;: S~ N N t t 1 N
:f; SOEEENsnt 170N

...$109 Msl G4 FxstNYTD 12IMb .... 4550


..,S199

LS" Floppy Dlab Drive


101100 Rthomss Care
44MB SVGAAGP Carel

H P 3650
H P 56SO

e 204NB DDR
Lei $2X CDILOM
4048 I ) DNA Hare Drive

'

$110
$130
$155

'

Upgrade Special

AiyIDDuten I3 GIIR Cpll wlfan


': irialnDoard ATM Casewlpower sup I

Fll Sclccgieef

ENERNAX POWER IllPPLY


3 OOWATT . . . . $ 4 9
3 SOVfATT . . . 4 l7 5

irlotiIerl3ogjrd CPU d)ICase ".'.

SBBO
S24O
S2FS
SEO$
SBB$
SOSO
82OIP
82FO
SSOO
SE4 $

GIGA BTTR
G A7VKMP .... . .
GA TVT40OL.....
GA SIPE ION/I ONP
G A IKhiXP,,, . . . .

GA KSVTSNP ...

XP 2100

XP - BIO

$110

XP 25N barton

4DO

XP 1400

$150

XP - 1NO Sanon

0110

XP 3550 barton

0195

XP - 3100 Sarttm

0455

MP 1050

0140

MP BIO

Sits
51st

OPTERDN 240

AOA31II ii SIT

505

eteb SOS Iteeb liteb


.... 4110
E)CNssss $105 $130 0105 01SO
Seagate
S t o $1 10
$135
nbnhn tptshi495 Si 10 $150 $195 $140
$125/$15S iI~
5 I ip 135 I N

..., 4200,
.....$170

.....$1 St
ASUS
ATV600 UAX, .

$125

P4CNO DELUXE

K S V DELUXE

$205

I 0/100 Ethernet Card.... . . . . . . $9.99


D-Link 4Pert Rouser ...,. . . , . . . . $ 4 9
L 757A2 SIS,.... . . . . . . . . . . . . , $00 D-Link Wireless ltouter .. . . . $ I 2$
. L450A2 .... , . . . . . , . . . . . . $99 . e
L ln
ro o se PCIPC C . 0'
-":

,:

vili:~.
a B i '-4j)))WWgI)

%66cegas
fc

'

R'

Inglewoo4 - LOtS Of f R H
I'k I S SNI 3 1$39 - 9th Ave. S.f.
(Acr ossfrom Petro Canada Truck Stop) Calgary,AB T2G OY I
(Cor nerof 9th A ve. Il9th St.) Calgary,ABT2F 2S9
Pill (403) %43 m99$3 F ax; (403) S43-9932
Ph: (4O$) $41 9 5 ) I F ax; (403) 242-59I d
Hours: iulonday - Friday 10 B.ITI - 5 p.lTI. Closed Sat. & Sun. Hours: Monday - Friday IO a.m - 5 p.m. Sat. Noon - 5 p.m. Closed Sun.
Pre reserve the right t o li mi t q uantity. AII prices ers for coshllnteroc only end sr subject to c hange without notice.

Motherboard
AMD
Gl~npge
7VM400MP
7N400-L
7N400 Pro2

Gc~ab e
~

BIG1 OOO
MK

SIPE1000-L
SS655FX

ASUS

AtsUS

A7V600
A7NSX
A7NSX-Deluxe

$179.95

Uideo Cards
ATI

$139.95
$139,95
$139.95

P4SSOO
P4PSQO
VM
P4PSOODeluxe

$139.95

065PE Neo2

$15 4 .95

MSI
$169.95

NF7-S

Motherboard
INTEL

ASIT

$159.95
$199!t5

$34.95
$29.95

Rsdeon7000
$79.95
PC Radeon
92MSK
$9 9 , 95
CDRWS
Sapphirc9200RETAIL $119.95
Ltteon24X$2X$2X $59.95
PC 96M 128hlBRETAIL $199.95
Sapphire9600RETAIL $199.95
LG$2X32X $2X
Sapphire 9600PraRKTAIL$229..
PC 9600pra 128MBRKTAII,
$239.95
PC 9600Pro256MB RETAIL
$249.95
Sapphire 9800XTRETAIL

26985

HARD DRIUES
Msxtor 4OGB
$043t5
Mmter 80GB
$99.95
Maxtor 120GS
$129.95
WD OOGB
$99.95
Wn OOGB
OMBCache $119.95
$129.95
Smgste SOGB
ScsgctcOOGBOMBCache $1393t5
SccgstcIIOG B
8149.95
Seagste t2OGB MB Cscheg'l69.95
Master OOGB
SATA
S I3 9 . 95
SesgsteOOGBSATA $ 1 3 9.95

Sesgate 12OGB
SATA $159.95
Wn 36.7 ns tor SATA 1 0 9.95

CRT Monitors

LG 7008

LG TytOBR

0159.95
$219,95

Semsuug133DF
Samsung
OSODF
Ssmsong
OSSMB

$179.95
8299.95

AOC 7F

s'l69.95
0229!s5

AOC 9KLr
Vlewsonic 81OF
ViesvcerdcG11F+
VtewmntcGOO
F
VlcwsontcPOOF

8329.95

$209.95

$259.95
$349.95
8429,95

Processog s
INTEL

XP 2000+ RETAIL $993t5


XP 2200+ RETAIL $114.95
XP 2400+ RETAIL $119.95
XP 2500+ RETAIL $129.95
XP 2600+ RETAIL $149.95
XP 2700+ RETAIL $109.95
XP 2800+ RETAIL $229.95
XP 3000+ RETAn. 5319.95
XP 3200+ RETAIL $469.95

P4 1.0 RETAIL
$19 9,95
Celeron 1,8 RETAIL $94.95
Celeron 2,0 RETAn. $99.95

XP 3200+(64-bit) RK'fAIL

$599.95

$149.95

CDROMS

Liteon $2X
LG52X

Processors
AMD

AOpen $2X24X52XRET
$69.95
AOpen 4$XExternal CDRW
$139.9$

POW E R SUPPLIES
$39 tt5
Generic 350W
TopCom350W Dual Fan $69 95

DUD-ROMS

Llteon 16X
LG I6X

LCD Monitors

Samsung
152B

Samsung 760V
Samsang171N
Samsung
191N

$379.95
$629.95
$679,95

$3 7 9,95

CDRWS/DUD Combo

Llteon 40X/16X DVD $79.%


LG 52X/I OX DVD
$79 .'6

DUDRWS

LG 4X +/~
Be i ge $179,9
LG 4X +/-/RAM Blach $1$9,95

AOC LM 720

$499.95

16-bit $ 24.95
$168 $ Generic
5.1
$2 9 ,95
$34 . 9 $ Generic Bve
c II Lr
25 Pack DVD-R
m auve yct lxa
$33 . 9$
5O Pack DVD.Rs
$79 . 9$ C rcsuvc tive S.l
$49. 9 5
C
reative
Aodlgy
1
$74 . 9$
128MB Compact Flash $69 ti5
cvccuvc
Aud!ay2
511 4 .95
256MB Compact RashsibL95 Crecuve
Aadlgy 2StKTAtL
128MB Secure Dsgstal $79.9$
$169.9$
256MB Secure Digital SI 0985 Cresuvc
gsugy
$19 9 .9$
CreativeAadlgy2Plcuaam ZO
128MB Smart Media $69.9$
$249.9$

si'79,9$

Sony 4X+/- Beige


Sony 4X+/- Black
P ioneer 4X+/-

$229.9$
$229.9 32MB Smart Media

Keyboard/Mice

Printers
Lcsmark Z33
L csmark ZtsSK
L cxmvk Z66N

Lesmsrk Xtlgo

$3$.9$ CsvcuvcAnion 2 Platlalna Pfe ZS


$329.9$

$219 . 9

Cases

Standard Mense
89.95
Opticalideate
$29.95
Logltcch
Optical Mouse 024.95

S tandard Speakers

Ihcrmcttskc Kcv/MemeCsmhe
$79.95 !
aectesctt Kcy/Meats CemheSS9.95
Log!tech
Key/MeaseCombo$5985
Leg!techatX Dce
812'a,
LegltcchCordlessFrccdsm 879.95
LegttechCordlessFcedamPro
$99.95
Leg!tech
Cerdluo Elite nne $129.
Wireless /Moose Combo849.95

Crecnve Zi 310
Crcauve Et 660

Networkinp

$09.95
$109 . 9 5

$204 . 95
$149.95
$199!15

8299.95

Samsuag 176O
Samsung1150

8289.95
$2993t5
$549.tn3

SsmsangSF-555P

$479.95

$119.95

SOUND CARDS

MEDIA

NEC4X+/-

Lesmsrk X5150
$499tt5
Lexmcrk X6150
$58 9 .95
$79 9 .95 Semsuag 1110

Samsung
IMT Plus $899.95

P4 2.4C RETAIL
P4 2.6C RETAIL
P4 2.0C RETAIL
P4 3.0C RETAIL

MX 440 oem
$69,9S
MSI MX 440 RETAIL
$79.95
ASUS 520064MB RKTAIL$99.95
ASUS 02M 120MB RETAIL

MSI 5200RETAIL SI 09.95


MSI 5600 120MB RETAI5239.95
$ 2 593t5
MSI 5600 256MB RKTAIBZ69 95
$ 2 59.95 ASUS 5600 12OMB RETAIL
$249.95
$ 3 09.95
$ 3 99.95
MSI 5700 120MBRETAIL
$259.95

$$9 ti$ 5 0 Pack CD-Rs


$44.9$ i OO Pack CD-R

Generic with 308% $29.9$


Standardwith350W $69.95
K aermax 300W
$39. 9 5 Chenbro GamingBomb $$9.9$
$124.9
Knermax 300W Doal Faa$69.95 Chenbro Xpider
K aermox
350W
$74. 9 5 Lansre
$199.
Enermax MOW Whisper $79.95 Pbaser III
$229.9
Enermax 450W
$11585 Pbascr Ill Aluminum $259.95
Eaermax450W Whisper$119.95 Scorpio
$139.
Scorpio Aluminum $199.95
Sonata
Case aadPowerSopply
$149.95
Faas Starung at $9,95
Lanboy
$139.9

LG 566LM
I.G L1715S
LGL1720B

Celeron 2.5 RETAIL $129.95


Celeron 2.7 RETAIL $159.95
P4 2.4B RETAIL
$249 cts

Uideo Cards
NUIDIA

4 Port Router
Y49.98
nnak 4Pert Beater
$69.95
Llnksys 4Port Router $79.95
Wireless 8 Router

Llaksys BRouter
Llaksys G
Router

869,90
899.95
$159.95

Ethernet Card

819.95

WirelessPCI Card
WirelessUSBCvd
Wlrclcm PCCard

$99.95
889.95
889.95

$19. 9 6

$39.95
AO?m atSOIO
tdutuaudh Spcckcrstt.l) 849.95

Crcstlve
6.i esse

879.9O

8129.95
8139.96

Legttech 23

089,95
879.95
$149.98

Attcc isa

Oxo.ou

Altec I' ll

859.95

tatitcch
Xxta

Log!tech
Zase

Leg!techZdse

$2IMI5

Network Cables

3FI' Patch
%T Patch
lOFT Patch
ISFf Patch
25Ff Patch
SOFT Patch
100FT Patch

$3sm

6Ff Crossover

84.93
$7 ctg

1OFf Crossever
16FT Cremever
25FT Crossover
SOFT Crossover
100Ff Crossover

84.90

$7.95
$9.95

814.95
$19,95
$29.95

Sp.og

814.95
819.90
829,95

44:

Oi~

e O.COm
! %% R
~ ~
~
~
~
~
~
il
f NontoSat9amto9ym-SnnlaysanlHoHHayaeamto6nm>
r

II
IO I'

'

lf

I '

' I)'

' l l '

< i'

a 5

>) ) '

II
'' ) '

ill '
a

)'

<

i ) ) 'I

) I'

ll

'i i '

'J

ll

>ff

i )) '

I sl I

-i
h

N]

Ih

hhPrkasiihhhdihdgayrhhhihhiiakyj .,
Wosla~
~
Chat lhewskea iiiIastihhhih

i I

Wa~

ll s s hhhk la ~

g 481Nadeot)Tail%-' ~~Tel:(4N)
287&5-Fax(403)287-%7-eeaif:oemdeyot@sheea-ResellersWelcome '<~
~ ". : , m
~~i-.~:a.

www.hubcanada.corn

~+~

'~

~ 'n ~"

w~

vetsi h h hmOeww ~

'

D ecember 2QQS -

~a ~ ~

w~

kwemw~ s~h. ~

.,c s i ~ h~

H U B : D igitai Living: Caigary Sectio n

~ iwi>P4

CA 19

DELL PII 400NHz

IBN Pill 500NHz

DELL Pill 66FNHz

DELL PIII T33NHz

128Nb Ram
8.4Gb Hdd
CD-Rom
Sound
10-100Lan
KB & Nouse

128Nb Ram
8.4Gb Hdd
CD-Rom
Sound
10-100Lan
KB & Mouse

128Mb Ram
10Gb Hdd
CD-Rom
Sound
10-100Lan
KB & Mouse

128Mb Ram
20Gb Hdd
CD-Rom
Sound
10-100Lan
Win98SE COA

sees
~

AMD ATHLON XP2400+ TOWER SYSTEM

IAMD ATHLON XP2400+ PROCESSOR


I512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
ISOGB 7200RPM HARDDRIVE
l52X CD-RW
l10X DVD ROM
ilNTERGRATED VIDEO IL AGP SOCKET
ilNTEGRATED 10-100LAN
IATX CASE w/300WATT POWER SUPPLY
lKB S MOUSE INCLUDED

46
k8
'

'

"

'-

'

I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I

ilNCLUDES:
g LG 700S 17" SVGA MONITORIWlndows 00SE COA
mm m

w m m

w w m m

m m m m

m m m m

w m m

m m m m

m m w w

1 7" MONI T O R S

1 9" MONI T O R S

Great Sift Idea

Oreat Gift Idea

y yW

m m m

m m m m m

w m w

m m m m

CORHERSTOIIE P 16 0
$ 1" SVGA M O M T O R
gp<
+ 3jppo !~+go YkQ3

Logitech TracMan
3pc Mini
Live Cordless
SubWoofer System
Ilouse

m w m m m

m w m w

m m a

LQ 7OOS

Great Gift Idea

Orea Gift I ea

lomega
External40x12x48
CD-RW

APC Smart UPS


1000

PC SERVICE SPECIAL

PC DIAGNOSTIC AND VIRUS CHECK AND


REMOVAL
CASE CLEANING INSIDE & OUT
g
mm m

m m

m w m w

w m m

w m m m

m w m

m w m m

M - F: 8:34AM - AM

sA~:<4:44AM 6~M
SUN: CLOSED
C A 20

m m m m m

w m m

m m m

m m m m

m m m m

m m w

m m w m

m m m

m m m i

~ S g ~ ~ gg g @

s 1Sgssg ng ~ Ve NE

HU EI: Di gital Living: Calgary Section -

D ec e m b e r 2 O QS

www.hubcanada corn

! ! New Show r oo m No w O p e n ! !
Come By Our New C o m p uter Design Centre For A Low Key, h e s s ure Free
Consultation Before You Buy Your Next Computer. Our Extremely Knowledgeable,
Nonwommision, Unbiased Sales Staff Will Help You Decipher The Often Cryptic
Computer World.
Pentium 4, Athlon, Celeron, Geforce, Radeon, Hyperthreading, Tablet PC, Centrino,
802.11a/b/g, PC3200, FSB, S-ATA, RAID, DDR, XP, Ghz, GB, SXAGP, 64 bit, USB2.0
This Is Our World And We Can Explain It To You In Language You Will Understand.
Visit Us And You' ll Find Out Why Thousands Of Home And Business Users Have
Chosen Problem Solved Over The Last Decade. Excellent Computers, Great Value,
Unparalleled Service Are Just the Beginning.

Asus P4C800E-Deluxe
Gigabyte SSIIMILH-P
1 024 MB Dual Channel PC3200 DD R
2 56 M B P C 2 7 0 0 D D R
Radeon 9800XT/GeForce FX5950 Ultra O n B o ard AGP
1.44 MB Floppy Drive
1A4 M B Floppy Drive
40 GB 7200 R PM
2 X 120 GB S-ATA 7 20 0 R P M
L iteon 16X DV D
Liteon 52X CD ROM
On Board Audio
Liteon 4X DV D +/ - RW
Creative Labs Audigy 2
On Board Ethernet
Labtec Spin55 Speakers
Gigabit Ethernet
Logitech Z-5300 Sp eakers
A TX Tower, Front USB, 300 W a t t
Antec Sonata, 380 W at t P o we r Suppl y
Lo g i t e c h I n t ernet Keyboard
Logitech MX Du o Cordless Keyboar d
Lo g it e c h O p t i cal M o u se
W indows XP Ho m e
Logitech MX Duo Cordless Mouse
S pecial I n tel Celeron 2 4 GH z $9%9 $6 9 5
6 in 1 M e d i a C a r d R e a d e r
S pecial I n tel Celeron 2.6 GHz @V45 $72 0
Windows XP Pro
On Special P e n t ium 4 3 .2 C $ M I9 5 $ 3 3 9 5 S p e c ia l I n t e l Celeron 2.8 GHz 57 785 $76 0
On Special Pentium 4 3.0C $8499 $3190
On Special Pentium 4 2.8C $8499 $3100
e

8 02.1'I G NetMvorking Demo / RAID 0, 1 ,


5 - Simulate Drive Failure / Tablet PC Help or Hype'P / External Hard Drives C an They Replace Tape? You Can Test
and Decide / Video Capture Hands On

V lewsonic VG700B 17"


NEC LCD1760V 17 "
V iewsonic Vp191 b 1 9
NEC LCD1960NX 19 "
V iew s o n ic VP201 20
NEC LCD2080UX 20 "

$69%
$6 4 5
$ P%Q
$6 8 0
g %4 i p S $ 10 2 5
$ 99 5
$9 6 0
$ - ' H% 9 $ 1 7 0 0
$ 9 8 59 $ 20 0 0

I !NEW 96 Skyline Cree. N.E., Calgary, AB Tel: 730-8 02 6 F ax: 20 6 - 7 53 7 N E W I I


Call for current price and availability.
www . p roblemsolved.ca s a les@problemsolved.ca
Hours M-F 9-6, Sat 12-5, Closed Sun, Long Weekends

www.hub canada.corn

December 2 OCG

- H U B : D i g ital Living: Calgary Sec t ion

CA 2 1

umm
,

, j-.-f ' ' .'

w * ;. +

', ,

. ' '

, "

'*

' -"i~~~p;I,"",= -', It ,'i .0='=.~~%, u " <lip"";".,:.A


+
P).s

=' S

uk'

Complete Your LinuxCertificate In Just 3 months


o

Prepare to write the LPI Certification


Level 1 in 3 months (weekday, fast-track)
or 6 months (weeknights).

COMPUQ~ICIN

1-866-771-7761
OOo
Data NoCharge
Free Evaluation
Data Suarantee
All Hard Drives,
Tapes, 0/S (O
PC, IEIAC
)

TOUR
SOURCE
FORRHEPC
NIHUSNST
PRODU
CIS

Introduction to Unix/Linux
Linux Level 1: Fundamentals
Linux Level 2: System Administration
Linux Level 3: Networking
LPI Certification Preparation Course

mm uousrRovRL
lLuill COLN
tocullt ofContinuingEducoeone Enusuion

Information: 440-6929
I

wny tnrow swoy your usstt ssrotdassp

Roo
f,oco' Iisiolcos

. .

.'lt

' o

o .

..

tin to 90 AS m V I F SSS otyom nrlsusa soot ssuos sowl

INE
LASSR
rONZRR E'I'ILL

Great Deals o n
D f f .Lease
Notebooks, Desktop Rt Monitors
www.LessTech.corn 4S,6-4018866 S;888.320-8866

ttsnu It yoursstt or sm do It tor you. l4sesls fiss ssrsttmt

Trillaolt RIIIIreh

Canon, EPSON, HP, Lexrnark, NEC, Xerox,

qppsg

BrOt h er, ... Any inklet a Loser Pdnters, Copfats, pan


Ie.nf TellRSELT EIK REIfILL KITS
euatnnteedi
sottise eOK4lm EXNESS REFILL SERVICE

eNlf COIPRIOLE INKCLRTRIDSES:


~d- CuB for
Besthicnrg. ThsBssfhethrssk lofrtnf Nce Gnernnfssd!( .
w'e tto stsotmepopsntno an sstuntsy 4 sunday fto:oaamnoa~J
i vsse
st:NeW CrcnnresdS Flea SenrrtetOdmuAoosuonr tgsg.~utn Sat
'
I' ll
a
. .
9

Learn AutoCAD in 4 weeks

With over 20 years of sofbvare development with some of


largest companies In the world, in high profile projects
Including the military, oilpatch, commerce, security
pharmaceutical, telecommunications and Oraphics
sectors, Trandsoft is well equipal to handle your iT project
large or small.

Coursesinclude:
rADDSystem Manaeement I,4utor4D I,AutnrifD rrandAutumn fir

Vfrth a practical no-nonsense in-the-trenchapproach to


software product development utilizing cutting edge
development methodologies and technologies our motto is
'We Deliver'- just ask our clients.

at caddtasatt.ca or can (403) sadN43O

Coursesrun Monday to Friday,12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Jan. 12 - Feb. 6, 2004 M nr. 1 - Mar. 26, 2004

Fee:
$14 9 9 (includes books)
Formem ln
jbnnudon,pleaseem ailus

REDEFINE YDOJRSELF

For development,outsourcing and product partnering,


s contactTrandsoft today. (403) 266-5666 www.trandsoft.corn

6031 - 3rd St. S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1K3


Phone (403) 252~36 Fax (403) 255-5748
Email: bestechOteltisplanet.net
Electronic Services Ltd.

We alsosentloe: Toshlha, tony, tharft andtanya

WE SERVICE LARGE SCREEN TVS INSHOP OR ON SITE


R eyaus CoTVs, VCRs, DVDs, Aucho h Camcorcfars
Authorized Service Centre for:

only otgnnn r ~sr uuoms rtgrdg MK~

Le

*-

smso~ ot rnrgo APEXDigilsl

4
,

- ~

256NIB DDR Memory PCZTOO


406B 7300rpm drive
Video On main board
ATX esse 17
Sound On main board
300w power supply
4x USB v2,0
on board IDE ATA133 support

Glgabyte 7N400L1
KT400A, USB v3
512ISS DDR PC2700
C ATX 17" tawsr case
300w power supply
OGB hard drive 7200rpm
Sound Card on board
GeForce4 64MB BxAGP
Have ASCOT bugd It snd
sriarmnneas tune lt for $4

10/100ethernet Ilan canl


LG 52x CD-ROM
Have ASCOT build It snd

AMDOuron1,3G p59
A MDXP2200
030 9
A MOXP2400
841 7
Many More Optio"

5348
AMDXp
ur~onpp
AMD XP25PP
Barton 558
AMO XP 2800
570
AND XP2700
590
AMDXP2800-Barton 638
Many Nore Option
A v a i t a b i o

A v a I I 8 b I 0

GSa yte oar


256MB PC2700
ATX case w/300w PS
32MB video on board
10/106 lan on board
Sound on board
Build.it.Your.Self.Kit
HaveASCOT Build It

ganaan

4I4888ISIN44LI
II844W

XP-2800+ Barton
XP-2700+
XP-2800+
XP-2500+ Barton
XP-2400+
XP-2200+

CIO~

A OC 1 ' "
F IL A

Ce

.:
4l4 4 cpf8sS7
Ckf
47a e p a
bwf / b ate m O i ntt

IiijIIIIIIIIIXIIILI
$3 ABIT GI abyte >4
29$ ASUS 88kl
SIN
177 ECS s h uttleb

72O

XP-3000+ Barton 9 88
P -2800+ Barton 8 9 8
P-2700+
889
2 500+ Barton I f 8
XP-2200+
789
o the r
O p t / D na
ve
A
/ / a h / e

8+2wl
m

Ma or 1206 '
~

Bvt

Exlm ease fan


Ox USS v2, SATA
AGP Ox, EthemetlLAN
PerformanceTunedl

78T
T34
70T
888
889
859

. O@f p+

Ilmlatan , 6 erlelal

-Redeon I

GV

AO
/,1

~ Lp

9
2 208
2 294

IN
~jen MOnss
$,$pf

1'.-

. e on~aorDVD-r Nledla

)bet

III

"

In 6
I nte P 2.86
I nta P 3.06

S59~.'.Mk
ASCII

Ipe

PR

ct

9,',

RNA TNTZ SZNBPCI


f79
ATixpenSON 3368 s m
spelt rester all metal
Seb~ gl gl Q I GVC
XP-SONBARTONbss
NN iiiieII
Gefcres4NX44$ BDDR
SxAGP
GVC Opt melar w/print senor
XP-SNO BARTON
bee
Redecn79$9$46 P
DRAGPSX
64
t98p
Ogg
+
XP-37$9bsx
RsdecnOSNISSN DORAGPOg ss
37 9 $9
3CON ScNSC TRIO/IN PCI
149 Epox soYo
XPGNO hex
IIII8IDM
OspphbeRsdecnONOpmtSOMDORAGFOX 333
5ncrt 1$H$9 switch Ocmecm
XP-25$$BARTONbsx
139
Ssnphlm
Redesn939$129NDDR AGFOX 93
AOC?7."?F 354gl~TSymrpdL 149N 5 lt 1$/199 swltek Snreccm
XP-3499bex
110
KIIKCDII6!ILI
Os
j phi m Redecn
9309prc129INDDRAGPOX 5$9 AOC l$"KLRZ dnl T 3 esrpdL 344$5dpcrt?$/IOO
t
dtrh Ounce
XP-ZZOObsx
194LGSSxcdrsmlDEbslselalsck SSSISS4 SI IFX529$129NBOxAGPODRtvm
119 AOC >5"LCD1yeer P
NOOO 34pcrt 1$/19$ swkch 65ll
URON-I.SG Bsx
37$ LG1$sdvdsemlOEhelge/Black $457 SISIFX5N$13$NBOsAGPOORlvm
33$ AOC 7" LCO1 earP
ON
others
eall
or s scntpc.c
4 S.ZG 599NHS
9$ 4ic li' iii, L p~l
n$.55
53s34sOZCDRWbelasl
bleck $4$9 NSI Tv Tnnereenlwlrsm cts NPEG4
3 LG
4 3.$G 599MHs
s e
.ao
LG CombsCORW49ssDVDIOx
c al l o
w
Samsung43' Plasma, PPN4383
P4 2,$6 OOOMHS
e ~ge I black $?WZZ
53s
CDRWexternal OOBvZpcd $59
)A4
FloPPy
D
P4 2.6G533ISOONHS $339IS45 LG
SaS fOrBROrBOORNO~ ~
55
A4 Floppy D sk D vsu
OVDRW 4s 4x 40499
3 1 $4.99 easewOSOwPO valse esse
85
159 LG
Intel Celeren2.?bsx
Llnksvs Zport KVM switch w/cable $4
Plesxtcr OVDRW
4t 4x PX-?OSAIOW 3349 ATX
OII PIStll/f4I!NII'IMB
Intel Cebrcn 3.5kcs
I
ISOCsD sr asceVm.cern for cgnr brandsAlX17"cssekcnlUOSmvpe
rtlWM swRch
59
Intel Cslsrnn3.5 kos
3116
ANTE C
Bi u l a l s e k i g e
33
S VI 2 pert card PCI
l99 Osbwcclir Fpmkem
smmin sound 5
nfwlndcw sees
Intel Ceisrn~e
$99
USB
vz
2
port
sard
PCI
74 Parallel Port card PCI
Xplder GamerCasewOSO
w ps
SIZ4LcOitschSphcszsts
Enennex3$9w
pcwsrscpply
$4 teOltechWphcez94$
99 4 port USB
37
external hub
7000.AICcOkra Geist CPUfcr
4 LcOlt
ech5-pleceZ5NTHX
5 19 APC Pnwsrasr
MexlcrOOGBTZNmm.......... S4.N Zslmsn
35$wpewerscpply
psr?wl3250$ Insurance 29
...$5$.$8 Ensnnm
Enennm450wpswlfscpply
$114Lcgasch5eiscsZ$99THXIOTOIDclby L99 APC UPS 355va class
Mastcr12$08?SOFipm
)
29.$0ANDIP4.
79
Zslmen
ZN
F1
Case
Fsn
w/Nelssless
Qe
AOFEHPCI
sound
ner
d
4
Cha
nnel
SZ
Msstnr16968?SNrpm..........)1$?.N
39$w wi urskess sr case
10
AnDVlrus20$3 nem
...314.$$
Sound BlsetsrUvel Balky OkiOel5.1 54 Norton
Sssgats OOGB
Omlel ATA$61..$124 Adap
te
r.
Norton
systsmwerksitre2003
esm
37
Sound BlssterAcdlgy 555.t
73
seegste 13$09 Serial ATAONB..$1$4Otyicn apts XPSNOs
6 5SNRFN...$24
l
I
14
OcnndalsstsrAvdl
3
Sds sl 8 Nctebcck Drives Call

XP-SSN
SAlllmmiss

CSS BuXjly erss)9'gskers

MOO 128NS

.'.$7

B w AOPwl~ a t t

6 ""iA'I'P 4
xiii.iI vpirfl

@I!-49-j

Gigabyto, 8xagptra

0 PS

i l

1 Year Warranty

P4 2.66
1 766 g
Celeran 2.76 0'l659
Ce(oron 2.6G 639
Ce aron 2.5G))
I 599

Imeaal
l&52XCIII.
: ==
)7'8,
ISOIPI

httI)I""'
Carcass e c/s, tv-lut

P4 2.88G 80088itz 1 058


Ceieron 2.7
957
Celeron 2.8
934
898
Ceieron 2.4

FIE

CS
CSS

P ,
8
2 , 04
P4 2.86 800M 2 1 , 1 1S

t.

n e
N ot e b o o k s

LG DVD I CD4tw combo


6 Channel sound an board
Extra case tan
Opthnixsd Cahgng
Optlmlxed Connguratlon
Perfonnance Tuned

LG Ozx24x52 Codtw

818
17" 0IB8

ave ASCOT Build It

iQ

Windows XP Hams add $160


Windows keybosnl
6 ehsnnelsound on hoard

Battery 4 Charger
Fq Oily tak-@arWera

Gloabvte OIPE1000L
Intsgi Chluset, OOOFSS
wlnMOS 1GNDual ODR PCSZO
Maxtor 1206B SertaiVLTA
ATX Tower Case, Frant uSS
300w Power Sunply
1.44MS Floppv Odvs
lgahvte Radean $100ss 138M
Cindows keyboard
Windows XP Home sdd $166
LoalteehWheel Mouse

Glaabvte TVTOOOM.
tGB1lDR PC3200
Maxtor 0066 SerlaIWTA
ATX case 17
300wPower Supply
1,44 Flo
AGPOx
RadsoII 0200se

10/100 ethernet LAN


Perfonnance Tunsdl

Ssbyte board
ECS board
256MB DDR PC2700
256SIB PC2700
4x PCI,AGP,
ATX case w/390w PS
4 USB v2
eporce4 64MB Sx AG
ATX Case 17"
10/160 Ian on board 300w
Power Supply
Sound on board
Bupd.lt.Your.Seif.K I
Build, It. Your Self.KIt
ave ASCOT Build It $40

4!484N84II%1444I 4234 ICPD

Glgabvts 7N400L1 nForcs2


512MS DDR PC2'/00
OOGB 7200RPM hard drive
ATX 17" tower ease, front USS
300w Power Sbpply
1 A4 Fle pny
Geforeed64MB DDR OxAGP
Windows keyboard
Windows XP Hams add $160
Laglteehwheel mouse
Dual Amp. Speakers
6 channel sound
s
LG 5 2x24x52 CD4SW
O
extr a case fan

9
P4 2.0G 800Mhz 688
P4 2.6G 800Mhz 628
P4 2.6G 533Mhz 819
Coiaron2.66
97
Cgieron2.46
78
Many More Op Ion
A vaI I a b I 0

AMD uroo .36 237


XP 2400 298
g 2.03ggg I2 5 AMD
AMD XP 2500 69
Cele ron2,66
08
Caleronz.'46
3 7 4 U g 512MBPC270
[64
Many Igore Oyt ons Zany More Opt/on
ti o n A v e I I oni a Avai
l ab l e

illI I",
any ofs

Glgabyte 88655FX-L
800FSS, USS v2
256MB DDR PC3700
ATX 17 tower ease
300w pewer supply
8066 '7260rpm hard drive
Sound Card on board
Gsparcs4 64MB OXAGP
Have ASCOT buRd It end
ertormanees tune ltfor $4

Award Ni n niny

IijIIII/401

Why Would ycugive anyone money tc slap together your new ccmputsr? g,
We performance, cable, BIOS and 08 tune your system to run faster and
cooler, spending over 1 hour on your system. Give up bad design for good!
K I IL i il l i i i i

345 95
20898I408III04M8,f82I40BII97668
BtgiIONS OOIBO B8 68 8II-2IM887'
201 2II8.M 858 82
~ 5 8 IM88MOBSOOB
88928 94

88t II4 898 8IM86

4SCOTpc.corn

llltPOlfuCItl fI

e n erne
e rice~

9 95 . L A
/month

Believe It!
Each account includes:
-. Unlimited internet Access
5 Email Addresses
' Parellfaf FHtels

Spam Rlters
Free Eman Support
WebmaN Access
instant Nessaglng Compatible

Q r Qanizatiun (and fu n )
u n th e B o
digital sidekick.

this handheld is the bright 3.5-inch screen, which makes any multimedia come to life. It has a headphone jack, but you can also listen to
audio via the built-in speaker. A microphone for making voice notes is
also included.
Nestor Gula

Pocket PC

Palm OS

Dell AXiiTI X3
www.dell.ca Estimated price: $549

PalmOne has added new models to its consumer and business lines,
providing gift ideas for Santas in all budget ranges. All of the following
models have rechargeable internal batteries, run Palm OS 5.2.1, and
are Windows and Mac compatible.

For the organized oreven better, the organizationally


impaired aPDAls a great gift idea. If your giftee is already
toting a handheld, there is a wide-range of add-ons, software,
games, and cases that will help them get the most out of their

With 64 MB and a 400 MHz processor, the lightweight [140 g] Dell Axim X3 Pocket PC has
enough memoryand computing power to
handle all applications [it comes with versions
of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Explorer
on board]. Though it isn't exactly a replacement for your desktop or laptop PC, you can
use it to work on spreadsheets, play games,
send and receive email, and surf the Web(via
integrated WiFi connectivity), The Axim X3
connects to your computer via sync cradle,
cable [both are included], or Bluetooth (using
an SD card, available separately). A standout in

Zire 21
www.palmone.corn Estimated price: $149
This very affordable model is also very basic. It has a 160x160-pixel
monochrome display, B MB of built-in memory, two buttons(calendar
and contacts] combined with up and down navigational controls clustered below the display, and comes in an attractive white plastic case
with plastic stylus and blue rubber cover flap. The Bre 21 syncs via
Mini-USB cable or infrared link. It has no media card slot for adding
memory. It's very basic, but it's a good choice for those making the
leap from a paper-based organizer.
continued onpage24

tttostlnff

. . . o rnam names

.' ; ,'co-. ocation,.

Peeicat~sa

Reliability.

, eel

ates

windows Server ar Unix


Unhmited Email addresses
','tIvUp to T,000 AtISdisk space

Since 1996, Korax has offered


organizations, government, and
individuals the reliability of
business-class web hosting.

Spamand virus protection

Unixshell with SSH


AtiySQIPHP

We guarantee our service with our


unique SLA agreement, offering
lCI0% availability all the time.

ASP.NET, Ctt,VS, ASP,';''


Secure Ffp over SSH
Personal care extras

We' renot a reseller. We' re serious


about your business. And we
"' guarantee it.
Q t.

Unrivalled professionalisrn

rices
sloo

g e' @
ef

boa ax.corn
ed% 1-..577-567-2963
q,-

Business class web hosting


www.hubcenede.corn

December K 30 3

=-

K O 8 A X~

- HU B : D i gital Living

"
R3

continued
from page23

Tungsten E

exceptions are the Palm Zire 71 and Tungsten T.


David Tanaka

Estimated price: $299


Though it's a business-oriented line, the multimedia features in the
Tungsten models make them appealing for
non-businessuses too.The E model,w ith 32
i
MB of built-in memory, a 320x320 colour
screen,headphone jack,and SO card slot,
connects to a PC via a Mini-USB cable or
infrared link. It has a shiny metal case and
five-way navigator with four control buttons
l el a
[calendar, contacts, to-do list, and notepad).
With its card slot, colour screen, and headphone jack, the Tungsten E does triple duty
as an organizer, photo album, and audio
player (MP3 and Real Audio formats). A good
tool for those who want a POAthat mixes business and multimedia
features.

Tungsten T3
Estimated price: $599
With a 4DDMkz processor (the others use 126 Mkz processors), 64
M B of built-in memory, and

I !i j7; i
~.,e e

f a 320x320-pixel display
that slides open to
', 320x480,thesleek
,' brushed-metal T3 is a very
, .' nice device that expands on

,' the E's multimedia features.


The extra screen real estate,
and ability to change the view from vertical to horizontal, means
wide-format photos aren't downsized to fit the screen and there' s
plenty of room for the on-screen keyboard for text entry. Like the E, it
can beused as an MP3 player,butthe T3 adds voice recording and
video playback to its multimedia arsenal, It has a five-way navigator
and four control buttons, and has Bluetooth as well as USB[via the
included cradle) and infrared connectivity.
Megan Johnston

St tilusCentral PDA Aluminum Hard Cases


www.styluscentral.corn Estimated price range: $25-49
You' ve spent a lot of money on a sleek-looking handheld, so why let
it get dinged and scratched? StylusCentral's
series of anodized-aluminum cases are
designed to protect your POA while fitting
comfortably around it, holding it snugly in
place with a neoprene lining. I tried the
model for the Palm Zire 71, which
includes storage slots for two spare
SO cards and openings for easy
access to the Zire 71's various slots,
connectors, and even the reset button. In lact, once you put the PDA in
the case, there's not much reason to take
it out. The only thing missing? A belt clip.
Emru Townsend

Palm Executive Multifunction

If you switch between pen and Palm and presentation, you may
wish you didn't have to juggle different pen-shaped items. The solution? Palm's Executive Muitifunction Stylus. With a twist of your
wrist, the pen tip changes into a plastic Palm stylus; flip the whole
thing around and you can use it as a laser pointer or a flashlight.
Even better, despite the Palm logo on the side, it can be used on any
touch-sensitive screen, piece of paper, or meeting-room wall.

Sean Carruthers

Belkin St tilus Multi-Pack


www.belkin.corn Estimated price: up to $12'

Accessories
Belkin Wireless PQA Ketlboard

+*

www.belkln.cern Estimated price: $75


There's a wireless keyboard from a company called Pocketop that
uses a clever mirror system to
reflect the keyboard's infrared signals to a Pocket PC or Palm handheld's IR port. This wireless PDA
keyboard from Belkin uses the
same principle, although it's noticeably bigger overall than the
Pocketop. The trade-off is that this
model's keys are closer to those of
a standard keyboard, which many people will
find easier to use. The CD included with the keyboard has both Palm and PocketPC driversIwhich can also be found
on Belkin's Web site). Most handhetds are supported, but notable
2%

HU B i O i gioel Uving - O e c e m ber BQCK3

Stylus

wwwyalmone.corn Estimated price: $30

If, like me, you tend to lose your PDA stylus on a


regular basis, you may want to check out
Belkin's stylus multi-packs. Each package contains several replacements, so you always have
another ready when one goes missing. There are
replacements for several Palm and Pocket PC
models. I See the POAaccessories section of the
Belkin Web site for your model.]
SC

Games in your palm


Yahtxee
www.handrnark.corn Estimated price: $27
If you are a fan of Yahtzee and Palm, download the electronic version of Yahtzee. The game looks great on a high-resolution colour
screen. The scorecard is on the left and dice are on the right, with a
big oval Roll button just below them. When you hit Roll, the animated
www.hubcanada.corn

dice tumble and realistic audio adds to the


effect. The play is true to the originalbut no sneaking an extra roll. Handmark
alsomakes Scrabble and Monopoly under
license from Hasbro.
DT

5.0+,Pocket PC 2002+, and No kia N-Gage operating systems.


SC

Calypso

www.fun4palm.corn Estimated price: $20e


Calypso is a downloadable Tetris-like
game [falling pieces you fit into a grid).
The base is a hexagonal grid with tinted
areas that change colour when you successfully fill them. Like Tetris, it can be
highly addictive, and you need your wits
about you because the pieces fall faster as
the game progresses.
DT

PalmPak Game Essentials


www.palm.corn Estimated price: $50
If you' re not into the old arcade classics, this SD card features a variety of other games, including SimCity, Atum, Shanghai, Billiards, and
Vegas VIP Casino. It's compatible with all Palm OS devices with an
SD slot.
SC

Atari Retro
www.gomdm.corn Estimated price: $50
There's something about vintage video games that never gets old.
Atari Retro features versions of classics such as Asteroids, Breakout,
Centipede,
Missile Command, Yar's Revenge,Adventure,and Pong.
They all come on a single SD card, which is compatible with Palm OS

*Converted from US$9.25[stylus multi-packs),

US$20 [Yahtzeej, US$15 [Calypso)

ShopOnline

www. a nitec. ca
' ~

Corrt uter Technoto

$119:

$225

Q@~'
52x24x52;
CDRW

$35

o n l in e

~I mk

AtuIDgl
P4 2.6C

171N LCD
17" Slim

$545 '

172IIlf.17@j10:9
"I' "

.aaagR&58HR

sr

XP2500+

PCgef,~a,,g;.,,v, .

'A'iA8UNC'

b a n k in g

g gi iNP
152T LCD
' 15" DVI

-'SANISMIIN6
' Il ~%''1'4WMW

.=' -'

$399

$152

;S699 ';

DDR400
512Mb

ATI Radeon
9600Pro 128

$89

$189

~omeum be

, ' SRNO ,
FP991 19"
Dual mode
Pivot
LCD panel

'

II

lsastem".
Nglbd

800BB
80Gb

$83 '

J'le%'",
P4P800
Deluxe

'(

$168 '

"

If '

K 7S5A Pro ' , -

I172IN 17"
16;9 wide scree
-. Dual iliode,

M44~ k4~
- ptatinurnr p'eitne j'.-:,

hqnix '

DVD+/-RW .

le

L.e

4040B 4X

ACTSYSTEM
p-' 'I Pro 2000+

: ' -$255rll,40Q,

$54 -~....-"' $3'38

799
II

P/a t [num Partner

2629 Kingsway, Vancouver,BC, V5R 5H4 Phone: 604-435-2038 Fax: 604-435-1298 Toll Free:check online

www.hubcenede.ccm

D ecember 2 0 0 3

- H LI B : Digitel Living

25

T uning into h u l iday a o u n d e


if your holiday music tastes lean towards the Pogues'
Falrytale of NewYork" or anything from the Boney MChristmas
album, you may have been barred fromusing the home stereo
system. Happily, with a portable music player you can play
anything you like without offending those around you. Here are
a few tools to help get your solo party started.

storage device and all you have to do is drag and drop the files on its
desktop icon. It sounds great, the user interface is simple and battery
life is good a single charge lasts up to eight hours. The Lyra
RD2760 is a great portable music device and proof that MP3 players
will be continue to get smaller, more powerful, and more affordable.
Nestor Gula

Portable MP3 players

Accessories

Apple iPod 20 and 40 GB

Belkin iPod add-ons

www.apple.ca Estimated price: $5?9 and 729


Still the coolest MP3 player going, Apple has introduced new iPods,
in'20 and 40 GB capacities. Both come with
a FireWire dock (USB 2.0 dock/cable
sold separately] and wired remote
control. The new iPods are compatible
with both Mac and Windows right out
of the box. Yeah, an iPod costs a bit
more, but it's still hard to beat its elegance and ease of use.(See HUB
September 2003 for more on the iPod.)
Sean Carruthers

CreativeNomad MuVo NX 128 MB


www.nomadworld.corn Estimated price: $230
The Nomad MuVo NXis a tiny flash-based player that doubles as a
128 MBUSB memory key.Although the NX version
of the player is the same size as the standardMuvo, itadds an LCD window
and a full menu system, which
means that not only can you
see what's playing, you can
delete files, adjust EO settings,and more. The MuVo
NX can also be used as a
voice recorder, thanks to a
tiny built-in microphone. The
whole thing runs on just one AAA battery. A 256 MB version of the
MuVo NX is also available.
SC

Lyra R02760
www.rca.corn Estimatedprice:$379
This model is similar to other Lyras except that it's thicker thicker
because this player is loaded. It has a
miniature 1.5 GB internal hard disk that
can store about 25 hours of music in
MP3 format or 50 hours in MP3Pro
format. It's still quite small, measur-

ing 5.8x5.8x2.8 cm, and weighs


just 91 g. It comes with an armband but is small enough to tuck
into a shirt or jacket pocket.
Transferring files is easy: most computers will recognize it as an external
2B

H U B : D i g i tal Living - D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 3

www.belldn.corn Price: $149 (Media Reader), $75 (Voice


Recorder), $40~ (TuneDok)
Belkin checks in this Christmas season with a trio of accessories for
youriPod.
If your digital camera is getting full but you have no
way to offload the images, Belkin's new Media
Reader for iPod allows you to stick your camera's
memory card into the appropriate slot, then
copy the files to your iPod's hard drive. It uses
thedock connector found on new iPod models
and is powered by four AAA batteries. It' s
compatible with
1/
CompactFlash,
SecureDigital/MMC,
Memory Stick, and
Smart Media cards, and has
a sliding door to cover the
slots when they' re not in use.
The hitch: you have to upgrade
your iPod's firmware to version 2.1.
The Voice Recorder attachment hooks to the top of your iPod, and if
you have v2.1 of the firmware already installed, there's nothing else
to do just attach it and select "voice memos" in the Extras folder.
You can't use it at the same time as your headphones, but it's easy to
attach and remove, and has a protective cover for its connectors
when not in use.
If you like to take your iPod on the road, the Tune Dok is a great companion for the car. It includes a base with a pivoting stand that fits
into a cup holder in your car. Once you' ve put your iPod in the
TuneDok, you can adjust its height with the ratcheting neck design,
and use the suction cup to hold it in position.
SC

Ettimotlc ER-6 Isolator headphones


www.headphonezone.corn Estimated
price:$198
If you want a really compact set of headphones for your MP3 player
that also cancel out noise and
sound great, take a listen to
Etymotic's ER-6 Isolator earphones, They' re designed to fit
right into your ear canal, like
earplugs, and you have your
choice of silicon or foam tips. The
great news is that because they
block out ambient noise[15 to
l!"

www.hubcanada.ccm

20 dB reduction), you can listen to music at a much lower volume,


protecting your hearing. They' re certainly pricey, but once you' ve
tried them out, the sound quality speaks for itself. SC

an interesting way to get surround sound while keeping it to yourself.


[If you can't find this locally, check out www.neo-eshop.corn.I
SC

MMGear MSOOFL5.1headphones

Sennhesier PXC 250 headphones

www.mmgear.corn Estimated price: $90

www.sennheiser.corn Suggested retail price: $1?'9


If you' re a frequent traveller even if it's only a daily walk/train/bus
to work you probably plug yourself in
to a Walkman or MP3 player for
some personalized zone-out music,
and crank the volume up to get
past the ambient noise of engines
and other people. Save your ears:
Sennheiser's padded PXC 250 headphones not only look good and feel
good,they sound good especially
when much of the outside world is fil
tered out via the NoiseGard compensation
system. I tried the headphones sitting in the
noisiest part of a bus and on Montreal's metro
system; in both cases, activating NoiseGard
eliminated most of the din so I could hear my music
clearly without having to turn it up. Only one problem:
they' re so good at shutting out traffic noise, you' ll have
to be extra careful on the street,
Emru Townsend
*Converted from US$30.

The great thing about 5.1 surround sound audio is that you feel like
you' re right in the middle of the action,
but when you have to switch to
headphones you end up going
right back to stereo. Not so
with MMGear's new 5.1
headphone set, which
comes with three separate 1/8-inch plugs for
front, rear, and centre
channels. Inside the headphones, are three mini
speakers in each earpiece, placed one in front
of the other to simulate front center, and rear. The downside is that
you have to plug your headphones to the rear of your PC, or use
adapters to connect directly to the rear of your DVD player[if its
audio is even configured that
b ut with a 3 m cable you
I
have a long leash. They' re not audiophile quality by any means
there's some distortion at top volume and you won't feel the
bass like you would with a subwoofer but they' re certainly

way],

OMuhlE

www.walmariphotocenfre.ca

tr!'I
f:;, pr
i

4 xs"print '
S

'

Nher sizes ~

,,',,j'.,ftiiyilabl@,;;,l;,',tj>"'
'!a

www.hubcenede.ccm

D ecember BOO S

- H L i B : D igitel Living

3 0 620721

27

Digit;al Bifte fo r t: he
ahut:t:er bug

.-=Iielett~ h a rd ='=;==;,;,;<-'i.''r.-;"

Icie Jet 4810 -:.-===,


- '-'-'='-;--~,'-;='===
naiieahpwa=-'=--=
Eatiatatad prfa
re: $800 . "."
Ifyou need to add yourolder
photo prints,:slides, or docu='=.'-~;,'f'i..'-;"
:
.",=
ments to your digital:-:;:
archives, you' ve probably been" '=
considering a scanner. They've
beenprett
y standard for sev- :="
eral years now, esseiitially
consisting of e box with a flipup-jid,
butHPs new ScanJet
sh'akesup the.design.II;hes a
scanningcomponent that
resembles e picture frame
that:.
opens up like e book:
drop your document or photo
inside, close it up, and-then
watchae it,scans.through the..
clear window. If you have a
bigger item, or one that' s
hanging on a.wail, just lift the '.,"I':.
scanningwindow outofthe
base,hold itup to the item
you want to sean, and press
thebuttonon the side ofthe '"'-'
-'
scanner,
The downside is that
you have to stay within about,
=-

1.25:m of your computer


thanks to the length of the
UBB cable, but the new
design gives you e lot more"'""I!r'~;
flexibility than the old-school
flatbed. There'e even a slide
attachment.
:;"'
'
~p ,
:";; ';,
"'::.,"g.
;,

In November, we reviewed more than 20 digi-

tal cameras for a range of budgets [online at


www.HUBcanada.corn). Since then, we' vehad
a chancetolookatafew more models and
some photographg-related tools worthg of
consideration for the digital photographer' s
holldag wish list.

Digital cameras
FujiAlm RnePix FP00
www.fuiifllm.ca Estimated price: $899
The Fujifilm F700 uses SuperCCD
technology to
achieve a res~'
! olu t ion level

y~

~ :5

(megapixels).
Th e lens is

sharp and has


a 3X optical.
Fujifilm's cameras have always had a very good
user interface and this continues in the F700. The
menu is clearly laid out, easy to use, and intuitive,
with single-button access to the most commonly
used features. Encased in an elegant aluminum
body, this camera is surprisingly lightweight [195
g), even with the proprietary rechargeable Lithium
lon battery pack, xD card, and strap.
Nestor Gula

Kodak EasgShare DX6490

I
dilital camera? -:Read this firstl,-.~ --;,;,';:,-;,
='::-'
='=':;';~='-,

There is a dizzying ariay of


digital
cameras on the ma rket
today.Whether you're looking

for a simple point-and-shoot:"--"'"'-,'.


er something
more advanced,
hereare e few things to keep, r,
=

The atelapixel riliyth:Don' t


assume that the more
megepixels (MPl a cemeia Iq'j',,",
hes, the better it will be. You '
will get bigger images with

mare,megapi
xeis,butthey'lt,-:,".;=
:
.
take up more spaceend take
longer to write to memory. A
3 MP image will make very
good'Bx10 prints, and P.MP
images are firie for use on the
Web, email, aod 4x6-inch::.--.-, i'4:,.-:;:

www.kodak.ca Estimated price $730


Distinguishing this 4 MP model is a 10X optical
zoom lens [equal to a 380
mm telephoto at full
zoom). Its design, a
departure from
Kodak's consumer
line, has an edgy
prosumer SLR look.
It uses an electronic
viewfinder system and
offers
a number ofexposure modes,
including fully manual. The 2.2-inch LCD screen on
thebacklooks even biggerbecause the camera
itself is surprisingly small. Despite its compact
dimensions, the handgrip is comfortable. Adding to
the favourable ergonomics is a set of controls that
are simple and efficient: a combination scroll
wheel/switch just under the shutter button allows
you toquickly run through menus and sub-menus
using just your index finger. On the back, a circular

dial with a four-way toggle in the middle controls


the main modes, while close-up, flash, and timer
m odes have
dedicated buttons.Overall,im age
quality is very good: Bx10-inch enlargements will
be no problem with this camera. The camera uses
SD memory cards, but also has 16 MB of built-in
memory.Itcomes with an EasyShare 6000 dock,
and can be used with the EasyShare Printer Dock
6000 [sold separately) to make prints without firing up the personal computer.
David Tanaka

OlgmpusC-S060 Nde Zoofn


www.olympus.corn Estimatedprice: $1,000
For some, the main complaint about digital cameras is that the lens just
doesn't have a wide
enough angle to get
those shots that require
it, especially indoors.
The 5.1 MP C-5060
has a 4X zoom lens
that's equivalent to
27 mm in 35 mm
photography, which
means you can fit
more in the frame. The
camera also offers a lot of manual control over
your shot, has a flip-up LCD that can be spun
around for self-portraits, and comes with a remote
control. Flash is built in, but there's a hot shoe for
an optional Olympus flash. It's a bit pricey but the
configuration is bound to please the more
demanding prosumer.
Sean Carruthers

Song Cgber-shot OK-U60


www.song.ca Estimated price: $399
Encased in a solid plastic shell, the 2 MP Cybershot DSC-U60 is a rugged waterproof digital camera that can be submerged underwater[up to 1.5
m). As a beach accessory it is excellent sand
can't get into the lens and spilling a
drink on it won't require extensive repairs. If it gets dirty,
you can just run it under the
tap. There is no zoom, but
you get a really nice wide
i angle that is perfect forunderwater or group photos.
The camera's slightly skewed look

continued on pageZe
col

HU B : D i g i t al Living

D ecember 2 0 0 3

www.hubcanada.ccm

continued from page ze

seems strange, but makes it easy to operate with


one hand with all of the buttons controls easily
accessible, Weighing in at about 195 g with batteries (a pair of AAAs), Memory Stick, and strap, the
camera is lightweight, too.
NG

Sidekicks
PhotoFit Premium
www.tpfit.
corn Estimated price: S3PSa
You canfind examples ofpanoramic scenes
made by piecing together individual prints dating
to the mid-1800s. Panoramas are popular again,
and that same process of making big scenes fram
small frames is still used today. Thanks to computer software, photos can be stitched together so
accurately that the joins are all but invisible.
PhotaFit can work with single rows(or columns)
of images to make wide(or tall) composites, or
multiple rows and columns to make them tall and
wide. The program will render the panoramic
image as a normal-looking photo where straight
lines remain straight, as a 380-degree image in
the round(which requires a special viewer like
DuickTime) or as a pseudo dome to approximate
the image taken with a fisheye lens. PhotoFit
organizes panorama making into five steps, from
gathering the source images through to printing.
Each step is shawn within the PhotoFit Manager
window, which is context sensitive so relevant
options are available to you during each step. The
program includes a colour balancer that works
quite well to equalize the brightness levels of the
photos.
Just make sure you have a capable system: on my dual-Athlon test system with 1 GB of
RAM, the rendering of four photos into one panorama took a few minutes. Note; both a freeware version and a "light" version called PhotoFit Harmony
($70*) are also available if you find the price of
the Premium version too daunting.
DT

MicroSolutions RoadStor
www.micro-salutiuns.corn

Estimated price: $429


More memory is a sure hit for any digital photographer, but the RoadStor
might be the gadget
they didn't know they
wanted. Accompanied
by its own carrying
case with slots for
the remote control,
rechargeable battery,
and its cables, the
RoadStor is about the size of a hardcover book,
and operates as a standalone CD burner that will
back up the contents of memory cards onto CD-R
or CD-RW discs. But this eager-to-please unit does
muchmore, Hook it upto a TV or a desktop PC
f USB 2.0 capability required) and it plays DVDs
and displays pictures fram cards or CDs. It serves
as an external card reader and CD burner for your
computer; and it will play audio CDs and MP3 files
on either CDs or memory cards, with or without a
TY or PC connection.
The RoadStor iscomp
atiblewith SecureDigitai,
CompactFlash (Types I and II), MultiMedia Card,
SmartMedia, Memory Stick, and microdrive formats. It will copy to and from the CD, but only
reads one card at a time, so you can't copy directly from one card ta another. It supports multi-sessionburningso you can keep shooting and backing up the pictures until the CD is full.
The included manual has easy to follow instructions and photos to show the proper connections;
the unit offers RCA audio/video input jacks and an
S-Video input jack. The audio jack will accept standard headphones [not included), but you' ll need
the remote to control the volume. The RoadStor is
compatible with Windows 98, Me, 2000 (SP3) and
XP, and Mac DS 10.1.3 or above.
Sharlene Myers
*Converted from US$277(PhatoFit Premium),
US$52 (PhataFit Harmony).

RaW

Baal PhoteF)t Premium punorurma stitched from uix images measures 5,400x2,QQO
p)xels,
www.hubcansda.corn

December 2QQ3 -

Phguicul diuiuuuiuuu:Go to a
stare and see how the camera fits your hand. Is it too
heavy? Dace it fit in your
pocket? Can you operate the
controls
comfortably? The
physical aspects will be very
importantto yaurenjoyment

af a camera.
Optical uu. digital uuuuuNearly
all digital cameras have both
optical and digital zaoms.
Optical
zoom means a lens
magnifies the image, while a
digital zoom is an effect created in the camera's software,
Avoid buying a camera based
soleiy on the digital zoom as
it's a poor indicator af the
camera'squality.
feature muuu:How simple is
it to access the features af
the camera? Some can be
very complex, so it's worth
spendingsome ti
me in a cam erastaretrying ta navigate
the featureson the models
you'
re considering before making your choice,
Shutter Iug:Some digital cameras have a longish lag
betweenpressing the shutter
buttan and actually captur ing
the picture. Before purchasing
yourcamera check it outta
see if you can live with
this lag.
gguuiurg:A (ew cameras have
interne!
memory, butm ost
use either CompactFlash (CF),
Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard
(SD/MMC), xD Picture Card
(xD), Memory Stick, ar
SmartMedia (SM) r emavable
memor.(SM is no longer used
by the mein manufacturers).
The hutteriuu:Typically either

propr
ietary orAA;somehigh-

end cameras will also accept


lithium ion batteries meant far
film cameras. Proprietary batteriessometimes have a
longer life, but you have to
take a charger or spare batter ice (expensive) when you
travel.
AA batteries are readily available (and affardable)
and if you buy a set of Nickel
Metal Hydride (NiMH)

rechargeab
les,youwillhave
plenty of lang-lasting power.
Same cameras already ship
with rechargeable AAs.
giuutur Outs
H U B : Digital Living

BB

Ringing in the season


Want to stag connected with gour loved oneswherever theg
mag wander?Ifso,here area few new wireless phones and
services we' velooked at.

Nokla 3600
www.nokia.ca Price: $580, $349 [with two-gear contract)
Nokia's 3600 shines when you' re using it for the basics: voice calls,
emailing, and text messaglng. It also surfs the Web, but at a glacial
pace. Despitethat, it does allow you to download Symbian and Java
applications [including games] on the go. With the built-in camera,
you can take still pictures or
video clips, and send
them out immediately
via email. A cool feature, but at a top
resolutionof
-..~+. rr '
640x480 pixels,
$5
you probably won't be
printing them. Because
Q
there is no stylus, you enter information using the round keypad. The
3600 can connect wirelessly to your computer via infrared or Bluetooth, and comes with a 16 MB
SD card for storing pictures and programs. It also has a TTY/TDD
(Telecommunication Device for the Deaf) with a phone adapter, and
has hearing aid support with a LPS-3 Loopset. Not bad for a phone the
size and weight (135 g) of an average cell phone. It's available from
Rogers ATBgT
.
Nestor Gula

<

LG 5450camera phone from Telus


www,telusmobllitg,corn Price: $380, $230 (with
three-gear contract)
Telus has leapt into the world of camera phones
with the new LG 5450, which features a 0.3 MP
camera along the top edge of the phone, as well
as a tiny mirror so you can take self-portraits.
Once youcapture images, you can send
them to friends with camera phones(on
Telus Mobility's 1X service], email
them, or post them on your own pieture site on Telus' server. It costs
$0.25 per image sent, in addition to monthly voice and
data plans.
Sean Carruthers

Messenger, Web service, and an organizer for


daily tasks. The phone comes with a removable
battery, charger, and SIM card. The service portion of the totalphone combo allows for easy
setup for anyone with a bank account. No
credit checks or contracts required: the user
makes pre-authorized monthly payments or
top ups through their bank account or credit
~< '4 0, card. Also, no deposit, activation fees, or separate system access fees are required. Monthly
fees start at about $30. The handset comes
with a one-year warranty. The package can be
purchased and service activated at Rogers
Video outlets across Canada or via the totai phone
Web site.
Jessica Malone

Song Ericsson P800


www.songericsson.
corn Estimated price:$1,000
What can the PHOO
do? A better question is what this PDA/phone
combo can't do. All the must-have features are
there, including a built-in camera, Web browser,
and high-resolution colour screen. It also
adds handwriting recognition (much like
Palm's Graffiti], a voice recorder, and MP3
player (visit the Web for a stack of other
downloadable applications). The very
cool stylus makes you feel like
you' re working on a PDA, and
Bluetooth means wireless cannectivity.
Does this spell the
iu:ig
beginning of the end of Pocket
PCs? Not quite yet: it's a bit overwhelming, and the wealth of features
may have new users running for a paper, pen,
and landline.(Note: For syncing PDA data, a PC running Windows 98
or later is required.) The PBOO is available from Fido (www.fido.ca) for
$950 with new service activation.
Mars Gulens

Kgocera Slider from Bell


www.bell.ca Price: $224, $99 [with twogear contract)
Like clamshell designs, the Kyocera Slider[the

Rogers totalphone
www.totalphone.ca Estimated price: $140
The totalphone package from Rogers ATBgT
debuted in October in the
form of the sleek, silver Motorola C256. The small, lightweight (under
80 g] GSM/GPRS
cell phone has a 96x64-pixel colour display, and features like email, voice dial, games, text messaging, AOL Instant
BO

HU B: D i g i t a liJving - D e c e m ber BOCX3

~% . dP
%%Q8

SE47] is a compact handset that expands to


reveal its keypad in this case sliding open
instead oiunfolding.
The CD MAphone weighs
lessthanttggand includesaspeaherphone
feature, voice dialing, WAPWeb browser, and
text messaging, as well as a scheduler, calcula-

tor, alarm clock, and stopwatch. Thespeaker


phone is excellent, with call receipients saying
they were unable to tell the feature was being
Used,
Megan Johnston
www.hubcanada.corn

TechTV's Annual

HOL" DAY BUY" NG GU 'OE


Throughout the month of December
TechTV will bring you up to speed on coolest and latest
Tech items to GIVE and GE7 this Holiday Season.
Here is just a taste of what some of your favorite shows
will be covering all month long.

RESH
'AEKKokrs 0-:r M ET

~ Best Games for all gaming consoles


Ultimate Games for the Holidays

EAR

TucsoAvs 8:30r ~-9r v, ET

~ Hottest gadgets on the market


~ Favorite tech gadgets to give or to get
;@~A

techlive
WssxrAvs 8.8:30rv ET

+ Top gifts under Sgo

~ Gift givlflg tips and advice

Staff holiday tech wish list

~ User type buyer guide

Great holiday DVD picks,.

' ..d
V

techtv
To order TebTV au your cable or sate l l it e pr o vider

Er

jv

wan,! eclat vcrrnada.ca

Dr e a m i n g n f a
B lue(t n n t h ) C h r i s t m a s
With the number of Bluetooth-enabled gadgets available this
holiday season, lt seems like this wireless technology is finally
coming into its own. Here are a few wechecked out.

Actiontec USB Bluetooth adapter


www.actiontec.corn Estimated price: $55
If you want to get rid of some of the wires around your
computer, adding Bluetooth is as simple as plugging in
an adapter like this USB model from Actiontec.
Wirelessly connecting with Bluetooth.enabled devices
like printers and handheld computers is the bestknown function, but Bluetooth also allows you to wirelessly link computers. For example, I used Actiontec's
USB adapter to set up a simple network between two
PCs, and easily transferred files back and forth.
Bluetooth used to be a pain to set up; it's still not completely transparent, but getting better.
David Tanaka

Belkin Bluetooth Wireless Optical Mouse


www.belkin.corn Estimated price: $100
As the name suggests, Belkin's latest wireless mouse connects
using Bluetooth. It comes with a USB Bluetooth adapter that can be
used for other purposes,
like file sharing with
another Bluetoothequipped computer.
The right-handed
design is very comfortable, with a contoured side that's covered in a rubbery non-slip surface For your thumb, Belkin calls it a four-button mouse: there are two
normal buttons, a scroll wheel switch, and a side button for your
thumb, The scroll wheel is made of a soft translucent plastic that
flashes blue at different rates to indicate discovery mode, normal
mode, or low battery. DT

HP DeskJet 450 CBi


www.hp.ca Estimated price: $499 ($429 without Bluetooth)
The DeskJet 4SO is a battery-powered portable printer that is also a
photo printer in its own right, with a print resolution of 1,200 dots per
inch and six ink colours. It handles letter-size sheets(including photo
paperand card stock up to 3 m m thick]and connects to your PC via USB, parallel,
infrared, or even Bluetooth
with an optional Bluetooth
card. This DeskJet is quite
beefy for a portable
(33.8x16.3x8.2 cm and 2.2 kg]
but like HP's previous portable,
feels like it will stand up well to life
on the road. Print quality is very respectable, as is speed, especially
for text only, DT
32

H lJ B: D i g itel LMng - D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 3

Logitech Bluetooth familtl


www.logltech.corn
Logitech has gone heavily into Bluetooth with its new line of products. There's a new version of the Cordless Freedom
Desktop MX ($250], which comes with a wireless
keyboard, optical mouse, and a mouse recharging
base that doubles as a Bluetooth hub for use with
other Bluetooth devices. The MX 900 Bluetooth
Optical Mouse, with the
recharger/Bluetooth
hub base, can be purchased separately
($140). The Mobile
Bluetooth Headset
(price to be announced] can be used with a number of Bluetoothcompatible phones; it comes with its own recharging base and can
lastup to seven hoursbetween charges,The mouse and headset
come with rechargeable batteries; the keyboard comes with four
standard AAs(if you want rechargeables, you' ll have to buy them separately].
Sean Carruthers

Logitech diNovo Media Gesktop


www.logltech.corn Estimated price: $325~
Part of the sales pitch for Bluetooth is its ability to connect a number of devices over short distances,
but mostcompanies haven'tgone
beyond connecting a phone and
PDA, or a notebook PC and a
printer. Logitech's di Novo goes
Iy
beyond the traditional
Bluetooth configuration,
with several pieces that are
designed to work together:
a keyboard, mouse, and
a Bluetooth hub that
doubles as the charging
base for the mouse. The major innovation here is that the keyboard
module splits into two wireless components: the main keyboard and
the number pad, which has an LCD screen at its top. Dubbed the
Media Pad, the latter acts as a regular number pad when used with
the keyboard, but doubles as a remote control when you' re away
from the PC. It shows track information when you' re playing MP3 or
CD audio, displays instant message notifications, alerts you when
you receive new email, and even functions as a standalone calculator.

SC
For more information on Logitech's Bluetooth strategy, and a compatibility chart, seewww.logitech.corn/bluetooth for the details.
'Converted from US$250.

vwwv.hubcenede.ccm

S ifts fo r y o u r n o t e b o o k P C
At the desk

Getting carried awaLI

More people are using notebook computers instead of desktop PCs,


which means they are likely spending hours hunched forward to
squint at badly elevated screens and putting their hands in uncomfortable positions to reach awkwardly placed keyboards. Two solutions exist, though both require an external keyboard and mouse a
small price to pay for physical well-being.

KensingtonSkgrunner Contour Case

iCurve Invisible Laptop Stand


www.griNntnchnology.corn Estimated price: $45
Griffin's transparent, sturdy iCurve stand raises your notebook 14 cm,
bringing the screen closer to eye level. Its arms are padded to keep
the notebook from sliding off. The base is smooth enough to easily
rotate it with a notebook on it, but optional feet are available if you' d
rather it stay put. Another bonus: the space under the iCurve makes
for a good spot to slide your keyboard when you' re not using it.
Emru Townsend

Humanscale LPTHLOOdp
l.aptop Holder
www.humanscala.corn Suggested retail price: $315
Humanscale's stand is pricier but has a built-in document holder,
adjustable height[five levels), a pass-through for cables, and provisions for a notebook security cable, It doesn't rotate, but the L2
Notebook Manager, due in early 2004 from Humanscale, does.
ET

www.kensington.corn Estimated price: $100


If you travel regularly with a lot of different gadgets, you want something that has room for all your toys but that you can carry comfortably. Kensington's Skyrunner Contour Case is designed to make the
travel experience better, from a side panel contoured to curve against
the side of your body, to a padded shoulder strap and comfortable
carrying handle. It has several large compartments inside and zippered compartments on the outside. It's made of lightweight ballistic
nylon,which means the case doesn'tadd to yourburden.
SC

APC TravelPowerEiackpack
www.apc.corn Estimatedprice:$180
Carrying gadgets is one thing, but packing all your power cords too
can be just plain annoying. APC's TravelPower line gives you one big
transformer with multiple adapter tips and adjustable voltage, so you
can leave all of the other power cables at home; it even has USB ports
on the side of the power brick, so you can charge gadgets that get
power via USB. Previously only available in a traditional notebook
case, APC has added this backpack version to the series. It has tons
of small pockets as well as larger compartments. The back panel and
straps are padded and it has an adjustable sternum strap.
SC

PRESENTS
ITSIi-Slonthly

P HDT D

QPREF

THE CHALLENIE' Still Life


THE RULES: yoa
mast aseanggal camera te csytare tbeashiest, wart mmha
ch mmig
(crmtluushshcsaadaoamL gcc opsllpllg goer photoslcmlll botha

malssnd mo4alofthe somme yoe sued,tbs samos ofasfcalibers gaa used ts


mo4dy Ibe Imago
end, il possible, tie tretep asd abuser syaadgos usedto latm
ths phata.

LERMARRPO'IOO ALL-IN-ONE
The Lexmsrk P3150 All-In0ne Photo
Printeris a personal photo processingcentre with onboard camera
card readers, a flexible flatbed scanner endPMnabled one-touch photo
reprinting. The P3150 gener ates
brilliant borderiess 4' x 6" end
8.5"x 11" prints,and makes iteasy
and convenient
to incorporate traditional photos into your digital world
thanks to the quality 484it flatbed
scanner.

gubmll gear pbotagruphs, sissy with tbe Iofarmagao ham tbe hrm balam, hg
Oecmoher10,0000.gsu cao cobaltay Iethroephotagrsybs,ag alwhichmastbe
ccomyo5lo
d hyooobiomsleofairs.goateemam ho oobioias4uh smog.fi
lesshould
be ao
biggerthan000 00mulao seegarOmt000 00.Oaa ybola peremai
l.

Cootsst
golem priesmostbe clahaei hg gahnmrg,10 0000.Ofiaaaro mustprashls
slu idosligsagoneyoechimingyrhe. lhsyrhssaumrdadsrs sot trcashroils aml
csneot
hs re4aeme4 forcash.Toentersodle hosggals tomla,perooasmusths
rsudeabofCanada,aadoetamplsfeao arhe doodcila4 mitb aa emplagseoiCCP
Wmlia, ib alhlisb eampaaiac,or arhmrbchg or yiomohanalageachs. Ihe mhssrs
mgl ba selected hg000 ea Oacamhar11, 0000 from smaagail eligible aatiias
rormbadaa arboforscastsstclass datL gnoaarsmigbecoabcledbybhpbaaear
mail. Is Ora
sceal Omtthey accost hoconbcled migrinthsfirst mashhgamhg Ora
contestsoonerentreat migbeselected. Wlsatrles becomethe property ef 000 ood
riley baacedIo ooboogocol cdrmrgaamaub hil' uracasbst OII calflaa mllol hclaoh
mitted IryOreir urge eodmastbearighal boric

HUB'0Photo Spree contestfarm.Allsuhmisoinns must containthis infnrmatian.Sand tn cnntast@hubcanada.curn


Onadlinu:
Oacnmbnr 18th,2OOS
Aga:
Name:.
Occupation/School:
Addraaa:.
Title
ofEntry:
E-Mail:
CamaraUaad:.............

PhoneNumber...
www.hub censds.corn

Software Used:
December 2 0 0 3

- H UB : D i g ital Living

33

8 e

Sci lh it clean

T he t h r e e - y e a r

Now that the pace of PC replacement is speeding up,


old Pentium IIIP

You wouldn'
t sella car caked
Wha< dO We dO Wff;h ghe
with dirt, would youP If you' re
planning to give away or sell,, = So you bought a top-of-the-line
your computer, take the time ": c o mputer with ample hard drive
to scrub it clean first. Earlier
space, a blazingly fast processor,
thisyear,two MIT graduat~
bucketsofRAM, and up-to-thestudents searched 158 se,
minute software. You spared no
ond-handcomputersanddisexpense,dropping almost $3,000
covereda wealth ofpersonal
on your dream sys
information left behind, includBut that was 199B, and now that
ingcreifjtcard numbers and
233 MHz Pentium II is barely
financial and medical records.
keeping up with your kids' $249
Seed the lireac release at
IittliJhiiieb.iait.eda/aewaofPlayS t ation 2.
fice/ar/2083/diahlrlcea.htiall
In the modern era, few things
Simply dragging all your files
symboiize the idea of obsolesintothe Recycle Bin orTrash
Can isn't goad enough; neiuPgrade treadmill, and anyone
Ifyouwant ta make
who's been around computers
sure your infarmatian is safe ,
fromprying eyes,you'llneed long enough knows that atsome
samething that rewrites the
poin t you just can't upgrade the
harddrive's data completely, processor orbeefupthe memory
N pe info,
part of Sym antec's
anymore.
Norlzin Utilities end Norton
In a sense, this is where the eSystemWorks,
is ane such
waste problem begins. Thanks to
utility; you can find iess
the accelerating pace of hardware

and software develoPment, comsearching faf d ak wipe Qr


"diskshred"at freewarel
puters just don't last as long as
they used to. In Environment
sharaware download sites.
Canada's 1999 Information
Technology [IT] and
Telecommunication(Telecom) Waste in Canada report, the authors
estimated that 60 per cent of the personal computers then in Canada
were expected to have a first-use lifespan of four years, with the rest
lasting five; looking ahead to 2003, they extrapolated that computers
with three-year lifespans would make up 60 percent of the total, with
the rest reaching only two.
Hard to believe? Think about it: printers, scanners, monitors, and
other components also become obsolete, but none of them have as
short a lifespan as the PCs they' re connected to.[Out of curiosity, I
sifted through my collection of receipts and discovered that the monitor I'm currently looking at has been connected to four different
computers so far.)
That means a lot of computers, more so
than any other components, are currently
lurking in basements and closets, just
waiting to be thrown out if they haven' t
already been. But if you want to keep them
out of landfills, what can you do?
The best solution, when possible, is to find
yourcomputera new home, Assuming
-g==-"
==-=
:you' ve already tried to give it away to family or friends, you still have some options.
My favourite solution happens to be the
one requiring the least effort: donate it.

S4

itch

H UB : Di g i calLiving - D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 3

~~

'~

'

jiJ

'4

b
1!
!

~tA:

",.:!.

'

Elementary schools and charitable organizations often have a need


for PCs, and usually don't need the latest multimedia speed demon to
get things done. However, bear in mind that yau can't just waltz in
carrying your hardware and drop it off, expecting to be rewarded for
your kindness; call first, explain the situation, and ask if they even
need any computers. If so, find out if they have any minimum system requirements.
If you'd rather not do your own legwork, Computers For Schools
takes donated computers and puts them to use in classrooms and
libraries across Canada. You can visit the Computers For Schools Web
site [cfs-ope.ic.gc.ca/] for more details.
Your other option is to sell your computer, as a unit or by individual
components. There are many stores in or near metropolitan areas
that sell older computers at reasonable prices; most buy from companies clearing out dozens or hundreds of computers at once, but some
also buy from individuals.
You can also try selling online. There's eBay, of course, but you can
also try using Usenet newsgroups. Using a free newsreader like
Outlook Express, Netscape News, or the online Google Groups, search
for newsgroups with the words "forsale" or "marketplace" in their
titles and post a for<ale notice on all that apply.(Oon't, for example,
past on ont.forsale if you' re in Alberta.]
You shouldn't expect to get rich selling even a year-old computerlower your expectations to at least being compensated for your time,
and knowing that you' ve kept your machine out of landfill just a little

bit longer,
At some point, however, a computer is simply of no use to anyone.
And that raises new issues I' ll discuss next month.
By Emru Townsend

vvww.hubcanada.corn

L et y o u r i m a g i na t i o n
( end c a m c o r d e r ' ) ~
~

Submit up to 3erfgtxnl digital videos, along with the form below, byFebruary 23nl, 2004.Anything gom, but keepIt clean.AII videos mustbeburnt to a CD,and must benomore
than 5 min. in lenglh.Winnerswill be announcedIn the March 2004issue.Must be in QuickTime or Windows Media Player format. All elements of thevideo must beoriginal and
not irdnging onanycopyrights.
J

&

T he 17-inch i M a c
Designedaroundan ugra-compact base,the Apple iMacfeatures astunning 17-InchwldescmenLCDgmt
appears to float in mid-str, allowingusemto effortlessly adjust gs height or anglewith just a touch. The
17-inch IMacpackspowerhl features like a speedyt sitz G4processor, exhumeIIIDIA graphics, andafast
OVO-burningSuperDrlvewhich lets youburn your ownmovies andphotos onaDVDdisc that plays In almostany
standardDVDplayer. TheiMac also offers twoFireWlreie 400 andgve USSports for fast, simple,pl ugged-play
connecgons todigital devices suchasdigital cameras, DVcamcorders andiPoddigihd music players.

F inal Cuj. -Expr e s s


Featuring thesameinterface as the EmmyAwant-winning Final Cut
Pro, FinalCut Express is ambust ediTingsolution for diglhd video
enthusiasts. It providesprofessional-level editing, compcsigng and
real-time effects for full-featured DV
edigng. Final CutExpressIs an
innovahvecombination of power andeaseof use. It's optimizedfor the DV
format andcomeswith all the high-quality composiTing,gtling and effects
capabilities youneedfor professional-level video.

, yvj,,p.
\

VIdeo editors canuseFinal CutExpmssto captum, manage and edgdtgihd


video; apply transT
ions, filters and effects in real-time; create titles,
composite layers,andproduce high~uality graphics andanimations; and
perform colourcoirection. Final Cut Expressprojects can beexported hir use
in IDVD~ or OVD
Studio Pro, savedbackto tape,or exported to any
QuickTimetp format, induding MPEG
-4.

W I N N I N G V I DE O S
w ill be fe a t ; u r e d o n

Cps

W ebM a n i a

HOE-MAILEHTRIES.Thosee-mailing entries could be subject to visits from angry HUBnetwork admins(and trust us, you don' t
wantthatto happen).Forcompletem les and regulagonsgo to wwwhubcanada.comldvc
Hljg's digital video contestEntry Form.Deadline February23rd,2004
Name:................................... ........... .... .... ..-..-..........-.-.. .-----. Occupation/school:..................................................................................
Address:...............................................--...................................-.-----. Title of Vjdeo:..............................................-------.-.--...-----.----E-Mall:...................................................................----------------- - C amera used tc film your video...............................................................

Phone Number:.....................................................------------------ Hardwam used to


ganarute your video...............................................
~u

mn, M'

,'-.'p-:.,;,."."~ Nail your entries to: NllS, Digital Video Contest, 825 Church Street, Suite tjOO,Toronto, ON, N4Y RG1"'+~'~'>l>-,."'.I<%
<,;,'"
.:

How to : P lan holiday


p art iea w it h y ou r h a n d h e ld
'Tls the season for entertaining, and whether you' re hosting a

ther into specific menu items that can be assigned their own start
' and finish date especially handy if some items need to be purchased or
made in advance.As you complete each task,you can
check it off, or if you set the program to project mode, you can mark
items partially complete, using a percentage. Completed leaves automatically complete their branches.
The program has a timeline view that lets you see all of the designated tasks on a calendar, so you can balance out the workload if you
notice you' ve planned too much for one day. Plus, each item can
include an attached note, so I' ve broken down the budget into Food,
Drinks, and Entertainment, then attached notes to enter all the

dozen people or a hundred, it always means there's more to do,


and more to remember, with each approaching day. This is
where a handheld can really prove, well, handy. Here are a few
tips on getting the most out of your handheld as you plan
your holiday party.
Setting up a plan
The To Do list in the Palm OS is fine for everyday chores, but sometimes you need a little more organizational finesse, such as when
you' re planning a special event. This is where project-planning software can help for the purposes of this project, I'm using
BrainForest 3.0 Mobile Edition for the Palm OS[UltraSoft, www.ultrasoft.corn, US$19.9S*, 30-day free trial available). With BrainForest, I
can set up all the aspects of the party (or any other project) in one
outline, breaking each down into its respective tasks and assigning
individual start and finish dates to avoid a last minute crunch.
BrainForest consists of outlines called Trees, Branches, and Leaves.
I' ve set up a party plan tree that includes four
branches: Food, Guests, Entertainment, and
Budget. Under each branch are other
branches breaking down what needs to
be done for each aspect of the party.
For example, under Food there
are separate branches
for food and drink,
and each leaf
breaks it
down fur-

expenses for each one.


Using your contact list
If you plan to send out invitations, there are a few tricks you can use
to speed up the process. If you use Palm Desktop for Windows, pull
up your addresses, and then select all of your guests by clicking on
each one while holding down the Ctrl key. Once you' ve made your
selections, you can email everyone at once by clicking on Edit, then
E-mail, which will open a new message with all of the invitees' names
and email addresses entered. Or, if you'd prefer to mail invitations, click Edit, then Send to, then Microsoft Word. A dialogue will open to ask you if you'd like to turn the
resulting address table into form letters, mailing
labels, or envelopes (you' ll need Word 2000 or
newer to make this work).
If you' re using Palm Desktop for Mac, open the
addressbook and click the checkbox beside
your potential guests, then click Print. A dialogue
box will pop up to customize your printing, with
choices to print the addresses as mailing labels
or envelopes. Be sure to designate only marked
addresses for printing, or you' ll end up with labels
for everyone in your address book. The dialogue
box provides a preview button so you can check the
final product before printing.
By Sharlene Myers
*Downloadable products, only available in US$.

full serlesofIIDDenclosure Cardreader/writer Illouse ltUm

ri

WebcammUideo/ltudlo products Coolingproducts... andmore


< Web Cam
Series

Ah

KVM Switch Series


r Most
SlimZS'
Aluminum

ss

irtlmrm

ri~ Enclosure Series


Optical Mouse
and Pad Series r
hurr

Cooling
PrrrductsSeries~
66

Ariaptar Series

H U Et: D i gital Living Dec em ber 6 Q QS

~ Merniitr
Ctrrirdnertder

Server Series

; CTCM@trrgRPRlsE LTD.
" 812-tt2ieQ Voungeur Wag,
:Rlchmnlftttr 8.C.
'rEL sac 2W,9928
FAX: som 279 998T

www.hub canada.corn

"Have your say and get 5000!"


Vl!l

k "'-

si sr
E.

w+I
k-k-

='
-

Influence NllB:Qigital liuing


HUB:Digital Living is ofFering you the opportunity to contribute to the magazine's content by participating in

the eVox panel. By becoming an online panel member, you will be asked, periodically, to share your opinions
on issues relevant to the digital community.

and get 55008


In addition to giving you a platform to share your views, you will have the opportunity to receive cash. Panel

members participating in these opinion surveys will be eligible to win $5000, drawn at random by Decima
Research. Draws will take place each quarter, starting in September,

liow it Worba
By agreeing to join the eVox panel, you are giving permission to
HUB:Digital Living to provide your email address and name to
Decima Research Inc. This is the only information HUB;Digital
Living will provide to Decima and any other information provided to
HUB will not be shared.
You will then be sent an email from the eVox panel inviting you to
and formally join the panel.
complete a p

rofile

No Ubiigationo. No llaaole.
Readers can choose not to join the panel at any point and can cancel
their panel membership at anytime. No questions asked.

Uow Reader
information bo Uaed
Reader information will always be reported in aggregate, meaning
verbatim comments will not contain any information that could
identify a specific panehst, and
all other information will be combined with several panelists to
ensure anonymity.
Whenever possible, reader information and opinions will used as the
basis for editorial content in HUB:Digital Living. In addition, HUB

may also share information with other stakeholders in the digital market. This could indude manufacturers, retailers, and other associations.

Protecting Veer Privacy


To ensure the privacy and security of your personal information,
HUB: Digital Living has partnered with Decima Research Inc to
administer the eVox paneL As an independent third party, specializing
in research, Decima will never share your personal information with
any other organization.

As a member of CAMRO (Canadian Association of Market Research


Organizations), Decima Research strongly supports CAMRO's
Standardsand Rules of Practice regarding Internet research. In order
to gain your trust and ensure that your privacy is held to the highest
standards in the market research industry, Decima Research welcomes
any questions, concerns or comments that you may have regarding
our privacy policy. Please feel free to contact us by e-mail at
info@decima.corn

BUB ReaderPanelpowered by Decima Reaearcb Inc.

oeina
kE l

I E

Pleasejointhe HUB ReaderPanelatwww.hubcanada.corn/evox

C y b e r N/ a lk e r
A vaccine for ob solesenc e
Velsame 18 s Number 13

AOVERTISINGSALES
emag
sajesLahubcanada.corn
General Salas Manager Ken McMiiian
konmcmiltsngthubconsdo.corn

OHTARIO/TOROHTQ
Regional Sales

Joanna Dickie

SuPaltrlasr j o anna dickisCahubcsnsds.com

Ontario

Corporate Account

Mi c hege Francis

Manager m ichoiis frsncisehubcsnsdncom

Ad Sales

V/es Neild
wos noildighubcansdo.corn

Ralph Ventriglia
ralphvontdglioehubcsnsdo.om

ClaseifiedAds:

Bobby Singh
adclass@hubcanada.corn

MOHTREAIarATLAHTIC
AdSales

Bill Lowson
bill lowsoniahubconsda.corn

Karim Sahnine
kotim sshninoShubcsnsda.corn

ALBKRTA/PRAIRIE
Ad Sales

John Gogol
john gogolShubcsnsdo.corn

VAHCOUVO
R
AdSales

Vivian Jin
vivion jin@hubconodo.corn

Melody Jones
m elody jonosi
ahubconsdo.corn

BUSINESS GROUP
President

Dick Peters
dick potorss hubcsnsds.corn

General Manager/Publisher Rob Crawford


rob cmwfordehubcsnsds.rom

Director, Pinnace end Frank Diecidue


Operatlsne frankdiocidueehubcsnsds.corn

Marketing Manager Nataiia Nossovskaia


notoli
s oossovsksisehubconsds.corn

Operations Manager S y lvia Gaertner


sylvia gssrtnsrgthubconsds.corn

Circulation Manager Tracy Magee.Graham


nrcutstionehubtnnsds.corn

OFFICES
CCP MEDIA
TOROHTOflEAO OFFICE
600.6ZS Church St, Toronto, DN
M4Y 261

Teh (416) 92S-P100


Fax (dt6) 923-P994

VAHCOIIVKR
3SD Columbia St., NewWestminster, BC
V3L tAG
Teh 604-777-2424
Fax:604-PPP.Z820

ALONTA /PRAIRIE
5901 3rd St..S.E., Calgary, ABTZHiK3
Teb 403.228-33SS
Fax: 403-22B-3456
Tall-free: 800-407-3355

MOHTREAL
tl-SZS, Cote de-liesse, Dorual, DC
HBP 184
Teb 514.780.8511
Fath 514-63S0473

SB

There you are in the


electronics superstore
eyeing 27 different
audio players. "It' s
MP3 compliant!"

announces one big


yellow sticker."It' s
WMA ready!" declares another.
WMA or MP3 are both digital music file types.
The former is a Microsoft technology and the latter a more widely used format.
So whathappens when the music player makers
decide in, say, three or five years that MP3 and
WMA are obsolete and should be replaced by
something newer? Well, walk out to the curblike you did with your eight-track player and
Betamax 1Syearsago and dump the device on
the sidewalk. Then head for the electronics superstore where you will eye 27 different audio players and read their big yellow labels again,
This time you look at them with fresh
eyes. One says: "Ha, ha, you' re
back. We gotcha!" Another
saysuHooray for
obsolescence!"
What if I
told you that
might change?
What if I told you
that any technology you
buy from this day forward will
upgradeable from here on in? It
could happen if the OSGiAlliance has
its way.
OSGi stands for Open Services Gateway Initiative.
It's a mouthful and even though I' ve spelled out
the acronym for you, my guess is you' re still
scratching your head, Yeah, that's what I did,
But, after talking to three people from the OSGi
Alliance, I managed to figure it out.
Here's what it does. It's a technology that allows
for two things. First, it slows obsolescence in consumer electronics, It's the plumbing that allows
updates to the embedded programming that runs
a device. You probably know that inside every
electronics device are chips that make it work.
And in those chips are programs. In most cases
the program can't be updated, but in an OSGicompliant device it can be. And that update can
come from the Internet and find its way onto a
device and completely upgrade it to fix problems
or extend the device's life. OSGi also allows for the
addition of new functions, allowing the device to
do new things.
This doesn't mean an update via the OSGi frame-

H LJB : D j gitaaj Living - D e c e m b e r 2 OCX3

work [as it is calledi will turn your MP3 player


into a camcorder, If the hardware can*t handle a
task because of its physical limitations, OSGi can' t
help.
"The benefit the consumer will see is that
devices are less likely to become obsolete," said
Oan Bandera, IBM's program director of emerging
device standards and strategy. "There's also the
ability to add new features after you bring it home
from Best Buy or Sears," explained Bandera, who
is also an OSGiAlliance board member.
Let's say your phone is simple. Maybe it has a
screen that shows the time and date and can ring
and is able to dial out, but that's alL One day,
caller IO is invented. So the phone gets a soAware
upgrade using OSGiand suddenly it can display a
caller IO on its screen. That's the power of OSGi.
Beyond new features, OSGi can also act as an
intermediary between devices. It can help one
device talk to another. In future, your
alarm clock might use OSGi
~@f+-.
techn o logy to alert
Lrl -"
the toaster that
you' re up and about.
I
To get new data, a
device will need some connection in and out maybe
via a home network or Bluetooth
R.: but once it has that, updates can
find their way to the device from the
Internet.
A lot of companies are participating in the
OSGi Alliance, including Motorola, Philips, IBM,
Toshiba,
Samsung, Siemens, and Nokia.So it
appears as if OSGi will become a certainty.
Philips is one of the first companies to produce
an OSGi-compliant device, called the iPronto
[shown], which is an oversized remote control for
your TV that can also control the heating, display
video from the security camera at the door, and
plenty of other home control functions. Of course
with OSGi, it' ll be able to do all kinds of other
things in future.
The biggest challenge for the OSGiAlliance is to
get the word out to people like you. But it struggles with clarity.
When I asked a rather befuddled PHd-powered
OSGispokesperson what OSGiwas,he responded:
"It's middleware based on Java, so we extend
the Java environment and that allows us life
cycle management and definition of common
interfaces."
Imagine that on a big yellow sticker.
Andy Walker is a Canadian
journalist based in California.
wow.hubcartada.corn

"A

snsssass-

Stylish, lightweight, space-savingdesign -s Largest computer monitor brand in the country


Lower power consumption than CRT monitors
15," 17," 19" and 21"monitorsizes
-

152N

"

"

-- That's DigitAII refinement.


Our narrow bezel series is where high-quality meets
high-style. You won't find another line of monitors

quite like it. And as the largest computer monitor


brand in the country, we offer a wide selection of
sizes to suit your style. Samsung narrow bezel
monitors. Your desktop has never looked this chic.

-Visit www.samsung.ca or call 1-800-SAMSUNG (726-7864)


For Mississauga call: 905-542-3537
CI2003 Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. All brand and product names are trademarks or registered

trademarks of their respective companies. Product appearance and specifications are subject to change
without notice. Check with your local computer dealer for availability and pricing.
scstss21

Ben Who~ ', -<

~+'

I-I

'

'

I
1

'

.
'

'

I
II

'

I '

'

!.

'I

. I

'

'I

I '

I !

1I I

' I

'

. I i

'

Iii

II
I

I '

'

.I

'

I
I

II

'

i i

I I'I

I I

I I

I
I

'

I'

. I

II

1 ' !

I
I

I I
I

I I

e .i

I
jt

Announcing Macromedia' MX 2004:


New versions of Dreamwe
RC

' iash",

Fireworks' and Studio.


Pe

This is for you


The hardcore, the dedicated, the enthusiast. The one vi'.ith a pasSIon for figuring
things out. The one who builds things ... and takes therrI apart again.

I R

You give us new ways to see things. You show us things we never saw in the first

9 -

place. You make things better. You make us better.


We can't wait to see what you' ll do with it, www???7'?7'?7?7?'?

Macromedia MX 2004. Run with it.


0 Imphtp2003Msc aa . I c w dit I
altnghl. nmarnM
lAc M l . Ih hhcr sdalopo. 0 aamwoecer,
Pash. Feewo hs,and
M m sdw Pash w tmdemwhaorroglstemdhad marhsolMacromede.inc in
tl 0 amgt t
d/ th o nt n a 0 t h r rmlwarelheponeniesotth*lr
espsml so em

Ol

ou o'main!

THREE MONTHS

PLUS! One FREEDomain!'

' MS SQL database support is now availablel


* EasyStore Pro software included at no cost
with Intermediate and above plans

' 99.9e/e Uptime

DONLAIN ONLY:

' Live Tech Support 7 days/week


* 24/1 Tech Email Support

Now just

' Email (youyourdomain.ca)

19.95

POP3 with Webmail Access


' 30-Day Money Back Guarantee
' Full Features and Demonstration
at www.easyhosting.corn

.ca/.corn/.org/.net/.biz/.info

as

os in

Sign up Online at www.easyhosting.corn or call 1-866-274-5665


'Free 'I st yr domain nome and three monthshosting with the purchose of a stondard or above annual hosting plan before Oec.31
Toxes not included. Prices subject to chnnge without notice. look'soffersand services are subjectto our terna and amditions, includingacceptable
use ondp rivocy policies. which may be found at www look ca. Certain condigons mav aoolv This aller h weld lor new ~ o
nly.
tjs 2003 look Communications Inc. Ag rights rasanred.

Capable of doing just about anything.


Even improving your bottom line.

I-low clo you combine a pi.inter, scanner, copie~ and fax mach ne w th productivily,
efficiency and convenience? The X215 multifuncfion asei printer Its Ihe al -in-one
and then some for only S579i Cet one work ncaa
for you.

The X2<5. LEXM<~<

$100
MAIL- IN
REBATE

We' re Always Working


GO I 0 LEXMARI< COM/CANADA/PRQMOTIQNS FQR DETAILS

pxm3rk cr3rn
2003 Lexmarl: Canada Inc. 'Esamared srreer ance airer reIaare
3057s~ai

in4~
I

'

'I

II

'

'I

PlUS GREATADDITIDRAl
FREE UPGRADES
UNTIL SATURDAY,
DECEMBER1378, 7:30PN!

' I

ll I '

I'

I II

t(

OIOITAL
CAIEERA

'

NHHHN$ tNUUR
PNEIMONEE
IDNflN
mnsp
Nmrmump

mpaanuuenn
wraps tawwstawsaw
wiww tswsasaaas

snm w ISKsl wdemm

mammm
amamemmaease

UNNE VITEIIWSISIID PURUNH

IwMltswr

wtt tm
tsmsaswras

am
ass

fa
MICROSOFT
SOHDLE
IHCLIDED

Horlzoll 2200

INTEL CENTNINO EEODILETECHNOLOOV


IHTELcs
PENTIUMw4 PROCESSORAl' 2.2ODHSINTEL PENTIUIIP M PROCESSORAT 1.SORUS
HHCROSOFTwWHIDOWSw XP HONE
IHICNOSOFT WINDOWS XF' HOME
6aaeisa
(ah( ($45 SrtuuffsafduptoSixUSB2.0ports,
WITH 1 MD ON.DIE LEVEL 2 {L2) CACHE
UDMA
33 AT
A I00/66, Intel 845GVChlpset,
HOSE 14" TFl'-LCD SCREEN

ampptusttauntpcnsp
nnaaremmtnttmg
tatuumffpntafpIH%sepm

ma

fstsnatmaauptppnmum

mn
trna

Isnfpnustdfpufnenmataguumi
mmsnmtppm9Iaommtaml
mfnmtuswtatdunntctsmsnus

VisionBook Pto 4000

I PggyggllyFLMNBS
IRNINSBBNI

ans

sm

InstantlyAsegable,PCTecnnology, HardwareMonitoring
gtNN SN Shgsbm
SSNNaIhaary
N88%eshm
Blgitat 72N RPMgmsSmkTimeHardDme,

pmnnsnmnm
fins
IINLNNINBNNINNgk@LI

FDEEOPODAOE TO 1NOS 7200DPN INIDDDHN

888UNBNNSUSN

NhgsttN N BNlhha
IT Sasemg 34hdp
Monitor

NNNSS(8ISIFNBN

1OX NAX.CD-RWlDVD COIHDD DRIVE

N0W PM.P
O.Speakers Nlh subwoofer

NhmsoftOpgcal Mouse
NhresaR
SoflwamBundle(Word,Worlw,Encarla...)

4'I'j f / I-7~
'jj-

FREEROGERSHi-SpeedorCogecoIntermnonCablecger
FREE3MonthsUngmitedAOLInternetService'

NhnfssR
Internal Keyboard

~/

Intel Wfmless
PRONetwork Connecgon602.1tb
Intel 655 chipset
family, up to 5-hourExtendedBaBsryufe
256 MB DDR
Memory
36GB Performatof Hard Drive

4xAGPVideo,2 USB,3D Audio PRO Sound


Built-in Speakers
FREEBEll SVMPATICO HighSpeedInternetfor3months

FREEOPORNE TO 1V'PHIFECTLT FLAT


NODITOR

HHEEINE PISS-OP

IHNEPIATE
PICO-OP

IlilliNNR

iifNQNNNNNNIIN
NN LPNL LI'IIIIII

'

OOHTNFFOHNNEHRU

gli Ei

llmamp
awmw

tele(38577N (41414214018

mmpn%
we

%&swamp

wiiwciw

sssawsaw

in ma

(414125$
NN

STORE/SERVICECENTRE HOURS:

MONDAY TOFRIDAY 10:00AM -7:30PM


SATURDAY 10:00AM - 6:00PM

m~

(MB NS
3847 (glg(NS8858
opmnsra
mw
wwwsK

(41st
33B1477 (413174.17%(IIB 25 NSI

='

anppsmt
cwcwwsi4

&I

(MQSISBNI IBBI8784NSB
IRBINI4488

IgtgiggSINI

auPiaass

BT4133Ri171

(4884(S(NI

1st wt
reacts sswhniw i ass trcreso mrrww hu
fsswps fuss sdrchacscr drrsaha rcdrssltadwawdtmrcrpsdw tnwtcsarwwad ehmhcasrasdsAst wpadwaapsssdpsrdtwfhau drsrtiawprcwsrhwhaw cwttstn adswaew5gmacw iawcrsbsnss fwwi is chccwwtts
csrsrwaddiets st wesw tf lisps iapssc
Ia wsw
wtfctptwrt cdsw spwspssoa csswts tlsi tatdwctsssst chestststrw stttscstlst tlira as detcctwsassdccd'wdes new sac
t! In%cess dw
tadidthasahsttdw
rwcc
d
aft
afss
sads
wc
rduwwtr
rccard
dc
shthpwpsscf
sfatso
tas
dwps m
scatpawso wades atdacctcswcmi
wr
su
tw
sso
w
sscde
af
th
rsr
weera rndftssctpadcsdparwwfwwsh wstwhwssaiwcpssssu trowwmmarahuaassis tassasrpwasachwheresar
cwcrscfdhe
w 'rwtsd
cc wsw
wsl cshrcssrdptreuotm pnt
I'csctswhcstdtcsfswh apat tt scss
salts ohcttpwhasttapwtsfsst twitwswitwpadmaptscdttdwhcatawawsss tsrtdaschwcttcpwthtptwacwsaaestswcatscwdfwthat ersrcdswhsioma a ttaaapw
l cfttwQucsssrtcrsafs IcIsrda capes gccacrcdwdagawfanbrawr
ra tsasst ssalfawidht ohwettisstf n g twsww pesocwwttsscfds clatsr tmaatcaashttwtpts rcatwwilcasa sarahtw ictwsstsst etcsfdtsIAA
Flewd sw sddwrttwcnr kpstisu l wwf tftfrtfast ttrp ided tw
ist csw!ssliN se h isdurstaaawaidsrchdadrnpass fariw! h cawus.
wdsscrapsssrsatstwddsticaatcwesrpsdas tnsswswt catwuaawwptf ssscswtarasadtca swtwseteat iashsfc s ucftrgcca stswswscscptsac
ttlttt pash.RwMtcslcri cpess sdwshdrfc jdr grpastsdrts ucsiasdasdatwractcshrpmw ttaswwstdaardasa