The beta of a new free Microsoft antivirus product sold out. You can still buy Windows XP on new computers for another two years. Some people don't like netbooks. Joe and Alfred reported from a trade show. Alfred's favorite toy was a pair of night vision goggles called eyeclops. 4TB hard disks are coming. Olivia liked two books: Creating a website - the missing manual (2nd edition) and Sexy Web Design which she felt was good for web developers to give to their clients. Listener phone calls.
More patches from Apple, this time for Java. Finally, after many months, Java users on Macs are as safe as Java users on Windows and Linux. Soon the Chinese government will require software on new personal computers that filters out offensive websites. At the moment, pornography is the only thing considered offensive. Symantec and McAfee paid a huge fine for automatically renewing their software without giving customers a simple way to not rent the software for another year. Listener phone calls
Yesterday was patch Tuesday with critical bugs fixed in both the Windows and Mac versions of Word and Excel. Friday the 12th is the end of analog TV broadcasts, many people are still not prepared. Alfred said there is not much difference between converter boxes and he explained about new LED TVs. Microsoft imposes limits on hardware used in netbooks and nettops that run Windows. Rants on computing devices that don't let the user replace the battery. Alfred told about a TV set that transmits data - it's three years out.
Listener phone calls included the topic of opening Internet Explorer in full screen mode in Windows XP. For more see Reset Internet Explorer's window size in Windows XP.
Our thanks to those who supported the show during the recent fund raising drive. The return policy at Circuit City is not the best. Adobe will release bug fixes only once every three months. Windows 7 will ship in October. Our guest was David Perry of Trend Micro and the topic was malware. There is new malware infecting Apache web servers.