Has your computer been running slowly lately? Very slowly? If Task Manager shows that an instance of svchost.exe is using 99% of the cpu/processor then you may be the victim of a bug with Windows Update. Microsoft has released a bug fix for this which is available via, of all things, Windows Update. See How do I fix this high CPU usage svchost virus or whatever it is? by Leo Notenboom or go directly to the source and read Microsoft's description of the problem in KB927891: You receive an access violation error and the system may appear to become unresponsive when you try to install an update from Windows Update or from Microsoft Update.
There are new critical bug fixes for QuickTime, yet again. If iTunes is installed on your computer, then you also got QuickTime along with it. To see if you have an old version of QuickTime, you can use the Secunia Software Inspector.
Dell will begin selling computers at Wal-Mart on June 10th.
There is a new phishing scam that is not flagged by either the phishing filter in Internet Explorer v7 or by Norton 360. The solution? Use Firefox which is immune to this problem. Joe also suggested the Netcraft toolbar and Michael suggested the SiteAdvisor browser plug-in.
LG is closing one of its plasma TV factories. Does this mean plasma is on the way out? Alfred said no. Matshushita is constructing a new huge plasma factory. Also, Alfred just attended a trade show and learned there are new plasma screens on the horizon that will be 4 to 5 times more efficent and, at the same time, be cheaper to produce. In addition, there is another new technology that will make the pixels in plasma screen smaller, allowing for an increased resolution and thus a better picture.
Our guest was Rebecca Mercuri and the topic was electronic voting. Her web site is Notable Software. Florida is going to replace nearly all their touch-screen voting systems with optically scanned ones. Maryland is also replacing their electronic voting machines with optically scanned paper ballots.
A caller downloaded and installed the VMWare player and asked how to create a new virtual machine. The VMware player ca