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ControlC turns clipboards into social networking tool

Sick of installing bookmarklets or browser plug-ins to save and share links with other people? Want to simply want to keep a record of all the text, links, or pictures copied to a computer's clipboard? Then check out ControlC. ControlC is a new service that's halfway between a social bookmarking tool, and an archive utility.

Mac, Linux, and PC users can install this small application that will keep a record of their computer's clipboard content and automatically upload it to a feed. Uploaded items remain private until the user manually "unlocks" them for public viewing. … Read more

What's eating Microsoft? Everything

Business, finance, and tech worlds are abuzz with news of Microsoft's sudden proposal to Yahoo. It's not the first time Seattle's best has courted the Sunnyvale, Calif., company once touted as Silicon Valley's hottest Internet portal. To many, the buyout offer signals Microsoft's continuing woes in a playing field now dominated by freeware competitors and other rivals that have done Microsoft's end-user businesses longer or better.

See which products and companies are eating into which of Microsoft's potentially profitable businesses in this slide show.

Vent election frustrations

It's Super Tuesday, the day when 24 states hold primaries to choose their party's candidate for president. Voted by mail weeks ago? Just want all the ads and sloganeering to be over? Get so frustrated you just want to shoot them all?

Now you can, with the Space Invaders spoof called Political Invaders, where you fire pies from your ship to destroy advancing politician headshots.

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Video: Best downloads of 2007

To every sweet there is a sour; to every storm cloud, there is a silver lining. We took care of the sour storm clouds first with a demonstration of the worst downloads of 2007 on CNET Download.com. I reiterate editor Peter Butler's disclaimer that the absolute worst downloads, stuffed with spyware or adware, never make it near our site.

The amusing mudslinging for misdirected software aside, may we now present Tom Merritt's ever-humorous take on the five most awesome downloads to break out in 2007. These applications that will save you time, and possibly a whole lot … Read more

Stop svchost.exe from stealing CPU cycles

The situation is familiar to countless Windows users: They're in a groove at work, firing off e-mails, crafting documentation, and even blogging on their personal site during breaktime, when suddenly, something takes over 99 percent of the CPU, slowing it to a virtual standstill. A quick look at the invaluable Process Explorer (or the standard Windows Task Manager) indicates that a process called svchost.exe is using all that CPU. What's more, there's one main CPU offender. Multiple versions of svchost.exe are running in the background and hogging CPU cycles. What is it? Is it spyware? Hackers? Terrorists?

Although there are historical cases of malware using svchost.exe, because of its common presence, it's most likely just Windows being Windows. Svchost.exe is a generic process name for Windows services that run from Microsoft DLLs (dynamically linked libraries). Each of those instances of svchost.exe in the process lists actually represents a group of services that each process is managing. With Process Explorer, it's easy to see which services each process manages, and stop them one by one to see which is the CPU culprit.

In the spring of 2007, a major problem arose with a Windows update that caused svchost.exe to use 100 percent of CPU because of an issue with Automatic Updates. To correct that bug, be sure that Windows is fully patched with the most recent updates.

The first thing to do is to determine which of the active svchost.exe processes is causing the slowdown. Fire up Process Explorer, and click on the CPU column header to sort the list of processes by processor usage. A list of processes, sorted from most processor intensive to least intensive, is displayed. When the computer stalls, switch over to Process Explorer and see which running process is causing the crunch.… Read more

Photos: Work better, smarter, faster

We humans are an easily distracted, forgetful, and lackadaisical bunch. When watching videos and catching up on RSS content is endlessly more interesting than filing reports, how can you blame us? No longer. The passel of productivity software in this slide show will help you stay on target, and speed through your workday. Procrastination, meet...thy... nemesis.

Get more tips on setting up a home office, tips for mobile productivity, and the best smartphones for work in a CNET special feature.

Kick video butt with KMPlayer

The field of freeware media players that claim support for most or all playback formats out there is growing. GOM, VLC, and KMPlayer tend to top people's lists. KMPlayer is perhaps the least known of the three, but if you haven't toyed around with the level of customization that it offers, you're missing out.

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