This week we ask how Britain’s going to fill its three million broadband notspots, wonder whether the Zune HD will ever land in Blighty and discuss the arrival of Android apps on Ubuntu. Plus, will the Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision make it as our Hot Hardware of the Week?
The big debate of the week is Wolfram Alpha – revolutionary tool or know-nothing toy? The team also discuss the future of tabbed browsing, concerns over the price of Windows 7 and the dangers of being electrocuted by your iPod. Our hot hardware hopeful is the tiny Acer Revo system, the first commercial PC to partner an Atom CPU with discrete graphics.
I came across the issue today where I needed to calculate the age of a user of a system for the Equal Opportunities policy – there didn’t seem to be a good VB function out there – some of them were ridiculously long-winded, so I wrote one that is short and very processor efficient.
Function calculateAge(ByVal DateOfBirth As Date) As Integer
Dim TodaysDate As Date = Date.Today()
Dim Age As Integer = TodaysDate.Year – DateOfBirth.Year
If TodaysDate.Month < DateOfBirth.Month Or (TodaysDate.Month = DateOfBirth.Month And TodaysDate.Day < DateOfBirth.Day) Then
Age = Age – 1
calculateAge = Age
Age = Nothing
TodaysDate = Nothing
On this week’s show the team debates the fallout from Intel’s massive fine from the EU competition watchdogs – and whether the PC makers got off lightly. Plus: Carphone takes over Tiscali, Google’s pre-emptive strike on Wolfram Alpha and the Chumby is nominated for Hot Hardware of the Week.
This week, Windows 7 is back in the news with the public availability of the release candidate; Amazon decides to save the newspaper industry single-handed (sort of); botnet hijackers reveal startling web habits; Google Chrome is allegedly doomed; and another absolutely enormous laptop goes through the wringer in hot hardware of the week.