Dialogue Box 3: Wi-Fi and hot potatoes

Dialogue Box 3: Wi-Fi and hot potatoes

Summary: Dialogue Box goes wireless this week, with the Axis of Awesome testing the Wi-Fi-enabled touch-driven smartphone from HTC and a demonstration of the real perils wireless can bring to the office

TOPICS: After Hours

Charles and Rupert take a hard look at the latest iPhone contender from HTC and ask — is it cool? Is it useful? Is it, in short, worthy of the Axis of Awesome? But that's nothing compared to the problems of interference with office Wi-Fi — an issue that proves to be a hot potato. Literally.

Topic: After Hours

Rupert Goodwins

About Rupert Goodwins

Rupert started off as a nerdy lad expecting to be an electronics engineer, but having tried it for a while discovered that journalism was more fun. He ended up on PC Magazine in the early '90s, before that evolved into ZDNet UK - and Rupert evolved with them into an online journalist.


Charles has been in tech publishing since the late 1980s, starting with Reed's Practical Computing, then moving to Ziff-Davis to help launch the UK version of PC Magazine in 1992. ZDNet came looking for a Reviews Editor in 2000, and he's been here ever since.

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  • Love it


    Thanks for this, a great explanation of the stupid wi-fi scare...

    I first discovered that microwave ovens were bad things when I used to make my coffee and went back to laptop and found I was disconnected from VPN. But as I work at kitchen table and microwave is 6 feet away from laptop I suppose I can't complain. Unfortunately I sit between them so who know what it's done to me!

    Can you recommend any particular USB spectrum analyser or where to find one other than eBay? And what was the program that showed you all the graphs? Is it freeware or does it come with the card?

    Finally, love your patter, but try to wear something that's ironed! And Rupert, nobody can see you sweating so stop wiping yourselves all the time.

    I look forward to seeing more of these, loved it.

  • Why is a keyboard cool?

    What is the industries insistance on wanting keyboards on phones? Those little buttons look silly - grown men with big fingers trying to type on them is ridiculous. I had a palm pilot for many years - it worked well for the small amount of typing I ever did on it - so hats off to HTC for making a phone with no keyboard - boo to the reviewers who seem to want to look silly trying to type an essay on one?