Vista is a good choice. If you do it, please make sure to tell us the minimum system specs. My "new" laptop (obtained to fulfill our Best Buy service contract when the old one died -- it's a lower end model) has a sticker on it that says "Designed for Windows XP. Windows Vista Compatible" but I wanna know if that means it will really run Vista in a way that won't make me want to say words I don't allow my children to say.
I'd like to learn more about open source software. I've recently tried several -- Open Office, Scribus, the Gimp and Inkscape. I'm not ready to try running Linux, so I've been running these in Windows XP. I've noticed several buggy type things and I wonder if it's just me or are there bugs in these programs, esp. if you run them in Windows. Small things like -- when a presentation in Open Office, in Power Point Format, and then open it in Power Point, things change. My background gradient for a Christmas presentation changed from red to green to green to red. On another presentation that was a file someone gave me created in Power Point, that I altered extensively in Open Office -- there was a slide with ovals with text in them and every time I opened it, the ovals were too small for the text. I'd adjust them and save again, and then the next edit, they'd be small again. And with Scribus and Inkscape, I need something called Ghostscript to take care of Postscript and EPS images, and I've tried several times to download and install this Ghostscript and I've failed each time. I'm unable to come up with instructions on how to do it. Is this beyond the scope of your show? Are these programs just meant to run on Linux and don't work as well on Windows? Would I be better off staying in native file formats and not trying to use Open Office to edit MS file formats? I had a hard time finding a format that I could create in Inkscape and then import into Scribus, without using EPS.
I'd vote for a good comparison show about the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360, though I'm still going to buy a Wii. I have questions about how the Wii will interact with my other devices -- will it network wirelessly with my wireless router to share the internet connection, for example? If I get content on an SD card, can I use it on another device? What does the Bluetooth do? My son wants to know if he'll be able to play Runescape on it, since you can use it to surf the net. These are questions I have.
I'd still vote for a show about CSS, though I'm not sure it would be of interest to your whole audience. You might mention the CSS Zen Garden website, that's kind of cool. But so many times I see a neat layout and check their code and it's all a gobbledygook of frames and tables and php and other stuff, not CSS. Is this what we have to look forward to -- no standardized way to write code for websites, but a whole bunch of different ways? and is that a good or a bad thing? And will newer browsers start to be more standardized or will there always be a certain amount of difference between how a site looks in Firefox and how it looks in the current version of IE? I guess I'm not looking for you to do a show explaining how to do CSS, but to talk about the issues of web standardization, etc. But here's a plug for a book I recently bought, after checking a bunch of CSS books out of the library to evaluate which was the best. CSS, The Missing Manual, by David Sawyer McFarland. Very complete, lots of info, clear presentation.
Sorry, I can't come up with 5.