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Be alert - domain name conmen are at it again!

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A bit of a warning here. The conmen are about again. This time it is offers to 'pre-register'at a special fee for one of the new domains which are supposed to be coming out soon but in fact are only under consideration by ICANN, the international body responsible for establishing domain suffixes such as . com and . co. uk.

Top level domains might in future include . shop, . anyoldthing and . eu.

The latter will definitely be available but the issue of who registers it is in the early throes. Before parting with your dosh (and don't anyway for preregistration), ask yourself what is wrong with ANArchitect. co. uk. Still, if it's pastures greener for you, work out how to register at www. icann. org/tlds.

The following are fully operational and accepting registrations, so if you fancy a domain name ending in . biz, . info and . name, go ahead - although you will need to show you are a museum to get . mus, and a flying club or EasyJet for . aero.

Ted Cullinan's lot will surely have no problem with . coop. Just hope and pray that they don't agree to such domain names as . arch or, worse, . archy - and for us lot . journo.

I realised I had been sitting there for ages staring blankly at a webcam image of the Gateshead 'Eye'. And then I realised that what, slack mouthed, I was secretly waiting for was for the bridge master to deliberately fail to check for loitering pedestrians before he pressed the up button.

The webcams, there are two, are part of the newish Baltic Mill website at www. balticmill. com. It opens with an axo of the new gallery which, following a mouse click, resolves into the floors stacked on top of each other.Click on one of the floors. Out it slides.Up come the partition walls and, over on the left, is the name of the area you are on. Click on the highlighted name and up comes a brief description and a thumbnail photo of the space in use. A great way to explain dull office buildings to clients.

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