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I have seen the future of Futurism and it's a bit slow

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Nothing about Apple this week - although its court attacks on several supporter websites seem to be increasingly successful. Something about biting the hand that feeds springs to mind - an interesting marketing strategy. Whatever, somebody in the office says to take a look at www.atelierone. com, the site of Atelier One.

'It is really annoying, ' they said. And indeed it is.

The site is based on a grid, five squares on each side, which makes, I gather, 25 in all. You think: 'Ho-hum, another mystery site.' The message seems to be: you don't get to view our secrets without some hard work. But before you move on to something more interesting, like weed control and pasturing on the Upper Volta, you slide the cursor across the variegated dull pale-grey and grey-blue and pale sortof-purple squares, and images flash up.

Hold it there on the shack being blown clear over the trees. Or is it hanging from a helicopter? You will never know.

So you click on another square.

Nothing. Another. Ahah. One of those fold-up colanders. Which always lose a perforated leaf the next time you try to use them for garden peas. Finally you discover that clicking on the bottom far-left square is the same as hitting a back button. Release. On to the Upper Volta. In our trade you think of Atelier One as a really innovative engineering practice centred around the amazing Neil Thomas. Yet the site, which also contains poetry, a Futurist manifesto about clothes and a changing (I think) selection of images , suggests that it has other ambitions. Meantime it is relatively slow and is really annoying.

I omitted to credit David Simpson, my source for feedback about AdAware and SpyBot, the scumware rooters-out.

He also reminded me that quite a lot of people have their own identities on a shared computer. This means you have to run the aforementioned anti-spyware - or even Microsoft's AntiSpyware - for each separate user.

sutherlandlyall@btinternet. com

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