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Maxwan's double Dutch and the BT 'Bulk' bonanza


I hope you will excuse the Little Englanderism, but if you want to give the lie to that urban myth about the total supremacy of the current bunch of Dutch architects, direct yourselves to www. maxwan. com, the home of Rotterdam-based architect Maxwan.

At least, I think it is.The consensus in the office is that it's possibly a spoof on the grounds of terrible, terrible graphic design, error reports all over the place, links not found and the job ad for a Serbo-Croatspeaking architect and urbanist with advanced knowledge of Excel, master skills in AutoCAD, Photoshop, Quark or InDesign and editing and publishing experience plus, preferably, a master's degree.Oh, and what on earth is going on in the 'shop'?

A bunch of excruciatingly dull but fast-moving images of a wasteland site seems to claim a Barking connection.When I ring the official Barking Reach site, the bloke at the end of the phone naturally doesn't deal with it but thinks Maxwan is indeed doing something.

Just hope the masterplan is a bit more readable than the website.

Guardian readers will be acquainted with serial complaints about BT merging its email system with Yahoo.Dumbed-down for the average stupid user, BT/Yahoo is laborious, patronising and does things you don't understand until a call-centre person points them out to you.Like the fact that the 'Bulk' folder holds suspect malware. It keeps on putting AJ Plus news items in this folder despite being told they are not spam.When you do this, incidentally, and hit return you are faced with the full text of the next message and that's how modern viruses can apparently get through.The Guardian's Jack Schofield recently concluded that readers should consider abandoning BT/Yahoo and, among other alternatives, suggested www. plus. com, which is six-quid cheaper. I pass this on untried because at the moment it's too much fun baiting the earnest BT call-centre people about the crap? All right, I know, I should get a life.

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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