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NEW WORDS FOR AN OLD PRACTICE

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WEBWATCH

Podslurper. Bluesnarfer. Two wonderful words. For them I am indebted to Downtime, Computer Weekly's version of our Astragal. Podslurping is a more expressive way of saying podsurfing, which is using your iPod as a storage device for downloading data.

'Heaven forfend, ' I hear you say. 'Not the latest version of AutoCAD again.' I hoped bluesnarfing might be a development of that Bluetooth thing where at RIBA openings and suchlike you broadcast, via your mobe's Bluetooth connection, a general invitation to potential participants for certain, ahem, mutual activities in the relative obscurity of the sculpture court. Or the president's office. Or under the library issue desk. I'm sure you've all done it at one time or another. Actually, I think bluesnarfing might be just that because Computer Weekly demurely describes it as: 'Using a Bluetooth device to surreptitiously seek out and connect to another.' The words surreptitiously and connect being the main clues to this probably being a pleasurable activity.

For those of you who deprecate the above use of the word 'mobe', cast your vote at The Register at www. theregister. com, where that excellent electronic organ has been running a poll on its use.

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