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Alarming ADSL log on sets bells ringing

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ADSL has finally settled down, it is fairly consistent, there is occasional trouble connecting up, but that happens with conventional modems too. A tip is to opt for 'about blank' as your opening page: the default btopenworld. com takes ages to download. And do not forget to install a firewall such as the acclaimed, and free, ZoneAlarm from www. zonealarm. com.You need to do this because with ADSL your computer is connected on a continuously open line. Actually this is true only when you tell Explorer to check for e-mails every half hour or so, otherwise it apparently drops the line. I think there is a need for ZoneAlarm because I currently get maybe three unsolicited attempts a day to log in to my machine from places as various as the Pacific Rim, the US and today Poland. So ZoneAlarm tells me.

Paranoia about virus e-mails is utterly sensible. I always trash (and then delete from the trash can) any e-mails from people I do not know.Especially friendly ones from people I do not know. So there I was, deleting e-mails with the subject 'Hi to all people who read this!'

This had to be from either some tedious happy-clappy peddling spiritual joy or some profoundly ill purveyor of viruses.

I accidentally viewed the contents of one of these and it turned out to be an innocuous Italian member of a group I am monitoring.He/she was not all that familiar with all the cultural nuances of English. So if you are doing mass mailings, keep the subject box bland.

I want to sort of recommend www. nai. nl. It is the Rotterdam-based Netherlands Architecture Institute site.

Claiming to be one of the largest architectural museum collections in the world, it is devoted primarily to Dutch architects.There is a quiz, disappointingly banal QuickTime panoramas and some 3D images - you have to dig out your cardboard-coloured specs for this to work. Then you wonder if the subjects of the images were worth looking at in any dimension.The real-life NAI seems to be pretty interesting.

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