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CAD designers don't need their handsheld

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A recent survey said architects, more accurately CAD users, didn't use PDAs (handhelds) very much. Gripping stuff, you say. The likelihood of any sane person doing production drawings for the next City megatower with a stylus on a Palm or Psion handheld is slightly less than zero.

Yes, I know there's that Seiko SmartPad in a zippered folder where you draw on a bit of paper on the right hand side and up it comes on your handheld which is bolted to flap on the left. I imagine it could be quite useful.

Well, maybe.Whatever, the survey reported that nearly 40 per cent of respondents were aware that you could read CAD information on a handheld.

Excuse me, but this sounded like people trying not to seem ignorant.So, disbelievingly, I checked with Google. I was wrong.You can. Just about.A great article outlines the state of the art at http: //www. cadenceweb. com/2001/010 1/issuefocus0101. html.

Cyberspace, the sort-of creation of that brilliant writer William Gibson, got less virtual and more real this month.

Legally.Wired News reports a bemusing US appeals court ruling. In its 3-0 decision it held that a non-stop site running 55 web cams transmitting the activities of 13 scantily-attired young persons living in a Florida house was not in breach of local zoning regulations.The reason was that its real home, said the judges, was in the Internet. Beam me in, Scotty.

Tip of the week is a time saver for Internet Explorer 5.5.You'll know already that there's no need to type in that http: // stuff before you type www dot whatever dot com.Actually, you don't need the www or com either.

Simply type in the name of the site, say ajplus.Then, before you hit Return, hold down the Control key.

There like magic up comes http: //www. ajplus. com and you are transported to our virtual realm.

Doesn't work for dot co dot uk or dot net, just www. dot com.

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