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I recently came across a web story by a hack complaining that every new incarnation of applications and computermanagement theories would be now given the suffix 2.0, in imitation of Web 2.0, a buzzword for a supposed 'second generation' of internet sites and services.

He writes, 'I have no quarrel with Web 2.0?' Hold it right there. This is cakeand-eat-it stuff, because he knows all to well that Web 2.0 is about as meaningful a phrase as url2 or Linux Two.

Down the pub tonight, when you hear 'Web 2.0' across the rustle of job ad pages and the tut-tutting over smokers, either knee the source discreetly in the groin or ask it exactly what the term means.

And if you fi nd yourself, ahem, being challenged after uttering the words, look loftily down your nose and ask why a so not up-to-date person would need to know. But watch out for the knee thing.

Remember Tinyurl, the site that truncates long, complicated web addresses?

Well, now there's another site doing much the same: http: //snipurl. com. Just type snipurl in your browser's address box and it gets there just as quickly. You paste the link into one of your browser bars and use it from there.

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