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Life on campus and a rumpus at the opera

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Here's more information feeds for those long nights at your fireside computer.

Some really fascinating daily news comes from US-based Design Architecture at, as you might expect, www. designarchitecture. com.Ifyou use the Net you have to get used to its promiscuity, no not that promiscuity, but in the sense of information which is voluminous and undifferentiated.

Design Architecture finds its stories all over the English-speaking world and mostly directs you straight to the original source of the story, whether it is in Australia, the UK, the US or wherever.

There is not a lot of qualitative editing, which is its charm. To give you a flavour, at the time of writing the lead feature was by Dominique Perrault on the topic of the Hotel Industriel Jean-Baptiste Berlier, the 1990 glass box in which the architect also has his offices. There are pieces about what's happening in Berlin, a ruckus at the Palm Beach Opera, stories about Calatrava, MOMA and, among others, how 'Miller Dyer Spears transforms Blanchard Campus Centre into hub of Mount Holyoak College life'. Don't sniff, the AJ's n ew s desk has been sampling it for some time. Closer to home are the two RIBA netzines. One is the Practice Bulletin edited by the excellent Neal Morris.You can send a note to RIBAprac@inst. riba. org and, providing you're a corporate member, ask for it.

The other is the weekly RIBAWorld, RIBAWorld@inst.riba.org, a potpourri of news, a bit like a small version of Design Architecture crossed with AJplus.

The following are strictly for computer buffs. Fred Langa's Langalist at www. langa. com/recommend. htm is billed as a newsletter that helps you get more from your hardware, software and online time. Topics include the Internet Explorer's secret repair tool and 'Aren't you glad you didn't buy a PIII', a report on Intel recalling its latest 1.13GHz chips.

Also out there are Locker Gnome on www.lockergnome.recommend.html, and pspPower at www.pspPower.com.

Sutherland Lyall, lyall@dircon.co.uk

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