At the beginning of the year I took a look at Lintol at www. lintol. com, quite liked its intentions and scope but found it a bit of a mess. And you had to register. One of the things about registration on a non-commercial site is that you think either that the promoters have too well-developed a sense of their own importance or that the site is pretty well perfect and people are queuing round the corner to get into it.
I suggested that combining registration with going public with a scratch website and hoping people won't notice the leaks is a bit like a building surveyor expecting to get his suburban pride and joy into the pages of the AR.
Now, I'm happy to say, indefatigable Colin Gordon, who runs Lintol, has abandoned registration and seriously tidied up the site. It is oriented toward Scotland: a recent event listed was a Covell Matthews day out bagging a munro (Ben Vorlich) - but that's where Gordon lives. The site is now on the shortlist for one of this year's Construction Marketing Awards. I'm always a sucker for DIY, and the awards are run by the AJ's publisher, Emap. So far my attempts to join the jury have been firmly rebuffed.
This column has been ranting on recently about doing this and not doing that - all in a good cause, of course.
Yours. But here is a site that makes worthwhile all that dodging of phishers, 491ers, data protection and site reregistration scamsters, plus sundry spyware, Trojan and Worm writers, and the holes for the latter enshrined in OutLook Express. Sorry, got carried away there. Here it is, courtesy of Matt Hill of the AJ subs desk: www. rio. com.
br/animation/iconstory. htm. It is about the enchanting things the XP icons do when we are not watching.
Naturally nosey, I tried out the shortened version at www. rio. com.
br/animation. Ignore the flashing red Portuguese text and click on Clique aqui para ir Ó pßgina de animac§es. This takes you to 30 more animations, all as good as the main one.
sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com