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For years I have been ripping the guts out of PCs and bolting them well out of sight under and inside desks, with just the fronts of the drives and a button or two visible.

No, not an aesthetic tristesse at the lack of a PC Jonathan Ives, but (admittedly slightly loopy) thinking that if the kit is hidden away it might not go wrong so often.

Now, to my chagrin, I discover that a firm has been doing the same, rather elegantly (using, it seems, Corian) and under the name Powerdesk (www.powerdesk. com). I know this looks like a free ad but the idea is obviously brilliant.

But not, it seems, mine.

On dull days, reading sectarian postings on the internet can be quite entertaining. Try http: // blogs. pcworld. com/ staffblog/ archives/001674. html.

Here you will find people just as deeply committed to PCs as others are to the works of St Jobs of Apple.

The aforementioned article reports that someone has managed to get Windows to run on one of the new Intel Macs. Despite this column's difficulty with extremist computer theologians, I could only feel at one with a correspondent who asked: 'Why on earth would one want to run Windows on Macs?'

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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