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Reducing the cutting-edge to sawing logs

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This should be one for the new-fangledcomputer-nonsense-bah elder partner. It is TechnologyWatch at www. technologywatch. info. This is the online service of IT Construction Best Practice (ITCBP), is partly funded by the DTI and is part of the Rethinking Construction campaign.So it should be pretty useful.

Not necessarily.

You start off with a pedestrian visual design.Then it turns out that a lot of the content is too. I had eagerly clicked on 'More info' at the bottom of a come-on about smartphones and regretted it immediately. Here was the tired old noncontroversy about whether the paradigm is PDA-phone or phone-PDA.Who cares, if they both do the job? And there was the fascinating information that Cassiopea models are not being sold here any more andbut I won't bore you. OK , what about wireless networks and 3G?

Aaaaaargh. More dull stuff, also without so much as a picture. So maybe we're far too sophisticated here on this column about the computer thing and, OK, I met an architect the other day who had never heard of tablet computers, but I don't think even the aged partner above would be detained long at TechnologyWatch.

One way to not introduce cutting-edge technology to the construction industry, surely, is to bore the pants off everyone.

I guess one of the problems of being funded by government and committees is you have to remain uncontroversial.

One headline, a masterpiece of equivocation, reads ' Why tablet PCs may become fia mustfl especially on site'. So that clears that up doesn't it? And then the jargon. I clicked on a section headed 'PC to SMS communication'simply to find out what SMS might mean. The first paragraph reads in part, 'For all the current hype about 3G, MMS and high end devices, there is one proventechnology [which] has been overlooked - PC to SMS!' I'm gobsmacked by the editorial emphasis. But please, TechnologyWatch, could you explain exactly what are 3G, MMS and SMS? On the other hand, maybe don't bother.

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