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Until recently, non-Mac personal computers were the size of large sewing machine cases and designed with lots of cheesy plastic chrome.

People traditionally hid them under the desk. But with the early Saint Song Latte and the later Mac Mini we have become nonchalant about computers being the size of a couple of thick bacon sarnies.

Plus, of course, all that cabling and power supply stuff out the back.

But look, I have just come across the even smaller Jack PC: a computer, really a thin client terminal, as small as a standard mains wall socket but with standard USB, sound and monitor sockets. You build them into your walls or the back of desks and connect them all to a big server via ethernet cable - which also carries the power. So you won't be wanting one at home. Not sure if it's up for CAD either, but hey, take a look at www.jackpc. co. uk Usual disclaimers about backhanders.

Spooky headline in a recent Google architecture alert: 'The Post-Modern Manifesto'. Not by Charlie Jencks, but a piece about how IT people will/should eventually rule the world.

Hey, that's what architects say. When will the ARB start stamping its tiny feet?

sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com

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