bits & bytes

An @ by another name

Two weeks ago, Tim Nott asked what the @, the hub of the e-mail address, should be called. He noted that in France it was petit escargot, or little snail. Now we know what they call it elsewhere, thanks to a deluge of communications from all over Europe. Some of these found their way into the letters pages of the Independent, but here is Network's round-up.

Italy: chiocciolina - again, little snail (from Andrea Casalotti); Germany: Klammeraffe - spider monkey (Patrick Stevenson); the Netherlands: api - short for apestaart, meaning monkey's tail (Bas Buesink and Tim O'Donoghue); Norway: kanel-bolle - a spiral-shaped cinnamon bun (Per Hammer); Denmark: snabel a - an "a" with a trunk (Anne Mette Andreasen).

In the UK, Tim Gowens offered the highly logical "ampersat" and the art historian Frances Marks suggested "Van Gogh's ear". An anonymous reader raises another poser: "If @ is a little snail," he/she asks, "what then is 'snail mail'?"

Tangled up in the Web A survey by Sony Broadcast & Professional UK shows that many businesses swept along by Web fever have been disappointed by what they have found. Only 14 per cent of senior managers interviewed used the Web, against 35 per cent who used CD-Rom, and many of these are not convinced of its use. Stephen Jones, the company's corporate development manager, said that a significant number found the Web's effect negative because it wasted time and money. But he added that the survey took no account of likely improvements such as higher speed access. "I'm not knocking the Internet, it's just a matter of when it becomes useful," he said.

Cyberia branches out Cyberia, the Internet and cappuccino chain, has opened two new cafes, at 12 Oxford Street, Manchester, and 73 New Broadway, Ealing, west London. Cyberia's other hang-outs are in central London, Kingston upon Thames and Edinburgh. Tokyo opens next month. Call 0171-209 0982 or e-mail kdd@easynet.co.uk.

A camera for the kids The Tyco VideoCam for six- to 12-year-olds is due for launch in the summer, at pounds 99. It will use technology developed by Edinburgh-based Vision, and provide black and white pictures, connecting either to a VCR or to a grown- up video camera by a 30ft lead.

Shattering Windows A letter: "I was glad to see you had published an anti-Windows item (David Lawson, 22 January). Like Mr Lawson, I too started out with the Amstrad PCW (still have it, in fact, because there is some stuff on it that I have never transferred). When I migrated to a PC a few years ago, I found Windows on it and for some months thought that you had to use that method of working. Then I explored DOS and found it far faster and pleasanter to use, at least once I discovered 4DOS. (Without 4DOS, DOS is blind.) Soon I deleted Windows and have never felt the need to reinstall it, let alone waste my time and money on W95. I have QEMM and Desqview (yes, you can still find it if you look); this gives me true multi-tasking, which, as far as I know, you do not get even with W95.

Anthony Campbell,

anthony@achc.demon.co.uk."

Please e-mail us at: network@independent.co.uk

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookA wonderful selection of salads, starters and mains featuring venison, grouse and other game
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
Life and Style
The veteran poverty campaigner Sir Bob Geldof issues a stark challenge to emerging economies at the Melbourne HIV/Aids conference
health
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich talk Penguins of Madagascar at Comic-Con
comic-con 2014Cumberbatch fans banned from asking about Sherlock at Comic-Con
Arts and Entertainment
Chris Pratt stars in Guardians of the Galaxy
filmGuardians Of The Galaxy should have taken itself a bit more seriously, writes Geoffrey Macnab
News
Sir Chris Hoy won six Olympic golds - in which four events?
news
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Trainee Recruitment Consultants - Banking & Finance

    £20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree Group have been well e...

    Graduate Recruitment Resourcers - Banking Technologies

    £18000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: Huxley Associates are looking...

    Implementation Engineer

    £150 - £200 per day: Orgtel: Implementation Engineer Hampshire / London (Gre...

    Trainee Recruitment Consultant - Pharmacuetical

    £20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: Real Staffing, one of the UK'...

    Day In a Page

    Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

    Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

    The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

    Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

    Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
    German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

    Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

    Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
    BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

    BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

    The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
    Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

    Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

    Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
    How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

    Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

    Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
    Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

    Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

    Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
    10 best reed diffusers

    Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

    Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
    Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

    Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

    There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
    Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

    Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

    It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
    Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

    Screwing your way to the top?

    Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
    Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

    Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

    Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
    Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

    Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

    The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
    The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

    The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

    Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
    US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

    Meet the US Army's shooting star

    Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform