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Sore eyes, sharks and Sydney


Vol. 3, No. 7, 20/3/2002

Discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Vol. 3, No. 7 March 20, 2002


In This Issue:

1. Web content tip
2. Email tip
3. Readers Write
4. The Y Files (Q&A)
5. Surf Club - web site reviews
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly chuckle

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Sydney venue confirmed

Web Content Workshop ($995+GST)
Sydney - April 11-12
Canberra - April 18-19

E-newsletter Workshop ($995+GST)
Sydney - 23-24 April

* in-house workshops also available

From the editor - Sore eyes, sharks and Sydney

After a day squinting at a computer screen trying to make sense of my supposedly upgraded accounting software, I'm just going to mention two quick points -

* next month's E-newsletter Workshop (now two days) and the Web Content Workshop in Sydney will be at Terasys, Level 7, 6-10 O'Connell Street in the CBD for those of you who can make it (please tell your friends and colleagues). Canberra will be at CIT's Reid campus.

* sharks, dolphins and a whale enjoyed a feeding frenzy off Australia's Gold Coast today, forcing champion lifesavers out of the water for an hour (my local beach is only a little further south but I was too busy drowning in paperwork to get near the surf anyway). See the pictures at - http://www.abc.net.au/news/indepth/featureitems/s509391.htm

- Yvette


Web content tip

Music can make or break a web site. Lee Creek gives some solid strategic advice for deciding whether to use music on your site, along with the technical how-tos -

Email tip

Coming up with fresh ideas for your e-newsletter week after week is not as easy as some might think.

Pick up a few tips for tapping into your innate creativity with Barbara Florio Graham in this excellent piece in Writing World -

Readers Write

Pollyanna brushes off her dancing shoes for an old-time Dinner Dance in her small country town.

Kingscliff chef Lesley Everley reviews "Baker - The Best of International Baking" by Dean Brettschneider and Lauraine Jacobs.

Read them at - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/default.asp

* Send your review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au and I'll be happy to publish it - along with your own URL, if you have one.

The Y Files

A question from Rupert -

Q: I used to have a search engine which sat above my toolbar with a little emblem. Whenever I went to a page it would miraculously list other similar sites above the toolbar. I seem to have lost it as it doesn't appear, and used to do so automatically. I wonder if you know what the name of it is?

A: Internet search guru Belinda Weaver suggested Rupert go to http://www.agentland.com (and look around for a desktop application or virtual assistant) or http://www.tucows.com (and search for browser add-ons). Rupert did and, to his delight, found his beloved search accelerator tool - http://www.ucmore.com/ Thanks, Belinda and Rupert.

Email your stumper to yvette@brizcomm.com.au (and I'll post you a book).

Surf Club

* Previewed on ABC Radio Queensland with Andrew Lofthouse on Monday evenings

A South African student web site has been swamped with game players. The game lets critics of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe fire him from a cannon into the International Court of Justice. Mugabe faced world outcry in the 1980s when mass graves were found after he crushed a rebellion in Matabeleland province.
In a net shell: Wicked.

National Geographic's Mystery Afghan Girl
Her haunting sea-green eyes have captivated the world since her appearance on the cover of National Geographic in 1985. Now, the story story of the Afghan Girl can be told. Follow the search that found her, view video clips from the TV special, meet the photographer or read the original cover story.
In a net shell: Intriguing.

Nobody Here - Card Tower
Relieve your aggression virtually. Make a virtual tower of cards and knock them down. Repeat. When you tire of that game, click on the swirl below the cards for a journey through other e-eccentricities on the site.
In a net shell: Clear the decks.

If you need a car only on the odd occasion, rent a Zipcar by the hour. Zipcars are parked off-street for customers to use for as long as they want. Cheaper than a private car, rental or taxi because you pay only for what you use. The company pays for petrol, insurance, maintenance and parking. Use a wireless device to find your nearest car, swipe your Zipcard to unlock the vehicle and away you go. Cars are available in Boston, New York and Washington DC.
In a net shell: Zippy idea.

A Diamond is Forever
Did you know almost 74 per cent of brides go for diamond engagement rings? When you need inspiration for buying or creating an engagement ring, stop by here. This site lets you create your own ring and save it for a year in your own personal online jewelry box or print it out for your local jeweller. Browse through more than 7500 pre-designed engagement rings.
In a net shell: Window shopping.

Free Answers
Here's a novel idea - technical support in plain English (Dutch, French, Spanish or Italian). Solve computer-related problems simply by asking questions in natural, everyday language to access knowledge bases from Microsoft, Intuit (makers of Quicken) and Adobe. More vendors will be added soon.
In a net shell: Better answers.

Inside the Teenage Brain
Despite popular parental opinion, "teenage brain" is not an oxymoron. PBS Frontline unlocks, with the help of science, the mysteries of the teenager brain. Find tips on how to talk to teens, learn why they sometimes seem like aliens, take a quiz or discover why teens sleep so much.
In a net shell: Puberty blues.

Reader's Choice

Maryborough's Barry Scanlan offered this week's site so I sent him a copy of the amusing little book, "How to Get Rich".

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Moon
"An investigative journalist uncovers a 31-year-old mislabeled, unedited reel of footage (dated three days into the flight) that shows the Apollo 11 crew falsifying part of their photography." It's interesting if nothing else.

Send your brief site review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

Weekly Thought

Why English is so hard to learn

There are no eggs in an eggplant, no apple or pine in pineapple.
Quicksand works slowly.
Boxing rings are square.
Guinea pigs are neither from Guinea or are pigs.
Writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham.
If a vegetarian eats veg, what does an humanitarian eat?
A slim chance and a fat chance are similar. So are quite a lot and quite a few.
But overlook and oversee are very different.
You fill in a form to fill it out.
An alarm goes off by going on.
When the stars are out, you see their light but when the lights are out you see nothing.


Learn How To Design A Spider-Friendly Site
Some search engine spiders have the patience to dig deep into your site and promise to follow every link, while others may get bored before they finish indexing a whole page! Learn how to carefully organise your page content and web site to ensure that spiders index the whole thing - not just bits and pieces at -


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