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More trial than error


Vol. 3, No. 19, 19/6/2002


Discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Vol. 3, No. 19 June 19, 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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From the editor - More trial than error

You'd think that after 2.5 years publishing this weekly newsletter, I'd have the technical side sorted.

Not so, judging by last week's broken links. Even so-called "experts" make mistakes, though thankfully only two of you emailed me to point them out (sorry if I didn't seem overly grateful but I'd spent a long cold night - sick and half blind - trying to publish a newsletter between coughing fits on a computer that kept crashing every five minutes with erratic ADSL.

Rather than undermining credibility, my mistakes hopefully reinforce the fact that I'm a hands-on practitioner who has learnt by trial and error - so you don't have to.

Anyone can regurgitate the theory - you'll find plenty of information on the Net or in bookshops.

But you can't beat real-world experience and honest face-to-face sharing of skills and horror stories to bring the message home.

If this sounds like a plug for my E-newsletter Workshop in Brisbane next week, it is a bit. While I relish writing this free newsletter, it doesn't pay the bills.

If you reckon I know what I'm doing and you find it worthwhile, please forward this on to one person who might also benefit.

- Yvette

PS I won't be running another E-newsletter Workshop in the city for a few months (I'm giving the regions a turn) so book now if you don't want to miss out.

PPS Last week's intro about broadband Internet sparked a lively response from a disenchanted IT professional (and I couldn't agree more) -

Web content tip

Online news king Steve Outing asked for a few of my top tips for improving news-oriented web sites a couple of weeks ago.

His article (published last week) quotes other usability experts and web writing gurus or, as Steve puts it, the "self-appointed guardians of web content quality".

You're bound to find an idea or two for improving your own site at -
http://makeashorterlink.com/?Q1B125611 or go to "columns" at -

EXCLUSIVE OFFER - brizcomm Web Content Workshop graduates who would like to read a few of my other tips for news sites can email yvette@brizcomm.com.au (please include the date and venue of the workshop you attended).

Email tip

Email scamming/spamming is on the rise.

Learn about the latest viruses, hoaxes and technology with Brisbane computer expert Ray Shaw -

Readers Write

What next? Lingerie for little girls, it seems. Read Pollyanna's take on the ridiculous concept of g-strings for kids at -

* Email your book, film or software review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au and I'll be happy to publish it under your name or alias.

The Y Files

Wow. What a response to Warren Gavin's question last week -

Q: I would like to know how I go about loading my vinyl records, ie LPs and 45s, to my computer.

A: You'll find oodles of suggestions from readers (all of whom will be receiving new books as thanks) on brizcomm at -

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

Surf Club

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

World Cup 2002 - The Digital Collection
"The web has no memory - unless it is created." Digital media guru Norbert Specker, who created the online archive for September 11 news coverage, is now documenting the World Cup 2002. You can search the collection (spanning 32 countries) by title, match, language, and media sites.
In a net shell: Historic goal.

International String Figure Organisation
Need a healthy hobby to forget your troubles? Grab a piece of string and see how loopy you can be. Use your fingers, toes, knees, elbows or mouth to dazzle the masses with your Cat's Cradle, teacup or Jacob's Ladder. Follow the links for animated tutorials.
In a net shell: Hands of time.

Language Exchange
How do you practise your conversational skills in another language if you don't know anyone who can speak it? Go online, find somebody who wants to learn your language and teach each other. That's the idea behind this innovative use of the interactive medium complete with games, chat and lesson plans.
In a net shell: Global conversations.

Dread Head
Dreadlocks are all the rage but you have to know how to do it right. Learn how to create healthy locks with dreading tips and tricks (how to cope with itching, dandruff and bugs), FAQs, photos, links, message board and tutorials.
In a net shell: Dreaded dos.

Step this way if you want help overcoming problem emotions and developing long-term coping skills. MoodGYM was created by the Australian National University to explore emotions. You'll find quizzes, an event emotion diary to record your thoughts and feelings, screensavers and a downloadable MoodGYM workout game.
In a net shell: Feel good.

At last, the secret of search engine Google's extraordinary success rate at finding just what you need on the Net - pigeons. Google's founders found that low-cost pigeon clusters (PCs) could compute the relative value of web pages faster than human editors or machine-based algorithms. Believe it or not.
In a net shell: Coo.

Reader's Choice

JD from somewhere on planet Earth submitted these sites -

Create a personal fireworks display

The Group Mind Test

Send your brief site review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au and I'll send you a book to review and keep.

Weekly Thought

"Leaving Montreal, I decided to stop at one of those rest areas on the side of the road. I go into the washroom. The first stall is taken, so I go into the second stall. I had just sat down when I hear a voice from the other stall...'Hi there, how is it going?'

Okay, I am not the type to strike up conversations with strangers in washrooms sitting on a toilet. I didn't know what to say, so finally I say: 'Not bad...Then the voice says: 'So, what are you doing?'

I am starting to find this a bit weird, but I say: 'Well, I'm going back east...'

Then I hear the person, all flustered, say: 'Look, I'll call you back - every time I ask you a question this idiot in the next stall keeps answering me'!"

(author not known)

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