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We need standards online
Vol. 3, No. 26 August 7, 2002

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In this issue
From the editor
Next workshop
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers Write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Weekly chuckle
ADVERTISEMENT
Survey comment
Survey comment
Survey comment
AD - Enter the ICT awards


From the editor


Whoa! What a response to the new look. Thank you.

A few people had problems with the HTML displaying correctly but that's par for the course unfortunately.

Just as various web browser versions display web pages differently, certain email programs (you listening, AOL, Lotus Notes and Eudora?) can sabotage the simplest designs.

Surely the Internet has grown up enough now to learn a few common standards in web and email development, for everyone's sake.

If your newsletter appears with more gobbledegook than goodies, email me - yvette@brizcomm.com.au - and I'll make sure you get the plain text version, which includes a link to the online HTML version.

In the meantime, other e-publishers struggling to deliver clean HTML to AOL readers should read this article - http://tinyurl.com/xym

And this one on the myth of the email "sniffer" -
http://tinyurl.com/yba

Yvette

PS If you can't see the images in the HTML version, make sure you're connected to the Net (or pictures will appear as boxes with small crosses instead).




Next workshop

"The most useful workshop I've been to in my professional career. Intellectual property will be the 'new gold' in the knowledge economy. Yvette Nielsen opened my eyes to the fact that good online content is a new business commodity." - Kirsty Dixon, Web Coordinator, Gold Coast City Council, Australia.

If you've never ever been, you'll never ever know what you're missing. Don't miss out - book your place now at the next -

WEB CONTENT WORKSHOP ($995+GST)
Brisbane - Wednesday & Thursday, August 28-29

http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops

* customised in-house workshops anywhere in the world can be arranged at discount rate


More..



Web content tip

American content consultant Amy Gahran hits the bull's eye with her newest column on corporate scandals and credibility.

"If your company has integrity and can prove it, why not use your Web site to put your credibility to work for you and gain a competitive advantage?"

Come on Aussie companies, are you up for the challenge?


More..



Email tip

The usually mild-mannered Steve Outing is mad as hell and I empathise totally.

The growing use of spam filters at ISPs and on corporate servers is "preventing legitimate email from being delivered to subscribers who want it - and sometimes pay for it". As Steve says, the filters are effectively dictating what words we can use in our content.

Or as one lawyer puts it, new anti-spam efforts are "catching more dolphins in the nets along with the tuna".

Read Steve's "Stop the Presses!" column at Editor and Publisher.


More..



Readers Write


Costume parties are great for bringing out the personality in people, as Pollyanna knows too well.

Tim Winton's new novel, "Dirt Music", fails to impress Hugh Brown, from http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/

Send your book or movie review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


More..



The Y Files

Louise Carney from Brisbane asks -

Q - What is a listserv and what do you need to create one? Is it something you could use to send an e-newsletter or notice to a whole lot of people?

A - A listserv is "an automatic mailing list server developed by Eric Thomas for BITNET in 1986. When e-mail is addressed to a LISTSERV mailing list, it is automatically broadcast to everyone on the list. The result is similar to a newsgroup or forum, except that the messages are transmitted as e-mail and are therefore available only to individuals on the list. LISTSERV is currently a commercial product marketed by L-Soft International. Although LISTSERV refers to a specific mailing list server, the term is sometimes used incorrectly to refer to any mailing list server. Another popular mailing list server is Majordomo, which is freeware." - Webopedia.com

Email your question or stumper to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More..



Surf Club (web site reviews)


First the Commonwealth Games pushed me off air then the flu hit ABC Radio's studios in Brisbane on Monday evening so no "cyber scribe" spot.

My regular column will be back here next week. To fill the gap this week, I'm featuring some of the more bizarre sites I've reviewed previously from the darker side of the web.

It's actually a taste test - if you're not too offended by these, you might be up to my first e-book, "Outer Sites", which I'll launch next week. Stay tuned.

The Weird Picture Archive (including Monkey Man above)
http://www.eliteentertainment.net/weirdpictures/
Do not enter this site if easily shocked or offended. This is the online home of the gruesome, grotesque, off and just plain bizarre. Blow your mind with images of the world’s fattest cat, a two-faced kitten, t wo-headed tortoise and eight-legged lamb. If that’s too much, try the alien section, strange celebrity and sports shots, odd headlines and optical illusions.

Fun Calculator
http://www.crazyhorsemen.com/secret/org-calc/org-calc.swf
Tap in as many numbers as you like to hear the unusual sound effects (if you’re at work and easily embarrassed, turn down your speakers first).

Cut Off My Feet
http://www.cutoffmyfeet.com/
An animation of a guy dropping a guillotine on his feet is the introduction to this bizarre site. Paul "Freck" Morgan, 33, wants you to pay money to watch him cut off his feet live over the web. Paul's feet were paralysed when he was run over by a boat trailer in 1986. He hopes this drastic event will pay for his prosthetics and highlight what he sees as a lack of care in the medical field and insurance industry.

Mike the Headless Chicken
http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org/
“Why did the chicken cross the road? To try to find his head.” Mike the chicken is a scientific marvel, surviving the farmer’s axe in 1945 and continuing to live without a head for 18 months. Apparently, the axe blade had missed his jugular vein, leaving his brain stem and one ear intact. Mike became a national celebrity, until choking one night in a motel while on tour in the Arizona desert. Each year, Mike is honoured at a festival in Fruita, Colorado. Get that song out of my head!

Furniture P**n
http://www.furnitureporn.com/
“Welcome to the hottest site on the web for hard**** furniture action.” This satirical creation pokes a stick of furniture at the thousands of adult sites plaguing the we b. See pieces of furniture in compromising positions at the office party, at home and even outside. Don’t miss Chairlie’s Angels and the links, including N*de Carrot, Paperclip P**n, Prawnography and Playcow.

Head Hunting
http://www.head-hunter.com/
If head hunting, cannibalism, sideshows, oddities and curiosities appeal to you, enter The Curator’s Virtual Museum. Learn the origins of the shrunken-head trade, how to prepare a shrunken head (or “tsantsa”) and how to spot a fake. Read a personal account of a head-hunting raid in the Amazon, the history of tribal warfare and blood revenge or view the chilling photos in the gallery.

Deformed Frogs in Minnesota
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/hot/frogs.html
Sounds like the title of a B-grade movie but it’s actually a project
of the Minnesota Pollution Cont rol Agency, which is caring for deformed Northern Leopard frogs. The agency began finding malformed frogs in the wild in 1993 and is trying to discover if the abnormalities are natural or due to pollution. Visit the live frog cam to see the unfortunate amphibians up close and personal.

Hairy Back
http://hairyback.com/gallery/index.php3
After years of torment, the owner of a hairy back decided to build an online forum for the "cosmetically disenfranchised". According to the site's creator, hairy-backed men are sexually and intellectually superior. See photos, read articles and interesting tidbits or contribute your own story.



More..



Reader choice

Margaret Greer from Moggill in Brisbane shares a favourite site -

Queensland Family History Society
http://www.qfhs.org.au/
This site is chock-a-block with information and news on the family history scene, as well as links to related web sites. The section on the QFHS Bookshop lists the extensive range of resources available - it is the biggest genealogical bookshop in Queensland.

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





Weekly chuckle

"If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought." - Dennis Roch.






ADVERTISEMENT

Sponsor this spot. Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au for rates.





Survey comment

"I regard the newsletter important for me to read. I have passed it on to many family and friends. Please do not stop. I like to check out your site recommendations and would like to see more of them." - anon.





Survey comment

"I think you are doing a good job. I sometimes do not have the time to check it all out at once but I get around to it eventually. I appreciate what you are doing for us & I can learn something from this site with all the tips you give. Keep up the good work." - Bazza.




Survey comment

"It's informative and one of the few must read newsletters that hits my inbox." - anon.





AD - Enter the ICT awards

Have you developed or implemented leading-edge technologies with the potential to improve the international competitiveness of your industry sector? Enter one of 20 categories in the 2002 Asia-Pacific Australian Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Awards. All winners get free flights, accommodation and an international expo booth to represent Australia at the International Awards in 2003. Be quick - nominations close August 30.

More..




Remember, this newsletter is not free - it's shareware. Please forward your copy to a friend or colleague and suggest they sign up. Cheers.

Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
PO Box 2026 Bardon Qld 4065 Australia

© 2000-2002 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

We accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability for any incorrect information in articles or events in this newsletter.




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In This Issue:
* From the editor
* Next workshop
* Web content tip
* Email tip
* Readers Write
* The Y Files
* Surf Club (web site reviews)
* Reader choice
* Weekly chuckle
* ADVERTISEMENT
* Survey comment
* Survey comment
* Survey comment
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-----------------------------------------------------------
From the editor
-----------------------------------------------------------
Whoa! What a response to the new look. Thank you.

A few people had problems with the HTML displaying
correctly but that's par for the course unfortunately.

Just as various web browser versions display web pages
differently, certain email programs (you listening, AOL,
Lotus Notes and Eudora?) can sabotage the simplest
designs.

Surely the Internet has grown up enough now to learn a few
common standards in web and email development, for
everyone's sake.

If your newsletter appears with more gobbledegook than
goodies, email me - yvette@brizcomm.com.au - and I'll make
sure you get the plain text version, which includes a link
to the online HTML version.

In the meantime, other e-publishers struggling to deliver
clean HTML to AOL readers should read this article -
http://tinyurl.com/xym

And this one on the myth of the email "sniffer" -
http://tinyurl.com/yba

Yvette

PS If you can't see the images in the HTML version, make
sure you're connected to the Net (or pictures will appear
as boxes with small crosses instead).



-----------------------------------------------------------
Next workshop
-----------------------------------------------------------
"The most useful workshop I've been to in my professional
career. Intellectual property will be the 'new gold' in the
knowledge economy. Yvette Nielsen opened my eyes to the
fact that good online content is a new business commodity."
- Kirsty Dixon, Web Coordinator, Gold Coast City Council,
Australia.

If you've never ever been, you'll never ever know what
you're missing. Don't miss out - book your place now at the
next -

WEB CONTENT WORKSHOP ($995+GST)
Brisbane - Wednesday & Thursday, August 28-29

http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops

* customised in-house workshops anywhere in the world can
be arranged at discount rate

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/overview.asp?id=1



-----------------------------------------------------------
Web content tip
-----------------------------------------------------------
American content consultant Amy Gahran hits the bull's eye
with her newest column on corporate scandals and
credibility.

"If your company has integrity and can prove it, why not
use your Web site to put your credibility to work for you
and gain a competitive advantage?"

Come on Aussie companies, are you up for the challenge?

More: http://contentious.com/articles/0208-1.htm



-----------------------------------------------------------
Email tip
-----------------------------------------------------------
The usually mild-mannered Steve Outing is mad as hell and I
empathise totally.

The growing use of spam filters at ISPs and on corporate
servers is "preventing legitimate email from being
delivered to subscribers who want it - and sometimes pay
for it". As Steve says, the filters are effectively
dictating what words we can use in our content.

Or as one lawyer puts it, new anti-spam efforts are
"catching more dolphins in the nets along with the tuna".

Read Steve's "Stop the Presses!" column at Editor and
Publisher.

More: http://www.editorandpublisher.com/editorandpublisher/features_columns/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1570036



-----------------------------------------------------------
Readers Write
-----------------------------------------------------------
Costume parties are great for bringing out the personality
in people, as Pollyanna knows too well.

Tim Winton's new novel, "Dirt Music", fails to impress Hugh
Brown, from http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/

Send your book or movie review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/default.asp



-----------------------------------------------------------
The Y Files
-----------------------------------------------------------
Louise Carney from Brisbane asks -

Q - What is a listserv and what do you need to create one?
Is it something you could use to send an e-newsletter or
notice to a whole lot of people?

A - A listserv is "an automatic mailing list server
developed by Eric Thomas for BITNET in 1986. When e-mail is
addressed to a LISTSERV mailing list, it is automatically
broadcast to everyone on the list. The result is similar to
a newsgroup or forum, except that the messages are
transmitted as e-mail and are therefore available only to
individuals on the list. LISTSERV is currently a commercial
product marketed by L-Soft International. Although LISTSERV
refers to a specific mailing list server, the term is
sometimes used incorrectly to refer to any mailing list
server. Another popular mailing list server is Majordomo,
which is freeware." - Webopedia.com

Email your question or stumper to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/



-----------------------------------------------------------
Surf Club (web site reviews)
-----------------------------------------------------------
First the Commonwealth Games pushed me off air then the flu
hit ABC Radio's studios in Brisbane on Monday evening so no
"cyber scribe" spot.

My regular column will be back here next week. To fill the
gap this week, I'm featuring some of the more
bizarre sites I've reviewed previously from the darker
side of the web.

It's actually a taste test - if you're not too offended by
these, you might be up to my first e-book, "Outer
Sites", which I'll launch next week. Stay tuned.

The Weird Picture Archive (including Monkey Man above)
http://www.eliteentertainment.net/weirdpictures/
Do not enter this site if easily shocked or offended. This
is the online home of the gruesome, grotesque, off and just
plain bizarre. Blow your mind with images of the world’s
fattest cat, a two-faced kitten, two-headed tortoise and
eight-legged lamb. If that’s too much, try the alien
section, strange celebrity and sports shots, odd headlines
and optical illusions.

Fun Calculator
http://www.crazyhorsemen.com/secret/org-calc/org-calc.swf
Tap in as many numbers as you like to hear the unusual
sound effects (if you’re at work and easily embarrassed,
turn down your speakers first).

Cut Off My Feet
http://www.cutoffmyfeet.com/
An animation of a guy dropping a guillotine on his feet is
the introduction to this bizarre site. Paul "Freck" Morgan,
33, wants you to pay money to watch him cut off his feet
live over the web. Paul's feet were paralysed when he was
run over by a boat trailer in 1986. He hopes this drastic
event will pay for his prosthetics and highlight what he
sees as a lack of care in the medical field and insurance
industry.

Mike the Headless Chicken
http://www.miketheheadlesschicken.org/
“Why did the chicken cross the road? To try to find his
head.” Mike the chicken is a scientific marvel, surviving
the farmer’s axe in 1945 and continuing to live without a
head for 18 months. Apparently, the axe blade had missed
his jugular vein, leaving his brain stem and one ear
intact. Mike became a national celebrity, until choking one
night in a motel while on tour in the Arizona desert. Each
year, Mike is honoured at a festival in Fruita, Colorado.
Get that song out of my head!

Furniture P**n
http://www.furnitureporn.com/
“Welcome to the hottest site on the web for hard****
furniture action.” This satirical creation pokes a stick of
furniture at the thousands of adult sites plaguing the web.
See pieces of furniture in compromising positions at the
office party, at home and even outside. Don’t miss
Chairlie’s Angels and the links, including N*de Carrot,
Paperclip P**n, Prawnography and Playcow.

Head Hunting
http://www.head-hunter.com/
If head hunting, cannibalism, sideshows, oddities and
curiosities appeal to you, enter The Curator’s Virtual
Museum. Learn the origins of the shrunken-head trade, how
to prepare a shrunken head (or “tsantsa”) and how to spot a
fake. Read a personal account of a head-hunting raid in the
Amazon, the history of tribal warfare and blood revenge or
view the chilling photos in the gallery.

Deformed Frogs in Minnesota
http://www.pca.state.mn.us/hot/frogs.html
Sounds like the title of a B-grade movie but it’s actually
a project
of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which is caring
for deformed Northern Leopard frogs. The agency began
finding malformed frogs in the wild in 1993 and is trying
to discover if the abnormalities are natural or due to
pollution. Visit the live frog cam to see the unfortunate
amphibians up close and personal.

Hairy Back
http://hairyback.com/gallery/index.php3
After years of torment, the owner of a hairy back decided
to build an online forum for the "cosmetically
disenfranchised". According to the site's creator,
hairy-backed men are sexually and intellectually superior.
See photos, read articles and interesting tidbits or
contribute your own story.

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp



-----------------------------------------------------------
Reader choice
-----------------------------------------------------------
Margaret Greer from Moggill in Brisbane shares a
favourite site -

Queensland Family History Society
http://www.qfhs.org.au/
This site is chock-a-block with information and news on the
family history scene, as well as links to related web
sites. The section on the QFHS Bookshop lists the extensive
range of resources available - it is the biggest
genealogical bookshop in Queensland.

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Weekly chuckle
-----------------------------------------------------------
"If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind,
give it more thought." - Dennis Roch.





-----------------------------------------------------------
ADVERTISEMENT
-----------------------------------------------------------
Sponsor this spot. Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au for rates.



-----------------------------------------------------------
Survey comment
-----------------------------------------------------------
"I regard the newsletter important for me to read. I have
passed it on to many family and friends. Please do not
stop. I like to check out your site recommendations and
would like to see more of them." - anon.



-----------------------------------------------------------
Survey comment
-----------------------------------------------------------
"I think you are doing a good job. I sometimes do not have
the time to check it all out at once but I get around to it
eventually. I appreciate what you are doing for us & I
can learn something from this site with all the tips you
give. Keep up the good work." - Bazza.

-----------------------------------------------------------
Survey comment
-----------------------------------------------------------
"It's informative and one of the few must read newsletters
that hits my inbox." - anon.


-----------------------------------------------------------
AD - Enter the ICT awards
-----------------------------------------------------------
Have you developed or implemented leading-edge technologies
with the potential to improve the international
competitiveness of your industry sector? Enter one of 20
categories in the 2002 Asia-Pacific Australian Information
Communication and Technology (ICT) Awards. All winners get
free flights, accommodation and an international expo booth
to represent Australia at the International Awards in 2003.
Be quick - nominations close August 30.

More: http://www.itawards.com/index.htm






 



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