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Vol. 3, No. 28, 21/8/2002

From the editor

If you've been reading this newsletter for a couple of years, you'll know I've had my share of computing disasters.

Just as I put the newsletter to bed last week after an all-night working session, disaster struck again - a power surge (or spike or lag or some type of electrical fluctuation).

I tried to back up quickly with Ghost and managed instead to overwrite two months' worth of work and mail with an old backup copy. Stupid and infuriating.

Data recovery tools managed to retrieve only three usable files.

Data loss is perhaps the biggest occupational hazard of an information professional. Our work is often intangible - searching, evaluating, filtering, critiquing, condensing, summarising - and the output is digital. Not a good combo.

I finally came to terms with losing the data by asking myself - "Will it matter 12 months from now?"

Of course it won't. I've lost data, not a person or animal. Get a grip, girl.

The lesson, as always, is back up regularly - and be nice to your readers. If you've sent me a web site or book review, Y File, inquiry, testimonial or anything else over the past two months, would you do me a huge favour and resend.

Thanks in advance.

Yvette

PS a few brave souls have bought my first e-booklet, "Odd Bods - 50 bizarre sites about the human body". The link is at the end of the newsletter if you're ready to take the plunge.

PPS seen our revamped home page? http://www.brizcomm.com.au/





Next workshop

"We are privileged to have had a passionate writer, who knows her stuff, inspiring us to create even better content." - Jonathan Halls, Manager, BBC New Media Training, London (May 2002).

Book now for Australia's original...
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

The Net is ever-changing. Nearly everything is a work in progress (perhaps explaining why so many web sites and e-newsletters are marketed before they're tested properly).

Writing for such an ephemeral medium is challenging. Pick up a few tips on writing for the living web with Mark Bernstein -
http://www.alistapart.com/stories/writeliving/

For hands-on practice, reassurance and motivation, book into my Web Content Workshop in Brisbane next week.




Email tip

In light of last week's data disaster, here are a few resources for backing up Outlook email, courtesy of Brisbane computer guru Ray Shaw - http://www.rayshaw.im.com.au/ -

http://sesd.sk.ca/lab/export.htm
http://www.bus.olemiss.edu/it/faq/backup_outlook_mailbox.asp
http://www.ibiztips.com/email26MAR01.htm
http://home.earthlink.net/~doniteli/index34.htm

Outlook can back up its own PST file while running but Ray says many believe it's better to back up the PST files manually when Outlook is closed.

For more information about using PST files, read these aticles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base -
Q196492 OL2000: (IMO) How to Back Up, Restore, or Move Outlook Data
Q195719 OL2000: (CW) How to Back Up, Restore, or Move Outlook Data
Q238782 OL2000: How to Automatically Backup Your Personal Folders File

Or read one of my previous tips on backing up email -
http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/tips.asp?id=11#288





Readers Write


The media furore over Hormone Replacement Therapy is the hot topic at the Bridge table, according to Pollyanna.

Kaitlyn, 11, from Maroochydore, reviews the new children's book, Flytrap, from Allen&Unwin.

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





The Y Files

Kathy asks -

Q - When I use Spellcheck in Word, the option to "add" is greyed out. Quite often I want those words to be recognised as correct. I know I went in somewhere once and removed unwanted words from the dictionary but didn't help. I wouldn't have thought there were enough words in the dictionary to be causing memory problems. "Add" is not greyed out when I spellcheck in Outlook Express.

A - I'm no expert on the workings of Microsoft products, having learnt Windows and Word through trial and erorr after leaving newspapers six years ago. I'll throw this one open to other Wordies. Any ideas?

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

More..



Surf Club (web site reviews)


Solemates: the century in shoes
http://www.centuryinshoes.com/
They say you can tell a lot about people from their shoes. Step into a multimedia-enhanced journey through foot fashions over the past 100 years. View video clips from various decades as you relive the music, trends, fashion and advertisements of the day (best with Flash).
In a net shell: Sole searching.

Big Myth
http://www.bigmyth.com/
How did we get here? Every culture has its own ideas about how life started on earth. BigMyth.com uses simple Flash animations to present a collection of creation stories (in Dutch and English).
In a net shell: Fact or fiction.

My Search Engines
http://www.mysearchengines.com/
Instead of bookmarking your favourite search engines, store them all on one web page and access it from any computer. Sign up free to set up your own page of general and specialist search engines and tools, from dictionaries to reference, or learn how to make a simple search page with Notepad.
In a net shell: Timesaver.

Don’t Link To Us!
http://www.dontlink.com/
This site, set up by an associate professor of law, links to sites that limit how other sites can link to them. Read some of the most stupid linking policies you’re likely to see and, if you’re brave, follow the lawyer’s example and link to them.
In a net shell: Loony links.

The New Age IQ Test
http://www.salemctr.com/iqtest.html
Know your sixth chakra from a crop circle? Test your new age IQ with this test. Click the buttons to find out if you’re correct or print out the entire test and tally up your score at the end.
In a net shell: Breathe, think.

Fast Food Facts
http://www.olen.com/food/
Find out just how naughty you’ve really been binging on that Big Mac (560 calories) and large fries. Use the interactive food finder to discover the number of calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium in popular fast foods.
In a net shell: Scary.


More..



Reader choice

Thanks to Rupert Bergin for this week's site -

Stickies
http://www.btinternet.com/~tom.revell/
I have discovered Stickies which I use as an invaluable tool to never let me turn on without being reminded to send a note.

Send your review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au




Weekly chuckle

"A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation." - Howard Scott.






ADVERTISEMENT

Book an in-house writing workshop for your organisation or an in-depth site or e-newsletter critique - email yvette@brizcomm.com.au





Survey comment

"The new look is really great! I didn't think the newsletter needed to be updated, but wow, what a great new look!" - anon.




Survey comment

"It is a pleasure to see your newsletter in the in box...I am constantly amazed at where you find your links! It takes me days, sometimes, to get thru them!" - anon.





Survey comment

"Well done, Yvette - I really like the new-look newsletter. I'm always keen to hear that local companies are offering more effective and lower cost solutions too. I don't have a need for a newsletter tool at the moment but will certainly be recommending people 'tune' into yours as an example of how it should be done." - anon.




AD - Do not let your kids see this e-booklet

Ready for some extreme surfing? Want to be titillated, taunted and tempted?

Buy a copy of Odd Bods - 50 bizarre sites about the human body and shock your dinner party guests with tales from the dark side of the Net.

Grab your credit card to pay securely online for instant access to professionally reviewed sites that could take years to find among the millions of dead links, scumware and pop-ups.

Only $9.95 (Aussie dollars) incl. GST - that's less than a bottle of red wine and the wicked pleasure will last longer.

Available in .exe format for PCs or .pdf for Macs. Go on, live dangerously and get it while it's hot - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/





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* Next workshop
* Web content tip
* Email tip
* Readers Write
* The Y Files
* Surf Club (web site reviews)
* Reader choice
* Weekly chuckle
* ADVERTISEMENT
* Survey comment
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From the editor
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##first name##

If you've been reading this newsletter for a couple of
years, you'll know I've had my share of computing
disasters.

Just as I put the newsletter to bed last week after an
all-night working session, disaster struck again - a power
surge (or spike or lag or some type of electrical
fluctuation).

I tried to back up quickly with Ghost and managed instead
to overwrite two months' worth of work and mail with an old
backup copy. Stupid and infuriating.

Data recovery tools managed to retrieve only three usable
files.

Data loss is perhaps the biggest occupational hazard
of an information professional. Our work is often
intangible - searching, evaluating, filtering, critiquing,
condensing, summarising - and the output is digital. Not a
good combo.

I finally came to terms with losing the data by
asking myself - "Will it matter 12 months from now?"

Of course it won't. I've lost data, not a person or animal.
Get a grip, girl.

The lesson, as always, is back up regularly - and be
nice to your readers. If you've sent me a web site or book
review, Y File, inquiry, testimonial or anything else over
the past two months, would you do me a huge favour and
resend.

Thanks in advance.

Yvette

PS a few brave souls have bought my first e-booklet, "Odd
Bods - 50 bizarre sites about the human body". The
link is at the end of the newsletter if you're ready to
take the plunge.

PPS seen our revamped home page?
http://www.brizcomm.com.au/



-----------------------------------------------------------
Next workshop
-----------------------------------------------------------
"We are privileged to have had a passionate writer, who
knows her stuff, inspiring us to create even better
content." - Jonathan Halls, Manager, BBC New Media
Training, London (May 2002).

Book now for Australia's original...
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
-----------------------------------------------------------
The Net is ever-changing. Nearly everything is a work in
progress (perhaps explaining why so many web sites and
e-newsletters are marketed before they're tested properly).

Writing for such an ephemeral medium is challenging. Pick
up a few tips on writing for the living web with Mark
Bernstein -
http://www.alistapart.com/stories/writeliving/

For hands-on practice, reassurance and motivation,
book into my Web Content Workshop in Brisbane next
week.



-----------------------------------------------------------
Email tip
-----------------------------------------------------------
In light of last week's data disaster, here are a few
resources for backing up Outlook email, courtesy of
Brisbane computer guru Ray Shaw -
http://www.rayshaw.im.com.au/ -

http://sesd.sk.ca/lab/export.htm
http://www.bus.olemiss.edu/it/faq/backup_outlook_mailbox.asp
http://www.ibiztips.com/email26MAR01.htm
http://home.earthlink.net/~doniteli/index34.htm

Outlook can back up its own PST file while running
but Ray says many believe it's better to back up the
PST files manually when Outlook is closed.

For more information about using PST files, read
these aticles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base -
Q196492 OL2000: (IMO) How to Back Up, Restore, or Move
Outlook Data
Q195719 OL2000: (CW) How to Back Up, Restore, or Move
Outlook Data
Q238782 OL2000: How to Automatically Backup Your Personal
Folders File

Or read one of my previous tips on backing up email -
http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/tips.asp?id=11#288



-----------------------------------------------------------
Readers Write
-----------------------------------------------------------
The media furore over Hormone Replacement Therapy is the
hot topic at the Bridge table, according to Pollyanna.

Kaitlyn, 11, from Maroochydore, reviews the new
children's book, Flytrap, from Allen&Unwin.

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
The Y Files
-----------------------------------------------------------
Kathy asks -



Q - When I use Spellcheck in Word, the option to "add" is
greyed out. Quite often I want those words to be
recognised as correct. I know I went in somewhere once and
removed unwanted words from the dictionary but didn't
help. I wouldn't have thought there were enough words
in the dictionary to be causing memory problems. "Add"
is not greyed out when I spellcheck in Outlook Express.

A - I'm no expert on the workings of Microsoft
products, having learnt Windows and Word
through trial and erorr after leaving newspapers six
years ago. I'll throw this one open to other
Wordies. Any ideas?

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

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Surf Club (web site reviews)
-----------------------------------------------------------
Solemates: the century in shoes
http://www.centuryinshoes.com/
They say you can tell a lot about people from their shoes.
Step into a multimedia-enhanced journey through foot
fashions over the past 100 years. View video clips from
various decades as you relive the music, trends, fashion
and advertisements of the day (best with Flash).
In a net shell: Sole searching.

Big Myth
http://www.bigmyth.com/
How did we get here? Every culture has its own ideas about
how life started on earth. BigMyth.com uses simple Flash
animations to present a collection of creation stories (in
Dutch and English).
In a net shell: Fact or fiction.

My Search Engines
http://www.mysearchengines.com/
Instead of bookmarking your favourite search engines, store
them all on one web page and access it from any computer.
Sign up free to set up your own page of general and
specialist search engines and tools, from dictionaries to
reference, or learn how to make a simple search page with
Notepad.
In a net shell: Timesaver.

Don’t Link To Us!
http://www.dontlink.com/
This site, set up by an associate professor of law, links
to sites that limit how other sites can link to them. Read
some of the most stupid linking policies you’re likely to
see and, if you’re brave, follow the lawyer’s example and
link to them.
In a net shell: Loony links.

The New Age IQ Test
http://www.salemctr.com/iqtest.html
Know your sixth chakra from a crop circle? Test your new
age IQ with this test. Click the buttons to find out if
you’re correct or print out the entire test and tally up
your score at the end.
In a net shell: Breathe, think.

Fast Food Facts
http://www.olen.com/food/
Find out just how naughty you’ve really been binging on
that Big Mac (560 calories) and large fries. Use the
interactive food finder to discover the number of calories,
fat, cholesterol and sodium in popular fast foods.
In a net shell: Scary.

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Reader choice
-----------------------------------------------------------
Thanks to Rupert Bergin for this week's site -



Stickies
http://www.btinternet.com/~tom.revell/
I have discovered Stickies which I use as an invaluable
tool to never let me turn on without being reminded to send
a note.

Send your review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au



-----------------------------------------------------------
Weekly chuckle
-----------------------------------------------------------
"A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has
not sufficient capital to form a corporation." - Howard
Scott.



-----------------------------------------------------------
ADVERTISEMENT
-----------------------------------------------------------
Book an in-house writing workshop for your
organisation or an in-depth site or e-newsletter
critique - email yvette@brizcomm.com.au



-----------------------------------------------------------
Survey comment
-----------------------------------------------------------
"The new look is really great! I didn't think the newsletter
needed to be updated, but wow, what a great new look!" -
anon.



-----------------------------------------------------------
Survey comment
-----------------------------------------------------------
"It is a pleasure to see your newsletter in the in box...I
am constantly amazed at where you find your links! It takes
me days, sometimes, to get thru them!" - anon.



-----------------------------------------------------------
Survey comment
-----------------------------------------------------------
"Well done, Yvette - I really like the new-look newsletter.
I'm always keen to hear that local companies are offering
more effective and lower cost solutions too. I don't have a
need for a newsletter tool at the moment but will certainly
be recommending people 'tune' into yours as an example of
how it should be done." - anon.



-----------------------------------------------------------
AD - Do not let your kids see this e-booklet
-----------------------------------------------------------
Ready for some extreme surfing? Want to be
titillated, taunted and tempted?

Buy a copy of Odd Bods - 50 bizarre sites about the human
body and shock your dinner party guests with tales
from the dark side of the Net.

Grab your credit card to pay securely online for instant
access to professionally reviewed sites that could take
years to find among the millions of dead links,
scumware and pop-ups.

Only $9.95 (Aussie dollars) incl. GST - that's less
than a bottle of red wine and the wicked pleasure will
last longer.



Available in .exe format for PCs or .pdf for Macs. Go on,
live dangerously and get it while it's hot -
http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/








 



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