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Vol. 3, No. 32, 18/9/2002

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
Need content?
At your service
Things that make you go huh?


From the editor

##first name##

Last week's abridged newsletter to mark September 11 drew vastly constrasting responses.

Firstly, from Karen -
"What a beautiful memorial to September 11th. I was moved to tears by the song Can't Cry Hard Enough.

I wish everyone in the world could have a copy of your newsletter. It was done with extreme compassion, love, and respect. You are to be commended for such a masterpiece of remembrance.

I will certainly pass it on to my family, friends and colleagues and hope that through reading it, people will truly know the importance of love and the power of sharing through the net. You have shown the finest example of how it works and a tribute to all the families involved in September 11th.

Thank you Yvette, for being the special woman you are and for giving of yourself so that your shining light will show others the way."

Then this from Ted -
"If I read another moving tribute to the people who lost their lives as a result of the twin towers attack I'm going to puke.

All this inflated rhetoric is not professional journalism. I had to live through all the bombast and breast beating when the Princess of Wales died. Now after a year people are still being assaulted by the media and bullied into joining an emotional response the authenticity of which I have grave doubts. What happened to balance? As the Americans would say, 'Get over it'.

The Americans have had their turn. Now let's hear about the thousands of innocent victims of American foreign policy who every month die before their time.

Forgive me for being intemperate. Perhaps I am totally out of step with your thinking and the thinking of your readers. For this reason I must ask you to take my name from your mailing list. Peace."

Finally, from "Dom" -
"I think your reputation is somewhat overstated and to be 'self-professed' is even more sad. I think your work requires more maturity and greater experience and as a writer for more than 37 years I will give you some free advice. Hop out of it now dearie.. you have no clue how to run a business and more importantly, cease your passion for perverting the truth. At least that might be a start. Good luck ;-o)"

You can't win 'em all.

Yvette

PS last week's newsletter -
http://tinyurl.com/1i5s

PPS how other publishers marked the first anniversary - http://tinyurl.com/1i6a




Next workshop

"I expected a lot and got what I wanted. Refreshing to have a trainer who practises what they preach." - part-time web content publisher, Sydney.

E-NEWSLETTER WORKSHOP ($995+GST)
Brisbane - Thursday and Friday, October 3-4
* customised in-house workshops can be arranged anywhere in the world at discount rate



Web content tip

Do you want Wi-Fi with that? Wireless or "Wi-Fi" broadband Internet access is now available in Starbucks coffeehouses across the US and on trial in Europe.

And in a couple of months, you'll be able to read your news on a Tablet PC while sipping your coffee.

Steve Outing explains why these milestones are important to online and print publishers -

http://tinyurl.com/17b9
More..



Email tip

Reckon you're in charge of your email - or is it controlling you?
Find out with this free 30-second quiz and pick up a few tips -

http://www.email911.com/tips/23.html
More..



Readers write

September heralds spring down under and a bus trip to a bush town flower show provided plenty of colour for Pollyanna.

Our resident chef brings you quick and tasty Balsamic Mushrooms in Flash in the Pan while Anne-Maree Denaro reviews the tiny paperback, Lady in a Van.

Send your review or other contribution to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More..



The Y Files

Mardi asks -

Q - Do I need to get permission to link to sites? My feeling was that you might ask permission if it was a permanent link from a web site but that for a newsletter it would be okay not to worry. They are very public access anyway. Have I just made up my own rules?

A - It doesn't make any difference whether web or newsletter - unless they have an explicit linking contract or policy, you don't have to ask permission. I generally send a brief email to let people know when I review or link to their sites as a courtesy and in the hope they'll link back to me. If you're worried, keep the email sent so you have a proof in case they whinge later. Most people are happy for the traffic but Denmark recently ruled that you can't deep link (link to any page other than home page) as visitors might not see promotions/banners etc on front page. It's a strange ruling as search engines refer people to pages within sites anyway. For more information, visit http://www.dontlink.com/ or the Legal category of brizcomm's Free Tips.

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au
More..



Surf Club (web site reviews)

Fake or Foto?
http://www.fakeorfoto.com/quiz.html
As computer graphics (CG) become more sophisticated, our ability to distinguish between real and virtual lessens. See if you can spot the photographs of real objects or scenes from those created by CG artists. For a closer look, click the image. Once you’ve made your guess, get your score. If you get all 10 correct, try the bonus round.
In a net shell: Seeing is not believing.

Public Lettering
http://www.publiclettering.org.uk/StPancrasstation.php
The best way to see a city is on foot, particularly if you like looking at buildings. This site is based on a walk in central London devised for graphic design students to focus on examples of public lettering. You won’t see any advertising hoardings, store signs or many corporate identities - this lettering is actually part of the architecture. See the stills or 3D views of grand buildings such as the British Library.
In a net shell: Letters be.

Entrepreneur’s Start-Up Kits
http://www.entrepreneur.com/toolkit
Fed up with your job? Want to work for yourself? US-based Entrepreneur.com offers easy-to-read start-up kits with industry, market and operations information for more than 40 types of popular businesses, from apparel to personal concierge. You’ll find how-to guides, tips and tactics, advice for avoiding pitfalls, resources, research ideas, business plan help, and links. If you want to take the plunge for real, you can buy the full guide.
In a net shell: DIY career.

Space Elevator
http://www.highliftsystems.com/
If you loathe long rides in lifts, stay away from this one. Highlift Systems is investigating the feasibility of building an elevator to space, thanks to recent breakthroughs in carbon nanotube technology. The space elevator would consist of a 100,000 km ribbon extending from Earth that could ferry satellites, spaceships and pieces of space stations into space via electric lifts clamped to the ribbon. Read the history of the idea, updates, FAQs or free reports and presentations from NASA.
In a net shell: Going up?

PopUpBuster
http://www.cableaid.com/PopUpBuster/
Pop-up ads are the scourge of the modern-day web. This free small program uses two built-in artificial intelligence engines to protect you from all unwanted pop-up and pop-under windows. No installation is necessary and you can override the tool by clicking the shift or control keys.
In a net shell: Stop the pops.

Magic Eye
http://www.magiceye.com/
If you have two working eyes, you should be able to see 3D or “stereogram” images hidden in a 2D pattern. Magic Eye Inc specialises in creating 3D images and has sold more than 20 million copies of its books worldwide. Try their image of the week or learn how the effect works.
In a net shell: Eyes crossed.
More..



Reader choice

Labyrinth
http://www.orangelabyrinth.co.uk/
A site for writers and readers. Click "community" and then "Bookfriends" - you'll get lists of 10 favourite books by 100 people, some well known, others not. Writers need to be aware that copyright belongs to the site, appaarently, if they're thinking of sending a story in.
- Reviewed by Sally Cripps, Blackall



More..



Weekly chuckle

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." - (anon.)
More..



Need content?

You're welcome to reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web site in your own publication, provided you credit the information to brizcomm.com.au and notify yvette@brizcomm.com.au
More..



At your service


Need someone to motivate the troops, write or rewrite content, edit or proofread, critique your own site or e-newsletter? Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au




Things that make you go huh?

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

Available in .exe format for PCs (.pdf for Macs coming soon). Don't worry, we'll tell you how to do it - it's super easy.

Go on, live dangerously and get it while it's hot - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/




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

##SEND_TO_FRIEND##

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, sites or events in this newsletter. If links do not work, try again later - sometimes the host server for a listed site might be down temporarily.




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Vol. 3, No. 32 - September 18, 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
* Need content?
* At your service
* Things that make you go huh?


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From the editor
-----------------------------------------------------------
##first name##

Last week's abridged newsletter to mark September 11 drew
vastly constrasting responses.

Firstly, from Karen -
"What a beautiful memorial to September 11th. I was moved
to tears by the song Can't Cry Hard Enough.

I wish everyone in the world could have a copy of your
newsletter. It was done with extreme compassion, love, and
respect. You are to be commended for such a masterpiece of
remembrance.

I will certainly pass it on to my family, friends and
colleagues and hope that through reading it, people will
truly know the importance of love and the power of sharing
through the net. You have shown the finest example of how
it works and a tribute to all the families involved in
September 11th.

Thank you Yvette, for being the special woman you are and
for giving of yourself so that your shining light will show
others the way."

Then this from Ted -
"If I read another moving tribute to the people who lost
their lives as a result of the twin towers attack I'm going
to puke.

All this inflated rhetoric is not professional journalism.
I had to live through all the bombast and breast beating
when the Princess of Wales died. Now after a year people
are still being assaulted by the media and bullied into
joining an emotional response the authenticity of which I
have grave doubts. What happened to balance? As the
Americans would say, 'Get over it'.

The Americans have had their turn. Now let's hear about the
thousands of innocent victims of American foreign policy
who every month die before their time.

Forgive me for being intemperate. Perhaps I am totally out
of step with your thinking and the thinking of your
readers. For this reason I must ask you to take my name
from your mailing list. Peace."

Finally, from "Dom" -
"I think your reputation is somewhat overstated and to be
'self-professed' is even more sad. I think your work
requires more maturity and greater experience and as a
writer for more than 37 years I will give you some free
advice. Hop out of it now dearie.. you have no clue how to
run a business and more importantly, cease your passion for
perverting the truth. At least that might be a start. Good
luck ;-o)"

You can't win 'em all.

Yvette

PS last week's newsletter -
http://tinyurl.com/1i5s

PPS how other publishers marked the first anniversary -
http://tinyurl.com/1i6a



-----------------------------------------------------------
Next workshop
-----------------------------------------------------------
"I expected a lot and got what I wanted. Refreshing to have
a trainer who practises what they preach." - part-time web
content publisher, Sydney.

E-NEWSLETTER WORKSHOP ($995+GST)
Brisbane - Thursday and Friday, October 3-4
* customised in-house workshops can be arranged anywhere in
the world at discount rate



-----------------------------------------------------------
Web content tip
-----------------------------------------------------------
Do you want Wi-Fi with that? Wireless or "Wi-Fi" broadband
Internet access is now available in Starbucks coffeehouses
across the US and on trial in Europe.

And in a couple of months, you'll be able to read your news
on a Tablet PC while sipping your coffee.

Steve Outing explains why these milestones are important to
online and print publishers -

http://tinyurl.com/17b9

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Email tip
-----------------------------------------------------------
Reckon you're in charge of your email - or is it controlling
you?
Find out with this free 30-second quiz and pick up a few
tips -

http://www.email911.com/tips/23.html

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Readers write
-----------------------------------------------------------
September heralds spring down under and a bus trip to a bush
town flower show provided plenty of colour
for Pollyanna.

Our resident chef brings you quick and
tasty Balsamic Mushrooms in Flash in the Pan
while Anne-Maree Denaro reviews the tiny paperback, Lady in
a Van.

Send your review or other contribution to
yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
The Y Files
-----------------------------------------------------------
Mardi asks -

Q - Do I need to get permission to link to sites? My
feeling was that you might ask permission if it was a
permanent link from a web site but that for a newsletter it
would be okay not to worry. They are very public access
anyway. Have I just made up my own rules?

A - It doesn't make any difference whether web or
newsletter - unless they have an explicit linking
contract or policy, you don't have to ask permission. I
generally send a brief email to let people know when I
review or link to their sites as a courtesy and in the hope
they'll link back to me. If you're worried, keep the email
sent so you have a proof in case they whinge later. Most
people are happy for the traffic but Denmark recently ruled
that you can't deep link (link to any page other than home
page) as visitors might not see promotions/banners etc on
front page. It's a strange ruling as search engines refer
people to pages within sites anyway. For more
information, visit http://www.dontlink.com/ or the Legal
category of brizcomm's Free Tips.

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Surf Club (web site reviews)
-----------------------------------------------------------
Fake or Foto?
http://www.fakeorfoto.com/quiz.html
As computer graphics (CG) become more sophisticated, our
ability to distinguish between real and virtual lessens.
See if you can spot the photographs of real objects or
scenes from those created by CG artists. For a closer look,
click the image. Once you’ve made your guess, get your
score. If you get all 10 correct, try the bonus round.
In a net shell: Seeing is not believing.

Public Lettering
http://www.publiclettering.org.uk/StPancrasstation.php
The best way to see a city is on foot, particularly if you
like looking at buildings. This site is based on a walk in
central London devised for graphic design students to focus
on examples of public lettering. You won’t see any
advertising hoardings, store signs or many corporate
identities - this lettering is actually part of the
architecture. See the stills or 3D views of grand buildings
such as the British Library.
In a net shell: Letters be.

Entrepreneur’s Start-Up Kits
http://www.entrepreneur.com/toolkit
Fed up with your job? Want to work for yourself? US-based
Entrepreneur.com offers easy-to-read start-up kits with
industry, market and operations information for more than
40 types of popular businesses, from apparel to personal
concierge. You’ll find how-to guides, tips and tactics,
advice for avoiding pitfalls, resources, research ideas,
business plan help, and links. If you want to take the
plunge for real, you can buy the full guide.
In a net shell: DIY career.

Space Elevator
http://www.highliftsystems.com/
If you loathe long rides in lifts, stay away from this one.
Highlift Systems is investigating the feasibility of
building an elevator to space, thanks to recent
breakthroughs in carbon nanotube technology. The space
elevator would consist of a 100,000 km ribbon extending
from Earth that could ferry satellites, spaceships and
pieces of space stations into space via electric lifts
clamped to the ribbon. Read the history of the idea,
updates, FAQs or free reports and presentations from NASA.
In a net shell: Going up?

PopUpBuster
http://www.cableaid.com/PopUpBuster/
Pop-up ads are the scourge of the modern-day web. This free
small program uses two built-in artificial intelligence
engines to protect you from all unwanted pop-up and
pop-under windows. No installation is necessary and you can
override the tool by clicking the shift or control keys.
In a net shell: Stop the pops.

Magic Eye
http://www.magiceye.com/
If you have two working eyes, you should be able to see 3D
or “stereogram” images hidden in a 2D pattern. Magic Eye
Inc specialises in creating 3D images and has sold more
than 20 million copies of its books worldwide. Try their
image of the week or learn how the effect works.
In a net shell: Eyes crossed.

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Reader choice
-----------------------------------------------------------
Labyrinth
http://www.orangelabyrinth.co.uk/
A site for writers and readers. Click "community" and then
"Bookfriends" - you'll get lists of 10 favourite books by
100 people, some well known, others not. Writers need to be
aware that copyright belongs to the site, appaarently, if
they're thinking of sending a story in.
- Reviewed by Sally Cripps, Blackall

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/showcategory.asp?categoryid=26



-----------------------------------------------------------
Weekly chuckle
-----------------------------------------------------------
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but
by the moments that take our breath away." - (anon.)

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/tips.asp?id=9



-----------------------------------------------------------
Need content?
-----------------------------------------------------------
You're welcome to reproduce any content from brizcomm's
newsletter or web site in your own publication, provided
you credit the information to brizcomm.com.au and
notify yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
At your service
-----------------------------------------------------------
Need someone to motivate the troops, write or rewrite
content, edit or proofread, critique your own site or
e-newsletter? Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au



-----------------------------------------------------------
Things that make you go huh?
-----------------------------------------------------------
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 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 (incl. GST) in Aussie dollars (that's about )
- less than a bottle of red wine and the wicked
pleasure will last longer.

Available in .exe format for PCs (.pdf for Macs coming
soon). Don't worry, we'll tell you how to do it - it's
super easy.

Go on, live dangerously and get it while it's hot -
http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/








 



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