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Vol. 3, No. 35, 9/10/2002

In this issue:
From the editor
What do you need
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Weekly thought
Need content?
At your service
Things that make you go huh?


From the editor


##first name##

The response to last week's newsletter about the need to boost rates for independent writers and editors was deafening - not.

I can always rely on a few words from regular brizcomm correspondent, Aussie truckie Bazz, who wrote -
"You have opened a can of worms here with this (worth bit) SIXTY dollars per hour??????? I get $ 14.00 per hour driving,,,,have to work all hours,,, put up with brain dead idiots on the road,,, go when & where the freight is required,,,deal with transport inspectors,, who try to pin us on any little thing they can,,,even one side light out or put us over the scales for over weight,,,(thats why they are called "mermaids") Oh boy,,, I could go on for some time but I know your time is more valuable to listen to some Truckie having a bitch. SIXTY bloody dollars an hour!!!!!!!!!!!!! I must have taken a wrong turn back at high school.. take care"

I'm throwing that one open to the community - why should information workers be paid more than manual workers? Any takers?

Yvette

PS thanks too to Maree for her insightful comments today on the Australian Online Content Discussion List - http://www.topica.com/lists/brizcommunicator/read

PPS sorry if you've only just received last week's newsletter - sounds like a copout but reason was technical difficulties beyond my control.




What do you need

Customised in-house workshops can be arranged anywhere in the world at a discount rate.

Web writing, e-newsletters, content ideas, usability, online promotion, team motivation...whatever, wherever, whenever.

Choose a one-day course, one-hour one-to-one consultation, half-day seminar, two-hour motivational session to help your people "get" the Net, or two-day workshop. - it's your choice.

You just need four open-minded people and I'll travel to you.

Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au for a quote (excuse the plug but I have to pay for this newsletter somehow).

More..



Web content tip

Whenever you're talking to a prospective client, don't be scared to slip in that offensive four-letter word - cash.

Some professional creative types almost apologise for charging for their time.

If you're a hobbyist or newcomer to the online content game, by all means gain experience working for a non-profit organisation (your local school, charity, environmental group) or publish yourself online.

If you're a seasoned professional, remember every web site and e-newsletter is a publication and needs content.

Just look at the long list of paying writers' markets -
http://www.writersweekly.com/payingmarkets.htm

Experienced, capable writers and editors who don't ask for a decent fee are not professionals - they're amateurs who are cannabalising an already under-valued profession.

To see how Europe is dealing with the issue of premium content billing, read presentations and interviews from Content Billing Europe Seminar (Amsterdam, October 1 2002) -
http://www.contentbillingeurope.com/
(thanks to Simon in London for this one)

More..



Email tip

Have you noticed lots of partial messages in your inbox from people you know?

Could be your friends have been infected with a virus.

The latest nightmare for email users is the Bugbear worm spreading rapidly among Windows users and network shares.

The mass-mailing worm tries to install a backdoor trojan to track your keystrokes (and access credit card details and passwords). It can also disrupt printers or disable anti-virus and firewall programs.

The worm randomly chooses the names for spoof subjects and attachments, usually a double extension ending in .exe, .scr, or .pif.

Do yourself and the Net a favour and update your virus buster before you check your inbox each day.

Learn more about the worm -
http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/viruses/bugbear/

Top 10 viruses for the past 24 hours -
http://www.messagelabs.com/viruseye/
More..



Readers write

A change in seasons always forces the question - now what to wear? Pollyanna offers words of wisdom for white hairy winter legs and faded pedal pushers.

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



The Y Files

Graham asks -

Q - I have noticed in many emails etc that the authors are using the * in the word "free" as follows - f*ee - yourself included. Is there a reason for this?

A - Many e-publishers are trying to avoid the sp*m email filters by disguising trigger words. Seems ridiculous to bastardise the English language simply to get around technology but we have little choice if we want our readers to actually get our newsletters, let alone read them. Alas it's just a matter of time before the greedy morons who abuse the privilege of electronic mail start working around the "tricks" of legitimate opt-in publishers.

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



Surf Club (web site reviews)


Museum of Non-Primate Art
http://www.monpa.com/
Test your catís creative potential, become a feline art critic, or guess which painting is a fake (painted by a dog or human). Be inspired to dance with your cat or take a look at bird performance art. Are these creative creatures aesthetically inclined or just marking out their territory. You decide.
In a net shell: Colourful tales.

Link Mensch
http://www.ericward.com/linkmensch/
No point having a great web site if nobody knows itís out there. Web promotion expert Eric Ward offers f*ee articles, tips, tools and techniques on the art of "link popularity". Dispel the myths, learn how to build quality links to your site and boost your search engine rankings.
In a net shell: Think link.

Internet Innovation Centre
http://internet.csiro.au/
Macquarie University and the CSIRO (Australiaís Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) have teamed their advanced research and development capabilities to help Australian organisations build innovative Internet services and technologies. Explore infrastructure technologies and applications for new ways of doing business. Services include problem solving, testing proofs of concept,building demonstrations, conducting research, and studies into Internet standards, security and reliability.
In a net shell: Smart thinking.

Gnod
http://www.gnod.net/
Gnod (global network of dreams) is an experiment in artificial intelligence. This self-adapting system tries to learn from its visitors to find out what type of sites, jokes, music, movies and books you will like. Its creator calls it ďa search-engine to find things you don't know aboutĒ. Tell Gnod if you like something and, based on your response, Gnod will suggest other things to suit your taste.
In a net shell: Land of Gnod.

Character Education
http://www.goodcharacter.com/
Your character is defined by what you do, not what you say or believe. Thatís the first principle of this site for people working with children. Youíll find lots of useful f*ee resources to help build character including teaching guides (discussion questions, writing assignments, activities), community service ideas, tips for sports coaches, and ethical dilemmas for school leavers.
In a net shell: Character building.

Time Lapse Road Movies
http://www.speedycam.be/movies.html
See the world from your desktop, thanks to time-lapse video movies of other peopleís road trips from their dashboards. Youíll find webcam movies of local roads in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the US along with snow movies. Donít miss the road music selection. (QuickTime or AVI files).
In a net shell: Friendly speed cameras.

* reviews are previewed on ABC Local Radio Queensland about 8.35pm Mondays - tune in at http://abc.net.au/backyard/

More..



Reader choice


Roam Australia
http://www.roamaustralia.com.au/
Explore Australia and pick up discounts on tours, accommodation and nightlife. The site has forums, a packing checklist, tips, surf info, streaming videos, travellers' tales, indigenous Australia, Aussie phrases, and a f*ee virtual CD guidebook and discount card.
- Submitted by GM from Byron Bay

More..



Weekly thought

Top 10 Things You'll Never Hear from your Consultant -
1) You're right; we're billing way too much for this.
2) Bet you I can go a week without saying "synergy" or "value-added".
3) How about paying us based on the success of the project?
4) This whole strategy is based on a Harvard business case I read.
5) Actually, the only difference is that we charge more than they do.
6) I don't know enough to speak intelligently about that.
7) Implementation? I only care about writing long reports.
8) I can't take the credit. It was Ed in your marketing department.
9) The problem is, you have too much work for too few people.
10 ) Everything looks okay to me. You really don't need me.
More..



Need content?

To reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web site in your own publication, please email 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 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 (incl. GST) in Aussie dollars (that's about five US dollars) - less than a bottle of red wine and the wicked pleasure will last longer.

Available in .exe format for PCs (.pdf for Macs coming). Don't worry, we'll tell you how to download 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 shareware. Please give a 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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Money for nothing
Vol. 3, No. 35 - October 9, 2002


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In This Issue:

* From the editor
* What do you need
* Web content tip
* Email tip
* Readers write
* The Y Files
* Surf Club (web site reviews)
* Reader choice
* Weekly thought
* Need content?
* At your service
* Things that make you go huh?


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Contact - mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au
Archives - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/extras/newsletters.asp




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

The response to last week's newsletter about the need to
boost rates for independent writers and editors was
deafening - not.

I can always rely on a few words from regular brizcomm
correspondent, Aussie truckie Bazz, who wrote -
"You have opened a can of worms here with this (worth bit)
SIXTY dollars per hour??????? I get $ 14.00 per hour
driving,,,,have to work all hours,,, put up with brain dead
idiots on the road,,, go when & where the freight is
required,,,deal with transport inspectors,, who try to pin
us on any little thing they can,,,even one side light out
or put us over the scales for over weight,,,(thats why they
are called "mermaids") Oh boy,,, I could go on for some
time but I know your time is more valuable to listen to
some Truckie having a bitch. SIXTY bloody dollars an
hour!!!!!!!!!!!!! I must have taken a wrong turn back at
high school.. take care"

I'm throwing that one open to the community - why
should information workers be paid more than manual
workers? Any takers?

Yvette

PS thanks too to Maree for her insightful comments today on
the Australian Online Content Discussion List -
http://www.topica.com/lists/brizcommunicator/read

PPS sorry if you've only just received last week's
newsletter - sounds like a copout but reason was
technical difficulties beyond my control.



-----------------------------------------------------------
What do you need
-----------------------------------------------------------
Customised in-house workshops can be arranged anywhere in
the world at a discount rate.

Web writing, e-newsletters, content ideas, usability,
online promotion, team motivation...whatever, wherever,
whenever.

Choose a one-day course, one-hour one-to-one consultation,
half-day seminar, two-hour motivational session to
help your people "get" the Net, or two-day workshop. - it's
your choice.

You just need four open-minded people and I'll travel
to you.

Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au for a quote (excuse the plug
but I have to pay for this newsletter somehow).

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/next.asp?calnextid=20



-----------------------------------------------------------
Web content tip
-----------------------------------------------------------
Whenever you're talking to a prospective client, don't be
scared to slip in that offensive four-letter word - cash.

Some professional creative types almost apologise for
charging for their time.

If you're a hobbyist or newcomer to the online content
game, by all means gain experience working for a
non-profit organisation (your local school, charity,
environmental group) or publish yourself online.

If you're a seasoned professional, remember every web site
and e-newsletter is a publication and needs content.

Just look at the long list of paying writers'
markets -
http://www.writersweekly.com/payingmarkets.htm

Experienced, capable writers and editors who
don't ask for a decent fee are
not professionals - they're amateurs who are
cannabalising an already under-valued profession.

To see how Europe is dealing with the issue of premium
content billing, read presentations and interviews from
Content Billing Europe Seminar (Amsterdam, October 1
2002) -
http://www.contentbillingeurope.com/
(thanks to Simon in London for this one)

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Email tip
-----------------------------------------------------------
Have you noticed lots of partial messages in your inbox from
people you know?

Could be your friends have been infected with a virus.

The latest nightmare for email users is the Bugbear
worm spreading rapidly among Windows users
and network shares.

The mass-mailing worm tries to install a backdoor
trojan to track your keystrokes (and access credit
card details and passwords). It can
also disrupt printers or disable anti-virus
and firewall programs.

The worm randomly chooses the names for spoof subjects and
attachments, usually a double extension ending in
.exe, .scr, or .pif.

Do yourself and the Net a favour and update your virus
buster before you check your inbox each day.

Learn more about the worm -
http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/viruses/bugbear/

Top 10 viruses for the past 24 hours -
http://www.messagelabs.com/viruseye/

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Readers write
-----------------------------------------------------------
A change in seasons always forces the question - now what to
wear? Pollyanna offers words of wisdom
for white hairy winter legs and faded pedal
pushers.

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

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
The Y Files
-----------------------------------------------------------
Graham asks -

Q - I have noticed in many emails etc that the authors
are using the * in the word "free" as follows - f*ee -
yourself included. Is there a reason for this?

A - Many e-publishers are trying to avoid the sp*m
email filters by disguising trigger words. Seems ridiculous
to bastardise the English language simply to get around
technology but we have little choice if we want our readers
to actually get our newsletters, let alone read them. Alas
it's just a matter of time before the greedy morons
who abuse the privilege of electronic mail start
working around the "tricks" of legitimate opt-in
publishers.

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Surf Club (web site reviews)
-----------------------------------------------------------
Museum of Non-Primate Art
http://www.monpa.com/
Test your catís creative potential, become a feline art
critic, or guess which painting is a fake (painted by a dog
or human). Be inspired to dance with your cat or take a
look at bird performance art. Are these creative creatures
aesthetically inclined or just marking out their territory.
You decide.
In a net shell: Colourful tales.

Link Mensch
http://www.ericward.com/linkmensch/
No point having a great web site if nobody knows itís out
there. Web promotion expert Eric Ward offers f*ee articles,
tips, tools and techniques on the art of "link popularity".
Dispel the myths, learn how to build quality links to your
site and boost your search engine rankings.
In a net shell: Think link.

Internet Innovation Centre
http://internet.csiro.au/
Macquarie University and the CSIRO (Australiaís
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research
Organisation) have teamed their advanced research and
development capabilities to help Australian organisations
build innovative Internet services and technologies.
Explore infrastructure technologies and applications for
new ways of doing business. Services include problem
solving, testing proofs of concept,building demonstrations,
conducting research, and studies into Internet standards,
security and reliability.
In a net shell: Smart thinking.

Gnod
http://www.gnod.net/
Gnod (global network of dreams) is an experiment in
artificial intelligence. This self-adapting system tries to
learn from its visitors to find out what type of sites,
jokes, music, movies and books you will like. Its creator
calls it ďa search-engine to find things you don't know
aboutĒ. Tell Gnod if you like something and, based on your
response, Gnod will suggest other things to suit your
taste.
In a net shell: Land of Gnod.

Character Education
http://www.goodcharacter.com/
Your character is defined by what you do, not what you say
or believe. Thatís the first principle of this site for
people working with children. Youíll find lots of useful
f*ee resources to help build character including teaching
guides (discussion questions, writing assignments,
activities), community service ideas, tips for sports
coaches, and ethical dilemmas for school leavers.
In a net shell: Character building.

Time Lapse Road Movies
http://www.speedycam.be/movies.html
See the world from your desktop, thanks to time-lapse video
movies of other peopleís road trips from their dashboards.
Youíll find webcam movies of local roads in Australia,
Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the US along with snow
movies. Donít miss the road music selection. (QuickTime or
AVI files).
In a net shell: Friendly speed cameras.

* reviews are previewed on ABC Local Radio Queensland about
8.35pm Mondays - tune in at http://abc.net.au/backyard/

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Reader choice
-----------------------------------------------------------
Roam Australia
http://www.roamaustralia.com.au/
Explore Australia and pick up discounts on tours,
accommodation and nightlife. The site has forums, a
packing checklist, tips, surf info, streaming videos,
travellers' tales, indigenous Australia, Aussie
phrases, and a f*ee virtual CD guidebook and discount
card.
- Submitted by GM from Byron Bay

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Weekly thought
-----------------------------------------------------------
Top 10 Things You'll Never Hear from your Consultant -
1) You're right; we're billing way too much for this.
2) Bet you I can go a week without saying "synergy" or
"value-added".
3) How about paying us based on the success of the project?
4) This whole strategy is based on a Harvard business case
I read.
5) Actually, the only difference is that we charge more
than they do.
6) I don't know enough to speak intelligently about that.
7) Implementation? I only care about writing long reports.
8) I can't take the credit. It was Ed in your marketing
department.
9) The problem is, you have too much work for too few
people.
10 ) Everything looks okay to me. You really don't need me.

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



-----------------------------------------------------------
Need content?
-----------------------------------------------------------
To reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web
site in your own publication, please
email 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 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 (incl. GST) in Aussie dollars (that's about five
US dollars) - less than a bottle of red wine and the
wicked pleasure will last longer.

Available in .exe format for PCs (.pdf for Macs coming).
Don't worry, we'll tell you how to download 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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