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Vol. 4, No. 18, 2/7/2003

In this issue:
From the editor
Canberra Web Content Workshop
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Food for thought
Top links from last issue
Net guide for Aussie journos
Things that make you go huh?

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From the editor

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With winter upon us down under, I figured I'd escape chilly Canberra and head north for a couple of weeks' R&R.

My brain's in holiday mode but here's a newsletter I prepared earlier.



PS thanks to those of you who sent in words of encouragement for my scuba diving "baptism" at Merimbula in southern NSW last weekend. In a net shell - terrifying but mission accomplished.

Canberra Web Content Workshop

WHAT - Web Content Workshop
WHERE - OPC training room, Phillip, Canberra
WHEN - August 14-15
WHY - to enhance your online communication skills and learn how to create sites people will want to re-visit
COST - $995 plus GST (includes lunch, handouts, Net access)
HOW - book online at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/

* customised workshops or seminars on creating web content, writing and e-newsletters can also be delivered in-house at a discount rate (minimum of six participants)


Web content tip

Micro-charging has long been heralded as a salvation for passionate but financially challenged online publishers.

Basically, micro-charging means asking your web or blog visitors to pay a minimal fee to access your content.

Makes more sense to web visitors than annoying banner ads and pop-ups.

Read all about it -http://www.123webmaster.com/Onsite/Commerce/Micro_Charging.html

* hat tip to web developer Simon Walter from www.simonwalter.com

Email tip

More than five million emails are sent around Australia each day but is the simple act of forwarding an email illegal?

An IT lawyer says "maybe" -


Readers write

POLLYANNA - How about honouring the unsung heroes? - http://tinyurl.com/628u

REVIEW - Learn how to survive and thrive in the workplace jungle with this new paperback from Allen & Unwin, "The Use and Abuse of Office Politics" -


The Y Files

A question from Fred in Queensland -

Q - My daughter is a member of a non-profit organisation. They are not a business or trying to sell anything. They want to give their web site more exposure and are looking for a search engine submission service for a non-profit organisation. For someone like Google to list them would cost money they don't have. Can you please offer any advice on this?

A - You'll find lots of fr*ee submission services online but be careful - some will submit to FFA (fr*ee for all) link sites and all you'll get in return is lots of sp*am. Be aware that nobody will submit your site to Yahoo and other directories or indexes, which use human editors rather than robots to find and rank sites. Here are a few of the better services to get you started -

SelfPromotion.com (submission service and great tutorial on how to get listed in Yahoo) -

ListRanker (fr*ee for non-profits)

Search engine submission budget -

* you'll learn more tips and tricks for promoting your site on a shoestring at in the Free Tips pages of brizcomm and at my next workshop -

* email your Net-related question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Surf Club (web site reviews)

Young and old pet owners alike can learn lots about their animal friends at this fun site from the ASPCA. You'll find a pet care guide, real issues (losing a pet, alternatives to dissection), humane education (cyber hunts, activities and projects), Ask Azula, an animal encyclopedia, games and cartoons (trivia, e-cards), and a bibliography.
In a net shell: Furry good.

Finding information on the Net can be like looking for a needle in the virtual haystack unless you have a good search tool. KarTOO is a meta-search engine (searches multiple engines and directories at once) and displays the best results on a map or as a classic list in various languages.
In a net shell: Visual search.

Colour in intricate patterns in photographs and art images without lifting a brush, pen or crayon. This is paint by numbers, 21st century style. Simply select an image (by subject, difficulty, popularity), a Java applet will open in a new window (takes a few seconds to load) and click on the numbered colours to fill in. For a challenge, pick a complex pic and try to "beat the clock".
In a net shell: Mess free.

Old Bailey Proceedings Online
Crime buffs will enjoy this fascinating and ambitious project to create a searchable digitised collection of the Old Bailey's entire proceedings from 1674 to 1834. Browse through thousands of trials covering all manner of crimes, from stealing to sodomy. Read the transcripts, view original documents or learn about olde-world London.
In a net shell: Raising the bar.

Strip the bull from your business documents with a nifty piece of fr*ee software from Deloitte Consulting. Bullfighter detects meaningless business jargon ("value-based paradigm shift") and suggests clear, readable alternatives. (works on Word documents and PowerPoint presentations in Windows 2000 or XP.)
In a net shell: Bull buster.

The Non-Verbal Dictionary
You can tell much by somebody's gestures, signs, consumer products and body language cues. Discover the meaning behind such seemingly innocent actions as wearing blue jeans or raising your eyebrows. Dictionary definitions, meanings and interpretations have been researched by anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, linguists, psychiatrists, psychologists, semioticians and others who study human communication from a scientific point of view.
In a net shell: Enlightening.

* web sites are previewed on ABC Radio Queensland on Tuesdays (between 7pm and 9pm) -

Reader choice

Cannot find weapons of mass destruction
This page appealed to my sense of humour.
- submitted by Sally Cripps, Blackall, Australia.

* email your brief web site or e-newsletter review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Food for thought

A man is sitting by his car at the side of the road looking unhappy. A passer-by sees his glum face and asks about the problem.

"I've locked myself out of my car," replies the man.

"That's not a problem," says the passer-by, "Step out of the way and let me try rubbing my bottom on the door".

The motorist is a bit perplexed, but reckons there's no harm in letting the man try - it might be worth a laugh.

The passer-by turns his bottom to the car and slowly rubs it up and down the driver's door.

Suddenly, the lock opens and the passer-by turns and opens the car door.

"That's amazing!" says the motorist, "How did you do it?"

"It's easy," replies the pedestrian, "I'm wearing khaki trousers."


Top links from last issue


Secret Service Test


Sales Horror Stories

Popular sp*am subject words

* to reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web site in your own publication, please email yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Net guide for Aussie journos

Find experts, contacts and Net-based sources of Australian facts, figures and background information in Belinda Weaver's Guide to Internet information sources for Australian journalists -

And keep up to date with what’s new at http://www.journoz.com/weblog/


Things that make you go huh?

"Yvette, this is the best ebook ever! Oh my God, who knew??...BTW, I LOVE the virtual autopsy (mystery lover here...)." - Tina Swift, Library Business Manager and freelance writer, western Massachusetts.

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.


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

© 2000-2003 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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