The Net does not forget
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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen
No news is not necessarily good news.
When the tsunami struck Asia and east Africa, my partner and I were
setting up camp for the week-long Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland.
Without television, radio or computers, we were blissfully unaware of the
Several days later, while waiting in a steamy tent before a concert, I
glanced over the shoulder of another festival-goer and saw the horrific
photos and headlines.
For weeks after, the mass media - newspapers, radio and TV - were
saturated with coverage of the tsunami.
Now, it's apparently old news and barely rates a mention.
Yet the Net keeps the candle burning through the web, blogs,
e-newsletters, forums and compelling first-hand images of the aftermath.
We saw the power of the online medium to connect people across the world
Since the giant waves hit we've again seen an outpouring of information,
grief, kindness and compassion (along with the inevitable hoax emails,
tasteless jokes, scams, bogus reports and fake photos).
The Internet has the power to open eyes, ears, hearts, minds and wallets.
Honest, open, personal communication is the key.
Compelling tsunami content -
Tsunami Survivor Stories (Rick Von Feldt's blog)
Wave of Destruction (photos and videos)
South-east Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog
Pollyfodder (image galleries by Brisbane pensioner)
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Despite some "experts" predicting the death of e-marketing a year ago,
email publishing is thriving.
An e-newsletter (e-zine) is still a powerful communication tool with a
high return on investment.
Its cousin, the blog (online journal), is also gaining a stronger foothold
in the corporate world, with many CEOs bypassing their PR writers and
communicating frequently and honestly themselves.
Differences between the two tools are blurring as more publishers add RSS
feeds to bypass the email filters. What's RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
Read an excellent primer from my Washington colleague, Debbie Weil.
All about RSS... -
New portable music players such as Apple's iPod can hold thousands of
songs but sometimes a good story is more engaging.
Enter the audio book - a great way to while away hours in the car, bus,
train or at home, hospital, laundromat, airport...
ABC has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles, from Agatha
Christie to The Lord of the Rings.
The BBC Radio Collection is particularly delightful, with full-cast
dramatisations and readings of new and archive programs from radio and
The clear music, sound effects and Brit accents bring the stories to life,
just like the old much-loved Australian radio serials of yesteryear.
Browse audio books... -
The Y Files
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time, knowhow or patience?
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We can negotiate a rate for more time-consuming quests.
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Surf Club (web site reviews)
Want a new look but not sure if it would suit you? Choose a model (or scan
in a photo of yourself) then play around with hairstyles, cosmetics and
accessories. Once you're satisfied, print out a copy or email to someone.
In a net shell: About face.
Call friends or family anywhere in the world on their computers or phone -
for free (if they also use the software) or at low cost (if they only have
a phone). Another handy Internet telephony application is Firefly from
In a net shell: Makes cents.
See a snapshot of the world at this very moment through an ever-changing
photo collage of current events. The site updates automatically every hour
to present 100 of the most common words and pictures drawn from news
sources around the globe.
In a net shell: Compelling.
More web site reviews... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp
"A book exchange of infinite proportion, the first and only of its
kind...You know the feeling you get after reading a book that speaks to
you, that touches your life, a feeling that you want to share it with
someone else? BookCrossing.com gives you a simple way to share books with
the world, and follow their paths forever!"
- submitted by Elizabeth of Toowoomba, Qld
Food for thought
"Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to
have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and
verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated
by love." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Top links from last issue
The Great Illusion
Friends and sponsors
Inspiring Leaders and Advancing Women
Two great new e-newsletters from Australian organisational development
expert Deborah May packed with practical tips, advice, encouragement and
support to help you achieve your potential at work.
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 via Belinda's blog.
Ray Shaw's Computer Guide
Ray is Queensland's computer expert. He writes the Help Desk column in
Brisbane's "Courier-Mail", runs a free helpdesk via email@example.com and
publishes a free monthly consumer-based IT newsletter.
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