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Vol. 6, No. 6, 13/9/2005

From the editor, Yvette Nielsen

first_name

As with September 11 and the Bali and London bombings, people are using
the power of new media to share their anger, grief and compassion.

Even in New Orleans itself, diesel generators and deeply buried fibre
optic cables are allowing some residents access to email, instant
messenger, blogs and the web.

With land lines and mobile phones still being restored, the Net is once
again bridging the communication gap.

Here are a few examples of online initiative and innovation -

Blog from New Orleans (http://mgno.com/) (an Internet company shares
first-hand accounts, live web cam feeds and chat)

Donation resources
(http://www.networkforgood.org/topics/animal_environ/hurricanes/?source=AOL)
(click to give) -

Survivor video (http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2679391) (New Orleans
resident and Jazz musician Charmaine Neville recalls the horror of
surviving Hurricane Katrina) -

Music video tribute (http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2678979)
(filmmaker/Musician NT Bullock made this after waiting out the hurricane)


Community web efforts (http://neworleans.craigslist.org/) (craigslist's
new orleans page linking helpers and survivors face to face)

Katrina Information Map (http://www.scipionus.com/) (community-edited
"wiki" showing the status of specific locations - house to house - along
with links to satellite and aerial imagery)

Yvette (mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au)

PS read the latest examples of atrocious writing on my "Cut The Crap
(http://www.livejournal.com/users/crapblog/) " web log - and send me any
gems you find

PPS save time and money developing a web site - buy my Web Project
Planning Kit (http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/)


Web content tip

An accessible web site increases your audience by ensuring your pages can
be accessed by anyone.

Accessibility is particularly important for visitors without the latest
graphical browsers and plug-ins, those on slow connections or people with
disabilities.

Here's a monster grab bag of some of the best tips, guides and resources
on making your site accessible -

Accessibility resources... -
http://www.cre8asiteforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=116275#116275



At your service

See Canberra at its best in spring. Book now for the early-bird rate at my
two public workshops -

E-newsletters and Blogs
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/overview.asp?id=2) on Wednesday, 19
October 2005
Online Writing and Editing
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/overview.asp?id=3) on Wednesday, 26
October 2005

Can't make it but have questions about web sites, e-newsletters, blogs,
e-learning, intranets or some other online publishing project?

Need an objective site critique or plain-English advice on information
architecture, navigation, usability, strategy, design and layout,
e-marketing, writing and editing...?

Email me (mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au) now to discuss your needs for
coaching, consulting or training.

Consulting services - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/



Email tip

Disasters bring out the best and worst in human nature.

Scambusters.org reports seeing about four times as many online scams with
Hurricane Katrina as with the tsunami disaster.

Scams include hoax emails and web sites seeking donations, investments and
sales or virus-carrying photos of the disaster.

Four tips to avoid being scammed -

* use common sense
* never respond to an email request for a donation - it's most likely a
scam (unless you've previously contributed to that organisation)
* check to ensure the charity is legitimate
* do not open attachments about the disaster

Scambuster examples... -
http://www.scambusters.org/hurricanekatrinascams.html



NEW in the shop

* Web Project Planning Kit (includes my own tried-and-trusted
Pre-Development Questionnaire, Web Requirements Kit, and Content Inventory
Template

* Odd Bods E-booklet (50 of the most bizarre web sites about the human
body)

* Pollyanna (kitchen wisdom, humour and nostalgia from a 'silver surfer')

Find out more... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/



Readers write

"The Authentic Voice section in your last one really spoke to me. I am
retired now but when I was working I started painting as a way of
expressing feelings.

You are right to advise pretending that no one else will see it. For me it
was very nearly ruined when an Art Club I belonged to wanted paintings for
exhibition. Everything changed - I started thinking "what will they
like?", "they won't understand/like that" etc and thereafter it became
stressful to paint. So I started doing it on butcher's paper or other
material unsuitable for exhibition or framing and left the club.

I have got lazy now and have started exploring digital photography
instead. But it was so unexpected to read about your efforts in a what I
had supposed was only a business newsletter. Best of luck to you and best
wishes."

- Pat, UK


Surf Club (web site reviews)

MotorMouth (http://motormouth.com.au/)
Save time and money searching for the cheapest fuel in Australia.
MotorMouth provides fuel prices for most major urban areas along with tips
on saving fuel, calculators and car reviews. To find out how thirsty your
vehicle is, see the fuel consumption guide at
http://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/
In a net shell: Pump up the volume.

Happy News (http://www.happynews.com/)
In our media-saturated world, sometimes you just want to find a little
good news for a change. Categories include heroes, health, environment,
science arts, sports, business and opinions.
In a net shell: Light relief.

Best freeware (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm)

You can find lots of no-charge utilities online, if you know where to
look. See Gizmo's list of the top tools to spruce up your computer,
browser, email, photos and other bits and pieces.
In a net shell: Help yourself.

More web site reviews... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp



Reader choice

Fun Links
This'll keep you busy for several lifetimes!
http://my.core.com/~oldgrendel/funlinks.htm
- submitted by Ian, Brisbane

Make Your Own Font
Use your own handwriting for text to write on your computer.
http://www.fontifier.com/template.html
- submitted by Wally


Food for thought

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a
'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives and
property rights are considered more important than people, the giant
triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being
conquered." - Martin Luther King, Jr

More quotes & jokes... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/



Top links from last issue

(http://www.waveofdestruction.org/)

Cut The Crap web log (http://www.livejournal.com/users/crapblog/)
iSerenity.com (http://www.iserenity.com/)

Online Sudoku Puzzles
(http://www.puzzle.jp/letsplay/sudokuruleflash-e.html)


Friends and sponsors

Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra (http://www.sakya.com.au/)
Home of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, one of the few meditation masters in
Australia. The Society supports the teachings and meditation practices of
Tibetan Buddhism, in particular those of the Sakya Lineage, as well as
promoting Tibetan culture in general.

Inspiring Leaders and Advancing Women (http://www.deborahmay.com/) 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 (http://www.journoz.com/)
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.
(http://journoz.com/) WANT TO SWAP LINKS OR ADVERTISE HERE?
Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au (mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au)


Client testimonials

Comments from recent clients -

"Your independent assessment of our web site confirmed a number of our
suspicions and raised a few important considerations to take us to the
next step. Thank you for both the quality and the promptness you fulfilled
our request. It was an important first step in a major re-evaluation of
our
web site." - Michelle Bryne, Corporate Communications Manager, Newcastle
City Council.

“Yvette created a supportive atmosphere where no question was too stupid
to be asked. She was very approachable and easy to listen to - speaking in
plain English without any jargon.” - Communication Officer, Brisbane.

"Yvette has the uncanny ability to make complex issues sound simple and
interesting at the same time. I couldn't wait to get back to working on
our web site - I was left bursting full of ideas." - Senior Communication
Officer, State Government

Accelerate the learning curve and save time, money and frustration - book
your workshop (http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/) , critique
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/) or coaching
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/) session with Yvette
(mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au) today.

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37 Hannan Crescent Ainslie ACT 2602 Australia

© 2000-2005 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

We accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability for any incorrect
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In this issue:
From the editor, Yvette Nie...
Web content tip
At your service
Email tip
NEW in the shop
Readers write
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Food for thought
Top links from last issue
Friends and sponsors
Client testimonials

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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen


first_name

As with September 11 and the Bali and London bombings, people are using the power of new media to share their anger, grief and compassion.

Even in New Orleans itself, diesel generators and deeply buried fibre optic cables are allowing some residents access to email, instant messenger, blogs and the web.

With land lines and mobile phones still being restored, the Net is once again bridging the communication gap.

Here are a few examples of online initiative and innovation -

Blog from New Orleans (an Internet company shares first-hand accounts, live web cam feeds and chat)

Donation resources (click to give) -

Survivor video (New Orleans resident and Jazz musician Charmaine Neville recalls the horror of surviving Hurricane Katrina) -

Music video tribute (filmmaker/Musician NT Bullock made this after waiting out the hurricane)

Community web efforts (craigslist's new orleans page linking helpers and survivors face to face)

Katrina Information Map (community-edited "wiki" showing the status of specific locations - house to house - along with links to satellite and aerial imagery)

Yvette

PS read the latest examples of atrocious writing on my "Cut The Crap" web log - and send me any gems you find

PPS save time and money developing a web site - buy my Web Project Planning Kit





Web content tip


An accessible web site increases your audience by ensuring your pages can be accessed by anyone.

Accessibility is particularly important for visitors without the latest graphical browsers and plug-ins, those on slow connections or people with disabilities.

Here's a monster grab bag of some of the best tips, guides and resources on making your site accessible -

Accessibility resources...



At your service


See Canberra at its best in spring. Book now for the early-bird rate at my two public workshops -

E-newsletters and Blogs on Wednesday, 19 October 2005
Online Writing and Editing on Wednesday, 26 October 2005

Can't make it but have questions about web sites, e-newsletters, blogs, e-learning, intranets or some other online publishing project?

Need an objective site critique or plain-English advice on information architecture, navigation, usability, strategy, design and layout, e-marketing, writing and editing...?

Email me now to discuss your needs for coaching, consulting or training.

Consulting services



Email tip

Disasters bring out the best and worst in human nature.

Scambusters.org reports seeing about four times as many online scams with Hurricane Katrina as with the tsunami disaster.

Scams include hoax emails and web sites seeking donations, investments and sales or virus-carrying photos of the disaster.

Four tips to avoid being scammed -

* use common sense
* never respond to an email request for a donation - it's most likely a scam (unless you've previously contributed to that organisation)
* check to ensure the charity is legitimate
* do not open attachments about the disaster

Scambuster examples...



NEW in the shop


* Web Project Planning Kit (includes my own tried-and-trusted Pre-Development Questionnaire, Web Requirements Kit, and Content Inventory Template

* Odd Bods E-booklet (50 of the most bizarre web sites about the human body)

* Pollyanna (kitchen wisdom, humour and nostalgia from a 'silver surfer')

Find out more...



Readers write

"The Authentic Voice section in your last one really spoke to me. I am retired now but when I was working I started painting as a way of expressing feelings.

You are right to advise pretending that no one else will see it. For me it was very nearly ruined when an Art Club I belonged to wanted paintings for exhibition. Everything changed - I started thinking "what will they like?", "they won't understand/like that" etc and thereafter it became stressful to paint. So I started doing it on butcher's paper or other material unsuitable for exhibition or framing and left the club.

I have got lazy now and have started exploring digital photography instead. But it was so unexpected to read about your efforts in a what I had supposed was only a business newsletter. Best of luck to you and best wishes."

- Pat, UK




Surf Club (web site reviews)


MotorMouth
Save time and money searching for the cheapest fuel in Australia. MotorMouth provides fuel prices for most major urban areas along with tips on saving fuel, calculators and car reviews. To find out how thirsty your vehicle is, see the fuel consumption guide at http://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/
In a net shell: Pump up the volume.

Happy News
In our media-saturated world, sometimes you just want to find a little good news for a change. Categories include heroes, health, environment, science arts, sports, business and opinions.
In a net shell: Light relief.

Best freeware
You can find lots of no-charge utilities online, if you know where to look. See Gizmo's list of the top tools to spruce up your computer, browser, email, photos and other bits and pieces.
In a net shell: Help yourself.

More web site reviews...



Reader choice

Fun Links
This'll keep you busy for several lifetimes!
http://my.core.com/~oldgrendel/funlinks.htm
- submitted by Ian, Brisbane

Make Your Own Font
Use your own handwriting for text to write on your computer.
http://www.fontifier.com/template.html
- submitted by Wally




Food for thought

"We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." - Martin Luther King, Jr
More quotes & jokes...



Top links from last issue


Cut The Crap web log

iSerenity.com

Online Sudoku Puzzles




Friends and sponsors

Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra
Home of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, one of the few meditation masters in Australia. The Society supports the teachings and meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhism, in particular those of the Sakya Lineage, as well as promoting Tibetan culture in general.

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.

WANT TO SWAP LINKS OR ADVERTISE HERE?
Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au




Client testimonials


Comments from recent clients -

"Your independent assessment of our web site confirmed a number of our suspicions and raised a few important considerations to take us to the next step. Thank you for both the quality and the promptness you fulfilled our request. It was an important first step in a major re-evaluation of our web site." - Michelle Bryne, Corporate Communications Manager, Newcastle City Council.

“Yvette created a supportive atmosphere where no question was too stupid to be asked. She was very approachable and easy to listen to - speaking in plain English without any jargon.” - Communication Officer, Brisbane.

"Yvette has the uncanny ability to make complex issues sound simple and interesting at the same time. I couldn't wait to get back to working on our web site - I was left bursting full of ideas." - Senior Communication Officer, State Government

Accelerate the learning curve and save time, money and frustration - book your workshop, critique or coaching session with Yvette today.





Remember, this newsletter is shareware. If you found value in it, please forward a copy to a friend or colleague and suggest they sign up. Cheers.

Send to a Friend


Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
37 Hannan Crescent Ainslie ACT 2602 Australia

© 2000-2005 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. Privacy policy





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