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Vol. 8, No. 1, 13/3/2007

In this issue:

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Contact - mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au
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Services - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/


From the editor, Yvette Nielsen

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As brizcomm enters its 12th year, you might well wonder whether the world
wide web has any surprises left.

Rest assured that with Internet use up 1000 per cent since 1997 and a
billion people online (InternetWorldStats.com
(http://www.internetworldstats.com/) ) you could spend your life online
and never be bored.

We've explored thousands of web sites, from the incredibly useful to the
utterly useless. We've covered the basics of the Net for newbies to more
advanced features for pro surfers.

brizcomm.com.au is chock-a-block with tips and site reviews (mind you some
links will be broken after all this time so just brush away the cobwebs,
copy a key phrase, and paste into Google to find the original site).

Rather than regurgitate old stuff we've already covered, why not send me
your new questions about web writing, editing or anything else related to
online content and communication. If they're not in our Free Tips already,
I'll do my best to answer.

In the meantime, let's continue mining the veins for virtual gold - the
bold, the beautiful, the beauties and the beasts... things that make you
go "oooh".

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

PS do share this newsletter
(http://www.vision6.com.au/download/forms/stf/e109eed/0/1954d49/82/205.html)
with your friends and colleagues - I can't promise to publish as regularly
as in the past but I'll shoot out an issue when I feel inspired


At your service

Have questions about web sites, e-newsletters, blogs, e-learning,
intranets or some other online publishing project?

Need an in-house workshop, one-on-one coaching, or an objective site or
newsletter critique?

Perhaps you just want plain-English advice on information architecture,
navigation, usability, strategy, design and layout, e-marketing, writing
or editing?

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

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



Surf Club

Pandora (http://www.pandora.com/)
Pandora is the doorway to the Music Genome Project, a vast treasure trove
of musical information. Just enter the name of a favourite song or artist
into Pandora and it will scan a century of analysed recordings to find
songs similar to your taste.
In a net shell: Personal DJ.

Neuro Exam (http://www.neuroexam.com/)
Despite diagnostic technologies tools such as the CT and MRI, the
neurological exam is still a critical decision-making tool for doctors.
Follow the steps in a neuro exam, from mental status to sensory tests,
with streaming video demos.
In a net shell: Brain work.

Enneagram Institute (http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/)
Discover your personality type with a free Riso-Hudson online test. Learn
how to use the scientifically validated enneagram for personal growth and
to improve your relationships at home and at work. Take a 10-minute sample
quiz or pay for the full 144-question test.
In a net shell: Type righting.

Ms Dewey (http://www.msdewey.com/)
If the Internet and Google are beginning to feel a little impersonal, ask
Ms Dewey. She's a real live human being standing by at your service ready
to find whatever you're seeking online - and it won't cost you a thing.
In a net shell: Human interface.

Nabaztag (http://www.nabaztag.com/en/index.html)
Just in time for Easter, enter the Internet-enabled wi-fi robot rabbit
Nabaztag. This is no dumb bunny. Using his or her ears and lights, the
rabbit will alert you to breaking news and monitor your email, stocks,
traffic, weather, when to wake up, air quality and weekly summary. You can
even "marry" two rabbits and give one to your partner, anywhere in the
world with a wi-fi connection. When you adjust your Nabaztag's ear, the
married rabbit's will move to the same position.
In a net shell: Wise wabbit.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets (http://docs.google.com/) Google Docs &
Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program
that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files
from their own computers. Formerly known as Writely, the tool lets you
co-ordinate group assignments, access family to-do lists from work or
home, or collaborate with colleagues on a new business plan.
In a net shell: Team work.

Archives - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp



Instant gratification

* 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')

Tell me more - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/



Readers write

Xmailwrite (http://www.xmailwrite.com/)
A handy free text editor (produced by Paul Smithson and his team at
Intellimon) analyses your email text to determine the potential for it to
be "recognised" as spam and does some other things too (eg give you a
reading difficulty level which is useful for addressing people who speak
English as another language).

* Submitted by Robin Henry, United Arab Emirates


Food for thought

"There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology - the tendency to
do what is reasonable even when it isn't any good." - Robert Pirsig, Zen
and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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



Friends and sponsors

lemonkind.com (http://www.lemonkind.com/) A new web portal and
e-newsletter to inform and affirm women who love women in Australia. News,
events, articles, inspiration and support to help in all aspects of life,
from relationships to work.

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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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.


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(c) 2000-2007 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
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/privacy.asp)

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At your service
Surf Club
Instant gratification
Readers write
Food for thought
Friends and sponsors
Client testimonials

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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen


%%first_name%%

As brizcomm enters its 12th year, you might well wonder whether the world wide web has any surprises left.

Rest assured that with Internet use up 1000 per cent since 1997 and a billion people online (InternetWorldStats.com) you could spend your life online and never be bored.

We've explored thousands of web sites, from the incredibly useful to the utterly useless. We've covered the basics of the Net for newbies to more advanced features for pro surfers.

brizcomm.com.au is chock-a-block with tips and site reviews (mind you some links will be broken after all this time so just brush away the cobwebs, copy a key phrase, and paste into Google to find the original site).

Rather than regurgitate old stuff we've already covered, why not send me your new questions about web writing, editing or anything else related to online content and communication. If they're not in our Free Tips already, I'll do my best to answer.

In the meantime, let's continue mining the veins for virtual gold - the bold, the beautiful, the beauties and the beasts... things that make you go "oooh".

Yvette

PS do share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues - I can't promise to publish as regularly as in the past but I'll shoot out an issue when I feel inspired




At your service


Have questions about web sites, e-newsletters, blogs, e-learning, intranets or some other online publishing project?

Need an in-house workshop, one-on-one coaching, or an objective site or newsletter critique?

Perhaps you just want plain-English advice on information architecture, navigation, usability, strategy, design and layout, e-marketing, writing or editing?

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

Consulting services



Surf Club

Pandora
Pandora is the doorway to the Music Genome Project, a vast treasure trove of musical information. Just enter the name of a favourite song or artist into Pandora and it will scan a century of analysed recordings to find songs similar to your taste.
In a net shell: Personal DJ.

Neuro Exam
Despite diagnostic technologies tools such as the CT and MRI, the neurological exam is still a critical decision-making tool for doctors. Follow the steps in a neuro exam, from mental status to sensory tests, with streaming video demos.
In a net shell: Brain work.

Enneagram Institute
Discover your personality type with a free Riso-Hudson online test. Learn how to use the scientifically validated enneagram for personal growth and to improve your relationships at home and at work. Take a 10-minute sample quiz or pay for the full 144-question test.
In a net shell: Type righting.

Ms Dewey
If the Internet and Google are beginning to feel a little impersonal, ask Ms Dewey. She's a real live human being standing by at your service ready to find whatever you're seeking online - and it won't cost you a thing.
In a net shell: Human interface.

Nabaztag
Just in time for Easter, enter the Internet-enabled wi-fi robot rabbit Nabaztag. This is no dumb bunny. Using his or her ears and lights, the rabbit will alert you to breaking news and monitor your email, stocks, traffic, weather, when to wake up, air quality and weekly summary. You can even "marry" two rabbits and give one to your partner, anywhere in the world with a wi-fi connection. When you adjust your Nabaztag's ear, the married rabbit's will move to the same position.
In a net shell: Wise wabbit.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets
Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. Formerly known as Writely, the tool lets you co-ordinate group assignments, access family to-do lists from work or home, or collaborate with colleagues on a new business plan.
In a net shell: Team work.

Archives



Instant gratification



* 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')

Tell me more



Readers write

Xmailwrite
A handy free text editor (produced by Paul Smithson and his team at Intellimon) analyses your email text to determine the potential for it to be "recognised" as spam and does some other things too (eg give you a reading difficulty level which is useful for addressing people who speak English as another language).

* Submitted by Robin Henry, United Arab Emirates





Food for thought

"There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology - the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn't any good." - Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.


Quotes & jokes



Friends and sponsors

lemonkind.com
A new web portal and e-newsletter to inform and affirm women who love women in Australia. News, events, articles, inspiration and support to help in all aspects of life, from relationships to work.

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 0417 718 683 (Australia)

© 2000-2007 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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