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Volume 1, No. 39, 18/10/2000

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Volume 1, No. 39 Rock 'n' roles October 18, 2000

Yvette Nielsen, Editor, yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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Sorry this one's a little late but didn't finish up at the "real
women, unreal jobs" role model event till late last night.

The day, hosted by Brisbane's Women in IT (WIT), was a huge success
with hundreds of school, uni and TAFE students attending the
presentations and displays during the day.

The 70 or so women who turned up for the evening panel session
were equally satisfied, judging by the glowing feedback.

Even if the event encourages only one more female into IT (which
stands for information AND technology), we've achieved our objective.

Tune into the WIT site at www.wit.org.au in a couple of weeks to
view video highlights of the panel discussions (including yours truly
who managed to attack government, the education system and the
newspaper establishment in one fell swoop - mission accomplished).

Yvette


PS Next web content workshop for Brisbane is Thursday, November 9 -
see www.brizcomm.com.au for details


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IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Web content tip
2. Radioactive youth
3. How to make money
4. Columns
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


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1. Web content tip

With more than 50,000 new Net companies entering the global village
every week, writers can tap into a veritable goldmine.

Many of these sites need new fresh content and the Internet means you
don't even have to be in the same country as the site owner.

"Going Global" columnist Mike Sedge shows you how to break into the
e-business writing market with his seven-step plan:
http://www.novalearn.com/wol/Sedge.htm


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2. Radioactive youth

Brisbane online radio site radioactive.net.au is hosting a special
talkback session on women entering IT to celebrate WIT's "Real
Women, Unreal Role Models" event.

The "next generation radio" show is played live on 101 FM Brisbane
from 10pm till midnight every Saturday and replayed online on demand.

Topics generally cover youth, entertainment and technology.

You can have your say live while the show's on air in the chat room
or on the message boards at www.radioactive.net.au/talkback


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3. How to make money

The online content industry has entered its third phase, according
to experts at two Internet content conferences in the US this month.

The first phase was the US government's development of the Internet and
the second phase was when everyone built sites to attract eyeballs
and fund their ventures with investor money.

Phase 3 is when content entrepreneurs finally figure out a model that
will turn content into a sustainable business.

Content commentator Steve Outing says that now venture capital has
largely dried up for content companies, we have no choice but to
"hunker down and get serious about making money. It will happen, and
Internet content will become a massive industry".

Read Steve's conference roundup at:
http://www.content-exchange.com/cx/html/newsletter/2-10/con2-10.htm


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4. Columns

Pollyanna recalls life before dishwashers this week while Old Grumpy
offers the younger generation 11 tips for curing Australia's ills.

Cameron Koo defends the Gold Coast against tourist maniacs while
Carol Ann White goes out on a limb with "perfectly normal relationships".

Out now at http://www.brizcomm.com.au


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5. Surf Club

NetLinks
http://netlinks.slq.qld.gov.au/
Quantity is not a problem on the Net. Quality is quite another matter
entirely. Queensland State Library's information experts have scoured
the Net for authoritative, relevant sites with a focus on Australian
material, from arts to science. Students will appreciate the
Homework Help section. Search by keyword or browse by subject.
In a net shell: Best of the rest.

Strine Decoded: Australian English Dictionary
http://www.joyzine.zip.com.au/australia/strine/intro.htm
Did you know "waltzing Matilda" means roaming aimlessly like a tramp?
Brush up on your "strine" (the pronunciation of "Australian" in
"strine") at this site and find links to just about everything else
true blue (eg music, recipes, the Dreamtime and the Queenslander
house).
In a net shell: Oi Oi Oi.

Footbag Worldwide
http://www.footbag.org/
Footbag, also known as Hacky Sack, might not be an Olympic sport
yet but give it time. Footbag is a modern American game invented
in 1972 based on kicking around a hand-made beanbag over a net,
around a circle of players or artistically to music. Check the
freestyle section for the hottest tricks.
In a net shell: Kick the habit.

Saturday Night Country
http://local.abc.net.au/snc/
Country music radio fans can now get their Saturday night fix via
the Web. Tune into the ABC Radio Saturday Night Country site to
hear seasoned broadcaster John Nutting live and for the latest
news, gig guide, play list, photos, events and feature artist
interviews. The links aren't bad either.
In a net shell: Cyber country.

QAG Fortitude
http://www.visualarts.qld.gov.au/fortitude/home/index.html
Thanks to the Net, Queensland is becoming better known worldwide
for more than sunshine. For starters, take a look at the
companion site to the Queensland Art Gallery exhibition,
"Fortitude: New Art From Queensland". Although not all
"emerging" artists, most are under age 35 and producing
"fresh and exploratory work" in a range of media.
In a net shell: Heart in art.

Car Lover
http://www.carlover.com/index2.asp
This site claims to be the Internet's largest encyclopaedia of
automobiles with pictures and blurbs of virtually every car ever
made in any era. Browse by make, model or year. Follow the links
for more motoring sites.
In a net shell: Vroom vroom.

Aquaria by Jim
http://www.members.home.com/jlower/
For fun, Jim collects old marbles, glass and cars. Oh, and he
also enjoys recycling old PCs and Macs into fully functioning
aquariums and kitty litter trays.
In a net shell: "Can you print that?"

Typing Test
http://www.beastlair.com/tests/typingtest/typingtest.html
So, you think you're a pretty good typist? Take the test and find
out your exact word speed per minute.
In a net shell: Backspace, delete.


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6. Weekly chuckle

Anyone having trouble mastering computers, read this and take heart.
Writers of instruction manuals and web site copy take note too.

IDIOTS UNITE

* Compaq is considering changing the command PRESS ANY KEY to
PRESS RETURN KEY because of the flood of calls asking where the
ANY key is located.

* AST technical support had a caller complaining that her mouse
was hard to control with the dust cover on. The cover turned out
to be the plastic bag the mouse was packaged in.

* Another Compaq technician received a call from a man complaining
that the system wouldn't read word processing files from his old
diskettes. After trouble-shooting for magnets and heat it was found
that the customer had labelled the diskettes, then rolled them into
the typewriter to type the labels.

* Another AST customer was asked to send a copy of her defective
diskettes. A few days later a letter arrived from the customer
along with photocopies of the floppies.

* A Dell technician advised his customer to put his troubled floppy
back in the drive and close the door. The customer asked the technician
to hold on, and was heard putting the phone down, getting up and
crossing the room to close the door to his room.

* Another Dell customer called to say he couldn't get his computer
to fax anything. After 40 minutes of trouble-shooting, the technician
discovered the man was trying to fax a piece of paper by holding it in
front of the monitor screen and hitting the SEND key.

* A confused caller to IBM was having trouble printing documents.
He told the technician that the computer had said it COULDN'T FIND
PRINTER. The user had even tried turning the computer screen to face
the printer - but his computer still couldn't SEE the printer.

* An exasperated caller to Dell couldn't get her new Dell Computer
to turn on. After ensuring the computer was plugged in, the technician
asked her what happened when she pushed the power button. Her response,
I PUSHED AND PUSHED ON THIS FOOT PEDAL AND NOTHING HAPPENED.
The foot pedal turned out to be this computer's mouse.

* An IBM customer had troubles installing software and rang for
support. I PUT IN THE FIRST DISK, AND THAT WAS OK. IT SAID TO PUT IN
THE SECOND DISK, AND I HAD SOME PROBLEMS WITH THE DISK. WHEN IT SAID
TO PUT IN THE THIRD DISK I COULDN'T EVEN FIT IT IN...The caller hadn't
realised that INSERT DISK 2 meant to remove Disk 1 first.


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Everybody has to learn sometime.


Yvette

Yvette Nielsen, Editor
yvette@brizcomm.com.au
phone 041 771 8683

brizcomm - online content consulting and training
PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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