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Girls, get with IT


Volume 1, No. 33, 6/9/2000


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Volume 1, No. 33 Girls, get with IT September 6, 2000

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

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If you had any doubts about where the jobs will be in the next
few years, look to the numbers.

A Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu study in The Australian newspaper this
week indicates Australia's skills shortage in IT&T is "30,000
people this year - rising to 180,000 by 2004".

That's a solid-gold career path, anyway you look at it.

To meet the skills shortage and keep the balance, more people -
particularly women - need to study IT&T.

Unfortunately the industry has an image problem, perceived by
too many girls as boring and nerdy or macho and violent.

Not so, and Brisbane-based group Women in Information Technology
aims to prove it at a role models day for high school, uni, TAFE
and potential mature-age students at the Clunies Ross Centre,
Eight Mile Plains, on Wednesday, 18 October.

The event, entitled "Real women, unreal jobs", will portray the
industry as it really is through the eyes of successful women in

To learn more, visit WIT's site at http://www.wit.org.au



1. Web content tip
2. Corporate breaks
3. lumnists return
4. Surf Club links
5. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

With imagination, you can easily generate engaging content for your
site without having to fork out a small fortune to a syndication

ClickZ writer Susan Solomon offers a few good ideas this week:


2. Corporate breaks

If you want to break into the lucrative field of corporate writing,
follow seasoned professional Peter Bowerman's advice in his article,
"Corporate Writing: Getting in the Door":


3. Columnists return

brizcomm's resident columnists return this week after a few weeks'

They were keen but my site has been feeling a little under the
weather after moving hosts (it's a long and painful story).

This week they're back with a vengeance.

Pollyanna's on pots, Old Grumpy has a solution for disruptive
students, Cameron Koo is mad as hell while Carol Ann White enjoys
life as a survivor on her Queensland island paradise.

Read them all at http://www.brizcomm.com.au and do give them some
email encouragement (while not as good as money, it's better than


4. Surf Club

Sample fresh Aussie writing at dotlit, the online journal of
creative writing from the Queensland University of Technology.
You'll find innovative new fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction
by emerging writers along with commissioned works by prominent
Australian authors.
In a net shell: Creative.

When you're looking for a spot to park your car in Australia, try
the web. Carpark.com.au claims to be the world's first Internet
car-parking service. You can quickly search for information about
location, cost and availability of casual, permanent and "for sale"
off-street parking. Results are displayed on a map. The service is
free and independent (ie not affiliated with any particular car
park operator).
In a net shell: Stress buster.

Australia Japan Society - Queensland
Connect with all things Japanese through the Australia Japan Society's
web site. You'll find local Japan-related events (eg film festivals,
coffee mornings), a message board and hundreds of links to all
things Japanese, from companies to web cams. The Daily Japan page
includes news, weather, time and a currency converter.
In a net shell: Turning Japanese.

Name Your Baby IUMA!
If you're seeking a name for your new baby, how about Iuma? Anyone
who names their newborn Iuma before November 1, 2000, will win $5000
cash or free music for life. The contest is a promotion by online
music pioneer, the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA).
In a net shell: Name of note.

Learn The Net
Net newcombers (ie newbies) will find plenty of user-friendly tips
and tricks at this comprehensive site. Master the basics of setting
up your computer and modem, Netiquette and the anatomy of the Internet.
Take a 20-minute web tutorial or animated tour to discover the wonders
of e-mail and newsgroups, search engines, e-business, multimedia,
security and building your own site.
In a net shell: Valuable lessons.

Guitarists and their fans should not flick this site featuring
columns, hints, tips, FAQs, live chats with musicians, album
reviews, tablature, debates, chord generators, video lessons, MP3.
What more could you want?
In a net shell: Keeping tabs.

See the world and let your fingers do the walking with WebcamSearch.com.
Search for a location by subject or geography or browse through the
lists of newest, most popular and top-rated cams in the directory.
List your own favourites with the My Web Cam feature.
In a net shell: World watch.

Shaking Nina
Goddess Nina loves to dance. Just change the combination buttons
and watch her shake her arms and legs to your choice of music in
a range of scenarios. Hit the "discoteque" button for special
In a net shell: Nina ballerina (not).


5. Weekly chuckle

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention
in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and
tequila." - Mitch Ratliffe


Till we meet again.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 041 771 8683
Brizcomm, PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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