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Come fly with me


Volume 1, No. 32, 30/8/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 32 Come fly with me August 30, 2000

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

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If you're looking for those cheap online airfares you'd best be
quick - and patient.

The $33 Brisbane-to-Sydney deals have sold out though you can still
pick up a $60 flight (plus tax) depending on time and date.

Trying to book an online ticket for a friend today proved an exercise
in poor usability.

Of the big four airline web sites doing battle over Oz, only one
would entice me to return.

You can't even view the bargains until you pre-register at two sites.

Try for yourself, if you enjoy torture:

Save the peanuts, fly guys, and spend the money on a content
professional, usability expert or basic customer service.


PS Only a few places left now for next Wednesday's web content
workshop. See http://www.brizcomm.com.au/f-wkshp.htm for details.


1. Web content tip
2. Free phone calls
3. Escape the job world
4. Surf Club links
5. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

If you make your site difficult to use or access, chances are your
potential users will click somewhere more friendly.

Learn how to make your site more user-friendly with this list of
usability resources from WebReference.com:


* Shame SOCOG didn't see these before launching the official web
site of the Sydney 2000 Olympics - www.olympics.com - minus ALT
text for images and other basic aids for people with sight
impairment. Seems to me SOCOG has the site impairment.


2. Free phone calls

Have you heard the buzz? Aussies can now make free unlimited phone
calls via throughout Australia and to more than 30 countries
overseas via the Net.

Anything that forces the telcos to begin providing halfway decent
customer service gets my vote.

Read Brisbane computer guru Ray Shaw's review at:

or try for yourself at:


3. Escape the job world

"The Buddhists call it 'right livelihood'. Others have referred to
it as living the 'good life' - not in the sense of financial riches
but in doing what you want to do and living where you want to live.
You know you are living the good life, says career counsellor and
author Barbara Sher, when 'you get up in the morning and can't wait
to start all over again'.

"For some, this means going for a total career change - from
accountant to photographer, social worker to freelance writer,
marketing manager to master gardener. For these people, the good
life is when your passion also pays your way ..."

That's the start of RValerie Young's multipart article series,
"10 Steps to Escape the Job World and Create the Life You Really Want".

Do yourself a giant favour and read the rest at:


4. Surf Club

If you can't attend a function, even if it's thousands of miles away,
rent a surrogate relative to stand in for you. Rent-A-Relative was
started by Jeff "Red" Drapes who, after saving airline miles for three
years, found he could not use them due to imposed blackout dates and
limited seating. At least, that's his story.
In a net shell: Seriously strange.

When you're looking for a virtual novelty to email a friend, try this
site. PassThisOn claims to be the fastest-growing site on the Internet
(PCDataOnline, May 2000) and is a collection of funny and sentimental
pages, complete with sound effects. Some are corny, some are crude
while others will crack you up or might even make you cry.
In a net shell: Pass it on.

Find samples sounds and sound effects on the Net with this easy-to-use
search engine. Search by subject, file format (eg AIFF, .AU, .WAV),
mono or stereo, resolution, sample rate and maximum file size. Browse
the partial directory of sounds to start your quest, use the "Find
Sounds like this one" button, or create your own sounds to match.
In a net shell: Hear, hear.

Martha Stewart Recipe Search
Find recipes quickly with American homemaker Martha Stewart's online
search. Just type in an ingredient or keyword then click "search for
recipes". Narrow your quest by selecting type of meal (eg main course,
for children or vegetarian). Check the "quick cook" box for meals you
can make under an hour.
In a net shell: Fast food.

When you're cursing tech support for keeping you on hold for 40 minutes,
remember this site. TechTales collects amusing stories about technical
support from techies and tech supportees. Truth really is stranger than
In a net shell: Hold on.


5. Weekly chuckle

WORDS OF WISDOM (source unknown)

a. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying "Thank
you" (though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent).

b. No books will be as good as the ones you loved as a child.

c. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the
orchestra, some are onstage singing, some are in the audience as
critics, some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are.

d. Never give yourself a haircut after three martinis.

e. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own

f. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.

g. A woman needs only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't
move, and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the
duct tape.

h. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship
are: "I apologise" and "You are right".

i. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

j. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to
eat crow while it's still warm.

k. If he says that you are too good for him - believe it.

l. I've learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, "Will this matter
one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?"

m. The shortest line is always the longest.

n. During hard times I ask myself, "How do I feel? What do I want?"
I use it whenever I'm at loss for words or thoughts.

o. Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom.

p. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!

q. If you move far from your family when you're young, consider
choosing a career with an airline. Your need to see your family
will last a lifetime, as will your travel benefits.

r. Living well really is the best option. Being miserable because
of a bad or former relationship just proves that the other person
was right about you.

s. Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you
are going to need them to empty your bed pan and hold your hand.

t. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow human.

u. And, finally ... being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect;
it just means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections.


Seeya next week.


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

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