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Happy Ekka Day


Volume 1, No. 30, 16/8/2000


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Volume 1, No. 30 Happy Ekka Holiday August 16, 2000

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

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Brisbane residents love the Ekka (ie the city's annual Exhibition
and Royal Agricultural Show) or, more accurately perhaps, the
public holiday in its honour.

How often do you get a chance to hit the beach, bush, backyard or
barbecue on a glorious winter day in the middle of a working week.

As Brizzos flee the city for the day, the Bushies flock in from the
country for a taste of urban convenience.

When you live in the big smoke, it's easy to take for granted our
access to things, for instance fast, affordable Internet.

My semi-retired parents - ultra-enthusiastic silver surfers - live
in a small country town in south-west Queensland.

They, along with several hundred other residents, are mourning the
loss of their local Internet Service Provider who has silently
pulled the plug on loyal subscribers after encountering business woes.

The town's only options are Big Pond's Rural plan ($4+ an hour),
satellite (expensive) or after-7pm STD dial-up to ISPs in bigger

Telstra's ADSL copper wire scheme has not yet rolled out to their
slice of heaven.

The telcos' disregard for country folk is disgraceful, especially
considering the greater need for telecommunication in the bush.

Want a hot business tip? Set up a reliable, affordable ISP in a
small country town where the living is easy, friendly and relaxed.


PS Next Web Content Workshop is Wednesday, 6 September.

PPS www.brizcomm.com.au is experiencing teething problems with its
new host - hang in there and all will be restored soon. Thanks.


1. Web content tip
2. Australian Internet Awards
3. Is telecommuting for you?
4. Wanted: Online experts
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Print publications have long used in-house style guides to ensure
consistency in their words.

While some content creators welcome the web as freedom from universal
style, others have been seeking a plain English site that can help.

I subscribe to the theory that style should be determined as whatever
is easiest for the reader, not what some elitist grammarian set down
as nonsensical law in the 18th century.

Edit-Work is a new guide to creating online style guides, whether for
Internet or Intranet, at http://www.edit-work.com/

Here are a few other style-related sites from my bookmarks:

Columbia Guide to Online Style

Yale Style Manual

Style Guide for Online Hypertext by Tim Berners-Lee

Wired Style: Outtakes and Updates

West Virginia University WWW Guidelines

UO/E Style Guide

Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry


2. Australian Internet Awards

Nominations for the Australian Financial Review's Australian
Internet Awards close at 5pm this Friday (18 August).

Nominees will be announced at http://www.webawards.com.au
later this month when judging begins.

Sites will be judged on information content (yay!), visual impact,
technical implementation, navigation, structure and site concept.

Nominations are also invited for the Asia-Pacific IT&T Awards.
You can nominate online at http:www.itawards.com


3. Is telecommuting for you?

Telecommuting is one of the buzzwords of the 21st century but it's
not for everyone.

Working from home can be isolating and distracting, not to mention
downright frustrating when your home office equipment goes on the
blink and you have no help desk.

See if you have what it takes then follow the links to online job
banks for telecommuters:



4. Wanted: Online experts

If you consider yourself an expert on a subject, About.com is
seeking part-time online guides.

About.com at http://www.about.com is the seventh-most-visited site
on the web and has more than 750 experts on 800 subjects from
diabetes to Star Wars.

You'll be required to write articles and newsletters, provide
subject-related links and interact with users.

Guides earn $100 to $500 a month but can make substantially more.

For details, see http://beaguide.about.com


5. Surf Club

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Family tree researchers might appreciate this site providing details
of soldiers killed in the two world wars. You can search the register
by surname, initials, war and regiment if known. Information available
includes parents' names and place of birth. The Commission, set up in
1917, marks and maintains the graves of the 1.7 million members of
Commonwealth forces killed in the two World Wars.
In a net shell: Debt of honour.

Setting up shop in the so-called global village means that, sooner or
later, you'll have to send and receive email in other languages. This
Brisbane-based company offers a free email translation service along
with free instant machine translation of Web pages and other documents.
In a net shell: Easy speak.

Post-it Theatre
In a medium boasting cutting-edge technology, you can still find
pleasure in simple entertainment. This online theatre features
flip-book comics created through scans of hand-drawn pictures on
reminder notes. No computer simulation involved.
In a net shell: Sticky.

Learn Spanish
Learn Spanish with this free 75-part online tutorial. You'll find audio
lessons, oral and written exercises, interactive quizzes, useful travel
phrases and cultural notes. For light relief, read the top 10 list of
English phrases that don't translate well into Spanish.
In a net shell: Ole.

Learning Kingdom
This is the site to visit before you enter a trivia contest or
quiz show. Brush up on your general knowledge with a daily cool
fact, word, person and quote or discover what's happening around
the world today or on this day in history. If you're really keen,
sign up for the daily email service.
In a net shell: Everyday facts.

Free Email Providers Guide
This useful site claims to be the most detailed and expansive
resource for free email on the Web. Search from more than 1300
providers in 85 countries. The database also lists other free
communications services such as ISPs, fax, long-distance calls,
voicemail and online storage.
In a net shell: @ your service.

A Netizen's Guide To Flame Warriors
If you've never been abused (ie flamed) online, you're lucky. This
guide describes some of the personality types you might encounter
in a mailing list, newsgroup, bulletin board or chat room. Character
assassinations (sorry, descriptions) range from Crybaby to Netiquette
Nazi, complete with original illustrations.
In a net shell: Hot.

The 60 Second Garden
Plant a vegetable garden in 60 seconds and watch it grow before your
eyes. Just drag your seeds to where you want the plants, erect the
signs, drag any weeds into the compost barrel then wait for your babies
to shoot.
In a net shell: Dig it.


6. Weekly chuckle


THINGY (thing-ee) n.
female: Any part under a car's bonnet.
male: The strap fastener on a woman's bra.

VULNERABLE (vul-ner-a-bel) adj.
female: Fully opening up one's self emotionally to another.
male: Playing cricket without a box.

REMOTE CONTROL (ree-mote-con-trole) n.
female: A device for changing from one TV channel to another.
male: A device for scanning through all 40 channels every two

COMMUNICATION (com-mune-i-cay-shon) n.
female: The open sharing of thoughts and feelings with one's
male: Scratching out a note before suddenly taking off for a
weekend with the lads.

BUM (bum) n.
female: The body part that every item of clothing manufactured
makes look bigger.
male: The organ for mooning (and breaking wind).

COMMITMENT (com-mit-ment) n.
female: A desire to get married and raise a family.
male: Not trying to pick up other women while out with one's

ENTERTAINMENT (en-ter-tane-ment) n.
female: A good movie, concert, play or book.
male: Sex.

FLATULENCE (flat-u-lents) n.
female: An embarrassing by-product of digestion.
male: An endless source of entertainment, self-expression and
male bonding.

MAKING LOVE (make-ing luv) n.
female: The greatest expression of intimacy a couple can achieve.
male: What women do while the man is shagging.


"Life is a rollercoaster, baby, so just ride it."


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

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