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Volume 1, No. 29, 9/8/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 29 Just a quickie August 9, 2000

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

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Considering I've already sent you a newsletter this week (thanks to
Big Pond "technical difficulties"), I'll keep this one super short.

Big Pond's cable service is still unable to access www.listbot.com
so I'm resorting to my dial-up FreeOnline account.

Great service, guys (FreeOnline, that is, not Big Pond Advance).

By the way, if you know anyone who needs enlightening on the value
of content to online success, surf this way for details of Friday's
workshop: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/f-wkshp.htm

Have had a few late cancellations (that will teach me to try to
compete with the first day of Brisbane's famous Royal Exhibition).

The workshop lunch is great, you'll network with some of the finest
company in town and, best of all, get to knock off at 3.30pm for an
early weekend.

Go forth and conquer.



1. Web content tip
2. Long live the book
3. Columnists
4. Surf Club links
5. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Web site owners and other online publishers can learn much about
their readers through email feedback and server statistics.

Add to that pool of knowledge, information from focus groups and
usability testing and we really have no excuse for not giving our
readers what they want, even if you never meet them face to face.

Online focus groups, handled over the Web or in special facilities,
offer yet another dimension.

Read Catherine Collins' article in The New York Times on the Web,
"Focus groups go online to measure the appeal of web sites", at:

* you'll have to register to sign in but it's free and easy


2. Long live the book

Keren Bell is the winner of last week's massive fantasy book.

You can read the newly posted reviews from previous winners at:

* don't worry, the page will look a lot better after the site's
impending re-design


3. Columnists

Email has become such a part of life for many of us, you have to
think hard to recall communication without it.

Pollyanna recounts her tales (all true) of the days when the phone
was "the" gadget to have.

Old Grumpy is having nightmares after reading about the latest court
payout while Cameron Koo learns that flu medication and alcohol don't

brizcomm always welcomes new writers. If you'd like to try your hand
writing for the new medium, drop a note to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


4. Surf Club
* all reviews are hotlinked at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/

Australian Cyber Squatters Hall of Fame
If you're the type of person who says, "if only we'd bought a
block of land on the coast 20 years ago", you might be interested
in snapping up your own piece of cyberspace, just in case. But
forget about registering the domain names NoosaHeads.com,
SydneyNolan.com or AustralianBeer.com - they're taken. To see
what other prime Aussie e-estate is under control of cyber
squatters, visit the hall of fame.
In a net shell: Top dots.

Brisbane Challenge
Test your general knowledge of Brisbane with Brisbane City Council's
new cyber boardgame. The game, targeted at 10 to 14 year olds,
will also test your arcade skills with games involving characters
Whizzy, Roadstar and Ferny. You'll need the free Flash 4 plug-in
to play.
In a net shell: Tricky.

Brisbane International Film Festival
Film buffs can explore BIFF's entire catalogue online this year.
Search the database by film category, country, title, year of
production or director. The site also offers reviews, screening
details, transport options, stills, discounts, directors'
biographies and ticket sales.
In a net shell: Clicks for flicks.

Science Fiction Movie Lists
Science fiction fans might enjoy Brisbane-based Greg T. Firefly's
lists and links to classic movies. Categories include the 50s to
the 90s, robots, spaceships, Hugo Award Winners, comedies, time
travel, New York, actors, series, hard SF, books, presidents,
directors and more awards.
In a net shell: Sci-fi, so good.

3D Vision, Therapy and Health
Waitresses, drivers, architects and dentists need good vision in
both eyes (ie stereo vision) in their day-to-day tasks. Take the
3D test at this site to see whether your eyes work as a team. If
they do, you might like to try the "magic 3D" pictures. If you or
your child has vision problems such as crossed eyes, a lazy eye or
dyslexia, learn more in the vision therapy and health sections.
In a net shell: Sight insight.

Privacy is among the top concerns of Internet users. If you'd like
to know how to protect your movements online, visit the Anonymizer.
You'll find news and a free service to help you cover your mouse
trails. Just type a Web address into the box and Anonymizer will
take you there invisibly.
In a net shell: Secret surfing.

Zone Alarm
An anti-virus program alone will not protect you online. Roaming
cyber thieves and vandals can hack into your system any time you
are connected to the Net. Zone Alarm is a free personal firewall
that makes you invisible to potential intruders. Simply download,
install and forget about it.
In a net shell: Do it.

Whatever your spiritual beliefs, chances are you'll brush up with
others who share your beliefs at this hub of all matters spiritual,
religious or moral. You'll find analysis from scholars, inspiration,
wisdom, companionship, online prayer circles, book reviews,
discussions, advice for family and life events, and the sacred
texts from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism,
Taoism and other religions. Don't miss the multimedia features
including a virtual pilgrimage to Mecca and a guided meditation.
In a net shell: Wow.

Mosaic of Creativity
This site is dedicated to creativity, art, music and literature.
The creators believe a more creative society is necessary to
bring positive change into the world. "A few minutes here is all
it takes to read a poem, see a painting or hear a beat that can
influence your whole day or life."
In a net shell: Express yourself.


5. Weekly chuckle

An American decided to write a book about famous churches around
the world.

For his first chapter he decided to write about famous Australian

So he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Darwin, thinking
that he would work his way across the country from north to south,
west to east.

On his first day he was inside a church taking photographs when he
noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that
read $10,000 per call".

The American, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by
what the telephone was used for.

The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for
$10,000 you could talk to God.

The American thanked the priest and went along his way.

Next stop was in Alice [Springs]. There, at a very large cathedral,
he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it. He
wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Darwin
and asked a nearby nun.

She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000
he could talk to God.

"Okay, thank you", said the American.

He then travelled to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney,
and in every church he saw the same golden telephone with the same
"$10,000 per call" sign under it.

Finally, the American arrived in Brisbane, and again, there was same
golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read "25 cents per

The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign.

"Father, I've travelled all over Australia and I've seen this same
golden telephone in many churches. I'm told that it is a direct line
to heaven, but in all the other States the price per call was $10,000.

Why is it so cheap here?"

The priest smiled and answered:
"You're in Queensland now son, it's a local call."


Until next Wednesday.


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

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