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Tech pain in the neck


Volume 1, No. 28, 2/8/2000


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Volume 1, No. 28 Tech pain in the neck August 2, 2000

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

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I owe Bill Gates an apology.

After days blaming the Microsoft-owned list server ListBot
for the delay of this week's newsletter, I've just discovered the
problem lies with my new cable Net service.

Apparently Big Pond is having router problems so the problem is
not with ListBot but with Telstra.


And just when I thought I'd discovered computer nirvana with a
new Windows 2000 operating system and high-speed connection.

That's the trouble with new technology - if it's not one thing,
it's another.

Still, sure beats working for a living.


PS final days to book a seat at Friday's web content workshop at
The Gabba in Brisbane. Tell your mates to see www.brizcomm.com.au


1. Web content tip
2. Add ads to your site
3. In pursuit of excellence
4. New books
5. Hottest skills for eWorkers
6. Columnists
7. Surf Club links
8. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

As a sometime journalism lecturer and tutor, I've witnessed the
gradual shift and drift away from rigid rules in written English.

Try to teach the differences in tense to most under people under
35 and you will quickly appreciate the other meaning of the word

Still, language is a living thing and constantly evolving to meet
the changing needs of society.

American content consultant Amy Gahran explores the new form to
expression in her thought-provoking article, "Grammar and
Punctuation for the Web: What's Proper?":



2. Add ads to your site

In a perfect world, advertisers would flock to our sites of their
own accord, email us their ready-made advertisements and post a
big fat cheque by snail mail.

Alas, gaining ad revenue through your site is hard work.

In WebReference's featured article, Adam Laitt shows us how:


* you're always welcome to advertise in this newsletter or on the
site at www.brizcomm.com.au - just email yvette@brizcomm.com.au
for a rates card ;-)


3. In pursuit of excellence

The Asia-Pacific Queensland Information Technology and Telecommunications
Awards for Excellence showcase local
achievements and are well worth winning.

Participating companies gain a chance to build a public profile on
the world stage along with masses of professional credibility.

Nominations for the 2000 awards close on Tuesday, 12 September, with
winners announced at a grand presentation evening on Saturday,
25 November.

You can nominate anyone for any category online at:



4. New books

The 100-word reviews from previous book winners are trickling in
and looks as though we might have discovered some real writing
talent through this newsletter.

Here's your chance to show your style online with this week's
review copies:

"Horsehead Soup" is the final in a bizarre trilogy for teenagers
by Australian furniture removalist Rory Barnes.

First email to yvette@brizcomm.com.au gets it.

"A Storm of Swords" is the monster third book in a fantasy series
by George R.R. Martin.

It's two inches thick so, sorry, but I'm reserving this one for a
resident of Brisbane's western suburbs rather than boost Australia
Post's coffers.

email yvette@brizcomm.com.au if you're keen and I'll drop it in your
mail box personally.


5. Hottest skills for eWorkers

If you want to join the eWork revolution but don't know which field
to plough, read this article from eWork Exchange.

The possibilities span programming to project management and include
useful links for more information:



6. Columnists

The best part of brizcomm's colourful assortment of columnists is
the variety of topics they cover each week.

Pollyanna's piece on school lunches will have you reaching for the
tissues while the ever-cynical Old Grumpy discloses a few of his
pet hates.

Carol A. Smith compares the Aussie service industry with that of
the US while Cam Koo suffers periodical pain at the hands of
the Gold Coast publishing industry.

It's all happening at http://www.brizcomm.com.au


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

Digital Dog
Dog years might not be all that long but they'll seem much longer
if you choose the wrong breed. Digital Dog aims to provide honest
observations about each dog breed's temperament and possible flaws
to help you decide which pup to buy. Learn about training and care,
read the tales of beloved pets or discover the dog within with
expert trainer Sapir Weiss.
In a net shell: Dig in.

FindArticles.com claims to be the first free online article-search
service. You can search through the vast archive of published
articles from more than 350 magazines and journals dating back to
1998. Read or print entire articles from topics including business,
health, society, entertainment and sports.
In a net shell: Mag magic.

Stain Removal Guide
Stain, stain go away with the help of these removal tips from New
Zealand chemist Allan Campbell who recently retired from a detergent
and sanitisation company. The guide lists stains, from acids to wood
saps, in the left-hand frame with solutions on the right. Scroll to
the bottom to learn a few interesting facts from the laundry.
In a net shell: Bookmark it.

Free Translation
For a quick translation, try this free easy-to-use tool. Simply
enter or paste in your text and select a language (English, French,
German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese or Spanish). The site also
offers a free Web page translator. Just type in the site address,
hit the "translate" button and, voila.
In a net shell: Get the gist.

Guide to Free Online Photo Albums
While not the most attractive site, this free guide could save you
hours searching for online image storage. Compare the limits and
features of dozens of free photo albums which let you upload your
pictures for viewing by friends and family. Digitising your photos
is not failsafe but it's a back-up.
In a net shell: Snappy.

Ask the DreamDoctor
Discover your mind's secrets by unlocking your dreams with the
Dream Doctor, author and sleep expert Charles McPhee. Submit your
own dream, read interpretations of other people's nightime
adventures, consult the dictionary of symbols or pick up sleep
tips. Dream categories include men, women, seniors, common, romance,
lucid, supernatural and parents.
In a net shell: Wakey wakey.

25 Best Videos
It's a big call but this site claims to have the 25 funniest video
clips available on the Net. The gallery includes alien song, arm
wrestling, popping eyes, exploding whale, dogs, monkeys, elephants,
planes, trains, Clinton, Gates, sharks, chefs and computer
frustration. Enter only if with eyes and mind wide open.
In a net shell: Inbox relief.


8. Weekly chuckle

"Now that I'm older, here's what I've discovered:

1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

3. I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.

4. Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

5. All reports are in; life is now officially unfair.

6. If all is not lost, where is it?

7. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

8. Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.

9. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few...

10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

11. Accidents in the back seat cause...kids.

12. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.

13. Only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're
in the bathroom.

14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on
my knees.

15. When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone
decide to play chess?

16. It's not hard to meet expenses...they're everywhere.

17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter
...I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm here after.




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

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