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One year on and counting


Volume 1, No. 22, 21/6/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 22 One year on and counting June 21, 2000

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

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What a difference 12 months can make.

This time last year, I was preparing to face a bone marrow biopsy
to determine whether the malignant tumour in my right eye had spread.

Fortunately, the results were in my favour but during the long wait
for the verdict I vowed to make the most of every day from then on.

Tomorrow, I'll spend the day teaching a dozen people the ins and
outs of web content. Sure beats a hollow knitting needle through
the hip.

In cyberspace, where time is marked in "dog years", you can't waste
a minute or you'll be left behind.

The age of the average dotcom millionaire is about 12 (or so it would
seem) and counting down.

Don't postpone your plans to acquire new skills.

Act today and start enjoying the new freedom and possibilities
offered by new media and the new economy.

Tomorrow might be too late.


PS Next week I'll be writing from sunny Singapore.



1. Web content tip
2. Power networking
3. Free Macromedia seminar
4. Spellbinding stories
5. Columnists fired up
6. Surf Club links
7. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Web site awards are not always an indication of great content.

Too often, the glory goes to the "bells and whistle" merchants,
the sites that look "cool" but have little substance.

Still, anything that can raise your site's profile and attract
more eyeballs is worth a shot.

For awards galore, read Poor Richard's article:



2. Power networking

If you want to work in the Net industry, you must network.

You'll not only ward off the loneliness that can come with working
for yourself but you'll make valuable new contacts.

Pick up a few tips and tricks in this article from ework.com:



3. Free Macromedia seminar

Macromedia is hosting more "Build for Speed" web-publishing
seminars next week.

No experience is necessary and you're welcome to attend whether
database administrator, web engineer, IT manager, professional
developer, content writer, designer or absolute beginner.

Dreamweaver UltraDev and Generator 2 Enterprise Edition will be
in action.

Dates are:
* Brisbane 30 June
* Sydney - 26 June
* Melbourne - 28 June

You can also attend an intermediate to advanced session on
Dreamweaver and Macromedia Flash/Generator.

For more information and to register, visit:


4. Spellbinding stories

"Mystery, Magic, Voodoo and The Holy Grail" is a new paperback
collection from leading Australian storytellers in sci-fi, fantasy
and horror.

Authors include Traci Harding, Beverley Harper, Ian Irvine, Louise
Katz, Caiseal Mor, Kim Wilkins, Tess Williams and Louise Cusack.

If you'd like a free copy of the book to review for brizcomm,
email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

The proud new owner of last week's offering, "Shape Up Australia"
by Trevor Hendy and Sam Reilly, was Andrew Fox in Toowoomba.


5. Columnists fired up

brizcomm's resident columnists have been pounding their keyboards
with extra gusto this week.

Old Grumpy is on the warpath over grammatical standards (or the
lack thereof) while Koo targets vacationing Victorians.

Pollyanna has a heart-warming piece about the merits of mum's home
cooking and bread 'n' butter pud.

Visit http://www.brizcomm.com.au for the latest instalments (and
email the writers if you feel so inclined they welcome feedback).

* the host server is down tonight so tune in tomorrow (hopefully).


6. Surf Club
* all reviews are hotlinked at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/f-surf.htm

La Bastille: A Tech House Art Installation
A group of American students created history when they switched on
the largest work of installation art to appear on Rhode Island.
The 12-storey structure also happened to be the world's largest
fully functioning Tetris game containing 11 custom-built circuit
boards and more than 10,000 Christmas lights. The artwork,
code-named La Bastille, transformed Brown University's Sciences
Library into a giant video display allowing people to play a game
of Tetris that could be seen for miles.
In a net shell: Mega bricks.

AntiVirus Resources
If you're seeking an independent resource for anti-virus information
and software, try this one. You'll find links to alerts, developers,
news and reference sites, research papers, attacks and recovery,
firewalls, privacy protection, reviews and testing, and virus
encyclopaedia. See the top 10 sites or find out what's new and
In a net shell: Use protection.

Witbone Funny Kolumns by Kids
If your kid is a budding wit, here's her or his chance for global
fame. Witbone is a new site seeking to display, promote and celebrate
the funny writings and artworks of pre-school to pre-teenaged children.
Original contributions can be funny poems, puns, riddles, recipes
and short stories by kid based on funny facts, fiction or fairy tales.
For inspiration, read 10-year-old Meagan's "Little Red, I Mean Green,
Riding Hood". Written parental consent is required.
In a net shell: Kid wits.

Send an e-card with attitude courtesy of New Yorker magazine.
Select a classic cartoon from categories such as birthdays, dogs,
lawyers and computers.
In a net shell: You talkin' to me?

Find your way in the world when you're living overseas with
PlanetExpat. Enter the orientation section for answers to
dilemmas such as "should I rent or buy", "do we pack woollies",
or "what schools can the kids attend"? The news and travel sections
will let you know where and where not to poke around while you're
over there.
In a net shell: Home page away from home.

If you don't have the need or know-how to build your own web site,
create a virtual corkboard. You can post messages, photos and links
on your own private online page in seconds. It's free and easy
(if you can send email, you can create your own eBoard).
In a net shell: Surf board.

Flag Magic
Pick a flag, any flag and see if the computer can read your mind.
Make sure you keep your finger firm on the screen as you scroll
down each page.
In a net shell: Heist the flag.

Telework Connection
Do you have what it takes to work from home? Employers, employees,
communities and the environment benefit from workers staying at
home but not everyone is cut out for telecommuting. Learn how to
battle "home alone" syndrome and the "chore wars" or pick up tips
on setting up a home office.
In a net shell: Home work.

Search66.com is an Australian-developed meta, or parallel, search
engine (ie it gathers and filters results from multiple search
engines at once, including Australian engines). Its creators,
Australian Cybermalls and Brisbane-based web company Intervations,
claim Search66 is Australia's first meta searcher and offers
searches four times better than stand-alone engines.
In net shell: New seekers.

St Andrews Golf Cam
Catch an exclusive view of the tee-off in the British Open Golf
Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. The camera, mounted on the
roof of the Old Course Hotel Resort and Spa, keeps you in the driver's
seat with pan, tilt and zoom power.
In a net shell: Fore fun.


7. Weekly chuckle

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources manager
asked a young engineer fresh out of uni: "And what starting salary
were you looking for?"

The engineer said: "In the neighbourhood of $125,000 a year, depending
on the benefits package."

The interviewer: "Well, what would you say to a package of five
weeks' vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company
matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased
every two years - say, a red Corvette?"

The engineer sat up straight and said: "Wow! Are you kidding?"

And the interviewer replied: "Yeah, but you started it."


Remember the words of Dilbert:
"On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key."


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

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