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Life in the jungle


Volume 1, No. 20, 7/6/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 20 Life in the jungle June 7, 2000

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

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Sorry about the delay with last week's newsletter.

I did send it out Wednesday night as usual but, due to "technical
difficulties" at listbot.com, it took three days to cross the

I'll give it another shot tonight and, if problems persist, we'll
swap to a new list server or board a ship.

Thanks for your patience.


PS don't forget the next web content workshop for Brisbane is
on Thursday, 22 June. Singapore is 29 June and 5 July.



1. Web content tip
2. Rules of the jungle
3. Join the dots
4. Book winner
5. Tune up your PC
6. New columnists
7. Surf Club links
8. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

The web was built through reciprocal linking and recommendation from
other sites is still among the best free publicity.

Ensure you include a links page on your site but don't place it too
high in your site tree (ie don't have a direct link to it from your
home page).

If your links page is too prominent, you risk losing your visitors
through the back door before they're barely set foot at the front.

The best way to encourage other sites to link to you is to offer
clear and engaging content.

Search for sites with a similar target audience and request, via a
brief email, a reciprocal link (ie you link to my site and I'll
link to yours).

If you have more than one screen of links, break the list into
categories - include anchor links at the top of the page to
jump to the respective categories further down the page.

Use bullets if the addresses break into two lines.

Be sure to display the name of the site, company or organisation and
the complete URL (web address). Don't hide the address in a hyperlink.

To save your readers' time, include a one-sentence summary of the
site or its best features.

Last but not least, test all links before uploading cobwebs grow
quickly in cyberspace.


2. Rules of the jungle

Pick up project management tips from a specialist at a Brisbane
seminar on Thursday, June 15.

The seminar will focus on the practical side of IT project management
and on areas that matter in small to medium business enterprise (SME).

Speaker Murray Wood, founder and managing director of IT Projx Pty
Ltd,has a strong technical background in systems design, construction
and implementation.

The seminar is from 6pm to 8pm in sofware Engineering Australia's
seminar room at 107 Quay Street.

Cost is $10 for SEA members, $25 non-members. RSVP to Cathy Norris
for a registration form cathy.norris@sea.net.au


3. Join the dots

The business cards flowed freely at the Lime `N Soda Bar above
Hotel LA in Brisbane's Caxton Street last night.

Hundreds of entrepreneurs (green dots), service providers (yellow dots)
and venture capitalists (red dots) rubbed shoulders to do deals at the
fourth monthly networking function for First Tuesday SEQ.

Guest speaker Andrew Roberts, 22-year-old CEO of Ephox and creator
of Editlive!, discussed the challenges his company has faced in
securing investment both in Australia and overseas.

First Tuesday SEQ plans to hold the August function at the Gold
Coast. For more information, contact a committee member:
Gavin Barnes or Karl Scott at redchip@redchip.com.au
Liz Manning at liz.manning@sea.net.au
Andrea Sackson at asackson@bbscom.com.au


4. Book winner

Callista Cooper is the winner of the two new sci-fi and fantasy
titles from Voyager: Robert Silverberg's "Majipoor Chronicles"
and Barbara Hambly's "Knight of the Demon Queen".

They should make interesting reviews on brizcomm.


5. Tune up your PC

You don't have to be a geek to work in the web industry but, when
things go wrong, it would help.

An ounce of prevention is much cheaper than a cure so learn the
basics of computer maintenance from the aptly named Chip
Brookshaw in this two-part series, "10 Tips for a Healthier PC",
from eWork.com.



6. New columnists

Keeping up with the new content on brizcomm each Wednesday is
starting to keep me busy.

This week, columnist Old Grumpy seeks help in understanding the
animal lingo in sport while new columnist, Pollyanna, shares the
joys of retiring in a small country town.

Resident Brisbane NetWit Carol Smith has recruited fellow NetWits
John Martin, from Canberra, and Peter West, from Perth.

That brings to five the total number of Australasian NetWits on
Brizcomm (rather have the full Wits than halfwits).

This week's topics range from circumcision to Queensland winters.

Visit http://www.brizcomm.com.au/ for your free humour sample.


7. Surf Club

CareFlight Queensland
Want to know how to escape from a submerged plane or learn the latest
wilderness skills and child emergency care? CareFlight Queensland
offers a range of adrenalin-pumping training courses on the official
site of the community-based non-profit air medical and rescue
helicopter service. You'll also find accounts of recent dramatic
missions, photos, news, crew profiles, fund-raising (including
merchandise), details about the Bell 412 helicopter (with sound file),
and links to police and emergency services.
In a net shell: Good cause.

Beyond 2000
Open a window to the future with the online companion to the
long-running TV show. You'll find easy-to-digest daily science and
technology news (with related links), extensive archives, interviews
with luminaries, and a forum.
In a net shell: See the future.

Coolest Place on Earth Today
Want to know the coolest place on earth today? Take a break from
the everyday with this site and free newsletter featuring today's
happening places on the planet as well as useful links. Fancy a
spot of Greek firewalking or watching the great wildebeest
migration? Brisbane's cockroach races even rate a mention. Plan
your holiday with the top 10 lists.
In a net shell: Out of this world.

Tiny Travelers
If you're planning to travel with infants or toddlers, don't forget
to pack your sense of humour (and a spare just in case). This site
is loaded with trips, tips, health advice (from motion sickness to
ear troubles), gear and entertainment ideas, and tales on the message
In a net shell: Are we there yet?

Fancy a flick but can't afford the popcorn? This site boasts the
largest collection of free online films, with more than 1,000
offerings from cartoons to full-length features. You can also brush
up on movie news and trivia or vote for the top 20. Registration is
In a net shell: Free reeling.

LiveWave, a live network for broadcast-quality interactive video, has
partnered with Zoo New England to offer a live full-motion video from
the gorilla exhibit. You can also view sharks and penguins on the
site's other cams.
In a net shell: Zoo zoom.

Virtual Caffeine
Need a caffeine fix but don't have time to make one? Click here for
an instant jolt.
In a net shell: Hot.


8. Weekly chuckle

One day, a wealthy man was riding down a street in the back of his

Turning a corner, he looked out the window and noticed two men on
the side of the road eating grass. He ordered his driver to stop
and got out to investigate.

"Why are you eating grass?" he asked one man.

"Because, sir, we don't have money for food," the poor man replied.

"Well, come along with me then!"

"But, sir, I have a wife and two kids."

"Bring them along! And you come too," he said to the second man.

"But, sir, I have a wife and seven kids."

"Bring them all," the wealthy man said.

So all of them piled into the limo, which was no easy task even
though the wealthy man's limo was one of the biggest.

Once under way, one of the poor fellows said, "Sir, we really
appreciate your kindness."

The rich man replied, "No, it is I who appreciate all of you! The
grass at my house is three feet tall."


Watch out for snakes in the long grass of the jungle.


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

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