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Eye on Brisbane


Volume 1, No. 12, 12/4/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 12 Eye on Brisbane April 12, 2000

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

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Whoah, what a week and it's only Wednesday.

What with the WIT awards last night, the Friday deadline for
expressions of interest in e-brisbane and a quarterly cancer
check-up this morning

Well, where's there's a will there's a way.

I've compiled links to (working) local web cams this week
see http://www.brizcomm.com.au/f-brizcam.htm

What's more, I've finally worked out a rate card for advertising
in this newsletter and on the brizcomm site.

Email me for your copy mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au

What's better, we already have several advertisers lined up so
get it while it's hot.

Web content work is piling up left, right and centre around town
which is great news for all you web-wannabe-writers stay tuned
for a few hot tips next week.


PS No tumour today, the cancer's gone away YAY!



1. Web content tip
2. Council e-tenders closing
3. New name in domains
4. April workshop
5. Women in technology (and other circuses)
6. Surf Club links
7. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

When sending mass emails, use the BCC function (blind carbon copy).

That way, you'll hide the other email addresses from the recipient
and protect the privacy of your contact list.

Never send a file bigger than about 1 megabyte in file size. Anything
larger will take ages to download, especially if the recipient
has a slow connection, or your ISP might not even send it on.

Better to zip up the file (ie compress it you can find lots of
free programs online) or upload it to the web and have your
friends view it there.

Try free storage sites such as http://www.driveway.com/
or http://www.click2send.com/

* I'm going to start storing a few of the more amusing email snippets
on brizcomm so do send me any attachments that tickled your funny bone
- but please virus check first and zip it if too big ;-)


2. Council e-tenders closing

If you want to lodge an expression of interest for Brisbane City
Council's grand high-tech vision, you'd better be quick.

E-tenders for "eBrisbane Networking Communities and Businesses"
close at noon on Friday, along with expressions of interest from
people willing to construct a relief sewer or collect dead animals.
Take your pick.

For details, see http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/ and click on the
"big E" at the bottom of the screen.


3. New name in domains

Cyber squatters rejoice: Australia has a new player in top-level
domain name registering, Maven Domain.

The Brisbane-based registrar has put together a "third time free"
deal to entice ISPs, web developers and amateur Net buffs to
register their domain names online.

Registration of the first name costs $95 (including all Internic
fees), the second name $95, and the third registration is free.

Maven also plans a partner program for ISPs and web developers
including bulk registration discounts and a secure area to
register client domains.

For more info, see http://www.mavendomain.com/
or call Jason Bird on 0419 309 544.


4. April workshop

Only a few places left now for next Wednesday's workshop so jump in
before it's too late.

I'm not planning another content workshop for the city for a while
just too dang busy.

For details, see http://www.brizcomm.com.au/


5. Women in Technology (and other circuses)

Brisbane women in IT were gazing at the ceiling on Tuesday night
and it wasn't glass.

Entertainment at the Scholarship 2000 Awards black-tie evening was
provided by the colourful Vulcana Women's Circus who made full use
of the stage at the Tivoli Theatre for their acrobatics and other
amusing antics.

Keynote speaker was Valda Berzins, CIO Australia Post.

The night was a great success and rivalled some other awards
evenings. Congrats to all the WIT supporters who organised the
champagne flute-studded show.

For details of the winners, check the WIT site later on:


6. Surf Club

Get Fit
Get fit online with the help of this Australian site featuring a
free library of illustrated exercises for specific body parts,
from shoulders to thighs. Personal fitness trainer Dean Piazza's
site also offers a 3D tour inside the human skeleton, upbeat
exercise music to download and an online calculator to figure
out your Body Mass Index. If you need inspiration, take a peek at
the bodies splendid in the image gallery.
In a net shell: Made to fit.

Unit Conversion
Bookmark this site if you often need to convert metric units to
other measurement units or vice versa. The Javascript-based
calculators allow you to type in a figure and instantly receive
the equivalent imperial value. Choose between calculators for
distance, length, weight or volume.
In a net shell: Number crunchers.

Race for the Rain forest
Every hour, six species are lost forever. In the past decade,
113 million rainforest acres have been destroyed. Of the 3000
plants with anti-cancer properties, 70% grow in rainforests.
These are the alarming facts on this site by Care2.com, which
has already saved hundreds of acres. By simply clicking the
"Save the Rain Forest" button, sponsors will donate cash on your
behalf. It costs you nothing but time and you could win a trip
In a net shell: Trees, please.

Buildings, Bridges and Tunnels
Readers with an engineering bent will enjoy this feature from
Discovery Online. Explore the interactive skyscraper timeline,
learn about the world's tallest buildings and try to build an
earthquake-proof skyscraper with the help of a quake simulator.
Tour the world's longest, tallest bridge and the largest tunnel
(both in Japan), view photos and live cams, play video clips,
take the quiz and see what the future has in store.
In a net shell: Dig it.

The Room
Enter "the room" to learn more about yourself through your
interior-decorating choices. Take the detailed analysis with a
grain of salt or pepper if you prefer. Psychological test or
parlour game? You decide (turn up the speakers for strange sound
In a net shell: Room with a view to the mind.

The Elephant House
Joseph Carey Merrick was London's famous Elephant Man, a gentle
intelligent man with a hideous, disfiguring disease. Learn about
his fascinating life, from slum to freak show to sanctuary, and
the people who made it worthwhile in this graphically intensive
In a net shell: Touching.

Customers Suck!
Anyone who has worked behind a counter will relate to this site
featuring tall tales and true about customers. Discover the
dumbest, grossest, funniest and most irritating things said or
done by customers. Learn the nicknames you might be given as a
customer, subtle ways of toying with you and the dos and don'ts
of being a good customer.
In a net shell: Stories from the front line.


7. Weekly chuckle

All those backups seemed a waste of pay.
Now my database has gone away.
Oh I believe in yesterday.

There's not half the files there used to be,
And there's a mill stone hanging over me
The system crashed so suddenly.

I pushed something wrong
What it was I could not say.

Now all my data's gone
and I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.

The need for backups seemed so far away.
I knew my data was all here to stay,
Now I believe in yesterday.

(author unknown)


Surf's up no need to be bored.

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

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