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Volume 1, No. 10, 29/3/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 10 April Fool March 29, 2000

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

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So much for not getting caught out as an April Fool this millennium.

Those of you living in reality might have picked up my small error
at the end of last week's newsletter urging you to take care on
April Fool's Day "this Saturday".

That's what I get for sneaking away to the beach on a Thursday for
a quick break you lose all track of time in the surf, the real
or virtual variety.

Perhaps the local government election confused me (poll, fool).

Fools rush in . . .


PS Thanks to those of you who responded to the Brisbane News survey
- I appreciate your support (and hope you win the weekend away).



1. Web content tip
2. Awards news
3. Book winners
4. April workshop
5. Free online translators
6. Surf Club links
7. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Before you send out an online press release to promote your site,
you might like to check this list:

* keep your intro/lead to 30 words or fewer (ie sum up the release
in the first sentence)

* cut the hype (just the facts without the embroidery it wastes
time and space)

* keep it short and focused (about half-a-dozen paragraphs of no
more than a couple of sentences in each par)

* check you've answered the five Ws and H (ie who, what, when,
where, why and how)

* include your contact details (ie name, title, email, site address,
phone number)

* cut and paste release into body of message rather than as an
attachment (virus risk)

* don't phone to see if the email arrived (journos receive dozens
of media releases daily)


2. Awards news

Don't believe everything you read. The Asia-Pacific Queensland
IT&T Awards have been launched and, despite what you might see
on the official site, nominations have not yet closed.

New events co-ordinator Daniela Rizzato assures me you will be
able to make nominations once the new site is uploaded at

I'm sure many of us in the web industry can sympathise with
"technical difficulties", right?

Meanwhile Women in Information Technology (WIT), Queensland's
premier organisation for women in IT, invites you to attend the
presentation of awards for the WIT/DMR Consulting Scholarship
Program 2000.

The black-tie (or should that be hair-tie) event at the Tivoli
Theatre in the Valley on Tuesday, 11 April, will feature great
food, drinks and live entertainment by Vulcana Women's Circus.

RSVP is Monday, 3 April, so best get your skates on. For
details contact Jill Connor on 3272 4588 or teams@powerup.com.au


3. Book winners

Geez, the amazing response to the book comp made choosing a winner
a tough job.

I took the coward's way out and decided to give it to the first
entry in my inbox: Susan Hey (Senjen and Guthrey's The Internet For
Women) and Michelle Macklin (Dale Spender's Nattering on the Net).

If you'd both like to email me your postal addresses, I'll find
a couple of large snails to dispatch the books to you.

To the rest of you who wrote in, thanks and don't worry more
books are on their way and you're first on the list.


4. April workshop

Don't tell me I've already exhausted the pool of people around town
who need to know the ins and outs of web content?

If you know anyone in need of my know-how, do let him/her know the
Next Web Content Workshop is set for Wednesday, 19 April, at the

Visit http://www.brizcomm.com.au/for details or email me.


5. Free online translators

Brisbane-based company Worldlingo.com offers a range of translation
tools and services to help anybody seeking a truly global market.

These include:
* free machine translation
* instant email translation
* free web site translation
* fast human translations
* translation tools for multilingual browsing.

For more details, see http://www.worldlingo.com/


6. Surf Club

When your Web site goes down, so does your traffic. Netwhistle.com
will email you or your pager with detailed error information when
your host's system has problems and visitors can't access your site,
send email or make a transaction. The basic site monitoring service
is free and easy to set up just enter you URL (site address) and
email address.
In a net shell: Online lifeline.

Living In Brisbane
If you or somebody you know is considering a move to Brisbane, find
out what it's like to live here with the help of this site created
by a local entertainment company for potential employees. The
day-to-day section covers basic costs, from pizza and beer to
furniture and housing. Other information and links cover transport
(public and private), weekly entertainment guides, consulates,
climate, currency and suburban case studies.
In a net shell: Moving on up.

The Multi-cultural Recycler
Create art from disembodied live web cam images from cyberspace. When
you click on the "recycler", it grabs the latest images from an
assortment of cameras and digitally processes them to create a
"recycled" version. If you prefer, make your own "cultural compost"
by selecting specific cameras or recycling images created by other
visitors. Follow the links to the source of your art and exhibit
your creation for others to recycle.
In a net shell: Life recycled.

Test Your Pet IQ
Test your pet IQ (that's your IQ, not your pet's) with these online
quizzes. Topics include cat and dog breeds, flea facts, fact or
fiction, vitamins and minerals, winter holiday hazards and cattle
In a net shell: Furry smart.

All About Vision
Do you have computer vision syndrome? Take a test to find out at
this site offering "virtually everything in sight". Take a quick
test to see if laser surgery is right for you, find out how to pick
winter sports eyewear or contact lenses, eye off the latest look in
the movies, learn how nutrition affects your eyes, discover vision
facts for teens and over 40s, and read what every parent should know.
In a net shell: Site for sore eyes.

The Edgar Allan Poe Cryptographic Challenge
Want to win $2500? Edgar Allan Poe had a fascination with cryptograms
and solved all but two puzzles sent to him by magazine readers. The
first puzzle was solved in 1992 but the second cryptogram remains a
157-year-old mystery. Some people believe that Poe himself created
the two stumpers. Follow the links to Poe sites who knows, you
might find a clue and win the famous challenge.
In a net shell: Cryptic.

You don't have to be a rock climber to enjoy the stunning photography
on this site. Climbing enthusiasts will also enjoy the articles,
advice, humour, fiction, tips, news, events, trip reports, area
guides and route information for the international climbing
In a net shell: Don't look down.


7. Weekly chuckle

An IT Person and a Management Person Meet
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realises he is lost.
He reduces height and spots a man below.

He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you
tell me where I am?"

The man below says: "Yes you're in a hot air balloon, hovering
30 feet above this field."

"You must work in Information Technology," says the balloonist.

"I do," replies the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is
technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone."

The man below says: "You must work in management."

"I do," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where
you're going, but you expect me to be able to help; and you're
in the same position as you were before we met, but now
it's my fault."



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

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