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Happy International Women's Day


Volume 1, No. 7, 8/3/2000


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Volume 1, No. 7 Happy International Women's Day March 8, 2000

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

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Don't know about you but international "anything" days generally
don't light my fire.

Perhaps I spent too long in newspapers writing too many stories
about too many celebratory days for too many good causes.

But today, International Women's Day, has extra significance for me:
my only sister, Kylie, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Charlie
Stuart, this week.

While I realise babies are born every minute, the miracle of birth
never ceases to amaze me. How you can carry around another human
being inside your body for nine months and then, overnight, deliver
him to the world, is a staggering achievement.

The work doesn't stop there, as any parent knows. Still, I reckon
women deserve an international day, whether or not they've
given birth.

As author Joan Brady says, we're all universal mothers to every
child we encounter - as role models who believe in children's
dreams because we believe in our own (to learn more, read the book
review on the Family & Friends page of brizcomm's community section).

Sorry, fellas (you deserve your own day too). Enough fluff
and on with the show.


PS THE best baby site - complete with personalised emails advising
what baby should be doing, eating or playing each week - is:



1. Web content tip
2. How to hire a web designer
3. Shave for a Cure to cancer
4. Web content writing work
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

When creating web pages, choose meaningful file names to help
you and your visitors find the pages easily.

People using Macs or old web browsers may not even be able to
view your pages unless you follow the rules:

* Use no more than eight alphabet letters or numerals for the
file name and three for the suffix (eg content.htm rather than

* Don't start with a numeral (eg 8content.htm) but it's okay,
and often helpful, to end with a number (eg content8.htm).

* Avoid using special characters (eg ? * > & % ) ~)
- some are used for dynamic pages.

* Use real words or keywords if possible - some search
engines will count them which will boost your rating.


2. How to Hire a Web Site Designer

In this PC Week article, Susan Butler covers common sticking points
such as intellectual property, site maintenance, ownership, testing,
warranty and payment.


3. Shave for a Cure

Having had a run-in with malignant lymphoma myself last year, I
fully appreciate the work by cancer researchers (not to mention
the doctors, nurses and radiation staff).

Queensland Minister of Communication and Information Terry
Mackenroth, who also recently had a cancer scare, has accepted
the IT industry's challenge to "Shave for a Cure".

Terry goes under the razor on Friday, 17 March, in Brisbane's
Queen Street Mall to raise money for cancer research.

He has thrown the challenge back to the IT industry to support
the cause by pledging a donation to the Leukemia Foundation.

Asia-Pacific IT magazine will run a special story on the Minister's
"close shave" and a "Scroll of IT Corporate and Community Angels".

The scroll will be made up of people, corporations or institutions
donating $50 or more to Terry's "Shave for a Cure" commitment.

The soon-to-be-bald Minister will accept the scroll at the launch of
the Asia-Pacific Queensland IT&T Awards - http://www.iib.qld.gov.au/ -
on 21 March.

To make a donation, email terry.mackenroth@ministerial.qld.gov.au
Cheques can be made out to the Leukemia Foundation and forwarded
to Terry Mackenroth, PO Box 31, Brisbane Albert Street Qld 4002


4. Web content writing work

I've had several offers of work this week and one was through my
listing on the digital marketplace http://www.content-exchange.com/
If you're serious about finding content writing gigs, sign up at
the site. By the way, I still have a few places left for the Web
Content Workshop on Wednesday, 22 March, at Gabba Towers.
For details, see http://www.brizcomm.com.au/


5. Surf Club

According to research, parents need not feel guilty about having
an only child, mother baboons do not call back to a lost crying
child and optimists live longer. You'll find lots of interesting
information at this portal site created by the American Psychological
Association. PsycPORT.com features breaking news about psychology,
books, articles and a search engine.
In a net shell: Mind matters.

http://www.winetoday.com/If you know your wines, bookmark the home
of this massive database featuring more than 5000 reviews. Other
offerings include wine of the week and a personal wine sleuth to
email you know when the site reviews a wine matching your criteria.
You can then list your favourites in your virtual cellar. The
Californian site also offers news, opinions, a wineries database,
events and auctions.
In a net shell: Top of the pops.

Quiz Your Brain
Do you know what music does to you? Find out with this short
"true-or-false" quiz about the effect of music on your brain.
No cheating, now.
In a net shell: Tune up.

Bandwidth Speed Test
Don't let a slow connection drag down your day. Test your bandwidth
speed to see if it's just you, your modem, ISP (Internet Service
Provider) or elsewhere. The test is actually on two web pages, each
with a hidden data file in the header. When either page loads, it
notes the time before and after the data loaded to calculate your
rate. Read the questions and answers at the bottom of the page to
bring yourself up to speed.
In a net shell: Faster, faster.

Australian Free Internet
Tired of your Net connection dropping out or your modem getting
engaged signals? Fed up with being charged for excess hours or
downloads? Sick of being placed on hold for 20 minutes by tech
support? Try this site listing free Internet Service Providers
(ISPs), tips and tricks, and news about free surfing.
In a net shell: Surfing freestyle.

No need to use up spare space on your own hard drive to store
your favourite digital music from the Net. MyPlay lets you store,
organise, play and share your MP3 music collection online. You not
only get a generous 250mb of space but you can download new free
tracks at the site.
In a net shell: Rocking good idea.

Funny Films
For funny, strange and just plain weird video clips, drop by this
site. Category titles include hilarious, crashes and injuries,
parodies and satires, amazing feats, and idiots caught on tape.
If naked parachutists and over-amorous rhinos make you laugh,
you'll appreciate this site. Clips are updated weekly.
In a net shell: Ouch.


6. Weekly chuckle

An English professor wrote the words, "Woman without her man is
nothing", on the blackboard and directed the students to
punctuate it correctly.

The men wrote: "Woman, without her man, is nothing."

The women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."


The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mummy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mum knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE ~ Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE ~ Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 YEARS OF AGE ~ That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE ~ Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 YEARS OF AGE ~ Before we decide, let's get Mum's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wonder what Mum would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wish I could talk it over with Mum.


See you next week.

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

(c) 2000 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

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