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First Day of Autumn


Volume 1, No. 6, 1/3/2000


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Volume 1, No. 6 First Day of Autumn March 1, 2000

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

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Ah, the first day of autumn, or fall as some of our friends in
the northern hemisphere would say.

Makes you want to grab a rake and show those leaves who's boss, yes?
Not me. I've welcomed in the changing seasons with a head cold
just made for winter, chicken noodle soup and midday movies.

Still, the show must go on. That's the beauty of working from home
- your bedroom is only just down the hall.




1. Web content tip
2. Content writer wanted
3. Scholarships for women in IT
4. March workshop
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Reading from a screen is difficult enough. Avoid the following:
* long paragraphs (keep them to one or two sentences)
* ALL CAPITAL LETTERS for body copy (stop shouting at me!)
* too much use of bold and/or italics (does your page have measles?)
* ragged left or centred text (too hard to line up with the eye)
* too many different fonts (what are you trying to prove?)
* text spread across the entire screen width (it's not a novel)
* light text over dark backgrounds (or red on blue)
* busy backgrounds, heavy watermarks or tiles (aargh)
* flashing icons and rules (stop distracting me or I'm gone).


2. Content writer wanted

Heard on the grapevine that Newstead-based web development firm
Caios is looking for content writers and project managers. Email
HR manager Todd Campbell via toddc@caios.com.au The company web
site is http://www.caios.com.au/


3. WIT/DMR Consulting Scholarship Program 2000

Want to win an ACER Laptop computer, MCSE certified course,
Microsoft software, cash towards HECS fees, paid work experience
in the IT industry or an executive woman's designer wardrobe?

Are you a woman of vision whose leadership, professional excellence
and new ways of thinking help you stand out from the crowd?

Women in Information Technology (WIT), Queensland’s premier
organisation for women in the Information Technology and
Telecommunications industries, has launched its annual scholarship
program for career development.

The five scholarship awards, each valued to $10,000, are:

WIT Undergraduate Scholarship - supporting and encouraging a
full-time female undergraduate majoring in IT at a South-east
Queensland university. The runner-up is also rewarded.

Postgraduate/Honours Scholarship - will recognise a woman
undertaking postgraduate studies in IT.

Executive Woman Award - to better prepare executive women who
play a valuable role in supporting Australian companies – and to
encourage more women with IT skills on to company boards.

Technical Woman Award - provides a training track to achieve
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) status for an
outstanding woman in a technical role.

Rural/Regional Woman Award - rewards a woman who is making a
difference in the rural/regional community using IT.

Applications close 5pm on 16 March so best be quick.
Winners will be announced at a black tie event on 11 April at
The Tivoli Theatre.

For more information contact the WIT Secretariat at
info@wit.org.au, phone 3272 4588, or visit http://www.wit.org.au.


4. March workshop

The Web Content Workshop for Wednesday, 22 March, at Gabba Towers
already has several bookings. See http://www.brizcomm.com.au/


5. Surf Club

Test Your Design IQ
Think you have what it takes to be a graphic designer? Take this
quiz and find out. You'll be given an immediate score, with brief
explanations for each answer, along with an email evaluation. The
whole exercise is actually a clever marketing ploy by a design
school but it's fun and you might learn something.
In a net shell: Creative knowledge.

Cost of Living Estimators
If you're hankering to work in another Australian capital city it
might pay to compare the cost of living first. The on-line calculator
takes into account the cost of groceries, alcohol, petrol and
household goods as well as average mortgage repayments and rents.
You can also find out how much you need to earn to maintain your
standard of living in another country.
In a net shell: Moving up.

Glimpse into the lives, traditions and cultures of people who are
changing rapidly with western technology. Ironically, this
graphics-intensive site employs the very latest Web technology to
provide a dynamic virtual tour of 1200 "rare and extraordinary
objects" from major museums and private collections".
In a net shell: Magnificent.

Access Brisbane
Access Brisbane is the latest addition to the Brisbane Stories
family of community Web sites. As well as a guide to access and
facilities for people with disabilities, you'll find personal
stories, art and feedback. Search the database by region, suburb
or category for a ranked list of accessible place or dip into the
resources for links to other sites.
In a net shell: Accessible.

The Crop Circular
Crop circles have been around (if you'll excuse the pun) since
1678 but they've exploded since 1990. Today, more than 9000 cases
have been reported, about 90 per cent of them from England. Are
they created by sound, UFOs, mischievous humans or our subconscious?
Hoax or real phenomenon? You decide with the help of researcher and
lecturer Freddy Silva's comprehensive site.
In a net shell: Seeds of doubt.

What Is...every file format in the world
If somebody sent you an email with a strange attachment you don't
know how to open, find out what sort of file it is with the help of
this list of file name extensions or suffixes. Each listing
includes a brief description of the format. It's a start, at least.
In a net shell: A to Zip.

If you always wanted an ant farm as a kid, here's your chance.
This site claims to be "the definitive site for ant enthusiasts".
In a net shell: Up the ante.


6. Weekly chuckle

10 Commandments of Email

Thou shalt include a clear and specific subject line.

Thou shalt edit any quoted text down to the minimum thou needest.

Thou shalt read thine own message thrice before thou sendest it.

Thou shalt ponder how thy recipient might react to thy message.

Thou shalt check thy spelling and thy grammar.

Thou shalt not curse, flame, spam or USE ALL CAPS.

Thou shalt not forward any chain letter (Am I guilty?).

Thou shalt not use email for any illegal or unethical purpose.

Thou shalt not rely on the privacy of email, especially from work.

When in doubt, save thy message overnight and re-read it in the
light of the dawn.

And, here's the "Golden Rule" of email:

That which thou findest hateful to receive,
sendest thou not unto others.


That's it for this week. Don't forget your vitamin C.

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

(c) 2000 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

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