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Colour Your Week


Volume 1, No. 5, 23/2/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 5 Colour Your Week February 23, 2000

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

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Rainy days and Wednesdays always make me productive. Must have
something to do with the fact you can't get out into the garden.

The big Net news this week was Telstra's hinting at offering
free access before too long. As a chronic surfer shackled with
regular excess usage charges, free quality access would be a
dream come true. Wireless, cable, pigeon ... who cares, as
long as more people get to experience the wonders of the web –
without the world wide wait.

Fingers crossed.




1. Web content tip
2. New workshop
3. Teachers' workshop
4. Free Intro to the Net
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

The psychology of colour is always a popular topic at my workshops
so I thought you might appreciate a few links from a recent feature
in the www.webreference.com newsletter:

Institute for Color Research (interesting stats)

"Colors are part of your message" (so is background music – aargh!)

Color Matters (colour theory)

Color Matters (perception differences between genders)

ColorServe (nifty Java colour wheel to help you choose)

Lynda Weinman's charts (organised by hue or value)

Webmaster's Color Planning Laboratory (interactive graphic)

What Color (tool to identify RGB value as well as colour name)

cultural meanings of colours

There's a lot more to colour than meets the eye. Savvy web
developers understand the differences.


2. New workshop

I've set the date for the next Web Content Workshop. It's Wednesday
22 March at the Gabba. See www.brizcomm.com.au for more details.
If you've already been to a workshop and enjoyed it, do spread the
word. If you haven’t been to one, treat yourself. Better content on
the web is in everyone's interests (and the lunch isn't half bad
either). Book early, it's filling quickly.


3. Calling all teachers, librarians, aides

I might be flogging a dead horse here but a few seats are still
going begging for Friday’s special Web Content Workshop for school
staff. Why should students have all the fun.


4. Free Introduction to the Internet

As part of International Women's Day, Distributed Systems
Technology Centre (DSTC) is presenting two free evening sessions,
"Introduction to the Internet", on Thursday, 2 March. The sessions are
specifically aimed at women from the legal, business and health
sectors who have little or no experience of the Internet. More
information is available at http://www.dstc.qut.edu.au/iwd/


5. Surf Club

SEA - Language Translation Lab
Business users on the Web are three times more likely to purchase if
addressed in their native language, according to research. If you
want to translate your site into other languages, try Brisbane’s
language translation and localisation laboratory at Software
Engineering Australia. SEA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to
growing a successful software industry, also offers multilingual
promotion help, including search engine registration.
In a net shell: Go the globe.

Gaming Machine Community Benefit Fund
If you know of a community organisation in need of extra funds for
a new computer, festival or other one-off project, direct the members
to the online home of Queensland's Gaming Machine Community Benefit
Fund. Non-profit groups, including school P&Cs, can apply for grants
of $15,000 or more from the coffers created by levies on poker
machines, Keno and wagering tax collections in clubs and hotels.
In a net shell: Worth a bet.

Fragrance Finder
"Marilyn Monroe immortalised her signature scent when, after being
asked what she wore to sleep in, she famously replied: "Chanel No. 5."
Finding a new fragrance can be a daunting task when you consider that
women have a choice of more than 500 varieties. Discover your fragrance
personality, or that of a friend, with this quiz by master perfumer
Claude Dir of Quest International.
In a net shell: Uncommon scents.

Seniors Enquiry Line
By the year 2011, more than one in five Australians will be aged over
65 and many will be proficient Web surfers. These custodians of our
culture and history are more likely to provide financial and practical
assistance to families than receive it. Those are the facts behind this
new government-supported service operated by Lifeline to link seniors
with community information, from accommodation to leisure). Browse
through the directory, fact sheets, seminars, newsletters, message
board or call 1300 135 500.
In a net shell: Priority to seniority.

The ability to touch type is a distinct advantage in today's
communication race, including fast-talking chat rooms. If you missed
out at school, teach yourself online with this free typing tutor.
Lessons are divided into kids, teens and adults. The format is
friendly and fun, particularly if you're wired for sound. Bonus
features include games, tests and charts.
In a net shell: Get with the program.

Feeling blue or just been diagnosed with an embarrassing condition
and want to know more? Chat with Dr George online for free, 24 hours
a day, in your preferred language. Just give a name, age, sex and
location and the good doctor (or one of his volunteer GPs) will open
a private online consultation chat window just for you. (PS Medical
information provided is not intended to substitute for personal
In a net shell: If pain persists…

Need some space? For your Web site, that is. Consult this web-hosting
guide to find the best free space providers in cyberspace. Use the
search agent or browse the complete list. Look at the special pages
for free hosting of business sites, non-profit organizations or
game sites. You'll also find a guide to free disk storage space for
all those photos of the cats.
In a net shell: Free associates.


6. Weekly chuckle
The Devil and Jesus decide to have a computer programming contest.

God counts down ... 3 2 1 Go! and they begin typing and programming
furiously. After a while, tremendous lightning flashes, thunder
erupts, the power goes off and the contest is stopped.

When power is restored, God asks to see what the Devil has programmed
and the Devil responds: "C'mon God, the power went out, we lost

God walks over to Jesus' computer and asks to see what he has done
and Jesus hits a key. Glorious graphics scroll across the screen and
a mutimedia routine kicks in. The Devil just looks on dumbfounded.

He asks how could that be, the power went off.

God replied: "Come on Devil, everyone knows that Jesus saves."


Nice talking with you. See you in cyberspace.

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

(c) 2000 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

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