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Vol. 2, No. 14, 25/4/2001


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Vol. 2, No. 14 Peace April 25, 2001

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

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Another Anzac Day has marched by giving Aussies and Kiwis another
day off and a chance to reflect on the sacrifices of previous
generations in the battle for peace.

When you think about what happened at Gallipoli on this day in 1915,
the so-called tech stocks "disaster" quickly gains perspective.

It's only money, after all.


PS If you can't face going back to work tomorrow, I have a few spare
seats for the E-newsletters Workshop in Brisbane. Call me first thing
on 041 771 8683 if you'd like to attend (you can pay later).

PPS I have spare seats for next week's Sydney Web Content Workshop
- book online at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/

NEW: Next Web Content Workshop for Brisbane on June 21-22.


1. Web content tip - Don't give up on content
2. There's gold in them thar quills
3. The Y Files (Q&A)
4. Columns
5. Surf Club
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly thought


e-reality, a benchmark seminar about all aspects of e-commerce and
an initiative of AIIA members, will be at the Brisbane Convention
Centre on Tuesday, May 15, 7.30am-12.30pm. Only $99 per person (incl.
GST and a hot breakfast). Speakers include Paul Lucas, Rod Badger,
John Turnbull, Hamish Fraser, Bruce Rasmussen and Mark Hayward.
Download details at or
phone Martin Lack & Associates on 61 (0) 7 3878 9470.


1. Web content tip - Don't give up on content

If you accidentally overwrite or lose a file (it happens), don't
despair immediately.

Search engine Google caches web pages (ie keeps copies of pages as
it first found them).

Just use Google to search for the missing article and follow the
"cache" link on the results page.

Don't leave it too long - as you know, cache doesn't last forever.


2. "There's gold in them thar quills"

Online content is not dead and never will be.

Read my article on the subject, exclusive to today's feMail eunuch
column, on http://www.philippayelland.com

Many smaller players have survived the fallout from the IT downturn,
thanks to lower overheads, greater flexibility, creativity and
faster time to market.

Remember what happened to the dinosaurs and the Titanic:


In other good news, ActivMedia Research reports that a quarter of
content sites such as media, portal, information and publisher sites
are now profitable. A further four per cent are expected to become
profitable in the next year:



3. The Y Files (Q&A)

This week's question is from Liz, of Brisbane:

Q: "Should all sites have a community?"

A: That depends on your site's objectives and, more importantly,
the needs of your readers. Giving your visitors the chance to
interact is one of the medium's greatest strengths so why not
make the most of it. A simple message board or guest book is a
start. A discussion list or chat room can deepen the sense of
community while every site could benefit from an email newsletter,
particularly if you involve your readers in its content.

Email your content-related question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

Read previous Y Files at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/


4. Columns

Pollyanna rediscovers the fun to be had in word games during a long
road trip while Cameron Koo comments on our "Planet of Stupidity".

Readers Write - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/default.asp


5. Surf Club

If you're 45 or older, you're most likely healthier, wealthier and
better educated than any previous generation - and can expect to be
around a lot longer. Find ideas, inspiration and tools to plan your
next life including tips for launching yourself into new careers,
colleges, businesses, volunteer work and other life-enhancing
adventures. Learn about the top 10 ways to reinvent retirement, read
true stories and columns, or follow the links to other Web resources.
In a net shell: Retirement alternatives.

Dots and Boxes
You'll go dotty playing this nifty little Java applet based on the
game where you draw lots of dots then take turns drawing lines to
complete a box. You don't even need a friend to play Dots, Internet
style. Click on "New Game" to choose colours, difficulty level, and
number of rows and columns.
In a net shell: What's in the box with the dots.

Intel Download Calculator
Intel's free download calculator lets you work out how long something
will take to download from the Net. For instance, if you want to know
how long you'll have to wait for a new game demo or software update
to download to your computer, just enter the size of the file you
want, hit "calculate", and there you have it - the time it will
take based on various connection speeds.
In a net shell: Cool tool.

Experience Music Project
If you love music - whether jazz or country, funk or punk - you'll
enjoy this multimedia-rich site created by Microsoft co-founder Paul
Allen as the digital companion to a real music museum in Seattle.
Explore musical milestones and movements or visit the EMP Digital
Collection to interact with rare instruments, recordings, costumes,
photos, posters and song lyrics. As well as interviews, features and
bios, the site features a "Create" section where you can learn to
play guitar, stage a rock show or sing in harmony.
In a net shell: Jam-packed.

Medication errors and adverse drug events in hospitals affect millions
of patients, families and clinicians each year. This site aims to
improve quality of patient care through expert advice, tips for
consumers, research findings, debate, articles, tools, guides and
educational programs. Discover how often errors and adverse drug
events occur, what causes them and how they can be avoided. Test
your know-how with an interactive course, Anatomy of An Error,
based on a real incident in Denver.
In a net shell: Bitter pill.

Bad Service
If you think the world is suffering from an epidemic of poor customer
service, you're not alone. This Australian consumer complaints forum
aims to empower people and organisations through warnings about bad
service. Click the icons at the top for more information and links
to consumer resources. You need to register to access the site but
it's free.
In a net shell: Speak out.

What Sleeping Postures Reveal
Do you sleep on your back, tummy or side? The creators of this site
believe that your sleeping posture reveals your true personality
because your body is not under suppression when you sleep. Discover
the real you.
In a net shell: Wake up!


6. Reader's Choice (see archives in Surf Club at www.brizcomm.com.au)

Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk
"This lists newly discovered Invisible Web databases as well as
covering issues in the news. It is regularly updated and, though
largely American-biased, it's a very handy spot for people who
want to keep up with new internet sites of real substance. For
example, it has recently listed the Internet Moving Images Archive,
business rankings, resources on evaluating Net material, among
other things. The compiler, Gary Price, has a range of other sites
- streaming media, news sources, list of lists - all of which are
linked from this site." - reviewed by Belinda Weaver, Brisbane

Email your brief site review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


7. Weekly chuckle

People are like tea bags. You have to put them in hot water before
you can tell how strong they are. (anon.)


Lest we forget: http://www.anzacday.org/


Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 61 (0)4 41 771 8683

brizcomm - online content consulting and training
PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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