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ISPs should pay for content


Vol. 2, No. 27, 25/7/2001

discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Vol. 2, No. 27 ISPs should pay for content July 25, 2001

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

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It was beyond my control and, thankfully, most of you realised that
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On with the show.



1. Web content tip - make ISPs pay
2. Web changing way we work
3. Columns
4. The Y Files (Q&A)
5. Surf Club - web site reviews
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Who makes money out of the Net, regardless of the economic downturn?

The telcos, of course. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are in a
win-win position - they get money from you for your connection and
they get free content from content providers, most of whom are making
diddly-squat at the moment.

What's not right with this picture?

Read Steve Outing's take on the topic at:

Speaking of telcos, a small miracle arrived in my inbox this morning
- a message from Telstra BigPond apologising for the recent problems
with ADSL and offering an ex-gratia credit of 100% for July monthly
recurring charges *plus* a 50% credit off the monthly plan fee for
August and September 2001.

As if that were not amazing enough, BigPond customer service reps
are contacting customers to discuss the initiative.

Watch the southern skies tonight for a big blue moon.


2. Web changing way we work

US workers are increasingly logging on to the Internet from their jobs,
according to a new study by Nielsen/NetRatings:

For links to more Net-related statistics, see Larry Chase's list at:


3. Columns

Pollyanna celebrates her son's 39th birthday in 21st century style
This week while Toowoomba mum Kylie Herrick reviews a delightful
new children's book from Allen&Unwin entitled "Stella - Queen of
the Snow".

Read them at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/default.asp


4. The Y Files (Q&A)

Q: Could you highlight some info about disability access and web
design and providing content for this market? (Timothy W, Brisbane)

A: Good question. If the web is to fulfil its true potential, it
must become universally accessible, taking into account the vast
differences in culture, education, ability, material resources,
and physical limitations of users. The best place to start for
resources on accessibility is the World Wide Web Consortium's site
at http://www.w3.org/ See whether your own site is accessible by
submitting your URL for Bobby Approval at http://www.cast.org/bobby/
Learn more at http://www.webreference.com/new/010621.html#feature

Email your content-related question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au or
read previous Y Files at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/


5. Surf Club - web site reviews

Meet the people behind some of Australia's most familiar voices.
BRISVO stands for the collective of Brisbane Independent Voice Over
Artists. The site showcases local speaking talent, including Mike
Goldman (television's Big Brother). You can read bios and work
histories, hear audio samples or order a full CD, which is dedicated
to BRISVO member Tony Gordon who died flying his aerobatic aircraft
in January 2001.
In a net shell: Speaks for itself.

A Canadian single mum set up this site to help other parents wanting
to sing to their children. You'll find complete lyrics (and some sound
files) to more than 2000 kids' songs including traditional and silly
songs, lullabies, action songs and fingerplays and songs from around
the world. Other goodies include games, stories, cards, news about
children's music and links to recordings, songbooks, sheet music and
other printed material.
In a net shell: Sing it.

Voices of Stafford
The suburb of Stafford, on Brisbane's north side, was known as Happy
Valley until the 1880s when the Under Secretary of Education requested
a more distinctive name for the local school (where actor Geoffrey Rush
was a pupil). This web site looks at the district's environment,
community and history through local residents' memories, photos,
children's artwork and stories.
In a net shell: Happy memories.

Google Zeitgeist
Spot new trends in popular Internet culture with search engine Google's
Zeitgeist. The page shows the top 10 gaining and declining Google
queries, the operating systems people used to access Google, languages
used, top five misspelled queries, and top five Napster alternatives.
In a net shell: Google goggles.

Email is a great way to keep in touch but how do you check your mail
if you don't use a free Hotmail or other Web-based email service? If
you use a POP3 email client program (eg Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora)
and want to check your mail on somebody else's computer, you'll have
to set up a copy of your mail account on their email program (or use
the POP Mail option in Hotmail). A simpler way is to use Mail2Web,
which lets you check your POP3 account from any Web-enabled computer
in the world as long as you know your email address and email (login)
password. You can read, reply and delete messages as usual then download
the ones you want when you get home.
In a net shell: Mail to go.


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

Stereo MPs
Puts a slightly different perspective on the UK election. Just
click it. (Andrew, Brisbane)

Email your brief review of a favourite site to yvette@brizcomm.com.au
(INCENTIVE: I'll send you a new book for your trouble).


7. Weekly chuckle

Men are from Mars, Bush is from . . .

At a White House staff meeting, a heated discussion arose about the heart
problems of Vice-President Dick Cheney.

The President was especially perplexed when a staffer said that Cheny had
"acute angina".

Bush interrupted the proceedings and said emphatically: "Men don't have


Surf's up - seeya.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor
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