Straight to the point
Vol. 2, No. 39,
Discover new sites and the secrets to web success
Vol. 2, No. 39 October 24, 2001
In This Issue:
1. Web content tip
2. Email tip
3. Reader's Column
4. The Y Files (Q&A)
5. Surf Club - web site reviews
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly chuckle
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From the editor - Straight to the point
After a two-day workshop and judging for the Queensland IT&T Awards today, I'm all talked out.
I'll practise what I preach and get straight to the meat this week.
Web content tip
Free content has damaged the content industry, according to Irish consultant Gerry McGovern.
He has a point, or 10, in this down-to-earth article -
If you're planning to charge your readers, first read "The Five Rules for Selling Subscriptions to Web Sites and Email Newsletters" -
Ensure your email marketing effort doesn't sink hard-earned dollars.
Follow email publisher Al Bredenberg's 10-step plan -
Pollyanna has fun with stuff and nonsense in the English language while reader Carolyn Edmundson reviews "The Tami Hoag Omnibus" (Allen & Unwin).
The Y Files
This week's question is from Brisbane's John Grey, who wins a copy of "The Volunteers - how ordinary Australians brought about the extraordinary succcess of the Sydney 2000 Games" by Max Walker and Gerry Gleeson (Allen & Unwin).
Q: I'm running the hateful Windows ME on an HP Pavilion because that's the operating system it came with. At some stage I installed the excellent metapad to do notepad's job. Either in that process, or by some other mishap, notepad has been deleted (and I can't get it back from the restore disks, unless I reinstall everything. Not going to happen.) I can reassociate text files etc to go to metapad - but how can I tell Internet Explorer to use metapad to view the source of an HTML page? I can't find a setting anywhere to do it, and it doesn't give me the option to use another application - just tells me it can't find notepad.
A: I'm throwing this one open to those of you with a technical bent - it's way too tricky for my brain in its current spongy state. I have a few good books on the shelves for the smart cookie who answers this one.
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Menus on the Net
If you often eat out or order takeaways, this site could save you time and a whole kitchen or office drawer. Recycle all that paper and access menus from this growing collection of online cafes, takeouts and restaurants. Dine in, delivery or catering - your choice.
In a net shell: Click to eat.
"Good people with good ideas, with moral leadership, with ethical leadership, with good business sense, and with a clear sense of direction and purpose, can make a big difference in the world." - James Wolfensohn, World Bank president. The Australian team that created www.solvepoverty.com is behind GLOW (Global Learning Opportunity on the Web). This public business aims to bridge the gap between rich and poor through free access to information, technology and communications.
In a net shell: Bridging the digital divide.
Do You Drink Too Much?
Apart from the tales your friend taunt you with the next day, it can be difficult to judge your own drinking patterns. Take this interactive quiz from UK-based Netdoctor as a guide. If you need help, follow the links at the bottom.
In a net shell: Alcohol answers.
ScreenBobbers are somewhat similar to those bobbing toys some people sit on their car dashboards or back windows. Whenever your computer is idle for a while, your Flash-powered ScreenBobber will pop up and, well, bob. Some are wacky while others are a little naughty. Choose from Elvis, Yoga Dude, Voodoo Kitty and other weird characters.
In a net shell: Bob till you drop.
If you prefer mummies, wolf-men and vampires to slasher flicks, this site's for you. Horror-wood is an e-zine for fans of classic and cult horror and monster films. Read interviews, movie and DVD reviews, view monster collectibles and toys, or find a few cheap thrills in the articles, including "true" ghost stories.
In a net shell: Enter the spirit.
"When you make pizza, you will also be touched by the magic of transforming dough, tomatoes, and cheese into a memorable event." Hawaii-based Pizza Therapy creator Albert Grande believes pizza making is a healing, creative art and pleasure. Enjoy the recipes, tips and tricks (ensure oven is hot, hot, hot), forum, newsletter and poll on favourite toppings (pepperoni was winning at the time of writing).
In a net shell: "Pizza on earth".
An animation site, very amusing, thought you might like it.
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Four fonts walk into a bar. The barman says: "Oi, get out! We don't want your type in here."
Two peanuts walk into a bar. One was a salted.
A jumper-lead walks into a bar. The barman says: "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."
A priest, a rabbi and a vicar walk into a bar. The barman says: "What's this, some kind of joke?"
A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says: "Sorry we don't serve food in here."
A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: "Pint please, and one for the road."
A dyslexic man walks into a bra. A seal walks into a club...
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