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Vol. 2, No. 41,
Discover new sites and the secrets to web success
Vol. 2, No. 41 November 14, 2001
In This Issue:
1. Web content tip
2. Email tip
3. Readers Write
4. The Y Files (Q&A)
5. Surf Club - web site reviews
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly chuckle
Brisbane - Thursday, December 13
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From the editor - Join the content club
A quick browse through the subscriber stats reveals many former workshop attendees among our 800+ readers.
I'm flattered and encouraged by your loyalty.
A bonus of the workshops since 1998 has been networking, with many workshopees requesting the contact details of their fellow participants.
While I can't give out email addresses, I've created a new private "brizcommunicator" discussion list exclusively for workshop "graduates" .
You can sign up at http://www.topica.com/lists/brizcommunicator or send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven't been to a workshop you can still have your say via brizcomm's message board or chat at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/extras/chat.asp
Express yourself - it's cathartic.
Web content tip
A weblog is a different animal from a newsletter, guest book, discussion list or message board.
Basically the weblog, or blog, is an easy way to publish short new chunks of content on a web site daily - without having to know HTML.
For a history of weblogs and links to the most popular blogging tools, read Rebecca Blood's article -
To find out what weblogs could spell for media organisations, read this -
Having spent a rainy weekend restoring my email after a Windows reinstall, let me share a few tips gleaned from friends and Microsoft tech support.
* Outlook and Outlook Express do not easily speak the same language
* Outlook mail is saved as a single mailbox.pst file but you can create multiple .pst files for each of your sub-folders (eg family.pst, friends.pst) to simplify organisation and backups
* archive your individual .pst files in My Documents/Outlook (by default, the mailbox.pst is archived to an obscure Windows directory)
* set the auto-archive to three months and archive to your specific sub-folders (not the default archive.pst)
* at the end of each year, burn the files on to a RW-CD (don't use a CD-R or Outlook will try to write a lock file)
Outlook Express does not offer auto-archive, but I reckon it wins hands down for general usability.
For more tips, read "Backup requirements for your home/office PC" -
Pollyanna is fed up with recipes. Read why at -
* Whoops, I'm fresh out of book and film reviews. No reviews means no more free books. Go on, you can do it. Email email@example.com
The Y Files
John Grey's question about Notepad and Metapad a couple of weeks ago drew responses from several helpful souls.
Thanks Mark Wharton (Japan), Andrew Stewart (London), Brad Cook (Brisbane) and Brad Irwin (Brisbane).
The suggested solutions are quite complicated but, if you'd like them, email me via firstname.lastname@example.org
It's puerile, it's silly but it's bound to appeal to those with a wicked streak. Fool a friend (or enemy) with a fake web page featuring the name of guess who as the star of the news story. Choose from topics as harmless as an overdue book notice to more embarrassing misdemeanours.
In a net shell: Gotcha.
If you're time impaired, step inside for great tips on preparing or buying healthy meals. Collect tips on being creative with leftovers or when you need help from a box, can or pouch. Learn clever strategies for cooking, shopping, dining out and fast foods when you have a lot on your plate.
In a net shell: Quick thinking.
Pop-up and pop-under windows are the web equivalent of spam, or junk, email. Porn and casino sites are among the worst offenders, spawning unwanted browser windows or trapping you in their sites. Stop the rot with this free customisable tool that lets you control your surfing experience. If it doesn't work for your software, search again for "pop-up".
In a net shell: Top of the pop killers.
Two brothers created this pocket collection of Internet goodies as a free resource for other surfers. Find useful links in almost 200 categories, sound files, gizmos and gadgets, e-cards, jokes, funny pictures and executable games, videos and cyberspace oddities.
In a net shell: Time gobbler.
Save time shopping around for the best deal on mobile phones, investments, insurance or loans with the help of this independent Australian "infomediary". InfoChoice aims to offer unbiased information on a range of goods and services to help you make an informed choice. Free membership includes special offers, tips and tricks, expert commentary and email alerts.
In a net shell: Freedom of information.
"Express yourself and impress your friends" with this nifty little free email tool. Spice up your messages with animated characters, sounds, 3D effects, backgrounds, voice or handwriten signatures.
In a net shell: Stamp your mark.
This week's site review is from London-based journalist Di Spencer, of http://www.diannespencer.com/
Recipes of the Damned
Great for when you're stuck for a way to ensure people never invite themselves around for dinner ever again. Check out the recipe for meat milk shake - mmmm!
Send your brief site review to email@example.com
A newspaper survey asked, "Who are the happiest people?"
The four winning answers were -
* a craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done
* a child building sand castles
* a mother bathing her baby
* a doctor who has finished a difficult operation and saved a life.
Money, power and possesssions played no part in any of the answers.
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