Vol. 2, No. 40,
Discover new sites and the secrets to web success
Vol. 2, No. 40 November 7, 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
Web version and back issues - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/extras/newsletter.asp
Brisbane...Thursday, December 13
- learn the tips, tricks and pitfalls in planning, producing and promoting your own successful email publication
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From the editor - Identity crisis
Have you ever tried to import and export email between multiple accounts, identities, machines and programs?
It's a nightmare. While I now have two hard drives (one just for backups), I first have to collate years of email spanning several versions of Outlook Express and export those to Outlook (which has the useful features of auto-archiving and duplicate deletion).
Sounds simple but it's foiled more than a dozen Microsoft technical support staff members during the past week - and we're still trying.
Lesson learnt - delete unnecessary email as you go, save vital stuff in Word and back up (though it ain't easy in Outlook Express).
Web content tip
Content creators come in all shapes and sizes.
While experience in traditional media or publishing helps, it's not essential for an online writer.
Anyone with a web site or e-newsletter is a publisher - and should clearly differentiate between editorial and advertising content.
Why? It's a matter of integrity. Learn more at -
If you're having trouble keeping up with email and can't afford human help, set up an auto-responder or mailbot to reply on your behalf.
It's no substitute for a personal response but might give you some breathing space, particularly with requests for media kits, advertising rates, e-books, brochures, samples, forms or other generic documents.
Thank the message sender for the inquiry and say you'll be in touch soon - and keep your promise.
If your ISP can't provide you with auto-responders, search the Net for freebies.
PS please accept my apologies if I haven't responded promptly during the past week - I've been at the Gates of hell
Pollyanna and our reader reviews are trapped in email limbo. With luck, they'll be freed before next Wednesday.
The Y Files
I have a question and an answer but they're also trapped in phantom folders. Next week.
Send your question to email@example.com
Way Back Machine
Bring old web sites back to life with this free service from Internet Archive. Search, view and access archived versions of more than 10 billion web pages dating back to 1996. Don't miss the special Web Pioneers section highlighting early sites that shaped the character of the Internet.
In a net shell: Net reincarnation.
Don The Idea Guy
Don the Idea Guy helps those in need of innovative ideas through his articles, brainstorming sessions, quotes, and reviews of books, games, music, toys, videos, people, places and sites, his brainstorming sessions and links. Learn how to add creativity to your business, life and old ways of thinking.
In a net shell: Switch on.
Scrabble buffs will count this site among their favourites. Just type in up to 16 letters and Unscrambler will tell you all the words that can be formed from the set and work out their Scrabble scores. The free tool can be downloaded to your own computer if you prefer. Available in English and French.
In a net shell: Count the ways.
Spices as Aphrodisiacs
Spice up your love life with the help of your spice rack. Spices have been used to hide signs of putrefaction in food, to tantalise the taste buds and to enhance romance. Find out which spices have aphrodisiacal properties and learn how to use them. Follow the links on the left to other aphrodisiacs, from maths to pine nuts.
In a net shell: Hot stuff.
Australian motorists can search by postcode for the cheapest fuel prices each day or sign up for a free daily email fuel alert. Check the statistics section to view weekly and monthly trends and graphs.
In a net shell: Bowser wow.
Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling?
Leonardo Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa on a piece of pinewood in the year 1506. The painting, and particularly the enigmatic smile, have sparked speculation throughout history. Nowhere did Da Vinci record the name of the Mona Lisa model sitting. View the morphed portraits to decide whether it is the man himself, hear his compositions, take the quiz or explore his life.
In a net shell: Say cheese.
Brisbane-based Internet search guru Belinda Weaver - publisher of OzGuide at http://www.sjc.uq.edu.au/ozguide/ - submitted this week's site and gained a copy of Minette Walters' new mystery for her trouble.
Price's List of Lists
This is a great site for "best of" lists, rankings, comparisons, top 10s and so on. You can find rankings of different people (eg the richest) and all kinds of rankings of organisations, companies etc. Subjects covered include everything from sport to advertising, government, politics, education, restaurants, telemarketing - you name it.
Send your brief site review to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Hey, Nice Tie"
A man walks into a bar, sits down, and orders a drink. "Hey, nice tie!" comes out of nowhere. He looks up at the bartender to see if he had said anything but, since he was on the other side of the bar, the man just ignores it. "Hey! Nice shirt!" The man looks up but, again, the bartender is engaged elsewhere. "Hey! Nice suit!" The man then calls the bartender over and asks him if he keeps talking to him. "It's not me, it's the complimentary peanuts."
View your web pages In 14 browser & computer combinations
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