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That Blokes' Site 7 November 2000 Edition
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It seems that Lion Breweries have unlocked a real pandora's box of woes with its new blokes' site at fireengine.co.nz.

As I predicted yesterday, its content has offended some -- with several Aardvark readers writing to express their concerns.

What's more, the guys over at emale.co.nz are busy refuting Fire Engine's claims to be the first online magazine for men. The emale blokes reckon they've been doing this for some time now and, just looking at the front page of their site, they appear to at least have better web design behind them.

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How Dumb Is This?
Building an effective ecommerce site is not a trivial task -- but the basics aren't rocket science.

Having said that -- I bet the guys who run eretail.net.nz probably couldn't launch a skyrocket let alone understand the basics of building a sensible website.

Not only is this site lumbered with a trashy Flash intro screen that does nothing except waste the visitor's time, but it also manages to crash my otherwise very robust Netscape 4 browser every time the next page starts to load. That's sort of like ankle-tapping prospective customers and throwing them back out on the street.

But wait -- there's more!

Casting aside my obviously incompatible Netscape, I fired up my trusty old reliable Opera browser and, after waiting almost forever for what appeared to be about 100Kbytes of data to download... this is what I got

I suspect that those nice folks over at NZ Post are unlikely to be too impressed with this page on the eretail.net.nz website.

Repeat after me -- "framing another site's content dilutes its branding and really pisses them off."

I hope this emphasizes exactly why we need to make sure that those who came away from the government's ecommerce summit fired up and ready to get into doing business over the Net don't have their dreams dashed by substandard advice and implementations.

The Weekly
Yes, I know the first edition of the weekly has yet to appear -- but I'm still working on it.

Hopefully (if current leads pan out) it will include a very interesting expose' into the astoundingly bad behaviour of a group of local "new economy" company directors (some of who are also on the board of a public company). Just how competent and ethical are the managers of some of our hi-tech public companies?

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4  PC maker Gateway fined for misleading ads
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4  Supreme Court to Review Free-Lancers' E-Rights
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4  Microsoft seeks testers for IE 6
On the heels of refreshing its Internet Explorer 5.5 release, Microsoft has begun lining up beta testers for Internet Explorer 6.0, a more consumer-friendly version of its Web browser...

4  ICANN rewrites its own rules
In another controversial move, ICANN changed its rules so new members representing Internet users can't vote on new domains...

4  High Speed Net Launched in Space
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4  Bosses resist web move: study
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4  Online job ads decline as print gains
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4  Start-ups attract executive crooks, says investigator
THE colourful histories of a few Australian IT executives have become common knowledge, but a recent study has found there are likely to be a whole raft of other unsavoury backgrounds just waiting to be uncovered...
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4  US, UK agree web clean-up deal
The success of the internet in promoting cross-border trade has prompted US and UK trade watchdogs to foster an international clampdown on rogue e-traders...

4  Amazon rips off regular customers. Again
Amazon.co.uk has targeted existing customers with a special direct email book offer for Terry Pratchett's latest book, but offered it at a price higher than it was charging on its site...
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4  Nielsen Report: Streaming Goes Prime Time
According to a new Neilsen report, rich-media Web content consumption by hour and even by day varies greatly enough that the term "prime time" may be needed soon for the online space as patterns in streaming consumption continue to evolve...

4  Rupert Murdoch's Internet Retreat
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