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Lighten Up 10 November 2000 Edition
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I need some more contributions for the weekly lighten up section so if you've come across a site that you think is suitable, please let me know.

Electric LazyBoy Racing
You can rock it, you can roll it, you can put your foot down and race it -- yes, it's genuine LazyBoy racing thanks to the addition of a couple of electric motors and a battery.

Home Appliance Shooting Page
What do you do with that old TV set, computer monitor or BBQ when it's worn out? Why you use it for target practice of course!

Jesus Is On The Net
Yes, God's son is connected. Check out the homepage of Jesus -- should we be worried that he has to use AOL for hosting?

The Illustrated Guide To Breaking Your Computer
Some people find that breaking their computer comes naturally, others can really benefit from a detailed guide such as this one.

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The Infamous Exploding Whale
This is an online classic and if you haven't already seen what happens when a bunch of dullards decide to move a whale carcass with dynamite then you've got to check it out.

The Great Net Ad Bust
About 12 months ago I realised that the ad-funded Internet publishing model was doomed -- at least in the short to medium term. That's why you don't see any ads on this page, it's just not worth the hassle.

The problem is that, unlike TV, radio or print media, the barriers of cost and expertise that normally restrict the number of publishers in a particular market simply don't exist on the Internet. One only has to look at the number of personal homepages on the Web to see that.

It appears that US websites are suddenly coming to the same realisation and those who built their business models on earning huge amounts of money from ads are suffering badly.

Even the ad agencies are taking a beating as they find it increasingly difficult to recruit advertisers and sell their product at a rate which is capable of provides adequate profit margin.

So, where are we going? Will expensive content-rich sites survive at all? Or will the subscription model raise its ugly head again?

Just as the venture capitalists finally realised that not all that was dot-com was gold, publishers are also coming to the sobering realisation that the Net isn't a place where it's possible to make money using old print/broadcast models.

What do you think? Do you have any ideas as to how these publishers can survive? Why not tell us all.

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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New Zealand

4  IT staff glut coming claims union
The good times are to end in just a few years for IT staff as more skilled workers come on to the market, says the leader of a union eager to represent IT workers...
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4  Stop Rockin’ e-Commerce Boat
New Zealand must commit to a long term strategy for e-commerce which extends beyond any political party’s term of power and focusses on employment and wealth creation...
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4  Auction at mercy of bidding shenanigans
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4  SDMI Examines Hacker Data
Two of the five technologies being considered by the Secure Digital Music Initiative are identified as having been successfully hacked...
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4  Yahoo president predicts Net explosion
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4  Language Barrier On Web About To Fall
A major language barrier on the Internet crumbles on Friday when registration begins for domain names in three Asian languages, to go with the extensions .com,.net and .org...
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4  Tech stocks slide on Net advertising shortfalls
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4  Yahoo's Scheme to Stream Music
Stumbling through the music space, Yahoo turns its attention to a personalized, interactive service that appears to skirt the clutches of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act...
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4  Monday is Tyler D-day for Sol 6
SOLUTION 6's management hopes a chapter in its chequered history will close on Monday when colourful former chief executive Chris Tyler must exercise his remaining 8.5 million options in the legal and accounting software group...
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4  Net blamed for job hopping
The ease of finding new positions online is creating a volatile workforce, according to one survey...
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4  Fund fillip of $90m for start-ups
The Government pumped another $90.7 million into the home-grown technology ventures on Thursday, awarding four new Innovation Investment Fund licences to venture capitalists...
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4  Internet sale of Pill banned
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4  eBay Not Liable in Bootleg Audio
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4  Yankees' Web Site Hacker Traced
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4  Survey: Get ready for Linux boom
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