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Those Netguide Awards 17 November 2000 Edition
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Unfortunately, due to a total lack of time and dwindling user-contributions I've had to bump the "Lighten Up" section from today's edition -- but it will be back next week. In the meantime, NZ's Netguide Magazine announced its annual web awards last night.

The list of winners can be found on the Netguide site and is worth a browse.

I have absolutely no doubt that the judges decisions will be hotly debated by many Net users -- but it's been my experience that judging a website is a very subjective affair and one man's meat is another's poison as they say.

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I agreed with almost all the judges decisions, except perhaps....

Best Corporate Site: INL
Hmmm... I'm not sure I'm totally chuffed with this site. The front page requires you to scroll your browser sideways unless your window size is set to at least 1011 pixels across. I also found the constantly changing strip of images to be a distraction -- but hey, as I said -- this is very subjective stuff.

Navigation is fine -- but I bet they get lots of junk-email with all those email addresses published with no form of protection from spambots.

I'd like to have checked out the "Best Individual homepage" but as of 8am the link actually points to the "Best Finance site" -- oops!

I have no doubt that by the time many Aardvark readers get around to checking out the Netguide site they will have fixed the hiccups -- but here are a few more I found:

The "Best non-profit organisation" link gives a "Not Found" error -- oops!

Trying to use the link to soundsnz.com on this page from the Netguide awards site gives a DNS lookup error -- oops!

This last problem is partly the fault both Netguides and SoundsNZ. The link is actually given as http://soundsnz.com but the site only responds to http://www.soundsnz.com.

Hmm... Nige -- maybe you should adopt Aardvark's golden rule -- always get your site (or new parts thereof) reviewed by a third party before going public :-) (Although I can't talk -- due usually to a lack of time, this site inevitably ends up with even worse problems than the few tiny "oopses" I've pointed out here -- so don't bother emailing me to say "hypocrite" :-)

One bitch I have with the SoundsNZ site (apart from their crappy DNS setup) is probably that they've restricted the streaming content to Apple QuickTime. Hello??? I know that many web designers just love Apple Macs and the associated protocols but there are a hell of a lot more users with the MS Media and Real players installed on their computers. Remember -- websites are supposed to provide a service, not try to enforce a gospel.

One has to remember that the judges for this year's awards are looking from an overseas perspective -- something which probably means their choices may not necessarily use the same criteria as locals might.

Never the less, I think most of the decisions were pretty fair and in many categories it must have been very difficult because you'd almost have to toss a coin go chose the winner from amongst some excellent finalists.

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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