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Domainz suspends ING as agent
As Aardvark warned last week, the Australian company Internet Name Group Pty Ltd has been suspended by the NZ domain name registry Domainz in the wake of a deceptive mail-out which produced a raft of complaints and queries.

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Lighten Up 7 September 2001 Edition
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Million $ Ideas
At last, the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook are revealed for all to see!
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After a week's sabbatical, Aardvark's Lighten Up section is back -- so enjoy!

Things not to do (on a Unicycle)
Kids, don't try this at home!

The compressed air rocket bike
Add an extra wheel and some compressed air to the previous page and you get this.

Luddite Industries
"Wood" you like a new PC that was more than a little distinctive?

Dancing Paul
Unfortunately this Flash site repeated crashes my browser before it's finished loading but the site was sent in by a reader so see if it works for you.

Nicotine Water
Bletch! Could you think of anything less inviting???

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Online News at a Dollar An Issue?
According to this story, The Press is going to put its newspaper online -- in full, "including text, headlines, photographs, graphics, advertising, inserts and magazines".

What's more -- they're going to charge a buck a time to read it.

I wonder if this will work?

For a start -- graphics, advertising, photos and magazine sections have the potential to make the site pretty bandwidth intensive if great care isn't taken to optimise things.

Secondly -- a dollar per issue is an awful lot of money to charge for an online newspaper. I wonder how much the print edition is and whether the ability to eliminate newsprint, ink, printing, transport and retail margins might not mean that this price is more than a little over the top?

I guess time will tell -- but would you spend $1 per issue for a regional newspaper online?

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    IDG Spams Customers?
    I hate to knock what could be seen to be my competition -- regardless of the merits of any such criticisms one always runs the risks of appearing petty and mean.

    However, let me say in this case that the problem appears to be a marketing-droid problem and not related to the excellent level of professionalism exhibited by the editorial team. Since I don't carry advertising -- I guess the part of IDG I'm knocking isn't really competition at all -- so here goes!

    An unknown number of IDG's advertisers received a spam from the company yesterday.

    This was not double-opt-in, it was not even single-opt-in, it was (at least in a few cases) completely unsolicited. In fact, here's what the spam suggests if you're unhappy:

    You are receiving this e-mail because we believe that the information may be of particular interest to you, as a member of New Zealand's advertising or IT community.

    If you prefer not to receive future IDG Online Newsletters, please send an email with your email address (above) and your company & contact details to: idgnet_update_unsubscribe@idg .co.nz.

    Of course I could go on about the folly of spamming your own customers but I think they have (to quote one of IDG's own stories) "spammed themselves in the foot" this time. The customer who complained to me about this spam said "they won't be getting another advertising dollar out of me."

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