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August 16 , 1999

You are receiving this newsletter as you have either won our award and agreed to receive this e-zine or you visited our site and signed up for it or you are friends of mine and I know you will appreciate it. If you are receiving this in error, the un-subscribe instructions are at the bottom and we apologize.

This months 'fillers' between our sections are definitions for words that you probably won't see in any dictionary. They are courtesy of Bob Armstrong.

Ok, let's start off with this....

Argument (ar*gyou*ment) n. A discussion that occurs when you're right,
but he just hasn't realized it yet

Table of contents:

1. Answer to last month's mind boggler
2. New Stuff on our Site
3. Hot Links
4. Tips for our Readers
5. Guest Article - by Kenny Love
6. Award Picks of the Month
7. Rate our Newsletter
8. Nice Things You've Said.....
9. Joke of the Month
10. Sponsor Messages
11. Unsubscribe Instructions

 

Clothes Dryer (kloze dri*yer) n. An appliance designed to eat socks.

 

1. Answer to last month's mind boggler Last month we pointed you to a site called Welcome To My Cave, which has a couple of card illusions on it. Did you figure out how they did it?

Some of you may have known the answer from the very beginning...I didn't. So for all those, like me, who don't know how they did it (well, now I do), here is how it works....none of the cards in the answer were even in the group of cards that you orignally looked at. The answer is a whole new set of cards.

I hope I explained it okay. Go back and take another look and you will see what I mean.

http://www3.mcps.k12.md.us/users/rsfay/magic/index.html Diet Soda (dy*it so*da) n. A drink you buy to go with a pound of chocolate covered peanuts.

 

 

2. New stuff on our site: This has been a busy month. We have done quite a few changes and additions to our site.

The additions include archives of our newsletter, pages with our latest press/news releases and a page dedicated to our sponsors.

The changes include new wallpaper, font, less duplicate sponsor ads and a lot more. Take a look at our page http://www.docutype.net and let us know what you think and if you spot any problems (ie. typos, broken links, etc). Please note that with our new domain name, each page you visit at our site will have the same url in the task bar. So, if you spot something that we should know about, take note of the title/banner at the top of the page for referring to. Email to jbyer@docutype.net.

Upcoming possible changes to our site include either seperate pages for each country that our award winners are from or putting little flags beside each winner to distinguish where they are from. So, what we need from you is for you to email us (jbyer@docutype.net) with your name, site name & url, and where you are from, both the city and country.

Also, we are considering doing a page of testimonials from our newsletter recipients and our customers and we are also thinking about doing a special page dedicated to businesses that help businesses.

So, keep an eye out for the new changes.

Eternity (e*ter*ni*tee) n. The last two minutes of a football game.

 

3. Hot Links We have so many good sites for you to check out this month, that we will not be doing a big description of each one (except the first one).

The first site we want to recommend is an extraordinary site. Now, we aren't just saying this because we were involved in the development of it, but because we truly believe this is a site that long overdue.

You can find this site, Garage Sale Locators at a variety of urls, including http://www.garagesalelocators.com , http://www.garagesalesign.com or http://www.yardsalesign.com. Let's let the words of the president tell you about it:

Our site is an intricate site that is comprised of databases that allow anyone to "Place an Ad" or "Search Ads" (we call Hunter's List - www.hunterslist.com)" including map details to the sale location on locating Garage Sales, Auctions, Craft Sales, Antiques plus a ton of other subjects including Real Estate. Also we are expressing throughout the site to visit our added "Locator's" & "Calendar" sections. Our site supports the Childhood Cancer Foundation with a "donation" for every ad placed throughout the site.

Now, fess up, how many of you go to garage sales? Wouldn't you love to be able to find all the sales in your area, then click on a button to get a map that you can follow? It's easy! But, don't just stop there, check out this entire site for ads on Auctions, Antiques, Craft Sales and even Real Estate. Warning: you may be here for a long time, there is so much to see. (Don't forget to check out the nice things the 'president' had to say about us on their 'Pals & Pros' section)

Ok, now for some other hot links:

Home Business Magazine - http://www.homebusinessmag.com - This is a great resource!

Creative Enterprises - http://www.creativethought.com - A community of small & home-based businesses working together to help each other become more successful.

http://www.terraserver.microsoft.com - Get a satellite view of where you live. This is cool!

Domain Direct - http://www.domaindirect.com - Here you can register a domain name and have it redirect visitors to your free site.

Clipart.com - http://www.clipart.com - 40,000 images - all FREE.

Funk & Wagnalls - http://www.funkandwagnalls.com - You can use the entire Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia - FREE.

Hair Dresser (hare dres*er) n. Someone who is able to create a style you 
will never be able to duplicate again.

 

 

4. Tips for our readers: We have three tips this month so let's get right to them:

First: do not open any email attachments from anyone you don't know or download anything from sites you aren't familiar with. We can't express this enough!!!

Second: You can make your VCR Y2K compatible. Just change your VCR's year to 1972. The months and days are the same as the year 2000.

Third: (and boy is this cool) You can reduce the amount of unsolicited advertisements that you get in your mailbox by simply changing some of the code on your webpage.

Here's how it works. Anywhere that you have a 'mailto:' code on your page, you simply change one letter (on each side of the '@') so email harvesters will get confused and choke.

Eg. 'mailto: jbyer@docutype.net' would read 'mailto: jbyer@docutype.com' Here are the character codes:

a a

b b

c c

d d

e e

f f

g g

h h

i i

j j

k k

l l

m m

n n

o o

p p

q q

r r

s s

t t

u u

v v

w w

x x

y y

z z

 

 

Remember, replace at least one letter on each side of the '@', and only in the code, not the actual text that will be visible on the screen.

Park (park) v./n. Before children, a verb meaning, "to go somewhere romantic". After children,
a noun meaning "a place with a swing set and slide".

 

 

5. Guest Article: "A Day Late, A Dollar Short…"

by Kenny Love

Have you ever thought of a revolutionary idea that would significantly benefit or enhance a segment of society, but you didn't know what steps to take in order to bring it to market? How did you feel, if and when, you later discovered a similar product or service enjoying national recognition and success instead of your own?

You probably felt less than happy, to say the least, didn't you? "If I had only known what steps to take next," or, "If I had only known to whom or where to turn" are probably two resounding thoughts that occurred to you. In other words, you were a possible victim of the old adage, "A Day Late, A Dollar Short."

And, while procrastination may have played a small role in you not bringing your product to market, the most likely problem, as with many people, may have been an inability to process that information effectively. And, not necessarily the quality, or the quantity of the information, but the "order" of it.

In fact, in large part due to the Internet, there exists such an abundance of information, we can hardly digest it all. But, we have certainly created the problem of "ordering" it for maximum effectiveness.

This lack of "order" has actually contributed to the creation of a scenario much like in mathematics, whereby, a particular problem's sum relies on the successful employment of multiple elements such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division within the problem. To err in any element will result in an inaccurate sum.

This analysis can also be compared to multiple steps taken in order to successfully bring an idea from the stages of prototype, through promotion and, ultimately, to sales. We see the effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) of information daily in the successes and non-successes of movies, music,
books, games, software, diet products, fads, and numerous other products and services.

For example, if you create a product or service, yet, do not understand or, are not aware of its intended target market, our idea will, assuredly, be unsuccessful. Likewise, if you do understand and know its target market, however, are still unaware how to best promote and/or distribute it to that particular market, again, your idea will fail.

Therefore, prior to presenting any product or service to the general populace, acquiring a certain degree of preliminary background information is vitally necessary in order to make your idea the success that you desire it to become.

Establishing a legal business address, filing the necessary tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service, copywriting, or obtaining patents, gathering appropriate shipping supplies and costs, learning per unit manufacturing costs, assessing promotional and advertising fees, investigating various promotional mediums such as television, radio, print media, the Internet and, last but not least, assessing your niche market, are only the beginning basics that should be completely worked out ahead of time.

This advance work will save you tremendous effort and energy later while, at the same time, serving to move your product fluidly and timely to your intended audience. And, this will also help save you from becoming, yet, another victim of the adage, "A Day Late, A Dollar Short."
_______________________________________________

Kenny Love is President of Self-Help Resources, distributors of "I've Got a Great Idea," a 2-hour video that guides the viewer through the intricate world of patent research, prototype development, publicity, licensing and more. It is available for $31 from Self-Help Resources, P.O. Box 701231, Dallas, Texas 75370. For additional information regarding the company, or other self-improvement resources, please feel free to Email SHR at mailto:choctaw_41@yahoo.com Waterproof Mascara (wah*tr*pruf mas*kar*ah) n. Comes off if you cry, shower, or swim,
but will not come off if you try to remove it.

 

 

6. Award Picks of the Month: As most of you are aware, we honour outstanding websites with our Superb Choice Award. The criteria for these sites is the usual...content, display, load time and much more. But the most important has to be that I don't mind if the site is up on my computer and my 4 yr old daughter comes into my office and sees it. So, if you haven't already applied for our award, send us a note with you name, email address, site url and title, where you found out about our award, your geographical location and we will be sure to check it out.

This month, as with most months, we had a real hard time deciding, you all have such great sites! As we can't list them all, we have to choose, and here is

Docu-Type's Award Winner Picks of the Month.........

For kids:
Clickalink
http://www.dave18.freeserve.co.uk
A free fun and games site
** Great Job Dave! ** For webmasters:
The Lenzergy Group - Webmaster's Tool Belt
http://www.lenzergy.com/toolbelt.htm
One stop collection of products & services that webmasters will need.
** Keep up the good work, Phillip! **

And, this one is just because it's a nice, sweet site!:
Nonnie's Place
http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/3296
A beautiful site designed by a 'Grandma' for her grandchildren.
** Beautiful job Eeyore! Megan and I really enjoyed our visit. **

 

7. Rate our Newsletter: You may not know it but TIDBITS is listed in a variety of Ezine directories.

One of the directories is InfoJump (http://www.infojump/?es) 8. Nice Things You've Said About Our Newsletter:

From: Frank
URL: http://members.tripod.com/~franksplace
Title: Frank's Place

Dear Janice,

Your website is very well put together and informative too. Thanks so much for your award. I love your newsletter. Great job!

***************************

From: Pillow Lady
URL: http://www.custom-pillows.com
Title: Designs by Sara

Dear Janice,

Enjoyed the newsletter. Fun and informative. Thanks again for the award.

Back To Top

 

9. Joke of the Month: A Mother's Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray my sanity to keep.
For if some peace I do not find,
I'm pretty sure I'll lose my mind. I pray I find a little quiet,
Far from the daily family riot.
May I lie back -- not have to think
About what they're stuffing down the sink,
Or who they're with, or where they're at
And what they're doing to the cat.

I pray for time all to myself
(Did something just fall off a shelf?)
To cuddle in my nice, soft bed!
(Oh no, another goldfish -- dead!)
Some silent moments for goodness sake
(Did I just hear a window break?)

And that I need not cook or clean --
(well heck, I've got a right to dream).
Yes, now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray my wits about me keep,
But as I look around I know --
I must have lost them long ago!

** Anonymous

 

Well, that about does it for this month. Thank you to all who read this newsletter and we hope you find it both enjoyable and informative. Pass it on....

Remember, we love to hear from you. So if you have any suggestions or comments, please send us an email.

 

Janice D. Byer
Docu-Type Administrative Services
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