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March 14 , 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.

As you may have noticed in our past newsletters, we like to add in little 'one liners' in between our stories and links. Usually these are just relayed to us through email.

Well, in this edition, we are using some winning one liners from a recent contest in the "We Compute" magazine that is available in our area (Toronto area). If you want to check out their site...just go to . The names listed after the one liner is the winning entries author.

These one liners are all extensions to:

"You know you are spending to much time with your computer when....."

Well, you win lose some!

In our last issue we offered free exposure to the winner of our contest, "Our Newsletter Needs a Name!"

No one entered...:(

Oh, well. We know it was a toughy...we had problems trying to think of a name ourselves, that's why we sent it out to you.

So, we really had to put our brains in overdrive to come up with something.

Thus, "Docu-Type's TidBits" is now the official name of our Newsletter. get a tatoo that reads, "This body best viewed with Netscape 3.0 or higher".
(Kevon Reid, Mississauga, Ontario)

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We've been busy beavers this past month...we did some rearranging on our site!

So, check it out and let us know what you think! start tilting your head to smile at people. :)
(Martin Kwolik)

With so many companies putting web pages on the Net, we decided to let you know of a few mistakes that are commonly made, but can be avoided, when getting your name up in 'bytes':

  1. Advertising your site before it's completed. Sure we all want to get up and running, but don't let your audience now that the site isn't finished yet. Avoid putting "Under Construction" signs on the page.
  2. Making your site too fancy or overwhelming. Learning and knowing how to make graphics is fun, but don't overload your site with too many of them. It makes the load time a lot slower and makes visitors frustrated while having to wait for the page to load. Also, try to minimize the use of too many colours and patterned backgrounds. This can make your site unappealing to your visitor.
  3. Using too many technical add-ons. Many 'surfers' still use older versions of browsers or have slow speed connections and can't view the "fancy, dancy" stuff.
  4. Making your company logo or site title too big. Try to make your site with your visitor in mind. Having a large logo takes longer to load and, generally, your visitor is at your site to learn about "YOU" not your logo.
  5. Making your site 'usable' on all browsers. All browsers work differently, therefore you need to make sure your page works well in each browser. I know most of us use only one browser, but just because it looks good on yours doesn't mean it will look good on theirs. If you can, try to test out your site on a variety of browsers.

There are many more suggestions, such as being sure to list your contact information where your visitor can see it, promoting your site in the search engines, ensuring that the links still work, having content that will bring your visitors back again and again, not making any changes to your site and making your site unique...different from the rest.

In short, make your site with your visitor in mind....what will they want and like?

....someone tells you a joke and you respond, "LOL".
(Scott Silverberg, Barrie, Ontario)

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As most of you are aware, we honor 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 3 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.

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

Randy's HomePage

This site is great for anyone who is interested in Snowmobiling, Tow Trucks and other 'manly' things. Oh, ya, and he has the largest listing of search engines that I have ever seen!

Congratulations to Randy....nice work!

....your web site counter reads '100 hits' and you realize you've been the only one there.
(Joseph Costa)

Learn all the Tips, Tricks and Secrets to help promote your businesses and/or websites Online. Corey Rudl is a man who started from scratch and is now doing millions of dollars in business Online and can provide all these secrets to you.

If you want the hits to your site to skyrocket, then your first stop should be The Internet Marketing Center@ . tell your girlfriend "I think we should split into subdirectories"
(Nina Sabot, Thornhill, Ontario)

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Many of us receive notifications of virus' that you aren't sure if they are legitimate or hoaxes. Always be warned against any emails that include attachments from anyone you don't know. If you don't know the author, don't open the attachment. Some could have virus' in them. For that was brought to our attention by our ISP..."Happy.exe". Although this virus is said to be a nuisance more than anything, we simply wanted to remind you not to run any unknown programs if you don't know the source. And, of course, don't forget to run your virus checker on a regular basis.

....all your friends have an @ in their names.
(Martin Kwolik)

Visit Digital Women. They run some excellent contests, but it is also a great site for women on the web. With a motto like "Women with their modems running", you know they have to have loads of information to help women or men who have a need to learn more about networking and marketing on the web. If you want to learn more, visit Digital Women's homepage @ refer to going to the bathroom as downloading.
(Martin Kwolik)

Many people have a fascination with their family trees (my dad included) . Well, now there's a site that allows you to search for distant or recent family members. Enter your own Genealogy page and see if you already know anyone on the site. spend half the plane trip with your laptop on your
lap and your child in the overhead compartment.

(Martin Kwolik)

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So, you have these great graphics programs, but don't know all the bells & whistles?

Well, check out this great site for tutorials that include..Photoshop, Corel Draw, Paint Shop Pro and others.

Graphx Design

....your cat has its own home page.
(Martin Kwolik)

Here's a fun site for all who love to play games. But, this one has a different twist to get paid if you win! That's can win money! Although most prizes are little amounts (ie. two or three dollars), some have large amounts. Either way, whether you win or lose, it's a lot of fun. Some of the games include The Bingo Zone, Rolling Stone Network's Picturama, Stockcar Madness and many others.

....your hard drive crashes. You haven't logged on for two hours. You start to twitch and pick up the phone and manually dial your ISP. You try to hum, whistle and drag your fingernails on a chalkboard to communicate with your modem...and it works.
(Martin Kwolik)

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And finally, here's Docu-Type's Joke of the Month.....

At Duke University, there were four sophomores taking Organic Chemistry. They did so well on all the quizzes, midterms and labs, etc., that each had, up that point, an "A" for the semester. These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go up to the University of Virginia and party with some friends up there.

They had a great time! However, after all the hardy partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Duke until early Monday morning.

Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the final and explain to him why they had missed it. They explained that they had gone to UVA for the weekend with the plan to come back to study but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn't have a spare and couldn't get help for a long time. As a result, they had missed the final.

The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved.

They studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them.

The professor placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, worth 5 points, something simple about free radical information. "Cool," they thought at the same time, each in his separate room, "this is going to be easy".

Each finished the problem and then turned the page. On the second page was written: "(for 95 points)- Which tire was flat?"

Nice things you've said about our Newsletter:(again, here's a way to expose your site)

"Great newsletter!!!!!" Lori A. (

Well, that's 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
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