Net Directory : World Wide Network
Ex-Zimbabwe Customs & Excise - Old Boyz & Girlz
Introduction by John "Aussie" Austin
Our “free” directory continues to grow from month-to-month. In July 2002 we launched it with considerably less than 30 members. You will note at the bottom of your latest copy of the DIRECTORY how much and how quickly it has grown since then.
TIPS for SCANNING………… and other optical attachments
Go on, include a picture with your next newsy to the network & copy it to Arthur Adams for one of our e-Albums (see above)
BUT, please bear in mind a couple of important tips and do’s & don’ts. You see digital scanners & cameras are actually immensely more powerful tools than many users realise. They come into their own in the creative industry, where a picture or subject digitally scanned (by scanner or camera) at high resolution has the ability to be projected onto a screen or paper to produce good quality when enlarged to street poster, movie screen or motorway billboard size. The price in memory for such high resolution creation of say an A4 image will mean the creation of a file size that could well take 15-20 minutes to send as an attachment to an email L
A happy snap of Mr & Mrs exCustoms Dudes J, taken or scanned on low resolution, cropped to say waist-above with minimal background will add little more than 30 seconds to upload and download times as email attachments J
But remember also to use .jpg format for these snaps.
What about quality? Won’t low resolution snaps be inferior quality? The answer is not really (not unless any of us intend our likenesses to be posted onto election posters, motorway hoardings, cinema screens, and the like). You see a computer monitor doesn’t have sufficient pixel ability to make use of anything above low resolution anyway. Moreover, the printing of odd pics at postcard size is not going to be jeopardised either. (e.g. When Kodak and others in UK offer to print & process ordinary camera film, one has the option of additionally having them all digitally scanned for £2. These days, they deliver the scanned pics on a cd, but originally they used to be delivered on one by 1.44mb floppy disc --- or as julle okes in SA call them, “stiffies”. So, to get 24 to 27 pics onto one 1.44mb floppy/stiffy, they could only have all been low-resolution scans).
Finally, choose one (or two) good pic(s) to crop (electronically) and scan into .jpg format on low resolution. Remember .bmp or other formats can usually be additionally “saved as” .jpg files. And then send that one good snap as your enclosure (i.e. not a whole set of snaps from your last holiday).
The overall principle is to keep file sizes down, so that we can all successfully and easily receive each other’s news and pictures. So the idea is to keep the upload and download times short.
Go for it……… We all look forward to seeing how well we’ve all matured!!!!! JJJ
forwarding stuff, it would be helpful if all the rows of arrows
could be edited out first. Maybe its
your software, cos mine doesn't keep inserting them........ or maybe
you receive the
stuff with all those
>>>>> in it. Nevertheless, it is considered good
to pass them on. I spend hours re-editing them out before passing stuff on, usually from my Zim/Afro connections. I don't mind (too much) but it is soooo time consuming, so it is always nice when receiving stuff properly edited and presented – it’s also a lot easier to read.
Perhaps we can spread this message back down our own grapevines --- to educate at grass roots the sort of protocols which will help in lubricating co-operative, quick, and seamless, dissemination of the flow of news onto this wonderful & easy high-tech means of communication.
As any marketing dude will tell us, packaging is everything. Bearing in mind that email these days is no longer simply just a casual form of carefree communication. People are hired and fired, contracts are made and lost, deals are wheeled & dealed, etcetera, all by email these days. I personally manage banking, financial, legal, and other "real" business arrangements for myself, and others, by email. Students at University maintain communication with their tutors and professors almost entirely by email, these days.
The underlying principle here is to “make it easy for the recipient”. JJ
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Netiquette Guidelines……compliments of Fay Jack
Netiquette Guidelines……compliments of Fay Jack
More NETIQUETTE STUFF…………. Compliments of Gibby
WORK “NETIQUETTE” ( e-MAIL ETIQUETTE )
When writing e-mails and/or replying to/forwarding them, it’s important that we observe the necessary ‘protocols’, as follows:
I. SUBJECT LINE
Summarise the contents of the message here. As such, this is the most important line in the e-mail and ultimately determines whether the message is viewed of binned.
2. DON’T ‘Cc’ (CARBON COPY) EVERYONE
As it is, we receive too many e-mails, so rather direct your message to a particular person. Also, when responding to a message addressed to several/ many recipients, don’t ‘Reply to All’ and broadcast the message to everyone.
3. USE ‘Bcc’ (BLIND CARBON COPIES)
When addressing several/many people who don’t know each other, use ‘Bcc’. You wouldn’t dish out their ‘phone numbers, would you?
4. SHORT & FOCUSED
Reading a computer screen is no fun. Reading a cellphone, PDA or Blackberry screen is torture. Keep it simple & slick. If your message looks like a thesis it’ll be dumped.
5. LEGIBILITY IS PRIORITY
Don’t use all CAPS (upper case) – not only is it difficult to read, but it looks as if you’re shouting – nor, for that matter, all lower case. And, while we’re at it, don’t use colour fonts or italics and never – ever – resort to Comic Sans MS.
6. MUM’S THE WORD
Anyone can ’Forward’ your message, which can lead to embarrassment or even being fired. Personal and confidential information should be saved for the telephone (or, better still, for personal discussions).
7. NO ‘EMOTICONS’
You should have done enough schooling to be able to write a message clearly. If you need to stick a smiley face to ensure your statement isn’t misunderstood, rewrite it.
those Chimpanzee-behind-the-computer, thank-God-
it’s- Friday things, they’re the reason condoms were
9. NO SMS-SPEAK
U R not so busy that you need to bastardise the English language like this – and BTW abbreviating phrases is just as bad. Contractions like ‘I’ll’ and ‘we’re’ are fine, but LOL – WTF.
I0. NO FLASH
What are you, a Korean schoolgirl?
II. KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE
If initiating contact, consider the person who’ll be reading the message as you write it – i.e. write as if you were talking to him/her.
I2. STATE YOUR NAME
How are we supposed to know that firstname.lastname@example.org is Steven Hendry?
I3. INCLUDE THE MESSAGE THREAD
When replying to a message, always click ‘Reply’ instead of ‘New Mail’, so that the context is known immediately. However, this will NOT include any attachment/s – if you want the attachment/s to be included, hit ‘Forward’.
I4. CHECK BEFORE HITTING ‘SEND’
Read for ambiguities and check all names, addresses, spelling and grammar before sending.
I5. AVOID ‘HIGH PRIORITY’
Who are you to tell me what’s important? Unless you’re my brother pleading for a life-or-death kidney transplant donation, chill – I’ll read your mail just as soon as I delete this erectile dysfunction spam.
Adapted by R.A. Andriés from GQ@WORK, a supplement to the March 2006 edition of GQ magazine.
The following provided by Quentin Gibson (Gibby)
THIS INFO IS IMPORTANT AND SOMETHING WE ALL SHOULD KNOW ABOUT.
THE LETTER BELOW WAS WRITTEN BY AN EXPERT IN THE FIELD AND IT HIGHLIGHTED POTENTIAL TRAPS THAT WE NEED TO BE AWARE OF.
THERE MAY BE IDEAS HERE YOU'VE NOT THOUGHT OF, TOO, SO PLEASE READ ON…
Do you really know how to forward e-mail messages? 50% of us do; 50% DO NOT.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail (Spam)? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an e-mail there is information left over from the people who got the message before you and sent it to you, namely their e-mail addresses and names.
As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds and builds and builds.
All it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus and his or her computer can send that virus to every e-mail address that has come across their computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and send junk mail to them or sell them to spammers in the hopes that you will go to the site and they will make five cents for each hit that they sell. That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel and because someone included visible email addresses in their forwarded message!
How do you stop it? Well, there are four easy steps:
1. When you Forward an e-mail, DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That's right, DELETE them.
Highlight them and delete them or backspace them or cut them – whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. You MUST click the "Forward" button first though and then you will have full editing capabilities for the body and headers of the message. If you don't click on "Forward" first, you won't be able to edit the message at all.
2. Whenever you send an e-mail to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: columns for adding e-mail address. Always use the BCC: (Blind Carbon Copy) column for listing the e-mail addresses. This way the people you send to only see their own e-mail address and no one else's. If you don't see your BCC: option, click on where it says To: and your address list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: - and that's it, it's that easy. When you send to BCC: your message will automatically say "Undisclosed Recipients" in the "TO:" field of the people who receive it, providing extra security and privacy to all the people in your Address Book.
3. Remove any "FW:" in the subject line. You can re-name the subject if you wish or even correct spelling.
4. ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual e-mail you are reading. Ever get those e-mails that you have to open 10 FW: pages to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual, final page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many e-mails just to see what you sent. (Many people will not open all those e-mails for fear of getting a virus so your message may go unread.)Have you ever gotten an e-mail that is a petition? It states a position and asks you to add your name and address and to Forward it to a number of people or your entire Address Book. The e-mail can be Forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and e-mail addresses.
FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and e-mail addresses contained therein. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient(s). Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and e-mail addresses on a petition - and, again, you will protect the privacy of those in your Address Book and provide them additional security against viruses and spammers. Please remember this when thinking about forwarding petitions.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses by working together and respecting the privacy and security of one another.
Finally, here's an idea!!! Let's send this to everyone we know (but please strip my address off first!). This is something that SHOULD be forwarded.One more little request to all: If you can't be bothered to take the time to do this, then please just DELETE this e-mail instead of sending it on because you're otherwise just feeding further into the problem. And YOU may end up getting the virus or spam that you don't want in the long run. Sad but true.