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Print Magazines

.net Issue 9 August 95
WIRED Issue 3.07 July 95

On-Line Magazines

Word Magazine
Urban Desires
Echo On-Line Service


.net Issue 9 August 95

This issue has the usual mix of readable and relevant.

Barclay's Bank have adopted the Netscape Commerce server software and started a shopping centre on the Web called BarclaySquare. The eight retailers who figured that if it was safe for the bank, it's safe for them are Sainsbury's, Argos, Toys'R'Us, Eurostar, Campus Travel, Blackwell's Book Store, Innovations and The Car Shop. Apparently Barclay's have tested and audited the Netscape SSL encryption of Credit Card information and given it a tick. http://www.itl.net/barclaysquare/
(The Commerce server software is what we're planning to use for the Murdoch Magazines site from day one. You'll see the secure blue key on the bottom).

.net are launching a bi-monthly reviews based, listings orientated magazine called The .net Directory. It will apparently be 'in a funny shape' that will build a database of sites which will be incorporated into a CD-ROM and their Web site.

Speaking of Funny Shapes. Anyone interested in my old idea of MM continuing in print with a listings based cheap ($2) TV-Guide style to the Net? How about Vertical A4 trimmed to match format of web page on an 800x600 screen (long and narra). cheap stock, print 100,000 and let back cover advertisers give them away. Ozemail, Netcomm, Harvey Norman. Monthly or more frequent, say 3 weeks.

.net is on the Future publications site http://www.futurenet.co.uk/ unfortunately the Web site for .net is dull.


By the way, have you noticed Cybercafe's are everywhere?

WHO IS ON THE NET Episode #2,345
Details of UK NOP Research group survey.
They canvassed 5,660 Net users aged 15 and above. They found..
  • One third of Net users are female.
  • 35% of (whole survey presumably) are aged over 35
  • 6% were more than 55 years old.
  • 34% are aged between 25 and 24
  • 355 of those surveyed earn A$50,000 or more a year.
The results are on NOP's Web pages http://www.nopres.co.uk/

There's also an article in the August issue by Bill Thompson about Internet survey techniques, and the problem of self-selecting samples. Most of the research on net usage comes from surveys put up on the Net.
Have you filled out a survey yet?
Well, who does?
That's his point.
Thompson lists the Third World Wide Web User Survey at http://www.cc.gatech.edu/gvu/user_surveys/ He also mentions the list at Yahoo. http://www.yahoo.com/
I've got these in HTML format on the MM sales disk if you are interested.

The Feature subject in this .net is movies, using Godard's quote (based on the axiom that a photograph can't lie) that cinema is Truth twenty four times a second. (I used the quote on my film/video production letterhead in the 70's and changed it 'to somewhere between 1 and 25 times a second' because 25fps is the frame rate of video. Godard was a hero of mine at the time and quoting him was pretty cool then.) The 'Truth' bit has been bent with advent of special effects manipulation. It's really easy to lie with Photoshop.

The .net magazine's overview covers a lot of the on-line future of movies, talks about the problems of video on demand, MPEG standards etc. They also mention that there is an estimated two dozen movies, based on Internet or Cyber futures, in production. Are you ready for another fad genre?

Here's some of the film sites.
Pointing out how sometimes the unofficial Web sites are freshest and kept updated better (labours of love not money etc), there are three sites for the Cannes Film Festival, two official. The French versions is at http://www.mhm.fr/festival/cannes the other in English at http://www.Cannes.ZDS.Softway.worldnet.net/ The unofficial is http://caness.cyber.ad.jp/~cannes Store them away for next year, the festival is usually late April.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences http://www.oscars.org/ampas/

Buena Vista Movieplex (part of Disney) http://www.wdp.com/BVPM/

There's also two e-mailed subscription-only publications they recommend. Proof of the growing trend that people are willing to pay for the information they receive. Indie is the Independent Filmakers electronic newsletter and it costs US$20 a year from info@indiefilm.com. (The IFF run a dial-up BBS service as well, 001 310 425 0012 if you can stand the LA call cost). However, I'll send my money off to The Highwayman, a weekly e-mailed summary of the Net traffic in Independant Film production information. It costs US$25 a year.
The Usenet newsgroup covering this production information is at alt.movies.independent

You can use Netscape to read Newsgroups. It's easy. Hit the Newsgroups button if you've got the Directory button bar on. I turn mine off in options to get a few extra lines of screen. On Directory menu choose Go to Newsgroups, you should be able to work it out from there. You 'subscribe' (get to read) to these and it helps to know the names of the ones you are interested in (alt.sex.binaries is not considered work related!) Call me if you need help.


WIRED Issue 3.07 July 95


(Just when you've finished reading it along comes the August issue. Damn)
Reading between the articles (ie.the Ads)

Another CD ROM magazine 'with attitude'. It's called TROUBLE & ATTITUDE The MultiMedia Magazine for Men promises us Mutant monsters, challenging bikinis, and slamming poetry. The Web site is at http://www.trouble.com

We are about to see some local CD-ROM magazines. Soon to be released, is Click. To get an idea of content see their Web site http://www.click.com.au/ (Matt Kennedy has been hanging with the team that is doing it) Toyota are on the disk as an advertiser with an Interactive ad. Then there's The Disk from Melbourne. I've got a copy on my desk. It runs on DOS, needs a 486 but has a limited sound card support (OK on mine at home, but doesn't work on Jackie's at office). They're selling Ad Sponsorship on The Disk.

The local Australian site for Shishedo may have been first but Paco Rabanne's XS Pour Elle "The first fragrance launched in Cyberspace" promised to be a lot prettier, but when I tried http://www.cybershop.com there were lots of bugs. I couldn't get the XS page to load, and when you register, Cybershop want to know everything but be careful if you make a make a mistake, it just falls over.

Comment:

The view (biased maybe, but I always listen to the street gossip) from inside, that's expressed by a text thread in WIRED's Electroword. They say that "a wave of Net-based voice telephony products have the telcos' long term seers shakin' in the recently deregulated boots. You heard it here first: the (phone) voice business is Dead. Repeat:it's not even a commodity: it's doomed."

I haven't tried the Windows Internet Voice chat software I've got, because you need to have the other person on-line at the same time. Anyone want to try? You need a sound card, microphone, speakers. If you've got their software, there's a list of people who you can talk to on-line at http://www.vocaltec.com There's a Mac version of the voice software at http://www.emagic.com

I'll try it real soon now. The idea to make International calls for $3 an hour is very attractive.

Announcing that they'll be on the Microsoft Network. ESPNET SportsZone http://espnet.sportszone.com

With the Microsoft swing to a Net emphasis, a lot of people will be interested in MSN sites. I still believe we should be there to catch the Mums/home crowd.

We've got a beta burn of the MechWarrior2 game mentioned, on CD-ROM for PC. Needs a Pentium and SVGA to really move. There's an interview I did with Josh Resnick, Mech2's game producer going up on MM On-line soon. He used to sell Real Estate. Now it's the big time of Hollywood games.

Other WIRED URLS

http://www.houseblues.com The House of Blues (this is by the guy who started the Hard Rock Cafe chain)

http://www.rockument.com Haight-Asbury in the 60's CD-ROM (for all us old hippies)

http://www.cnd.org China News Digest They have been consistently reporting on inside China since Tienamin

http://www.mirror.wwa.com/mirror/orgs/moba/moba.htm The Museum of Bad Art


On-Line Magazines


*The new term to learn is Server Push, that's the technique used by both these zines to force your screen or parts of it to redraw when the internet server says so.

Two magazines featured big in my on-line browsing last week. Both sites use server push to effect.

The slickest is Word.

It's at http://www.word.com/

The lettering on this masthead changes each time you load, the last word's I've seen after Issues.Culture.Nothingness. are Clouds, Laziness, Wankers. Server push is used to animate a heading on each page. My favourite is the Letters page inkwell that spills.

This is all beautifully designed and the best use of Real Audio I've seen. If you've downloaded the Real Audio player (if you need it I've got it on disk and can load it for you) then you can have ambient background music as you read. It works best on the Travel pages especially on the Morocco story. Click on their icon for RA and then scroll through the story. It almost makes it interesting waiting for the pages to load. (Nah!)

The sponsors are the current on-line lot, as you see. SAAB is new.


The other zine is Urban Desires http://desires.com/1.5

I've got the contents page on disk. It's all very simple graphically but the depth is there in the articles, and they all have some clever programming.

An example is the fly in the article about inner city barbeques, it appears and dissapears in different places in the article with 'server push'. At first you don't think the page has loaded fully although Netscape says Completed, the page download continues just to move the fly around.

(There's another kind of fly in Urban Desires for Tim. Check out the CD-ROM REVIEW: Fly Fishing the Great Rivers of the West. Sounds like a great present for yourself.)

There's an ongoing article by region on the sex industry (craft?) in America that's rated , and it's all laid out nicely by a design group called AGENCY.COM (tm) I've included their client page here (New window). They do some of the big ones and this ad for them seems to be the only sell on the Urban Desires site.


Tech-future
Connecting a live camera to the Net is not enough anymore. You have to be able to control where it looks. Here's one example I followed from Urban Desires pages.

"USC's Tele-Garden" offers an "Internet-based robotic gardening experience for those computer junkies who just can't seem to make it past the front door. The art-and-technology installation, located in a laboratory in the Engineering Building, allows World Wide Web users to "remotely view and tend a living garden."
Any savvy World Wide Web user can view the Tele-Garden. A robotic arm with digital camera attached points down at the garden site, providing a close-up of that particular area. With a click of the mouse, you direct it's new location, complete with an overviewing -"you-are-here" - diagram of the entire bed. Those who sign up on-line and become members are additionally granted water-can and seeding privileges.
The Tele-Garden project officially opens this summer. http://www.usc.edu/dept/garden


A piece in WIRED explained that the editor behind Urban Desires is an actor who choses to build Web pages between jobs instead of waiting tables. Do you ever get discovered by the Hollywood producer doing HTML?


The last magazine is really an on-line site. The Echo BBS in New York is...quote

"Echo is New York's premiere online service. On Echo, a diverse group of people get online to talk about books, movies, politics, art and much, much more. There are over 50 conferences on Echo including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine and High Times".


I like the opening graphic where the menu slides out


but I really got side tracked by the contributors page of (their own) home pages. Get onto Echo at http://www.echonyc.com and you'll see what I mean. I've put the conferences (chatrooms) they host on here. There is the contributor's page (without links) here it's called the Echoids Pages (opens in a new window).

Is all this a revolution in personal expression/publishing or not?



By the way, Cybercafes are everywhere.


As I see all these on-line offerings, I'm acutely aware that our Murdoch Magazines site will be pretty tame because we don't have the energy (money?) to spend on design and content. If we did Australian MultiMedia and nothing else we'd still be boring. We'll get by on a few good ideas but we have to think about how we'll be seen by others.

So, we've registered the URL, do we need a name for Murdoch Magazines On-Line? Any suggestions?

www.mm.com.au
As WIRED's jargon watch explains, that's spoken as triple-dub
(that's the www) dot mm dot com dot au

Fred.