Issue No.2 July 21st 1997
Thanks for the comments on the first issue of DMN, here's more of the same mix of multimedia news heavily weighted towards online media. If you're a first time visitor and want to know more about who we define as a digital mechanic we explained it here. If you have suggestions or a press release and news items to share, email us, and, we'd love to get the newsletter out to a wider audience, so if you'd like to link to us, or include us in your site content, just ask. (That's free content, with just a petrol sniff of self promotion!)
Here come the Virtual Pets.
Creatures, is a commercial artificial life product that has collected rave reviews from gamers and scientists alike. The software introduces "an entire world of Norns with life and personalities of their own. Norns hatch from eggs, live and breed inside the computer, and have the ability to learn and act independently as they grow and explore their virtual world."
Last month Mindscape signed a distribution
agreement with PF.Magic to distribute PF.Magic's popular Dogz and Catz virtual
pets titles. Dogz hit the stores in 1995 and together
with Catz has sold close to one million copies worldwide.
Creatures is set to top that if the reaction by
the children in my house is an indication.
From its Techno opening with <low source / hi
source> wire frame/ render screen graphic, the copy
line 'No sub
adults. Those only of the age of consent need access', the new Australian SubZero site leaves no
doubt about the audience it's after. The
national club listing, DJ and fashion information is presented
in strong black and white reflecting the equally strong
SubZero Brand ID. The fashion news has been written by
someone who knows or at least religiously reads the
overseas mags. Sample Tip. Think smalls - underwear
as outerwear is in for evening. (For girls
that is.) There's even a spinning SubZero bottle top
screen saver for (PC's only) to download. Main Bitch? The
tiny black and white Courier type was hard to read on a
640 x 480 screen, and really hard to read on 800 x 600.
1,2,3 (then the Java Demo)
I picked up the Audio Highway Listen UpTM story from WIRED but I've just got around to going to the Listen Up web site. While everything is still promised 'real soon now', the idea is good and even if you believe we'll be downloading this information to our palmtop PCs instead of another stand alone device, Audio Highway might get there first. Try the simple Java demo (careful, it crashed Netscape 4 Rel. 4 when I switched pages while it loaded but that was probably just beta bugs) and then check the number of tiny Gif shrapnel in your cache, that the applet loads. It's slick, if a little superficial, but I'll add it to my list of web device demo's along with the first downloadable (not the current Shockwave one) for Palm Pilot and a couple of others. FH
Australia is the first true Australian online only
wine vendor (apparently they had a hell of a job getting
the licence) and it is trying very hard to be Web savvy.
There's no problem with browser sizes on this site. It
detected our browser and offered a customised version.
~ Clean vs. Dirty in Web
~ Java Competition. While you're polishing up that latest applet, that the client will never appreciate the head hours you've spent, consider submitting it to someone who will. eMERGE, the Victorian Multimedia Centre is coordinating a Java competition for Java developers in the Australia/ Asia Pacific area. The details can be found on the web site: http://www.javacomp.vicnet.net.au/
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August 1997 3rd National Entertainment
August 1997 Internet
Picking up local speed and looking better every week, is the Mecklermedia/Kirby Network services paper/mag WebWeek. Australian editor Gerard Knapp gets the mix of local and overseas material just right and hopefully the advertisers will jump on this opportunity to reach a wide range of IT and Web designers. We've seen the weekly on some of the best desks in publishing and advertising around town. You can still get a complimentary subscription by filling out the card in the magazine or better still, online. Do it now and tell a friend!
For a good overview of PUSH vendors, see Lee Fleming's Web Broadcasting: an Overview , an adaptation of an illustrated talk he gave on push technology and streaming media at Thunderlizard Productions' Web Broadcasting '97 conference in San Jose, California in June this year. (The links to the later parts of the article on Streaming media were broken when I looked)
useful but also on the @vantage site, is a short sample
feature from Jupiter's Online Marketplace Newsletter
Off-line Purchases Online, an overview of the advantages and main
differences in 'location' marketing' vs. the web based
Sponsored by Digital Mechanics.
Web site overhauls a specialty