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New Court ruling regarding MP3's

Posted by Internetrix on 19 December 2006

Other than SPAM the other ongoing battle on the internet is how to deal with copyrighted material. Be it music, videos, TV shows, DVD's or any other digital content that you can watch or listen to, the struggle continues. Adding a layer of complexity to digital content copying is that different countries have different laws and therefore deal differently with whether it's illegal or legal to do such things as create a website that provides links to downloads at other websites and internet locations of the digital content. With the globalisation of the internet and the ability to have servers located in most countries of the world it is a challenge to police.

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SPAM - the battle continues

Posted by Internetrix on 19 December 2006

SPAM, the dread of every email account holder. Unfortunately despite a new year being underway the curse of the Internet continues to be a major problem. Late in 2006, Internetrix changed the antispam solution we offer clients in an attempt to improve the situation. We moved from a challenge system where by it was necessary for people who hadn't emailed you before to reply to a challenge email before your email was released to the inbox.

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Using Google Maps on your Contact page

Posted by Internetrix on 12 December 2006

Ever felt like the Contact Us page map on your website is a little plain and maybe even has a copied map from one of the many static mapping websites that are out there? With the race between Google and Microsoft to establish market domination in global mapping, there are some great new mapping innovations that are available.

The Google Maps website is available right here and starts of with a view of the United States. Notice though, that in the bottom right hand corner is a small square which allows a quick change of location on a global scale.

The Microsoft equivalent is known as Microsoft Virtual Earth and is available right here. When the website loaded it presents a full sized screen of Australia. Not sure how they know that that's where we are but it's nice to be presented with the home country.

It is a good experiment to find your house and work location and any other favourite tourist destinations around the world using both these tools. They both have their strengths and weaknesses, and depending on if you need directions from one place to another, are looking for shops and services in a certain area or just want the WOW factor, each of them have different strengths.

What we have found however is that implementing the Google API brings a whole new experience to the Contact Us page on your website. Rather than the expensive and static images you can buy from a directory company, Google is allowing the implementation of the Google Maps right into your own website. This means that people can start with a pointer showing where you are located, and then scroll out to the wider area map and position the map just specifically for them. This is magic, and provides major enhancements for the customer trying to find directions to your premises.

Check out our Contact Us page with the Google Maps implementation right here...

The other major development in mapping is for real estate, architects or any other property development type company who is looking to highlight specific locations. We were fortunate enough to recently have the opportunity to complete a significant upgrade to the David's Real Estate Website. Each one of their properties either for sale or lease, now has the ability to see the Google Map of that location, and again it can be dynamically moved to suit each and every user. Here is an example of a property page - click on the View Map option to see it at work.

The surge towards dynamic mapping was started by Google Earth which we wrote about earlier in the year

. With two titans striving for online mapping excellence, we can be sure that more and more improvements will be delivered in the online mapping space.

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The Iraq Study Group Report

Posted by Internetrix on 11 December 2006

December the 6th saw the release of the Iraq Study Group Report. The release of this report has seen blanket coverage in all forms of media in the last couple of weeks.

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Listen to World Cup Cricket live on the Internet

Posted by Internetrix on 11 December 2006

Update March 14th: The original article written below was for the 2006/07 Ashes. Now that the World Cup is underway it appears that there will be internet streaming coverage available around the world. The list of television and radio broadcasters around the world is available here...

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Christmas 'Primping'

Posted by Internetrix on 28 November 2006

Oh man. Cheesy title. I know, I know. But as the festive season fast approaches and you're probably starting to think about all the Christmas pimping, I mean primping, you'll do to your home - putting up lights, candles, the tree, the stockings and all that jazz - don't forget to primp your computer out with some holiday cheer!

First off is that screen saver. Starfield simulation or the flying window is so mid-year. This year the most popular Christmas screen saver ever is available in 3D! Originally launched in 2000, Santa's Workshop features elves assembling gifts and writing in cards, a train moving around the workshop and more. And now that it's in 3D your festive computer will be even cooler with a 3D elf stopping to warm his wee hands by the fire. Although it's steaming hot outside, it almost makes you feel like it's snowing just thinking of it!

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Aussie Spammer to Financial Slammer

Posted by Internetrix on 28 November 2006

Australian anti spam regulators have just flexed their muscles slamming a Perth-based company with a penalty of $5.5 million for infringing the Spam Act.

The Federal Court ordered Clarity1 Pty Ltd to pay up $4.5 million and for its Managing Director to cough up $1 million of his own money for sending unsolicited emails and using harvested address lists.

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Staff Profile: Ashley Jonceski

Posted by Internetrix on 28 November 2006

Name: Ashley Jonceski

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IE7 Available to the Masses

Posted by Internetrix on 28 November 2006

We've been talking about Internet Explorer version 7, or IE7, for a while in previous newsletters and finally Microsoft has released it and made it Mail

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New Internetrix website launched!

Posted by Internetrix on 28 November 2006

Happy times at Internetrix. We're ecstatic, thrilled, pumped, stoked, and can't even think of any more adjectives to describe how we feel about having a new website. Like the mechanic with the old jalopy of a car, the Internetrix website often gets neglected as we're busy building killer websites and applications for our clients. But look out - the new website is here and it's a vast improvement focused at showcasing our increasingly sophisticated and proven range of products in customer, project, knowledge and content management.

We started with the goal to redesign the site to allow easier identification of our products and services. This was achieved through a complete restructuring of our primary navigation and improved use of our product logos from the home page. We also were keen to place more of an emphasis on our hundreds of pages of news content by creating an Articles button. We're not finished with the site either, it's soon to feature video demonstrations of our products to further assist the goal of increased lead generation directly from our site.

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