Issue # 28 Monday, January 11, 1999

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum softwareand their Web site. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. Current and past things Todd and Internet can be seen at http://propagandist.com/.

One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, Todd kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to (and generally reads) 80+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.


  

Full-column and topic INDEX

Back in the work grind. I'm half unpacked from the office move and sitting in a cozy little office with ducts a la Brazil and a very bright directional fluorescent track light shining down on the still taped boxes, wondering where the hell I'm gonna put 5 years of hoarded books, papers, broken mice and old CD-ROMs...

Anyway, this week I'm going to review Family Daze a monthly column from Debbie Farmer, with a quicky at the end as per usual. And if I haven't said so lately, thanks much for the mail and suggestions that you send in.

Review - Family Daze

Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 4

E-zine Description: From the site:

Debbie Farmer's weekly humor column, Family Daze, gives parents a chance to laugh and make sense of the chaos of raising a family. Her columns are published weekly in over 11 newspapers around the country and are read by over 100,000 people. Many of her columns have also appreared in regional parenting magazines and speciality publications published by Sunset Corporation.

This review covers the monthly e-mail version of Family Daze.

Frequency of Publication: monthly

Subscription Instructions:
Visit:
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Lofts/2878/

WWW location:
http://www.amazon.com/

Contact Information:

Debbie Farmer - d_farmer@geocities.com

Cost: free

Review

Content - 5
Each monthly mailer contains one column from Debbie Farmer a famous columnist (though I don't have a list of which newspapers carry her column). The columns consist of short anecdotal and interesting stories, each with a dose of wry humour, a warm touch and a bit of lesson. The stories are told from a mother's (Debbie's) perspective and detail the small things your kids do that make you sit back and chuckle or smile or want to hug them.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
Well, what to say here. Debbie is a columnist, who writes quite well, with an eye for wit and the ability to pull a heart string or two without going anywhere near overboard. Easy and flowing, you forget you're reading until you're done the story.

Regularity - 5
Every month! Really! Right near the beginning...

Extras - 4
Each mailer has contact, good copyright and site info listed. The site, with is friendly and easy to use and Debbie seems ready to answer all questions. The only thing I thought missing here was a lack of explicit unsubscribe instructions in the e-mail or on the site, something that would probably save both her and her subscribers some time.

Overall - 5
This is a pretty interesting little column. I don't think that Debbie Farmer is out to change the world or teach lessons, just remind her readers of a few things once and a while. Never overly long and it doesn't come overly often. Mmmm... this one is too soft, this one is too hard, but this one is just right...

E-zine Title: User Interface Design Update

E-zine Description: Insights from Human Factors International, Inc. (HFI) Providing consulting and training in software ergonomics. Every month HFI reviews the most useful developments in UI research from major conferences and publications.

An interesting little newsletter that I subscribed to a few months ago. Covers information on User Interface, useability, useability testing and theory. If you design interfaces for software or systems, this one is worth a subscribe.

Frequency of Publication: monthly

Subscription Instructions:
Visit:
http://www.humanfactors.com/subscribe.htm

WWW location:
http://www.humanfactors.com

Contact Information:
e-mail: hfi@humanfactors.com

Cost: Free.

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