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Newsletter: January 2000

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the 3rd Millennium, which seems to have got underway without too much drama. The Y2K bug turned out to be toothless, the doomsayers were wrong again, and the world continues to revolve.

Te Awamutu people celebrated the New Year in a variety of ways. There were plenty of revellers in and around town having a great time. Low-key evenings at home were popular. Christians welcomed the new millennium with church family parties and prayer services. Naturally, many locals travelled to other places around the country.

Wherever you were, we hope you enjoyed the event and had the celebration you wished for.

What's New

We've been plugging away updating various parts of the site during the last month. Some of the more significant changes have been at the following pages:

Attractions Community : Sports
Fun & Games Community : Organisations

This Month's Featured Page

The Millennium Gallery

The New Year Goat (Photo by Helen Bovet)
The New Year Goat 
(Photo by Helen Bovet)

As we mentioned last month, we're setting up a gallery of images from the turn of the millennium. You can see our progress at this page.

So far the response has been "mixed" - lots of positive comments, but not much in the way of contributions. Lots of people have said that they would like to send us photos, but don't think they have any which are good enough. Please don't think like this! We're looking for photos (or videos) of anything at all to do with Te Awamutu: Yourself, your family, your house, your holiday, or anything else you can think of.

To submit your images, simply send them to us as e-mail attachments (please make them less than 2 MB in size). If you don't know how to do this, e-mail us or call us at any of these numbers for friendly help:
0800-20-44-36; 025-448-621 (Dave); 025-243-7837 (Richard).

Tips & Tricks on the 'Net

Error 404

If you surf the 'net, you will have come across the dreaded "Error 404 - Page Not Found". This is the error message you receive when a page you try to visit doesn't exist. The exact error message you see will depend on the browser you use (and the website - see below).

Below are two examples of what you might see when you try to access a non-existent page...

Error 404 message in Internet Explorer 5 Error 404 message displayed by Internet Explorer 5.
Error 404 message in Netscape Navigator 4 Error 404 message displayed by Netscape Navigator 4.
(Note: URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, which basically means internet address.)

The error 404 could have a number of possible causes, but it usually means the page doesn't exist at the location you've tried.

However, this error can also be caused by a temporary "glitch", and the page could actually be working fine. It's well worth clicking your browser's "Refresh" (or "Reload") button to see if the page will load. If not, you could try returning to the same location later and trying again.

Refresh button (Internet Explorer 5)The refresh button (Internet Explorer 5).

Reload button (Netscape Navigator 4)The reload button (Netscape Navigator 4)

Some websites (including Te Awamutu Online) will show you a customised error message instead of the default browser message. This custom message may offer some more constructive options. To see what we mean, try to visit the page below which doesn't exist. You will see our special error message which includes a link to our homepage, a "Back" button, and a search form. (Often the page you are looking for has been moved to a different location, and doing a quick search will find the page's new location.)

That's it for another month. Take care, and all the best for a happy new year.

Dave and Richard.

P.S. Watch out for our new advertising campaign in the Te Awamutu Courier!