The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 20 June 2005 
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall New Mailing Address  by Gena Bybee
BMI Home Page Updated  by Ruben Meeting Mike  by Carol Hall
BMI Win Turbo - 7x Faster  by Ruben Bybee Love that Dirt!  by Renee Eagon
KJ's Virus Clinic  by KJ Newby Filter or Not?  by Mike Rochelle
Funnies  by Victor Luna Lock the door and set th ...  by Nathan O'Neel
Recipe of the Month  by Carol Hall POM: Best Little Compute ...  by Jon Alexander
Thank you for the kind w ...  by Matt Stephens and YOU
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall


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Greetings, and "Thank you" to all that read BMI's THE ON RAMP!. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the content, finding it not only helpful but FUN. A friend once told me "The more fun you have, the greater your value to yourself and society; the more fun you share, the more fun you have."

If you have suggestions for articles you would like to see, or items to include...please let me know. There is a link at the bottom of this newsletter for easy submission of your ideas, thoughts and suggestions! Enjoy!

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New Mailing Address
by Gena Bybee


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I have noticed that some of you are still using our old mailing address, so I thought I would take a moment to give you the new one:
Blue Mountain Intenet 206 N. 2nd Ave, Suite D Walla Walla, WA 99362
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BMI Home Page Updated
by Ruben


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Over the last several weeks, we caught the bug for the reality TV shows and created our own version. We did an "Extreme Make Over" of the BMI home page. As part of our quality service, it is our intention that BMI's home page have NO ADVERTISEMENTS and be a SPAM FREE beginning point for you.

See our new home page look and VOTE on how you like it. Go to : http://www.bmi.net then login at the top left corner. After logging in you can completely customize items you want to appear on your page and block ones you don't want. Your login gives you a number of BMI CUSTOMER ONLY BENEFITS that you see only when you login. These include special rewards (click on the REWARDS link) such as free e-mail greeting cards, free placement of your online classifieds, links to special software tools (choose SUPPORT link), easy access to your quarantine Email (choose QUARANTINE link) and many other items. We hope you find these features useful and interesting. If you have a suggestion for an additional feature, let us know.

Remember to vote on how you like our new look or email us your feedback, suggestions and comments. Send them to info@bmi.net.
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Meeting Mike
by Carol Hall


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Mike Rochelle has been with Blue Mountain Internet since 1997. In fact, he just began his 100th month of service here! In view of that, I thought it would be fun to let you meet him - so let me introduce Michael Rochelle...


Editor: Where were you born, and where did you grow up?
Mike: I was born in Omak, Washington and spent most of my growing up years in Walla Walla, Washington.

Editor: What was your FIRST paying job?
Mike: Delivering newspapers. I delivered "The Grit".

Editor: What was the first thing you bought, with your first paycheck?
Mike: A baseball mitt

Editor: What was the WORST job you ever had?
Mike: Being a truck driver

Editor: If you were not in this profession, what profession would you choose??
Mike: I would own a car wash.

Editor: What is the best advice you ever received??
Mike: "Never look back"

Editor: What is your "all time favorite" movie??
Mike: "Same Time Next Year"

Editor: What was your very first car??
Mike: 1963 Ford Fairlane

Editor: Where is the one place you have never been, that you would like to visit??
Mike: Australia

Editor: What is the one musical instrument you would most like to play??
Mike: The piano

Editor: Close your eyes and imagine you are in a place called "Perfect" Where are you??
Mike: Taking a nap!

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BMI Win Turbo - 7x Faster
by Ruben Bybee


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BMI is proud to announce the release of our BMI Turbo v4.0 acceleration engine for Windows. The Mac version is under development and should be available in the next 30-60 days. This is by far the FASTEST accelerator to date. Independant tests by VeriTest have shown the time-to-download of first view web pages are up to 7.33 times FASTER than non-accelerated web pages. See the complete report.

Additional features include E-Mail, FTP, and Flash Animation acceleration as well as pop-up blocking and security management for web browser cookies. Existing BMI Turbo customers using Windows can get this free upgrade free via the Windows Software Download.

Not using our Turbo? Click here for details on a FREE 30 day test drive. No special hardware required and the BMI Turbo works over a standard phone line.
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Love that Dirt!
by Renee Eagon


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The cold, wet winter season has come to an end. The glory of springtime is now upon us. It is time to play in the dirt again! Many of us outdoor adventurers are ready to plant some color or culinary delights in our yards or container gardens. We can then enjoy the bounty of the summer until the leaves turn to their red-gold multi coloured palette that will grace our trees in fall.

Are you looking for some fresh variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, trees, heirloom vegetables, organic supplies and other garden delights you can't find at your local nursery? Why not shop online and have it shipped to you in time to plant this spring!

My favorite home and garden site is: www.hgtv.com. There are plenty of links available on this site that will provide you with lots of ideas, information and inspiration to satisfy your planting design needs. Plus, you can view their TV broadcasting time schedule and watch the pro's in action!

Other sites I recommend include buy.ebay.com/garden and www.garden.org/home. Those of you who are rose connoisseurs will enjoy heirloomroses.com/. If you have a pond that you would like to beautify with exotic plants, go to www.aquaticplantdepot.com/

A few American traditional web site links include: www.sunset.com/sunset/, www.homegardenmag.com/philadelphia/
For those of you who are naturalists please try www.naturalhomemagazine.com/, www.organicgardening.com/

Well, that's all for this chapter of seasonal gardening, so everyone, roll up your sleeves and get busy!
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KJ's Virus Clinic
by KJ Newby


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Hi Folks,

This is KJ and here is my current virus information for the month.

What is a computer virus, and why is a virus infection such a big problem?? The first thing to understand is that viruses are not naturally occurring. They are deliberately created by a small minority of computer programmers.

A virus is a program that "infects" files in a computer. When one of those files is opened, the virus will start working on your computer, often with destructive consequences. Some viruses are relatively harmless and will only delete a few files from your hard drive. However other viruses are very dangerous and can do permanent damage to your computer.

A virus will replicate itself, which enables it to infect other computers. Once a virus starts to spread, it can very quickly infect a large number of computers, creating a big problem all around the world.

So how do viruses spread from one computer to another? The majority of viruses, particularly those that have been in the news in the last few years, are spread through e-mail attachments. If you're like me, your friends will often e-mail you attachments that contain funny stories, pictures, or programs that they want you to see.

Most viruses are disguised to appear as harmless attachments from your friends or colleagues. If you think an e-mail is from somebody you know, you are more likely to open an attachment to that e-mail which activates the virus. Many viruses 'steal' e-mail addresses from your email address book and then send themselves to all your contacts. You may be sending out a virus without even knowing it.

The most simple and basic precaution that you can take is not to open any attachment that you are uncertain about. Is the e-mail from somebody you know and trust and were you expecting the attachment? Is there a message in the e-mail body explaining what the attachment is?

Unfortunately you must learn to be suspicious of e-mails, even if they appear to have come from a friend or colleague. If you have any doubt, simply e-mail your friend or colleague and ask if they have sent you such an e-mail. If they say 'no' - that confirms it is a virus. Delete it immediately!

Good news for you!
Your @bmi.net email address automatically protects you from contracting an email virus. If an email is sent to your @bmi.net address and it contains a virus, it is not delivered to you. Instead, it is quarantined on a server and we notify you that it has been caught. You have a Message Center that you can go to and view where the message came from. Eventually the quarantined message will be deleted from your Message Center, so you do not need to take any action.

If you use a different email address other than your @bmi.net address, (such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com) you may be at risk. If you have questions or need help with this, please call BMI.

Here is a link to Microsoft's Security site which is full of information on how to keep your PC running clean!

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Filter or Not?
by Mike Rochelle


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What is Content Filtering?

Content filtering is the process of inspecting websites for pornographic, improper words or generally bad content. Once identified, your web browser will prohibit the display of the page.

"Content Filtering" can be achieved in many ways. A limited content filter is included with Internet Explorer or you can purchase software like NetNanny or Cyber Sitter from a computer retailer. Some of the software packages that you purchase will require a subscription to their service.

You may or may not have considered using "content filtering" with your present internet connection. Some of you have called and asked about it over the years, so I thought I would give you a brief overview of what it is and its uses.

The most common use of content filtering is to "filter out" inappropriate websites from your home or office computers. Parents often want to protect their children from stumbling across inappropriate sites. In the work environment, businesses sometimes want to prevent employees from visiting inappropriate websites during the work day. While both of these scenarios are valid and worthwhile, problems from content filtering can also pop up. Here are a few things to consider if you are wondering whether or not to enable content filtering:

Advantages:
  • You can filter out inappropriate websites for your children
  • You can insure work time is not used surfing inappropriate sites
  • Content filtering works with most browsers
  • It is difficult to get past content filtering when it is enabled
    Disadvantages
  • Sometimes content filtering will filter out sites that are not inappropriate but simply contain words that can be associated with something inappropriate (i.e. breast cancer).
  • Content filtering is secured by a password, and if you forget the password, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to get back in and make any changes.
  • If a website is "not rated", like BMI or Yahoo, some content filtering systems will block them even if they do not contain inappropriate content.
  • Content filtering may slow down your surfing experience
    For a more in depth look at content filtering and the pros and cons, please visit:More Info About Filtering
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    Funnies
    by Victor Luna


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    First day of school

    A child came home from his first day at school, and his mother asked:
    "What did you learn at school today honey?"
    ...and the boy answered "Not enough because I have to go back again tomorrow."

    God will save me...

    The police were going door to door warning everyone to evacuate because the river was rising. One door they came to, the man said "GOD will save me".

    The river continued to rise and he was forced to move everything to the second floor of his house. A man in a boat came by and offered to save him. Again he said "GOD will save me".

    Pretty soon the second story was flooded and he was forced to get on the roof of his house. A helicopter came by and tried to save him and yet again he said "GOD will save me".

    It wasn't long before the house was completely covered and the man died and went to heaven. He confronted God with "Why didn't you save me, GOD?"

    And God said "I sent you the police, a boat and a helicopter. What more did you want me to do?"

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    Lock the door and set the alarm!
    by Nathan O'Neel


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    When it comes to internet security there are two things you want to understand. One is your anti virus program and the other is your firewall. Having both is critical to the health and well being of your computer.

    Firewall
    Specialized hardware or software designed to secure a computer or network from unauthorized access.

    Virus
    A computer program with the ability to modify other programs, usually leading to the destruction of, or spread of infection to the computer system.

    A firewall generally protects against intruders, such as hackers, trojans, and worms. A firewall works by "locking the door" and prevents these evil-doers from entering your computer or network. Newer operating systems, like Windows XP come with a built in firewall. For those of you with an older operating system, you should consider buying one or downloading the free firewall from http://rewards.bmi.net (Exclusively for BMI customers). If you need assistance with this, do not hesitate to give us a call!

    VIRUSES!! A firewall does not prevent viruses from infecting your computer. Viruses are notorious for crashing computers and destroying your files, or simply slowing down your computer. To protect your computer from viruses, you must run an updated Anti-Virus program.

    Most computers, new or old, have some version of Anti-virus software on them. You may feel a false sense of security if you have an anti-virus program loaded on your computer. In order for the program to protect your computer, it must be ACTIVE and UPDATED. Most anti-virus programs expire after the initial term. Unless you renew them, they are useless. It is kind of like having a sticker on your front window warning that you have a burglar alarm, but you never set the alarm. It looks good, and you feel safe, but it doesn't protect you from anything.

    To determine if you have an antivirus program, look next to your clock, on the bottom right corner of your computer. One of the icons should be your anti-virus program. Double click on it and see if it is ACTIVE and UPDATED. If you need help determining this, just give us a call.

    If you do not have an anti-virus program, or yours has expired, BMI has an Anti-Virus program available for only $2.00 per month. Call us or visit our website for more information.

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    Recipe of the Month
    by Carol Hall


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    June's recipe is for cookies! June is a wonderful "cookie month" because there are so many things happening and you can bake cookies for each occasion:

    • Weddings
    • Graduations
    • Flag Day
    • Summer-kick-off Parties
    • School's out-Celebrations
    • Garfield's Birthday
    • Gearing up-for-the-4th-of July Parties
    • 6-More-Months-till-Christmas-Parties
    • I'm-Glad-it's-NOT-Christmas-Parties
    • Pack-for-Vacation Parties
    • Tune-up-the Lawn-Mower-Parties
    • Planting-time Parties
    • Weed-Pulling-Parties
    • Car-Wash-Parties

    Okay, you can see where this is leading: EVERY DAY IS A DAY TO CELEBRATE, so why not celebrate with COOKIES? This sugar cookie recipe is great. The cookies are soft, tasty and can be made into almost any shape you desire. A note of warning however: This recipe makes a LARGE batch of dough. Not a problem in June, of course, when there are so many occasions to celebrate. However, if you don't really need to bake enough cookies to last the whole month, not to worry. After you make the enormous batch of dough, simply divide it and freeze it in smaller amounts. Then you will be ready to bake cookies the instant a special (or not so special) event arises!

    Sugar Cookies

    • 2 cups butter
    • 4 cups sugar
    • 4eggs
    • 4 teaspoons milk
    • 4 teaspoons vanilla
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 6 cups flour

    Combine the first 5 ingredients, then blend in the last 3. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to about ΒΌ inch thick, and cut into desired shapes. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees until the are "lightly-browned" around the edges (approx 8 minutes, ovens may vary). Cool and frost!

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    POM: Best Little Computer Store
    by Jon Alexander


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    Blue Mountain Internet's Partner of the Month for June 2005 is: Best Little Computer Store of Milton Freewater, Oregon.

    Company president, Del Henry, started the business in a shop located at his home over 12 years ago. As the demand for computers and software grew, so did the company. In 1993 Del decided to move the company out of his home and into a storefront. Soon after, they again outgrew the store and they moved to their current location:

    85466 Highway 11
    Milton Freewater, Or 97862
    It is located between:
    NW Electrical and The Boat Yard.

    The store services an area of North Eastern Oregon and South Eastern Washington. Services offered are:
  • Computer Repair
  • Printer Repair & Supplies
  • Computer Upgrades
  • Computer Sales New & Used
  • Custom Built Computers
  • Laptop & Notebook Sales and Repair
  • Monitor Repair
  • Computer Component Sales
  • Install Networks: Cable & Wireless

    The professional staff at the Best Little Computer Store service laptops, monitors, printers, computers, servers and most peripherals. They service most brands and models of computers either in their shop or in your home or business.

    They are experts at high-speed connection setup and can quickly resolve DSL/Cable Modem connectivity and sharing issues. They will quickly setup your peer-to-peer network with file and printer sharing at affordable rates, while delivering parts and equipment at no extra cost. Visit their website at www.bestlittle.com or call them at 541-938-7569 or 800-850-7569

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    Thank you for the kind words!
    by Matt Stephens and YOU


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    Our dedicated staff receive letters and calls each month thanking them for their helpful assistance. It is my pleasure to share some of their compliments with you. It really makes our day to receive such kind words!

    This kudo came in via a phone call from one of our treasured customers!
    She wanted to let me know that Nathon was a great sales person. He was quick, knowledgeable, confident, nice to work with and very professional. She has a background in sales and customer service and thought he did a wonderful job. Great job Nathon!!!
    Contributed by: Karin B. of Spokane WA

    "I just want to thank Jon for his help today setting up my Outlook Express. It has never worked since I set it up wrong when I got my computer. He was very polite, friendly and extremely helpful.
    Thanks!"
    Trena F. Cove OR

    "Hello Tech at BMI,
    Just want to thank Nathon for the great support he gave me. It looks like things are working now. Otherwise I will be on the phone again!! Nate was very helpful - kind, courteous and patient with my slow computer and me."
    Thank you so much!"
    Erna H. College Place, WA

    "Kevin, Thanks again for fixing my computer problem and for going the extra mile. Very few people would care enough to go that far. It's people like you that makes this world a better place to live, especially when you get old.
    Thanks again."
    William W. of Walla Walla, WA

    This one was by telephone also:
    Emily called to let me know what a value I have in Nathon. She has called a few times and always talked to a friendly voice, but in her experience Nathon was the best. He was very patient and wonderful at explaining things to her.
    Emily C. is from Grants Pass, OR

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