The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 4 December 2003 
Editor Welcome  by Katrina Moran Sharing is Caring  by Katrina Moran
Do you need Anti-Virus S ...  by Ruben Bybee FREE Anti-Virus Software ...  by Ruben Bybee
Buying Music On the Inte ...  by Matt Stephens BMI Christmas Gift Certi ...  by BMI
Kevin's Corner  by Kevin Knight Horoscopes  by Katrina Moran
A Hero's Christmas  by A Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan Life's Little Mysteries  by Shirley B.
Question of the Month  by BMI Staff
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Editor Welcome
by Katrina Moran

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Thank you for all your wonderful compliments and inspiration as we are moving into our 4th issue of The On Ramp. What an experience this has been for all of us! If you would like to see something in the newsletter, please drop us a line and let us know. Thank you for everyone's contribution in making this possible! We look forward to more issues of The On Ramp!
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Sharing is Caring
by Katrina Moran

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Christmas is right around the corner, and what does Christmas bring? Christmas brings happiness, love, family, laughter, presents, giving, dinner, celebration of life, birth of Christ, and in some cases, tears.
In 1891, a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco decided to provide a free Christmas dinner to the area's poor. But how would he pay for the food? From his days as a sailor in Liverpool, England; the captain remembered a large pot, displayed on the Stage Landing, called "Simpson's Pot," where passerby's would toss charitable donations. The captain presented his idea to city authorities and received permission to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing at the foot of San Francisco's Market Place. In it's position, the pot drew the attention of people going to and from the ferryboats.
By Christmas 1895, 30 Salvation Army corps in the West Coast area used the kettle. That year, the kettle effort resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. Today, kettles are used around the world. Everywhere, public contributions to the kettles, allow the Salvation Army to bring the spirit of Christmas to people who would otherwise be forgotten- the aged and lonely, ill, poor and disadvantaged, or inmates of jails and other institutions.
In the U.S., the Salvation Army annually aids more than 6 million people at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whatever the innovation, though, the same message- "Sharing is Caring" still supports this timeless, enduring program.
For more information on Salvation Army, and how you can make a difference, please visit Salvation Army website
One should never forget that "If a poor man is hungry, a rich man has eaten too much."
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Do you need Anti-Virus Software?
by Ruben Bybee

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One of the most common questions we have from our users is whether they should install Anti-Virus software on their computer. The quick answer is 'Yes' everyone that uses the Internet should have current anti-virus software. However, a more accurate recommendation would depend on exactly how you use the Internet.
With BMI your email has the best protection available against viruses but you can still get viruses from other places on the Internet. If you keep your system updated by going to ( Windows Update.Com), never download files, never share files, and never put unknown software in your computer, then you will minimize your exposure to viruses.
Anti-Virus Software is available online or at most computer locations. All Anti-Virus software requires a subscription to keep the software updated with the lastest information about known viruses (definitions). Costs for Anti-Virus Software range from about $20.00 a year to $50.00 a year.
More Anti-Virus Software Information. Microsoft Protect Your PC Site.
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FREE Anti-Virus Software for 1 Year
by Ruben Bybee

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Computer Associations has announced their New EZ-Armor Anti-Virus/Firewall Software is available free for one year. This includes daily virus updates and many other features. I have personally installed this software and found it to be very friendly and the wizard setup made it one of the easiest that I have configured. You can get more information and download at My E-Trust.Com
NOTE: BMI does not provide software support for Anti-Virus software, please read the information carefully and decide for yourself if this is something that you are comfortable with.
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Buying Music On the Internet
by Matt Stephens

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We all know about the lawsuits surrounding Napster a couple of years ago, and most of us have downloaded music or programs, or know someone who has and have asked the question: "Is there a way to do this without breaking the law?" Well, the answer is 'Yes.' There are a few sites you can go to where you pay for the song, CD, or program you are looking to acquire. Websites such as Apple's I Music or The New Napster are great sites that you can find the song, or program that you are looking for, pay for it, and download it. Most songs will cost you around $1.00 so you can create a full CD with only the songs you like for $20.00 Sites such as "BMG" and "Columbia House" give you the opportunity to order full artist CD's for a lower cost than some music stores will charge you. So, if you decide to download music, remember that if you haven't paid for it, it isn't yours.
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BMI Christmas Gift Certificate
by BMI

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Here is a way that you can give something to your friends and family for Christmas that won't cost you anything. What is this? The BMI Christmas gift certificate. The special offer is only available from BMI subscribers and partners. This offer for new customers includes free setup and one free month of Internet service with BMI. No strings attached. Christmas is all about giving and we hope that this will help you provide a quality gift to someone you care about. Please click here for printable gift certificate
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Kevin's Corner by Kevin Knight
Solve this puzzle and you can win 3 months of free Internet Service with Blue Mountain Internet.

Print this out, solve it, and then mail it, or fax it to BMI. Our fax number is (509) 529-9023, please be sure to put your first and last name on the Word Search. Winner will be drawn randomly from correctly solved entries. Contest ends 12-30-03
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by Katrina Moran

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A Hero's Christmas
by A Marine stationed in Okinawa, Japan

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Twas the Night before Christmas, He lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who in this home did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by mantle, just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, it was dark and dreary, I found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone, curled up on the floor, in this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in such disorder, not how I pictured a United States Soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I'd just read? Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realized the families that I saw this night, owed their lives to these soldiers who were willing to fight.
Soon round the world, the children would play, and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year, because of the soldiers, like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone, on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye, I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice, "Santa don't cry, this life is my choice; I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more, my life is my God, my country, my corps."
The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep, I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still and we both shivered from the cold night's chill.
I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark, night, this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure, whispered, "Carry on Santa, it's Christmas Day, all is secure."
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right. "Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."
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Life's Little Mysteries
by Shirley B.

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  • Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?
  • Why don't you ever see the headlines "Psychic Wins Lottery?"
  • Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
  • Why is "abbreviated" such a long word?
  • Why is it called lipstick if you can still move your lips?
  • Why is it that doctors call what they do practice?
  • Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?
  • Why is it that to Shut off Windows, you have to click Start?
  • Why is it that when you are driving around looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
  • Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
  • Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
  • Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary?
  • Why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor when you can't drink and drive?
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    Question of the Month
    by BMI Staff

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    What is Adware? Adware is any software application displaying or advertising banners while the program is running. Major concerns of Adware are that they will slow down your computer and your connection.
    How to scan your computer for Adware
  • First, you need to download the Adware/Spyware if you haven't already, Click Here to Download Adware/Spyware scroll down and click on Ad-aware/Spyware
  • Once it is downloaded on your computer, you will see an icon on your desktop that will say Ad-aware 6.0
  • Click on Ad-aware Icon
  • On the left hand side, click Scan Now and then Next at the bottom, this will take awhile, depending on your computer
  • Once your computer is done scanning, it will make a really funny noise (this is to let you know that it is done scanning)
  • A box will appear that has all the Objects it has found, to remove them put a check mark in the box, and at the bottom click Next.
  • It will pull up a box that says Objects will be removed. Continue? And click Ok at the bottom. Your finished!
  • To close the program, click the X in the upper right hand corner
  • For best results, scan your computer at least once a week
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