The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 42 April 2007 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall New BMI AntiVirus Softwa ...  by Ruben Bybee
Picture Find Puzzle  by Ruben Bybee Traveling With BMI  by Matt Stephens
MSN Wi-Fi Hot Spot Locat ...  by Ruben Bybee Food on the Go  by Gena Bybee
The Great Outdoors  by Victor Luna Yard Crossword Puzzle  by Mike Rochelle
Traveling with BMI Email  by Cheryl Hooker Reading on the Go  by Carol Hall
Movie Review  by KJ Newby Geographic Information S ...  by Jon Alexander
Transportation Wordfind  by Carol Hall KUDOS  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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Greetings to all of you!  This edition of "The On Ramp" is in the spirit of being "On the Go":  Most of us are on the go throughout the year...but as the vacation season approaches these are the things we are thinking about; "Information on how to find WIFI hotspots, how to check your email while away from our home computer, packing food for the road..." to name a few.  I hope you find this information helpful as you plan your vacation getaways!

I welcome your comments and additions to the newsletter! Please email me at

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New BMI AntiVirus Software
by Ruben Bybee

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BMI is proud to announce an alliance with Norman Software. Norman is a world wide leader in Anti-Virus software. With the new Norman, stand alone Anti-Virus product from Blue Mountain Internet you can protect up to three home computers for one low price.

     BMI's pricing for AV software is $2 per month or $19.95 per year. You can locate more info and signup for BMI's new AV software at BMI Services.  To learn more about Norman, visit Norman AV.

Norman Software from BMI works with the new Microsoft Vista as well as all the other versions of Microsoft Windows. If you already have Computer Associates EZ Trust software from BMI, then you can switch to Norman at no extra charge. Just send an email to to let us know you would like to upgrade to Norman. We will send you instructions on installing Norman and uninstalling EZ Trust. 

Minimum system requirements to run Norman are 256MB RAM (although the manufacturer tells us it will run in 128MB RAM).

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Picture Find Puzzle
by Ruben Bybee

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Congratulations to Beverly P. of Pendleton OR for winning the drawing for the March 2007 Picture Find puzzle! Beverly received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Go to PictureFind Now
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Traveling With BMI
by Matt Stephens

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Hello everyone in BMI Land. The weather is starting to warm up for us now, and the daydreams of travel occupy our subconscious minds; or for many of us our conscious minds.

With that in mind, I would like to take a minute to let you all know that, yes, you can take BMI with you when you travel. Now I know that for a lot of you, the last thing on your mind when you go on vacation is your email, but what if you forgot to pay a bill before you left? What if it's 3 in the morning and you remembered that you forgot to fill up the cat's self feeder? What do you do now? Simple, drag out the laptop that you brought along to watch movies on and email your neighbor; or log into the website for the bill you forgot to pay and take care of it online.

How is this possible? Well, we have over 46,000 dialup numbers in 250,000 cities nation wide. Yep, that's right. Our footprint covers the land between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean known as The United States! If you plan on taking your laptop with you on vacation or plan on visiting someone that already has a computer but doesn't have internet, just call us and we'll give you a local dialup number for the city you are going to. Or, even better, you can log on to BMI Phonebook and look up the cities you plan to visit on your own.  And remember....there is no extra charge to you!  You have full access to all of our numbers with your BMI subscription.

On a side note, if by chance you are going to visit someone that doesn't have internet access already, and they want to get service, have them call us. You'll get a $5 credit on your account for referring them to us, and they'll get to benefit from the same great service you have. Plus they'll get this great newsletter each month. They just can't lose!

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MSN Wi-Fi Hot Spot Locator
by Ruben Bybee

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If you have a laptop, and you travel...this is  some valuable information for you:

Looking for a WiFi Hot Spot ? Here is an online tool to help you locate them. There are currently over 130,000 free and paid WiFi hotspots located in 98 countries. It also integrates with Virtual Earth to display the locations. Jump to WiFi Hot Spot Finder Now.

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Food on the Go
by Gena Bybee

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Today with our busy lives, we can't always eat at home. Here is an article on taking food with you safely: Keeping "Bag" Lunches Safe

Brown Bag Tips

  • If you have to make a lot of sandwiches, try the assembly line method: Lay out slices of bread, spread each slice with butter, mustard, mayo or any other spread you are using. Go down the line and add toppings, finish with top slice of bread, then wrap. 
  •  For easier spreading, freeze breads first, then make your sandwiches. This can also help keep foods chilled and it will be thawed in time for lunch. " Use frozen ice packs to help keep cold foods cold.
  • Freezing drinks like juices and iced teas can also help keep foods cold, and who doesn't prefer a cold drink (keep in mind that the containers are likely to sweat while thawing, so wrap you food well so it doesn't get soggy). 
  •  For a nutritious and low calorie lunch, pack some raw, or lightly steamed (then chilled) vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or carrots. Add a small container of dip (or individual package of salad dressing) and you've got a great snack or lunch addition.

    Here are a couple of fun sites on finding food while traveling:

  • Feasting on the Asphalt
  • Tasty Travels
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The Great Outdoors
by Victor Luna

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This month I'm writing about  Adventure Sports Online  If you are an active person you might want to check out this site!   It has everything from bicycling and climbing to fishing and hunting, It has a lot of links to different tours and events happening through out the year. It also has tons of links so you can shop for what you need for your trip as well as special events and trip specials.  If you want to go outdoors or find something special to do check out the website.
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Yard Crossword Puzzle
by Mike Rochelle

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Congratulations to Duane B. of Jacksonville, OR for winning the drawing for the March 2007 Crossword! Duane received a $25.00 credit on his BMI account! Goto our April 2007 Crossword
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Traveling with BMI Email
by Cheryl Hooker

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On the road email access: I bet you didn't know that no matter where you go, you can access your email from BMI!  So... You can take us with you!!

To access your BMI email, follow these simple steps:

  • Connect to the internet
  • Open a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc
  • Find the address bar (not the search bar) and type in the following address: 
  • Log in on the left side of the page as follows: (your personal email address) and password in the password box
  • Click on the login button 
  • On the top of the page click on webmail. This brings up a second login page.
  • Click on the link that says My E-mail ends in  
  • Log in again, be sure to include your entire email address for the username
  • This will take you directly in to your inbox, this is where your mail resides  before it is downloaded to your Outlook Express program on your computer.

     If you are using anybody's computer but your own, this is the perfect way to check your email from WHEREVER you are!! Pretty great!!

    Viewing and sorting through spam email:

    • From your inbox click on spamfilter ((light blue link at the very top of this page)
      Now you are looking at the quarantined emails; unlike our US postal service, we give you the option of sorting through your junk mail, pretty great, huh!!

    To tell our mail server that you want to keep an email and allow emails in the future from that specific sender, you would do the following: 

    •  put a checkmark in the box to the left of the email
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the emails click on the arrow next to the words select action (in a little box)
    • Choose deliver and allow. This will do 2 things for you, first, it will send the email from the quarantined folder in to the inbox, second the email address of the sender will be added to the whitelist or allowed senders list, information on manually adding these addresses to follow

    To tell our mail server that you DO NOT want to keep an email, remove it and block future emails from the sender, you will follow these simple steps: 

    To tell our mail server that you DO NOT want to keep an email, remove it and block future emails from the sender, you will follow these simple steps: 

      To tell our mail server that you DO NOT want to keep an email, remove it and block future emails from the sender, you will follow these simple steps: 

      • From the quarantine folder you should put a checkmark in the box to the left of the email, scroll to the bottom of the list of emails and select delete (in the select action box from the drop down menu).
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      Reading on the Go
      by Carol Hall

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      A great way to spend the hours driving down the road is to listen to audio books. If you like walking, it is also a great way to get in some reading and exercising at the same time!

      There are several sires on the internet where you can purchase and download audio books easily. My favorite site is You can purchase and download books to your computer, and listen to them as often as you like. You can:
      • Listen to them on your computer
      • Burn them to CD's and listen to them in your car or on any CD player
      • Drag and drop them to your MP3 player >/p> It is a great way to combine mobility and reading! Enjoy!
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      Movie Review
      by KJ Newby

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      The Pursuit of Happiness Rated PG-13 (117 Mins.)

       Here's the plot:
           In 1981, Chris Gardner was a struggling salesman selling little needed medical bone density scanners while his wife toiled in double shifts to support the family including their young son, Christopher. In the face of this difficult life, Chris has the desperate inspiration to try for a stockbroker internship where one in twenty has a chance of a lucrative full time career. Even when his wife leaves him because of this choice, Chris clings to this dream with his son and the odds become more daunting by the day. Together, father and son struggle through homelessness, jail time, tax seizure and the overall punishing despair in a quest that would make Gardner a respected millionaire. Will Smith is a great actor, now taking serious roles. His acting, along with Thandie Newton and Jaden Smith, were great. This film is based on a true story about the life of Chris Garner who struggles with his life and is now a multi-millionaire. Although this film is depressing in many points, Will Smith's son, Jaden Smith, lifts up the screen. Thomas Jefferson says we need to pursue happiness. That's what Chris Gardner does. He never gives up. He could even inspire some people. This is a good, uplifting film. Great acting and it has a great message. This is a good family film and has great father-son moments.

      I can't say enough about this's a "must see"!

      Internet Movie Database for all your movie info.

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      Geographic Information Systems
      by Jon Alexander

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      Kids, want to take your next vacation home with you? Check out GIS .
      GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. GIS is a mapping technology that allows the user to create and interact with a variety of maps and data sources.

      GIS integrates databases with geo-referenced spatial data (maps tied to specific known locations). In other words GIS allows the user to create visual displays of tabular information.

      In a GIS, the user is able to decide how the data will be displayed. GIS projects can range from global projects to site specific (such as a school and school yard). Educators and their students can collect and create their own data and use the GIS to display the data and analyze the results.

      In the strictest sense, it is a computer system capable of integrating, storing, editing, analyzing, sharing, and displaying geographically-referenced information. In a more generic sense, GIS is a tool that allows users to create interactive queries (user created searches), analyze the spatial information, edit data, maps, and present the results of all these operations. Geographic information science is the science underlying the applications and systems, and is taught as a degree program by several universities.

      Geographic information system technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, cartography, criminology, history, sales, marketing, and route planning. For example, a GIS might allow emergency planners to easily calculate emergency response times in the event of a natural disaster, a GIS might be used to find wetlands that need protection from pollution, or a GIS can be used by a company to find new potential customers similar to the ones they already have and project sales due to expanding into that market. Visit Geographic Information Systems Now.

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      Transportation Wordfind
      by Carol Hall

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      Congratulations toTawni W. of Umatilla OR for winning the drawing for the March 2007 Wordfind! Tawni received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Go To Transportation Wordfind.
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      by Matt Stephens

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      "I would like to thank your support person Cheryl for helping with setting up my connection, it was a very pleasant and easy experience."
      -William P. Sierra Vista, AZ

      "I just want to compliment your people for helping me get my internet up and running again...I did speak to several people this morning; each would give me areas to try to solve the problem. I'd try it and call back so as not to tie up your phone lines. Each was great, very helpful. At last Cheryl after reviewing what we had already tried came up with a solution, and that one worked. They are all great and I appreciate the support I get with BMI".
      -Mindy S Powell Butte, OR

      "I would like to say thank you to Colin and BMI for the outstanding service they give. Thank you sometimes doesn't seem to be enough, but I am sooo glad that I am with BMI. Thank you Colin, you were great!"
      -Mary D Umatilla, OR

      "I just joined BMI & I am SO impressed! I've had to call several times in 2 days to bug them repeatedly & always received prompt friendly help. Just want to say THANKS! Im GLAD I made the switch!"
      -Susan G Pueblo, CO

      "I wanted to thank Rachel for her article on Spring Cleaning our computers. I had never done this so I took her advice and downloaded a program that cleans out all the unnecessary stuff. I couldn't believe all the junk. It took close to three hours to get it all cleaned up. Our computer sure runs better now. Thanks a lot Rachel."
      - Norma W. Florence, OR

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