The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 44 June 2007 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall Crossword  by Tami Rochelle
Protect your computer!  by Colin Miller Cheap World Travel  by Jon Alexander
Taos  by Mike Rochelle FAQ-What is Turbo?  by Matt Stephens
Places Wordfind  by Carol Hall The Most Played Sport Wo ...  by Victor Luna
International Foods  by Gena Bybee Trivia Anyone?  by Carol Hall
Does your Keyboard fit?  by Tony Abrego Picturefind  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! This month's issue of "The On Ramp" is Around the World. We have included information on some interesting places, and some interesting foods, as well as a little trivia! I hope that some of you are planning exciting excursions to far away places this travel season, and we would love to hear about them!

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

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by Tami Rochelle

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Congratulations to Sarah B. of Umatilla, ORR for winning the drawing for the May 2007 Crossword! Sarah received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!

Go to June 2007 Crossword.

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Protect your computer!
by Colin Miller

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Everyday, more and more computer hackers from all over the world are creating more and more computer viruses. These overwhelmingly target Windows users, and only a few target Mac users.

Luckily, your e-mail is already protected by BMI. Any email sent to your BMI email address is scanned for viruses before it ever gets delivered to you.  Any message found to contain a virus is quarantined and it is not delivered to you, keeping you safe. 

Unfortunately, you can still get a virus when visiting webpages if you are not running a current, up to date Anti Virus program.  We  offer an excellent alternative to McAfee or Norton called Norman AntiVirus Control for only $2 per month. . It will auto protect as needed and auto updates everyday.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-485-5006  or visit Norman Anti Virus

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Cheap World Travel
by Jon Alexander

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I met a retired U.S. Army officer once that said no matter where he was stationed or traveled, his summers in the military always began with Memorial Day and ended with Labor Day. As you can imagine from being in the military, he did a lot of traveling.

Myself - I'm a homebody. I've only been outside the borders of the US once, for spring break, in my sophomore year of high school. Man, 1982 seems so long ago. But I've found a way to travel this summer without paying much at all. Each one of these links will take you to almost anyplace that your imagination can take you:

Would you like to take an ocean cruise in luxury?
 Cruise Cheap

There are some very nice international bed and breakfast places here.
International Bed and Breakfast Page/

How about buying a real, honest to goodness castle?
Castles For Sale

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by Mike Rochelle

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 In an ongoing effort to enlighten our subscribers about interesting places we service, I am pleased to give you the City of Taos, New Mexico.

The name "Taos" means "red willow" in the Tewa language, and the town was founded in 1934 as Taos, New Mexico. But, Taos, New Mexico, has a very diverse and rich history much before the incorporation of the name Taos. Over 6,000 years ago, nomadic hunter-gatherers passed through the Taos area, leaving behind arrowheads, potsherds, and pictographs.

Throughout the following years, Taos has been a center of revolts, the Mexican-American war, gold discoveries, a center for artists (such as Georgia O'Keefe) and the set for dozens of Hollywood films, documentaries, and television commercials.

Taos has a population just under 5,000, located in north central New Mexico, at an elevation of 6,952 feet. The town is also known for the Taos Hum. This is an ultra low frequency that residents have suspected originates from a covert hidden government research laboratory. Geologists have attributed this to naturally occurring geological events. However, the fascination with this phenomenon has become an appeal to this community.

Nearby is the Taos Pueblo. This is the only living Native American community that has been designated as both a World Heritage Site as well as a National Historic Landmark. It is estimated that people inhabited this area nearly 1,000 years ago.

Also nearby is the Taos Ski Valley, boasting 110 trails and lifts that service at 11,819 feet, This is a ski area only, no snowboarding is permitted. Another area attraction is the Enchanted Circle, anchored by Wheeler Peak. This is the highest peak in New Mexico, stretching to an elevation of 13,161 feet.

Want to know more? please visit:  Wikipedia-Taos

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FAQ-What is Turbo?
by Matt Stephens

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Hello everyone in BMI land! With the warmer days it almost seems that we've shot right past spring and have been slammed into summer. And you know what that means, right? Vacation season is upon us! Like a lot of people, I relied heavily on the internet while planning my family vacation for the year. Or I should say my wife relied heavily upon the internet. She's the planner in our household.

This got me thinking though about all of our customers that don't have a fast DSL connection. How long would this take on a regular dial up internet connection? Wow, that could take a while. Many of you may have heard by now, as this is a service we have offered for quite a long time, but BMI offers an internet acceleration program that will help you out doing things like this. It's called BMI Turbo.

BMI Turbo Accelerator

How much could this really help? Well, think of how long it takes a web site to load with your regular dialup connection. Now think of that being 7.33 times faster. Yes, that's right. Think of it this way. A 256K DSL connection is only about 5-10 times faster than your dialup account, and it costs over twice as much. But the turbo will only add $5 a month to your account. So you can load web pages at DSL speeds, without paying the much higher cost. Ah, so now we are seeing the light!

Here's another reason to try the turbo. It's free. For the first month anyway. If you have never tried our turbo program before, what are you waiting for? It's really free for the first month. All you have to do is call our office and say "I'd like to try the turbo on my account". It takes about 3 minutes for us to add it to your account, and about 6-20 minutes for you to download it onto your computer. If you don't like it, regardless of whether it worked or not, just call us and cancel it within the first 30 days and you will not get charged for the second month, or any month after that.

A little story to back up my claims:  A customer of BMI switched from the turbo dialup, to a 256K DSL. She called me a short time later and was a little upset that her DSL was running so slow. She said that her web sites didn't load any faster now than they did before. Well, that's because she had the turbo before.

To defend the cost of DSL a bit, the benefits to it are you can download information a lot faster with DSL than you can with dialup. And it doesn't tie up a phone line when you are online. If for no other reason, think of the time you will save while planning your summer get-away. Think of all the things you will find on the internet to do on your vacation, that you wouldn't have taken the time to search out before. You never know until you try. Have a great month of June fellow BMI-ers. Well see ya next month.

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Places Wordfind
by Carol Hall

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Congratulations Bonnie L of Pendleton OR for winning the drawing for the May 2007 Wordfind! Bonnie received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!.

Go To June Around The World WordFind Now
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The Most Played Sport Worldwide
by Victor Luna

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Wikipedia - FIFA World Cup

There are many sports played all over the world. The most popular sport in the world is futbol or soccer, as we know it.  Manchester United is the most recognized sports team in the world. WOW!

A survey in 2001 by FIFA 2001 showed more than 240 million people play the sport of football in over 200 countries across almost every part of the globe. A world cup is played every 4 years between 32 qualifying countries, in a different country. In 2006 it was Germany in 2010 it will be South Africa.

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International Foods
by Gena Bybee

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Global Foods

The Worldwide Gourmet

 Food Network

"A Caribbean Dish Jamaican Jerk Chicken There is nothing more Jamaican in flavor than jerk seasoning, a true staple in every Jamaican household. My friend Virginia Burke made jerk chicken for me in the traditional manner: in a fire pit over smoking pimento leaves. The taste of this dish will always bring back the memories of friendship and laughter of that afternoon in March" =. Kevin Brauch, The Thirsty Traveler:

1 whole chicken-halved
1 lime halved
Pinch salt
4 to 5 tablespoons of Jerk Rub seasoning, (recipe follows)
8 to 12 pimento (allspice) leaves, for flavor (optional)

Rub the chicken with lime and salt. Rub jerk seasoning over chicken halves. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight for the best results. Preheat a barbecue grill to medium low. (If using, spread the pimento leaves on the grill.)

Grill the chicken for about 45 minutes, turning often to optimize cooking and browning. (Alternatively, you may use your home oven, heated to 375 degrees F., but do not use pimento leaves.)

Let chicken sit for 10 minutes before cutting into quarters.

Jamaican Jerk Rum Rub:

1 red onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons white pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onion tops
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 small jalapenos
2 tablespoons cooking oil (olive or vegetable)
A Splash of flavorful rum

Put all ingredients into food processor. Mix on high for 15 pulses. Yield: 1/2 to 2/3 cup This web page is about Global Cuisine

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Trivia Anyone?
by Carol Hall

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Pisa, Italy is six miles from the coast of the Mediterranean now, but that sea rises and falls over the ages and Pisa was a port city in the 5th century B.C. A couple of years ago excavators found 15 ships with antique cargoes intact buried in the clay under Pisa where it was left by withdrawing waters.

"The most populated city in the world is Shangai in China."

In Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, it is customary for the streets to be blocked off on Christmas eve so that the people can rollerskate to church.

"Using satellite-surveying techniques, scientists have determined that Los Angeles, California is moving east. At a rate estimated to be about one-fifth on an inch per year, the city is moving closer to the San Gabriel Mountains."

The Vatican city, as well as being the smallest city in the world, is also one of the only countries within another country (it is inside Italy) The other is San Marino, also inside Italy.

"A building in Belgium was taxed if there was a street light on it...unless a statue of the Virgin Mary were placed above it. Hence, there are no buildings in the city without a statue of the Virgin Mary."

Want more trivia?  Visit:  Trivia Zone

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Does your Keyboard fit?
by Tony Abrego

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Today, I have one question for you: "How do you feel about the height of your keyboard"?

Okay, so that may seem like a pretty odd question, but believe me, it's legit for this quick tip! I'm talking about the height of your keyboard as it stands on your desk (or where ever you may keep your keyboard). Some of you may know about this, but the rest of you may not, so I thought it would be a neat little entry for this months newsletter:

Go ahead and flip your keyboard over on its back. What do you see? Besides some wording, etc., you should see two clips on either side of the keyboard. If you pull those clips out and then set your keyboard back down, you will notice that it gains a little bit of height and angling. Wow, who knew?! Those special clips are there to help you get the most comfortable feel for your keyboard. If it's better for your hands to be a little higher as you type, use the clips. If you try it for awhile and decide you don't like it, push the clips back in and your keyboard will then sit flat on your desk once again.

It's just an easy way to achieve the best fit for all of your typing needs. Go check it out and let me know what you think!

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by Carol Hall

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Congratulations to Nancy M. of Ukiah, OR for winning the drawing for the May 2007 Picture Find puzzle! Nancy received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!

Go To June PictureFind Now.
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by Matt Stephens

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"Thanks for all the great service. This is the best site we have ever had. You guys ROCK!" - Dave R. Trinidad, CO

"This note of thanks goes out to Katrina. She helped me last month, with questions on Windows Vista, and also I was having problems with accessing my email, it was messed up. I don't know the ins and outs of the computer, but Katrina was very patient with me, with which I'm very thankful, as I get very frustrated. She took time, and was very helpful, got me through all the steps to get me up and running. She did a great job. Keep up the good work.' Sincerely, - Molly L. Athena, OR

'Dear BMI, I am starting my 3rd year with your company as my ISP and Im as happy now as I was when I started with you in March 2005. Thank you for such excellent service! You guys are SUPER DUPER!!!" -  Meg A. Pateros, WA

"Hi, Victor helped me this morning. In shutting down I found that there were 4 updates that had not been installed so when that was done and it shut down, I now have outlook express back and can access the internet. Thanks for your help." - Wil T. College Place, WA

"Great job, Tony! Within minutes you solved my IMAP problem. BMI is the best! Please don't ever sell out to a BIG company. Too many of your customers, dare I say ALL, would miss your quality and knowledgeable customer service!!"- Lenora H. Enterprise, OR

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