The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 46 August 2007 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall Warm Welcome to the   by Carol Hall
HOW??!  by Cheryl Hooker FAQ  by Matt Stephens
Movie Review  by KJ Newby It's A Mystery Wordfind  by Carol Hall
Big Business  by Scott Larson House of Mystery  by Colin Miller
Crossword  by Tami Rochelle Area 51  by Mike Rochelle
Who Done it  by Rochelle Helms Picturefind  by BMI Staff
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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Greetings all of you! August is the month of Mystery, and that is the theme of this month's newsletter.  Everyone loves a mystery!  Please take a moment to read through this edition of The On Ramp for some great information. Don't forget to solve and submit the may be the next winner of a $25.00 credit on your BMI account! Enjoy, and be safe!

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

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Warm Welcome to the
by Carol Hall

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Due to continual and steady growth, we found it was necessary to hire more staff!  We are very pleased to introduce:

Hello, my name's Erich and I'm a new member of the BMI family. I've been a "tech" pretty much my whole life.  When I was younger I'd take anything apart and try to figure it out, I could even program the VCR!
I have past experience being a DSL tech and I am  currently working towards a degree in Computer Science. I love my '74 Nova, music, and I enjoy hunting, fishing, and camping.


Hi, my name is Rochelle and I am a new member of the BMI family. I am happy to be a part of the BMI team. They are a fantastic group of people. I started my career in social health services/counseling and was in the field for 8 years.  I then switched career paths 2 years ago to technical support/customer service and love the choice I made. 
I have two children, 4 and 11 years old. We have a black lab/mastiff mix named Gracie. She has a purple polka dotted tongue! I find happiness in the little things. I never take myself too seriously. Life is just too short to be too serious and stressed through most of it.
 I would like to thank you for welcoming me to BMI and I can't wait to take your calls!


Hi, my name is Scott. I am very happy to be part of the BMI team. I have worked as a retailer for over 15 years and enjoy working with the public. In also enjoy snowmobiling, motorcycling, flying stunt kites, fishing, and gardening.
I am looking forward to working with BMI customers, and hope to provide the best customer service possible!

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by Cheryl Hooker

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How DID I get these programs on my computer? Here are a few potential ways these applications might find their way onto your computer. (Please keep in mind, this is not a comprehensive list but it is a great start in your quest to find out where that malicious program came from).

**Unintentional Download(s)
**Software Bundle(s)
**Other User(s)
**Computer Virus or Worm(s)

These are the primary reasons you see spyware type programs infecting your computer. Here are some examples of how this could happen:

Unintentional Download; You might intentionally download and install a program without realizing it has an unrelated, secondary purpose (spyware/adware). For example, you might be told a program will keep your computer clock synchronized with the atomic clock. If it is spyware or adware, the program might also send information about your browsing habits to its author or display advertising pop-ups whenever you're online.
Software Bundle; Spyware and adware might be included (bundled) with programs you download and install. For example, many file-sharing programs require you install additional, unrelated programs that are considered spyware or adware.
Other Users: Someone else who uses your computer might install spyware or adware on your computer. They might do so unintentionally in any of the ways mentioned above, or they might maliciously install a program with keystroke logging, to capture passwords or other personal information.
Computer Virus or Worm: A computer virus or worm can install spyware that could allow someone remote access to your computer, turn your computer into a pornography or spam server, log keystrokes to steal passwords or credit cards, or perform other malicious acts. Automatic Installation: Some unscrupulous companies use advertisements to automatically begin the installation process for their programs. By default, most browsers prompt you with a security warning to either continue or stop the installation process. Typically, these warnings don't offer a description of the program or tell you what it will do.


BMI has helpful information for you at:   Just keep your eyes open for the section titled: Protecting You & Your Computer

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by Matt Stephens

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Hello to everyone in BMI Land!

There have been many questions this month, and even in previous months about how our spam filter works. It's a pretty complex system, but I'll do my best to explain it to everyone.  I'll even throw in some instructions on how to work it, so it will function the best for each individual.

The easiest way to look at our spam system is like a series of filters. As a message comes in it is screened for things like strange attachments, pictures, content, subject lines, and even the address it is being sent from. Each filter will perform it's assigned duty, and only if the message passes all of them...will lit be delivered to you.

Occasionally a message from someone you know will get trapped in the filer, but you really wanted the message.   Should this occur, it  is easy to fix!  When a message from someone you know gets stuck in the filter, it's fairly simple to get that message out, and prevent future messages from that person, from getting stuck again.
Just follow these steps.
Go to
Check the top line and if it says Welcome visitor then use the log in function just below that.
Once you have logged into the home page, click on the word Quarantine above where it says Welcome your email address.
This will take you to the log in page for the spam filter. Just verify that your email address is correct and click the login button.

Now you are in your spam filter. Next to each message you will see a little box. If there is a message in the filter that you want to have delivered, click in the little box to place a check mark there. Once you have done this for each message on the page you want to have delivered, scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see a drop down menu (a menu with a little arrow pointing down).

Click on the arrow and then click on Deliver and Allow.
Then simply click the Submit button.

The next time you check your regular mail, those messages will be there for you. And future messages from those people will not be stuck in the filter either. All at once you have added them to your allow list, and delivered the message.

As with anything here at BMI, if you have any trouble, or need any help, please feel free to call our tech support at 1-800-485-5006, or email us at We are always happy to help you. Have a great month; talk to you soon.

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Movie Review
by KJ Newby

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As another year begins for Harry, at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry so does the never-ending articles stating that he and Dumbledore are insane. As the ministry starts to invent new and malicious lies about Harry's account on Voldemort's return, Hogwarts begins to change for the worse as the ministry sends in their cure for all the insanity, Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge. As she begins to inflict her rules and regulations on the students at Hogwarts they begin to find that with her as their teacher, they'll never be ready for the outside world. So Harry, along with his friends decide to take things into their own hands and begin to learn magic the real way. As Harry starts having visions of terrible events happening within the Ministries very walls he decides to take action, leading himself and his friends into battle, ultimately teaching them what friendship, loyalty and sacrifice really means.

I caught this at the theater last week and I must say that it is another great addition to the Harry Potter series. The movie is well written and a pleasure to watch. A must see if you are a Harry Potter fan.

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It's A Mystery Wordfind
by Carol Hall

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Congratulations Iona D of Yakima, WA for winning the drawing for the July 2007 Wordfind! Iona received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Visit our August 2007 Its a Mystery WordFind.
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Big Business
by Scott Larson

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On July 8, 1947, an extraterrestrial metallic flying disc crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico...or so the story goes. Sixty years later the debate continues as to whether this was a hoax or a massive government cover-up.

The sixty year old mystery is creating economic opportunities for what used to be a small town in New Mexico. If you are a resident of Roswell, New Mexico, you either embrace the growth or you despise it. Long time residents consider moving out of town, while new business developers, vendors, are there for the long haul.

A developer is now proposing a $67 million resort and conference center specifically tailored for UFO enthusiasts. The resort would feature a 100 seat concert center, a 400 seat theatre, a 4-star restaurant, café, lounge, deli, and lagoon style swimming pool. The icon of the proposed resort is a 300 room motel in the shape of the "Mothership". If built it would be the world's largest replica of a flying saucer. For more info, view the developers website at Another good source for Roswell resort info is at 

Existing local businesses are jumping on the wagon as well. The local Wal-Mart displays a huge image of a big headed green alien. The local McDonalds is now dressed up to look like a UFO. The local Arby's boasts a large sign that says "Aliens Welcome". When the local Denny's closed it's doors, it was quickly re-opened under the new name: "The Cover-up Café".

Local retailers and souvenir vendors sell anything and everything alien related, from key chains to T-shirts to refrigerator magnets. Whether you believe in the alien conspiracy or not, one thing is for certain...Business is booming in Roswell.

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House of Mystery
by Colin Miller

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If you dare enter the House of Mystery, located about 40 minutes north of the California and Oregon border, just east of I-5.

Open to the public since 1930, it may or may not be well known if you ask people you know. But people who have visited never forget the experience. It's difficult to explain exactly what goes on there, but the website gives a good idea. Basically, laws of physics are not completely followed on that land. You can see odd things in the pictures, but a visit in person would be the best way to experience the House of Mystery.

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by Tami Rochelle

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Congratulations to Kimberly C. of LaGrande, OR for winning the drawing for the July 2007 Crossword! Kimberly received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Visit our August 2007 Mystery Crossword.
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Area 51
by Mike Rochelle

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The mystery base known as Area 51
This article is on Area 51. You won't be vacationing here anytime soon, but lets take a look into this mysterious location:

Area 51, also known as Groom Lake, is a secret military facility about 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The number refers to a 6-by-10-mile block of land, at the center of which is a large air base the government will not discuss. The site was selected in the mid-1950s for testing of the U-2 spy plane, due to its remoteness and proximity to existing facilities and presence of a dry lake bed for landings.

Groom Lake is America's traditional testing ground for "black budget" aircraft before they are publicly acknowledged. The facility and surrounding areas are also associated -- with varying levels of credibility -- with UFO and conspiracy stories. Someday, we will find out all the secret stuff!

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Who Done it
by Rochelle Helms

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The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. - Oscar Wilde 

Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity. - R.I. Fitzhenry

Nancy Drew is popular again. Are the Hardy Boys coming back too? Something about the mysterious, the unknown, fascinates us. There is a great sense of accomplishment in solving the unsolvable.  Mystery, just the word. sparks creative thinking and excitement. Kids think so too. Kind of like the days of CLUE. So why not break out the old Clue board game?

Don't have one? I have found a couple of sites to solve the mysteries online, just some simple, fun ideas for the kids and for the whole family. The Mystery Box is always fun, but a little daring. You never know what you are going to put your hand in!

The sites are G rated and good family fun. See who done it!

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by BMI Staff

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Congratulations to Kathy M. of Butte, MT for winning the drawing for the July 2007 Picture Find puzzle! Kathy received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Visit our August 2007 PictureFind.
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