The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 48 October 2007 
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall BMI 4 Business  by Scott Larson
Oregon Coast  by Mike Rochelle Halloween Fun  by Colin Miller
A Little Laugh  by Carol Hall Crossword  by Tami Rochelle
Between two Slices of Br ...  by Gena Bybee Scams  by Cheryl Hooker
Fantasy Football  by Victor Luna PictureFind  by BMI Staff
Movie Review  by KJ Newby FAQ  by Matt Stephens
World of Warcraft  by Erich Nuefeld Bounced Email  by Tony Abrego
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.....it is OCTOBER already! October.....the 10th month. That makes very little sense to me though. "Octo" in Latin means 8th....so why is that the name of the 10th month? That will give me something to ponder this month I suppose. If I run out of things to ponder....I can go to: Language Questions and waste some more time! 

I hope you enjoy this edition of The On Ramp and spend some time clicking on the links and exploring!

I welcome your comments and additions to the newsletter! Please email me at editor@bmi.net

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BMI 4 Business
by Scott Larson


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Blue Mountain Internet is proud to introduce the new BMI 4 Business Collaboration Suite. BMI can now offer our business customers an innovative new tool for sharing Emails, calendars, contacts, and documents.

The Collaboration Suite is an elegant hosted system that integrates all of your individual contacts and scheduling. No longer will you have to go to another workstation to retrieve a contact or look at an associate's calendar. All of your scheduling, Email, and contacts can now be shared with any other Suite user as needed.   Individual users can determine who accesses their calendar, contacts, and documents.

Using the integrated web editor, you can create documents that can be instantly shared with anyone in your office. Are you considering a collaboration suite, but don't want to drop your current Email client? No problem! The BMI Collaboration suite will integrate with Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Desktop, Novell Evolution and all other standards-based Email clients

With the BMI Collaboration Suite, end-users have freedom of choice, because PC, Mac, and Linux desktop deployments can all utilize the same Collaboration Server. So you might be asking yourself, "Why should I consider the BMI Collaboration Suite, when my Microsoft Exchange server performs most of those functions"? The simple answer is that you save time and money. The BMI Collaboration Suite costs a mere fraction of what an Exchange server will cost and it is more robust and intuitive. Your competitors may have already deployed collaboration tools. Wouldn't you rather be ahead of the competition, rather than playing "catch-up"?

Call a BMI representative today, and get all the details on how you can enjoy the benefits of the BMI Collaboration Suite. BMI 4 Business

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Oregon Coast
by Mike Rochelle


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My article is always a destination. This time it is on the Oregon Coast. For vacation, we decided to pack up the family and journey to the coast for a few days. Although I had never been there, I had heard good things.

Our trip started out very badly by forgetting the camera. We stopped in a small town called The Dalles for some disposable cameras until our digital camera could be Fed-Ex'd to our hotel.

We made it through the hustle and bustle or Portland and made it all the way to Tillamook. Tillamook is famous for cheese, ice cream and the Blimp Factory.

The Tillamook Air Museum (Blimp Factory) is a huge hanger that used to house the massive zeppelins as they patrolled the Northern Coast during World War II. Sadly, none of these zeppelin aircrafts exist where I can go see them. They do however have a Blimp hanger full of planes from all eras for the tourists.

The Tillamook Cheese Factory was one of the favorite stops on the vacation. We were able to tour the cheese and ice cream factory and getting some Huckleberry Ice Cream satisfied my sweet tooth and the cheese tasting was awesome also.

After spending the night there we took off south to Newport, which is the largest town on the Oregon coast. We went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and spent time checking out all it has to offer.

The next day we drove further south to The Sea Lion Caves and traveled 200 feet down an elevator to view the Sea Lions napping on the rocks.

Traveling further South from there, I met BMIs #1 partner Brett Feingold at Coast Computers in Florence, Or. Brett is a talented man that can get your computer needs under control if you are lucky enough to be in the general area.

We enjoyed our time on the coast and hope you can get a chance to enjoy this vacation spot. Next Vacation, Hawaii

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Halloween Fun
by Colin Miller


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Halloween isn't just for kids. Adults can have fun too!  www.funshop.com is a place where adults can order a costume for themselves. Join your kids and dress up!

 Check out http://www.buycostumes.com/  for other dress up choices.

If you aren't taking the kids out for trick or treat, there are options for you. Decorate your house to be the scariest in the neighborhood! http://www.halloweenmagazine.com/decorations.html

You can't forget Halloween themed food: http://southernfood.about.com/library/holiday/blhwidx.htm

Most importantly, if you are out with kids, be safe: http://www.allhallowseve.com/safety/index.html

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A Little Laugh
by Carol Hall


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How do you fix a flat pumpkin?
With a Pumpkin patch

What month are trees scared of?
Sep-Timber

What did baby Corn say to Mama Corn?
Where is Pop-corn?

What is a mummy's favoarite type of music?
Wrap

Why did the Game Warden arrest the ghost?
He didn't have a haunting license

What building does Dracula like to visit while in New York?
The Vampire State Building

Why do demons and ghouls hang out together?
Because demons are a ghoul's best friend

Why did the ghost go into the bar?

For the Boos

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Crossword
by Tami Rochelle


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Congratulations to Betty F. of Milton-Freewater, OR for winning the drawing for the September 2007 Crossword! Betty received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Visit our October Lines Crossword Now.
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Between two Slices of Bread
by Gena Bybee


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A sandwich is a food item typically made of two slices of bread between which are laid one or more layers of meats, cheeses, vegetables or the old stand by peanut 2 butter and jelly.

Grilled "Philly" Cheese Steak 
tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 to 2 cups grated sharp yellow Cheddar
2 teaspoons dry mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 filet mignons, (12 to 16 ounces each)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 soft Italian rolls, split and grilled

Toppings:
Grilled yellow and red onions, coarsely chopped
Grilled mushrooms
Sliced Grilled green peppers
Sliced Grilled Cubano peppers

Preheat grill to high. Melt butter in a medium saucepan on top of the grates of the grill. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the milk and cook until thickened. Whisk in the cheese and cook until melted. Add dry mustard and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Brush filets with oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side for rare, which is desired for this sandwich. Let rest for 5 minutes and then slice into 1/8-inch thick slices. Slice 7/8 of the way through the rolls and fill each with several slices of the beef, cheese sauce, and any or all of the toppings.

Return sandwiches to the grill, close top, and grill very briefly just to heat through. Food Network Sandwiches

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Scams
by Cheryl Hooker


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10 SCAMS TO SCREEN FROM YOUR EMAIL

1. The "Nigerian" Email Scam
2. Phishing
3. Work-at-Home Scams
4. Weight Loss Claims
5. Foreign Lotteries
6. Cure-All Products
7. Check Overpayment Scams
8. Pay-in-Advance Credit Offers
9. Debt Relief
10. Investment Schemes

Rule of thumb, if it seems too good to be true...IT IS!!!!!!!

The most predominate scams are listed above, for more information about these scams, visit this website, I found it to be very helpful and useful:

On Guard online

FIGHTING BACK: CON ARTISTS ARE DEVIOUS AND CUNNING THIEVES, CONSTANTLY HATCHING NEW VARIATIONS ON SCAMS. STILL, YOU CAN SPOT QUESTIONABLE EMAILS BY CAREFULLY LOOKING BEFORE OPENING YOUR EMAILS.

If you receive and email that you suspect to be fraudulent, forward it to the FTC:  spam@uce.gov,  then delete the email.  Now you have done your part to report these thieves!!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!!

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Fantasy Football
by Victor Luna


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This month you will learn about Fantasy Football

The first step of fantasy football is the draft, in which participants draw cards marked 1-8 for drafting positions. The draft goes in a ladder order with the first position draftee making the first selection, the second position draftee making the second selection, and so on until the eighth position draftee makes the eighth selection. On the second round, the draft order reverses, with the eighth draftee starting with the ninth selection and the order continuing backward from the first round until eventually returning to the first draftee whose next pick would then be the 16th.

 You can pick anybody you want that is available and here is a list of interest players you will usually want to have. Quarterback,  Running Backs,  Wide Receivers,   Tight Ends,  Kicker,  Team Defense and Special teams - Punters You will usually pick anywhere from 15 to 20 players for your draft but can only start 8-9 of them per week.

After completing the draft, each team submits their weekly lineup to the secretary before noon each Friday. Teams compete on a weekly basis getting points by passes completed by your quarterback to catches and yards gained by both receivers and running backs. You also get points by your player scoring and kicking field goals, your defense and special teams get points by sacks interceptions and yards given up, punt returns and scoring.

At the end of the season, teams hold a championship to crown the league champion. Usually Most wins through season wins and also Most points wins the game.

Fantasy Football Today
ESPN Fantasy Sports
Yahoo Fantasy Sports
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PictureFind
by BMI Staff


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Congratulations to Barbara C. of Florence, OR for winning the drawing for the September 2007 Picturefind! Barbara received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Visit our October PictureFind Now.
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Movie Review
by KJ Newby


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The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) Review: After a thrilling set of two, we get the final installment. Here's my take: The Bourne Ultimatum has it all. We have Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) on the coattails of the ones who know everything. He has been running for too long. This time, it ends.

The Bourne Ultimatum has a great plot, awesome writing, fantastic direction, suspense, and some of the best action of the summer. Matt Damon delivers possibly his best performance to date. He has the conviction and swelling desire of the troubled assassin. There is some intelligent humor here and some fine suspense. The reactions to certain events will have you either laughing (in a good way) or cheering on. (or both) I heard a lot of intelligent laughter in the theater and lots of clapping. The audience loved it.

The Bourne Ultimatum delivers all in a nicely gift-wrapped package. All of the goods and then some. This is, in my opinion the best movie this summer. The Last Word: Excellent conclusion. The best of the trilogy. This is how summer movie thrillers should be done.

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FAQ
by Matt Stephens


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Hello Everyone in BMI Land! The end of summer has come and gone, and we seem to be on a crash coarse for fall. This means that more of you will be back into your homes, playing on the internet again. It's funny how we can all tell what the weather is like around you, just by the calls that come into our little call center here in Washington.

There has been a huge increase in sales calls coming in, and I thought I would take a minute to let everyone know that we have new services in our company. And with the holiday season coming up, the one I'm going to tell you what may be just what the doctor ordered for you traveling needs.

We now have a  MOBILE BBROADBND  internet solution that you can travel with. Speeds from 100k to 1.5 meg.s per second are common. You can let your spouse drive, and surf the internet while you're going down the highway. It's great!!!

You don't have to travel with it though.   It can be a great way for you to have broadband in remote locations. Although one thing to consider is that it works similar to cell phones, (so if you don't get very good coverage on a cell phone, you may not get any better on mobile Broadband). But all you have to do is give us a quick call and we can find out what you'd get.

Here's another great use for mobile broadband:   College Students. Basically, when you're in college, you have two homes. With this type of service you can go from home to home and never change anything on your computer. It's the same connection regardless of where you are at.

So if this sounds like a service you would be interested in, just give us a call at 800-485-5006 and we'll find out if you qualify for it.
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World of Warcraft
by Erich Nuefeld


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World of Warcraft is a true gamers worst nightmare, simply because once you start you'll never stop. This massive game allows people to play online simultaeiously, currently 9 million people play. The games population has never decreased, more and more people continue to join, creating what many gamers would consider a real society.

While you begin playing this game, friendships, alliances, and enemies are made. Real life emotions come out as you learn to play and explore this massive world, at times you can even get lost in its vastness, adding to the feeling of a real world.

As you begin your journey into "Azeroth" you first must choose the side you wish to ally yourself with, either the Noble Alliance or the Vicious Horde. Most players choose to play for the alliance, in fact about 70% of the players do.

The Alliance is lead by humans, while the Horde is controlled by Orcs. There are several races to play for each faction, each with there pro's and con's.  This game can become so intense that after confrontation with a person of the opposite faction you can actually get an adrenalin rush, as well as a feeling of pride in your faction. This feeling of pride can also make you feel anger toward the opposite faction.

In the game the Alliance and Horde are at war and have been for some time, there are actually a series of older games stretching out over the past 10 years, and as you become more powerful and confidant you'll explore many lands with your friends and allies all the while fighting for control of these areas.

Aside from just other players there are plenty of monsters and beasts trying to stop you as well. This game is so massive, it would take you over an hour to travel from one end of an island to another. Overall it can take years to become truly powerful, and each year the company who makes the game, "Blizzard", expands the in-game content opening new areas and challenges. So in essence the game has no "end" rather they make the players part of the games growing storyline.

This game is often blamed for many parenting issues, when in fact you must first pay a monthly subscription to play, which is something I wouldn't have been able to do as a child without my parents consent. There are also parental controls which allow the adult to control how often and when their child can play. Erich "For the Horde!" says go, explore and have fun:   World of Warcraft

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Bounced Email
by Tony Abrego


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In computer words, a bounced email is one that never arrives in the recipient's inbox and is sent back, (or bounced back), to the sender with an error message indicating to the sender that the e-mail was never successfully transmitted.  This is also referred to as a Mailer Daemon.

 But what happens when someone sends an e-mail out into cyberspace...and why do some e-mails bounce back?

When a user attempts to send an e-mail, he is telling his e-mail system to look for the domain of the recipient and the domain's mail server. (for example bmi.net, or yahoo.com). 

Once outgoing e-mail system makes contact with the recipient's mail server, the email server then looks at the message to determine if it will let the message pass through the server. If the recipient's server has predetermined that it is not accepting e-mails from the sender's address (for example, if it has blocked the address for anti-spamming, purposes), the server will reject the message and it will subsequently bounce back to the sender.

The message will also bounce back to the server if the mail server on the recipient's end is busy and cannot handle the request at that time. When an e-mail is returned to the sender without being accepted by the recipient's mail server, this is called a hard bounce.

Once the e-mail has been accepted by the recipient's mail server there are still ways for the message to be rejected. The mail server has to determine if the recipient actually exists within its system and if that recipient is allowed to accept e-mails. If the recipient's address does not exist on the mail server, then the message will be rejected because there is no one to deliver the message to. This usually happens if the sender misspells the recipient's address.  

If the recipient exists, but does not have enough storage space to accept the message then the message will bounce back to the sender. Some mail systems predetermine a maximum message size that it will accept and will automatically bounce the message if it exceeds that size.

  When an e-mail is returned to the sender after it has already been accepted by the recipient's mail server, this is called a soft bounce Some mail servers are programmed to accept incoming e-mails and store them for further analysis without initially checking to determine if the recipient exists or is even capable of receiving the message.

Occasionally, a network failure at the sender or recipient end will cause an e-mail to bounce back to the sender. Typically, a bounced e-mail returns to the sender with an explanation of why the message bounced.

Hopefully this information is helpful to you and helps you better understand the process an email goes through before it arrives in your inbox.  The amazing part is however, is how quickly this process occurs...a matter of less than a second in most cases.

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Wordfind
by Carol Hall


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Congratulations Pam P. of Pendleton, OR for winning the drawing for the September 2007 Wordfind! Pam received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Visit our Autumn WordFind Now.
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Kudos
by Matt Stephens


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"Thank YOU! I have contacted BMI support often, and have been very well satisfied with the responses. Your staff is friendly and courteous, patient, and persistent in figuring out what needs correcting or explaining and taking care of it. I highly recommend BMI."
-Dolores W., Walla Walla, WA

"Thanks for all your help. I know it's your job, however, you have all went above and beyond. You have helped my wife and I from the computer illiterate stage, to setting up a new pc, and learning to use and enjoy it. No question has been too big or too small for you. You are all great and I have recommended your service to family and friends. Thanks again "
-Mike and Julie J., Pendleton, OR

"I just would like to say that the staff at BMI is doing a smashing good job! Keep up the good work!"
-Daryl N., Walla Walla, WA

"I am so impressed with our salesperson, Mike. He was very helpful and answered all of my questions!"
-Sarah B., Owatonna, MN

"Thank you Matt, for helping me one more time. I appreciate all that all of you have done for me. Thank you,"
-Sandra T., La Grande, OR

"I contacted your support team on Saturday afternoon with a computer problem. My call was answered by Cheryl and she did a great job!!! She helped me through my problem in a very professional manner. She was truly concerned with the fact that I had a problem and did everything in her realm to assist me. She rocks!!!"
-Sam S., Las Vegas, NV

"I have to say that I love the personal touch you give to your business. I feel like part of a family, instead of feeling Lost in Cyberspace. Thank You for being human."
-Lottie L,. Medford, OR

"Thank you for the $5 deduction due to my referral for another customer. Thats a generous service you provide that I will be sure and share with friends and relatives.
Julie T-W Corvallis, OR Your records are correct our connection problem appears to be resolved. Also, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk a little about Cheryl. Simply put, she went above and beyond to help us resolve our connection issue. She provided excellent service, and is, in my opinion, an exce
llent representative of your company. We are definitely BMI and CHERYL FANS!" Thanks,
-James T., Walla Walla, WA
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