The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 49 November 2007 
INSIDE THIS EDITION
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall The City of Ogden, Utah  by Mike Rochelle
The Best Server  by Scott Larson Yummy Crossword  by Tami Rochelle
Summer Olympics 2008  by Victor Luna Food Connection  by Gena Bybee
Movie Review  by KJ Newby FAQ  by Matt Stephens
Keeping in touch with VO ...  by Cheryl Hooker Communication Wordfind  by
Picturefind  by BMI Staff Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall


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Greetings to all of you!  With the holiday season on the way, we all start thinking about our family and friends, keeping in touch, and sharing with them. The internet makes that very easy! We have included a few articles in this month's issue of The On Ramp to assist you with that. I hope you find them helpful

And a special thank you goes out to the gentleman that emailed regarding my "Latin Quandary" from last month's newsletter!!

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

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The City of Ogden, Utah
by Mike Rochelle


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The city of  Ogden was the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in the region that is now Utah. It was established by the trapper Miles Goodyear in 1846 about a mile west of where downtown Ogden is currently located.

Ogden is the closest sizable city to the Golden Spike location at Promontory Summit, Utah, where the First Transcontinental Railroad was joined in 1869. Ogden was known as a major passenger railroad junction  along major east-west and north-south routes. Railroad passengers traveling west to San Francisco from the eastern United States typically passed through Ogden (and not through the larger Salt Lake City to the south). Ogden, however, is no longer served by Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, and passengers desiring to travel from Ogden by rail must travel by bus to Salt Lake City.

Ogden is located about 10 miles east of the Great Salt Lake in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain range. Ogden is well known for its hiking and walking trails in the foothills, and along each river that passes by the town.

Downhill skiing and  cross-country skiing  is within a 30 minute drive.

The US Navy has twice named ships after the town, one in 1943 and another in 1964.

Some interesting links:

Alpine Skiing

Rail Transport

Defense Depot

Great Salt Lake

Utah Transit Authority

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The Best Server
by Scott Larson


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In order to compete, many small businesses are now investing time, money, and other resources into maintaining a server and server software. These expenses can be overwhelming for the small business owner. . The added expense can force your business into making some tough decisions. You simply must have a secure server, manage your system, filter out the SPAM, etc...but you don't want to pass the cost along to you customers.

What are you to do? You have done your price shopping and have determined that your business doesn't have the budget to spend tens of thousand of dollars on a multi-faceted server system. How will you overcome this obstacle?

Thanks to Blue Mountain Internet, that answer is now simple. The answer is the all-in-one AtraMax Server.

The AtraMax server was conceived, designed, and tested by Ruben Bybee and Bill Campbell. Ruben and Bill have over 50yrs. of combined experience in software/GUI design and implementation. The design team had a goal of inventing a server that could manage and filter millions of emails everyday without crashing.

The new server had to be extremely secure not to mention affordable. After 19 months and over 24 different approaches, they finally arrived at a server solution that met all of their goals: AtraMax was born.

The BMI AtraMax server is the first server to combine all of your server and software needs. The AtraMax is a single server that performs four vital functions:

1. Stop the Spam - All email is filtered for spam, trojans, phishing, etc, all of your email is safely delivered without all of the annoying "junk"

2. Security. AtraMax deploys a security shield that is nearly "bulletproof". Even the most aggressive hackers will give-up and take their efforts elsewhere. Your business and your data is safe with AtraMax!

3. Communications Your business cannot afford to have an interruption in communications. AtraMax will dependably serve all of your Email and Instant messaging needs so you can focus on running your business

4. Easy Controls AtraMax includes easy to use controls for checking your network status and traffic. Also included are built in tools for adding, deleting, or modifying users and hardware accounts.

So you see, the AtraMax is truly an all-in-one server. One AtraMax server will replace multiple software and hardware pieces. AtraMax combines all of your critical functions into a single integrated server. When you choose AtraMax, all of your software license fees and security updates are included.

Now you can enjoy the benefits of the AtraMax Server. We are so confident that this is the best small business server on the market today that we offer a satisfaction guaranteed policy. If you don't agree that this is the best small business server you have ever owned, we will refund 100% of your money.

Call a BMI representative today and find out how easy it is to own or lease an AtraMax server.

ATRAMAX

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Yummy Crossword
by Tami Rochelle


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Congratulations to Diana Y. of Weston, OR for winning the drawing for the October 2007 Crossword! Diana received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Go to the Yummy Crossword now.
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Summer Olympics 2008
by Victor Luna


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Summer Olympics for 2008 Olympics will be held in Beijing.  The Olympics are usually divided by summer and winter Olympics (since 1992).  It is a multi sport event with competitors from all over the world.

The winter and summer Olympics are held two years apart. Here is a list of all the sports for the summer.
Aquatics
Archery
Athletics
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Boxing
Canoe / kayak
Cycling
Equestrian
Fencing
Football
Gymnastics
Handball
Hockey
Judo
Modern Pentathlon
Rowing
Sailing
Shooting
Softball
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Triathlon
Volleyball
Weightlifting
Wrestling

click here for more information:  Beijing 2008

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Food Connection
by Gena Bybee


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A couple moved to Hawaii to be more in touch with local culture. What better way than through their food.

Seared Hawaiian Roasted Pork, Taro Infused with Lemongrass, Ginger Lomi Lomi Salmon in lettuce cups
For the recipes Food Network

 USDA

 Food Standards Agency

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Movie Review
by KJ Newby


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http://www.imdb.com

Mr. Brooks':  2007's first true psychological thriller, featuring an all star cast with Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, and William Hurt.

With a thriller like this, and 2 actors (Cook and Costner) who are playing extremely different roles, the film could have failed. It doesn't at all. It is an extremely clever and intelligent film that is a great ride from start to finish.

This is a must see for the fall.

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FAQ
by Matt Stephens


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Hello to all of you in BMI land. As the holidays creep ever closer we are reminded of friends and family that live both far and near. In the computer age though, it doesn't seem to matter how close someone is, keeping in touch is a few key strokes away.

No nasty tasting stamps and envelopes to worry about, just a few simple words to say "I'm thinking about you" to your friends and family. It's kind of a warming thought, isn't it? On the other hand, if you're like me, keeping in touch isn't exactly an easy thing to do. With four kids, and endless chores to do at home, the only time I really get in front of a computer is at work, and who has time for email? Well, personal email anyway.

So for this months tech article I would like to share with you a couple of things you can do that are pretty easy, not very time consuming, and will keep you in touch with all your friends and family: Email greeting cards!

Sounds easy enough, but as some of you know it can be hard to find one fitting enough to send. Also, some cost money and who wants to pay for something like that? Wouldn't you just run over to Wal-Mart if you were going to pay for a greeting card?

That's where we come in. Just go to BMI Homepage, click on Rewards and use our free email greetings!

The easiest thing to do, is send someone an email...even if you haven't talked to them in a long while. Just say something like: "Hey, I was just thinking about you, I hope you're doing well. Talk to you soon." A few kind words can go a long way. The hardest thing to do is find the time. But once you do, keeping in touch will no longer be something you say you will do, butdon't.

Have fun out there in cyberspace everyone. Until next month, take care.

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Keeping in touch with VOIP
by Cheryl Hooker


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There is a large influx of people using VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone service. What a fantastic replacement for the old standby telephone and the high cost of long distance phone service!

It truly is great for most people; however, there are some things to consider before you decide if it is right for you. The positive side of VOIP service is that it often gives unlimited long distance service,  it only requires a limited amount of hardware, and you can use your existing high speed internet connection.

BMI now has VOIP service available!! Check out our competitive pricing!! If you were ever thinking that you want a better way to talk for hours to family and friends, there is no time like the present!!!

Things to take in to consideration for VOIP service are as follows:

1-What is it going to cost for internet service or do I already have internet service that will allow me to use a VOIP system?

2-How much do I spend in long distance per month?

3-Do I get local technical support with my service or is my technical support coming from a foreign ?

4-Is my internet service provider going to contract me in to a service that will be hard to afford over time or is my provider willing and able to change my service as needed to fit my service needs?:

Keeping in touch with family and friends is crucial!!! Just remember, there is a cost for every piece of this VOIP service, make sure you have all of your information before investing in any part of the VOIP service. Still unsure?  Call BMI 8000-485-5006.  Visit our website to check out our new VOIP service:

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Communication Wordfind
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Congratulations Jodie S. of Anaconda, MT for winning the drawing for the October 2007 Wordfind! Jodie received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Go To Keeping In Touch Word Find.
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Picturefind
by BMI Staff


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Congratulations to Jean R. of Imnaha, OR for winning the drawing for the October 2007 Picturefind! Jean received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Go To November 2007 Picture Find.
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Kudos
by Matt Stephens


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" I found KJ very helpful, kind, & courteous. I thank you for assisting me with my Outlook Express program & assisting with my questions. Thanks again."
-Sally S. La Grande, OR

"Thank you very much for all your help with my internet problems. I really enjoy talking to your staff. They are very helpful and understanding. Keep up the great work"
-Suzanne R. Tonasket, WA

"Thank you, Matt for your very quick resolve to my problem. I think it was my fault but surely appreciate your help and will try to improve myself. Sincerely,"
- Linda B. Eugene, OR

"A customer called today to let me know what an asset Cheryl is to our customers, and to us. This particular customer let me know that Cheryl answered the phone to help her with a billing question, and ended up solving a couple of other pesky problems. Things that other techs had not been able to help her with, Cheryl walked her through with an explanation of why things happened, and how to get it resolved. Thank you, Cheryl from me, and from our customers."
- Matt S and Mary B Florence, OR

"Thank you very much. I keep trying to tell a lot of people because you have been really great with helping me with my computer problems. I would not change for the world. I am very happy with your service. Keep up the good work. Thanks."
-Sue R. Tonasket, WA

"Hi Matt, As always, thanks for your courteous and efficient assistance to my problem. I want to go "on the record" stating that you are the main reason I want to stay with BMI. I have no problem with BMI, but you have always gone above and beyond what I would describe as the "call of duty" as you have walked me through several problems that in my world were a "crisis." I truly appreciate all the help you have been to me and my friends who have BMI. Thanks again, Matt!!!! Have a great week-end. "
-Carol W. Reedsport, OR

"I want to send a special Thank You to Cheryl for helping me with my problem on my laptop with Vista. The Windows Mail kept locking up on me when trying to work with the tools and properties and she got it fixed which really made my evening. Each time I talk with her, she goes out of her way to find a solution to my problems. She is a great asset to your business. All of your support staff have always done a great job, but, Cheryl really came to my rescue. Thanks again for the great job Cheryl!"
-Sharon F. Yuma, AZ

"I have never done this before, but I must say that everyone I have dealt with at this company has been very helpful and professional. I am more than pleased with your service and connection speeds. Thanks for everything,"
-Paul W Tonasket, WA

"Just wanted to thank you for the excellent service, and to tell you how much I feel that you have all gone above and beyond what ANYONE could expect from an internet provider!! I have had a few different ones over the years, But NONE have even come close to the personal and friendly service that I have gotten each and every time that I have had any dealings with ANY of your fine employees!! I am positive that I would not have been granted such fine service from any other provider. Thank you so much all of you that have helped to make my life better through this difficult time. And be assured that I tell any and all (and it has been many) about your fine service. And know that any that I have told about you have become satisfied customers themselves. Again, thank you all so much!!"  May God bless you all as he has me!!"
-John Smith Soap Lake, WA

"THANKYOU AGAIN! You are a great service, friendly and helpful. I like that you send mail correspondence, and also Rochelle gave me a phone call to see how the service was. It's appreciated!"
-Laurie M. Duluth, MN

"Thank you so much for all the effort you made to make the dialup change easy for us to do. I got the information and support that I needed quickly. I have been with BMI for 4 years and I have always been pleased with the staff and the quality of service. Again let me say thank you. You are great"
- Sandy K. Enterprise, OR

"Thanks to Michelle. She made everything so simple. Thanks Michelle. 3 cheers for Michelle...hip, hip, hooray.... Thanks again,"
-Vickie P. Umatilla, OR

"I just wanted to say "thank you" for resolving my access number problem quickly and efficiently. There are many choices for Internet Service Providers, but I chose and continue to support BMI because of your excellent, LOCAL, customer service. The fact that your customer service is based out of Walla Walla Washington, with American employees influenced my buying decision. As long as you remain committed to US based customer support, you can count on my loyal business. And I encourage all of my friends and business associates to use your service. Thanks again for another excellent customer service experience with BMI. Jon was great!"
-Gale H. Lincoln City, OR

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