The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 66 April 2009 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall FAQ  by Matt Stephens
Crafts  by Gena Bybee DirecTV at BMI  by Ruben Bybee
Crossword  by Mike Rochelle We Are Not The Only Ones  by Rebecca Sheridan
Kids  by Rochelle Helms WordFind  by BMI Staff
Don't Be Fooled  by Michelle Morgan Guard Yourself  by Tony Abrego
PictureFind  by BMI Staff You Know What They Say...  by KJ Newby
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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Greetings to all of you! The theme of "The On Ramp" this month is "Don't Be An April Fool" There are articles on great pranks to play, ways to avoid the pitfalls and much more!

Spring is upon us, and that means it is time to plan your summer travels!  Don't forget to take the Internet with you.  It is essential in getting the most from your vacation, from booking hotels to finding places to explore. is EASY to take with you.

You can rent a Mobile Broadband card that attaches to your laptop with a USB connector and have Internet!  We rent these cards to you on a month-to month only rent it as long as you need it, and then return further obligation!  Visit Mobile Broadband for more information.  Give us a call if you have any questions: 800-485-5006

I hope you find this newsletter enjoyable and informative. I welcome your comments and additions to the newsletter! Please email me at

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by Matt Stephens

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Hello to everyone. As I write this it's finally sunny and warm outside. It is spring here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, so by the time I'm done writing this it could be freezing and raining again, but let's hope not. A little while ago I received a letter from one of our customers with a suggestion for the newsletter. I thought they had a great question and I was going to write an article on it that month, but I couldn't find the answer. Okay, so here is the question that has effectively baffled me and others:

"It used to be that when a repeatedly forwarded letter had this little symbol that looked like >, or was it < , anyhow now it seems that there are colored lines on the left side of the page. I can't figure out how to remove them if I want to clean up an email before sending it on. What is the procedure for ridding the page of them?"

First, the bad news. There is no easy way to do this. It's going to take some work from you, but it can be done. Here's a little explanation of what causes this. Email formatting can get messed up when default line breaks are inserted by email programs and the email is then forwarded. Most modern email applications can automatically wrap full paragraphs of text to match the current window size, just like a word processing document, so the word wrap option should be turned off if your application uses it. However, some older email programs and Internet mailing list software do not have this ability, and can only handle lines up to a maximum length, usually something less than 80 characters. In order to help these older programs, some email programs automatically cut paragraphs into a series of individual lines by inserting carriage returns (line breaks), sometimes at 80 characters, some at 76 characters, some at 71 characters, and sometimes at even shorter lengths. This usually works fine the first time an email is sent and produces fairly normal looking text. But if the email is forwarded, and goes through a second trimming at a lower character count, then it can get messed up and end up looking like the following, or worse, like the example below.

 >>>This works fine the first time it is done. But if the email is forwarded to someone else and
>>>goes through a second trimming at a lower character count, especially if it has been through
>>>a few forwards and has been lengthened with "
>" characters, you get something that
>>>looks like this, or worse.

As you can see this is exactly what our customer was referring to. Email message that was sent to them has strange line breaks and funny characters that separate words from sentences and cause the email message to become very difficult to read. But how can you fix it? Well, the answer is a little time intensive. Here's how you do it.

Copy the part of the email message you want to forward on. Then paste it into a word processing document such as a blank Microsoft Word document. Now is a good time to save your work so that if you happen to hit the wrong key, you can easily go back.

Once you have the message in your word processing document, press the CTRL key and the H key together. This will bring up your replace window. In the Find What box, type ^p . In the Replace With box, put a space (just tap the space bar one time) and then click Replace All.

This will remove all the line breaks and turn what you started with into a single paragraph. This is where it can get a little bit more time intensive though. Let's say the message you started out with was one of those fun surveys with 50 questions you have answered a thousand times. You now have all the questions and answers in one paragraph. What you'll need to do is go through and separate them by finding the beginning of a question and hitting Enter to bring that one down to the next line.

So it may not be quick and easy, but it's not hard either. In writing this I went through and edited one I had saved and it took me about 5 minutes once I found the information on the Internet.

In closing this I would like to say thank you to Lola for sending in such a great question! Please feel free to follow her lead and send your questions to In the subject line put FAQ idea for Matt.

Thanks everyone, and enjoy the spring time weather, whatever it may be.
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by Gena Bybee

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Here is an article about crafts that bring a bit of creativity to the holiday. Find out more about April Fool's Day crafts - and tricks for the whole family!

How Stuff Works
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DirecTV at BMI
by Ruben Bybee

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Blue Mountain Internet is proud to announce that we are now resellers for DirecTV, the nation's leader in satellite and HD television. We are very excited about this new opportunity and can't wait to share it with you!

Please call a BMI rep today at 800-485-5006 to find out the best deal for you. Local channels available in most markets including CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC, and more.

 DirecTV has over 125 HD channels and are adding more all the time.

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by Mike Rochelle

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Congratulations to Ralph B. of Colorado Springs, CO for winning the drawing for the March 2009 Crossword! He received a $25.00 credit on his BMI account!

Please visit the April 2009 crossword now.
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We Are Not The Only Ones
by Rebecca Sheridan

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April Fools Day started in theory around 1582 and the credit goes to Pope Gregory the VIII. It is said that we have been playing pranks on April Fools Day for 450 years! The United States is not the only country enjoying this awesome holiday. In Scotland April Fools Day jokes are involve something to do with the "rear end". In Rome they celebrate the Festival of Hilaria which means Roman Laughing Day.

Here are some links to check out what others countries do for April Fools Day. Happy April everyone!!

April Fools Day from the butt to the flour
April Fools Day Around the World
April Fools Day Origin and History

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by Rochelle Helms

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I'm not very good at April Fools Day. I think it has to do with the fact that I cannot hide my true feelings. Only once did I ever pull one off. It took extreme dedication on my part though. I simply do not lie well. Yes, I know it is not a lie but a joke. However, in my mind, it's not a truth - so it seems like a lie, somehow.

Need ideas for pranks? Follow the rainbow on this link.
Practical Jokes and Pranks

Or for more ideas go here (Number 5 is my favorite)
Prank Your Kids

Maybe traditional pranks are not what you are interested in. Try some tricks with food.
Dirt Cake

and more found here
April Fools Day Recipes

I was trying to find activities or games, but could only find one link I truly liked. So if you have ideas for games, maybe you can start a blog on BMI and share. Here are a few cute suggestions.
Article Alley

Finally, it wouldn't be April Fools without someone getting a slight shock as you squeal with glee.

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by BMI Staff

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Congratulations Marge H. of Tonasket, WA for winning the drawing for the March 2009 Wordfind! Marge received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!

Please visit our April 2009 wordfind now.
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Don't Be Fooled
by Michelle Morgan

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The Internet is vast (currently boasting over 224,749,695 web sites and counting) and contains much that's good... and some that is bad.

The bad we're focusing on today comes in the form of emails that appear to be real but aren't. One type of bad email is called a phishing email. It looks like it comes from a reputable company like Paypal or your bank, and may even mimic the company's exact layout and contain it's logo, but it's actually from someone trying to get you to divulge your login credentials so that they can log into your account and steal your money.

Another type of bad email is one that spreads malicious and baseless urban legends, like the one that traveled the web claiming that Febreeze killed cats. Or the one warning women in hysterical terms that there were boogey men lurking in mall parking lots waiting to abduct them. Or the one claiming that Swiffer Wetjets kills dogs.

Don't even get me started on the ones who claim to be from a wealthy Nigerian who merely wants to deposit a staggering sum of money into your account for no rational reason!

Fortunately, for all the bad going on, there's an equal amount of good: if you want to know if something is a scam or a hoax all you need to do is look it up in a search engine like Google and you'll find out immediately. If you perform a Google search for "Swiffer Wet kills dog," for instance, you will see that the very first hit is from a site called Snopes is a repository of researched scams and hoaxes, and it's authoritative. If Snopes says an email is bogus, it is. (Swiffer Wet Jets are not toxic to animals, by the way.)

Another site that documents hoaxes is Between it and Snopes you should be able to find documentation and research on nearly every silly email you've ever received.

To become scam-proof remember first that no reputable company will ever ask you for your username and password in an email, period. And for everything else that seems as if it could be true, there are sites you can turn to that will set the record straight.

To protect yourself from scams, remember that anything that seems too good to be true, is, and for everything else use a search engine and look it up before you give it credibility. The Internet is the most vast, comprehensive collection of information ever and it's your responsibility to use it to educate yourself while you travel through it.

Here's hoping you escape April Fool's Day unscathed!

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Guard Yourself
by Tony Abrego

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April Fool's Day for some reason has never been one of my favorite days of the year. I guess I don't really enjoy the silly humor behind the pranks we play on each other...

Here are some cool sites I found online to guard us against falling victim to jokes and pranks:

CNN No Joke
April Fools Day Defense Kit
Don't be the Punchline
Don't Be an April Fool

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by BMI Staff

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Congratulations to Barbara W. of Pine City, MN for winning the drawing for the March 2009 Picturefind! Barbara received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account! Please visit our April 2009 picturefind now.
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You Know What They Say...
by KJ Newby

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"It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt." --Mark Twain

"However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him." -- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

"[Politicians] never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge". -- Thomas Reed

"He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks." -- François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools." -- Herbert Spencer

"Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom." -- Elizabeth Gaskell

"Looking foolish does the spirit good." -- John Updike

"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." -- Mark Twain

"A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees." -- William Blake

"A fool must now and then be right by chance." -- Cowper

"It is better to be a fool than to be dead." -- Stevenson

"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." -- Mark Twain

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