The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 7 May 2004 
Sasser Worm Wreaks Havoc by Ruben Bybee
(CNN) -- The fast-spreading computer worm Sasser has wreaked more havoc on computer users worldwide, affecting several businesses, banks and government offices, including Britain's Coastguard. Users of the Windows operating systems reported sluggish machines and computers that quit or rebooted for no reason. Anti-virus companies estimate more than 1 million PCs have been infected.
see full CNN article or visit Symantec worm removal center.
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Welcome Renee Eagon
by Ruben Bybee


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Renee Eagon joins the BMI team in April. Renee owned and operated her own publishing business as well as currently being involved in writing a specialty cook book (Yummmmm.). Renee also has a home network and has been using computers for many years. Her love of people, kindness towards others, and keen sense of technology make her a super player on the BMI team. Welcome aboard Renee.
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Welcome Jon Alexander
by Carol Hall


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We would like to give a big warm welcome to our newest BMI staff member, Jon Alexander. Jon has spent 4 years in college as well as 4 years providing phone technical support. Jon enjoys spending time with his chuch and a small youth group on the weekend where they build and launch model rockets. Jon's great attitude towards customers and past knowledge are all part of what makes him a great member of our team.
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Home Page Updated by Ruben
We have finished adding many new customizable bits to the BMI home page portal. This portal (Internet starting web page) allows BMI users to fully customize and choose what items they want. It provides up to date news, weather, comedy, and more. Checkout
your BMI Homepage today.
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Online Risk Like Boardgame
by Ruben Bybee


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For those gamers out there looking for some strategy in their lives please checkout www.dominategame.com. This free online multi-player board game lets you challenge players around the world. It also features ladder style ratings and lets you match your skill levels against others.
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Google Rolls out Froogle by Ruben Bybee
On March 30th Google rolled out new search technology that lets people search through merchandise and online stores. This new system allows sorting by price and shows pictures of merchandise. You can visit this site at
http://froogle.google.com
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Word Find of the Month by Kevin Knight
Solve our word find puzzle this month and you will be entered into a drawing to win three months of free Internet.
Click here to go to the puzzle
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Internet Tutorial Website for Everyone
by Gloria Yera


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This is one of the most beneficial websites on the net. I stumbled on it when desperately searching for a website that would assist not only the computer wizards but also the wise elderly and the curious children. The topics it provides are the following: the Internet,the Web, getting started,safe surfing, viruses,browsers, email,how to search,locating software, newsgroups,chat, about online shopping, file sharing and terminology. Click on the link below to access this website. Internet Tutorial
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Horoscopes
by Gloria Yera


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What do the stars have in store for you? Click on this link below for Horoscopes powered by 12Signs.com
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New worm masquerades as Microsoft update
by Gloria Yera


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Internet users beware! There is a new worm out on the prowl and it's disguises are more than deceiving. The new virus is called Sober D and it disguises itself as a Microsoft Update patch claiming that it will conquer the new MyDoom worm. Once activated, the worm displays a patch loading screen and embeds itself into the user's email addresses and mails itself out using it's own SMTP engine.The email, written in either English or German, has the headline 'Microsoft alert: please read!' The body text adds: 'New MyDoom virus variant detected - please download this digitally signed attachment.'Paul Bushen, technical manager at F-Secure UK, told vnunet.com: "The social engineering is good enough to do the job of fooling people."People are not learning quickly that Microsoft does not send out emails like this.
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Question of the Month
by BMI Staff


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Why do I keep getting disconnected after sending and receiving my email? When a customer is getting disconnected after sending and receiving, it usually means that he or she has a setting that should not be checked in their Outlook Express options. To fix this problem, please follow these directions. 1. Open up Outlook Express. 2. Click on Tools. 3. Scroll down and click on Options. 4. Click on the Connections tab at the top. 5. Look for the setting "Hang up after sending and receiving" Make sure this box is not checked.
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The Cab Driver by Shirley B.
The passenger tapped the cab driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the sidewalk, and stopped inches from a department store window. For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said, "Look mister, don't ever do that again. You scared me half to death!" The passenger apologized and said he didn't realize that a little tap could scare him so much. The driver replied, "You're right. I'm sorry. Really, it's not your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver. I've been driving a hearse for 25 years."
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