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News, September 2006
Internet Service Updates | Entertainment 2007 | CPCUG at NBC Expo
To CPCUG Members: Internet Service Updates
ALERT: To CPCUG Members
[Sun., Sept. 10, 2006] Our ISP has notified us that our e-mail server is somehow being used to send massive amounts of spam. To track down the offending spammer, we have agreed to shut down our webmail interface for a 24-hour period. (Your regular cpcug.org e-mail should not be affected, only webmail). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you will understand that we are trying to avoid a more serious problem should this spammer be allowed to continue. If we cannot catch the culprit, other action may be necessary, so please watch this space for updates to the situation.
—Dennis Courtney, CPCUG President
[Fri., Sept. 15, 2006] On Wednesday, September 13, 2006, CPCUG contracted with PatriotNet/IceWeb of Herndon, Virginia, to provide a dedicated semimanaged server for cpcug.org Web pages and member e-mail. Pardon our "dust"—broken links—while DNS information is set up and propagates, and we get everything up and running again.
[Fri., Sept. 15, 2006, 8 pm ] E-mail accounts are up and accepting e-mail. We expect to have some flavor of webmail up in the wee hours. A date has not yet been set for the return of secure (SSL) webmail.
[Sun., Sept. 17, 2006, 9 am] Regular cpcug.org e-mail and SquirrelMail (webmail) are functioning, but your name for CPCUG login has changed. Enter your old login name only up to the "@"; for example, if your old login name was JohnDoe@cpcug.org, your new login name will be JohnDoe. You will need to change your e-mail client to reflect this. Your password is the same as it was on September 4, 2006. Note that this implementation of webmail is not secure. To log in to webmail, click on "Webmail" on the upper right-hand corner of this cpcug.org home page.
Our Internet Support Team (IST) is back in action. If you have a question about cpcug.org e-mail or other Internet services, send it to the CPCUG IST via e-mail or call the CPCUG office during normal business hours at 301-762-9372.
Most Web links are functional. If you find a broken link, please report its location via e-mail.
[Wed., Sept. 20, 2006] E-mail downloads and webmail are now secure. Don't forget to turn SSL back on in your e-mail client. The link for webmail is on the upper right-hand corner of the cpcug.org home page: https://www.cpcug.org/webmail/.
[Fri., Sept. 22, 2006] E-mail subject-line tagged as ***SPAM*** by SpamAssassin is now being filtered to a folder labeled "SPAM" within each CPCUG member's e-mail account. It's probably a good idea to review (very briefly) the contents of your spam folder periodically for e-mail that you actually may want. If you find a keeper, move it to another folder. Then, within the SPAM folder in CPCUG webmail (SquirrelMail), for example (the procedure is probably very similar within your own e-mail client), click on Toggle All and Delete to empty the SPAM folder—which will count against the yet-to-be-implemented mail quotas.
Addresses of POP, IMAP, and SMTP servers are unchanged: www.cpcug.org.
[Sat., Sept. 23, 2006] Some cpcug.org services may be unavailable during some portion of our host Patriot.net's regular 2:00 to 8:00 am Sunday weekly maintenance window. We expect some new installations and maintenance to occur tomorrow during this time. No e-mail will be lost.
[Tues., Sept. 26, 2006, 10 am] To set an option for forwarding e-mail, log into webmail (using the link on the upper right-hand corner of the cpcug.org home page). At the top of the CPCUG Webmail page, select Options, then Vacation Message. Scroll past the auto-reply (vacation) options, and you'll see the following forwarding options:
Choosing the first option means that copies of your e-mail will forwarded to the e-mail address(es) you specify, and your e-mail itself will be placed in your pesonal e-mail folder on the cpcug.org server. Mail being stored on the cpcug.org server is processed first by SpamAssassin. The messages tagged as spam are filtered into a personal SPAM folder that you can access to review for false positives from your webmail account or via IMAP download. The mail forwarded to other e-mail addresses will not be tagged or filtered in any way by SpamAssassin.
[Tues., Sept. 26, 2006, 11:30 am ] An error message may appear the first time members try to access their INBOXes or SPAM folders on our new host after logging into SquirrelMail, or the first time they attempt a download to Outlook, Eudora, or other e-mail client. This should be a one-time occurrence—it can take as long as 2 minutes for the system to assign a unique user ID. During this time members will not be able to get mail, and are likely to get an error message. If the error message recurs later, please contact support via e-mail or the CPCUG office at 301-762-9372.
[Thurs., Sept. 28, 2006] Forwarding should again be working for all e-mail acounts. If you experience problems, please contact support via e-mail or the CPCUG office at 301-762-9372
Save Money and Support CPCUG With Entertainment Books!
by Gabe Goldberg
Entertainment discount coupon books for 2007 are here. So it's time for CPCUG members and volunteers to help CPCUG raise much-needed funds by selling books to friends, neighbors, and colleagues—and buying books for themselves.
These books offer hundreds of discount opportunities on dining (usually two-for-one deals, or buy one and get one free), travel (airline, hotel, and car rental), shopping, sporting events, theater, movies, dry cleaning, auto repair, and much more. These aren't the kind of "discount" that requires spending extra money, buying things you wouldn't have bought, to "save" money. These are real-life discounts available on routine everyday purchases.
The books are great, I've saved hundreds of dollars each year for many years.
As always, CPCUG earns a percentage of our book sale revenues—and the more we sell, the higher the percentage.
Selling books isn't hard, they nearly sell themselves. We sell two local editions: DC/VA and DC/MD, both for $25 per copy.
Orders for out-of-town books (covering most major cities in North America) can be placed online with CPCUG receiving the credit. The key to making sales is offering books early—which we can do because we're among the first groups in the area to have books. Don't wait until people have already bought books to try to sell them.
Here's What To Do
Buy books for yourself, your family, colleagues, and neighbors, and as gifts. Books will be available at many CPCUG meetings through December 31. Let me know by e-mail if you'd like to buy books so we can work out details.
It's especially important to let me know that you'd like to help sell books so I can get them to you quickly.
Encourage people you know in other cities to buy books through CPCUG. It's simple, it takes just a few online steps, and it earns money for CPCUG.
Ordering Books Online (Available for Most Major North American Cities)
CPCUG at NBC Expo Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17, 2006
[Fri., Sept.15] On Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, CPCUG will participate in TV channel NBC4's Connected Expo at the new Washington Convention Center. Offering free admission, and called NBC4 Digital Edge in previous years, the expo showcases today's and tomorrow's technology in several areas:
Check out in advance the impressive list of organizations participating with CPCUG in the NBC4 Connected Expo so you'll know who you'll want to chat with at the event.
CPCUG's booth will help us tell the community what we do (teach classes, recycle computers, provide technology advice and assistance, offer more than a dozen free meetings every month, etc.). We need booth volunteers! Please contact President Dennis Courtney if you can spend a few hours in our booth on either Saturday or Sunday helping CPCUG tell its story and recruit new members!
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