Greetings from Polar's E-Connections Team
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Like everything else, it seems, greeting cards are going digital. Sending holiday greetings and family holiday photos by e-mail has become commonplace. The intention, of course, is to send tidings of great joy rather than great frustration. So it's important that everyone understand and use good netiquette when sending holiday cards and photos. Here are some guidelines:
We are happy and excited to
announce that we are getting closer to migrating PolarComm's
email service to the new more powerful mail server. The migration will take
place at or after 2:00 A.M. on Friday, November 18th. We will strive to keep
this interruption as brief as possible. There will be a few hours of interruption
of your email service at that time. Following the migration there will be no
changes required on your part. You will not lose email, nor will you need to
reset any settings. Email sent to you during the down time will be saved and
delivered when service is restored. We will work to ensure that everything will
be migrated so that the only change you see will be better performance. The new
email server has a more effective internal Spam and antivirus filter built in
that will better protect you from unwanted email messages, even those
innocently sent by fellow Polar customers. This service will eventually take
the place of the Postini service you are
currently using. Postini services will continue
to run until further notice. We will give you warning before we discontinue Postini and start relying solely on the anti-spam/virus
features in the new mail server
The PolarComm server will flag the message line in email messages when it detects junk mail or Spam or viruses. You will see a prepend on the message subject line that looks like :
Subj: *** Junk *** Buy our new stuff
If you see '***' at the beginning of a subject line you will know that this is a Spam or virus message and should be treated with caution or deleted. If you wish you can use the filter features in your email program to automatically dispose of these messages or move them to a different place to review later. We will send you more information as the time for the migration draws closer.
We appreciate your business!
Question: I've heard friends mention
that they have USB and FireWire connections on their computers. What do these
terms mean and how do I know if I have these connections on my computer?
Answer: USB (an acronym for Universal Serial Bus) and FireWire are two types of a "bus" — a collection of external cords that transmit data from one part of a computer system to another. FireWire is also known as iLink on some devices and computers.
In modern computers, USB 1.1 establishes the hardware-to-computer connection for peripherals, such as mice, keyboards, printers, and joysticks, that don't require fast data transmission rates. USB supports data transfer rates of up to twelve megabits per second (Mbps).
In 2001, the USB standard underwent an extensive overhaul resulting in the new USB 2.0 standard. It has much faster (480Mbps) transfer rates and can be effectual when connecting digital cameras and video cams to computers. The same USB cable will work for both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 devices as there is no difference in the shapes of USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 ports.
There are two types of FireWire devices, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800. The older standard is FireWire 400, also referred to as the IEEE 1394 bus. It transfers data at 400Mbps. The newer FireWire 800 standard transfers data at a blistering 800Mbps, a speed required to transfer high-quality video and images. This type of bus is used to connect such hardware as CD and DVD burners, digital cameras, video editors, camcorders, and high-end scanners.
Nearly all computers built since 1999 have either USB 1.1 or USB 2.0. Look at your computer's ports. If you see a rectangular port with a stick figure by it, you have a USB port. FireWire ports are hexagonal and have a symbol that resembles the letter "Y" next to them.
See Pictures Of People
Doing The Phoon
http://Phoons.com - Have you "phooned" for anyone lately? Well, you may have and not even known it. Ask someone to take a picture of you while you're in a phoon pose (arms and legs bent in a running position, turned sideways, not looking at the camera or smiling) and send it into this site for posting. Hundreds of people have already done so. Check out the images of people doing the phoon in crowds, in foreign countries, on fountains, at theme parks, in tight fits, at airports, on beaches, in costumes, with animals, and more.
Lost Is Big Hit In Second Season
http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/index.html - The popular, multiple Emmy-Award winning television program, Lost, is back for another mystery and action-packed season. The show's official site provides links to bios on each cast member. It also includes a "Lost Trivia Challenge" game that'll test your Lost expert skills. Video clips as well as recaps from previous episodes will keep you up-to-speed in case you missed a show. Plus, lots of photos from both seasons are available for viewing.
Countdown To Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
http://www1.macys.com/campaign/parade/parade.jsp - Almost every year since 1924, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has helped kick off the holiday shopping season. (No parade was held during 1942-1944 as Macy's donated the rubber used to make balloons toward the war effort.) Over 2.5 million people will line the streets of Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning to enjoy the huge balloons as well as the spectacular floats, skillful marching bands, and popular celebrities -- and, of course, to see Santa Claus! Visit this site to learn more about the parade's history and to go behind the scenes to see how 4,000 volunteers pull off this amazing event.
Top Secret Aerial Photographs From WWII
http://www.evidenceincamera.co.uk - This recently upgraded site, created by the Aerial Reconnaissance Archives (TARA) at Keele University in England, will eventually provide access to over 5.5 million aerial photographs taken over occupied Western Europe during WWII. Aerial photographs taken by the Germans during WWII and until recently was classified NATO property, will also be available for viewing on this site. Aerial images include the Allied invasion of
Zoom Into Exact Map Location
http://www.us.map24.com - Here's an alternative to using MapQuest.com for driving directions or looking for map-related information. This site, of course, gives you helpful driving directions. However, the most unique feature is the point and draw option for finding address locations in cities and towns across
Getting cards and photos
from friends via e-mail attachments can be great fun. What's not so great is
when people send a card to you but then "cc:" (carbon copy) one
hundred of their other friends on the same message. You see everyone else's
e-mail address and they see yours. This may not be so bad unless the e-mail
gets forwarded to a spammer who then adds your e-mail address to his spamming
list and/or sells it to other spammers.
The correct method of sending a holiday greeting card via e-mail to your friends and family is to use the "bcc:" (blind carbon copy) feature. It's found on all commonly used e-mail software programs. This function hides the e-mail addresses of all recipients of your greeting — which will give them more to be jolly about!
Sending BCC: Messages in Outlook Express When Using Windows XP
Sending BCC: Messages in Thunderbird 1.07 When Using Mac OS X or Windows XP
Sending BCC: Messages in Netscape 7.2 When Using Windows XP or Mac OS X
Sending BCC: Messages in Mail.app When Using Mac OS X
NOTE: You don't have to put anything in the "To:" field of the e-mail using these programs. However, if you don't, some spam filters may block the e-mail or send it into the recipient's spam folder. To solve this dilemma, put your own e-mail address into the "To:" field. It's already in the message's header as the sender so it's no secret anyway and you'll get a copy of the message that you're sending.
We hope you found this
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Thanks for your business!
The E-Connections Team
110 4th St E
Park River, ND 58270
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