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IN THIS ISSUE

SCAM ALERT
Pinterest Hack Feeds Spam To Twitter and Facebook
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Whidbey Telecom News
Update On WhidbeyTV
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Winning Artist
WICA Announces Winning Lobby Artist
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GO PINTEREST-ING!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
READ MORE

Ask the Help Desk
What's the Difference Between Lifecasting and Lifestreaming?
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Sites of the Month for November
Make sure you take a look at these helpful websites
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Two To View
A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss
READ MORE

Short Tutorial
How To Compress Large Files
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Dear Valued Customer,

Now that it's November, the holiday season is kicking into gear. Calendars are starting to be filled with festivities and planning has begun for shopping, baking, and decorating. When you need a break from the action, take a few minutes to relax and enjoy the online resources we share here.

This November issue includes a warning about Pinterest account takeovers by spammers. We hope it doesn't happen to you, but if it does, you'll know what to do. Speaking of Pinterest, check out our new section that features cool images to pin; enjoy the inspiration! Look for new updates on WhidbeyTV, including new launch date information. You'll also find timely websites to explore, learn how to compress files, be treated to a couple of amazing videos, and more.

We think you'll find the information contained in this newsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing your Internet experience.

Here's what's inside our November eNewsletter:

SCAM ALERT - Pinterest Hack Feeds Spam To Twitter and Facebook

Whidbey Telecom News - Update On WhidbeyTV

Winning Artist - WICA Announces Winning Lobby Artist

GO PINTEREST-ING! - Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

Ask the Help Desk - What's the Difference Between Lifecasting and Lifestreaming?

Sites of the Month - Great Websites To Check Out In November

Two To View - A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don't Want To Miss

Short Tutorial - How To Compress Large Files

We hope you enjoy our eNewsletter!

- Your Whidbey Telecom Team

 
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ONLINE WARNING

SCAM ALERT - Pinterest Hack Feeds Spam To Twitter and Facebook

Pinterest users have reported widespread account takeovers in which spammers post images promoting things such as work-at-home schemes and diet pills. The spammers delete boards, rename them, and change the contents. Since Pinterest users often link their accounts with other social networks like Twitter and Facebook, the spam images are showing up on those networks as well.

See examples here... http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2012/11/1211_sectionA.jpg

Pinterest advises customers who have had their account taken over to change their password immediately and warns that "misleading third party apps" and "web browser extensions" often play a part in account takeover incidents. The site also advises users to have a unique password for each social networking site.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Update On WhidbeyTV

We know there is a lot excitement building for WhidbeyTV and a lot of curiosity about when this new service will be available. Here's a quick update on the progress of WhidbeyTV and what you can expect:

Q: Do you have a launch date?
A: As we begin the testing phase of WhidbeyTV, we anticipate to having this new service available for customers in the Spring of 2013. Keep an eye out for more announcements as we approach that timeframe.

Q: Can I be one of the first to receive WhidbeyTV?
A: We anticipate a high degree of interest from the community when this new service goes live. WhidbeyTV will be rolled out in phases. Based on the responses we received from our Early Interest Survey, we will begin with interested customers closest to each of our community wire centers and expand from each of those locations. With each phase, we will be contacting customers to let them know service is now available in their area.

Q: Do you have channel and pricing information available?
A: Our channel lineup and pricing will be released when we get ready to launch the service, but we are pleased to share our preliminary comprehensive Channel Guide - just click the link below to download the PDF brochure. Our goal is to provide a superior television experience at affordable prices, with features and local content that no other provider can deliver. You can expect competitive pricing and a robust channel selection from your newest television provider - your local Whidbey Telecom!
http://www.whidbeytel.com/Content/eNewsletter/2012/Channel_Guide_Prelim.pdf

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 360-321-1122 or email wtccs@whidbeytel.com.

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WINNING ARTIST

WICA Announces Winning Lobby Artist

Recently, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has been featuring works by aspiring artists and photographers in their lobby. A selected panel of local artists was invited to vote on their favorite pieces. As part of Whidbey Telecom's support of this contest, we're pleased to announce the winning artist from the most recent exhibition, local photographer Steve Marts!

Mr. Marts shared he has been a Whidbey Island resident for 20 years and can't think of another place he'd rather live. He spent many years as a cameraman capturing film footage and working on documentaries that also indulged his other passion – mountain climbing. This included multiple high mountain Himalayan climbs, helping earn him a reputation as one of the best mountain climbing photographers in the world. Marts took up still photo art as a hobby when he retired and has enjoyed honing his art for the past seven years. On his photographs and style:

"I work with composite images to create a photo that appears real, yet offers the viewer an alternate reality. The subject doesn't matter to me, it's what can I do with it. I want them to appear super-real or even a bit surreal. I'm not sure what photo art is. Is it the photo journalist who catches that split moment in real life, the thing that no other art can do? Or is it Andy Warhol? I think I'm somewhere in between."

http://marketing.whidbeytel.com/eNewsletter/2012/SteveMarts_photos.jpg
To see a collage of Steve Marts's winning work, click the link above. The photos of people and musicians are candid shots taken by him. They are real, but placed in another world of his imagination.

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775847680708/
Martha Stewart's Perfect Roast Turkey

http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775847680701/
Tennis Ball as Light Bulb Remove

http://pinterest.com/pin/291537775847680421/
Autumn Leaves Garland

You haven't started pinning on Pinterest yet and you want to get started?
If so, https://pinterest.com/join/signup/ click here.

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ASK THE HELP DESK

What's the Difference Between Lifecasting and Lifestreaming?

Question: What's the difference between lifecasting and lifestreaming?

Answer: Lifecasting is uninterrupted streaming of an individual's daily life, captured via wearable technology. Lifecasting is distinct from frequent webcam postings in that the camera moves with the individual and often streams directly to the Internet, removing the need for uploading.

Lifestreaming is the practice of collecting an online user's disjointed online presence in one central location or site. Lifestreaming services bring photos, videos, bookmarks, microblog posts, and blog posts from a single user into one place using RSS. Friendfeed and Tumblr are examples of lifestreaming services.

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In November

Denture Your Dog
http://www.pedigree.com/All-Things-Dog/oralcare/default.aspx
Check this site out for guaranteed grins. Simply upload a photo of your dog and add your choice of teeth, costume, background, and text-to-speech message. Then share your crazy canine creation on Facebook or another popular site.

Real-Time Social Media Search
http://socialmention.com/
What are people online saying--right this minute--about the topics you're interested in? Find out by entering a topic and getting real-time results from blogs, social media networks, and more. You can also sign up for free Social Media Alerts via email.

Gallery of Google Doodles
http://www.google.com/doodles/finder/2012/United%20States
Google recently celebrated its 14th birthday, making it a good time to look back and enjoy the site's famous Doodles. You can browse through its extensive Doodles collection here, learn about the program, and even buy merchandise.

Christmas Cookie Collection
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Holiday---Celebration-Recipes/Christmas-Recipes/Christmas-Cookie-Recipes
Find recipes here for every type of Christmas cookie, from elaborately decorated cut outs to the quick-and-easy drop variety. Each recipe has a color photo plus reviews and ratings to help you plan your holiday baking. It's one sweet resource!

New Uses For Old Things
http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/new-uses-for-old-things/favorite-new-uses-00000000019718/index.html
Recycling isn't just about plastic jugs and aluminum cans. You can also find new uses for items sitting around your house, known as repurposing. This site features favorite repurposing ideas, like using an old matchbox to store needles and thread for a sewing kit.

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TWO TO VIEW

A Couple of Amazing Videos You Don't Want to Miss

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2012/11/VIDEO_A.htm

Shake It Up
This fun and educational video shows how different animals quickly shake themselves dry. Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology studied 16 soggy species including mice, dogs, tigers, and bears. Boy, can they move!

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2012/11/VIDEO_B.htm

Home Movies at Disneyland
Shot in 1956, one year after Disneyland opened, this home movie beautifully captures the California theme park's early days. Posted by Jeff Altman, it was shot by his grandfather and includes footage of his grandmother meeting Walt Disney.

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SHORT TUTORIAL

How To Compress Large Files

When you attach large files to emails, they can be slow for you to send as well as slow for your recipients to receive. That's why it makes sense to sometimes compress large files using built-in Windows or Mac software. Here's how to do it:

Windows

  1. Put all the files you would like to compress in a folder. To create a new folder, right-click on the screen and scroll down to "New," and then to "Folder." Type in the name of the folder in the space where the text is highlighted.
  2. Click and drag the files you want to compress into the new folder.
  3. Right-click on the folder, select "Send To," and then click on "Compressed (zipped) Folder." A dialog box will appear that shows you the progress of the compressing files. Wait as the files are compressed.
  4. Attach the compressed folder with the extension .zip to your email.

Mac OS

  1. Move the files you would like to compress into a folder. To create a new folder, open a Finder window, select the File menu, and click on "New Folder." Type a name for the folder in the space underneath the folder icon where the text is highlighted.
  2. Click and drag the files you want to compress into the new folder.
  3. Right-click on the folder and select "Create Archive." Wait as the files are compressed. You will see a dialog box indicating the progress of the action.
  4. Attach the compressed file with the extension .zip to your email.

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We hope you found this eNewsletter to be informative. It's one of our ways of keeping you posted on news and information about our industry and our community. Thank you for the privilege of serving you!

Best regards,

Your Whidbey Telecom Team

We have used our best efforts in collecting and preparing the information published herein. However, we do not assume, and hereby disclaim, any and all liability for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions, whether such errors or omissions resulted from negligence, accident, or other causes.

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