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IN THIS ISSUE

RIP-OFF ALERT
Beware of vacation rental scams
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Whidbey Telecom News
Directory Cover Art Contest
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GO PINTEREST-ING!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards
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This Month's FAQ
When resetting a device, why do I need to leave it unplugged for 15-30 seconds?
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Sites of the Month for June
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
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Short Tutorial
How to bookmark a website
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Dear Valued Customer,

The flower for June is the rose so be sure to take time to smell the roses this month. You'll also want to take time to check out this issue, which is blooming with ideas to help you fully enjoy your summer.

If you're considering a vacation rental, don't miss our tips on how to avoid online scammers and end up with a great place to stay. Continuing in the vacation mode, we also share a website designed to spot the best airfare deals. Of course, you don't have to travel to savor the joys of summer. Check out the resources for sprucing up your backyard, making a clever Father's Day card, and whipping up yummy picnic food. To add smiles to your day, watch the amazing videos of dancers young and old -- they're sure to spin their way into your heart.

Keep moving through this June issue to learn why tech support tells you to unplug your devices for a certain number of seconds and how easy it is to bookmark your favorite sites.

Plus, don't miss the Whidbey Telecom News section to learn how your artwork could earn you $500 and promotional exposure on over 15,000 local directory covers.

We think you'll find the information contained in this newsletter to be a valuable tool for enhancing your Internet experience. Look to the links on the left to see what's inside this month's edition.

We hope you enjoy our June eNewsletter!

 
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RIP-OFF ALERT

Beware of vacation rental scams

Renting a private home -- instead of staying at a hotel -- is becoming an increasingly popular vacation option thanks to the convenience of web portals. While sophisticated channels like Airbnb and HomeAway try to protect renters (by providing secure payment, user comments, and star ratings), even they are not immune from scammers.

Vacation rental rip-offs come in many forms. One is the hijacked ad, where scammers hijack a real rental listing by changing the email address or other contact information and then put the modified ad on another site. Other rip-off artists create listings for places that aren't for rent or don't exist and try to lure you in with fabulous photos, low rent, and great amenities. The goal is to get your money, in the form of a security deposit or application fee, before you find out you've been deceived.

Here are some ways to avoid vacation rental scams:

  • Obtain full contact information for the person you are dealing with (including name, address, phone number, and email) and verify that information by using Google search. Be wary if they never answer the phone when you call and always have to call you back; many scammers use message services.
  • Ask to see the property live via technology like FaceTime or Skype. At the very least, use Google Earth and Google's Street View feature to confirm that the property you're renting actually exists at the address advertised.
  • Read the comments. The feedback from previous renters that appears on sites like Airbnb is invaluable. In some cases, you're even allowed to pose questions to other users.
  • Beware of groupthink. If you're vacationing with several other people, everybody tends to figure that somebody else is paying attention to the details and making sure the group isn't getting ripped off. Make sure someone is thoroughly investigating that six-bedroom place you all want to rent.
  • Never wire money. Wiring money is the same as sending cash; once you send it, you have no way to get it back. Use a credit card instead since Visa, MasterCard, and American Express will allow you to recover money you lose to fraud.

The bottom line is this: When renting a vacation home, you need to do your homework.

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WHIDBEY TELECOM NEWS

Directory Cover Art Contest

We're proud to announce our 2014 Directory Cover Contest for local artists and photographers. The contest's winning artwork is featured on the cover of approximately 15,000 telephone directories, which are circulated annually throughout Whidbey Telecom's local and extended customer base. This year's contest theme is Visions of A Good Life. We're looking for all media and art styles that capture what makes life in this area so spectacular. All entries must be received at the Whidbey Telecom Customer Experience Center in Freeland by June 27, 2014 at 5 PM.

Whidbey Telecom would like to encourage artists to submit their best works and express that the contest's theme is open to broad interpretation. Entries can include landscape, figurative, impressionistic, abstract art, etc. All mediums are welcome.

The contest is open to all artists living within the Whidbey Telecom service areas that are at least 18 years of age. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of the company's executive management, as well as members of the local art community. Artwork must have been created after May 31, 2013 to be eligible. The winning entry receives a $500 award and publication on the 2014-2015 Directory Cover with artist credit and promotional exposure. The winning artist will retain their own rights to submitted artwork, but grant Whidbey Telecom permission to publish and reproduce their entry.

Contest entry forms and specific details are available online at www.whidbey.com/CoverContest and in the Whidbey Telecom Customer Experience Centers. Call 360-321-1122 from South Whidbey, 360-444-1122 from Hat Island, or 360-945-1122 from Point Roberts for additional information.

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GO PINTEREST-ING!

Cool stuff to pin on your Pinterest boards

Berry Delicious Greek Yogurt Smoothie Pops
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775850917986/

Make A "Shirt & Tie" Card Tailored For Dad
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775851177070/

30 DIY Ways To Make Your Backyard Awesome This Summer
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/291537775851177096/

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

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ASK THE HELP DESK

When resetting a device, why do I need to leave it unplugged for 15-30 seconds?

Question: It seems like every time I call tech support with a problem, the first thing they advise is to unplug my computer or modem and leave it unplugged for 15-30 seconds. Why is that delay needed?

Answer: The reason for this delay is that most devices contain capacitors, which are little batteries that function like energy buckets. They fill up when you put a current through them and discharge otherwise. Capacitors will hold a charge for at least 10 seconds after the power is off, so you have to wait longer than that for your device's Random Access Memory (RAM) to be fully inactive. To be on the safe side, tech support often advises users to wait 15-30 seconds to make sure the capacitors discharge completely. This is important because while there's a charge, your device's RAM is still active and whatever problem you're trying to fix won't be wiped out. If you plug your device back in right away, the problem just returns. So when it comes to troubleshooting, patience is a virtue!

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SITES OF THE MONTH

Great Sites To Check Out In June

Blockbuster or Bomb?
http://www.rottentomatoes.com
Summer is the blockbuster movie season and you'll have plenty of choices at the movie theater. Before you turn over your hard-earned money for tickets, however, check and see what reviewers and audiences are saying at this site. It will help you pick better flicks.

Support During a Health Crisis
http://www.caringbridge.org
CaringBridge is a site that supports private pages dedicated to those in a health crisis. Instead of flooding Facebook with sensitive information, you can create a CaringBridge page and invite family and friends to visit. While there, they can get patient updates and share good wishes.

Find Best Airfare Bargains
http://www.airfarewatchdog.com
By using this site, you can take a vacation from the hard work of trying to find the best airfare deals. Just enter where you want to go, and its "Dealhounds" will watch for the lowest prices on flights to that city and alert you of them. It's a doggone easy way to find a travel bargain.

Plan the Perfect Picnic
http://www.mrfood.com/Editors-Picks/Perfect-Picnic-Menu-53-Make-Ahead-Picnic-Recipes
International Picnic Day is June 18. To get ready for the celebration, check out these recipes. You'll find all kinds of delicious foods to go in your picnic basket or cooler including Crisp Cucumber Salad, BLT Burritos, Iced Green Tea, and Lime Margarita Bars.

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TWO TO VIEW

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

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1406_VIDEO_A.htm

Still Kicking At Age 79
Simon Cowell is humbled after rejecting a 79-year-old ballroom dancer right before she gives the performance of a lifetime. You'll be as shocked as the audience was on Britain's Got Talent.

http://www.eNewsletterHome.com/_eNewsletter/2014/1406_VIDEO_B.htm

Oh Baby! Can They Dance!
Check out this delightful commercial for Evian water. In it, people on a city sidewalk are surprised to see themselves as dancing babies in the reflection of a store window. Too cute!

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SHORT TUTORIAL

How to bookmark a website

Bookmarks are links to websites that make it easy to get back to your favorite places on a regular basis. By using bookmarks, you don't have to keep entering in the complete URL each time you want to visit. Here's how to bookmark a website you're viewing:

Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Simply press Ctrl + D on your keyboard. The page you're on will be added to your browser's bookmark folder automatically. This works in every major browser except Safari for Mac. The shortcut in Safari is Command + D.

Clicking the Star Icon
If you'd rather not use keyboard shortcuts, there's an alternative. Every major browser uses a star to represent bookmarks. It might show up in the address bar, or somewhere to the left or right of the address bar.

In Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, clicking the star automatically adds the bookmark to your bookmarks folder. Clicking the star again lets you edit the bookmark name and choose its location in your bookmarks or delete it.

For Internet Explorer, clicking on the star icon opens the bookmarks menu. Then you click the "Add to favorites" button.

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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.

©2014 Cornerstone Publishing Group Inc.

 


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