June 2014 Newsletter

KCTC eNewsletter

Link to Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company


Rip-Off Alert
Beware of Vacation Rental Scams

KCTC Spam & Virus Protection Report Update

Go Pinterest-ing!
Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month’s FAQ
Why Do I Need To Leave My Device Unplugged For 15-30 Seconds?

Sites Of The Month
Great Sites To Check Out In June

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

Short Tutorial
How To Bookmark A Website



Dear KCTC Internet Subscribers

Beautiful Roses Download Graphics to View 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.

The goal of each of our eNewsletters is to keep our subscribers informed regarding their Internet connection and to improve their Internet experience. We think you’ll find this information interesting.

To see what’s inside this issue, simply scroll down the eNewsletter or click on the links within the index to the left. Thanks for reading!

- The KCTC Internet Team


Rip-Off Alert – Beware of Vacation Rental Scams

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KCTC Spam & Virus Protection – Report Update


Email messages sent to KCTC customers: 4,054,542

SPAM email messages blocked by KCTC filters: 3,660,199

Percent of email received by KCTC servers as SPAM: 90%

Virus-infected email messages blocked by KCTC: 644

As always, you can check the KCTC Quarantine Report to see which messages are being filtered out by the KCTC spam filters, or use the “Quarantine” tab on KCTC Webmail. These standard features of all KCTC email accounts. For more information on the Quarantine option, go to the support page.


Kalona Connect!  See our new listings in the Kalona Directory

Awe Inspiring Massage … 656-2931
Premier Portable Buildings … 656-2031
Wagler, Allen … 656-2038


Go Pinterest-ing! – Cool Stuff To Pin On Your Pinterest Boards

This Month’s FAQ – Why Do I Need To Leave My Device 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?

Why Do I Need To Leave My Device Unplugged 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!


Sites Of The Month – Great Sites To Check Out In June

Blockbuster Or Bomb?
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
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
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
mrfood.com – 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.


Two To View – A Couple Of Amazing Videos You Don’t Want To Miss

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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.
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!


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:

How To Bookmark A Website 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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Thanks for your business!

Best regards

Casey Peck
General Manager

Kalona Co-op Telephone Co.
510 B Ave
Kalona, IA 52247



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