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Webmaster Bulletin #1

Have you noticed that the Emails I have sent contain a notice on the bottom of the page that tell you this mail has been checked for viruses?  This is because I use an excellent Anti-Virus program which is highly integrated with Microsoft Outlook Express ver. 5 or better.  Not only is my mail Virus Free but, the program that does the job is also free.  I strenuously urge everyone to have an AV program on their computer.  If you do not already have one of the usual shelf products, try this one by AVG anti-virus System. You can get it at http://www.grisoft.com.
They also have several commercial versions if your needs are greater than a general home alone type. 
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Webmaster Bulletin #2

Visit the Join the Association Page.  We have a Registration form all ready to go.  If you are a current shipmate member, a shipmate non-member or a lost shipmate we need you to register.  All data will be reserved for member use only.  The information you provide will be used to update the Association membership data base.  We will also use this information to complete the Crews Quarters and Crew Members pages.  You will receive an Email with an ID and Password to allow entrance to the Crew Members Restricted pages when ready.
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Webmaster Bulletin #3

We have made quite a few changes in the last few days.  Some "Shipmate" lists have been added to the Crews Quarters Page.  We have only completed the "Onboard Dates" from 1944 to 1956 and are hard at work to add more.  We have also completely revised the "In Memoriam" page.  It should load quicker in it's new format.  You will now be able to use the "Search" page to find Shipmates as well as Departed Shipmates.  In response to several requests, we have modified or removed many of the graphics so that the pages will load quicker.
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Webmaster Bulletin #4  New 11/27/00
Found some interesting information that can be very useful for the aviating traveler.  There is a site called My Travel Rights at www.mytravelrights.com.  The best thing going for this site is that it has links to all domestic airlines with respect to Rule 240.   And what is so important about Rule 240 you ask.  Simple, each airline has had to file a rule 240 with the fed.  They are supposed to maintain a copy of the rule at their counters.  This is not always the case and many of the clerks don't even know what this rule is.  Simply stated; Rule 240 is:
Rule 240.

Before airline deregulation in 1978, Rule 240 was literally a federal requirement. Nowadays, it's a term describing what individual airlines will do for late or stranded passengers. In fact, the major airlines have filed "conditions of carriage" with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) guaranteeing their respective Rule 240s.

If your flight is delayed or cancelled, or if you've missed your flight connection, these policies may give you free meal vouchers, hotel accommodations, phone calls, and other amenities. You may be booked on a substitute flight -- even on another airline -- and you may be compensated or given a full refund if the flight problems persist.

So, before your next flight, check this out and if necessary, use it.
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Webmaster Bulletin #5  New 11/27/00

Pay It Forward

Has anyone seen this movie?   How about articles which have appeared in various media?
If not, the premise is the creation of a way to make this a better world in which to live.   This is given to us by a young boy through the process of paying it forward.   His solution involves selecting three people and doing a kindness for them.   He than asks them to do a kindness for three other people and task them to do the same for others.  The hoped for result is to eventually have everyone pay a kindness forward.

A local TV station has initiated a segment devoted to promoting this process.  Perhaps this has happened in your area.   In not, it is easy to do on your own.  A simple act like picking up the tab for a stranger at the coffee shop is all it takes.  Do it once, two times or more if you want to.  Join those of us who have elected to, Pay It Forward.
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Webmaster Bulletin #6  New 01/11/01

I feel, one of my duties as webmaster, should be providing our online members with information which can be of value, either on a personal basis or computer basis.  This bulletin is for your computer.  These sites are well recommended and will benefit all of us through their services.  At the moment, they are all free.

First:    A site that creates a summary by analyzing your PC's performance and configuration.  You then receive specific optimization suggestions.  Some of the recommendations can be automatically implemented through the site.  Holes that are open to hackers are identified and the methods of correction are provided.  Hard Drives are checked for problems.  Internet connections are diagnosed.  And more.  This is a really useful site and the price can't be beat.  Check out; www.pcpitstop.com.

Second:  After your pitstop, go to www.symantec.com/securitycheck.  This will provide you with the opportunity to double check if your system is susceptible to hacking and whether your browser is surreptitiously feeding personal information to Web Sites.  It will also do a through check for viruses.  Symantec is probably the leader when it comes to Anti-Virus protection.  In this instance however, only a check is made.  If a virus is found, you will be advised of which one but, you will have to use other means to kill it.  Which brings us to:

Third:  If you have a virus, go to http://housecall.antivirus.com.  This site will also scan for virus infection and will remove any it finds.  Of course, you might also get the AVG Anti- Virus that I have previously recommended from www.grisoft.com.

Fourth and final:  A continuously running diagnostic, bug-fix and software update utility.  It is not available off the shelf and is not the complete package as yet.  However, with additional alliances being added continuously it can only get better.  What I have seen thus far is encouraging.  Give it at least 4 stars.  You will be glad you went to www.aveo.com.  Once you have tried the program please drop your opinion on the webmaster.

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Webmaster Bulletin #7  New 01/25/01
The first time I saw part of this was during an evening weather report.  My reaction was, "Oh Wow".   Below you will find the link to the originating site.  It will be a very long download.  However, once it is complete, I am sure you will agree with me, In this instance, "Oh Wow" just won't cut it.  Enjoy!!

This comes to us from friends at NASA via friends at Raytheon.

It takes a while to load, but if you've never seen this picture, it's worth the wait.
This photograph is absolutely awesome!

Taken from the Space Station.
Please go take a look....
Awesome picture of the earth from the Boeing built Space Station.


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Webmaster Bulletin #8  New 01/29/01

???VA Hospitals???

What has your experience at a VA Hospital been like?  There are many of us who have the need to take advantage of this benefit.  It is good that we have somewhere to turn when illness strikes.   But, is this always a good choice?  Where will you find the best care?   There are those who are contending that a VA Hospital is not the destination we might think it is.  Your Webmaster has had the opportunity to experience the pluses and minuses of his local hospital.  Had I had this information before-hand, there most likely would not have been a negative result.  This past Sunday, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, (my local rag) in conjunction with the AP, began a four part disclosure on the problems incountered by Veterans in many of the VA's facilities.  There is much insight to be gained from reading these articles.  So, please point your browser to: www.cleveland.com and select the VA Hospital link.   Decide for yourself if you need to know more about the care that is available for you.

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Webmaster Bulletin #9
Expanded Medical benefits for military retirees

While Congress talks and talks about providing prescription drug coverage under Medicare, more than a million veterans and their families, thanks to Congress, will be getting a new prescription drug benefit this year under the TRICARE Senior Pharmacy Program.  And many veterans will become eligible for a new Medicare supplement health-care program under the TRICARE for Life plan. If you qualify, these benefits could save you thousands of dollars every year.

What is the Program?

Beginning April 1, retired military personnel 65 and older who put in at least 20 years in the service, along with their spouses and dependents, become eligible for a new prescription drug benefit.  If you turned 65 before April 1, 2001, you can participate in the Senior Pharmacy Program regardless of whether you are enrolled in Medicare Part B (medical insurance). But if you turn 65 on or after that date, you must enroll in Medicare Part B.

What are the benefits?

In the past, the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services has provided coverage for military retirees until they become Medicare-eligible at age 65. Then Medicare took over. But Medicare has lots of "gaps" (deductibles, co-payments and noncoverages) that must be filled by Medicare supplement insurance or from an individual's own pockets. Beginning Oct. 1, TRICARE for Life will provide Medicare supplemental coverage to military retirees, eligible family members and surviving spouses at no charge. Between Medicare and TRICARE, most medical services will be fully covered. Medicare will pay its "allowable" amount (for example, 80 percent of a set amount for most physician services), and TRICARE will pay the co-payment (for example, the remaining 20 percent for the physician's services) plus any Medicare deductible.   For services covered by Medicare but not TRICARE, Medicare will pay its normal amount, and you'll pay a co-payment and deductible. Certain types of chiropractic care fall into this category.  For medical care covered by TRICARE but not Medicare, TRICARE will pay its coverage amount, and you pay the TRICARE co-payment and deductible. The payment structure is similar to the prescription drug benefit previously discussed.

It's important to note that, to receive the TRICARE for Life benefits, the law requires you to enroll in Medicare Part B. If you already have turned 65 and do not have Part B coverage, sign up during Medicare's open enrollment period, which runs from Jan. 1 to March 31. Do it now, or you won't get the new TRICARE benefit when it begins Oct. 1.

You should also make sure your address and telephone number are up to date in the government's Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. Call 800-538-9552 for full information.

Can I be assisted in other ways?

The U.S. Court of Appeals based in Washington, D.C., ruled last month that the government, in recruiting efforts, promised free lifetime health care to enlistees who served at least 20 years. According to the court, that promise created a contract that the government breached in 1956.  This ruling opens the door to allow veteran retirees reimbursement for prior medical payments

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