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Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association Goes Live!

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wisnet.com is happy to announce the launch of wtba.org’s new website!!

WTBA is a ‘cutting edge’ association that is widely recognized for its expertise, the effectiveness of its programs, and the long-term impact of its forward-looking vision on the development of a very competitive Wisconsin transportation system. WTBA promotes and serves the Wisconsin Transportation Construction Industry and its members through the following programs:

  • Government Relations
  • Contrating and Engineering Services
  • Environmental Policy and Rulemaking
  • Safety Services

Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association Goes Live!Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association Goes Live!

www.wtba.org

Webmail RSS Feeds

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RSS is a technology with a lot of potential to make businesses more productive by making communication easier and more relevant. Unfortunately, that potential has not been realized in the broader world and while RSS is good, it has not become great. We took a chance when we added RSS feeds to Noteworthy Webmail 2 years ago. It was a smart bet and we were right to make it. We’ll continue to make smart bets now and in the future. Part of making smart bets is to pay attention to the results and make adjustments later and that is what we are doing now.

The time has come for us to make a major decision with respect to our RSS Feed reader that is built into the webmail application. We have decided to remove the RSS Feed reader from the webmail application. We will remove RSS Feeds as an option from our webmail interface on August 15th.

There are several reasons for this decision and we have outlined those below so you can understand why we have decided to make this move.

RSS hasn’t reached the critical mass necessary to go main stream. Without that critical mass, RSS has struggled at the edges, adopted by those who tend to adopt new technologies very readily but not by many outside those circles. The total number of our users taking advantage of this feature is less than 0.2% and isn’t growing.

Our RSS Feed reader is in need of a major overhaul, which requires development and hardware resources. This in turn will drive up costs that will have to be passed on to our customers and this is something we wish to avoid.

We will not be cutting this feature off immediately and want to give you plenty of time for users to migrate. Below you will find migration instructions for your users who wish to use an alternative solution for managing their RSS feeds below. As always if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at customercare@wisnet.com

MIGRATION INSTRUCTIONS

We have developed migration instructions for several popular RSS feed reader alternatives. Please feel free to email these instructions to your users.

Google Reader (http://reader.google.com)

If you would like to use Google Reader, a free web based RSS feed reader, please sign up at http://reader.google.com and follow the steps below to import your RSS feeds:

1. Export the file as described above.

2. Sign in to Google Reader.

3. Click the Settings link in the upper right of the page.

4. Click the Import/Export link.

5. Click the Browse button next to the “Select an OPML file” box.

6. Select the file that you exported from webmail, and click the Open button.

7. Click the Upload button.

Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com)

Once you have registered with Bloglines and replied to the confirmation email, import feeds by doing the following:

1. Click on the Feeds tab at the top of the screen.

2. Click on the Edit link.

3. Click the Import Subscriptions link at the bottom of the left panel.

4. Next to the ‘OPML File’ box, click the Browse button.

5. Select the file that you exported, and click the Open button.

6. Click the Import button.

Newsgator Online (http://www.newsgator.com)

Once you have registered with newsgator online, import feeds by doing the following:

1. Click the Add Feeds link at the top right of the page.

2. Under the URL & Import tab, click the Import link.

3. Under ‘To import feeds from an OPML file, use this form,’ click the Browse button.

4. Select the file that you exported, and click the Open button.

5. Click the Import button.

6. Click the Subscribe button.

Add some flair to your email

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Whenever you choose to compose an email you have to make a choice. You can either choose to write your email using plain text or using HTML. Choosing HTML as the format for your email means you can spice it up a little bit. You can add colors, pictures, bullets, links, and much more to really add some visual elements to your email. With plain text you can only edit the words that you choose to type with no real formatting allowed.

A lot of our customers prefer HTML formatting over plain text.

Recently we decided to expand our HTML capabilities for our mail customers, or more specifically those customers that use webmail. For a long time we have offered the capability for customers to have a pre-defined signature that can be added to their emails, but the signature has always been created in plain text.

That is until now. With our last release of webmail we added the capability for our customers to create and edit their signatures using HTML and also upload images that can be added to a signature.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and add some HTML flair to your email signature.

Spam Update

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We have seen an influx of spam pass through our filters over the last few weeks. This is due to a spam hole that was allowing more than usual amounts of spam to go undetected. We have applied a fix and we’re working very closely with our anti-spam partner to increase the effectiveness of our anti-spam system. Spam filtering needs to evolve as spammers evolve their spamming techniques and in the last couple of weeks, we have fallen behind.

In addition to working closely with our anti-spam partner, we are in the process of enabling custom anti-spam software to the filtering that our partner provides. And finally, we’re always actively investigating best of breed anti-spam mechanisms so that we can get ahead of the spam problem. This is a constant battle we must fight and we are fighting it as aggressively as we can.

As a wisnet.com customer, you should start to see immediate improvements as well as ongoing improvements over the next few weeks.

Thank you for your patience.