You may have noticed the newsletter didn't have pictures or would't click through. If you tried to go to the website you got a message that the domain was disabled. We're clear of that emergency, but it does illustrate how careful we need to be in our Internet lives.
We had the unfortunate timing to send a bulk email just as some other accounts on related servers were compromised. We got flagged and shut down. We didn't get hacked, and all our data is safe and intact and our site security is, well, ok. We're protected three layers deep and still the rip-roaring finger of the Internet poked at us.
Take it as a lesson. Use strong passwords. Keep your firewall up and active, and don't allow exceptions if at all possible. Keep your virus scanner up and running, and up to date. And finally, make sure your PC is fit enough for internet relations.
Sign-up sheets are a part of Nokomis life. Wouldn't it be cool if they were available online? Well, it's cooler than PSI 2000 in here. The website can handle sign-up sheets.
The action happens under the My USS Nokomis button. Select Signup Sheets and you'll be taken to a page that shows you the sheets available. If you've signed up online, it'll also show you what you've already signed up to do.
Next to each available sheet is a View and Sign Up link. That's where you go to View the slots and sign up (coulda figured that out on my own, "thanks" Phill). Once you sign up for a slot you'll get an email reminding you what you clicked, and you'll get reminders closer to the date of the event if the sheet is set up that way.
Log in to use the function. There's a practice sheet in there you can fiddle with to get the hang of it. The sign-up sheet for the Lake Outing is live and ready to go.
Can't remember when you joined, or when your dues are due? You're just like the rest of us. At the last Membership meeting Pam recommended a way to make things things simpler - everyone is due in September, when we kick off the active part of our year.
We'll set everyone's membership date to this September. If you've paid dues in calendar 2015, then you get until September 2016. That means free bonus months for quite a few folks while we make the transition.
Since we're sending the Newsletter from the Website, they'll automatically expire in September too. You can by PayPal or in person in September and it's all simple.
We'll firm up all the transition details, get the automation lined up. We'll get the nuts and bolts worked out and share those details at the May meeting.
Now there will be one fewer thing to remember.
Starting this month the Newsletter is generated by the website software. You'll notice that the longer articles start in the Newsletter and complete after a Read More... link. Log in and continue right along.
So, you forgot your password? No problem! Go to the log in page, and at the bottom there's a small link labeled "Lost your Password?" Click that one and follow the directions - you're good to go!
Our second full month of operation has come and gone, and I see a lot of folks have logged in at least once. If you didn't get the e-mail with your username and password, it might mean that we don't have your current email address. Use the Contact Us tab to send a message with your name and current email address and I'll get you fixed up as quick as I can.
Our new web site has been online and progressing rapidly. We beat the deadline set by the September 30th end of MyFamily. We have a working news site and a functional calendar to keep us all informed. Those two functions were most of what we used on either of our original sites. First mission accomplished.
Each month I'll keep you up to date in what's new and what's next. If we've learned something the hard way, I'll share that with you, and hopefully give some helpful hints along the way.
September's What's New
- The site is online. Just cruise to www.ussnokomis.org, you don't need to add anything after that.
- Everyone who is on the active member list has usernames assigned now, and an email went to the most recent email account we have on file. If I couldn't create an account for one reason or another, I sent an email asking for more information.
- The calendar is up to date through November, with a few events scheduled beyond that.
- We retired the old site and MyFamily
- Everyone was set up as Reader. The Board members and Phill are now set up as editors to create and support the site while it grows.
- The Contact Us comment form works just fine! If you have ideas or suggestions, use that if you please.
- The entire calendar through the end of 2015, as adopted at the September General Membership meeting, will be in place. UPDATE: All of the events through the end of 2015 are on the Calendar!
- Completing the MY NOKOMIS page. This will be the first page you see when you log in successfully - you already see the beginnings now. It'll do more than just let you change your password - it will be your gateway to contribute to the site.
- There will be a way for everyone to contribute articles to the site, along with some quick guidance and how the process works.
- To help out Dave, I hope to have a more automatic way to generate and mail the newsletter.
This Month's Hint - Basic Logging On
Each member has a user name, made up of your first name and last name with no spaces or punctuation. For example, my username is PhillGoldman. You got an email with your username and password earlier in September.
If you didn't get your welcome email and you can't find it in your SPAM folder, go to the Contact Us page and drop a line. It might be that we don't have the right email, that dues got crossed up, or one of a dozen other little glitches that creep up.
The site never asks for your email once you've logged in. To update password or email address, simply log in as usual. Once you land on the MY NOKOMIS page there's a form to edit your profile.
We needed a new solution, and here it is! Updated to the most recent software and maintained by all the members, this site has a lot of new features. We'll be rolling out those features a few at a time, be sure to keep an eye out for the news posts telling you all about them.
The site went live on September 13 for public viewing. Most active USS Nokomis members were added to the user list on September 15, but not everyone. You should have received an email with your username and an auto-generated password. When you log in you can change your password by going to your profile - you don't have to live with that monster!
** Update September 16th - I believe the security glitch with the new passwords has been fixed. ****
Our first issue: The system only allows one person to use each email address and we had eleven (11) folks using the same address as another user. I'll be sending out emails to you eleven before September 18th with suggestions to fix the issue and get you access too.
If you think you've been omitted from the list and have paid your current dues, drop us a line using the contact form below. Use that same form for any other site membership questions you might have.