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October 2007

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NAPM-ISW (Boise) plans to host the Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference on November 1 - 3, 2007. The conference will be held in the SUB at Boise State University. The plan includes a reception on Thursday evening, November 1st, conference sessions on Friday, November 2nd and half day sessions on Saturday, November 3rd. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday as well as a dinner on Friday the 2nd. The conference will include a trade show and at least 30 exhibitors are expected. Boise would appreciate any help you can provide on recommending exhibitors; booth space will cost $250 and include a half page ad in the conference program. As speakers and exhibitors are confirmed we'll provide an update. We expect to have a block of rooms reserved at a hotel within walking distance of BSU.  Read more......

For more information watch the Idaho SW web site or contact Norm Beckert, Conference Chair, at:   

Wondering what I will be talking about? I will be presenting three different workshops. One of which will focus on making more effective use of Web Search Tools. Preview one of the handouts here...

Personal Development

Improve your career by conducting your own performance appraisal.  This process that many of us in larger companies face each year can be intimidating or it can be useful. Read more...


Do you hire, fire or manager people? If so, then you know how tough it can be to figure out various employment laws. Here is a great reference web site. Visit  The Manpower Employment Blawg. Featuring Mark Toth, Chief Legal Officer of Manpower. A mixture of employment law references along with enough humor to make it fun to read.

ISM News

Getting Involved

This is your chance to directly participate in the planning and decision making process of our organization.   ISM has posted a list of available volunteer positions on various ISM committees. You can review the descriptions of each available position and find the volunteer form in the latest issue of NewsLine.   Please note carefully the time commitment required for each position. It's great to voice your opinion, but as a committee member we are all depending on you to participate in the planning meetings and events.


(sound like a good TV pilot?)O.K. I admit it..  things like this really piss me off. 

Here’s how it started.  This unsolicited message showed up in our organization mailbox.

From: [

Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 10:00 PM

Subject: Link Request


Hello my name is Ron. I am seeking out possible link partners that our visitors would be interesting in visiting. I've found your website to be a very good fit for our visitors. I have already gone ahead and added your link to our website at:


I am contacting you to see if it is ok to have done so. Also, I would like to ask if you mind linking back to us? If so, please use the linking details below and send me the location of our link to your website.

Here is our linking details:

Title: Small Business Grants

Description: Business articles to share ideas and tips  for  businesses.


 We've got several PR6 and 7 websites, so we expect this site to become at least a PR5 within 1 month and will eventually become a 6 or 7 in 2-3 months.

 I hope this can be a way for us to benefit our visitors with excellent content. Hope to hear from you soon.

Here is what I did to investigate:

1- NEVER NEVER NEVER click on any link in an email message unless you know for sure what and where it’s going.  Even though the hyperlinks say they are going to the “”  web site, they may NOT.  Hyperlinks can hide alternate URLs, redirects, hidden values, etc.

2- He wants to trade hyperlinks… but I don’t want to send people who use my web site to just anyone who asks.  After all I do have some scruples.

3-  Since I was wondering what this was about – I opened a separate web browser and hand typed the URL.  Which took me to a legit looking web site. On that web site I found where it referred to the hyperlink resources.

Government Grants Internet Resource Guide

The Government Grants Internet Resource is a selection of over 90 links to websites offering grant information, applications and proposal outlines and examples

Then I found the rest of the story:

Because the information contained in the Resource is free, we are able to offer the downloadable Resource for only $8.99!

Bull….! It appears this web site is apparently collecting hyperlinks and selling them to people who are gullible enough to buy something they could have easily found on the web themselves.  And he wants my help!

4- I then did one more search to find out who owns the web site.  Funny, suppose I could have guessed, it’s registered anonymously.  How?  Read this….

5- What else could I do?  I could try searching Google for the web site or email name to see if it is referenced in any articles, or other postings.  But why bother….  I just deleted the message like I do with all the other junk mail.

Software Tips

Add some color to your Excel spreadsheets to make them more readable. How? Highlight each tab with a different color.

Speed access to frequently used Word documents. How? Use the Word Work Menu  (one of my favorite tricks in Word!)

Open and close folders in Word with just one click. How? Customize My Places Menu

Be a more effective searcher on the web. (doc file) Here are some tips for using Google

Outlook will help you be more efficient!

We regularly get notices about network outages, building maintenance, and other events that will affect our future plans. 

Suggestion 1): when you receive notices like this which could affect you in the future - don't just delete and forget them.    Instead;  drag and drop the message onto your Outlook calendar. Set up a 1-minute appointment for yourself on the day of the outage with an automatic reminder for a few days in advance of the outage.  That way, Outlook will remind you a few days in advance of the event with a copy of the message. Then you can adjust last minute plans to work late and avoid the potential impact of the outage.


Suggestion 2): Take the action I recommend above, the very first time you open the message - don't open it and close the message with plans to do something with it later. Notices like these aren't worth the additional clicks and the extra attention to re-read a second time. Get in the habit of acting-on, sorting, setting-reminders-about, moving, and/or deleting messages the first time you open them. 


Remember the lesson from efficiency school;    Touch it only once!

If you let yourself fall in the habit of thinking you'll do it later, you more likely forget it, loose it or spend too much time looking for it. At the least touching messages twice to take one action reduces your productivity by 50% and wastes valuable electrons which could be much better spent showing reruns of Green Acres.


Worried that there might be a lawsuit in your future? Well it probably has already happened somewhere. Check out this controversial web site for a review of legal cases. Overlawyered Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Provide Feedback and suggestions for future newsletters at any time. I'll try and use what I can.

I really do appreciate those of you who take the time to write and comment on this newsletter!  



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