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6/10/2002: Personal Computer Security Update:
  -- Our VP updates her reviews of the latest in personal firewalls and personal PC network security.  She found one very educational product, WinXP tips, updated versions of tools for testing and securing your personal PC and home network, plus more good news: the best firewall security for Windows machines right now is still available at very low cast or free.  Read more

4-23-2002: EagleRidgeStore.com reports continued growth for Q1 2002
EagleRidgeStore.com continues growing, with profits up and new departments. Crystal Sloan, EagleRidge Technologies, Inc., VP and Director of ECommerce Operations, reports, "Biggest growth so far this year, continuing the trend of last fall, is in our new Country Store departments and in long distance phone services." Want the latest? See What's New at EagleRidgeStore.com.

1-7-2002: EagleRidgeStore.com reports record year
Growth continues for EagleRidgeStore.com, with new departments, and increased profits. Crystal Sloan, EagleRidge Technologies, Inc., VP and Director of ECommerce Operations, reports, "Sales and profits are up. We just finished our best month so far (12/01), best quarter so far (4th qtr, 2001), and best year (2001)." Biggest growth for 2001 was in outdoor equipment, software, perfumes, clothing, our new Country Store departments, and long distance phone services. Want the latest? See What's New at EagleRidgeStore.com.

10-31-2001: New departments added to EagleRidgeStore.com.
Recently added, making a total of over 110 departments:

9-30-2001: EagleRidgeStore.com Server Upgrade Notice
Our EagleRidgeStore.com server is being upgraded 9/30 - 10/2 to a faster, bigger machine. During the upgrade period, the page(s) you seek on the websites hosted on that server may not always be available, especially while the new IP address is being propagated to the world's Domain Name Servers (DNS). If this occurs, please try again later, thanks! Note that this Ertin.com website is not affected by the upgrade since it is on a completely different server.

EagleRidge Technologies' in-house web sites on the EagleRidgeStore.com server include EagleRidgeStore.com, EagletMall.com, BestCommRates.com, and WebPosition-USA.com. Some of EagleRidge Technologies' web hosting customers' sites are also on that server, and are being upgraded at the same time, including but not limited to BanningEyre.com, PCRobin.com, AWomanAWeek.com, DanAndJuliesTXTango.com, and TEAMSofHouston.com.

Some University of Maryland University College (UMUC) graduate classes are also hosted on the EagleRidgeStore.com server and are affected by the upgrade, including CSMN635 Systems Development and Project Control, MSWE646 Software Design and Development, and MSWE603 Systems Engineering. Students in those classes are directed to use their ertin.com mirror sites for their class material until the upgrade is complete.

9-27-2001: New Departments added to EagleRidgeStore.com.
Recently added to EagleRidgeStore.com, making a total of over 110 departments:

9-1-2001: Best-Phone released!
Best-Phone.com is the latest in the EagleRidgeStore.com family of e-commerce sites, offering help in getting the best rates on phone, satellite, calling card, and other communications services. Compare rates from many different companies and plans.

Hot Picks on the Net: Dreaming of a color laser? 
Check out FreeColorPrinters.com:  -- PC Magazine gave this Xerox network printer four stars, and the price is right.

Computer Security Hot Picks
Personal Computer Security Update:   -- Our VP has been getting an increased number of attack attempts from the net recently, and so decided to investigate the latest in firewalls and personal PC/small office network security.  She found one very educational product, plus more good news: the best firewall security for Windows machines right now is available...FREE.  Read more

7-2-2001: EagleRidgeStore.com receives top rating at CJ!
We are proud to announce that EagleRidgeStore.com has been awarded a "$$$$$" (five dollar-sign) rating, the highest possible rating at Commission Junction! This rating is reserved for the top 5% of the CJ publishers.

5-29-2001: EagleRidgeTech.com moved to Ertin.com.
Over the Memorial Day weekend we changed ISPs, upgraded servers, and got a new domain name--ertin.com! When the move is completed, EagleRidgeTech.com will still be there to keep the search engines happy, but you should change your bookmarks to make sure you get the most up-to-date pages.

4/13/2001: For Systems Engineers -- MSIT650 and MSWE603 will be identical (but keeping both names) starting Summer 2001. Sign up early for these and CSMN635!  Be advised: because the summer session is shorter and hence more intense, it is recommended that you sign up for no more than one of these at a time.

2/12/2001: Recent additions to our site include:

  • INCOSE Abstracts Search -- search abstracts of papers published by the International Council on Systems Engineering, 1991-1999.
  • Awards page -- recent awards we have won

1/20/2001: Public Radio's Afropop Worldwide show débuts new web site: Afropop.org opened in alpha to the public this week, after months of work. Still a work in progress, the site will grow as editors transform the volumes of data gathered by Afropop staff over the years into usable database form. EagleRidge Technologies' Crystal Sloan provided Web, database, and management consulting every step of the way, aided by long-time associates Julie Broyles (database development), Maggie Farley (who translated the pages from artist's renderings into working HTML), and John.  The database, with nearly 200 tables, is designed to take the site far into the future. They want to be the online repository of information on the music of Africa and the African diaspora. 

Bliss Sloan receives Microsoft MVP award:
EagleRidge Technologies is proud to announce that our VP, Crystal (Bliss) Sloan, has once again received the Microsoft MVP award from Microsoft for her online work helping programmers. This is the fifth year she has received this honor.

New in EagleRidgeStore: Check the weather by zip code or city/state.  Comparison shop for books, videos, music, electronics, toys, video games, software, and hardware.  Auctions and free classifieds. Powerful free searches through newsgroups and jobs, auctions, and MP3 sites, and more. Some of the new departments added: scooters, hunting, fishing & target shooting, military, preparedness, & survival, boating, team sports, water sports, swimming, surfing, & diving, outdoors& camping, bikes, boarding/eXtreme sports, meat & seafood, chocolate & candy, gift baskets, gift certificates, maternity, supersize clothing, plus sizes, art supplies, stationery, & pens, Christmas, holidays, communications services, leather, perfume, fitness & health, Africa & African heritage, India, Asia, Latin America, Canada, more--now over 80 departments total, with nearly 1000 partner stores.

INCOSE 2000 Minneapolis: Professor  McCumber named "Fellow" of the International Council on Systems Engineering. 
This summer at the annual conference of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), EagleRidge Technologies president William H. McCumber, Ph.D., P.E., was elected to "Fellow" of INCOSE, the organization's highest honor.  Professor McCumber was cited "for contributions as a quintessential industrial leader, especially in the education and training of practicing systems engineers." 

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