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  1. thesidekickcat

    Attention Pet Owners

    Thanks for the link Liz, I think this is a totally idiotic statement: quoting from the article. “Other than that, I think, you know, the public should feel secure in purchasing pet foods that are not subject to the recall,†Stephen Sundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, told reporters." If he thinks anyone feels pet food is safe he's living in an isolation booth with no tv, newspaper, or internet news!!! And down at the bottom of the article yet another recall, this time for salmonella contamination, for pet owners to double check what they have/buy. "Also Thursday, the FDA warned consumers not to give American Bullie A.B. Bull Pizzle Puppy Chews and Dog Chews to their pets. The FDA said salmonella could contaminate the dog treats, made and distributed by T.W. Enterprises of Ferndale, Wash." How can the FDA tell people not to worry about buying pet food/snack stuff not listed on the recalls when each day or two more are added to the list??? I wonder if that guy has any pets, if so what is he feeding them now??? Stay safe folks and your pets too!!! Pat God bless everyone
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    Happy Birthdays, Xxkbxx And Breen

    Happy Birthday to you both!!! May you each be blessed with a long life filled with good health, happiness, and prosperity. Pat God bless everyone
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    Where Is It?

    Hubby went to work one morning many years ago with his spare pair of work boots (he was going to be working in a wet area and wanted a dry pair to switch to afterwards) on top of the car...luckily he stopped at friend's gas station for a fillup...and he noticed the boots. Sure took alot of ribbing over that one. Later he got teased every time the friend, who also was the manager of the apartment building we lived in, saw him go out to the car!!! handplane thanks for your method to keep track of computer work. For my computer, I do keep notes in steno pad for various registration numbers, passwords, screen names and other such important info. Then I use the envelope method ( each are well labeled by program or whatever and stored in a small upright slotted organizer thing by the monitor) for dated notes of everything we do on the computer's various programs, or trouble calls to dialup service, and miscellaneous how to notes gleaned from the boards. But for the stuff I tend to easily and often forget, those go on post its around the monitor, and if essential to do very soon they go on my sign in/out internet service hours sheet of paper next to keyboard (we have a 200 hour per month, average 6 and one half hours a day, with cutoff after 4 continuous hours)...so we check that sheet alot. I have considered redoing it all to better/neater/ (proper like Mom would have me do it if she were still around bossing me... Ha!) organized by doing 3x5 cards (instead of the recycled blank scrap paper I cutup and use now) in a recipe box with dividers...but originally started this other way and since it works ok...I guess I'll continue with it. I can find stuff when I need it so that is all that counts I guess. Back when I was in my 20's, when life and belongings were much simpler, I was very organized! Even my hobbies were very organized...especially with my post card collection (ending up by the time I quit seriously collecting them in the mid 70's, with over 100, 000 so I had to be organized!!! But oh my since then the ones I've added are just stored in several shoe boxes and I never got them filed properly....sigh!!!) It's all the rest of life's little stuff that needs notes that spill all over the house and drive us nuts (along with the reasons for the notes!!!) We thought with retirement, or whatever this New Season of our lives is, that life would be simpler... oh my were we ever WRONG!!! Pat God bless everyone
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    Site That Epitomizes What I Hate About Some Sites

    I have a similar tale of woe, but mine is even worse...it's my dialup's (CFAITH) home page!!! They just don't seem to get it that dialup is inherently slow!!! So a couple of years back they updated their home page, from an easy to load nice site that had Christian devotionals etc to a bunch of Christian ads for various things they wanted people to start buying/doing....renting cds, doing ecards, buying books, etc. All of course with pics to slow things down, and did I mention they made it harder to find the various devotionals which now you have to go to other slow to load pages instead of on main page? So ok I just quit using that page entirely, changed my home page to wunderground weather (thanks Barb!!!)....at least I find useful stuff there from weather and alerts to earthquake/volcano activity in area, so it's at least worth a slow page load. And I can still access my CFaith email accounts (one of which has a sporatic working history and is still iffy!!!) and other account stuff by using the dialup connection window from CFaith icon on desktop. Trouble is to log out of any of the email etc accounts, it takes you to home page for CFaith...but I can X out of it and open something else from desktop icons. Until recently when they decided to try to hold us hostage to a flash program of some kind that starts loading the second it goes from logout of email to that page with no option to not have it download...GRRRR!!!...and now it is slow to respond to Xing out of the window though still can do so before it completes the download. Sigh!!! What part of dialup slow don't they understand? And what part of serving their customers who pay for it don't they understand? And what part of I pay for a dialup service and that is their business to supply what I pay for, not necessarily the nonprofit part the ministry side that they say (after they got people to sign up) is their main focus!!!??? It seems to me that Christian business and ministries should provide the best service not do main focus off what it is that people signed up for. Yes I have talked to them to no avail, they just say the ministry is their reason for being in existence...and that most people who have signed up have broadband and only signed (at less cost than we pay by alot) for the devotional ministry benefit of the site which I'm sorry to say I don't believe. So at the end of the year we get a tax deduction statement of the part that they count as ministry versus dialup service from them (only available via email on the iffy account!!!) So we were going to quit at the end of last year and move to Fry's dialup service for alot less money, but then hubby signed up for unemployment in Jan and all his job applications he sends out use the CFaith email addys, as does the State of Or. Sigh!!! So....we will wait it out until that is over with one way or another. Then so long CFaith who will be told AGAIN why we are leaving...and I doubt they care if we do or not considering their responses to my complaints before. Tech support there used to be good with nice mostly helpful guys, but seems like alot of the problems over the years would be their faulty software and/or their changes to it didn't work right at first, but last fall they were again changing their email which with the new outfit subbed to do it got even worse so had some more email trouble and called it in, they said they'd check it out and get back to me...I said by phone as neither the webmail accounts nor the POP whatever it is main account email were working....so they called past the hours I gave them of when I'd be home and left a message that they came to a consensus of what the problem was though they didn't tell me what it was by phone and get this... said they'd email me...on nonworking email. I called and left a message twice to call me back since they didn't bother to tell on menu they'd changed their hours and also no longer worked Sat mornings. So as you may have guessed...I'm still waiting for a phone call. Took several days for the webmail accounts to work, and the POP one didn't work for months which had their message on it they said but it was lost along with various others,(sigh!!!) so finally I went ahead and set up Outlook Express since Outlook and them didn't get along so now it works ok some of the time. Sigh!!! I guess you can tell I am not a happy camper with them and their slow to load website/dialup and email service/and especially with that unasked for download of some flash player trying to automatically load....so why can't their site live with one I have already, or better yet do without stuff needing it at all???!!! Since they started doing that auto flash download, I thought it would be nice to have some place to nominate them for the worst site award!!! Oh just in case anyone is wondering, I no longer recommend CFaith dialup service!!! Pat God bless everyone
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    Computer Recycling?

    Liz's link remiinded me of the one I was trying to think of last night. Ha!!! Thanks Liz. It's Free Geek!!! They are sure doing a good job for the community, for those it helps with rebuilt computers complete with Linux installed, and for the environment!! Instead of the home page, I am first linking to the news and events, because one of the items mentioned a similar outfit in Columbus Ohio...so there might be others across the country too. Sure would be good to have them in many places!!! Contact info on left side of page to see if they know of other such sites in U.S. Free Geek news and events page page. The home page has a video of their operation if anyone is interested. Main Page for Free Geek Pat God bless everyone
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    Word Association Thread Part Iv

    Achoo!!! Pat God bless everyone
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    Computer Recycling?

    Any private or nonprofit outfits in your area that rebuilds computers from donated used parts for low income folks? I can't think of the name of the local nonprofit that does that and then loads linux on them to give away, and can't find it right now. Our Metro recycling site used to have it listed, but the site has changed and now I can't easily find things like I used to be able to! Anyhow thought if I could find that outfit's site I could give it to you to email them and ask if they had a counterpart in your area. Oh well I'll look some more tomorrow. I don't remember where I got this link from, but perhaps it has some helpful info for you. Resource Recycling Just found this national link for e-cycling by state. E-Cycling Call your local garbage/recycle people and see what they come up with. Also call places like Office Depot, and other office/computer stores, to see if there is a recycle day coming up that they are doing for the community. I think Office Depot held the last one in our area. Here are another couple of links...don't have time or energy to read all of it. E-Stewards Responsible E-Cyclers Here is the page for our Metro Electronics Recycling Page where I got a couple of those links. (Portland Or) Metro area site for info on electronic recycling Pat God bless everyone
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    Happy Birthday Calusamar

    Happy Birthday from me too. May you be blessed with a long life filled with good health, happiness, and prosperity. Pat God bless everyone
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    The Besttechie Cafe'

    Hi folks, Thanks Sultan for the links, will check them out tomorrow, to head-achy tonight to hardly even see straight. Hubby mowed the lawn this afternoon and I have a sinus (allergy to mown grass) and stress (from F-Secure install) headache!!! Actually the uninstall went ok, although got a surprise while I was posting here yesterday when suddenly the F-Secure icon on system tray started doing a red blinking ! on top of it...mouse hover said expired. I thought I had until midnight since a popup that showed up when I turned on computer each time said April 4th (maybe that was Finland time/date?). That spooked me right off the internet after I opened FS and found Everything had Expired Including Protection!!! Sort of thought at least the current updates would still be effective just no new ones but then I don't think I've ever let a subscription run so close to out before and don't really know why I did this time except hubby was busy painting yesterday so since I wanted him to help me read any fine print that might show up I waited for him! So uninstalled old version last night, and installed the new one this afternoon which went pretty well except for a little difference between printed instructions and what came up on screen but we got throught it ok. And what a nice company to have the Eula large enough to read, along with a big registration number on instruction booklet that came with the cd, and the on screen boxes to type it into were ok sized too. Then it took almost 2 and half hours to get all the updates...I was on the fastest of the only two speeds (31.2 something or other instead of 28 something) that I ever get from my dialup service. So read two, plus started another one, magazines while babysitting the updates. Things seem to be ok for the most part so far!!! Sure hope it is continues to be ok that's for sure!!! So am glad that's done. Pat God bless everyone
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    Attention Pet Owners

    First will put in links to articles from the Oregonian yesterday... the first one shows the total ineptitude of those who are in charge of protecting the food supply for either pets or humans. They didn't even announce banning importing wheat gluten from China until Monday and I wonder how long after the announcement the ban will take affect??? Why on earth didn't they at least put a temporary ban on it's sale here and from anymore coming into our country until the whole thing was solved when they first found out the stuff had a problem???!!!??? Policing the nation's pet food Oreognian article April 3, 07 As usual for the Oregonian, the articles are only free for the first 14 days. This next article, also from the Oregonian yesterday, is just as wierd in my opinion. U.S.Supplier says only pet food contaminated (like I would believe them???) I agree with Pete, you'd think this long after 9/11 that they would be able to protect the food supply, or in my opinion at least be able to deal with any problems that arise in a much more efficient way and be proactive to ban or stop the use of any product under suspicion!!! But then they never even made any useful attempt to prevent mad cow beef from entering our food supply...so why would I think they could do anything about "little things" like poisoned pet food or the possibility of the same tainted product being in our food? I heard a preacher say once that one of the reasons he prays over his food is because he has to eat it...referring especially to unfamiliar etc. food on overseas trips. Well we need protection of U.S. food too, so Hubby and I will continue to pray over ours too. Stay safe folks. Pat God bless everyone
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    Howdy Everyone

    TK, how nice to see you on board with updates on what's going on with you and your family!!! Congratulations my friend!!! I hope the baby will be on tyme, but I bet you wont have much spare tyme after it arrives!!! Take care TK, and don't forget to come back and tell us if it is a boy or a girl soon. Pat God bless everyone
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    Where Is It?

    I'm glad you're not Mikex. However....I am. Wish I could have backed up my brain like I backed up my hard drives. Learn about the Successful Aging of Your Brain Starting April 16, join our conversation, in our Curious Minds op ed discussion, on the latest brain science and how you can keep your brain healthy longer. Go to: http://discussions.seniornet.org/[email protected]@.8626a12a Interesting Article Sultan, Thanks. Mark, you just described my note system, about notes about....whatever they were about... !!! Yes what you said makes perfect sense to me!!! That's my system too. Now if I could just remember to read them...!!! 'Post its' all over the bathroom mirror, near the coffee pot, around the computer monitor and keyboard, yet I still forget to check them for important reminders to do stuff on time!!! Ha! Pat God bless everyone
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    The Besttechie Cafe'

    Thanks Liz, Barb, and Mark for all your help. I don't ever order things online (was just hoping to find a rebate I could print out and use by mail but didn't find any), so we went down to Fry's yesterday to get F-Secure 2007 Internet Security Suite...no rebates (so watch them have it next week or soon now I've already purchased it!) so was $70. Only place in town (way way on the far side of the metro area!) I know that has it. So tomorrow is the big day to uninstall the old version and do the new. I hope it all works out ok but a few prayers wouldn't hurt, considering this cantankerous computer. HB, your pictures are very large as page is loading for me on my slow dial up, but they do reduce down to ok size once page is loaded...and I use 800x600 or whatever it is and am on IE. Sometimes if you have tons of pictures it takes forever to load the page....so I just skip it (like some of your project thread pages). Remember to always be kind to little old ladies especially if we are dialup users!!! Ha! Pat God bless everyone
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    New Element Discovered

    Very True!!! Also I think it is the main source of Global Warming due to all the excess hot air expelled in the pressurized heated atmosphere that this element thrives on...which expands to other areas especially on various time schedules of the week/year/cycle of the element interacting with it's base or with an antagonist agent. this heavy element is also a black hole for sucking up resources especially money. This element is frequently a heavy burden on the shoulders of those who are subject to it. Pat God bless everyone
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    Trouble Entering Address

    I would try using people search (name, address if you have it, or city if you have it with the rural route/post office designation from them, and state) on Switchboard. com, then once you get the right answer do a map search via clicking on the additional map link when you get the right results from your search. I have other people/business search site links if you need them. Pat God bless everyone