FYI: Microsoft Outlook, Skype, OneDrive hit by another authentication issue

The lovely and talented Mary Jo Foley is keeping tabs on this - check her article for updates: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-outlook-skype-onedrive-hit-by-another-authentication-issue

Style DropDowns With Only CSS

Been looking for a good solution that would let you style your dropdowns using only CSS? Me too!

Take a look at this, it's an awesome solution:

https://www.sitepoint.com/premium/screencasts/styling-a-custom-select-menu-with-css

Missing Bailey

It’s been over two years now, and I still miss Bailey every single day. I know I did the right thing letting her go, her body just couldn’t take any more and there was nothing more we could do to help her. The tumors would continue to grow and spread, there would be more pain, the seizure would only increase - leaving her scared and confused. I know all of that, but it doesn’t help the missing her. 

She was a once-in-a-lifetime dog. I was lucky to have her around as long as I did.

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Words Matter, Even If We Try To Believe Otherwise

I always cringe when someone says “I won’t let anything happen to you” - what an awful thing to say to someone. Can you image a life where nothing ever happened? Of course, that's not what they mean. What they are trying to say is that they won't let anything *bad* happen to you.  Which may be unrealistic, but at least has good intentions.

But it's still not right; not when you speak or when when you write.

And then there's this one..."I could care less." 

Yea, that one, sorry, the eye roll is not optional if you are going to insist on saying that one.

If you could care less, that can only mean that you care. So, saying that when you don't care is wrong. Just flat-out, 100%, wrong. If you don't care, then "I couldn't care less" is the phrase you are looking for. 

Think This Doesn't Matter?

Sure, no one says anything about it to you. And maybe "you know what I meant" is true. But you should know that when you make these types of mistakes:

  • it distracts from what you are saying
  • it may cause misunderstandings
  • it damages your credibility

Yes, that's right, I'm saying that people silently judge you for this. Maybe you're OK with that. But maybe you shouldn't be. 

Want to do better? Here's a great reference:

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly
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Details Matter...

For example, check out Amazon's package tracker during the holiday season:

Amazon adds a holiday touch to their package tracker page. Come on, admit it, you smiled!

Amazon adds a holiday touch to their package tracker page. Come on, admit it, you smiled!

Did you know...Free Photos and Illustrations

Did you know that every month you can download a free photo, illustration, audio file, and/or video file from www.istockphoto.com? All you need to do is:

  1. Create an account with the site (it’s free too!) Just visit: www.istockphoto.com
  2. Visit the site every month to check out the free goodies and download the one(s) you like.

Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me!

Full disclosure: This is not a paid posting (not that there’d be anything wrong with that!), other than I did use a referral link, but I’d only get credit if you use the link and then buy 30 files in 30 days, which would be a bonus but is totally not the point. The point is, this is such a great resource *and* they give away free stuff every month, and who doesn’t love FREE? I mean, seriously, it’s a good deal.

Blue Buffalo Sweet-Potato Dog Food Recall Due to Possible Mold

Blue Buffalo has issued a "very limited recall" of its sweet-potato-flavored dog food due to the possibility of mold. 

See more:  http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/06/dog_food_recalled_due_to_possible_mold.html

Using a 3D Printer to Help New Readers

People love to focus on the “evils” of technology, but the positive side gets far too little attention.

Case in point: someone has come up with a brilliant way to use a 3D printer to create “cards” that allow a reader with vision issues to “see” the pictures that go along with the story. And that’s just one use for this technology - the creators report that the solution has also been used for designing assistive devices like can openers, tactile diagrams, and fractal art.

The tool’s name is CraftML, and there is an online demo scheduled for Wednesday, March 30th at 3pm MT (5pm ET).

You can read more about this by visiting: http://makezine.com/2016/03/28/customize-and-print-3d-picture-books-visually-impaired-kids/

Google I/o 2016

I’m looking forward to another exciting Google I/O - this year it’s running May 18 - 20, 2016.

For easy access to the online session, feel free to come back and check this out:

Carnivore Dog Food Recall

Carnivore #Recalls Vital Essentials #Dog Food - get the details: http://ow.ly/XvOa6

Child's Play Charity - Let The Power Of Play Help Kids In Hospitals

Do Something Nice: http://www.childsplaycharity.org

In their own words: “Child’s Play seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals around the world through the kindness and generosity of the video game industry and the power of play.”

Happy children opening holiday gifts

Yes, things are tight this year; very, very tight. But while you’re shopping this holiday season, if you can find a few extra dollars, this a great cause.

Think about it, won’t you?

You can donate gifts from the wishlists or cash, it’s up to you! Click below to get started:

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays: Food Issues

Holidays are filled with excitement and interesting smells for our pets, but it is up to us to make sure the fun doesn’t turn into danger. For example, things that are yummy to us, like chocolate, grapes/raisins,and avocado, can make our pets sick or worse.

The ASPCA has put together a handy list of foods to avoid: ASPCA: People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets.

Oh. and keep a close eye on your guests - adults and kids may “feel bad” for your pet and slip them a little treat, not knowing the damage they could cause!

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays: Thanksgiving

For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is THE holiday of the year, and there are lots of reasons why: good food, football, fun with friends and family, etc.

But it is also important to remember to keep our pets in mind on this big day. Keeping them safe lets everyone enjoy the holiday fun!

For a great set of tipe, please visit: AVMA: Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays: Travel

For many people, the holidays are time to get together with friends and loved ones, and often that means it’s time for a road trip!

However you travel, if you plan to take your pet along, you should plan their trip as carefully as you plan your own, or even more so. ;-)

The AVMA has posted a great list of tips for traveling with your pet: 11 things you can do to make travel safer for you and your pet.