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. 

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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:

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:

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

Do Something Nice:

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.

An Easy Way To Make Customer Service Easy

Everyone says that they want to offer excellent customer service, and most-often think that they do. But when they find out that customers are unhappy there is a laundry list of reasons why “it’s not our fault.”

It’s Not That Hard to Make Your Customer Happy

Seriously, I can give you one easy step to turn those customer grumbles into customer grins. Heck, those unhappy customers will start signing your praises. You just need to do One Little Thing.

And I’m such a sweetheart, I won’t even charge you for this secret. Yep, I’m that wonderful!

OK, got your pen and notebook ready? Do you maybe want to sit down for this?

Follow up

When you say you are going to do something, DO IT. For example, if you tell a customer that you will put a note on their prescription to hold it until the customer can get in to pick it up, DO IT.

When you tell a customer that you will look into a problem/request/etc. and let them know - DO IT. Check out what needs to be researched, and contact the customer with the information right away. If it turns out that it will take longer than you thought, contact the customer to let them know you are working on it; that you did not forgot them.

Go on, give this a try. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised at the results.

HP ENVY - 17t Touch Laptop

Some deals are just too good to pass up! HP ENVY - 17t Touch(Intel i7-5500U, 16GB RAM, 1TB Hybrid SSD, BluRay Writer, IPS Full HD 1080, NVIDIA 950M, Backlit Keyboard, 62WHr Battery, AC Bluetooth) Laptop Notebook PC Computer Pretty sweet, eh?

Kathleen Sinnott

I am a software engineer and web designer/developer by trade, with a strong focus on user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) standards, usability, and accessibility. When I'm not living the geek life, I'm playing with my dog.


Tracking Microsoft Edge (Windows 10 browser) in Google Analytics

[UPDATE 08/25/2015: Over the past week or so I’ve noticed that Google Analytics is now reporting Windows 10 and Edge browser traffic! Whoohoo!]

The quick answer is…you can’t (yet). At least not easily, or cleanly.

But, there are a couple of thing things you can do.

1) Look for the new Microsoft Edge user agent string, which will look something like:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/42.0.2311.135 Safari/537.36 Edge/12.10240

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/42.0.2311.135 Safari/537.36 Edge/12.10136

Note: The last numbers, the part after Edge/12, will vary.

2) Compare the Windows NT traffic you were getting before Windows 10 launched to what you see now. Any increase could be signs of Windows 10 users, who are most probably using MS Edge.

3) Grab or create a custom segment. For example:

4) Wait a bit for Google to catch up. (Although, I really don’t understand why they don’t already have this in place. You’d think that they would have been working with the early releases, right?)

Here are a couple of interesting articles to watch - they’ll probably update as new info comes in:

Testing Your Website/Web Application in Microsoft Edge

OK, so now that we know the real name for the browser formerly known as “Spartan” is Microsoft Edge*, the next question is…

What is this browser going to do to my website (or web application)?

Microsoft Edge Testing Options

There are 2 ways you can go about testing this today:

  • Get in on the Windows 10 “beta” and install it on one of your systems. (Reports are that the new browser comes with the Windows 10 install.)
  • Use the online testing tool provided by Microsoft.

About the Microsoft Edge Testing Tool

Since I don’t have a system I want to install Windows 10 on right now, I went for the online testing option. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Go to: and sign in (or set up an account if you don’t already have one).
  2. Select your region from the drop list.
  3. Download and install the version of Remote Desktop for your environment.
  4. Log in to Remote Desktop and select the Internet Explorer option. [Note: It does NOT say Microsoft Edge, at least at the time I wrote this up.]
  5. When the browser opens, enter the URL in the address line (or click to open a new tab and enter it there).

It’s Not All Good News

That’s the good news. The bad news is, it doesn’t work for local testing. Even when I replace localhost with the IP address. Which makes sense, since it’s based on a remote system, but for those of use who need to test stuff that’s not out on the public web, well, hopefully a solution is on the way!


*And think of all the fun confusion we have to look forward to, since Edge is used for Micorsoft Edge Transport servers, the Verizon Edge program, the Samsung Edge phones, heck there was even a Microsoft Edge messenger bag!



Nylabone recalls puppy chews for possible contamination by Salmonella

The products in question, at this point anyway, are the Puppy Starter Kit. These are sold online and in stores. See more details here: Nylabone recalls puppy chews OR Nylabone Recalls Puppy Starter Kits For Possible Salmonella Contamination

First Try: AmazonFresh

Yesterday (4/6/15) I got an email letting me know that AmazonFresh is now available in my area.

The timing was great, as I had forgotten to submit my usual order for ShopRite From Home and I was running out of the important basics. You know, stuff like bread, milk, toilet paper, and the like.

So, I quickly placed my first AmazonFresh order, selecting the option that doesn’t require me to be home for delivery. But, just to be on the safe side, I selected the earliest delivery window, 7am - 10am, so hopefully the delivery would arrive before I had to leave.

Sure enough, at 7:01am I heard a vehicle outside… my delivery arrived! I went about my usual morning routine, then when I finished I went to check out the delivery. Despite that fact the all the emails had stated they would leave the order someplace other than the location I specified, the delivery person put them exactly where I had requested when I placed the order. Step 1: Success!

I brought everything inside, and every item I ordered was there - no problems at all. And all of the cool/cold stuff was at the perfect temperature. Step two: Success!


  • If you place an order before 10AM, they’ll get it to you in time for dinner.
  • You don’t have to be home when they deliver. They package the items that need to stay cool in dry ice. (Of course, that’s only good for a a couple of hours, so you do need to make sure you’ll be home within the windows.) Or you can schedule delivery for when you are home.
  • You can order a wide variety of items, including produce, meats, veggies, and frozen items.
  • You can also get non-grocery items included with the delivery.
  • You can also get items from some local businesses.
  • Delivery was free because I’m a Prime member. You do include a tip.
  • Everything arrived fresh, in good condition, and the produce lasted the usual amount of time.
  • Most prices were the same, or very close, to what I usually pay.


  • They didn’t have a lot of my usual brands, but I was able to find suitable replacements in most cases.
  • The items from local businesses are a bit pricey.
  • Your order is delivered in green bags that need to be returned to Amazon. If you are tight on space in your home, this may be a problem.
  • The cold items are packed in styrofoam, which needs to be returned to Amazon. (The do come apart, kinda like a puzzle, so they take up less space.)

To Wrap Up…

At this point, I don’t think AmazonFresh will replace ShopRite from Home for me, even with the $20 fee ShopRite charges. But it will come in handy from time to time; and if AmazonFresh starts to carry more of my favorite brands, maybe more than that.

I was able to put all the AmazonFresh delivery bags and containers into these 2 bags.

Don't forget, February Is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Dental healthcare is an important part of taking care of your pet, and it can be easier than you might think!

Want to learn more about brushing your dog’s teeth?

Check this out: Learn more:

Recommended Supplies

For us, the winning combo was a flavored dog toothpaste that Bailey loves (don’t use human toothpaste, it’s not safe for pets!), and the finger toothbrush (see below).

This is our fav!

These are handy too!