Subscribing to Blog, Acer Drivers, Google Tips, Kira, SPCA, Zootoo, Watertown Dog Park


(The is blog entry below is no longer relevant)


Subscribing Links/

Firstly, you might notice over on the right a couple new things. There’s both a “Subscribe to Random Bits & Bytes by Email” link as well as a “Subscribe in a reader” link. Eventually I need to add some little icons for everything in that block but I haven’t had time.

Anyway, they do pretty much what they sound like.

The first takes you to a page where you can enter your e-mail address and (after also doing the visual verification) receive new blog entries from here as I create them.

The second lets you subscribe via a newsreader. If you’re using Firefox or comparable you’ll get the RSS icon anyway in the URL field too.

Both of these are easy to set up via, in case you want to do one for your own blog.

MS’s Skydrive and Acer 5520 Driver Storage

I’ve begun to upload some drivers for the Acer 5520 for XP at Windows Live’s Skydrive storage, which works quite nicely. You can even embed a folder in a page or blog (like with which I reviewed in an earlier entry but has less storage space for the free account). I’ll upload some of the larger ones at a later date.


Some Google Tricks & Tips
There’s a lot of things you can do with Google that the normal searcher probably doesn’t know about. Some can make your searching much more spot-on or quicker. Some good ones from a Lockergnome entry:*Quotes. Using quotes around a phrase makes sure you get the EXACT phrase, not searches for all the words in the phrase.*’intitle:’ It will search for the keywords only in the webpages titles. If you supply multiple keywords it will come back with an OR condition – any pages matching either keyword will show up. To search for a phrase enclose it in quotes. A couple of examples:intitle: abandoned This comes up with any webpage with “abandoned” in the title only.
intitle: abandoned building This will display any website with abandoned OR building in the title.
intitle: “abandoned building” Will display anything with the phrase “abandoned building” in the title.*The period. When searching use the period instead of a space between two words, or the period instead of a space between two words that you would normally enclose in quotes. You can get more results because it will search for the string of words. Instead of using You can also add this to the ‘intitle’ search too. This takes some playing around with to get used to it.*Good old + and -. Plus makes sure the items in your search are included, – makes sure they are not. An example:
“abandoned buildings” -ghost Notice the quotes. This will search for any website with “abandoned buildings” mentioned in it (the phrase), but none that have the word “ghost” in the page.*() For those who know a little about Boolean operators you can use the parentheses. If you’re not a boolean-sort of person skip this one, but those who do programming with probably be able to figure this out. Pretty useful, if needed.Don’t forget to click that “Advanced search” link in Google too, it lets you do the same as above but using a form that you fill out.Thanks to Lockergnome of the above.


Kira, Cat Toys, Bonito Flakes, Zootoo and Jefferson County SPCA, Watertown Dog Park

We lost Kira, our female ferret a few nights ago. She had a common disease that ferrets get, our

first male ferret – Odo – died with the same thing. It was a very hard night that night.

Saturday we were at the Super-Walmart near Fort Drum and picked up some cat toys on sale. Included in the package was something called “Dried Bonito Flakes”, which is apparently used something like Tuna Fish in certain other countries, both for humans and as a treat for animals.

Unfortunately most of our cats were very much not thrilled with it. Despite the very fishy smell only a couple tried it.

It looks like shredded wood to me, or something that comes out of a pencil sharpener. And frankly smells much, much worse – a combination of strange old fish and a few other things I can’t pinpoint. I can see why the cats don’t like it, though a few scarfed it down – like Crusher (he’ll eat pretty much anything).

About hanging cat toys – we normally don’t have them around or if we do the cats are supervised while using them, because it’s too easy for a cat to get the toy down and get wound up in it. Same with other cat toys with strings and things they can get tied up in. For example, I found Ezri once with a cat toy wrapped around her hip, almost unable to move. It wouldn’t have been long before some sort of damage would have been done to her from trying to get out of it and pulling it tighter and tighter. Bad, very bad.

If you want to use those toys make sure you keep an eye on them and don’t let them have access to them when you are not around, and keep the hanging ones as high as possible (both to keep them from getting would up in them and to keep the toy intact, as they can’t get to the string part of chew it off or swallow it).

If you have old cat scratching toys that have been scratched to pieces, like the ones with Sisal rope around them – you can easily replace it yourself by finding some of the Sisal rope into a hardware store or Walmart and rewrapping it yourself. Let’s face it; larger cat toys aren’t cheap and you can never have too many cat-scratching posts.

In an earlier blog you might have seen the large cat play toy thing I made, incorporating sisal rope scratching on the columns.








We’re still hoping our local Jefferson County SPCA can win the million make-over from Here’s the Zootoo link for the Jefferson County SPCA. Join Zootoo, and then add the local SPCA to your account and they will receive points for it, if they get enough they will win the make-over. So help ’em out – join, review some pet toys or anything, and help them with the points.

Some determined people are still trying to get a dog park in Watertown. Here’s his message on Craig’s List:

It’s still in limbo, but it will happen…with your help. City Counsel does not want to throw their support behind it because they don’t want to pay for it. The problem is, them not supporting it, makes it all the harder to get the donations that would make it happen. Who wants to donate to something that may or may not happen? Quite the catch 22! Were NOT looking for the $700,000 plan the City Came up with!! A Dog Park is just some Fence, Bag dispensers, trash cans, Benches and a water source Come on people WE CAN DO THIS!!!!

I have been asking EVERYONE who wants a Dog Park in Watertown to send ANY donation to


It does not matter if its $1 (more would be nice) it just shows support!!! Make sure to “Earmark” your check “Dog Park” so they don’t use it to fill potholes! If the 2000 licensed dog owners of the city sent $20 each that would be $40,000 right there. It is Tax deductible too!!! Ask all your Family/friends to do this, Ask your Boss or anyone with a love for Dogs. If we get enough response they will have no Choice.

In Addition I have two Fund Raisers in the work for April/May. Will post details as soon as they are firmed up. Thanks SG + Mia

You can find a little more info at

I hope we can get this in Watertown – a great addition to the area. But we have the “old school”, “Good ol’ Boy” mentality – ‘if it’s something new and different and we didn’t come up with it ourselves we won’t consider it’. Good example of it here; trying to kill it by putting a ridiculous price tag on it….

I love Jefferson County and it’s people, for the most part; don’t get me wrong. But there is some severe ignorance on the part of those who run the city and the county. It’s why Fort Drum is one of the few things keeping the area from being the worse place, economically and socially, in NY state. I’m no big fan of the military nor Fort Drum but without it I’d hate to live here.

Unfortunately the area is held back by those very people who should be improving it and thinking toward its future.

Marc M

I am a web developer and fitness geek, but I have a heck of a lot of differing interests.  Biking, the Internet, technology, movies, fitness, running and walking and hiking, science fiction, photography, graphics, WordPress, flying and aircrafts, pets and animals, history, and much more.  I like to stay very fit but I don’t mind sitting at my computer for work and play either.  I live in upstate New York (that’s far from New York City) in a rural area, yet close to a small city, with my beautiful awesome wife, a bunch of beloved cats and dogs and chickens in a very old multi-century house.

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