February 27th 2014 5:35 pm
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How cold is it here? Unfortunately too cold for bunnies. This morning we found one on our patio. It wasn't moving. It was frozen. It's at Rainbow Bridge now. Yes, we feel sorry for the Bunny. I like them better when they move and I can chase them. But I try to keep in mind that Bunnies multiply like Rabbits. A few just lose the battle against nature or predators. Mom held me and I got to do two quick sniffs at the bunny's leg. I didn't touch it. Was not allowed to touch it.
We need it to get warmer. It was zero this morning. We don't want any more bunnies like that one.
February 26th 2014 5:53 pm
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Polar Vortex go away,
you are not allowed to stay :(
8 yesterday, 2 tomorrow, maybe some snow tonight
Our weatherman said this winter is like a bad Guest Cat. It just stays and stays and never wants to leave. Or did he say it's like a bad House Guest? Anyway, we are all sooo tired of winter. We have snow on the ground, more on the way. We want flowers and birds and bunnies and green grass. Nice warm sunshine too. I want it NOW. When is winter over?
Mom had her own problems today. She was at a seminar all day. Something about XL or excel. And they didn't offer any coffee. You could buy a cup of coffee at the hotel restaurant but it was two dollars a cup. Mom wanted to buy some at 3:00 but the restaurant was closed already. They closed at 1:30. Mom had a cup of coffee in the morning that she bought at the Mac place but she really needs more coffee. Mom runs on coffee. It's her fuel.
Tomorrow is day two. She's bringing a big thermos!
Restaurant closed at 1:30, tsk tsk tsk, who has ever heard of such a thing. With all the seminar attendees there, they could have made a bundle.
Curling up in front of the fire place,
February 7th 2014 5:22 pm
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2/09/14 Edit: don't use the scan rule for photobucket files. Several furs reported that they had lots and lots of photobucket files downloaded to their puter when using it. Files that were not on the page they were trying to save. I have removed it from the scan rules listed below. Please check Abby's Dad's blog for details.
2/08/14 UPDATE - if you have an existing, old save that you did with HTTrack then don't delete it but do an update. If you delete it and start new it might take forever to do the new save. Here's how to do an update (read Abby's Dad's blog for all the info on everything HTTrack related, link is below):
"Beepers" on the Dogster forum posted a suggestion on how to speed up an update if you already have an existing download.
On the first option page, you can choose "Existing project name". Click the arrow to choose the one you want to update.
On the next page/screen, in the "Action" block, click the arrow again and choose *Update existing download.
Then click on "Set options" and the "Scan Rules" tab as usual. All your rules for the previous save will be there. Just add the new rules at the bottom and proceed as usual.
Pals, things are never as easy as you think they should be. Especially catputers are furry complicated.
IF you saved your pages with HTTrack as suggested in my last diary, please be aware that the pages will NOT work after Catster goes away. Don't panic, you'll just have to re-save your pages. Please read all of this. I don't want you to end up with a garbled mess after Catster is closed!! Here is the start of Abby's Dad's blog to explain. (ALL CAPS added by me):
"Folks on the Dogster forums groups discovered that the archives would not work when they had no Internet connection. That implied that the download would stop working once Dogster/Catster shut down. I verified that this is a problem and am very sorry to say that ALL THE DOWNLOADS THAT EVERYONE HAS DONE TO THIS POINT WILL BE USELESS ONCE DOGSTER SHUTS DOWN. The web browser was doing some stuff behind the scenes that I wasn't aware of.
The Good News
I have a fix...."
If you are a dog
then please go to Abby's Dad's blog and copy the new scan rules and re-save your pages. Here is Abby's Dad's blog.
IF YOU ARE A CAT
then you already know that you are extra special. The scan rules need to be modified. Abby's Dad has also figured that out for us. This should work for cats: (take out the spaces in every line, Catster will add spaces)
UPDATE 2/08/14 I copied the below rules directly from Abby's Dad's blog (remove the spaces as always)
Copy and paste everything into a word document, also the litte -* at the beginning. REPLACE the ID 590841 with your own!!! There is three places where you have to replace the ID with your ID. You might not need the last three lines if you have no pictures or background from photobucket or flickr. I left them in anyway because it doesn't hurt anything. After you replace my cat ID with your own ID, copy and paste these scan rules into HTTrack. See Abby's blog for instructions about how to use HTTrack.
Test your saved page by disconnecting from the internet. (click on your wireless connection bars and select disconnect. Don't just close your browser, disconnect. That will simulate not having Catster/Dogster there anymore and if your page works that way then it will still be there after Catster/Dogster is gone.
I needed to give you this information since I told you in my last diary entry that this is a good way to save your stuff. I still like HTTrack a lot but I don't want you to have nothing, so please re-save or ask for help. Please go to the All Paws Bulletin Group if you have questions.
hard at work saving,
February 2nd 2014 2:15 pm
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Brofur Timo has been a busy little beaver and he tried different ways to save our stuff. We like HTTrack best. It makes a mirror of your page and then you can access it offline after Catster is gone (*sniff*). It saves your page and the photo album with comments, all your diary pages with comments. It doesn't take long. Try it. Here's the instructions:
How to save your page
This is Abby's Dad's blog and he's brilliant. There's also stuff about how to save your videos.
The page save instructions start where it says "Read this whole thing through". Read and follow carefully. It's not difficult. Heck, Timo got it figured out so how hard can it be. It takes about 10-15 min to mirror one pet page. If it takes you MUCH longer then you did something wrong and should click on cancel. We didn't do the thing with the multiple url's at one time. We just did one pet and then the next and so on. Works great.
If you can't figure this out then pawmail us.
I wanted to mention the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.
Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
Many of you like it and I do to. But be aware, it ONLY saves your main page. If you want all of your diary pages, all your photos in the photo album, all comments in diary and on photos saved, then you have to open each page and save them all there. Otherwise it's most likely not gonna be there after Catster is gone. The Internet archive is neat to see what your page looked like in past years. There are sometimes old saves there. Just be careful. If you don't save every page of your diary there then it's not gonna be there after Caster closes. That's why I like HTTrack better.
Also Httrack saves stuff on my computer's c: drive and then I can make a backup on a flash drive, but Internet archive is on the Internet. What if it ever closes? Not the Internet, The Wayback Machine. What if they ever run out of funds or just disappear? Then all your stuff is gone.
Finally, if you have ANY questions at all about this saving pages stuff then please come to the Dogster and Catster All Paws Bulletin Group And just ask. There are no stupid questions. Furs there will help you.
Feeling kinda sad today because it's only one more month *sniff*
January 21st 2014 6:15 am
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We are very sad. We don't want to loose our friends. We'll write more later but wanted you to know we have joined the forum dogsterfriends.freeforums.net
Also we have broken down and made a facebook page, just so that we can try and keep in contact with you all. Hopefully there will be an awesome site in the near future where we can all play together (cats and dogs) and have some, and that is safe and family friendly.
We are on facebook under the name Mietzi Diener. email@example.com
Would love to hear from all you Catster friends (((hugs)))
January 16th 2014 10:20 pm
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click link and sign please
January 3rd 2014 5:08 am
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Update from Watchdog/Watchcat on the disappearing codes problem. Also see my previous diary entry: (I put part of his message in all caps because I don't know the code for bold)
The Bug Ticket for this problem has been created and your Community Team continues to do testing. We didn't have problems making changes to other parts of our pet profiles, but some posting here and elsewhere have said they did have problems. So for the time being, the safest thing to do is NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR PET PAGES, especially since recovering previous versions of pet pages would involve a server roll back.
As many of you have already done, keep passing the word.
December 31st 2013 2:54 pm
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Furs, don't make any changes to your bio fields. Stay out of the Fun Stuff area. There is a bug in Catster and Dogster. Several members had their bio fields totally wiped clean after they tried to make small changes. No code will stay in there. It all gets wiped clean. Here is a link to Watchdog explaining in the Dogster & Caster All Paws Bulletin group:
Watchdog discussing the problem.
His post in under BOLO (be on the lookout) on page 168
December 27th 2013 8:40 pm
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Life with Mom is never boring. You know what she did yesterday? On her day off? She locked herself out. No, not out of the house (she has done that too in the past, but this was something new). Out of our guest bedroom. How? That door doesn't even have a lock.
Well, since she had the day off, she was going to tackle a home repair job. A human living by herself has three options when it comes to home repair.
1. Ask your cats for advise (do this first, we are smarter than we look)
2. Ask a friend or neighbor if they know how to fix this
3. Hire a Purrfessional fixer
Mom went for option number 4 - try it yourself. The object of her efforts: the guest bedroom door. It didn't latch right. Well, it did latch when pulled shut, but if a cat (that would be me) pushes on the closed door with her front paws, then it unlatches and opens up. I tried to convince Mom that the door was operating fine and, in fact, all the other doors in the house are defective and need to be fixed to work just like that. It is a purrfect cat door with access whenever I want to. Mom wanted the door to stay closed when she shuts it :(
So she took the thing apart: door knob, little latch thing, strike plate. After a few minutes studying, she thought she had the problem figured out. A few adjustments. Now putting the thing back together. First she put the latch assembly back into the door. Next she thought she'd test if it latches correctly now. She stepped out of the room and - you might already guess what happens - she pulled the door shut. Then - two seconds of pure panic: Oh my gosh, what have I done! I didn't put the door knob in yet. There is nothing to turn the latch with! I can't open it! It will never open again!
Some wiggling and pulling and pushing confirmed it: the door was shut and would not open. Then suddenly another panic attack: WHERE IS MIETZI??? (I give her credit that my safety was her second thought). If Mietzi is locked in the room, then this is an emergency. Because sooner or later Mietzi will need to pee and poop and eat. Looking around - thank catness, she is sitting on the dining room table. Nose-count! One, two, three. Thank heavens, all are here. What next? Pray! Yes, good idea. Mom needs some divine intervention with her home repair projects.
Now what? Think, think, think. After visions of breaking the door jamb or making an embarrassing call to one of the neighbors, an idea: The door is not snugly closed because the strike plate is not installed. There is space between the door jamb and the door. So just push something in there to move that little latch back. Lets try a hair pin, no. Paper clip, no. Little plastic stick that's in our flower pot, nope. Now furs listen up. If this ever happens to your human, here is the purrfect thing to use to push back the latch of a closed door: a fork, a little desert fork actually. Worked purrfect! Aaaaaah, there was a very relieved sigh from a certain human.
She was glad that she was not inside of the bedroom when she pulled it shut. Because there are no forks in there, and there is no phone in there. Mom put the rest of the door back together and I'm sorry to report that my nice cat door stopped working. When the door is closed now it stays closed and cannot be pushed open by any cat. :(
I have to go now. I need to look for the number of Mr. Fix-It. Next time when Mom gets her tools out, I need to have him on speed dial.
December 26th 2013 9:14 am
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Dear friends. I haven't written in here in forever. It's Mom's fault of course. The Swallows that I told you about on July 21 have long grown up and flown south. The nest actually fell down one day but all four, little birds were fine and they got lots of flight lessons from Mom and Dad before heading south. I need to tell you something that happend on Christmas Morning. Where do I complain about this?
Here's what happened: Timo and I were in our guest bedroom. Suddenly the door was shut. Our guest cat was out there with Mom but she was very busy taking a bath (she is so vain). We heard some paper rustling about, then bells ringing. Then Mom opened the door and told us: Santa Paws was here!
And he was! There were gifts strewn about around our little tree, and the tree had been moved to the floor for us. We have a real tree. A little one. Just our size. Timo has decorated it nicely with glitter balls and a mouse. Back to the gifts: there were many little packages wrapped under the tree. So I started to sniff and to unpack (Mom helped some). Santa did not use sticky tape, which was much appreciated. Then I saw the biggest present wrapped in comic stip paper. Naturally I thought that's for me. So I went to look. Mom said that one is for our guest cat :( I could see a cat peek out of the package. How disappointing. So I unwrapped my other presents and Timo took a few too. I got lots of mini mousies individually wrapped. I love mini mousies! But then I sniffed and something smelled fishy. Actually not fishy. It smelled a little dusty and musty and there was a faint hint of...... *sniff, sniff* what is that? MIETZI-smell. My new mousies that Santa brought smelled a little like me!? Hey, these look furmiliar. Isn't that my favorite green mouse that I used to play with all the time and then I mislaid it? And this orange one looks awfully furmiliar. Timo, what did you get? A WOW nip pillow. Mmmmh, I think I've seen that before.
These are not new toys. Santa has re-gifted our old toys!!! Is he allowed to do that? We did get two new things though. A bird on a string that peeps when you hit it. And there is a little stuffed Gingerbread-girl. I would like to write to Santa to complain but I don't know. If I do that I might not get anything next year. I think we just haven't been good enough to get new toys. I spilled a glass of milk the other day and the glass broke in a thousand pieces. Timo keeps jumping at our guest cat (he says he's just playing but she doesn't like it)
We did get some yummy Christmas din din though. Wellness cans which we usually don't get. Hope you all had a nice Christmas and got NEW gifts.