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Ask Ottawa veterinarian Dr. Marie a question about the health of your pet online. Then continue to converse back and forth with her until you feel your question is answered satisfactorily.

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Dr. Marie has been practicing small animal medicine for over 10 years now. She is compassionate and cares for the animals and the wonderful people who own them. She is experienced in treating dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice. She is skilled in surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, dentistry, behavior and medicine. Dr. Marie has taken courses in Orthopedic Surgery as well. She really enjoys solving complicated medical cases such as animals with difficult diseases like Cushing’s Disease, Addison’s, and those frustrating itchy dog cases that are hard to figure out.

She also has an interest in oncology and gives compassionate and knowledgeable advice whether you are interested in chemotherapy, radiation or simply palliative care.

Her latest venture, this online vet advice site has helped many people who have veterinary questions and need to ask a vet a question and get a response quickly! Need to ask an online vet? Veterinarian, Dr. Marie is here to help.

You can also browse her growing selection of free articles on pet health, including cats, dogs, and hamsters (“pocket pets”).


Update: Microsoft Security Essentials

by djbaxter on April 2, 2010

In my review of an early release of Microsoft Security Essentials, I noted:

I  installed it on a Dell Vostro desktop computer running Windows XP Pro SP3 with an Intel Core2 2.33 GHz processor and 4 gigs of ram, as well as a Toshiba laptop running Vista Home Premium SP2 with an AMD dual-core 2.4 GHz processor.

I found it was a little slower than Avast on the Vista laptop but tolerable, especially given that it scanned for spyware as well the virus family. My initial impression was uncertain but I was willing to work with Security Essentials for a while on the laptop.

On the desktop it was a very different story. It slowed my XP system to a crawl with almost constant activity that was using 20-50% of available RAM at any given time. I gave it a couple of hours in case this was just an initial scan but even following the Quick Scan I’d requested it continued to churn away. Even switching windows from email to my browser or to Word often took a few seconds.

I recently decided to give it another try to see if there had been any improvements in speed, and I’m happy to report that it is now running smoothly on both the laptop and the desktop.

Recategorized as “Recommended”.

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Google seeks more rats

March 3, 2010

This is not the first time Google has asked webmasters to do their jobs for them by ratting out their competitors. Here they go again: Calling for link spam reports by Matt Cutts March 3, 2010 Google has been working on some new algorithms and tools to tackle linkspam and we’d like to ask for […]

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Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome

January 2, 2010

I’ve seen several articles recently proclaiming loudly that Google’s Chrome browser has taken over the number three spot from Safari (e.g., Google Chrome is Now the No. 3 Browser | Search Engine Journal). One would think this were a huge accomplishment from all the excitement. But in reality, beating out Safari, the Apple browser, is […]

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Review: Microsoft Security Essentials

October 4, 2009

Microsoft recently released their free antivirus and antispyware product called Microsoft Security Essentials, which appears to be based on the same engine that previously powered Windows Defender for Windows XP and Vista. Security Essentials works for both XP and Vista (and presumably also for Windows 7). As I’ve noted previously (Basic Computer Security 2009 Part […]

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Another Adobe Critical Security Flaw – Shockwave

June 24, 2009

Adobe has a dismal record for addressing security vulnerabilities in their software, some of which, e.g., Acrobat Reader and Shockwave, is widely used. Right on the heels of their announcement that they plan to step up their reactions to security issues, we see this story from ZDNet: Critical Adobe Shockwave flaw affects millions by Ryan […]

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