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Thank you for visiting Kate.net! Below are answers to some of the questions I receive about the site and some other basic information. Click on an item in the menu to jump to that section more quickly, or just scroll down and read through the page.
About the Site
Is Kate.net produced and run by a company?
No, Kate.net is my personal site. My name is Kate, thus the name of the site... I am an amateur photographer (working on learning more) and graphic designer/former web site designer.
Why did you create this site?
I started the site as a hobby. I've really enjoyed creating wallpapers and providing other materials on the site that are of use to others. It's very rewarding to hear that people, whether at home, at work, or in schools, are enjoying the site!
Is this site geared toward kids? Is it a child-friendly site?
Kate.net is a general-interest site. It is not intended as a site for children; however, I do create and post a lot of materials that are used as resources by parents, grandparents, teachers, schools, and others.
How can I contact you?
You can reach me via my Contact page, or you can leave me a note via Facebook or Twitter.
Do you have a newsletter? Is it free to sign up?
Yes, I do, and yes, it is free. The newsletter is pretty straightforward and lists all the new wallpapers, printables, and other features created for and posted on the site since the previous update. I'll typically send out a newsletter after I've created a couple of new items. If you'd like to sign up or learn more, please visit my Mailing List page. You can subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.
Can I get even MORE frequent updates about what's new on Kate.net?
Yes. I list each new wallpaper, screensaver, or other feature on the Kate.net home page under "What's New" as soon as it's created and uploaded, so you can check the home page. I'm also on Facebook and Twitter, and post updates on those two sites as soon as I make them. (See below for addresses.)
Are you on Twitter?
Yes. I post updates when I've created a new wallpaper, printable, etc., or when I've added a new section or feature to the site or made major updates. You can set up a free Twitter account and follow me ("katenet") to get faster notification of site updates. As with the newsletter, you can "follow" or "stop following" me at any time.
Are you on Facebook?
Yes! As of January 2011, Kate.net is now on FACEBOOK!
About My Dogs and Cats (in My Wallpapers)
What type of dog is Lucky?
While I don't know his exact lineage since he was a stray that I rescued, he appears to be mostly Chow Chow. The veterinarians think he is probably a mixed-breed, albeit mostly Chow. He has the stereotypical Chow fur, tail, and black tongue. He loves chewing on stuffed dog toys.
What type of dog is Gidget?
Gidget is also a stray that I rescued about 4 years after I found Lucky. She, too, is a Chow Chow-mix, although she obviously doesn't look as much like a true Chow as does Lucky. She actually started out with darker fur as a puppy, and then turned red like Lucky as she grew. Her tongue has some black patches and spots, but is not all-black. She loves chasing tennis balls and will bark at pretty much anything, including at nothing in particular.
What about Sam, your Yellow Lab? Why don't you make wallpapers with him anymore?
Sam is sadly no longer living. As he grew older, he developed cancer. He lives on in our hearts and through my wallpapers. I stopped making wallpapers of him when he passed away. He was such a sweet dog.
And Jet? Your Black-Lab-mix?
Jet is also sadly no longer alive. He was born in 1992. He, too, passed away from cancer. Jet was an absolute character. He LOVED every person and animal he saw and would practically drag me (sometimes literally) to see everyone we came across during walks. He was one of the earlier dogs on the Internet to have his own home page starting in 1995. In the 90s, Jet's page was featured in the net Magazine (which is no longer in circulation).
What about your cats? And why don't you have more wallpapers with (your) cats in them?
I currently have 1 cat: "Harry" ("PC" sadly passed away at age 15 in the summer of 2010). My cats are actually featured in a select few of my wallpapers. They were both "rescues," also. I don't feature Harry (and formerly also PC) in as many of my wallpapers as I do my dogs because most of the kinds of holiday-related garb that I usually use to dress up my dogs for photos is too big for the cats. Plus, even though Harry is very outgoing, he doesn't like being dressed up. He's a cat. Go figure.
Do you have any birds, hamsters, fish, turtles, etc., you can make wallpapers of?
The only other members of my family are of the two-legged variety, and they don't want to be in my wallpapers -- although if I am in proximity to any such animals (as listed in the question, that is) anywhere else, I do try to take photos of them.
Wallpapers, Screensavers, Other Site Features
Where do I find instructions for installing or deleting your wallpapers and screensavers?
You can find answers to technical questions like those on my Wallpapers and Screensavers FAQ page.
Do you create all the wallpapers, screensavers, etc.?
All of the wallpapers and screensavers on my site were created by me. They are all original designs, Copyright © Kate.net (me), and available exclusively at www.kate.net. If you find them anywhere else, someone stole them from my site. (Please let me know if you do find them used anywhere else, whether modified or not, as it's illegal.). On the site I also feature original artwork in the form of printable coloring pages, by talented artist and friend of mine, Ji Shin, whom I commissioned to create the pages. These are available exclusively on and are also Copyright © Kate.net. Ji can be contacted for illustration work at antesfosse //at// gmail //dot// com.
Are your wallpapers (etc.) copyrighted? Can I use them?
How do you make your wallpapers? How do you create your calendar wallpapers?
I use Adobe Photoshop to create all of my wallpapers and graphics. I lay out the calendars in Photoshop as well. If you're interested in creating your own wallpapers and/or calendar wallpapers, pretty much any photo editing or graphics program can be used, including, but not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, GIMP, Corel Paint Shop Pro, etc.
Do you accept suggestions for wallpapers, features, etc.?
Absolutely. While I don't have time to reply to or use all suggestions, I certainly take them into consideration and file many away for the future when I may have time to work on them. Sometimes, as much as I'd like to do something specific, I just don't have or can't find the resources to do what is requested -- either because of time constraints or because of the lack of raw materials (e.g., the subject material to take photos of, or royalty-free photos I can incorporate into my designs). For example, if someone requested I make wallpapers with photos of volcanoes, and I have no access to volcanoes (which I don't) and/or I can't find any good volcano photos online that I can purchase or use royalty-free to incorporate into my wallpapers, there's no way I can really accommodate the request, unfortunately.
Why don't you have any wallpapers for or featuring (insert name of holiday, event, animal, object, etc.)?
(See also the previous item.) While I would love to be able to add (insert name of holiday, event, animal, object, etc., here) wallpapers, I am just one person, working on my site as I get spare time, so it's difficult to cover every topic possible. It is not and has never been a full-time activity for me. So, for the most part, I concentrate on the so-called more "major" holidays, and will be expanding upon some of my very rudimentary starts at everyday "life events," in addition to adding new categories as I have time.
Why do your monthly calendar wallpapers have 3 months on them sometimes?
I personally prefer to have just one month on a calendar wallpaper, but many people have written to say that they enjoy having also the previous and next month's calendars on the wallpaper. So, I've added them, although, again, I find that they take up a lot of the wallpaper's "real estate," and apparently cause much confusion, as explained in the next item below -- not to mention trying to make sure your eyes glance at the proper month when there are 3 up there on the screen at once. But, I am always happy to entertain suggestions, thus I've started adding the other months on some of the calendars.
Why do your monthly calendar wallpapers sometimes have the current month and then the previous month and then the next month? Or, why do some of your monthly calendars start with the previous month?
On most conventional wall calendars, the current month is the main calendar, with the previous and next months shown smaller somewhere within the current month's calendar. So, same basic idea. I'll create the calendar wallpaper to showcase the current month, but then include the other 2 months below the current month. I have received several emails from people who are confused by this, thinking that, in fact, the months should be all in a row, in order. This defeats the purpose of having a current month calendar to make it easy for people to realize which month they're supposed to be looking at, but as a result, I started to make some calendars in order of the months. Now, I am receiving emails from people who are confused why, for example, when it is April, the calendar wallpaper has "March" first. I am not sure I can win this one. *Sigh.*
So, I'm making it a practice to try to change things up a bit and create some calendar wallpapers showing only the current month and some including also the previous and next months (some of which will have all 3 months in a row, and some of which will have the current month larger and the other months smaller underneath).
If you have any other questions about the site, feel free to contact me. Again, thanks for visiting!