Caturday for Geeks

by 1389 on December 18, 2010

in 1389 (blog admin), Caturday, humor, photos, tech industry

Dan’s Data Reviews Juvenile Felis catus


Compatibility with existing hardware

Dan's kitten on mouse pad

No significant points of incompatibility have been found between the new kitten and my existing equipment. A box with some old cables in it has been slept in. My monitor and mouse pad have been sat on. My keyboard has been walked on, but not seriously enough to justify intervention.

NOTE: Kittens do not have any computer-compatible ports. Don’t try to plug anything into them. I’m serious.

Also: If you’re waiting for me to make some kind of “mouse” joke here, you can just keep on waiting…

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Here’s Tom, another cat belonging to Dan:

Tom, Dan's large black cat, lying belly-up in the sun

PawSense intercepts “cat typing”

Note: I have not tried this product myself, because our cat is of mature years and seldom gets on the keyboard. If you have used this product and have any opinion on it either way, you are invited to comment here.

From the site:

When cats walk or climb on your keyboard, they can enter random commands and data, damage your files, and even crash your computer. This can happen whether you are near the computer or have suddenly been called away from it.

PawSense is a software utility that helps protect your computer from cats. It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard.

  • Every time your computer boots up, PawSense will automatically start up in the background to watch over your computer system.
  • Even while you use your other software, PawSense constantly monitors keyboard activity. PawSense analyzes keypress timings and combinations to distinguish cat typing from human typing. PawSense normally recognizes a cat on the keyboard within one or two pawsteps.
  • If a cat gets on the keyboard, PawSense makes a sound that annoys cats. This teaches your cat that getting on the keyboard is bad even if humans aren’t watching.
  • Once a cat has been recognized, PawSense blocks the cat’s keyboard input. This keeps the cat from entering lots of commands to your programs or operating system…

Popup message from PawSense software: Cat-like typing detected

To get back into your computer, you can either select the appropriate button with your mouse and click it, or type human in the text box to prove that you are one.

Here are a few cat smileys: =^..^=

Brown cat wagging tail smiley Angry Hello Kitty smiley Purring black cat smiley Arched black cat smiley Running black cat smiley Scratching white cat smiley Standing cat wagging tail smiley White cat dorsal view, wagging tail smiley Bouncing blue cat face smiley Catbert smiley
Large lion smiley

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1 Richard Presley August 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I love cats 🙂

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