Stop pussyfooting around on my keyboard

时间:2019-03-07 06:20:07166网络整理admin

By Paul Marks AFTER taking time out for a well-deserved coffee, you return to your computer to find that the masterpiece you were working on has been wiped out. The only clue to what happened is the nonchalant cat asleep on the keyboard. Sound familiar? Well, help is at hand for those whose cats have a penchant for strolling across keyboards, sending programs into a spin and dumping important documents into an electronic black hole. A software house in Tucson, Arizona, has developed a $20 software package for PCs that can detect “cat typing”, block further keyboard inputs and sound a whining harmonica noise to shoo the cat away. BitBoost Systems, an e-business that sells its PawSense package over the web from www.bitboost.com, says that sensing a cat’s key depressions can be done within “one or two pawsteps”. The trick is to recognise the combinations of two or three keys that a cat’s paw is likely to press simultaneously, says BitBoost’s president Chris Niswander. Cats can do quite a lot of damage quite quickly, causing crashes or inserting garbage in text or bugs in programs. “You don’t look too good a proofreader if you don’t notice such changes to your work and send it to someone,” he says. His 75 kilobyte program runs in the background, continually monitoring keyboard activity. If you run software, such as some games, that require unusual key combinations to be pressed, you can program these into PawSense so it won’t go into feline fear mode when you blast an alien. But Lisa Lidderdale, editor of Cat World magazine, predicts that some mischievous cats will be drawn to the alarm noise. “After all, there are plenty of cats who like to run up and down piano keyboards,