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My 14 year-old cat has beaten iBook security. Please help.

35421 Views 85 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2007 3:52 PM by nilscrasher RSS
  • Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Hi Antonio, Welcome to Apple's Users Help Users Forums.

    Now that's called "Thinking outside the box." = computer. :~D
    11/06 Imac 17 Intel C2D 1 GB 667 MHz SDRam OWC Merc FWHD Dantz Retro Expr, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Do not start vast problems with a half vast mind.
  • Jpfresno Level 4 Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Outside the box.

    How about a cardboard cover w top, back and sides. Put it over the keyboard when you go for coffee or ...
    11/06 Imac 17 Intel C2D 1 GB 667 MHz SDRam OWC Merc FWHD Dantz Retro Expr, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Do not start vast problems with a half vast mind.
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
    Hi Jpfresno

    Thanks for the welcome! I’ve been on the forum for some time now, not this particular one, I’ve been plying my advice over on the Server Forums for what its worth. Sometimes it gets a bit stuffy and heavy over there so I cast around looking for a bit of light relief on the Client Forum. I read this one and could not resist a reply! Just thinking on, you could expand the drawer idea and put it into a wardrobe or cupboard, an ottoman would do nicely too. Putting a towel over it or a blanket would do as well. If the cat defeats that lot, then put the cat on the telly you’ll make a fortune!
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
    What a refreshing thread!

    My cat and I are enjoying it!

    I hate to be too serious, but very fine cat hairs can play havoc with your keyboard.

    The obvious solution to your problem is of course to buy a new MacBook Pro, and donate your old iBook to the cat so she can finish her novel, win some more on online poker, charge your credit card for two tons of luxury cat food, order a hit job on the vet, etc etc.
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5, 250GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), iLife 6.0.3, Toast 7.1.2, iTunes 7.1.1, QTPro 7.1.5
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,555 points)
    Have you ever used Fast User Switching? It really is fast, much faster than shutting down.

    I'd suggest setting up an account in the cat's name and switch to it before leaving the room.

    Kitty wants to play with the computer? Pets are like children in more ways than one, I guess. Give her an account so she doesn't mess up yours.
    eMac800/SuperDrive/512; iBook800G3Combo/640-OS 10.3.9; iBook G4/1.2G/768/10.4.x, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
    Hi klaus

    Ha! ha! ha! Brilliant! I love it! Aren’t cats amazing creatures? Apple should release a new franchise and call it iCat, it will make them billions.

    What do you think?
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
    Hi Ronda

    This is good! We ought to have more of these threads, far more interesting than the run of the mill stuff usually posted. It would be marvellous if somehow the cat knew all of this anyway and is quietly smirking to itself.
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
    Nice idea Antonio!

    As long as it is a security measure, akin to shark repellant.

    My cat adores watching paper emerge from the printer and tries to catch it.

    This does little for the print quality.....
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5, 250GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), iLife 6.0.3, Toast 7.1.2, iTunes 7.1.1, QTPro 7.1.5
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
    A friend of mine has offered a possible solution:

    Re-boot the cat. maybe twice...
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5, 250GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), iLife 6.0.3, Toast 7.1.2, iTunes 7.1.1, QTPro 7.1.5
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,300 points)
    Cats have a sixth sense...
    20" 2.1GHz iSight iMac G5, 250GB HD, 1.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.9), iLife 6.0.3, Toast 7.1.2, iTunes 7.1.1, QTPro 7.1.5
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,095 points)
    Hi nilscrasher

    I like Klaus’s idea, resetting the cat’s PRAM is also good.

    Personally I think the cat knows and is just messing with your mind. Now you know what a mouse feels like.

    So nobody has any idea how she was able to do this
    without unlocking my screensaver? Not at all?


    The laws of the universe allow for such a random act. You could wait a very long time for such a random act to occur, then again it could happen this very second. Is that a reasonable answer?
  • natcarish Calculating status...
    Is it possible that your cat is upsetting your novel because she wants you to pay more attention to her!

    "People have dogs, but cats have people"
    Mac Pro and Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 4Gb Ram
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