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

35425 Views 85 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2007 3:52 PM by nilscrasher RSS
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
    It's really not good for the cat to be sleeping on the keyboard, you know. She could cause the iBook to overheat (heat is dissipated through the keyboard).

    I'm not sure whether this could be contributing to the problem.

    What happened to the idea of her having her own account? If you aren't logged into your account, I don't see how anything could happen within your account unless there is some two-legged skullduggery afoot.
    eMac800/SuperDrive/512; iBook800G3Combo/640-OS 10.3.9; iBook G4/1.2G/768/10.4.x, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
    I'm also thinking some more about that crack in the screen. How did you get that? Did someone drop the ibook? Was it on at the time? Perhaps the hard drive got damaged in the fall, if so. I had some very weird things happen with an imac that turned out to have a defective drive, even without a cat to help out.
    iSight iMac G5 2.1, flat panel imac 700, ibook G4 1G, Performa 6116CD, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Doug Eldred Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
    Also, depending on the cat, getting hair into the iBook might be an issue...

    iPod video / G2 Nano, PMac G5 1.8 SP, MacBook 13", Mac Mini Core Duo 1.66, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,100 points)
    Hi nilscrasher

    There is a danger of you becoming paranoid and suspecting everything and everyone, this could be part of the cat’s plan to dominate the world. Its a thought don’t you think?
  • neutron Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
    This is a nice program, unless your cat can press key combos..

    Or, to by doubly certain, you could launch the program and then put the computer to sleep. Then you would have to enter the password and press CMD-Q to unlock. Could help...

    Or you could Fast User Switch into a new account just for your cat, with Sinmple Finder or something. Then you would just come back to your computer and could easily get back to it. OR you could lock the screen with Keyboard Cleaner on on the hypothetical cat's account.

    I like chain reactions, but this might work.
    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,100 points)
    Hi nilscrasher

    I dont think your cat is evil somehow. I dont think you think that either!

    Seriously there have been some excellent suggestions regarding this post. I personally like creating another account and logging into it when you have to leave the room. Its elegantly simple and easy to administer. The cat will appreciate it. What do you think?
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
    I wasn't talking about the weight of the cat on the keyboard being a problem. The fact that she is lying there, keeping the heat from dissipating through the keyboard, can cause the iBook to overheat and actually fry it. The cat would, undoubtedly, move if the iBook starts to smoke. Unfortunately, your novel may not survive the conflagration that could result from a Cat on a Hot Plastic iBook.
    eMac800/SuperDrive/512; iBook800G3Combo/640-OS 10.3.9; iBook G4/1.2G/768/10.4.x, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • StephenC_IRL Calculating status...
    get a video camera, see how the cat is doing it, id be really interested in watchin that on youtube,

    but yeah we need more stuff like this, how bout you leave your ibook open, click reply to a post on this thread, leave the ibook unattended with the cat and see how the cat replies to all of this ? id be interested to read your cats musings...
    Macbook 1.83Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 512mb RAM, 60GB Hard disk
  • sKurt Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Er.. I'm sure you've tried Sleep and Deep Sleep...

    I think the best bet here is to place it in 'PAWS' Mode

    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • neutron Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
    Just so you know, nilscrasher, if any person has helped/solved your problem, click on the Helpful/Solved buttons next to that post. You can have two helpful and one solved post per thread.

    If you have an iSight on the computer, you could set that to record. Then, when the cat gets out of the locked screen, you would know how she does it. Or you could do it the old fashioned way. But it would help to know how she does it.
    Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.9)


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