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nilscrasher Level 1 (0 points)
I have this old cat that likes to sleep on my iBook while I'm not using it. I have set the screensaver to require a password in order to prevent her from entering random keystrokes into the documents I leave open while I'm away.

However, I've noticed that while the computer is still in the screensaver when I return, she has somehow managed to circumvent the password and, among other things, rename my hard drive, execute complex keystroke combinations changing my system settings and save over documents which I have minimized.

I mean, I'm not even smart enough to see what she's done without the password. How is this happening?

Any way to lock up my iBook so that the cat can't.. uh.. do this? Can't close the iBook, due to a cracked screen.. which I am dealing with. We all have our crosses to bear, right? I'm not complaining, I just want to stop the cat from trying to rewrite my novel.


iBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Matt Clifton Level 7 (29,850 points)
    I can totally sympathise. In fact, I just bought one of these for my G5 for that exact reason...

    Are you sure she hasn't done her creative writing before the screensaver kicks in? Do you have it on a timer, or set as a hot-corner when you go away from the computer?

  • nilscrasher Level 1 (0 points)
    I activate the screenaver, wait for it to kick in and then jiggle the mouse to make sure that it has locked up.

    As for the cat, the creative writing isn't even an interesting read. That whole thing about monkeys and typewriters and Shakespeare, not so much true. She does have a certain fondness for the Caps Lock, though. Probably th shiny light.

    Any other way I can lock the thing up? I'd just shut my iBook down, but these things happen while I'm making grilled cheese sandwiches or doing my dirty business in the bathroom.
  • Doug Eldred Level 4 (3,270 points)
    You're sure there isn't a two-footed prankster around? That's quite a list of accomplishments for a cat!

  • nilscrasher Level 1 (0 points)
    No. I live alone. With the cat. That darned sneaky cat.
  • Parke Hitchings Level 1 (80 points)
    Probably your best bet is to log out of the user when you leave. Or "Fast User Switch" to the login screen. You could make your password longer reducing the chance of an "accidental" login.
  • Doug Eldred Level 4 (3,270 points)
    Could you sleep the iBook instead of just triggering the screen saver?

  • nilscrasher Level 1 (0 points)
    The problem with logging out is that I might as well shut down the machine every time I leave the room for 15 minutes. Sleep, same problem with the screensaver.

    I just don't get how the cat is screwing with the stuff I have open, without unlocking the screensaver. I wait, make sure that it's on screensaver, jiggle the mouse to bring up the window asking for my password. I'm sure that it's locked.

    I'll come back, the Caps Lock light is on.. and I know that the cat has been sleeping on the keyboard. I jiggle the mouse, then I put in the password. And there's all kinds of stuff open and messed with: System Prefs changed, random text typed into my open documents, screen inverted. It's random stuff.

    But, the iBook has never been unlocked. I still have to put in the password to check it out. I went to screensaver myself. Tried to invert the screen colors without putting in the password.. couldn't do it. I'm just baffled.

    I lock my computer at school sometimes, while I run to the jacks or go get a Coke.. Can people mess with my stuff even while it's locked. I mean, the cat can do it somehow.
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 (22,065 points)
    I guess I'm not smart enough to follow everything here, but why not just sleep it by closing it? Surely the cat doesn't have enough muscle power to pry it open, even if s/he could figure out how to wake it by opening?
  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,425 points)
    Barbara --
    I think this is why . . .

    Can't close the iBook, due to a cracked screen..

  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 (22,065 points)
    Thanks, ~Bee. I missed that part.
  • ~Bee Level 7 (31,425 points)
    Barbara --
    We "B"'s have to stick together
  • Király Level 6 (9,730 points)
    I have noticed that sometimes the Mac will allow a wake from the screen saver without the password, even when the password option has been selected. Try going to homefolder/Library/Preferences/ByHost and deleting all of the plist files. Then go back to System Preferences and reset it how you want.

    You can also enable fast user switching, and switch to the login window before leaving the Mac unattended.
  • Jpfresno Level 4 (3,020 points)
    Hi nilscrasher, Welcome to Apple's Users Help Users Forums.

    Maybe putting it into mail or widgets temporarily would help. I would think mail would do it unless kitty has also learned how to use the mouse. ;~D

    Joyous Computing, JP
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 (10,517 points)

    Just occurs to me that you can do everything you want by just putting the ibook into a drawer and closing the drawer. If you have to go to the washroom or kitchen and you have to leave it for 15-20 minutes then putting it in a drawer takes as much or as little time as waiting for the screensaver lock to kick in. Surely you must have a drawer (and face it an iBook is not that big) that is in the main room that you generally are in that you can put it in.

    Its not surprising that your cat is drawn to your iBook it must see it as a nice warm toasty spot for it to laze its day away!

    I wish I was a cat sometimes!
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