Software prevents cats from e-mailing

Pawsense software detects and prevents cat typing.

Pawsense prevents paw typing
Pawsense prevents paw typing. BitBoost Systems

It's not quite as dangerous as butt dialing, but cat typing can have its scary moments, like when PayPal or your IM client are open and in front.

So I am intrigued by a software utility called Pawsense, which detects when a cat is walking on your keyboard and shuts down key input within a couple of strokes. OK, while the odds are astronomical, your cat could randomly walk-type a vile obscenity into a memo you're writing while you are up getting a cup of coffee. You come back to the computer, fail to proof the thing, send it to your team and boss--voila, instant mortification. Your cat just sits there, grooming her face.

Pawsense also uses your PC speakers to emit a loud sound that cats hate (which pretty much assures me that this utility was not written by a cat lover).

I can't tell you how well it works because the publisher has the unpleasant policy of not offering a trial download version.

About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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