Hacker – Busted

I figured out who has been messing with my computer while I was gone.

He weighs 16 pounds and looks a lot like Dorothy’s companion. Apparently likes to walk on the keyboard.

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56 Responses to Hacker – Busted

  1. Dave1billion says:


    I used to have a cat that did that.

    So you can rest easy at nights now. You’re not going crazy.

    • pinroot says:

      I keep my keyboard (wireless) turned off and turned upside down (keys down) when not in use because of cats. I only needed one coughed up hair ball on my keyboard to learn this valuable life-lesson.

    • shazaam says:

      There used to be a windows screen saver for that.

      It would detect paws on they keyboard and lock-out the keyboard with a message “Cat-like typing detected”. You had to unlock it with a password the cat couldn’t type.

      Your pup would be shamed out of walking on the keyboard if his typing were declared “cat-like”.

  2. stewart pid says:

    Most folks have trouble with computer bugs … Tony has a computer dog problem …. Tony was he surfing for canine porn??

  3. omanuel says:

    Congratulations! That is a great reminder of a quote I cannot exactly remember, “Never attribute to malice what might be explained by incompetence.”

    Hope you didn’t punish her!

    That same principle applies to world leaders that got us into the present mess in 1945 and cannot figure out how to escape the Matrix of Deceit they inherited from Stalin et al.

  4. EternalOptimist says:

    Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by a doggie

  5. emsnews says:

    One of my cats ate the cord to the computer. The cats are all warmists, three of these creatures are sleeping in front of my woodstove right now, plotting their next attack.

  6. Sophie says:

    Ah, caught out by that well know ‘Feline Virus!’

  7. Gail Combs says:

    That is why all my critters are out door animals unless sick. They can get into too much trouble left inside alone. Learned that from our first dog. (And yes she did eat my homework!)

  8. pwl says:

    There is a solution for that Tony, … it’s pressing the “Windows logo key” (varies by keyboard) and “L” to “lock” the computer when you leave.

  9. Pathway says:

    He may be an agent of NOAA or NASA.

  10. Hilarious. And I was thinking we should have Sharyl Atkisson come over and compare notes.

  11. gator69 says:

    It’s a conspiracy! Raiding fridges and posting their exploits on the interwebs…

    • Gail Combs says:

      And I thought our old black lab was bad when she would unlock and open the basement door to go outside. It was a typical round door knob too!

      • gator69 says:

        If you noticed, the little gangster started his raid as soon as he heard his master’s car start and leave. I had a beagle who would protest my departure with soul splitting agony every time I left the house, and would be excitedly waiting for me at the door upon my return. This gave the impression of pining. Then one morning I had to double back for some papers and found him laying on my bed, his head on my pillow, snoring contentedly.

        • rah says:

          You got the better end of the deal man. Dogs with separation anxiety can be pretty darn destructive. Even the little ones. When a dog is really attached to you a person or couple has to work to prevent the conditions that cause that anxiety as we are with our 5 month old cocker spaniel right now.

          She’s a gorgeous and smart pup. An excellent example of her breed but this is our forth one and we’ve learned how to pick em and the problems and traps and how to avoid or correct them when bringing them up. Each succeeding pup has been better behaved than the one we had before (though we loved all of them). When people saw the last one a couple of different times friends asked us to pick out and train a pup for them. The first time that was asked Sherry and I looked at each other and basically the same thing came out of our mouths. Hell NO! It’s too much damned work and we’re just doing it for us!

        • gator69 says:

          My mother’s Doberman, Sam, is not destructive but howls nonstop when mom leaves him alone in the house. He chatters at traffic when he rides in the car, and drives mom nuts. I keep telling her to video him and make a few bucks.

          My Beagle was the best friend a man could ever have, even if he was a little sneak at times.

    • Olaf Koenders says:

      Wover must have been on the “hooch” and had the munchies.. 😉

  12. It seems the catastrophists have finally enlisted an agent of somewhat higher intellect than the usual to propel their movement forward. I think the family pet needs to fess up where the extra dog bones are coming from.

  13. emsnews says:

    My horse, Sparky could do that, too!

    I wondered why the electric fence would mysteriously turn off periodically and tried to figure out what was broken.

    Then, one day, I watched Sparky while hiding and he came to the gate, looked around craftily, then carefully turned off the electric fence and he and the ox team all ran off through the now non electric gate!

    Also, he could turn door knobs with his mouth which had prehensile lips. And open the grain room and raid it. He was very funny, miss the old horse.

    • Gail Combs says:

      I had a yearling saddlebred colt that would open his stall, his sister’s stall and then grab the electric fence handles carefully in his mouth and stretch them carefully to the side. He did it with all four handles and then he and his sister would head out to the pasture.

      Unfortunately we are going to have to put down a 44 year old pony today or tomorrow. We had been hoping we could get his problems straightened out but no such luck. Right now he is outside my window grazing on tender new grass for his last meal…. Damn, I am going to miss the old boy. Ponies have such character.

  14. bleakhouses says:

    Is he a Korean breed? I hear they are into hacking these days.

  15. Mike says:

    Does he suddenly have a nicer collar? Groomed better than usual? New Car?

  16. pwl says:

    As I suspected it was a job from someone inside your apartment… the four legged variety is infinitely preferable to the two legged uninvited variety of course.

  17. philjourdan says:

    Cat or dog? I have had cats send email before. But since they forget the subject line, most people do not see it as it goes to the spam bucket.

  18. darrylb says:

    You know Steve, you left yourself wide open to a little joke about–finally getting quality stuff from your computer. 🙂
    But seriously, the closest animals get to the inside of my house is the garage (except the damn mice this year, my wife is not too happy about that) I keep the garage heated which makes the animals too soft. If they are outside ( in MN) they get a thicker coat. or at least dogs do.

    • Gail Combs says:

      All my critters stay out. It is much healthier for them. I have had some real fights when I was boarding my mare since I wanted her outside 24/7 unless it was freezing rain or a very windy blizzard. Her dam had heaves (asthma) and I wanted her no where near all the dust, mold and ammonia you get in a stall. — She was the mother of my escape artist and was also very smart.

      Now the idiots in my town in NC have made stalls/shelter for horses mandatory. So my guys stay out anyway and the barn stands empty.

    • gator69 says:

      It is possible to mouseproof your home. It took me about a year to discover all the places that were vulnerable, and my house has been mouse free for over ten years now. I do have garage mice, especially this time of year, but traps keep their numbers near zero. Cats are virtually useless, as my nearest neighbor has both inside his house.

      • darrylb says:

        Locally everyone says this is the worst mouse year.
        I believe they followed the pipes which lead to our gas stove, because the great north hunter, me, trapped, on sticky traps, most of them under the stove.

        Gail, I agree with you regarding where animals are kept.
        At one time we had dogs (labs) which slept in a snow bank.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Yes it is a bad mouse year. They are rather small too. Caught two of the buggers in the last 24 hours.

        • gator69 says:

          It is the young mice that can squeeze through a dime sized gap. I have caught several of these tiny buggers over the years, and I even had a pet mouse as a child, his initials were ‘SF’, for ‘Snake Food’. We had pet snakes and one fell ill, so SF was spared his date with destiny, and became a pet.

        • Gail Combs says:

          My pet snake was too small for mice. Bugs were more his speed although I used to feed the boa at school. That snake spent most of bio class wrapped around my wrist with its head on the back of my hand. The Bio teacher was scared to death of it.

        • gator69 says:

          Dad loved Rat Snakes, specifically Red Rat Snakes, and we had a breeding pair. We would incubate and nurse baby snakes, before releasing them to the wild. Our largest Corn Snake, ‘Rosy’, was donated to the Atlanta zoo before we moved to Germany.

        • Gail Combs says:

          Your dad is not the only one that likes the red corn snake.

          I managed to keep my neighbors from killing a black rat snake. Once rescued he went under one of my sheds. He is still around I think. At least one big black rat snake is.

          My pet was a northern ring-necked snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)

  19. darrylb says:

    gator69–that is, it is the worst year for mice. So how do you mouse proof your home?

    • gator69 says:

      You are most likely correct about the gas stove, mice like to follow pipes and often have access to your home under sinks, stoves, dishwashers, etc. I used pipe collars where I could, steel wool in other cases, and sometimes a little bit of carpentry work. And you may be right about the worst mouse year ever, for the first time since I have lived here I had a mouse take up residence in my mailbox out by the road.

      Just remember that they only need a gap as wide as a dime.

      • Gail Combs says:

        Sometimes less than that if they are young. The ones we just caught are about 2 inches long minus the tail.

      • Olaf Koenders says:

        If it’s going to be a bad mouse year, remember that there are boom and bust cycles. There must have been enough food around to allow the population to expand again. Once they get overpopulated, things will go quiet again.

      • shazaam1 says:

        There is a copper mesh sold for rodent-proofing. Apparently they won’t chew it and it doesn’t rust away. You just pack it around all those pipes and little crevices you fine.

        They use the same stuff as “structured packing material” in stills, so there are lots of sources.

  20. u.k.(us) says:

    “pet” peeve..
    Why don’t they have an “off switch” for keyboards, so one can vacuum the dust off it without shutting down the computer ??
    Or do they ??

  21. Truthseeker says:

    Mice? You guys know nothing about mice …

    Here is the full length version, complete “you will be amazed” commentary …

  22. Baa Humbug says:

    So not a hacker and not a CAT BURGLAR aha ahahaha ahahahaha
    Sorry, made myself laugh

  23. Scarface says:

    Install Pawsense to make your computer catproof.

    “It quickly detects and blocks cat typing, and also helps train your cat to stay off the computer keyboard.” http://www.bitboost.com/pawsense/

  24. Scarface says:

    Oh wait, your dog is the felon. Well, maybe it works for dogs too!

  25. Marsh says:

    Your Cat was probably more accurate , than what the IPCC paws out these days.

  26. Harry says:

    I think it is time for the infamous body camera. That way the grand jury will have the evidence upon which to make a fair decision, before final condemnation and referral for pet trial! The next step is to protest, where Is guy falks when you need him? And don’t let the critter play with flammables either, or you better make sure your fire insurance is up to date, too. Not just a cat detector and turner offer, on a stinkin’ computer. See, this is how it always starts. Ho, Ho, Ho

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