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A cat the decided it was time to shut down the computer. It was time to play with her cat toys!

Sunday, October 25, 2009
posted by Jim Murphy

cat-and-computerThis little story amuses me, although I was not amused at the time that it happened. Actually, it happened about 3 times. I run two internet radio stations from a small studio in my apartment. In order for the stations to stay on the air, the computer must not be shut down. I have two cats who think that I spend too much time on the computer and not enough time playing with them. One day, I noticed that one of my radio stations was off the air!  Of course I began troubleshooting connections, wires, power etc. I then noticed that my laptop that was running the stations automation was shut down. Not only was it shut down, but the top was down. I quickly powered it back up and got the station back on the air. A few days later, the same thing happened. By now, I have my suspicions as to who the culprit was. The next time it happened, I saw my cat Millie’s cat toys taken out of her box and placed strategically under my computer chair. Again I powered up the computer and got the radio station back on the air. Then I caught her in the act! Several weeks later, as I was pre-occupied with some other work, I noticed her on the computer keyboard. She stomped on the keyboard and the computer began shutting down. She saw me and with a guilty face ran away. So if you are spending too much time on your computer, make sure that you allow enough time to entertain your pet or who knows what she will do to your precious spreadsheet, e mail, essay etc.

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