Cats, computers and calamity

January 7th, 2013

Cats can be so darn cute, and popular. Don’t take my word for it, there are thousands and thousands of cat videos on YouTube with millions and millions of views. I would guess if you added up all the “cat views” they’d easily surpass Bieber and PSY. Please don’t spend your time figuring out if this is true, it’s not worth it, really. Let’s just agree there are cats watching themselves on TV, cats sleeping in bags, cats playing in bags, cats playing with cats sleeping in bags, lots of cats doing cat things. Cats, cats, cats.

But if you have a cat and a computer, cats can quickly become a calamity…

    “My cat once walked over my keyboard when I was using Windows Vista and deleted library/registry files so Windows gave me a blue screen of death and then wouldn’t reboot/restart until I wiped my computer and re-installed Windows Vista.”

Could you type in the correct commands to delete your library/registry files — without looking at the keyboard?

Not convinced that cats and computers don’t mix? Read on.

    “Around a year ago, I had what could have been a real tragedy. I carelessly left a glass of water next to my 15-inch MacBook Pro which was then knocked directly onto the notebook’s keyboard by my cat.

    This computer had years and years worth of files saved, irreplaceable documents. Fortunately, thanks to renter’s insurance and you, Backblaze, I was able to get a new computer and replace every single file from the destroyed hard drive.

    Hardware is replaceable, but pictures, documents, and other files are not. Thanks for having my back for the important stuff.”   ‐Dann, Backblaze Customer

Lesson learned; if you have a cat and a computer you need Backblaze online backup. Just don’t let your cat know your Backblaze account and password, as we’ve seen, cats can type.

Disclaimer: I have 2 cats, 2 computers and Backblaze.

Author’s Note: I purposely did not link to any cat videos in this story to save you from watching countless hours of cat videos. You’re welcome.

Andy Klein

Andy Klein

Andy has 20+ years experience in technology marketing. He has shared his expertise in computer security and data backup at the Federal Trade Commission, Rootstech, RSA and over 100 other events. His current passion is to get everyone to back up their data before it's too late.