This is not the post I was going to write today—never mind the post I was going to write a couple of weeks ago, that got delayed due to the way client work almost inevitably takes precedence over everything else.
But the cat discovered something I didn’t know Windows could do. The cat is not my cat, though I am one of her human minions, and she considers my laptops (both the one I use and the one my housemate uses) nice, cozy resting places.
If I’m inattentive enough to leave the machine open when I go out of the room, this is what I come back to find: one cat on the keyboard (frequently leaving particles of kitty litter underneath the keys, thank you very much) and several programs running that I didn’t have open when I left. If you look closely at the image, you’ll see the calculator accessory and Windows Media Player, neither of which I ever use.
Turning off the “Num Lock” key and even powering the machine down entirely are old tricks. Today there was a new one: setting the transparency of my Outlook window to 60%.
I didn’t even know that windows in Windows had transparency settings. I mean, what would you want them for? If you want to see something else, minimize the window, move it, resize it, or Alt-Tab.
Fortunately, I know how to right-click in the Task Bar, so I sorted the problem out after only a little head-scratching.
And my ingenious housemate discovered that if I only close the laptop part of the way, it won’t go into hibernation. (Okay, I knew that, but never thought to apply it to times when I leave the room for too brief a period to want to shut the machine down completely.)
Keep the cat out of the room? You have to be joking.