I was inspired by an item
Tumblr blog last night. It was a screenshot of a program
called PawSense, which
monitors a computer's keyboard for cat activity. (I don't know if it's
any good, but it's funny.) As anyone with cats knows, it's not unusual
to leave a computer only to come back later to see garbage typed in by
a wandering cat. I wrote a version for Emacs today.
git clone git://github.com/skeeto/cat-safe.git
Put it (
cat-safe.el) somewhere in
~/.emacs.d/) and put
this line in your
This only monitors Emacs itself; it should help protect your buffers
but not your web browser. When cat interference is detected Emacs
switches focus to a junk buffer and lets the cat make a mess there
instead. In case your
to type out some Shakespeare you will be able to read it in the
junk buffer. Just kill the junk buffer to return to work.
It could still use some improvement. Right now it looks for a single
key being help down, excepting keys humans tend to hold down like
backspace, delete, and space. If you play around with it you'll notice
if you press several keys at once Emacs will sometimes create a
pattern with them. I need to figure out a good way to detect this.
I'm going to run it at home for awhile to make sure it remains
transparent, but still does its job. It will probably incur a
performance penalty on frequently repeated keyboard macros.