See if you can bell the cat

When Linus Torvalds was writing the Linux kernel in 1991, he didn't have a pet penguin, he had a cat. This code is the beating-heart of clients & servers all over the world, and powers today's Android devices

When Tim Berners-Lee wrote the code for the very first server/web client software in 1989, he also had a cat watching over his shoulder. It was this software that gave birth to the World Wide Web in 1991 and changed the world.

Yes, cats were there from the beginning. Coincidence? Not really. Cats are the purrrrfect pet for a computer enthusiast. Cats are self-cleaning (sort of), in a pinch they can catch their own food, and they don't require constant affirmation of self.

At first, a few cats simply jumped into the empty warm spot when the prophead left their chair for more Doritos® or Mountain Dew®. But once they got a look at the monitor, well, curiousity took over. Almost immediately, they realized that they could change the way the new toy behaved by walking on the keyboard. And it wasn't long before those cats knew this 'internet' thing could help advance their goal of world catification.

So they spent hours and hours spent watching keyboards and laying beside monitors, until they understood what made the new toy tick.. Once they understood search strings, listserv, and Usenet, the internet became their litterbox. Kittens embraced the new toy, and things got even cuterThey shared this new knowlwdge with some kittens, and that's when things really took off. The kittens embraced the new toy, and things got even cuter. Understanding that fresh content is king, the cats began preparing to flood this new media their message.

In 1992, their research found that humans had such a short attention span, they rarely read more than a few sentences before moving on to something else. The Ceiling Cat was born.

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Google Maps

In October 2014, an anonymous cat drew a self-portrait in Google Maps using a 'trail' function that allows users to contribute hiking paths and trails to the maps.

Because it was drawn near Hobson Bay in Auckland, New Zealand, it stayed on the map for several days before it came to Google's attention. Cats all over the world purred contentedly.

Even Google was surprised by the cattiness of the security breach, and vowed it would not happen again.

"We where aware that cats were trying to take over YouTube, but we didn't realize it was extending to Google Maps. We are looking into this." - Anne Baxter, Head of Communications for Google in New Zealand

Are you constantly removing spyware, malware, and various other 'wares' from your computer? Do you live with a cat? If you answered yes to both questions, your cat may be distributing feline propaganda while you sleep (remember, cats are nocturnal). No one really knows what their cats do all night, and you may very well be living with a secret soldier of the Cat Meme Mafia. Yes, your cat may be a soft, purring, little subversive.

Check your browser history often, and change your passwords frequently. If you believe you have a problem, you can download PawSense®. This software will constantly monitor your computer for cat-like keystrokes, fighting against a totally catified internet.

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The Shark Cat

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