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thanks for posting this.
I had a friend tell me two sprinkle some Tabasco sauce on the counter and after walking threw it once are twice they quit getting on the counter.
LOL! Really nice work!!! Well done!
or you could, ya know, just not get cats. Dogs are a lot easier to train.
Hi Plasma,
I posted on your forum before you closed it down, but it looks like it got lost in the spam.
I was wondering if you would be willing to provide any advice/tips/help to get me started on making this myself? I have the X10 hardware and heyu, but I can't get heyu to work on fedora. Any tips?
Understand that the forums are now closed. We've just bought our X10 supplies, picking them up tonight, and we're grabbing our blender and strobe light in the next few days. Would you be able to share more detailed instructions, such as the Perl script that you used to record the video? We promise not to distribute - this is for personal use only, and your help getting us set up would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
@Theterminator93: Unfortunately, I havent tried getting heyu working on Fedora, so I'm not really sure what kind of problems would arise, nor how to fix them. A quick google search for "heyu fedora" shows that lots of other people are having problems as well. I'd check out the solutions they found for the various problems. Sorry I couldn't help more
@Leah: The actual video recording and motion detection is built into "motion", which is what I used. Install that and read through the configuration file of it and you'll see what to set up There's also a place in there to run a certain command when it detected motion, which I told it to run "perl", and in that file was this:

print "Sleeping for a few seconds...
sleep (5);
print "Sending ON command to blender
`br --port=/dev/ttyS0 J8 on`;
print "Sleeping...
sleep (2);
print "Sending OFF command 4 times
print "1...
`br --port=/dev/ttyS0 J8 off`;
sleep (1);
print "2...
`br --port=/dev/ttyS0 J8 off`;
sleep (1);
print "3...
`br --port=/dev/ttyS0 J8 off`;
sleep (1);
print "4...
`br --port=/dev/ttyS0 J8 off`;
Thanks Plasma! We got it working last night.

A few notes for others who are interested in setting this up:

- We found the X10 to be rather unreliable, so we sent 5 on commands and 10 off commands... anything less and it didn't work 100% reliably.
- If your kitchen gets a burst of bright sunlight in the morning, you will have to tweak the settings or this will actually trigger the blender.
- It's easy to arm/disarm the system by using "pause" and "unpause". I set a web shortcut to the motion detection on my cell phone.
Thanks for the input Plasma, I'm not very Linux-literate so I did some hunting and found a way to get it to work on Windows. I used iSpy in tandem with a little CM17A controller program I found online. It's a bit slower to respond than I had hoped, but it works!
A bit harsh if you ask me. Intense fright and terror is too much and very stressful.While removing yourself from the experience is key, this is sadistic. Double sided tape or citrus cent should suffice. Would you like it if someone put a rattle snake or loaded gun in your face every time you made a bad decision?
How do you get your system to discriminate between your cats and you in the kitchen?
@plam4o: I never got that far... The way we handled it was to just turn the system on (arm it) when we would leave. This worked, since the cats only jumped on the counters when we were gone.

Im still looking for an elegant way to detect the different animals, though
Are the dates correct on these July and October? I want my cats to stop jumping on m counters, but 3 months of scaring the daylights out of them? I would hope that it would stop within 3 months.
Loud noises scared my dog, so I used to put mouse traps on top of the ledge where our mini garden was. I would sit on the ledge and wait till he got up to the ledge, then throw a rock at the mouse trap to snap it (he never got snapped don't worry) and it scared him enough to never touch our veggies again! :-)
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That is so cruel! If people like cats they won't harm them like that.
How in the world is this cruel? animals need boundaries just like people do... you know laws? in the wild they would have worked out their own boundaries and fought tooth and claw to keep them. some of you commenters lack common sense to a massive degree.
This is a good idea. A cheaper solution would be to buy a motion sensor outlet ($12 on amazon) and a timer outlet ($7 on amazon), plug the blender into the motion sensor outlet, plug the motion sensor outlet into the timer outlet, and plug the timer outlet into the wall. Then set the timer outlet to turn on during the hours that you are out of the house normally. Also to the people saying "OMG this is cruel!" Really? I mean really? On no you scared the cat into not going somewhere. That's NOTHING like what animals face in the wild. Oh wait, that's exactly what happens in the wild and is therefor a logical approach to training them.
Is shouting at cats too harsh? This depends on what is considered too harsh punishment for animals/pets. In order to find out whether something is too harsh punishment or deterrent, we must ask ourselves is a few questions. The first question we must ask ourselves is, "are there harmful chemicals near the item?" Antifreeze, for example, is one chemical which can kill your cat. I would not hesitate using this alarm system to scare my cats from the antifreeze. If using an alarm system contains "Intense fright and terror," it is not unethical to use introduce this alarm system to a very harmful or lethal object/chemical. Antifreeze, for example, has no odor, is tastes good to animals. This chemical, without human intervention, gives no signals to animals that it is a dangerous chemical, and by adding this alarm system to your hazardous chemicals, you could SAVE your cats lives. Lets face it, pets cannot read warning labels. Other places I would consider adding this system would be an area surrounding where you park an automobile. If you are a farmer, for example, keeping cats out of a tractor could save their life as well.

More questions to ask yourself are "how necessary is the system," and "is there a better alternative?" If the cat is able to get into food after getting on the counter top, even if you are not in the room, then it will be allowed to use such measures to deter the pet from getting food, for example, chocolate. If the cat would be able to get chocolate, and you have no either way to prevent the cat from getting the chocolate, then you ought to prevent them from getting the chocolate, as chocolate is a dangerous substance to cats. If the cat were to eat something special, break something special, or destroy expensive or important things, such as curtains or plants, then you may consider using the alarm system, if there is not a way to insure that this would not happen when you are out of the room as well as in the room.
Oh my god I am about to die laughing.

I have several cats, all of whom I adore, and all of whom are spoiled rotten. Which means they get on EVERY DAMNED THING, including the counters and my stove. Which, if they're feeling particularly snotty, they will pee on. Burnt cat pee is gross. (And before anyone says anything, yes the boxes are clean, in fact, I had JUST within the past ten minutes cleaned them and put fresh litter in them and NO, none of them have any type of infection. They're being Nugget Holes). Water doesn't work, largely because they are smart enough to not get on there when we can see them. Double-sided tape doesn't work. Citrus scent doesn't work (I wash the counters with hot water, then water & bleach, then a peroxide/vinegar/orange oil mix). Isolating the likely offenders (again, since I'm not *observing* them do this, it's a crap shoot as to who is the likely culprit) into a retraining kennel doesn't work.

They KNOW they're not supposed to get up there, obviously, since they won't do it when I can see them.

I am so going to have to do this.
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