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Text Catcher

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Ever click onto the wrong window, start typing without thinking, and realize you've typed a perfectly fine sentance into absolutley nothing?

Enter the Text Catcher.

By default, it records the last thirty characters you've input into your keyboard immediately after you have switched a window. If you miss the window, simply select it properly, hit ctrl+(input whatever convenient shortcut you like) and voila: your AIM conversation about pop culture and celebrities can go unimpeded.

notmarkflynn, Mar 18 2007

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       Baked? Keyloggers are numerous and widely accessible. They even come in hardware forms that you can plug into your keyboard line and which work even before you log onto your OS.
Smurfsahoy, Mar 19 2007
  

       Definitely sounds like a keylogger.
DrCurry, Mar 19 2007
  

       Sp.: Viola
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 19 2007
  

       Dang it, I typed my entire comment into Paintbrush instead of here. Well, I'm certainly not going to repeat all of that.
phundug, Mar 19 2007
  

       <nemesis>If this were real, it would only serve to allow me to further destroy notmarkflynn's sanity.</nemesis>
dbmag9, Mar 23 2007
  

       If there's no input 'focus' to catch your text, it should end up in a jumbled heap of characters at the bottom of the screen. Once you realise this is happening, you should be able to pick up the end of this string of characters with the cursor, and drag it to the window where it's supposed to be.
hippo, Nov 09 2010
  

       //Ever click onto the wrong window[...]?//   

       Only when using a second monitor and multiple desktops (e.g., an RDP session and a VM image as well as an app running on the native OS). In that sort of situation, it is easy for a given window to look as though it has the focus when, for practical purposes, it hasn't. The solution there, though, is probably something that follows which screen your eyes are focused on, and alerts you if you're typing into a window on the other screen.   

       Also, what [hippo] said.
pertinax, Nov 09 2010
  

       I clicked on completely the wrong window the other day and began typing weakly (it was Javascript) only to realise, several pages later, that it was the next door neighbour’s kitchen window.
Ian Tindale, Nov 09 2010
  

       //glad the neighbor didn't take exception//   

       Obviously wasn't trying.   

       You *could* hash all your passwords and provide the hashes to a Key Logger app that swallows anything matching any of your key hashes until confirmation. In plain english: a program that notices one of your passwords and warns you that you are typing it into thin air or malicious program/site.
bigsleep, Nov 09 2010
  

       What I'd like is a don't-EVER-take-my-focus-away setting on the window manager that, when set, will not release focus from the currently-receiving-focus window until the USER requests it. Other apps or windows that want focus (becuase you started them 10min ago and they've just finished sending your underwear size to bill gates) can flash away at the bottom of the screen until you explicitly GIVE them your attention.
jamobaker, Nov 11 2010
  
      
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