They may not be able to sniff out a malformed packet, alert you to performance degradation, or chase pests off the network, but these faithful (or heat-seeking) companions do make computer rooms a better place to be.

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PC pets

Even if your own workspace isn’t Bowser-friendly, and CAT 5 cable is as feline as it gets, these photos will give you a glimpse at how LAN’s best friend–and the rest of the animal kingdom–have adapted to the world of computers.

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