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(This is a text file that was floating around the BBS world when I was active there, and attribution seems to have been lost. Please let me know if you have information which will allow me to correct that!)

CAT User's Manual CAT v.6.lb: Completely Autonomous Tester, Manufactured by MOMCAT

User Installation and Maintenance Documentation:


  • User Friendly
  • Low Power CPU
  • Self Portable Operation
  • Dual Video and Audio Input
  • Audio Output Auto Search Capability for Input Data
  • Auto Search for Output Bin
  • Auto Learn Program in ROM
  • Instant Transition (Energy Saving Standby Mode When Not In Use)
  • Wide Operating Temperature Range
  • Mouse Driven
  • Self Cleaning

Production Details: After basic KIT construction, the unit undergoes six weeks of onsite ROM programming and burn-in testing. Listed features are installed during this period. Since MOMCAT uses local suppliers, there may be a variation between individual units. Some of the units may not meet general standards. MOMCAT's quality assurance may reject inferior units. Users may sometimes salvage rejected units. Beware of Far East clones. These may violate import restrictions.

Transportation: A suitable transportation case shoul be used for transportation to the operating site. Failure to properly ship a CAT unit may result in loss or damage to the unit and serious injury to the user.

Installation Procedures: Upon receiving the CAT unit, the user should examine the unit to verify that all I/O channels are free of debris and operational. The user should look for minor bugs in or on the system. Bugs are indicative of the MOMCAT production environment. The user may manually remove any bugs.

Bring the CAT to operation in an environment temperature of 2OdegC (+1- 3deg tolerance). Use a quiet room with the primary user(s)present. Open the transportation case and let the CAT unit autoexit. Initialize the self learning program by displaying the output bin.

The next step consists in displaying the input bins. These should contain H20 (liquid state, room temperature, 99% purity) and dry energy pellets. Immediately afterwards, you must display the output bin.

If the user already has a CAT unit successfully installed, it may be possible to download the BASIC routines to the new CAT. For the first day or two, the CAT will stay in eel learning mode.

When the learn buffer overflows, the CAT will autoswitch to sleep mode. This is normal. The MMLI system will store the new information to permanent memory.After 72 hours, the CAT viii be interacting with the operating environment. The unit my often be placed in direct sunlight.

If all basic environment requirements are satisfied,the CAT system will produce a slight hum. This is normal. A new CAT should not exit the primary site facility. Full portability comes after extensive burn in. Some users never let the CAT unit autoexit the site.The advantages are longer unit life and fewer bugs. Contact with pirate CAT units may lead to unplanned BATCH iteration.