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Old 02-02-08, 01:46 PM
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Anyone have any computer pranks?

A couple of years ago I played a trick on my friend. I did ctrl print screen on his desktop, hid all his icons, and pasted the pic of his desktop as his desktop. He kept trying to click the pic of the icons.

Got any others?
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Messing with Windows Sounds is fun.

Flipping on high contrast mode is cool too.
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I've always thought it would be funny to take a screen shot of someone's desktop and then make that their wallpaper while hiding all icons. In my mind, they'd be clicking the icons on the wallpaper and wondering why their PC wasn't responding.

That might not actually take off in reality like it works in my mind, though...
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reverse the mouse to left handed... or if the case requires, right handed...

that's an easy one that novices won't easily detect...
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Originally Posted by Dr Mabuse
reverse the mouse to left handed... or if the case requires, right handed...

that's an easy one that novices won't easily detect...
Or if you want to be really mean, switch the keyboard to Dvorak.
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One we did at work which was great while it lasted was putting tape on the underside of the (ball) mouse. Obviously wouldn't work with an optical mouse, and probably won't fool anyone who's semi-expert at all, but this person wasn't. We did stop her before she called tech support though.
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Originally Posted by reubs82
I've always thought it would be funny to take a screen shot of someone's desktop and then make that their wallpaper while hiding all icons. In my mind, they'd be clicking the icons on the wallpaper and wondering why their PC wasn't responding.

That might not actually take off in reality like it works in my mind, though...
Did you even read what the OP wrote?
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Originally Posted by Palaver
Did you even read what the OP wrote?
Wow, that's pretty embarrassing. I sure didn't.

Thanks for pointing that out!
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Originally Posted by dtcarson
One we did at work which was great while it lasted was putting tape on the underside of the (ball) mouse. Obviously wouldn't work with an optical mouse, and probably won't fool anyone who's semi-expert at all, but this person wasn't. We did stop her before she called tech support though.
I think it would work well enough.
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Replace their desktop background with a hardcore gay porn pic.

This may not seem like a good prank but I did this to a very religious/conservative friend back in college. It was Win 3.1, so you had to edit a config text file to change the background. Four months later, at the end of the semester, he comes to me and says he needs me to help him get it off his computer because his parents were going to be picking him up the next day.

The next year I was declining his invite to tag along to the local gay clubs.

It's possible the months of exposure to my prank turned him gay, but then it could also be because he was obviously in denial and me and my friends would occasionally pull this crap because it would cause him to have a hissy fit.
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There used to a site that would cause IE to hard lock to the point of having to reboot your computer, good times. Dont think those work anymore though.
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Pop off a few keys from the keyboard and swap them around. See how long it takes them to notice.
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A friend of mine pulled a good one on me and some others years ago. Not sure it would work with current versions of AIM though.

He copied and pasted both screen names in the conversation, changed the colors to the other persons sending color, and typed all this crap like the other person was saying it, then respond.

So he was talking to the girl he was dating at the time, changed the color and typed her saying she was cheating on him, and replays WTF, and she freaked out cause she wasn't typing it. good stuff.

His college hall mates would change each others wallpaper all the time. leave your desktop unattended and you come back to some shit eating porn, lol.
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Originally Posted by Palaver
Did you even read what the OP wrote?
Old 02-04-08, 08:44 AM
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The best one I ever used was in the old Windows 95 days. I found this program that said something like Errors Detected with hard drive during boot and it would load a DOS based low level format screen and it would ask if you wanted to format the hard drive to correct the errors with huge warnings of data loss, then it would hit the ok automatically for you in about 10 seconds and start formating the drive (well, not really format it, but just appear to) and hitting any keys or cntrl-alt-del would bring up other messages telling you not to hit keys or reboot or your drive would be damaged.

Caught several people with that one.
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I once had someone put a USB wireless receiver on my computer and kept moving my mouse while I tried to work. Was driving me crazy all day until I figured it out
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Everyone loves the Blue Screen Of Death

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Wow this could be fun. I have done a bunch...work and home.

1. Was setting up a Vista machine and had error message I needed for work in the pictures folder for the screensaver. The screensaver rotated the images and variosu co-workers kept clicking on them. The best was, "Kevin, I swear I was working on X and I don't remember installing this, but this message came up". Classic

2. Changed all the error messages on my boss' machine. So he would make a mistake and it would shoot something up like, "What are you stupid?" Or "We know what you did and we are on the way".

3. Found out that Windows allows you to change the screen (IE rotating it 90 degrees) with a few simple keys. I went to every machine in my aisle and changed it. People were freaking out.

4. Was cleaning my dad's PC and found the porn, by accident. Set the folder up so when he opened it there was a picture of my face waving my finger at him. He was not happy.

5. Gave a seminar on security in the office and to prove to people it was important, I installed a remote viewer and would write random message to them while they were working, closed windows, opened up random webpages, etc.

6. Took a co-workers keyboard and rearranged every key on it. He had no idea what was happening.

7. Did the same thing to another co-worker, only this time I set the language option to Spanish on top of it.

8. Glued a CD-Rom drive shut on a co-worker

9. Put in a floppy drive upside down on a co-worker

10. Installed DOS on a co-workers machine, and had a script telling them what to type. Also included a message that said, call this # and ask for Steve.

11. Setup a video to play at certain intervals on co-workers PC's (the screaming ghost).

My all time personal favorite:

12. Took my boss' PC, took all the parts out and left him with a different case (so for instance, he had a newer Dell that was small in size and I left him with an IBM box from 1991) and told him that the instructions were on a 5.25 disk I hid in his office.
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Originally Posted by macnorton
Wow this could be fun. I have done a bunch...work and home.

7. Did the same thing to another co-worker, only this time I set the language option to Spanish on top of it.

I have a friend who absolutely hates spanish and anyone speaking it (he's elderly and its a mexican immigration thing). I sent him a Feliz Navidad Christmas ecard and thought he'd throw his computer out a window!

Is there a spanish language option I can change on his (XP) system?
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Switch their mouse to left handed.
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Originally Posted by kayak99
I have a friend who absolutely hates spanish and anyone speaking it (he's elderly and its a mexican immigration thing). I sent him a Feliz Navidad Christmas ecard and thought he'd throw his computer out a window!

Is there a spanish language option I can change on his (XP) system?
Yes there are two ways:

1. Installed Windows XP in Spanish (requires an MSDN license)

2. Go into the regional settings and change everything to Spanish (I think it is English(Spanish)
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Originally Posted by macnorton
Yes there are two ways:

1. Installed Windows XP in Spanish (requires an MSDN license)

2. Go into the regional settings and change everything to Spanish (I think it is English(Spanish)

Don't want to reinstall XP.

Went in to change mine (advance practice) but didn't notice any effect.
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Originally Posted by kayak99
Don't want to reinstall XP.

Went in to change mine (advance practice) but didn't notice any effect.
There are three spots to do this...two on the Regional Options page and one on the Advanced page.

However I have seen with Windows XP this doesn't always take. Not sure what the cause of that is either. On my Mac it changes instantly.

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