bagpiper
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Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:29 am

Ok, so I wish I had a real job for a day, working in an office, to pull this one off on some people. Maybe a library computer will suffice.

http://www.errmess.com/

You can control the other person's mouse, flip their screen, move the windows around, open/close the cd-rom tray, make custom error messages, reboot their PC, and generally make it look like the computer is possesed.

Only problem is that McAfee antivirus thinks its a virus...

Another similar program is http://officepoltergeist.com/
It's not as good, but is opensource, so if you are worried about it having a real virus or something, you can check it to make sure there is none.

How both of these works is you install a "server" on the other person's computer, open up a port on it, and add it to their startup program list. Make sure the virus detector knows its a legit program. Then, find their IP address (when you start the server on their computer, it will tell you), open up the "client" on your computer, connect to theirs, and have fun!

So far it only works over local networks...

Great fun!
 
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:38 am

Here's a good one. When a friend or co-worker is away from their desk, hit Ctrl+Alt and the down arrow. It flips the display upside down. Left and right turn it sideways respectively, and the up arrow sets the display the correct way up.

It's a tradition with my company. Any time I hire someone new, they get this played on them on the first day...see how long it takes someone to figure it out. There was one guy who I had on a 3 month contract who was an excellent programmer but lacked a bit of common sense. He ended up just turning his monitor upside down, which just made us all piss with laughter. Of course, someone corrected the display before he got in the following morning, so when he arrived, we all had a good laugh when he said "well, would you look at that...it corrected all by itself."
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bagpiper
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:18 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 1):

D'oh it won't work on my computer!

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AC773
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 10:31 am

If I have some time on my hands, I love this next one:

Hit the "print screen" button and set the resulting image as the wallpaper. Hide the taskbar and move all of the desktop icons into a folder within My Documents. Said folder can really be anywhere, just not on the desktop.

When the user returns to their machine, they click the start button or and icon and nothing happens. Frustrated that their computer isn't launching anything they request, they think that it's frozen. It's a fun prank, really simple, and you can get it back to the way it was very quickly. I did it one time to a classmate of mine and watched her restart her laptop several times before I finally told her what was up. Hilarious!
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:26 am

Quoting Bagpiper (Reply 2):
D'oh it won't work on my computer!

Maybe IFE didn't realize that trick only works with particular video drivers.


Quoting AC773 (Reply 3):
If I have some time on my hands, I love this next one:

Hit the "print screen" button and set the resulting image as the wallpaper. Hide the taskbar and move all of the desktop icons into a folder within My Documents. Said folder can really be anywhere, just not on the desktop.

When the user returns to their machine, they click the start button or and icon and nothing happens. Frustrated that their computer isn't launching anything they request, they think that it's frozen. It's a fun prank, really simple, and you can get it back to the way it was very quickly. I did it one time to a classmate of mine and watched her restart her laptop several times before I finally told her what was up. Hilarious!

Old trick, but it never gets old! I've been doing that one since Windows 3.1.

We used to mess around with the DOS prompt back in the old days and change the palette of the characters to black on black. You could have lots of other fun with DOS, too.
 
bagpiper
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 11:51 am

Quoting Queso (Reply 4):

Maybe IFE didn't realize that trick only works with particular video drivers.

Yeah I've modded my drivers to hell... probably why that doesn't work anymore.

AC773:

Yeah I love that trick. Poor sister gets it all the time  Silly
 
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:05 pm

The best trick is to rearrange someone's keyobard, particularly if they still look at the keyboard to find the keys. But, it has to be very subtle - like switching a couple of letters (G and H are good, as are N and M), or swapping the "789" row with the "123" row on the number keypad.

[Edited 2006-11-18 04:09:38]
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:23 pm

I like this one. It makes a computer keyboard sound like an old typewriter.

Website: http://www.colorpilot.com/soundpilot.html

Download: http://www.colorpilot.com/load/sound.exe

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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 12:23 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 3):
Hit the "print screen" button and set the resulting image as the wallpaper. Hide the taskbar and move all of the desktop icons into a folder within My Documents. Said folder can really be anywhere, just not on the desktop.

For maximum value on a company computer, however, stick a couple of random jpegs on their desktop first, renaming as least one to something like "nude_sexy_teen" and the other to "joe_is_an_a$$hole," using the victim's boss's (or your I.T. guy's) name in place of Joe. The results are priceless.
 
IFEMaster
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 1:23 pm

Quoting Queso (Reply 4):
Maybe IFE didn't realize that trick only works with particular video drivers.

You're right, I forgot that. Most drivers support this function, but there are some out there that don't. I've yet to come across one that won't let me pull this prank  Smile
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bagpiper
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 2:02 pm

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 9):

Well, if you are really waiting for the chance of a life time, buy a ticket to ATL and come try my computer...

 Silly
 
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:49 pm

Quoting Bagpiper (Thread starter):
You can control the other person's mouse, flip their screen, move the windows around, open/close the cd-rom tray, make custom error messages, reboot their PC, and generally make it look like the computer is possesed.

A fellow classmate did this in the school library in upper secondary a couple of years ago. Obviously the victims had no clue. Quite fun to observe as the CD-rom opened and closed, and the sirens came on. "Teacher, it's doing it again, look!" Then he'd create fake error messages such as "ERROR: You are too stupid to operate this program" etc.

The best prank he did however, was when he set one of the computers default websites to a gay porn site. Whenever someone clicked the internet icon on the computer (still in the library) the website would open, and hundreds of gay porn images would pop up, while a voice recording shouted "Hey everyone, I'm looking at gay porn!"
Some poor girl sat down by the PC, logged on the internet, and nearly fell off the chair, as my classmate had set the volume to full, so the voice shouted across the entire library, while images we're popping up all over the screen.
In a desperate attempt to stop it, she turned off the monitor. Not that it stopped the shouting, which continued for over a minute...

Fun. Traumatizing... but fun.  Smile

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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:17 pm

A colleague I used to work with was a huge celtic fan, and used to spend all day surfing various celtic forums, so one day I edited his hosts file, and bound the domain name of his favourite sites to the rangers website instead.

Result: every time he tried to visit the celtic site, he ended up on the rangers site. He was not impressed.... lol
 
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:38 pm

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 12):
A colleague I used to work with was a huge celtic fan, and used to spend all day surfing various celtic forums, so one day I edited his hosts file, and bound the domain name of his favourite sites to the rangers website instead.

Result: every time he tried to visit the celtic site, he ended up on the rangers site. He was not impressed.... lol

Ah, the oldest and simplest ones are always the best!  Silly
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RE: Computer Prank Time :-D

Sun Nov 19, 2006 3:45 am

There's a Microsoft screensaver that emulates the good old blue screen of death. It even fakes a reboot, with the correct boot screen for your current OS being displayed.

Installed it on a co-worker's computer. When he was working on a rather big document (I knew he was never saving during his work), I approached him to discuss his work for a certain time, making sure he would not touch his mouse all the time. When the screensaver started, that really made his day... Big grin
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