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(TechTV)   Tech TV's Unscrewed presents Best. Computer. Pranks. Ever   ( divider line
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2004-03-09 01:05:03 PM  
How can you leave off the "Tape over the mouse ball" gag. I have done that dozens of times and it never gets old.

Dang...I need some new stuff
2004-03-09 01:34:03 PM  
Oldie but goodie:
Take a snapshot of the entire desktop.
Remove all desktop items.
Use snapshot as the wallpaper.
2004-03-09 01:43:44 PM  
Change the mouse button properties to left-handed (only funny if they are right-handed.)
2004-03-09 01:49:48 PM  
Switch the keys around on the keyboard of someone's computer. However, it doesn't work if your cow-orker types without looking at their keys.

I switched the homerow keys with the QWERTY keys on a keyboard I was using just for kicks once and when my cow-orker had to use my PC he was stumped before he took the keys out and swapped them back so he could "work".

Another fun one is to pop out the CD drive tray and put a 50ml cup in the hole - it's the old cup holder/cd-tray. :)
2004-03-09 01:57:05 PM  
Another fun one is to put a small piece of cardboard between the radiation element and the fan on the CPU cooler. The cracking noise will drive anyone nuts (if they don't power down for fear that the PC will a-splode) after a few minutes.

BTW, Funsucker's idea is great, I had a Linux machine with a Windows background and a Windows machine with a Gnome background for a while, it confuse the hell out of people.

"That server, with the Windows desktop, is our Linux mail server and that one, with the Gnome desktop, is our Windows domain server."
2004-03-09 02:09:10 PM  
I like to unplug people's CPU fans. It's teh l0lz0rZ.

An amendment to Funsucker's idea: Before taking the screen shot, cover the desktop in shortcuts and leave the original icons in when you set it as wallpaper. Easy to fix, but confusing as hell when you see it.
2004-03-09 02:23:57 PM  
Switch co-worker's keyboard mapping to Dvorak.

Log them off the machine.

Watch how long it takes them to get logged back in.
2004-03-09 02:37:08 PM  
Put a folder on someones win98 desktop by using a dos window. Name the folder some thing like you_suck. Except when you make the underscore use the (alt 255) ascii command. When they try to delete the folder from the desktop they will keep getting an error. The only way to get rid of it is by removing it at a dos command line.

Stupid but funny
2004-03-09 02:43:11 PM  
Great ideas folks. Time to take notes. These'll be great when I move back into the dorm in a few weeks. Computer pranks are how geeks pass time :).


Mouse ball? What the hell's a mouse ball?

2004-03-09 02:47:44 PM  
Sneak up behind your coworker and hit them in the head with a big rock.

Gets them every time.
2004-03-09 03:45:11 PM  
Hey everybody. I'm going to be on tonight's episode promoting my website,

lemme know what you think after this airs.
2004-03-09 03:49:43 PM  

Oldie but goodie: Take a snapshot of the entire desktop. Remove all desktop items. Use snapshot as the wallpaper.

I've done that. It's a thing of beauty. Still my favorite prank.
2004-03-09 05:18:16 PM  
someone mentioned this before but I still thinks it's funny... changing the spell check in Office products to type 'teh' and ect.

immature but funny
2004-03-09 05:40:45 PM  
Me and my friends did the tape over the optical mouse gag on our cisco teacher. He wasn't so amused 'cause he had other things goin on. I do like the continual shutdown though!
2004-03-09 05:43:41 PM  
The best thing is one of those shocking lighters/pens/computer mice. Man I love my lighter.
2004-03-09 05:43:49 PM  

I suppose I'll just have to return the toaster I bought.
2004-03-09 05:44:12 PM  
At my last job, we wrote a program that ran in the background. After 1pm every day, it would randomly move the mouse cursor to a new location every 5 minutes. We put the program on our network admin's computer, and then totally forgot about it. A few months later, the admin was cursing his computer and we asked what was wrong. He had reinstalled his mouse driver several times, switched mice several times, and was in the process of reinstalling Windows because the mouse was still acting screwy. He wasn't too amused when we told him what we did.

Another time, we wrote a program that on every 100th log in, it would pop up a critical system error saying that the network card was dangerously low on coolant, and to see the network administrator for a refill cartridge. Once again, the network admin wasn't too amused. He was a lot of fun to screw around with though.
2004-03-09 05:44:25 PM  
I pranked him to death, with a tire iron!
2004-03-09 05:44:27 PM  
another_white_boy: Taht is teh most annoying thing evar.
2004-03-09 05:44:35 PM  
The pranks mentioned on this thread are of higher quality than the sorry old pranks mentioned on Tech TV.
One of my favorites was to take control of someone's system with remote admin program, and then hit the delete key at random intervals as they're typing.
Lots of laughs (except when this was done to me).
2004-03-09 05:44:58 PM  
I was working on a radar system with a bunch of engineers. These were rocket scientist types - we were developing real time embedded stuff for the army.

A guy walked out of the room and had left himself logged into a unix box. Real quick I changed his shell prompt to "Who are you?" and logged him out. 15 minutes later he came back, logged in and just stood there for a minute looking at the monitor and then typed in: Jeff

That's when the rest of us completely lost it. Whenever I'm down I just picture "bash: jeff: command not found" in my mind.
2004-03-09 05:45:20 PM  
I worked at the school helpdesk and I'd do the wall paper trick all the time. People would to restart their computer about 3 times before they realized.

I also found ways using policies to make things disappear like the run button or the start menu or make it so that you couldn't do network properties. Those were fun cause everyone had to use those everyday explaining to some dumb farker how to find out if they have an internet connection
2004-03-09 05:45:21 PM  
Get hypnotized, go fishing, gut the fish at your desk, and finally, throw the fish guts on a pile of TPS reports.

2004-03-09 05:47:15 PM  
In the NT4 systems, there was a registry setting that determined how many mouse buttons existed, try setting that value to "0" and reboot.

That one is always fun.
2004-03-09 05:48:29 PM  
The best prank ever was giving this guy a television show and telling him people will watch it.
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2004-03-09 05:48:42 PM  
Switch the M and the N key, VERY sutle prank.
2004-03-09 05:49:08 PM  
By the way the shockers are not for people over 50 or with heart problems. And never give one to someone who can kick your arse. Trust me I have...
2004-03-09 05:50:55 PM  
Bleh, that link was browser hijack hell.
2004-03-09 05:51:29 PM  
this one rulez if you are the one who has to fix thier pc after the prank, just change the path in every shortcut to a shared drive pic (i always wanted to scan my rectum for this, but never wanted it bad enough to get fired, special olympic pics work well). super quick to do (cut and paste) and super quick to fix (back it up right before). it's amazing how many people couldn't fix a simple thing like that if thier lives depended on it.
2004-03-09 05:51:57 PM  
On of my favorite was to remotely install a "blue screen" screensaver on an associate's NT desktop.
2004-03-09 05:52:01 PM  
Go and reasign words like "the" to "f*ck" (or whatever you like) in the autocorrect feature in MS Word. VERY evil prank, can be very anoying.
2004-03-09 05:52:24 PM  
Another one we did to the network admin was we unplugged his speakers, and then connected a second set that was hidden behind some boxes under his desk. Then we disabled the system volume control, and set his system start up sound to some of the lines from Dumb and Dumber, and turned the speakers way up. In the morning, most of the floor heard "Hey, want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? ENGGGGGGHHHHHHGGHGHGHHGHGHH!" followed by the network admin cussing.
2004-03-09 05:53:01 PM  
One of my favorites is to move the task bar to the top of the screen, minimize it, and then expand the monitor's viewable area ever so slightly....
2004-03-09 05:53:22 PM  
Have a website, then put a high contrast spiral as the background. That'll get 'em!

/can't read article due to vertigo
2004-03-09 05:54:22 PM  
2004-03-09 05:48:42 PM Crosshair

Switch the M and the N key, VERY sutle prank.


/spelling nazi
2004-03-09 05:54:32 PM  
Could someone post the text? Stupid web sense has categorized the site as adult content, and won't let me look at it.
2004-03-09 05:54:53 PM  
Anyone out there know how to do the shutdown trick on an NT machine?

I would love to do that to my boss ; )
2004-03-09 05:55:00 PM  
That's amazing. There were like 0.7 pranks on that page, all of them gems.
2004-03-09 05:55:01 PM  
Stoolpigeon, that is hilarious.

At work one day, a while back, I tried signing on and got the following error message in Windows:

"User could not be authenticated on the network"
and it gave me a "Yes/No" prompt.

I think it was just related to some network congestion, because I was able to sign on ok 2 minutes later, but the yes/no prompt REALLY stumped me.

I took a screenshot of it, and made it my wallpaper.
2004-03-09 05:55:40 PM  


(in Cartman voice)"Awesome"
2004-03-09 05:56:08 PM  
use the autocorrect feature in word to replace the targets name with the word "dumbass". Friend of mine submitted his commission report to the CEO signed "Captain Dumbass".

/good times.
2004-03-09 05:56:49 PM  
I love the time stamp on this one:

Posted March 9, 2004
Modified March 5, 2004
2004-03-09 05:56:53 PM  
Wait, Hollybell? Are you saying you didn't get engaged?
The whole thing was a Fark prank?
2004-03-09 05:56:58 PM  
Share out the Desktop directory and occasionally drop random files to it, then watch the sucker get more and more confused about how those damn files are getting there.
(Files with pornographic icons are great for this cause they stand out.)
2004-03-09 05:57:00 PM  
Replace you coworker's monitor with his pet's head. ACT LIKE NOTHING IS WRONG!
2004-03-09 06:01:23 PM  
Be careful guys. Given the hysteria over computer "hackers" these days, some of these pranks might actually get you more than fired. You could be cooling your heels in jail.

Absurd, but not impossible.
2004-03-09 06:01:53 PM  
I set my neighbor's computer to start Solitaire every 20 minutes. She didn't think it was funny when she had to close 3 games to show something to her boss.
2004-03-09 06:02:32 PM  
Geek prankery is hard to come by when it's an office full of nothing but security paranoid linux zealots, at least all the ones about silly windows tricks...

Eh, who am I to talk, I leave my one win box running all the time. Hey, not just me should enjoy playing quake2 online all day...
2004-03-09 06:02:57 PM  
Change the "temporary internet files" folder settings to the desktop. Hundreds of icons on the desktop in minutes. Classic.
2004-03-09 06:03:20 PM  
Pure evil prank:

If you know a little about MS Office, you can create your own macros in the system to speed along with complex tasks. I created one that would save the document, select everything on the screen, delete everything, and type some big flashing blue obscene text.

Take the macro, assign it to a taskbar button and assign it the "Save" icon. Delete the original Save icon from the toolbar and replace with the new "Save" button.

When they hit "Save", it appears as if the document has been deleted and replaced by whatever text you programmed in. And the best part is that you can't use Undo to go back a step! Very, very fun stuff.
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