Computer pranks...

in General Discussion edited January 2014
I was on and they had a thread going on related to computer pranks...and man, were they funny (and dangerous)...

Noticebly, the most easiest platform to do these pranks is Windows. Some I am definately going to pull on some Windows user-friends of mine...maybe then they'll switch...

There was one Mac prank on the thread:

"We have a mac and a couple of PCs. Sometimes my fiancee is on the Mac in the bedroom and I'm on the PC out in the office. One time I SSHd into the Mac and started running AppleScript commands via the BSD shell. I would randomly start and stop iTunes, turn the volume up and down.

Then I made it "speak" to her using apple's text to speech system. Scared the crap out of her. She still loves me thought ;-)"

What about some more Mac pranks...harmless Mac pranks, of course...


  • Reply 1 of 15
    curiousuburbcuriousuburb Posts: 3,325member
    take a screenshot of their normal desktop

    open the screenshot as a fullscreen picture or set as screensaver

    they'll be madly clicking the HD icon and wondering why it's busted, or why apps won't focus

    an oldie but a simple prank
  • Reply 2 of 15
    ebbyebby Posts: 3,110member
    My brother gave his AOL password to someone and they took control of his account a while ago. We convinced him it was a virus. After he called AOL, and got it fixed, I installed VNC and controlled his mouse and keybaord from my wireless laptop in my room. For 2 days he didn't say anything because he didn't want us to think he let a virus on the computer.

    Also, I used the screenshot-as-a-desktop thing only I flipped it 180 degrees.

    This year, I will use the comand-option-control-8 on my brother's G5.

    (Any way to make that a applescript that I can add to the startup items?)
  • Reply 3 of 15
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    God, the losers at the London Drugs here just started doing that to all of their Macs. I guess they don't want people screwing up the HD name or moving things around... or, uh, TRYING THEM OUT.

    Has to be great for people touching their first Mac and nothing moves. Brilliant people there. \
  • Reply 4 of 15
    wrong robotwrong robot Posts: 3,907member
    how does the screenshot/screensaver work? surely as soon as you move the mouse the screensaver deactivates?
  • Reply 5 of 15
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    Well, the screensaver, yeah. These guys took a screenshot, set it as the desktop, then shrunk and hid the dock. You'd have to put the mouse over where the small dock is to have it pop up, and realize what's going on.

    I don't see how it would work as a screensaver...
  • Reply 6 of 15
    chychchych Posts: 860member
    Whenever I'm annoyed at my little brother, I ssh into his box (13yo with a dual 2 G5 mind you) and do a little 'shutdown -r now'

    Then he revokes my admin access.

    Then I kick his ass
  • Reply 7 of 15
    zozo Posts: 3,115member
    one we did at a store in Brussels (and to a couple friends and labs...) was a script my friend knew how to make to make the Windows computer shutdown.

    Normally, he would make this script and add it to to his task bar for shutdown (so as not to need going to to Start > Shutdown > confirm, etc).

    Well.. you can guess what we would do: put the shutdown link into the startup folder.

    Obviously, renaming it sometjing critical like "Win32 Core" or something like that.

    Fun... and evil as hell
  • Reply 8 of 15
    johnqjohnq Posts: 2,763member
    For simple mischief (only on your machine please!)

    1. Download PhotoStickies

    2. Take a full screencapture of whatever is on screen, saving to a file.

    3. Open that file in PhotoStickies

    4. Make the image full size and center it. Ideally drag it below the menu so you can access the menu later!

    5. Make the opacity something less than 100%, like 20% or so.

    Make sure it is less than 50% or else it's very hard to set it up and undo it

    6. Turn off allow clicks and drags

    7. Set as overlay/top level (I forget the exact name)

    8. Switch to another app via command-tab.

    You'll now have an overlay of the screen on top of the screen. The machine will be usable (depending on the transparency you chose!) but it while have a ghost image over everything. The offset is really annoying

    You can also use Cronnix to schedule the startup/shutdown of PhotoStickies and it should show the previous screenshot (if you set it to

    Enjoy responsibly.
  • Reply 9 of 15
    ipodandimacipodandimac Posts: 3,273member
    you can run cron jobs to whisper things to people at scheduled times
  • Reply 10 of 15
    bartobarto Posts: 2,246member
    Dunno if it was listed at forums but...

    Add aliases to the prankee's .profile.

    As an example:

    alias "rm -r"="ls"

  • Reply 11 of 15
    mattjohndrowmattjohndrow Posts: 1,618member
    set a folder action to close the folder whenever it is opened
  • Reply 12 of 15
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    Changing the autofix preferences on some ones computer in word. Have fun with it, and just randomly put in porn words or profanity. Or be more subtle and replace 'put' with 'but'
  • Reply 13 of 15
    Install a VNC server to run in the background.

    Connect remotely and let there be a "ghost" in their machine.
  • Reply 14 of 15
    crusadercrusader Posts: 1,129member
    VNC is awesome.

    In Windows 2000 I believe you can use the command "shutdown -i" to remotely shutdown your mates on a Windows network.
  • Reply 15 of 15
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member

    Originally posted by ast3r3x

    Changing the autofix preferences on some ones computer in word. Have fun with it, and just randomly put in porn words or profanity. Or be more subtle and replace 'put' with 'but'

    Oooh, I like. I can just see the law firm that gets its tushie handed to it on a plate in court because 'and not' was replaced with 'and'.
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