Apr 1, 2008

Tastefully Sinister

A little while ago, my Man Karl over at the highly successful Ask The Admin, wrote a post on a good way to annoy the living hell out of someone. His method involved buying a cheap device from Think Geek that emits a high pitch annoying beep randomly.

Continuing on with this evil idea, I thought I would share five of my favorite computer-based pranks. The best part about these is that they don't actually harm anything:

1) Mouse Move v1.0: This funny prank randomly moves the users mouse to different parts on the screen at random intervals. Drop it in their startup folder, and watch them slowly go mad!

2) Rude CD Tray: This naughty little bundle of joy causes the CD tray to pop out randomly and give you raspberries. The only problem with this one is that it happens so much, that it really draws suspicion, but it is hilarious! Once again, drop this in their startup folder!

3) Flasher: This one is friggin' hilarious if you ask me. This one will quickly flash a picture of your choosing on the users desktop at the interval of your choosing. It flashes so quickly they might think they are seeing things at first. Read the instructions, they makes sense. I recommend writing a batch script and placing it in their startup folder to kick it off.

4) Crazy Num-Caps-Scroll v1.04: Truly a sinister prank! This bad boy randomly turns on and off your numlock, capslock and scroll lock at various intervals. I can feel the evil swelling in you now!

5) Locker: I like this one the best because I wrote it myself. I mentioned it once before talking about a really cool scripting software called Autoit. This sucker only works on Windows XP and later. It locks the users workstation, and is set in a never ending loop. The user will unlock their workstation, then it will immediately lock again. If you put it in their startup, they will never be able to log into their computer again (Unless they kill the task remotely).

Pranks like these scream at the importance of locking your computer when you step away from your desk. Good news for you though, is that people often forget!

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