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25 Best High-Tech Pranks

Posted by Charles | October 11, 2008 .

It’s weekend so let’s have some fun. Techcult has this post lists 25 best high-tech pranks. For people who work in a cubic farm, applying a few of them might really lighten up yours and your cubic pals’ day (or not).

Here is one I really like and can’t help laughing without even trying it:

“We start with one sure to throw off even the most advanced Windows user. Setup is simple and you need only a few seconds alone on someone’s computer. When you get a chance, sneak over and right-click your pal’s icon to Internet Explorer or some other commonly used program. Edit the properties and change the target to: “%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00? Now, every time your buddy tries to run IE, his machine will mysteriously restart — and your laughter will instantly result.”

But I wouldn’t use this one. Tempting other’s computer by installing a software (script or not) can get ugly if serious damage occurred:

“Our final prank may be the most tortuous of all. A little program called AutoHotKey — quite the handy utility for legitimate purposes — lets you assign all sorts of macros to key combinations of your choosing. You don’t even have to install anything on anyone else’s computer, as you create the scripts on your own system and can then convert them to executable files that you simply run on another machine. With some very basic scripting, you can cause any string of text to be automatically replaced with something else, regardless of what program the person is in. You can also remap basic hotkeys like Ctrl-P to do anything you want — like open Outlook and send a message to you letting you know how awesome you are. Spend some time with this one and you’ll find enough pranks to keep your hijinks on high output.”

Actually, before applying any of them, remember one thing: Not everyone has the same level of sense of humor as you do. Be careful in the wild, my friend, and enjoy your weekend.

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  1. Sravan  October 13, 2008 7:16 am

    The freshness of the classic “disappearing desktop” prank never wears away. :)

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