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  Reply # 1213119 13-Jan-2015 12:55
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Blimey, they are all coming back now.  We used to have an animal of a truck fitter called Black Jack. His standard dress was overalls with an army webbing belt round his waist.  One night shift someone sneaked up behind him, and hooked the overhead gantry to his belt, and lifted him off the floor.  Problem being they were all too scared to let him down, so he stayed there until the night shift foreman arrived.

This same Black Jack was given a job on an early Transit Van that had been hand rebuilt ready for press review. Hundreds of hours had gone into making this vehicle perfect.  They decided that as it would be tested with no weight in the back, the rear springs would be too hard, so Jack was asked to replace them.  He put the van on the ramp and lifted it up. Placed a length of 4x2 under the diff and lowered the ramp to get the rear wheels off the ground.  Then he went to get a couple of axle stands.  While he was gone, the van rolled forward on the 4x2, and came off the front of the ramp, and ended up on its roof!  When Jack got back he was rolling on the floor laughing, and got into more trouble for that, than wrecking the new van.

We eventually had a security fence around the buildings, but before that, some people used to park near the buildings to save a walk.  The main workshop got fed up with this, and had a larger than life character called Bill Bensted, in a Pantechnicon (in this case a covered car transporter) parked across the entrance.  A senior exec wanted to come in, and asked Bill to move.  After some back and forth Bill says he can't let anyone in without a pass.  Senior exec says 'My face is my pass', and Bill answers 'That's a pity mate.  I've got punch everyone's pass'.

Better get some work done :-(




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  Reply # 1213125 13-Jan-2015 13:03
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When my husband was addicted to Guild Wars 2 I changed the file path of his shortcut to run a .bat file that gathered the file size of GW2.dat (the file where the game data is stored, usually around 26gb in size) then deleted said file and replaced it with a fake file that claimed its size as what the .dat was. the bat then ran the Guild Wars 2 launcher so it appeared as if it was starting correctly, only because the blank .dat file was fake it would try to redownload it. 

I thought at first it was a bit overkill to replace the .dat file with one of the exact size as the previous, until I caught my husband watching the folder to see when the .dat file was replaced. The timing on the blank file and the launcher starting were nearly instantaneous so it always fooled him. 

The best part was when he kept emailing Arena Net tech support to try to get it sorted out. He eventually got the idea of downloading the .dat, saving it elsewhere, then copying it to the folder whenever he wanted to play the game. Which of course didn't work because every time he used the shortcut the .dat was wiped. 

I cam clean with him after about 2 weeks. He never figured out that if he had just ran the launcher from the folder it would have worked fine.

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  Reply # 1213126 13-Jan-2015 13:05
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One more I have to share.  This goes back to pre Windows email.  I guess you were asking for it if you left your work area still logged in, but I came back one day to see several work mates sitting near my desk (I had moved to running the sites outside instrument calibration and repair at this time).  I could see the guys had silly giggles, and finally noticed a pencil balanced between the enter key and a rubber eraser, and that a message was typed on the monitor.  Things then went into slow motion action replay mode as I rushed to move the pencil, as one of the lads threw something which hit the pencil and sent the message!

Of bugger :-( They had sent the most ridiculous over the top and gushingly I love you message to the world president of this very large company — from my email.

I thought I was in trouble, but a strange and amazing thing happened.  The Company President used to send out a monthly newsletter, and in his next one he spoke at length about some 'very positive' feedback he'd received from a UK employee.  ROTFL!!  Only an American could have taken that email seriously




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  Reply # 1213134 13-Jan-2015 13:21
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A number of years back some colleagues and I disassembled the bosses mouse (the easy parts to do, when mice had track balls) then sellotaped them and the keyboard to the ceiling. Auto correct replacement was a biggie for a while but the bosses clamped down on that. Soft rotation of the screens used to amuse me but that's been disabled now.

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  Reply # 1213140 13-Jan-2015 13:43
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Co-worker would forget to logout of shared pc so I sat down and sent an email from his still open outlook to our CEO professing his secret love for him and how he's grown a moustache like he had and had the CEO noticed

Except I had actually addressed the email to himself not the CEO, but he didn't notice and forwarded the home joke email to everyone in the department with a threat that he would find out who it was... Then someone pointed out that the email was sent to himself and that maybe he should logout more carefully but thanks for sharing.

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  Reply # 1213181 13-Jan-2015 14:11
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  Reply # 1213501 14-Jan-2015 06:38
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One of the guys changed the keys around on my keyboard, this was after about 2 weeks of a prank war, we had done things like hidden things from each others desks while the other was in the bathroom etc.

Interestingly I didn't notice the keys had been moved for a few hours!

The best part was he had spelt out SUPRICH, when I notices I was in hysterics, that was the end of the prank war as I couldn't think of anything better to do to him!

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  Reply # 1213536 14-Jan-2015 08:50
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The old keyboard switch trick. 

Not so much the computer, but taping down the phone hook so the phone keeps ringing when they pickup. 



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  Reply # 1213600 14-Jan-2015 10:14
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Took a screenshot of my bosses desktop, complete with open app windows. Set desktop background to screenshot pic, and minimized all apps. Watched in glee as boss attempted to close or minimize all the "open" app windows. Simple but effective :-)

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  Reply # 1213616 14-Jan-2015 10:29
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dclegg: Took a screenshot of my bosses desktop, complete with open app windows. Set desktop background to screenshot pic, and minimized all apps. Watched in glee as boss attempted to close or minimize all the "open" app windows. Simple but effective :-)


I once managed to trick myself with that one.  I'd grabbed the Desktop and pasted to Photoshop purely so I could sample the background colour.  Then I got distracted and forgot, so for a few seconds at least, I was wondering why the computer was not responding.  That would be karma I'm thinking. ;-)




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  Reply # 1215043 14-Jan-2015 19:18
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Dairyxox: Hi All,

Just wondering what your favourite computer pranks are?


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  Reply # 1215068 14-Jan-2015 19:55
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It requires an unattended PC, but fiddling with the mouse and keyboard settings was always one of our favourites - turning the pointer, keystroke repeat and wheel scrolling speeds way up or down, switching the mouse buttons, and turning on click lock and sticky keys. Some trackpads even let you reverse the mouse actions (down becomes up etc.). You usually got best results just doing one at a time, since it wasn't as obvious that a prank was involved.

Again, an unattended PC, but judicious editing of intranet profiles and/or profile pictures can be hilarious, especially as the victim usually doesn't look up their own profile that often.

When you get a really cautious/paranoid opponent in a prank war, fiddling with the hard keys on a monitor for colour, brightness, resolution etc. is hard to defend.

A more programmingly-inclined mate of mine used to do some sort of registry hack that let him control the CD drive remotely. Random opening and closings were fun, but the best was closing the drive just before the victim tried to put a disc in.

Ah, juvenile fun...

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  Reply # 1219307 21-Jan-2015 16:45
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Install Keylogger, check bank account, then pay the balance of their credit card


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  Reply # 1219319 21-Jan-2015 16:59
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Dstarzero: Install Keylogger, check bank account, then pay the balance of their credit card


mwahahaha


accessing someones bank account would really be pushing a prank a littttle far...




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  Reply # 1219321 21-Jan-2015 17:01
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Dstarzero: Install Keylogger, check bank account, then pay the balance of their credit card


mwahahaha


That is illegal





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