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Possibly the best prank ever
« on: October 29, 2008, 05:28:10 PM »
So my boss started it... but we play small minor pranks on each other, nothing too serious or damaging... well I might have come up with the best one yet.

He started by putting super clear tape over my laser on my mouse.

I responded by doing it back to mask what I really did, took the batteries and flipped them the wrong way so he would not think it was a battery issue (weight is there, at a casual glance they look right)

I have also changed his windows login sound to a porn (women getting off) sound byte which was like a minute long... and blasted his speakers

Now I have done what I think is by far my best one yet.  I keep laughing when I think about it.  So I went into his keyboard properties and added a DVORAK and switched his keyboard layout from QWERTY to DVORAK and it will not take affect until he resets his computer.  When you turn on (reset) our computers you have to log in, the username auto populates, but then you have to type the password in... which only dots are displayed... so he will not know why his password doesn't work because he won't see what letters are actually being inputted.  I wish I could video it tomorrow morning.

Anyway I need to get back to work.
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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 05:49:27 PM »
hahahaha that is awesome.
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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 06:27:08 PM »
LOL!!

I used to do the tape over mouse laser, also switch the M and N on the keyboard...  Never gets old  ;D

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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 08:45:44 PM »
Another good one is hit the ctl, alt and right arrow key.  The screen will make everything switch to the right.  To get it back to normal, hit clt, alt and the up arrow.  You can do all of the arrow keys to make it change direction.

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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 08:54:26 PM »
If you know a little about Visual Basic, you can write a macro in Excel to make a computer say things at specified times.  Just put it in someone's personal workbook that loads on startup.  I did this to a co-woker and really freaked him out.  We just pretended that we didn't hear anything for a while.

I can supply the necessary code if anyone is interested.

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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2008, 09:25:34 PM »
Interested in that... it woudl be awesome


As far as the screen flipping, etc... yeah I tried that, it doesn't work.  That is what lead me to do the keyboard thing (in the control panel I saw "keyboard" and bam came the idea)
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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2008, 12:52:04 PM »
Here's two simple Excel macros.  You should be able to copy and paste these into a visual basic editor.

Sub Auto_Open()
Application.OnTime TimeValue("08:16:00"), "speak"
Application.OnTime TimeValue("11:20:00"), "speak"
Application.OnTime TimeValue("14:35:00"), "speak"
Application.OnTime TimeValue("16:10:00"), "speak"
End Sub

Sub speak()
Application.speech.speak "Hello Bruce"
End Sub

One of the features built into Excel is the personal file.  Whenever Excel starts up, it looks in a specific place for a specific file, and opens it.  You can create macros in this file so that they will always be available to you.  The file is usually hidden, so you will never see it unless you know what you are looking for.

Now, what you want to do is to look and see if there is an existing file called PERSONAL.xls (mine is in all caps - not sure if it needs to be).  It should be in a folder called XLStart, which is usually buried somewhere under in the user's Application Data folder.  If there is not an existing personal.xls file, just open a new file and save it as personal.xls in the XLStart folder.

If there is already a personal.xls file, open Excel and unhide the file.  If you made a new file, make sure it it the activate file.  Open up your visual basic editor, and you should see the personal.xls file in the "tree" to the left.  Right click on "Modules" under personal.xls, and insert a new module.  Copy the code above and paste into this new module (on the right hand (main part) of the visual basic editor screen.

If everything works fine, you should have two macros.  The first one will auto open when Excel starts.  It contains the time or times you want the computer to "speak".  The second macro contains the words you want the computer to speak in a synthesized voice. 

Edit the times and the text to suit your needs.  You can add or delete the Application.OnTime... lines to suit your needs for more or less instances of the computer speaking.  In this case, I picked random times for my co-woker's (Bruce) computer to say "Hello Bruce".

Your last important step is to close VB editor, then SAVE and re-HIDE the personal.xls file.  Restart Excel, and as long as Excel is open, macros should be running invisibly in the background.  Turn up your friend's volume, sit back and watch with a straight face.  The first time I did this to someone, he went and got someone from our IT department, and the guy couldn't figure it out.  He just kind of looked at my co-worker like he was crazy.  Lots of fun!

Let me know if the above does not work, or you have any questions.  I see that I also wrote a macro (not sure if it's tested yet) to look in a spreadsheet in a shared network drive every so often for the text to speak.  You could in effect have a conversation with someone using their computer.

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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2008, 01:47:04 AM »
Sweet, thanks I will have to try that.  I think I need to give my boss a break, but Imight do it to some other people. 


The keyboard thing was such a sucess.. I set it so I could toggle from qwerty to dovark by hitting Alt-Shift-0 and most times when he left I would toggle it on... then he would go get the computer guy and I would toggle it off.  Did this forever until he said somethign to me about his computer being all messed up and wondering if mine was acting weird.  I couldn't help but smile and then he knew that I had done somehting.  It was great.

I'm going to do that voice thing to some people, set it to say.  "Hello name" and then 15secs later, "this is your future self".  Or similar things. 
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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2008, 12:36:54 PM »
I'm going to do that voice thing to some people, set it to say.  "Hello name" and then 15secs later, "this is your future self".  Or similar things. 

Then this might come in handy for making the speak macro wait a few minutes:

waitTime = TimeValue("16:50:00")
Application.Wait waitTime


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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2008, 04:29:29 PM »
Take a screen capture of his desktop, then set it as his background.  Then create a folder on his desktop and move all his desktop icons into the folder.  He can click on anything on the desktop (except the folder) and it won't work - this is awesome to watch in action ;D
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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2008, 04:32:19 PM »
So many good ideas... I hope I don't loose my job.
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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2008, 05:18:18 PM »
Take a screen capture of his desktop, then set it as his background.  Then create a folder on his desktop and move all his desktop icons into the folder.  He can click on anything on the desktop (except the folder) and it won't work - this is awesome to watch in action ;D

Do you have to hide the taskbar?

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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2008, 06:05:20 PM »
seems like hiding the taskbar would be bad because then the clock would be off

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Re: Possibly the best prank ever
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2008, 08:30:12 AM »
You can set the task bar to auto hide (assuming the victim doesn't already do that), or, just crop out the task bar in paint ;)
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