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gallet
4th October 2008, 11:08 AM
I'm still using PS2 but I guess that merlin is still there. Anyway bring up the Merlin easter egg (option key and select options in the Channel palette) then drag the merlin window waay off the screen so only a tiny bit is visible. Then nothing will work in photoshop until merlin is dismissed.

Another fun jape is to go into the illustrator prefs and change the constrain angle to some very small value in the general prefs like .1

Especially funny before you leave at the end of the day and the overtime monkeys are having dinner.

the_doctor
4th October 2008, 12:08 PM
That's just mean!!! But I like it!!!

The Fluffy Duck
4th October 2008, 12:17 PM
Best one with the iphone is to grab your mates iphone. Take a screenshot of his homescreen and open up the photo library and browse to that image wait for the UI to fade and its identicle. Hand it back to him saying "I cant use it"

vtr009
4th October 2008, 01:03 PM
adobe hi jinks noted for a rainy day - heh!

krolly
4th October 2008, 01:48 PM
A few years ago now, ('cos it would have been on QuarkXpress 1 or 2) I went to delete a picture which was behind a text box. The key commands I had always used were /option/shift/delete and the top box would remain and the box behind would delete.

I must have just upgraded 'cos this had never happened before, but blow me down if this little stick figure Martian didn't march out from the right of the page and aim and fire his ray gun. He shot a coloured ray at the box I wanted to delete and it disappeared in a colourful spectacle.

I rang my tech guy and he told me to shut down in a hurry as it must be some kind of new virus. He came 'round and spent the day phoning people who should have been able to shine a light on the phenomenon. I lost an afternoon's work while all the great minds conferred. Complete mystery until it dawned on someone that it was an egg some comedian at Quark had put in for a laugh.

Became my party trick after that.

spilla
4th October 2008, 01:53 PM
In the Mac lab at Tafe, I always set the mouse cursor to the biggest it can go. (It's an accessibility option somewhere.)

It pisses everyone off, but they can still get their work done. :)

gallet
4th October 2008, 01:56 PM
@krolly

I remember that one vaguely, I thought the K key was involved. Also I slightly recall that if you have a few boxes open and then do it there is some variation as each box is blasted. There's another old quark one that I cannot remember at all that involved changing the name of a custom line to something in particular that turned the line dialog into rainbow colours or something like that.

krolly
4th October 2008, 02:04 PM
You must be really old gallet. :p

ZacDavies
5th October 2008, 03:55 AM
In the Mac lab at Tafe, I always set the mouse cursor to the biggest it can go. (It's an accessibility option somewhere.)

It pisses everyone off, but they can still get their work done. :)

how do you do this?

one of my fav is hitting :
:cmd:+alt+shift+8
instant screen colour reversal :D

GarageFriend
5th October 2008, 04:54 AM
how do you do this?

one of my fav is hitting :
:cmd:+alt+shift+8
instant screen colour reversal :D

Ah yes, the colour inverting trick. If I had the nerve I would do that to one of the Macs at school.

gallet
5th October 2008, 11:25 AM
@Donnie Darko

how do you do this?


system prefs>universal access>mouse>cursor size

Piratbyran
5th October 2008, 11:38 AM
In windows 2K, in command prompt:


net send [username] [message]

Scares people sometimes with error messages popping up everywhere.

Wally
5th October 2008, 01:31 PM
Windows W/E

For those smartasses at freecell try game -1 or -2, see if they can beat it without cheating.

Wally

Beau
5th October 2008, 01:38 PM
Take a screenshot of the desktop, then set the dock to auto hide.
Watch people try and click on the icons. :D

Or, go into an Apple Store/Reseller, and do the 'invert colours' trick as described above.
Watch whoever's in charge freak out. (Did this once in JB Hi-Fi. :D)

There's also a kernel panic screensaver on the interwebs you can download - the screensaver simulates a kernel panic ;)

matthew858
5th October 2008, 02:15 PM
To change the size of the mouse:

System Preferences -> Universal Access -> Mouse -> Cursor Size

banjo
5th October 2008, 02:42 PM
A good one to play on people who have very little computer experience is to turn on VoiceOver so it narrates their every movement. I have a friend who did this by accident recently -- got a call late one night because the computer was "talking" to him.

Pretty much any of the Universal Access options are good for a laugh.

Beau
5th October 2008, 02:52 PM
A good one to play on people who have very little computer experience is to turn on VoiceOver so it narrates their every movement. I have a friend who did this by accident recently -- got a call late one night because the computer was "talking" to him.

Pretty much any of the Universal Access options are good for a laugh.

LOL. I am so doing this to my friend's Mac. :D

iPirate
5th October 2008, 02:53 PM
Using the Terminal:

ssh to a remote machine (preferably one in the next room that you can see) and type 'say xxx' where xxx is a sentence of your choice. Then you can make the other (Leopard... I think Tiger might work too) machine talk to the people using it.

Hilarious stuff.

Beau
5th October 2008, 02:55 PM
Using the Terminal:

ssh to a remote machine (preferably one in the next room that you can see) and type 'say xxx' where xxx is a sentence of your choice. Then you can make the other (Leopard... I think Tiger might work too) machine talk to the people using it.

Hilarious stuff.

Jailbreak and install MobileTerminal or buy one of the SSH apps from the App Store, and then you can freak people out from your iPhone/iPod touch. :D

themacuser
5th October 2008, 02:55 PM
Create folder named "Porn" on desktop. Take screenshot. Set screenshot as desktop picture. Question owner of computer on the contents of said folder.

Change the text highlight colour to white (Appearance in System Prefs).

Windows: set the shell to Solitare (when they boot, they have no taskbar or anything else, just solitare)

Palm OS: Set the auto-off timer to 1 second (using a third party app).
Palm OS: Install BackHack (it makes all the text be drawn backwards)

PCs in general: Leaving Linux LiveCDs in CDROM drives of people who have the CDROM set to boot before the HDD is fun.

Windows: In the days when ImageCrash worked (99999999x99999999 pixel jpeg, when the page was opened in IE, the computer BSOD'd - this was in XP, and not all that long ago), set it as someone's homepage and/or active desktop (the active desktop disables itself after the computer has done a hard reboot, there's a way around this somewhere).

Take a buzzer, and solder it to the power wires of a USB plug. Leave it in the back of someone's machine when it's off. When the boot it up... beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, until they usually think it's some kind of alarm and shut it down. Fun...

Mac OS 9: Drop an AppleScript to shutdown in the "Startup Items" folder.

krolly
10th October 2008, 03:31 PM
My mother's email is suddenly typing in Japanese. The rest of the computer is suddenly speaking French. :eek:

She has an iMac lampshade. Is this some kind of prank? Can you tell me what to tell her to fix it?

bennyling
10th October 2008, 03:42 PM
Create folder named "Porn" on desktop. Take screenshot. Set screenshot as desktop picture. Question owner of computer on the contents of said folder.

Change the text highlight colour to white (Appearance in System Prefs).

Windows: set the shell to Solitare (when they boot, they have no taskbar or anything else, just solitare)

Palm OS: Set the auto-off timer to 1 second (using a third party app).
Palm OS: Install BackHack (it makes all the text be drawn backwards)

PCs in general: Leaving Linux LiveCDs in CDROM drives of people who have the CDROM set to boot before the HDD is fun.

Windows: In the days when ImageCrash worked (99999999x99999999 pixel jpeg, when the page was opened in IE, the computer BSOD'd - this was in XP, and not all that long ago), set it as someone's homepage and/or active desktop (the active desktop disables itself after the computer has done a hard reboot, there's a way around this somewhere).

Take a buzzer, and solder it to the power wires of a USB plug. Leave it in the back of someone's machine when it's off. When the boot it up... beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, until they usually think it's some kind of alarm and shut it down. Fun...

Mac OS 9: Drop an AppleScript to shutdown in the "Startup Items" folder.

1: You're evil :D



Windows: set the shell to Solitare (when they boot, they have no taskbar or anything else, just solitare)

and 2, I need more info on how to do this?! Complete gold!

Beau
10th October 2008, 09:00 PM
1: You're evil :D



and 2, I need more info on how to do this?! Complete gold!

replace explorer.exe with the Solitaire executable, no?

banjo
11th October 2008, 01:03 PM
replace explorer.exe with the Solitaire executable, no?

It's to do with the autoexec.bat*, config.sys*, or win.ini (can't remember which). Change "shell=explorer.exe" to "shell=solitaire.exe".

There Windows 3.1 shell (progman.exe) is still in there somewhere too ... that'd have them totally confused!

*not in VMWare

petecario
11th October 2008, 01:13 PM
Haha, some good ideas guys,
What I usually do is VNC a computer in the other room, they try to move the mouse to click on something and I just move it away so they can't, also just open up a word document and type something like "Your computer has been hacked", haha gets my family every time. :P

Meh 626
11th October 2008, 06:05 PM
and 2, I need more info on how to do this?! Complete gold!

Open run, type 'regedit', go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon. Create a new string value called 'shell' and set the value as the path of the app, eg: C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Pinball\PINBALL.exe, log out and log back in!

I did this today, works great.