Annoying things to do on OSX

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  1. oli2140 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    A friend and I both have macs and during free periods at school. As either of us walk away from our mac at any point during the session the other quickly works to do either of the following:

    Change a graphical setting on the mac so that it looks different to how they left it.

    Do something which will embarrass that person when he opens up his macbook.

    For example recent 'pranks' have included reversing the screen colours, zooming in so it is difficult to navigate, using the say command in terminal to speak loudly when he opens up the laptop, taking a screenshot of the mac and opening it full screen so it looks like the mac is unresponsive, rotating the screen etc.

    Does anyone hear have any similar ideas? The other person is quite mac illiterate so even simple things may get him stumped.

    Thanks

    Oli
     
  2. EV0LUTION macrumors 6502

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  3. Gex macrumors member

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    Install the iAlertU application and activate it on Mac when he/she is not using it :D
     
  4. oli2140 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Already tried that one thanks!
     
  5. applefan69 macrumors 6502a

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    use the keyboard shortcut

    Command + N to quickly open hundreds of finder windows

    then watch as he manually closes them all by clicking the red X

    simply click the grey oval shaped button on the top right of a finder window... it could be funny watching him panic cause his toolbar is missing.

    thats all i can think of at the moment
     
  6. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Change the language setting & dirty desktop pictures
     
  7. oli2140 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the suggestions, I might try them all at once and see how he reacts!

    I have just thought about trying to open all of his applications (cmd+a, cmd+down), for a macbook it should take ages to recover...
     
  8. applefan69 macrumors 6502a

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    it wouldnt be too bad if he was smart enough to press cmd + option+ esc, to get his force quit window.

    Then again... even experiences mac users dont know about that feature in OS X... soo i doubt he will.

    lol,
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    on second thought, if i was the other person, i would be extremely pissed at you if you were messing with my computer.


    i would advise stopping this juvenile behavior
     
  10. chv400 macrumors 6502

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    Open system preferences, go to CDs and DVDs and change the Actions...

    Also fun to set them to run a script that ejects the CD and opens an alert window which whines about the inserted disk's content.
     
  11. oli2140 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    haha don't worry, I wasn't intending to 'break' his computer and certainly not risk losing any files. I am quite certain that as long as it does nothing permanent there will be no problems, besides, It's a two way thing...
     
  12. oli2140 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice one! Would it work if I was to add a script that turned off his computer to his login items?
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yea just dont get carried away. dont rename the home folder, that would be kinda bad lol


    you could go to system prefs and change the audio output setting lol
     
  14. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I've got a great one. Go into the Utilities folder (Applications-Utilities), open Keychain Access, choose "Keychain Access- Preferences. In the General tab choose "Show Status in Menu Bar". You will see a lock appear. Click the lock and choose "Lock Screen". The screensaver will appear, any toggle on the mouse will turn off the screensaver and the login screen will appear requiring his password.

    Half the time people don't remember their password. :D
     
  15. Samarium macrumors 6502a

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    I am not really a prank person with other people's computers, but the iAlert one is hilarious. If you know that person's password, you can start sharing his screen in yours and start moving the cursor when he is using it too.
     
  16. Elven macrumors 6502a

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    While it's quiet, use Google to goto a very dodgy porn site, and when he comes back it's set to appear upon opening the MacBook, just be sure to have the girl he has a crush on about :)

    I don't take any liability for his retaliation for this:apple:
     
  17. SailorTom macrumors regular

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    or setup a bluetooth mouse. can probably use your phone
     
  18. Samarium macrumors 6502a

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    How did I missed that?!
     
  19. bki122689 macrumors 6502

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    press shift make sure can't see it kinda idk how you would do that and then have him minimize a window. lol:D:D:D
    any action would go in slow motion, like the expose button, minimize, dashboard open/close, ect

    also control and two fingers on trackpad and zoom in on a point on screen
     
  20. oli2140 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What i could do is do that while he is away and then type in terminal 'killall dock' while it is minimizing which in turn creates a very distorted window.

    Thanks for all the suggestions, keep them coming!
     
  21. deltaiscain macrumors regular

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    get a apple remote, and put him in front row while he is using his computer. Or, even more fun, download and install iAlertU
     
  22. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    1. right click on any icon in the dock and then invoke multiple Exposé, Spaces and Dashboard keyboard shortcuts. then when you close the right click menu they all activate.

    2. take a screenshot with apps open and then set it as the desktop background with no windows on the screen. :p

    protip: hide the dock, move all files and folders on the desktop to another folder and hide the hard drives in Finder's preferences, if using Leopard set the menu bar to opaque and remove any animated menu bar icons, so pretty much anything that will give it away at first glance.

    3. open Terminal and run "yes > /dev/null & yes > /dev/null". this is an infinite loop and uses 100% of the CPU's core (why its needed to be run twice) and then close the Terminal window and switch apps. your buddy will wonder why his fans are on full blast! to quit the two Yes processes press "control-C" while in Terminal and then type "killall Yes".
     
  23. bsheridan macrumors 6502

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    This one will be good if you can get the apple script on his mac:
    Sleep your mac by email
    Just make sure that the email is sent from your email address.
    :D
     

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