Funniest Mac prank

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by electroshock, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. electroshock macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    My pranking days are long since behind me now, but I'll never forget the time...

    ...when, years ago, a much younger electroshock and a buddy was standing on the second floor of a campus computer store with only Apple products (yay!). One side of the store had entire walls made of glass so you could look out towards the 'courtyard' and hallways of the building it was inside. Well, the Macs were on display right by this glass wall.

    Electroshock was browsing the latest products (and doing some window shopping). Bored PC buddy asks: "What's the coolest thing about THIS Mac? Electroshock, not fully paying attention, absentmindedly responds with: "Huh? Oh. Yeah, there's an easter egg -- a secret sound if you know how to trigger it 'just so'." Intrigued, PC buddy asks how to trigger it. Electroshock, being very distracted, didn't think about the full implications, and gave step-by-step directions to the PC buddy on how to trigger it then wandered away to browse more wares.

    PC buddy now has an evil grin on his face, and innocently appears to be examining that particular Mac. The sales staff sees this and then doesn't pay attention because it's clear he's just browsing. So they look away. Then he does the specific sequence of keys and actions needed to trigger this sound.

    Wow. The sound rang loud and crystal clear. In fact, it was too good because at that instant, every single store employee turned around to see the source of this sound, frozen with fear written all over their face, frantically searching for the source. After a few very pregnant moments, they suddenly realize it's from the Mac and starts breathing again. I'm sure the manager probably had to have his pants dry cleaned on the way home that night, though. ;) Electroshock quickly looks up and realizes what's happened, and quickly hustles PC buddy out of the store before they could lynch us or call security.

    What happened? Well, you see... the easter egg basically triggered an hidden sound that was like glass shattering. The Apple engineers did a SUPERB job of making that sound so realistic. So when you had a Mac literally next to a huge glass wall on the second floor emitting that sound loudly... everybody there froze in fear. :D

    Next time, electroshock learned to be much more careful about revealing easter eggs to others. What's the best Mac prank -- whether intentional or not -- you've ever done?
  2. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
  3. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    ^^ I should have done that when my brother watched porn on my ibook, but there is no camera on them.

    I have done some things, using my PHP and unix knowledge to make the computer talk at random, sound a alarm sound, play music and even play 1 song than go to an alarm sound. The alarm scripts even turn the volume all the way up! (Don't try this with really loud speakers, You would make the whole neighborhood think there is a warning siren going off:eek:)

    Music Scripts uploaded

    You will need your own siren sound and a command line music player, I used play but I can't find the download location. I guess I will upload it too.

    The scripts might need modifiying. The music goes in /music and's contents go in /bin . alarm sound must be .wav and the path be /alarm.wav You need to enable PHP and apache on your Mac for this to work. Basically you uncomment (# on the start of the line) anything with php in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf under the modules section

    (It should be obvious you need your own music for the musictoalarm.php and play.php .You will have to edit musictoalarm.php unless you have a song named in /music/ named love.mp3 )

    Attached Files:

  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Was kind of long but the payoff was worth it. Great story. :D
  5. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Thanks for the edit. I was losing the will to live reading the OP...
  6. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Herman Melville could have sure used you...
  7. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    I'm still trying to figure out why Electroshock keeps referring to themselves in the third person. "George is getting upset!"
  8. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    That was gold. Oh man.... I was laughing pretty darn hard by the time I was half way through the thread. The poor brother.
  9. electroshock thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Sorry -- I'm already under contract with Tolstoy's estate for a sequel to War and Peace. :D

    Electroshock figured it was more fun occasionally writing in the third person than the usual boring first person. ;)
  10. Baron58 macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2004
    On Classic Mac OS (7.x --> 9)....

    1. Put an alias to the 'Shutdown' Desk Accessory in the 'Startup' folder.

    2. Get a small picture file for use as a custom icon. Set that picture file as the desktop pattern (which tiled it). Change all the items on the desktop to have that as their custom icon. Arrange the icons so that they're aligned on top of the background pattern.

    On OS X.... ssh into various users' machines and use the 'say' command to freak them out: "Get off the phone and back to work, Susan!"
  11. STSNorthstar macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2008
  12. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    This one goes back to the caveman days (i.e. System 6)...

    1. Create, using your favorite Paint app, a gray screen with a dialog box in the middle
    2. Put a "bomb" icon in the upper left hand corner of the dialog box
    3. In Chicago font, write "Your ROMS are now being erased. OK to Continue?"
    4. Create round-rect buttons for OK and Cancel.
    5. Put OK in black text in the right-hand button. Put Cancel in GREY text in the left hand.
    6. Name this Paint file "StartUpScreen" and save it onto a floppy disk
    7. On a pretext, slip this floppy into your friend's Mac Plus/SE/Classic
    8. Replace his StartUpScreen with your StartUpScreen.
    9. Contrive to be around the next time he starts up his Mac. Big laffs as he panics.

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