Getting Even

Jsquared2002

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 9, 2006
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So I just got back to school and some of my friends seriously pranked me earlier today. Anyways, I really want to get them back, preferably in some manner with their computers. However, its unlikely I can ever get into their rooms without them there, so I was hoping some people might have some ideas on ways I can find things like their ip address on the network and how i might just prank them so they come crying to me there more tech oriented friend. Preferably things that would just annoy them, but not cause any permanent or serious harm to any computers, just prank them. Thanks for any ideas in advance
 

beatsme

macrumors 65816
Oct 6, 2005
1,204
1
Jsquared2002 said:
So I just got back to school and some of my friends seriously pranked me earlier today. Anyways, I really want to get them back, preferably in some manner with their computers. However, its unlikely I can ever get into their rooms without them there, so I was hoping some people might have some ideas on ways I can find things like their ip address on the network and how i might just prank them so they come crying to me there more tech oriented friend. Preferably things that would just annoy them, but not cause any permanent or serious harm to any computers, just prank them. Thanks for any ideas in advance
go check out the April (April Fool's) Edition of MacAddict. They usually run a feature every April on little tricks you can pull with a Mac. At least, they used to...I haven't actually seen an issue in some time...
 

dogbone

macrumors 68020
A couple of fun graphics pranks...

Go to Illustrator Preferences>General and change the Constrain Angle to 0.2º, always worth a larf.

In Photoshop, if someone leaves their computer while working on a document, (the more complex the better), select Palette Options, from the layers palette popup menu while holding down the Option key, this will bring up the Merlin easter egg. Now hide the Merlin box off screen so only a tiny bit of it is visible so they don't see it. This can be most infuriating because nothing works until the Merlin dialog box is closed. This is especially fun if they didn't save a complex job yet so they are afraid to relaunch photoshop.
 

Abstract

macrumors Penryn
Dec 27, 2002
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There's a way to change someone's desktop background in Windows XP, and then turn off the ability to change the desktop background unless you change that particular setting back. I forget where to find it on your computer, but it would be funny to download some screenshots of gay porn and change their desktop backgrounds to that for awhile.

It would be funny unless they were gay. If they're gay, then change it to 2 girls having sex. Or dogs. Yes, two dogs having sex would be better than any human sex. Animal sex desktop backgrounds would be great!
 

Lollypop

macrumors 6502a
Sep 13, 2004
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Abstract said:
There's a way to change someone's desktop background in Windows XP, and then turn off the ability to change the desktop background unless you change that particular setting back. I forget where to find it on your computer, but it would be funny to download some screenshots of gay porn and change their desktop backgrounds to that for awhile.

It would be funny unless they were gay. If they're gay, then change it to 2 girls having sex. Or dogs. Yes, two dogs having sex would be better than any human sex. Animal sex desktop backgrounds would be great!

Now that is scary...

Here is a idea, copy a bunch of files to the desktop, but a lot, the entire desktop has to be full of files, of they have some sort of questionale nature thats even better. Take a screenshot of the desktop, make that screenshot the background, they will go mad trying to delete something that isnt there. Works wonders with wondows people.
 

iGav

macrumors G3
Mar 9, 2002
9,025
1
It's a shame that you don't know of any Peter Files in your local area, then you'd could borrow one of their CD's, copy the images on to your friends PC's, calls the Feds... sit back and watch as they endure a 15 year stretch in the local penitentiary.

Now that's getting even. ;)
 

whooleytoo

macrumors 604
Aug 2, 2002
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Cork, Ireland.
There's only one prank I've done recently - but it worked a treat!

Requirements: You'll need access to their machine to turn on "Remote Login" (i.e. Terminal access); and a username and password. If you can't get theirs, you'll need to setup another account while you're at their machine.

Prank: Log into their machine via the Terminal. Then, type:

Code:
osascript -e 'say "I see dumb people"'
...or whatever you want the message to be, and their Mac will start talking to them. HOWEVER, to be more convincing, you need to be more subtle, turn the volume down, then use (say) a whispering voice:

Code:
osascirpt -e 'set volume 3'
osascript -e 'say "Look behind youuuu" using "Whisper"'
Done right, this can be one SCARY prank.
 

kgarner

macrumors 68000
Jan 28, 2004
1,512
0
Utah
whooleytoo said:
There's only one prank I've done recently - but it worked a treat!

Requirements: You'll need access to their machine to turn on "Remote Login" (i.e. Terminal access); and a username and password. If you can't get theirs, you'll need to setup another account while you're at their machine.

Prank: Log into their machine via the Terminal. Then, type:

Code:
osascript -e 'say "I see dumb people"'
...or whatever you want the message to be, and their Mac will start talking to them. HOWEVER, to be more convincing, you need to be more subtle, turn the volume down, then use (say) a whispering voice:

Code:
osascirpt -e 'set volume 3'
osascript -e 'say "Look behind youuuu" using "Whisper"'
Done right, this can be one SCARY prank.
I am so filing that one away for later use.
 

Black&Tan

macrumors 6502a
Mar 4, 2004
736
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Here's a few old school tricks, non-technical.

First...grab some baby powder and a hair dryer. Pour the baby powder outside their closed room door and use the hair dryer to propel the powder under the door and aerate it. Baby powder will be all over everything.

Second....get some shaving cream and a record album cover (do you remember what these are)? fill the empty sleeve with shaving cream, insert the opening under the door and stomp on the sleeve, ejecting the shaving cream under the door and all over the floor.

Third..."penny" them in. Get a LOT of pennies and wedge them into the door frame all the way around. If you do enough, all the way around, it will exert so much force that they will be unable to open the door, effectively locking them in.
 
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CompUser

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Abstract said:
There's a way to change someone's desktop background in Windows XP, and then turn off the ability to change the desktop background unless you change that particular setting back. I forget where to find it on your computer, but it would be funny to download some screenshots of gay porn and change their desktop backgrounds to that for awhile.

It would be funny unless they were gay. If they're gay, then change it to 2 girls having sex. Or dogs. Yes, two dogs having sex would be better than any human sex. Animal sex desktop backgrounds would be great!
What about gay animal sex abstract?
 

count chocula

macrumors 6502a
whooleytoo said:
There's only one prank I've done recently - but it worked a treat!

Requirements: You'll need access to their machine to turn on "Remote Login" (i.e. Terminal access); and a username and password. If you can't get theirs, you'll need to setup another account while you're at their machine.

Prank: Log into their machine via the Terminal. Then, type:

Code:
osascript -e 'say "I see dumb people"'
...or whatever you want the message to be, and their Mac will start talking to them. HOWEVER, to be more convincing, you need to be more subtle, turn the volume down, then use (say) a whispering voice:

Code:
osascirpt -e 'set volume 3'
osascript -e 'say "Look behind youuuu" using "Whisper"'
Done right, this can be one SCARY prank.
thats is too cool. is there any way to do that to a windows machine?
 

wingsky

macrumors member
Jan 17, 2006
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UK
If they are working on XP, you can try this..

-While their away from their computer, click the button on the taskbar which says "show desktop"

-Press "Print Screen". This will take a snapshot of the desktop (much like Grab)

-Go into paint, paste and save somewhere.

-Make this the desktop background (by going into control panel etc)

-Right click the desktop goto customise, hide all icons (or active desktop i'm not sure what they call it now)

-Drag the taskbar down so it doesn't show

-Whent they get back to their computer they'll find that they can't click on anything :p

I remember a group of us doing this to a guy in our office... he had to call out IT to deal with it, and even they weren't sure what was wrong! We told him what was going on just before he pressed the power button and lost all his work :D
 

EGT

macrumors 68000
Sep 4, 2003
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Abstract said:
There's a way to change someone's desktop background in Windows XP, and then turn off the ability to change the desktop background unless you change that particular setting back. I forget where to find it on your computer, but it would be funny to download some screenshots of gay porn and change their desktop backgrounds to that for awhile.

It would be funny unless they were gay. If they're gay, then change it to 2 girls having sex. Or dogs. Yes, two dogs having sex would be better than any human sex. Animal sex desktop backgrounds would be great!
Absolutely hilarious! :D

You could also try opening a few apps. and position them so they're all in view across the desktop then take a screen capture and save it as the desktop.

Not as wicked as some of the other suggestions ... :p
 

bigandy

macrumors G3
Apr 30, 2004
8,852
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Murka
To disable changing the background in XP: (there's a way to do it through the Management Console, but I forget where)


NoChangingWallPaper: Disables all options on the Background tab of Display
in Control Panel. As a result, users cannot add or change the background
design of the desktop.

NoChangingWallPaper can appear in both

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\ActiveDesktop
and
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\ActiveDesktop

Value Name: NoChangingWallPaper
Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value Data: 0 or 1
0 = The policy is disabled or not configured. Options on the Background tab
are enabled.
1 = The policy is enabled. The Background tab still appears, but all options
on the tab are disabled.

If NoChangingWallPaper is not in the registry it's the same as being set to
0, the policy is disabled or not configured.

Open the Registry Editor...
Start | Run | Type: regedit | Click OK |

Navigate to >>
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\ActiveDesktop
Look for NoChangingWallPaper in the right hand pane and make sure that it is
set to 0.

Navigate to >>
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\ActiveDesktop
Look for NoChangingWallPaper in the right hand pane and make sure that it is
set to 0.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER affects the current logged on user and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
affects anyone that logs onto the machine.