Saturday, April 01, 2006

Prank on Someone That Left it Very Easy Because Low-tech Origins Grant Golden Inter Net Games

Or P.O.S.T.L.I.V.E.B.L.O.G.G.I.N.G. for short.

To follow these step by step instructions you will need:

One office-wide shared screensaver
One sometimes paranoid co-worker with limited computer literacy
Microsoft paint

10:00: Use Paint to produce black rectangle with the following words written on it in red: "Please be patient. Currently deleting your files. Time remaining: 7 minutes."

11:00: While co-worker is out for a cigarette, replace normal cycle of pictures for screensaver with previously made rectangle.

11:02: Tell fellow co-worker about the joke.

11:05: Wait.

11:10: Why hasn't he seen it?


12:00: Sneak into his office, reset his screensaver timing from 10 minutes to 1.


12:05: Casually walk into his office, casually ask about the thing on his screen. Get him to look up and read it. Walk over, try a few things, then move the mouse and it disappears. "Hmm, that's odd. Well, I guess it's gone. Tell me if it happens again."

12:05.15: Scramble back to your desk and remove his files from the shared folder.

12:07: "My files are gone!"

12:08: Tell him you'll look into it. Let him stew for a bit.

12:10: Co-worker/accomplice overacts it and almost gives it away.

12:15: Start referring to the problem as "your virus." Introduce the "virus" to your computer.

12:15.05: Catch him on his run to the phone to call tech support and tell him "April Fools."

Given the slow start, it turned out pretty well.

Also, last night between 9:30 and 11 I went from stone sober to so drunk I thought it was a good idea to climb on top of a friend's Toyota van. Maybe I should've post-live blogged that story instead.


1 comment:

Me said...

My favorite trick for low-tech coworkers: go into Word (or WordPerfect) and set the program to automatically replace commonly-used words with something stupid or unusual. Make sure you've got the "change as you type" feature turned on in the spellchecker, and watch them drive themselves crazy figuring out how their machine got possessed by Satan.