April Fool’s Day Pranks For Geeks

This shouldn’t surprise any of you: Geeks love April fool’s day. Admit it; at one point or another, most of you have tried to prank your friends, family or colleagues by partially unplugging their keyboard, mouse or monitor. In honor of this year’s April fool’s day, the folks over at Wired have pubbed an excellent article listing 10 different pranks to play on your technologically inept co-workers. There’s really some funny stuff in there, so check it out!

Here are a few additional pranks I’ve played in the past:

  • Sign your friends up to an embarrassing newsletter.
  • Stick a small Post-it (or a small piece of tape) under someone’s mouse. Make sure that it covers the ball or optical sensor.
  • Turn the volume up to the max on your victim’s computer speakers.
  • Change the victim’s Windows startup sound with something that might embarrass / annoy / surprise him.
  • If the Windows Messenger Service is active in your environment, write a small batch file that will broadcast a message to a colleague a few hundred times using the “net send” command. Then, watch in amusement as the target keeps on clicking OK on the hundreds of message box that appear on his screen. (Don’t forget to disable your Messenger service after, the victim will likely want to play the same trick on you!).
  • Reverse the ‘m’ and ‘n’ keys one someone’s keyboard. Use any flat tool to pop them out (Thanks to Jared for reminding me that you should NEVER attempt this on a laptop!).
  • Tape down the phone button on your victim’s phone so that when their phone starts to ring and they pick it up, it will keep on ringing.
  • Switch all the labels on a phone so that they are all mixed up.

Do you know about any other great ones? Add them to the comments section!



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43 Responses to April Fool’s Day Pranks For Geeks

  1. I dont know if this qualifies for a April Fools Day prank, but here s what I used to do while working in a design agency. There were these workstations in a row facing the wall and all the developers/designers sat side by side doing their stuff. During coffee break they d get off their seats and move around for a change. When they werent exactly alert, I d go around shutting down their systems. When they got back to their machines, in a row all machines would be shut down and they d wonder if this is deliberately done by the system administrator and they d waste time thinking or discussing about it.

  2. Touch typists would not be upset by the M/N key switch.

    However, if you switch the keys around AND edited your keyboard settings so that when you press "n" you get "m"…

  3. No not attempt the keyboard keys trick on someone's laptop! most laptop keys are not interchangeable like standard keyboards. If you're idea of a prank is property damage, go right ahead then.

    Another fun thing to do that is not normally noticed is to go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages -> Text services and languages details -> Add

    Then add a keyboard layout (Dvorak for example) then click ok and set the Default input language to the newly added layout.

    It takes me 10 minutes to find this setting when I want to and I have an idea where it is, you're victim will most likely never figure it out.

  4. No not attempt the keyboard keys trick on someone’s laptop! most laptop keys are not interchangeable like standard keyboards. If you’re idea of a prank is property damage, go right ahead then.

    Another fun thing to do that is not normally noticed is to go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Languages -> Text services and languages details -> Add

    Then add a keyboard layout (Dvorak for example) then click ok and set the Default input language to the newly added layout.

    It takes me 10 minutes to find this setting when I want to and I have an idea where it is, you’re victim will most likely never figure it out.

  5. At work, the other Linux-using tech and I have decided to set up a Linux install with KDE and the Windows XP theme then put it in place of the Linux-hating tech's computer.

  6. At work, the other Linux-using tech and I have decided to set up a Linux install with KDE and the Windows XP theme then put it in place of the Linux-hating tech’s computer.

  7. I dont know if this qualifies for a April Fools Day prank, but here s what I used to do while working in a design agency. There were these workstations in a row facing the wall and all the developers/designers sat side by side doing their stuff. During coffee break they d get off their seats and move around for a change. When they werent exactly alert, I d go around shutting down their systems. When they got back to their machines, in a row all machines would be shut down and they d wonder if this is deliberately done by the system administrator and they d waste time thinking or discussing about it.

  8. Touch typists would not be upset by the M/N key switch.

    However, if you switch the keys around AND edited your keyboard settings so that when you press “n” you get “m”…

  9. I've got one that has worked with all my co-workers and always drove them nuts. I read it somewhere.

    On their computer minimize every app. Press the Print Screen key. Paste it in Paint and save it.

    Now set that imagen of their desktop as the wallpaper.

    Once you've done that, right click on the desktop, go into the "Organize icons" submenu (I don't really know if it is named like that, i'm from Argentina, i've got "organizar iconos"!). And now uncheck the "Show icons in desktop" option.

    That's it. They "cannot" use their desktop although it is right there! Even if they restart Windows it will still be the same. I assure you it will take a good couple of minutes till they realize.

  10. I’ve got one that has worked with all my co-workers and always drove them nuts. I read it somewhere.

    On their computer minimize every app. Press the Print Screen key. Paste it in Paint and save it.
    Now set that imagen of their desktop as the wallpaper.
    Once you’ve done that, right click on the desktop, go into the “Organize icons” submenu (I don’t really know if it is named like that, i’m from Argentina, i’ve got “organizar iconos”!). And now uncheck the “Show icons in desktop” option.
    That’s it. They “cannot” use their desktop although it is right there! Even if they restart Windows it will still be the same. I assure you it will take a good couple of minutes till they realize.

  11. go into the control pannel and swap the left and mouse button.

    or go into sounds settings and mute the speakers and tell it to hide the speaker icon from the start bar.

    or if you want to be really nasty go into the network settings and change the connection to 10mbit and mess with the lan setting to make it run painfully slow.

  12. go into the control pannel and swap the left and mouse button.

    or go into sounds settings and mute the speakers and tell it to hide the speaker icon from the start bar.

    or if you want to be really nasty go into the network settings and change the connection to 10mbit and mess with the lan setting to make it run painfully slow.

  13. I like to send everyone to that site that plays “HEY EVERYONE! I’M LOOKING AT GAY PORNO!” really loud on your speakers.

  14. With these instructions you can change any icon on the Desktop, Quick Launch, Start Menu, etc. to a shutdown button that when pressed shuts down the computer. Also the icon will be unidentifiable, because it will look identical to the Program you choose to use. Warning: will shutdown computer when pressed, can not be stopped; any unsaved data WILL BE LOST.

    First: choose a program your coworker/friend uses often. Back up the icon somewhere.

    Right Click on Desktop

    New > Shortcut

    For target type "shutdown -s -t 00 -f"

    Type the name of the program you chose (e.g. Microsoft Word)

    Finish

    Right Click on shortcut > Properties

    Change Icon > Choose icon of chosen Program (e.g. If you chose Microsoft Word the path would be "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeXXWINWORD.EXE" Where XX is the number based on the version of Office)

    You can also copy the comment of the original icon to the shutdown button, so it is even more unnoticable.

  15. With these instructions you can change any icon on the Desktop, Quick Launch, Start Menu, etc. to a shutdown button that when pressed shuts down the computer. Also the icon will be unidentifiable, because it will look identical to the Program you choose to use. Warning: will shutdown computer when pressed, can not be stopped; any unsaved data WILL BE LOST.

    First: choose a program your coworker/friend uses often. Back up the icon somewhere.

    Right Click on Desktop
    New > Shortcut
    For target type “shutdown -s -t 00 -f”
    Type the name of the program you chose (e.g. Microsoft Word)
    Finish
    Right Click on shortcut > Properties
    Change Icon > Choose icon of chosen Program (e.g. If you chose Microsoft Word the path would be “C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeXXWINWORD.EXE” Where XX is the number based on the version of Office)

    You can also copy the comment of the original icon to the shutdown button, so it is even more unnoticable.

  16. There are also different commands to shut the computer down that can be used in the shortcut. The prank can be changed to fit your needs.

    'shutdown' followed by

    -s shuts down computer (30 sec window pops up)

    -l logs off computer

    -r restarts computer (30 sec window pops up)

    -f forces running applications to close without warning

    -t XX specifies ime for shutdown in seconds

    -c "comment" shows the reason for a shutdown

    -a aborts shutdown (-t 00 will not allow -a to stop shutdown)

  17. There are also different commands to shut the computer down that can be used in the shortcut. The prank can be changed to fit your needs.

    ‘shutdown’ followed by
    -s shuts down computer (30 sec window pops up)
    -l logs off computer
    -r restarts computer (30 sec window pops up)
    -f forces running applications to close without warning
    -t XX specifies ime for shutdown in seconds
    -c “comment” shows the reason for a shutdown
    -a aborts shutdown (-t 00 will not allow -a to stop shutdown)

  18. Another good one is to change the input language of the computer.

    Control Panel > Regional and Language Options

    Languages Tab

    Details

    Add > French (France)

    Change Default language to French

    English: Now when they type some letters will be normal, and others will be messed up.

    French: Noz zhen they type so,e letters zill be nor,ql qnd others zill be ,essed up:

    Press Left Alt + Shift to change between default languages. If they ask you whats wrong, nonconspicuously change to English and say " It works fine for me" then change back.

  19. Another good one is to change the input language of the computer.

    Control Panel > Regional and Language Options
    Languages Tab
    Details
    Add > French (France)
    Change Default language to French

    English: Now when they type some letters will be normal, and others will be messed up.

    French: Noz zhen they type so,e letters zill be nor,ql qnd others zill be ,essed up:

    Press Left Alt + Shift to change between default languages. If they ask you whats wrong, nonconspicuously change to English and say ” It works fine for me” then change back.

  20. A co-worker and I set up accounts on another co-worker's Linux box. He rarely uses this box for much right now. At first we played some small pranks, like killing open terminal windows and moving files around, or killing some of the server processes. (Oh, did I mention we set ourselves up with 'sudo' permissions for everything? :)

    Anyway, I thought one day he was getting suspicious. So, I took an application username I knew he didn't use, replace the 'w', 'who', 'users', 'ls' and 'ps' commands to filter the output related to this username. Sure enough he found our other logins and disabled them. Ever since, we've continued rebooting his system, killing processes, moving files and he doesn't know it's us. >;)

    Just today, I rebooted his machine and then sent it into single user mode. He's still clueless.

    Let that be a lesson to you all, don't leave a "root" terminal open when you go on vacation.

  21. A co-worker and I set up accounts on another co-worker’s Linux box. He rarely uses this box for much right now. At first we played some small pranks, like killing open terminal windows and moving files around, or killing some of the server processes. (Oh, did I mention we set ourselves up with ‘sudo’ permissions for everything? :)

    Anyway, I thought one day he was getting suspicious. So, I took an application username I knew he didn’t use, replace the ‘w’, ‘who’, ‘users’, ‘ls’ and ‘ps’ commands to filter the output related to this username. Sure enough he found our other logins and disabled them. Ever since, we’ve continued rebooting his system, killing processes, moving files and he doesn’t know it’s us. >;)

    Just today, I rebooted his machine and then sent it into single user mode. He’s still clueless.

    Let that be a lesson to you all, don’t leave a “root” terminal open when you go on vacation.

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  23. I read somewhere that a guy switched the keyboard cables on two computers that were back to back, so that his keyboard typed on the other person's screen, then started typing things like "Leave me alone" and "hey, that hurt! Don't hit me so hard!"

  24. I read somewhere that a guy switched the keyboard cables on two computers that were back to back, so that his keyboard typed on the other person’s screen, then started typing things like “Leave me alone” and “hey, that hurt! Don’t hit me so hard!”

  25. if you sit next to the person you want to prank switch the keyboards and type in his user name and the same amount of letters in their password and push the same buttons as them they get really confused why they cant log on

    p.s yea geeks are sexy

  26. if you sit next to the person you want to prank switch the keyboards and type in his user name and the same amount of letters in their password and push the same buttons as them they get really confused why they cant log on

    p.s yea geeks are sexy

  27. Open some windows, and take a screen shot (printscreen button)

    set as desktop background

    move taskbar to the left and auto-hide it.

    watch as victim reboots thinking his PC is stuck.

  28. Open some windows, and take a screen shot (printscreen button)
    set as desktop background
    move taskbar to the left and auto-hide it.

    watch as victim reboots thinking his PC is stuck.

  29. for a great prank all you have to do is get 3 or 4 big elastics on the sprayer on your foucit and sit back and watch as your victim gets drenched in water lol but remember (put the elastics on a foucit that is used alot)!!!!

    ps roflmao

  30. for a great prank all you have to do is get 3 or 4 big elastics on the sprayer on your foucit and sit back and watch as your victim gets drenched in water lol but remember (put the elastics on a foucit that is used alot)!!!!

    ps roflmao

  31. LOL, I just did that short cut that shutsdown the computer to a friend over MSN and it worked. I said 'Your computer has be locked by your network administrator, If you have a problem with it take it up with him…'

    LMFAO

  32. LOL, I just did that short cut that shutsdown the computer to a friend over MSN and it worked. I said ‘Your computer has be locked by your network administrator, If you have a problem with it take it up with him…’

    LMFAO

  33. How about this one? If your company has VoIP, upload some bad songs to the system, turn it all the way up and set it as their ringer. Songs like it's raning men, girls just want to have fun etc.

  34. How about this one? If your company has VoIP, upload some bad songs to the system, turn it all the way up and set it as their ringer. Songs like it’s raning men, girls just want to have fun etc.