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Quick & Easy computer practical joke with attitude to spare!

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This practical joke came out of a comment from one of my other ‘ibles (which was inspired by another ‘ible.)
Here is a link to my original ‘ible…

http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-talking-thumb-drive-to-protect-your-dat/

Simply, it’s just a quick file that you add to the target’s computer that makes it talk when run.

First, I’ll show you how to make the file (it’s only a few lines of code,) then how to put it in the startup of the computer.  Note, I’ll also add a way to hide it even better if you want to be really annoying.
 

 
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Step 1: What it does and the Boilerplate

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This ‘ible will show you how to create a file on the target’s computer that will speak whatever message to you want when they start up their machine.  This prank is pretty limitless.  There is no end to what you can make the computer say, and it’s undetectable unless they are looking for it.

Some ideas might be…
“I’m sorry Dave, but you can’t work today”
“System error, call someone smarter than you for help!”
“Really, again with just turning me on and going to work”

Or, my favorite…

“Help, BAD TOUCH!!  BAD TOUCH!”

When it runs, there is no indication of what is going on.  Even better, they may not realize that you put the file there and they may not know how to remove it.

In a ‘cubicle farm,’ this joke could provide entertainment all day as people start up their machines and don’t realize what is about to happen to them.  And each person could have a different message tailored to them!

As with all ‘ibles, please use this one responsibly.  With knowledge comes personal responsibity.  Don’t abuse it.
 

bauerbach4 months ago
Does this work with versions of Windows later than XP?
inchman (author)  bauerbach4 months ago
It doesn't appear that it does. When I wrote it, XP was still king. Now, sniff, long live XP! 8>(
oddstray4 years ago
But to which operating system(s) does your 'ible apply?
It should work with windows 98 to 7
inchman (author)  oddstray4 years ago
I know for a fact it will work with WinXX OS's.  I'm pretty sure it will work with others, but I can't test it here in Afghanistan as I don't have access to my PC lab back home.   8>(
billythebob3 years ago
NEVER DO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i have windows 7
for some odd reason when i did it to my own cpu it created a new user call koisk and it required a user name and password, i the n had to go it to safe mode and delete to regian system. finally i had to swicth user a log in differentally. then after i was done with deleting it, i logged of to find that user gone and only the two i normally have
inchman (author)  billythebob3 years ago
Thanks for this update. I never tested Win7 so it's good to know. FWIW, I see no reason to even upgrade to Vista. 8>)
Thanks again for the info.
King Julien4 years ago
what code do you use so it changes per day?

inchman (author)  King Julien4 years ago
 I didn't actually make that code, it was more of an idea.  I wish I had more time to play pranks!  8>)
lukeyj154 years ago
make it quote shakespeare
paraxion4 years ago
Oooh, somehow I can just see a sysadmin somewhere adding this to a login script... picking a random phrase from a text file... that ... would ... be .... brilliant.
inchman (author)  paraxion4 years ago
Ohh, your evil!!  (But I LOVE it!)

Great idea!