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July 9, 2011 1:40 PM Subscribe
Friends are holding a computer prank contest. Need ideas.
posted by nikkorizz to Computers & Internet (44 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Friends and I are holding a computer prank contest. We're all software developers and must code our own pranks.
Only friends that have willingly agreed to participate in the contest will be pranked. I don't intend to put my prank on any unsuspecting person's computer.
That aside, here are the pranks rules:
1) Pranks cannot be malicious in nature (ie, deleting files, preventing OS from loading). However pranks can feign malicious activity (ie, moving files around, fake blue-screen-of-death, pop-up dialogs that say files are being removed, etc.)
2) No keyloggers.
3) No illegal activity.
4) No outside programs. We must code our own prank from scratch.
Everyone participating in the contest runs either Windows XP or Windows 7. I'm not too worried about getting my program on the victim's computer because most friends leave their computers unattended (and logged in) when I visit. Also, I'm not concerned with how to hide the process from the user. I've already got that figured out.
I don't want something so complicated that it will take me more than a month to code in my spare time.
I do want a prank that acts so subtly that it will take the victim a while to figure out that something is not right, but something that will still drive them batty.
For example, a program that takes only *1* file off the user's desktop and puts that file into its own sub-directory (on the desktop). The program will execute so infrequently, say once a week, that the user won't immediately suspect a prank program running in the background, and perhaps think that they are just going crazy.
Any ideas? I looking for something that will make for a good laugh. Maybe something that involves something ridiculous, like unicorns or Chuck Norris? I don't know. Give me your ideas.