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10 Great Tech Pranks for April 1st

10 Great Tech Pranks for April 1st

April Fools’ means mischief. But what if you’re stuck in front of a computer all day? There are plenty of tech-centric pranks to pull on your coworkers or friends.

We’ve all seen the old prank, to pop off the keys on a keyboard and switch them around (gah! Everytime I go for an ‘a’ it comes out ‘z’!) but here’s an improvement: with KeyExtender, you can re-map a keyboard without switching any letters. Just think – you could change the letters so “fool” turns into “n00b”. The download is free and it only takes a few minutes to turn your deskmate’s afternoon of entering reports into a slow nightmarish slog of hunting and pecking. And hunting. And pecking.

Then, it’s your chance swoop in to fix the messy computer, just in the nick of time.

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    icepick314 , March 30, 2011 7:14 PM
    on first prank, the keyboard switch, try changing the keyboard from standard to Dvorak format...

    it's usually under Regional and Language settings in Windows Vista and 7...

    it's quick and easy and somewhat benign prank as it's very easy to figure out and fix...
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    Anonymous , March 30, 2011 11:31 PM
    1. Control Panel > Accessibility Options > Check "Use Filter Keys"
    2. Settings > Check "Beep when keys pressed or accepted"
    3. Enjoy.
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    slothy89 , March 31, 2011 12:58 AM
    sryjetyjdtyjkdtjhsr1. Control Panel > Accessibility Options > Check "Use Filter Keys"2. Settings > Check "Beep when keys pressed or accepted"3. Enjoy.

    haha you have to hold each key for a good second before it registers, nice!
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    daniel123244 , March 31, 2011 2:28 AM
    Just a quick note, i tryed out the keyboard extender. I changed a ton of keys and when i tried to reopen the program it would not start. I tried uninstalling the program and this left half the keys on my keyboard useless. If this happens to you just restart the computer after uninstalling.
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    saxplayingcompnerd , March 31, 2011 3:17 AM
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    mayankleoboy1 , March 31, 2011 5:02 AM
    optical mouse trick is fun!!
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    guardianangel42 , March 31, 2011 6:05 AM
    I have Xpadder for my computer so that I can program controls for my Xbox 360 controller to add support for games that don't have it.

    Now before you start back with K/M is superior I just want to explain how the software works... And how you can use the software to prank people.

    Xpadder doesn't add support to the game, it emulates the K/M. This means that I can set my wireless 360 controller, which has a range of 30 feet, to function as the mouse. I can also program any function I want, from CTRL+ALT+Delete to ALT+TAB and anything else out there, so that I can really screw with people's heads.

    I did this a while back actually. I was helping a buddy of mine do a school project by making a video. Xpadder was already running and I just turned on my controller. I subtly moved the right thumbstick, default mouse emulation, and racked in the laughs as my friend shook the mouse, then lifted the mouse, then shook it again in frustration.

    Good times.
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    Mark Heath , March 31, 2011 11:42 AM
    I got a 404 when trying to use the link in #4 and I'm pretty sure that wasn't supposed to be an April Fool's joke ;)  It looks like you left out the "L" at the end of the link:
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2011 12:04 PM
    One easy one is to close all windows, then press PrtSc (or Shift+PrtScr depending on your PC).. That'll take a screenshot of the desktop. Now, Click Start->Run and type MSPaint, then Ctrl+V the screenshot into Paint. Ctrl+S to save it, save it as C:\desktop.bmp or something.

    Now close paint, rearrange all the icons on the desktop so they were'nt where they used to be, auto-hide the task bar by right-clicking and selecting Properties->AutoHide...

    Now right-click on the background and click personalise (Doze7) or Properties then Background (XP?).. and change the background image to the screenshot.

    Et voila. When the user returns, they'll be clicking on 'icons' on their desktop.. but it's just an image :-) You have to do it to fully appreciate the hilarity.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 31, 2011 1:45 PM
    not quite funny enough
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    erick81 , March 31, 2011 5:04 PM
    I had #7 done to me brilliantly in an office I worked at we had an Irish it guy who had unhooked the panel on our copy machine and created a remote then told us it was voice activated but he had messed up because it only accepted his accent he got a huge kick out it.
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    dconnors , March 31, 2011 5:37 PM
    JohnnyLuckynot quite funny enough

    Don't be such a curmudgeon.
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    dconnors , March 31, 2011 6:04 PM
    Mark HeathI got a 404 when trying to use the link in #4 and I'm pretty sure that wasn't supposed to be an April Fool's joke It looks like you left out the "L" at the end of the link:

    Oh, snap! Thanks for pointing that out! Fixing now...

    -Devin Connors
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    eddieroolz , April 1, 2011 5:20 PM
    Interesting pranks, but I personally avoid so some of them won't work for me.

    What a bummer :\
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    amdfangirl , April 2, 2011 12:32 AM
    I inserted a Linux (command line) boot cd into their CD drive, set back the BIOS to quickboot from CD.

    ;) .
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    vittau , April 3, 2011 2:18 AM
    This one is awesome:
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    Anonymous , April 3, 2011 6:53 AM
    The plural for "mouse" is "mice", not "mouses"...
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    husker , April 5, 2011 7:14 PM
    JohnnyLuckynot quite funny enough

    Not quite unamused enough.
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    enforcer22 , April 8, 2011 2:36 AM
    amdfangirlI inserted a Linux (command line) boot cd into their CD drive, set back the BIOS to quickboot from CD. .

    Hah i did kinda the same thing. I setup the bios to boot from flash drive and stuck the drive in a USB slot in the back of the computer with ubuntu loaded on it. The i put it on the g/f's computer and watched her brain explode for a few days.
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