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 Post subject: Unix Popups - the good old days
Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 12:37 pm 
Many moons ago when working on Unix systems, it was easy to pop up a message on someone's monitor if they were on your network. We used to really freak people out (that was before every website had popups and people were not used to it). It was great fun to tell a guy that his computer detected a problem and then watch from across the lab as he did everything you told him to do to try to fix it. Sometimes we'd go on for days before the guy would catch on (or some twit would tell him).

:smt005 :smt016 :smt023 :smt025 :smt036 :smt038 :smt042 :smt044 :smt047 :smt080 :smt081 :smt043

Is there a way to do this sort of prank with Windows machines, or is security just too good these days?

 Post subject: Windows Jokes...
Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2005 3:08 pm 
I guess that the nastiest thing you can do with a windows user today is changing the Windows sound (starting windows, exclamation, error, incoming mail and so on). In one of the Dilbert books by Scott Adams, there is a story of what happened when the boss left his office without locking his computer. All sounds was changed to "A scream of a woman that experiences an... (you can guess)". According to the book the result was a success. The fact the the boss was a computer illitterate also played a part in this adventure - not beeing able to change back the settings...

I am not a UNIX fan, but I have learned that the command "ALIAS" can be used in the login scripts to really drive people mad...

 Post subject:
Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:41 am 
Have a heart buddy. Windows on its own freaks out people. You want to add misery? :shock:

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Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 7:31 am 

Joined: Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:45 am
Posts: 3
Location: Copenhagen
It used to be possible on Win NT networks to use the console command : "Net send <user> whatever"

We used to do that to the newbies in my old company aswell

Sometimes it would get out of hand, cause it was possible to make a batch file to loop the send command forever, thus locking up the receiving client.

Posted  11/12/2012