Trick or Treat? Definitely tricks – Tech pranks
Halloween is known for the phrase “trick or treat” and it seems that most people these days focus on the “treats.” This is apparent when you visit your local grocery store and see the aisles full of chocolate and sweets. We thought we’d go back to Halloween roots and give you some nerdy ways to mess with your friends.
The dead mouse
This isn’t as gross as it sounds. We’re actually talking about a computer mouse. A very simple way to mess with your friends around the office is to throw a piece of scotch tape over the optical sensor on the bottom of their mouse. If they are still living in the 80s and are using a mechanical mouse, simply remove the ball from the bottom for the same effect. Watch and laugh at their frustration!
The Ninja Remote Jammer
If you’ve ever owned a TV and had two or more people in the house who are remote control freaks, you’ll love this one. Pick up the Ninja Remote Jammer and be the one with total control. This cool device only costs $29.99 and will give you the power to change channels from up to 400 feet away, but it also jams nearby remotes so you’re the only one in control. When turned on, the device’s “bomb” mode randomly changes the TV’s channels and volume for periods of five to 15 minutes. Just don’t get caught …
The Dvorak method
Did you know that there are multiple keyboard options that you can adjust on your computer? One common prank is to set the language to something like Japanese or Spanish. This is a very obvious prank and will get picked up on and fixed rather quickly. There’s a better option out there and it comes in the form of the Dvorak method. This layout is an alternate typing design created in the 1930s to be more efficient than the QWERTY layout. It never caught on which works out great for you because the chances of your victim noticing right away are slim to none … unless they are an uber nerd and are already using it.
This one is by far my favorite. The Phantom Keystroker V2 is sure to drive your friends insane. When they get up to grab that third cup of coffee in the morning, plug this baby into one of their USB ports and enjoy as your buddy goes nuts. The Keystroker emulates a keyboard and mouse and periodically makes random mouse movements, toggles caps-lock and types out odd garbage text and phrases. Switches on the side allow you to choose between keyboard garbage typing, caps lock-toggle, annoying mouse movements or all three. After a few calls to IT you can let your hapless co-worker in on the joke … or not.
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