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    Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    I recently became bored and decided to put together some simple Ubuntu pranks.

    Text Message at Start Up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0N3XJvgUMY

    Text to Voice on Start Up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfHvN9lBZw8

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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    My favorite LOL is to take a screenshot of the desktop and post it as the wallpaper. This is great for all OS's and have the user scratching their heads for a minute or two.. hehe
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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    It's a good ol classic, and quite effective at times lol

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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    Code:
    alias cd='eject; cd'
    Not original, but I have forgotten where I originally read it. It would be amusing, though.
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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    Quote Originally Posted by m_duck View Post
    Code:
    alias cd='eject; cd'
    Not original, but I have forgotten where I originally read it. It would be amusing, though.
    It would be funny to name that script "Firefox" and put it on the desktop.

    Edit: it doesn't work, though. Maybe you have to have a CD in for it to work.
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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    Ah, you probably need to specify the device if you've more than one. Try eject /dev/sr0
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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    I just finished one on keyboard remapping, I might have to do one on the cd ejection next, I found it quite amusing at work lol

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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    I think "eject" just ejects a CD if there's already one inserted. The command to open the empty tray is "eject -t", I believe. You could substitute "eject" for another fun command such as "notify-send `fortune -o`"

    I read a Linux prank a while back where it's a little Bash script that runs "beep" at random intervals. Pretty annoying.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    eject works w or w/o a disc. At least in my system.
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    Re: Simple Ubuntu Pranks

    I totally need to remember that disc eject prank. I'm not that cruel, but it will sure be tempting to do that to my friend's laptop whenever he reinstalls Ubuntu on it! >:D

    One of the better pranks I've pulled was to take a screenshot of the desktop, modify the time on my notification panel to 6:66 (Or something even less natural like 7:77 or 78:LX. xD) with Kolourpaint, put the doctored photo on full-screen, and pretend to idly move the mouse around. Sure grabbed my cousin's attention! =P

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