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Thread: Such a bad son

  1. #1
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    Such a bad son

    But I'm hoping that the end justifies the means...

    I've been holding off on posting this until I found out if it was going to work or not, because if it didn't, I was in for a major guilt trip. My mother has embraced online banking, and bill paying, and shopping, and chatting and this, that and the other. I had been trying to get her to allow me to switch her from XP to Ubuntu for the security aspect of it. She was concerned about online security...but not enough to give up her windows.

    So, I used printscrn to get a picture of her XP desktop....then used the picture as her desktop wallpaper, moved her taskbar to the top, and set it to "auto-hide". When she booted up her computer, NOTHING that she clicked on would work. After a couple of hours of reboots, she was so fed up that she was willing to try ubuntu.

    That was 2 weeks ago, and she's loving it. She chats with her old AIM buddies on Gaim, has Thunderbird for her email and is just generally happy with the entire package.

    If you wanna flame me for being a bad, manipulative son, go ahead...but I feel like shes lots safer online now.

    The culprit "dead desktop"

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    Re: Such a bad son

    Hehehe pretty funny

    - trib'

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    Re: Such a bad son

    lol that's a great way to get people to switch. It actually made me laugh out loud!

    Just don't let her read this thread!

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    Re: Such a bad son

    Deviant!
    Never eat more than you can lift!

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    Re: Such a bad son

    I want to do that with my mum for long, but I am afraid she would kill me.
    My sis switched without a hitch because her mp3 player and skype worked those were the most important for her.
    Why can't technology be as simple as the box it comes in ?

    VAIO X505 800g pure Debian.

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    Re: Such a bad son

    lol! Altough you cheated, it was in a very amusing way!

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    Re: Such a bad son

    that's great!=D>=D>=D>

  8. #8
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    Re: Such a bad son

    I've always loved that prank. Another good one is to take a screenshot, and use GIMP or similar to make several dozen copies of some important desktop icon, and hide the real one somewhere in the middle.
    Are you Listening?
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    Re: Such a bad son

    You have to trick someone into using Ubuntu?.. Umm...

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    Re: Such a bad son

    Wow, nice method of tricking. Me personally would of just keylogged her and shown her how easy it is to get passwords.

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