Fun with tech pranks

> Tech­nol­ogy can be a won­der­ful tool to play some sneaky tricks on the un­sus­pect­ing masses

The Sun (Malaysia) - - GOOD VIBES -

SOME­TIMES, one comes across a scheme so evil, so wicked and so sneaky, that the only pos­si­ble re­sponse is to think: “Why didn’t I think of that?”

A case in point is the story of a guy who was hav­ing a dis­pute with his nasty neigh­bours and thought of a cre­ative form of re­venge.

He used the wire­less sys­tem known as Blue­tooth to make six-sec­ond bursts of ghostly sounds come out of his neigh­bour’s speaker sys­tem ev­ery night at 3am – or so he claimed in a Face­book post.

In less than two weeks, the creeped-out neigh­bours had moved out of the apart­ment block.

Even be­fore I had even fin­ished read­ing that, I’d thought of other uses for the tech­nol­ogy:

Make cir­cus clown mu­sic come out from the build­ing PA sys­tem ev­ery time my boss en­ters the room.

Make heavenly choir sounds emerge at a sub­lim­i­nal level ev­ery time I walk past the pretty re­cep­tion­ists.

Make the sound of thou­sands of peo­ple weep­ing when I even­tu­ally get sacked and the se­cu­rity guards es­cort me from the build­ing.

Tech­nol­ogy, in gen­eral, is a won­der­ful tool for sneaky peo­ple.

A cou­ple of years ago, a friend who’s a joker re­pro­grammed his wife’s com­puter spellcheck to change ev­ery time she wrote ‘Dear’ to ‘Dar­ling’.

Four weeks later, so he claimed, she was em­ployee of the month and her boss gave her a pay rise.

Still, wire­less tech­nol­ogy can be said to be in a dif­fer­ent league.

For ex­am­ple, a se­ri­ous prankster can get a good qual­ity Blue­tooth mu­sic speaker and hide it some­where, such as in a tree, and then just make inane com­ments as un­sus­pect­ing chil­dren pass by.

“Help! A wiz­ard turned me into a chest­nut oak tree.”

Yet, even if you are not very tech-y, you can still have some fun.

For in­stance, find some­one who is hav­ing an in­tense wire­less con­ver­sa­tion in the street, and then go stand next to the per­son and nod a lot while your friend films you.

With luck, you end up with some amus­ing footage and a kazil­lion views on YouTube and Face­book.

Some­times, you also get the bonus of not get­ting beaten up. But that’s not guar­an­teed.

Still, if you are a cut­ting-edge sneaky per­son, here’s how you can use tech­nol­ogy, as taught to me by a reader who did not want his name pub­lished.

In re­cent years, most print­ers have be­come wire­less. So you can ac­tu­ally type a mes­sage on your com­puter and then make it come out of a dif­fer­ent printer else­where in your build­ing or apart­ment block.

It’s easy to do, since peo­ple don’t put pass­words on their print­ers.

Here is one sug­ges­tion: “Hello. I am a rather hi-tech printer and I have be­come self­aware. Your apart­ment is nice. But if you don’t mind me say­ing, I don’t think you should wear that dress with those shoes.”

Oops, gotta stop here, I have a call com­ing through.

No, wait, that’s just one of the voices in my head. I think. What­ever.

Nury Vit­tachi is an Asia-based fre­quent trav­eller. Send ideas and com­ments to life­style.nury@ the­

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