Happy April Fool’s Day!
Every year as the first of April rolls around, many people find themselves plotting pranks to play on co-workers and friends. After all, that’s part of the fun of April Fool’s Day.
However it’s not just people who join in the fun. Every year, some big name tech giants also enjoy the day by playing some silly prank on the Internet. Typically, it’s fairly obvious what the joke is, but not always.
Here are a few of our favorites for today:
Tech Pranks April Fools 2013
Google, a notorious prankster, is responsible for a few pranks today, including the rumor that YouTube is shutting down, and the BETA project for the Sharpest Olfactory Experience Available.
Yup, you read that right. There’s a rumor today about YouTube, and it ends with it shutting down at midnight. Apparently, YouTube was really just a video contest all along, and it’s come to the end of its 8 year run. After winners are picked tonight, it will be shut down for good.
Of course, this is most likely a prank, because why would Google shut down one of their most used money making giants? They wouldn’t. You can read about the “contest” here.
Smelling is Believing, as the slogan goes, and today, Google will have you believe that they’ve created an app that can smell. Though still in BETA, this app will help you discover new scents, or explore old favorites. You can read about GoogleNose here.
Today, Twitter announced the release of Twttr, a basic Twitter service which allows you to only use consonants. For an extra $5 / month, you can upgrade to the premium Twitter service, which allows the use of vowels. Read more about this service here.
Sony also decided to join in the fun, by announcing a new line of products that include televisions and computers, and are targeted for pets. The Animalia Line helps modify electronics so your pets can use them, helping Fluffy consume information in style. To check out the Animalia Line, click here.
Did we miss one of the big pranks today? Leave us a comment and share the awesome tech prank you found online. Remember to include a link, so we can check it out too.
With April Fool’s Day quickly approaching, it got us wondering, what are some of the best computer based pranks to pull on someone? So, we compiled a list of the ones we thought could be the most effective.
You can use this list to play a prank on a co-worker or friend. Similarly, if one of these pranks is played on you, use this list to undo the trick, and to come up with better ways to get revenge.
Just remember to tell your co-worker “April Fool’s” and help them undo the prank before they think something is seriously wrong and call the help desk.
Here are a few of our favorite computer based pranks:
Changing the Desktop to a Picture
The Setup: To setup this classic office prank, create a print screen of the desktop. Then, paste it into Pain, and save the image as a bitmap. Set the newly created image as the Desktop Wallpaper, and then go into the desktop settings and hide all the icons.
The Joke: While their Desktop will look the same, when your co-worker clicks on items, nothing will happen.
Incorrect Spell Check
The Setup: Go to the computer of the person you are wanting to prank, and open Microsoft Word. Change the autocorrect settings for the spellchecker, so that it changes perfectly normal words to strange things. Settings can be found under File > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect Options. Remember to setup the Replace Text as you Type option, and set it to replace common words such as and, the, to, with weird words such as rutabaga, firework, or whatever. Use your imagination.
The Joke: When your co-worker uses Word, any of the words you changed in the AutoCorrect settings will automatically change as they type. Watch as hilarity ensues as your co-worker tries to figure out if it’s them, the keyboard, or something else that’s causing the problem.
The Setup: Attach a wireless keyboard to a co-workers computer, and then give the keyboard to someone else. Take the co-worker you are pranking aside somewhere else, like the conference room, and explain that the company wants people to start using the Speech-to-Text feature in Windows. Train them how to use it, then send them back to their desk.
The Joke: Have the person with the wireless keyboard type in random words, and then watch and listen as the “trainer” starts speaking louder and louder, changing their pronunciation, trying to get the computer to recognize and learn words.
Swapping Mouse Buttons
The Setup: Open the Mouse Properties (Start > Control Panel > Mouse) and set the button configuration to switch the primary and secondary buttons.
The Joke: Sit back and watch as your co-worker grows more frustrated when their left-click acts like right-click.
Want some more computer pranks? Try these websites: