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    A little project for half term

    Every now and again we get asked to help out with what i would call "the fun little jobs that make everything worthwhile" One of the admin staff (here-on known as S) asked if we could help her get her own back on a couple of the other admin staff (here-on known as E & A).

    Whenever S leaves her desk, E & A have been pressing the Calculator shortcut key on S's keyboard many times opening multiple instances of Calculator. Since S likes her shiny new multimedia keyboard, swapping isn't an option and besides, us techies can be far more inventive than that. This also gives us the opportunity to flex our coding skills.

    The final solution has been to replace the original calc.exe with a new calc.exe of our own devising (the original has been renamed to calculator.exe just in case S actually needs it in future)

    Now when the Calculator key is pressed it opens a message box stating "Format C: Drive. All data will be deleted! Are you sure you wish to Format the C: Drive?", with Yes and No buttons. Whichever button is pressed a new message box opens and displays a green progress bar that looks like itís deleting the files. They canít close or stop this and it takes about a minute to fill the bar giving them plenty of time to panic. And for the piece de resistance, when the progress gets to 100%, a scary picture pops up and plays a scary laugh, which just comes back on if they close it.

    I don't think i've ever been so excited for the new term to start!

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    you could always issue a couple of shutdown /F commands for E & A' PCs too......

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    Nice trick, i can understand the excitement!

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    ooh do share I can see it appearing on the students desktop on April 1st. renamed minecraft.exe

    maybe leave out the scary picture bit.

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    For thos who wish to have a bit of fun. The pdf explains how to close the program if you can't do so via task manager.

    Alternative Calc

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    Or remote cd drive opening...

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    broc - had thought about it but might get into a spot of bother if something critical gets closed without saving. I know it'd serve them right but i'd rather they saw the funny side and we can all have a good laugh about it

    rad - another good option for the future. No optical drives installed at present though

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    You have way too much time on your hands!

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    Maybe S needs to learn what Windows+L is for?

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    You could just create a script to do what every daft thing you want (I like the idea of displaying a 'scary' message on E & A's pcs) and reassign the calculator button to run the script.

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    Not appropriate for sensible adults, but back in the day of win98 pcs when I was a lad, me and a friend wrote a script to call up about 50 porn sites whenever teacher opened Excel.

    He was a good friend because he got suspended for a week and never grassed.

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    Be prepared for endless tickets in the near future and kippers wedged in fusers,

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    Renaming the Windows button via Registry!?

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    Surely causing calc to open on their PCs instead would be equally funny... the more they press, the more they annoy themselves

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    The BSOD screen saver installed on said machine ( not set as default ) and when they press the calc key it executes the screen saver ?

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