Don’t Get Caught: This computer prank gives you a short break at work
There are days when it is difficult to concentrate at work. If you need a short break, there’s a little computer trick you can use—but don’t get caught doing it.
In the 1990s, the popular game Moorhuhn (download at CHIP) had a special button that could simulate a workplace while playing. Because at that time, many employees simply gambled secretly in the office and needed a quick solution when the boss came in.
Nowadays that is actually unthinkable, on most computers employees cannot install anything at all. But how do you still get a little pause for thought?
How about a Windows system update that takes its time again. Here we will show you two simple methods with which you can make the PC “unusable”.
Here’s how the trick works
The Update Faker website simulates an amazingly real-looking system update (more information at CHIP). You can choose from five different operating systems on the website.
But beware! All update screens are unfortunately in English. So if your boss has sharp eyes, he might see through the trick. The following fake updates are available:
- windows 11
- Windows 98
- Mac OS X
Of course, the older Windows versions are only suitable for brief confusion, since updates for these Windows versions have been discontinued for years.
With a push on the F11 key the update page can be admired in full screen, which looks deceptively real. Mouse movements or the ESC key do not destroy the illusion.
If someone presses the spacebar or enter, a blue screen will appear, which at most will extend your break to the rest of the day. Only by pressing the F11 key again is the dizziness revealed and you can use the computer normally again.
The update screen is therefore also suitable for giving your colleagues a harmless prank to play – and to remind them to always lock the computer when they’re away. The joke gets even better if you choose Windows XP for the update.
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