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doni49
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Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

01-31-2013 02:13 PM in reply to: Wanderer-MOTD

I just remembered another one -- only this one was a little more recent.

 

At my former job, one of my fellow CAD techs had been promoted to "CAD Mgr".  She did ok with keeping track of where things were filed and was ok with keeping track of who was assigned to what project.  But that was all -- she had no clue about anything else that would normally be considered "CAD Mgmt" (not good even with block definitions or anything like that).

 

But yet, because she was now the "CAD Mgr", it gave her a swelled head and she earned herself the nickname of "CAD Nazi".  Our network login was handled via batch file. 

 

I figured out how to code a batch file so that it changed the screen saver to that old "Marquee" screen saver that scrolled text across your screen.   My batch file randomly chose BG colors, Txt colors & Txt fonts for this and then changed the wording to say "I am CAD Nazi -- hear me roar!!!".

 

I had it set up so that some days this would run and other days it wouldn't.  Between the randomness of running vs not and the varying colors/fonts, it looked like someone was accessing her computer each time and changing it.  This went on for about 2 months -- but then she got fired because the boss was getting too many complaints that she had become so obnoxious.

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shunter62
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Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

02-26-2013 02:21 PM in reply to: troma

In my pre-CAD days (before 1984) the best practical joke one could play on someone was to cut a square of mylar a littlle smaller than a slice of bread & put it in someone's sandwich. The April Fool once hid ALL of the red pens and pencils in a busy engineering office, when engineers "designed" in red and drafters copied.

Sometime in the late 90's I aquired a lisp routine called "freakout" from a co-worker. It zoomed the screen in and out at an ever increasing and decrasing size and pace. Escape stopped it. I have it stashed on a cd, somewhere...

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graemev
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Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

02-26-2013 03:20 PM in reply to: shunter62

I recall one fellow student "abandoning" her workstation for a little too long one afternoon.  Another classmate placed a single point approximately 50 miles (model space) away from the UCS origin, then zoomed in on a small area of the model.  The first student returned, did a zoom-all, and freaked out about her model disappearing.

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CADiva
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Message 44 of 55 (627 Views)

Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

02-26-2013 07:46 PM in reply to: graemev

graemev wrote:

I recall one fellow student "abandoning" her workstation for a little too long one afternoon.  Another classmate placed a single point approximately 50 miles (model space) away from the UCS origin, then zoomed in on a small area of the model.  The first student returned, did a zoom-all, and freaked out about her model disappearing.



LOL - civil engineers seem to do this to all their files. :smileylol:

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Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

02-27-2013 01:03 AM in reply to: CADiva

CADiva wrote:

graemev wrote:

I recall one fellow student "abandoning" her workstation for a little too long one afternoon.  Another classmate placed a single point approximately 50 miles (model space) away from the UCS origin, then zoomed in on a small area of the model.  The first student returned, did a zoom-all, and freaked out about her model disappearing.



LOL - civil engineers seem to do this to all their files. :smileylol:


Amen to that - that isn't a prank, it's more a daily routine.

 

I don't CAD prank my colleagues, as I'm the go-to for whenever things go wrong, or something happens which they don't understand :smileysad:

 

Most the office pranks are phyiscal - one favourite is the post-it-note stuck to the underside of the optical mouse - though my colleagues got their own back with a weeks worth of dead flies in the little diode apeture on my mouse - perhaps post-its were in short supply that day..

 

Generally anyone who leaves their workstation unlocked in my presence will find their outlook calendar filled with bizarre appointments, and their personal profile on our intranet subtly modified.

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Wanderer-MOTD
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Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

02-27-2013 06:49 AM in reply to: GilesPhillips

Gosh, we're boring in my office...

 

All we do is occasionally smack each other with rolls of prints or leave coffee rings all over one another's expensive equipment.

 

Maybe it's time to steal some of my kids' fake bugs and rodents?

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rkmcswain
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Message 47 of 55 (117 Views)

Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

07-28-2014 07:10 AM in reply to: troma

Yes, I know this is an old thread....but I think I've stumbled across one that could drive someone crazy.

 

Set CONSTRAINTINFER = 1 and CONSTRAINTBARDISPLAY = 0

 

 

 

 

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Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

07-28-2014 10:18 AM in reply to: rkmcswain
lol.

My users aren't quite experienced enough for me to want to autocad prank them.

BUT, I am delighted to see that my new coworkers have a fake mouse which they occasionally slip into someone's cabinet or on their mousepad. That's always good for a giggle.
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doni49
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Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

07-28-2014 11:43 AM in reply to: Wanderer-MOTD

Wanderer-MOTD wrote:
lol.

My users aren't quite experienced enough for me to want to autocad prank them.

BUT, I am delighted to see that my new coworkers have a fake mouse which they occasionally slip into someone's cabinet or on their mousepad. That's always good for a giggle.

I'd love to find one that looks real AND MOVES.  Oh the pranks that could bring.  :smileyhappy:

 

 

 

This one reminds me of my pre-CAD days .  I worked as a waiter while going to school.  We had a head waitress (Joanie) that was (and presumably still is) terrified of bugs, mice etc.  We also had a manager (Rich) who LOVED to play pranks.

 

One day, Rich got the bright idea to grab a carry out bag, blow it up and squeeze the top shut.  He then took it in the back and saw Joanie eating her lunch in the break room.  He held the bag up and proclaimed "Hey Joanie -- guess what I found!"  Within a split second, she's up out of her chair, back against the wall screaming her head off.  You should've seen her reaction when he gave the bag a toss in her direction.  When he calmed down from laughing, he explained that the bag was empty and got her calmed down.

 

I was in the stock room across from the break room so I got to witness this.

Don Ireland



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Re: What's your favourite ACAD prank?

07-30-2014 11:35 AM in reply to: doni49
Haha. My mom is the biggest wuss.

One time, when my youngest was a baby, my Mom starts going on and on about how much poo turns her stomach.
My husband asked her to change our son's diaper and she's all, 'nope!'

So, Mick changes him, hands him to me, then takes the bag with the poopy diaper... and proceeds to chase my mother around the house with it.

We were all crying with laughter.
I'm married to one classy guy. :smileywink:
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