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Looknsee Photography

Posts: 22695

Portland, Oregon, US

I logged onto my secondary PC earlier today.  It's screen was flipped upside down.  The mouse was working opposite of the way I was used to (up was down, left was right).

Took me a while to figure out how to fix it:      (or something like that.

I don't know how I flipped it in the first place, but I'm glad I figured it out.


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I was a graduate computer science student in the early 1970s.  We grad students liked to play pranks on each other.  Because of these pranks, we invented things like computer security, network security, backup methodologies, and even parts of the Internet.

This would have been a good prank.

Jun 14 13 01:35 pm Link

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photoimager

Posts: 4987

Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom

There are some shortcut keys for changing the screen orientation (PC). Kids like to use them on shared machines to mess things up for subsequent users who do not know how to change it back.

Jun 14 13 01:39 pm Link

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Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 29231

Dearborn, Michigan, US

My 2 year old granddaughter did that to our computer by accident.

Jun 14 13 01:48 pm Link

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Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 29231

Dearborn, Michigan, US

photoimager wrote:
There are some shortcut keys for changing the screen orientation (PC). Kids like to use them on shared machines to mess things up for subsequent users who do not know how to change it back.

Yes.

Jun 14 13 01:50 pm Link

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Brian Diaz

Posts: 64111

Danbury, Connecticut, US

Press Control + Alt + Down Arrow

Jun 14 13 03:43 pm Link

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Schlake

Posts: 2934

Socorro, New Mexico, US

Looknsee Photography wrote:
I logged onto my secondary PC earlier today.  It's screen was flipped upside down.  The mouse was working opposite of the way I was used to (up was down, left was right).

Took me a while to figure out how to fix it:      (or something like that.

That was a joke my father used to play on people in the 60s and 70s.  Only he did it by taking their monitors apart and resoldering them.

Jun 14 13 06:13 pm Link

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Paolo Diavolo

Posts: 8959

Martinez, California, US

I used to do that to mess with some people at work.
My other fav prank was to take a screen shot, and move the icons randomly that we needed for our job, and then take another screen shot.
repeat that about 4 times, and then make it the wallpaper.

so it looked like the icons were there, but it was just a picture of them.
1 out of the many was real.

Jun 14 13 06:17 pm Link

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Caradoc

Posts: 19896

Scottsdale, Arizona, US

We used to edit the command line prompt to "(clear screen)Please wait..." and see how long people would wait.

Jun 15 13 08:03 am Link

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Robb Mann

Posts: 11228

Baltimore, Maryland, US

Or starting a huge batch job on your opponents computer in the middle of a game of xtank to slow his system down to a crawl...

Jun 15 13 08:35 am Link