Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
Sandtinker
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
Sandtinker   5/31/2013 1:02:16 AM
NO RATINGS
Years ago, I was developing an audio signal generator for a well-known T&M company that had a 3-second voice ID feature. I was working late when I got the voice record/playback feature working. Before I left for the day, I recorded a message "Help, Let me out of here!" and rigged it to loop, turned up the volume, and covered my headphones with papers. I was working late the next day, when the night janitor stopped by to tell me that he was quite perplexed as to who was in distress and how he could help!

erol.seke
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
erol.seke   4/5/2013 1:39:43 PM
NO RATINGS
Classic desktop prank : I print-screened a colleague's desktop into a bitmap when he was gone for a coffee and made it wallpaper, putting everything on the desktop in a safe place beforehand. We all had fun watching him double-clicking on icons and restarting his pc over and over when nothing seems to work.

camote
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
camote   3/29/2013 7:14:08 PM
NO RATINGS
I remember one, my boss had a user's manual of a Fuji controller (written in english) and he pass another copy to us (written in japanes) and he started reading the contents aloud. We did not understand a thing...and after surprised faces, he questioned: "can you understand japanese or not?"...later, much more later we discovered the trick...

camote
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
camote   3/29/2013 7:09:02 PM
NO RATINGS
It is what I call NMI: non-maskable-interrupt...aarrrggggh...

rhayashi
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
rhayashi   10/10/2012 9:21:06 PM
NO RATINGS
Somebody was throwing the thermostat next to my bench all the way on or off. SO i out up a sign saying "please don't" to no avail. I was testing battery life on a farm fence charger so I ran the HV loop to a ring around the thermostat and told everybody in the lab. Later that day the president asked me to take it down. I assume got the shock..

rhayashi
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
rhayashi   4/18/2012 10:32:33 PM
NO RATINGS
In the good old days of DOS based PCAD. I used a editor to change the routine messages on startup of coworkers work stations, "WARNING THIS IS A UNAUTHORIZED COPY OF PCAD AND IS A FELONY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE PROGRAM WILL BE AUTOMATICLY DELETED."

Brian Fuller2
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
Brian Fuller2   10/6/2011 11:05:27 PM
NO RATINGS
Rich, great line...! (And a new photo!)

seaEE
User Rank
CEO
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
seaEE   10/5/2011 1:17:32 AM
NO RATINGS
Awesome!

DONALD.RUSS
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
DONALD.RUSS   10/4/2011 9:41:16 PM
NO RATINGS
Several pranks: Way back I used to work my way through college in a 2-way radio shop and there were pranks over the years. My boss would leave charged axial caps on the bench with the leads folded back across the body so that there was a large area to catch both leads with your fingers when he told you to "Clean up that bench!" I got him back one day when he was probing the plate on the PA of a 100Watt transmitter. I took an empty clipboard and opened the clip all the way and let it go...... He got back for that by putting a christmas tree flasher in line with the power to a console. I spent 20 minutes removing as many screws trying to figure out why the radio audio cut in and out at a 1/4 Hz rate. So, one day while rumaging through a garage sale I found these HUGE flash bulbs that used a standard light socket.......... You can guess what happened when the boss came into his dark office the following day and reached for the light switch.

zedConte
User Rank
Rookie
re: EE Times EE Life Practical Jokes: How to shut the sales guy up
zedConte   8/5/2011 11:04:02 PM
NO RATINGS
Ok guys, here are my two cents. What about a button unleashing the obnoxious sound and some sensors to increase the volume as the "victim" walks away XD. He would have to stay closer in order to be safe!

Page 1 / 3   >   >>


EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Tiny Kickstarter MCU Board Provides 'Smart Fusion' for IoT Systems
Max Maxfield
2 comments
Just a few minutes ago as I pen this words, I received an email from my chum Mike Hibbert, who is a columnist for the computer and electronics hobbyist magazine Everyday Practical ...

EDN Staff

11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
EDN Staff
20 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world. Here are just a few spots ...

Glen Chenier

Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Glen Chenier
15 comments
- An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
46 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)