It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students

Who, me? The weekend is over and that means another story of reader misdeeds to start Monday with our regular column, Who, me?

Surprisingly, The Register readers contain a small army of technicians who, if they get bored a little, are ready and willing to punish the unsuspecting.

"Joe" got in touch after LaserJet's pranks last week to tell us how the bet increased thanks to some of the laxest approaches adopted by the designers of Windows 95.

Our story takes place in the excellent state of Maine, United States, while Joe was still in high school. Things were simpler then, and school computers needed someone to press the "Off" button after their fleet of Windows 95 desktop computers had been turned off.

"Like a moderate computer nerd," Joe said, "and a little joker, I was always looking for ways to mess with people subtly.

" One day, while playing with my home machine, I found the message file & # 39; it is now safe to turn off your computer & # 39; ".

Gray Beards will remember the files logos.sys and logow.sys that were actually little more than maps of bits that informed the user that Windows 95 was closing and that it was fine to disconnect it. [19659002] Thanks to Microsoft's heinous attempt to obfuscate, "this opened a new vector of jokes."

"I created some different versions, with things How & # 39; do you really think it is safe to turn off your computer? & # 39;, & # 39; It will never be safe to turn off your computer & # 39 ;, and my favorite: & # 39; Error saving data & # 39; ".

Coffee with milk r, we believe, shows a level of evil and cunning that Joe should have seen elevated to a higher position within one of today's technological giants.

Our man would throw with a 3.5 "floppy disk of fun, load the library computers" and wait for the carnage. "

To be fair, some children didn't even notice, while others just asked for help. "A boy," Joe said, "was really scared by & # 39; Error saving data & # 39; it didn't matter that he had his work printed, and he put it on a disk he had in his hand, he swore that everything had disappeared that point. "

Ah, happy carefree school days.

Unfortunately for Joe, computers were taken out of service for engineers to solve what was happening. "I ended up having to leave myself," he told us. "It is still worth it."

Despite showing an aptitude for malevolence that should have taken him far in the software world, Joe ended up in the field of automotive repair, and is now responsible for a fleet of delivery vehicles. [19659002] "My punishment," he told us sadly, "is having to register all my work on a network that is slower than dial-up".

Have you ever had Windows 95 urge your users to buy a Mac during shutdown? Or did you find another way to alarm the unsuspecting? Of course, and you must say Who, me? all about it. ®

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