Thursday, January 18, 2007

hang on, hang on, let me get that fish hook out

At the hubby's place of employment, they were all issued new laptops this week. The new laptops are all outfitted with fingerprint recognition technology. This week everyone was scheduled to have all their data migrated from their old machines to their new ones.

One fellow was out of the office most of the week, just coming in for the first time today, so naturally Jerry hatched a prank against him. Under the pretext of warning him of the frustrations that were inherant in the migration process (and there actually were numerous problems and glitches), Jerry sent him an email (backed up by the director) alerting him that the new series of laptops received after Tuesday, were actually installed not with fingeprint recognition but with an upgraded technology.

Iris identification.

This fellow was then instructed to make sure that he remove his glasses or contacts and make sure that he got right up to the sensor on his laptop with his right eye in order that the security system was imbedded properly.

Jerry was all pumped to see this prank played out today, but it turns out this guy has been working with Jerry for too long and smelled his fingerprints all over this one. He didn't fall for it.

But, as the initial email made the rounds, several other people were taken in by it, and were all caught redfaced as they attempted to get their iris recognition security system to work and, failing at it, called IT to complain.

They have way too much fun at work, I think.

15 comments:

mellowlee said...

That is awesome! I can just imagine how that looked!!! Teehee!

justacoolcat said...

We once made a few managers wear tin foil hats to clear up *electronic interference on their monitors.

* "electronic interference" was just an installed software that ran at a set duration.

I'm bad.

Anonymous said...

That is so funny. It seems like the bigger the lie, the more people believe it. It's like this email I sent out in '99 warning people about a "y2k" bug.

Allison said...

Sounds very much like The Office, I love it! Those fingerprint laptops are far too high tech for me, and I'm pretty gullible, I might have fallen for that ;)

Anonymous said...

Those wild and crazy tech guys....

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yeah, Mel, I'm picturing everybody crouching down in front of their computer, trying to get their retina level with the sensor.

How long did they were the hats, Just A? I sure hope you managed to sneak in a few photos with the Cameraphone 5000. Those photos would be gold!

Oh that was YOU, John? That explains a few things. I like how you've evaded the authorities thus far.

I'm going to start calling Jerry "Jim" from now on, Allison. I might have fallen for it as well. Well except for the fact that I never believe a thing that Jerry says. It's much safer that way.

It wasn't even the tech guys that were behind it, Johnny Yen, although I'm sure they enjoyed the phone calls from frustrated employees.

Will said...

Well, sounds funny ... too bad he did not fall for it. I probably would have.

Retinaburn said...

I saw you liked Elliott Brood (while I was searching for the cbcr3 show they recorded a while back). And thought you might like to know they posted the show on the cbcr3 concert sessions:
http://radio3.cbc.ca/concerts/Elliott-Brood-2006-04-12/

Now get out that suitcase and thump along! ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know I would have fallen for it, Will, the big red "S" I have branded on my forehead being absolute proof.

Hi Retinaburn, welcome. Actually I did know about the Elliott Brood session; in fact I posted about it last week.

phlegmfatale said...

hee hee. Funny!

Deb said...

I love it...pranksters make work so much more bearable, don't they?

That fish hook thing reminds me of when my cousin got a fish hook stuck in her eyelid when we were mucking around with a fishing rod one day.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

If only they would use their powers for good rather than evil, PF.

Ewwww, eyelid! See Jerry is forever playing with his fly fishing rods in the family room, Deb, and that precisely is my biggest fear! Yuck!

Anonymous said...

They have too much fun at work. Sure Jerry can come up with awesome pranks. :)

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

Heehee! Please tell Jerry that he is my new hero. Iris recognition? Damn, that's perfect!

Yeah, I think I would have fell for it!

GOB

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You'd think that's all he spent his time doing at work, Jas, but no...

He has been informed, GOB, and he is right chuffed. I can see his head steadily swelling from where I am sitting.