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Cardboard computer prank

Cardboard computer and office equipment

Dell is famous for selling made-to-order PCs, but who knew cardboard was an option? Webshots member cboot79 posted these photos of a very creative office prank.

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37 comments
kraken_
kraken_

It's not a "Cardboard and Styrofoam telephone" it's a "telefoam" :-)

a-jasienski
a-jasienski

Is it wireless? Did he forgot the cables? Enyway.. real funny. Congr. :)

pika_ro
pika_ro

Please, help me! I do need those hardwares, but I-m lookin' for iPod, and palmtop too, maybe with GPRS, only if it's possible. Thanks for your help! a beginner... P.S.> by the way, do theese computers ever crash? (you know, I'm talking about blue screen messages and "... send/don't send crash report" happy messages, and software bugs).

gdutson
gdutson

Just a couple of random thoughts... 1. If they're trying to be thorough, why no cardboard surge strip? 2. I'm not a supervisor or anything like that, but I have to hope this was done on the employees' own time. I can't imagine how long it took, but it was certainly a few hours, and if done on work time it's clear they don't have enough work to do. Speaking of which I'll be getting back to work now... :)

gpaulgar
gpaulgar

Can't imagine what your superiors must think of you! You probably work 65 hour weeks to make up for this. Incredible!!!

cowboygeek
cowboygeek

Considering some of the questions I have to answer or problems I have to resolve due to user interaction, this could be a viable solution, imho.

da philster
da philster

Could it be a new Linux distro called: CARDBOARDIX ?

CRF_GCSII
CRF_GCSII

Yeah, looks like an old Commador 'BOX' setup!

JEfromCanada
JEfromCanada

I have a KVM switch that looks exactly like the "USB Hub" shown in the picture. What convinces me that it's a KVM is the monitor connector and the general thickness of the cables going into the back of the device.

barrypal
barrypal

In image 16 porn is misspelled!

digitalbudda
digitalbudda

I see that they have bypassed the Spam Filters using the Imaged-based variety noted in the 'next to last' photo. This also explains the XXX pron "Porn" delivery (No Doubt) arriving in a plain brown wrapper!

vaughanm
vaughanm

That must have taken some time to put together, the brown screens remind me of the old monocrome monitors, amber and black.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

I'd be more impressed if someone had build a working computer and used cardboard for all the casings for the monitor, cpu, keyboard, and mouse.

Cely
Cely

for porn... duh! :D Maybe TR should run an online course in 1337 and internet slang?

tim
tim

We made a working PC out of wood with a glass top so you can see inside. Its a learning resource in our classroom.

da philster
da philster

Finally.....a truly recyclable system and most probably, virus-free.

ajole
ajole

but not the monitor, yet. He built it in a Xerox copier paper box, so it was a little big, but cooling was good!

Lost Cause?
Lost Cause?

Looks like someone has too much free time on their hands!

jdasensai
jdasensai

check out the spelling of the CD "porn" disk

astoddard
astoddard

This just shows the seperation between the old and the young...or just the people who don't care/bother with slang

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

If you send me a few photos of the wooden PC and a brief description, I'll post them to a new gallery.

dawgit
dawgit

geeze, trip down the old memory lane. for that kind of 'Computing' stuff, it worked pretty good too. -d

Cely
Cely

Really low on power consumption too... although maybe not so good for employee productivity. ;)

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

ajole, If the student has pictures of his creation and would like me to post them on TechRepublic, please have him contact me. Thanks,

tim
tim

Many people on the net write it this way. It is net slang.

jtruebe
jtruebe

"pr0n" is an internet slang term for, obviously, porn. :)

Onideus_Mad_Hatter
Onideus_Mad_Hatter

Sorry kiddo, but I'm as oldbie as it gets around here, tech wise (I have Usenet posts archived in Google that date back to the early 90s) and pr0n has been around for a LOOOOONG time.

webmaster
webmaster

I can send them if you want, it would be nice to see them on TechRepublic. I am 15, btw.