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April 4, 2008

My Disdain for April Fools

Filed under: Main — admin @ 12:01 am

As a peruser of technical information, I hope that you survived April Fools day. I had a tough time of it. That’s for two reasons: I enjoy reading honest and good information about technology, and I absolutely abhor April Fools pranks.

I fell for a few pranks. There was on about getting a free update to Windows Vista. I won’t provide a link or mention it further, other than I was expecting something interesting and got “fooled.” It’s not the fooling that bothers me, it’s that I provide honest, factual information and I expect others to do the same.

If you went to the FARK website on April 1, you might have seen what looked like their main page hacked:

April Fools

Such defacement is typical of hackers. But this one is an April Fool because those are the real FARK servers and, doubtless, the type of person who enjoys such hacks wouldn’t have that kind of access, let along the ability to place a guinea pig into the rack.

No, you want to see a real hacked web page, consider what happens often to Wikipedia. The image linked to below is the hacked page describing Islam. Warning: It’s offensive, so I won’t show the image any larger, but it’s an example of a legitimate hack. It’s something that the Wikipedia people have to face all he time, not just on April 1st.

wikipedia islam

The worst example of a high-tech April Fools prank was one related to me years ago. The editor of a magazine was quite proud of a phony advertisement he’d done. I forget the ad’s topic, but he boasted about the thousands who phoned the number, seeking legitimate help or advice and who instead got a “nya-nya-nya” message. Not funny.

Oh, well. It’s probably just me. But you can rest assured that I don’t do April Fools jokes and do not smile upon those who pull them.

Interesting Link Dept. Visuwords is a web site dictionary that displays words in a visual manner. It’s something to behold. And it reminds me of the kind of word connections we made back when I was studying cognitive psychology at university.


  1. I was going to see if I could pull a joke on the network admin on Tuesday by putting up the BSoD screensaver on a computer. Funnily enough, the BSoD screensaver is downloadable from the Microsoft website (which I found incredibly amusing). It fakes a BSoD (it puts up silly reasons, such as SYSINTERNALS_GOOD_SITE, but one real one I got up was IRQL one I can’t remember. But, I got up in the morning, and felt like throwing up and fainting, so I just stayed home.

    Oh, well. Always next year 🙂 ~

    Comment by Douglas — April 4, 2008 @ 12:26 am

  2. Funny that Microsoft offers that screen saver. But at least you’re not posting some phony news story, that’s what I dislike the most. In fact, our local newspaper got into trouble for posting a fake story on April 1. It didn’t even have the obligatory “April Fools!” tagline. Oh well. I must be getting grumpy in my old age… 🙂

    Comment by admin — April 4, 2008 @ 7:19 am

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