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June 01, 2003

Practical Joke

Every had a practical joke backfire? Who me? No, never. Well I remember the one about the CD's. We had this young, impressionable student on work experience and he wanted to know what a computer CD sounded like (this was eons ago when computer CDs were only on big iron - in this case a Sun 690 Enterprise server). We told him that it depended on the operating system - CDs for a mainframe would be classical, for a PC it would be really lousy rock and of course for Sun servers it would be Jazz. What he didn't know was that one of the early Sun demo CD's had less than the relevant amount of data. So as to not waste space, the Sun Jazz quartet (or something similar) has recorded a few audio tracks on the disk. We "randomly" selected a CD from the media cupboard and popped it in an audio player, sure enough we got Jazz.

Student returns to school and writes up his experience. Teacher contacts us to get more sample CDs so they can add this to the curiculum. Whoops.

If you liked that (true) story, try another one by patrix about a prank pizza call that goes wrong....

Posted by Peskie at June 1, 2003 12:00 PM


ermm.. that would be patrix?

Posted by: Peskie at July 2, 2003 10:07 PM

oops .. no.. sorry

Posted by: Peskie at July 2, 2003 10:07 PM

Maybe not. The article header reads "Posted by [DELETED]" so I am not real sure. I thought about it and changed it four times and then figured the post name is more likely to be correct that the ISP..... Then again, he said "Patrix" in the comment earlier today.

Can Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr/Sir Patrix/[DELETED] please sort me out - sorry for the confusion.

[Update: The author contacted me and asked to have his name removed in favour of his alias - as always, I am happy to oblige :-)]

Posted by: Ozguru at July 2, 2003 10:07 PM

There is another funny practical joke over at Teacherish.

Posted by: Ozguru at July 2, 2003 10:07 PM