Make contributor Joe Grand (aka "Kingpin") shows his BSODomizer (www.bsodomizer.com) prank gadget in action. Complete plans are available or you can buy an assembled unit for $79.
What is BSODomizer?Welcome to BSODomizer
BSODomizer is a small, battery-powered, mischievous electronic gadget that interfaces between a laptop or desktop and VGA monitor and flashes images onto the monitor at random time intervals or when triggered by an infrared remote control. When used to display a fake BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), the user will become confused and turn off his or her machine. Over and over again. Legitimate uses of the BSODomizer include monitor/projector/video calibration or a simple timer to remind the user to take a break from sitting in front of the computer. Various configuration settings are selected via on-board DIP switches. Created by Joe Grand (aka Kingpin) and Zoz.
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