A co-worker and I are pranking one of our more annoying users, let’s call him Mr. Annoying.
We’re doing this with full blessing of Mr. Annoying’s chain of command.
His Division is in the middle of their laptop refresh cycle, so the users have been receiving their new laptops & turning in the old ones as they become ready. Mr. Annoying is one of those who believes that all computer productivity and usage issues magically disappear when the device is produced by Apple, and has no hesitation in being vocal about his displeasure for all else. This is an ongoing issue for more than the decade I’ve been there, because it was one of the first things I heard drop out of his face way back then.
There was a message sent to Mr. Annoying, his supervisor, and his Division Director (also in the prank loop) stating, in part: “After hearing constant annoying protestations regarding comparisons between Apple and all else, it has been decided that in this round of the Laptop Refresh Cycle, you will be provided with an Apple device. Your Apple device will be available by the time you receive this message.” There are of course other things presented before and after that section.
He has, of course, expressed elation at this. As he’s not in the office again until Friday, it will work /even better/, as one of the other highly annoyed IT folks will be back in the office to observe.
So, Mr. Annoying will arrive in the IT Room to collect his “new precious”, only to be handed the same Dell unit that everyone else receives. His will be different in /one/ way…it will have an Apple logo sticker carefully placed over the Dell logo on the lid.
I can’t wait….
Remember, folks…”device” can mean “a label or designator of brand or status.”