Feeds

Fancy some hot buttered storage?

Bringing new meaning to pop-ups

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Competition It is a Monday, and we're all looking at another five days of miserable toil before the glory of the weekend beckons once more. We can't do much about that, but how's this for a way to ease the pain of a new week?

Reg reader Alan Howlett sent us word of a very silly tech prank, and we've decided to turn it into a competition. As you read on, keep in mind that there will be a test at the end.

Over to Alan:

I bought a Synology DS-207 Network-Attached-Storage (NAS) device and it arrived yesterday. I have set it up as the primary file server for my office and am totally in love with it. It's fantastic- it does nearly everything our Windows 2000 Server PC did...

Yes, yes. you like your new shiny bit of kit. Enough eulogising, and on with the story, please...

Is it a toaster? Is it a NAS? Too many questions...

It does, however, look like a toaster and I have been informally calling it "the toaster" in the office.

Anyway, I had also bought an actual toaster that arrived on the same day. The real toaster has some slots on the top, and the synology has lights, but apart from that they are very similar.

Imagine my amusement when the actual toaster arrived first, and I realized that I could fit a hard disk into each bread slot. I had a customer (also a friend) about to visit, so I put 2 x 40GB drives into it, tucked in a network cable, and persuaded him that the toaster was actually a NAS device.

Those of us in the know kept commenting on the need for the toaster to run cool so as to prevent the disks burning etc., but our customer did not suspect and was convinced that it was a pretty good bit of kit.

I will keep his identity secret to spare his blushes, but everyone in the office found it hilarious.

Just in case anyone is worried about doing business with us, we have played practical jokes on each other before.

Yours,

Alan

Stunning work. We particularly like the post-it note that is stuck on the side. Presumably this has a phony IP address scribbled on it, for added authenticity.

Here's the test: can you do any better? In a Jackass-meets-BOFH style contest, we want to see photographic evidence of silly stuff like this.

The rules are simple, and few:

  • The victim (we assume there will be one) must be at least slightly computer savvy - pranks on total non-techies don't count.
  • No toasters (or people) should be physically hurt in the cause of this tomfoolery. Mental anguish is fine; toasters are very robust like that.

Toasters are not essential. Pictures, however, are. Email your submissions to: icandobetterthanthetoaster@theregister.co.uk by Friday, 20 July.

We'll select the cream of the crop and then turn the finalists over to El Reg's beloved readers for a public vote. The eventual winner will get a Reg Goodie Bag. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future
Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
CAGE MATCH: Microsoft, Dell open co-located bit barns in Oz
Whole new species of XaaS spawning in the antipodes
Microsoft and Dell’s cloud in a box: Instant Azure for the data centre
A less painful way to run Microsoft’s private cloud
AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC
Support for PCoIP protocol means zero clients can run cloudy desktops
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.