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Annoying alarm Hack

Article: 7394 of alt.hackers
From: (Dylan Northrup (SCI))
Newsgroups: alt.hackers
Subject: Annoying alarm Hack
Date: 17 Feb 1995 02:33:04 GMT
Organization: University of South Florida, College of Education
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Status: RO

ObHack: I was working in a lab that had a malfunctioning alarm in it.
	The alarm would sound for about a minute, go off for 10 seconds,
	and sound again.  After some poking around, I found out that the
	'#' key on the keypad would shut off the alarm temporarily.  If this
	key was held in, the alarm would be shut off as soon as it sounded
	(producing a kind of 'beep' but nothing nearly as annoying as the
	unearthly sound that it was making).  I tried some scotch tape
	over the keypad to no avail.  So, I found an old PS/2 and leaned
	it up agains the key.  No alarm and I didn't have to stand there
	and hold the damned thing!

ObSocialHack: Using the malfunctioning alarm to run people out of the
	lab.  "Well, I can't do a thing about it, but there is a lab a
	couple of buildings over with an alarm system that *isn't*
	malfunctioning." After the problem was remedied, I had the free
	time to finally work on my homework :-)

Dylan Northrup * *
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enough to let me speak for them :-)
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