Fake Kernel Panic is the Ultimate Mac Prank
The kernel panic. You know the feeling when you get one, it’s that awful combination of dread and mortification knowing that you probably just lost whatever it is that you’re working on, and that your Mac might be in bad shape. You instantly start racking your brain with potential troubleshooting efforts to try and resolve what could be a worst case situation. It sucks.
If you’re feeling sadistic and want to pass that dreaded feeling onto someone else, why not prank your Mac using friends or coworkers with a fake kernel panic?
Simulate a Fake Kernel Panic in Mac OS X with iPanic
iPanic is a free app that perfectly imitates a kernel panic, complete with a slow screen draw and inability to use the mouse or keyboard. It works in all versions of OS X, so it doesn’t matter what the target you want to prank is running, you can simulate a kernel panic with this app.
Launching the app by default leads to an instantaneous fake kernel panic, so you could throw this in someones startup items and the first thing they’ll be greeted to is this screen:
The app can be turned into a time-bomb of sorts by adjusting the time it takes for the fake kernel panic to show up, this is done by editing the apps Info.plist file if desired.
Sound good? If you’re feeling mischievous, grab iPanic to simulate a fake kernel panic on any Mac, whether it’s your own, a friends, coworkers, whoever.
For the record, Command+Q exits iPanic and leaves the fake Kernel Panic.
This is probably obvious to say, but it is not a real kernel panic, it’s just a screen shot of a kernel panic that overlays on the Mac display like a real one would.
A kind of funny trick to play with the iPanic app is to change the icon to something commonly used, like the Safari icon or the Chrome icon, then place it in the users Dock of OS X. Then, when they go to launch the Safari lookalike, it’s actually iPanic, and the fake kernel panic shows up.
Awful stuff, awful prank! Just don’t do this to anyone you like unless you don’t let them sweat for too long!