Monday, January 3, 2011

Storms, Screams, and Secret Notes from a Ghost

Our house seems to be haunted by some very hi-tech Ghosts. Yesterday, we had to reboot our Internet router because we could not connect to the internet. And we also had to reboot our systems. Since then whenever I reboot my system, I hear sounds of high winds blowing and a woman screaming over and over again. Also, when I leave my system idle for some time, a notepad opens up and a message starts typing all by itself. Here is the first message that I received:

"Hello Vibha Malhotra,
Please don't tell to anyone that I am talking to you.
Please, I need your help. I am feeling very lonely in this house.
I am Sally, and I am living in this house since 73 years. All alone.
Like you, I also like this skylight a lot.
Please keep the skylight always open. So that I can come in my room any time I want.
Thank You.

I will talk to you later.
Bye."
 
Unfortunately for the ghost though, I know how wav files can be put in your startup programs to make them play automatically when you reboot your system and I am also aware of how processes can be set up to start when a system has been idle for some time. So I have now removed the two wav files "high_wind.wav" and "woman_scream.wav" from the startup program. I also noticed a "vibha.exe" in there which I think opens notepad and starts typing messages on it. But I let it be there for some time just for fun and to find out what else the 'Ghost' has in store for me.
 
This is the result of the reputation I have earned as the one who is most easily scared in our house. And I know exactly who the "Ghosts" are. They are expecting me to show some reaction now. I keep on pinging them on chat saying things like "Something weird is happening". They reply, obviously excited, "Weird? What?" and I follow up with something as mundane as PDFs not being delivered on my kindle etc. In my head, I can see the graphs of their excitement go up and down with it. Heh heh...
 
I am sure that I am suspecting the right people because yesterday right before we had to restart our internet, one of them came to my room and on the pretext of trying a program that doesn't run on his laptop, fiddled with my laptop for some time. And right after that we had to reboot our laptops in order to be able to connect to the net. Even while that was happening, I was able to connect to the net without restarting my system (owing to my IT background of 11 years). So they again fiddled with the net settings and made sure that I had rebooted my laptop before they set them right. The success of their plans obviously depended upon my rebooting my laptop.
 
I am duly impressed by the elaborate preparations and the execution. But they sadly underestimated my IT skills. heh heh...I will play on for some more time before laughing out loud in their faces...

9 comments:

  1. hehe he ehe... we had developed "vibha.exe", 5 days back, and tried to run in your laptop... but it didn't behave as we wanted it to(or as it behaved in my laptop)...

    There after we didn't put any efforts in changing the vibha.exe program... in the initial setup... there was no need to restart your system or any silly things that we did yest...

    if it had worked properly 5 days back... it would have been entirely different story...

    Out of desperation we took your mentioned steps... it's ok madam... next time...


    In the blog you have not mentioned how many times the same people have managed to scare you and others at home...

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  2. Yes...that will be another interesting Blog Post. will let you know when I write that.

    But thanks for all the entertainment yesterday...heh heh...It was so much fun to lead you and Aasif on yesterday...Lesson: Vibha cannot be scared with IT...shock factors works much better...:-)

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  3. Seeing that you named it vibha.exe...it would never behave as you want it to. :-)

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  4. @ Vijay : Why to put so much efforts to scare Vibha.. Its very easy...

    @ Vibha : I can clearly recall Mukteshwar moments...

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  5. @VJ..aahhh Mukhteshwar...you have to admit they were scary trees :-)

    Also, thanks for encouraging them to scare me. :(

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  6. Very nice post! Enjoyed reading till d end...
    Mukteshwar? Not just the trees were to scare u, I hope u remember :p

    Vijay Kumar R : actually nthng is required to scare her :p

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  7. sabse zyada to trees hi daravane the...and you guys were suggesting that we go for a walk there at midnight! It freaked me out completely.

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  8. next time I kept it simple, we all were in kitchen... in between I sneaked out of the kitchen and was hiding in her room... I was wondering if this is the right time to scare her, because I didn't wanted to end up cleaning her room, as I knew that she will be entering the room with the coffee mug in her hand...

    as she entered I finally made my mind and took two steps forward and hoooohhhh... you guys should have seen her, her heart was in her mouth... Mukteshwar, don't know what it is all about... but definitely this was much bigger than that...

    I was there to catch the mug, if she had dropped it... luckily nobody ended up cleaning the carpet... but our herbivorous like friend ended up being scared... he he eh ehe...

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  9. @Vijay Kumar R - But that was the last time you managed to scare me :-)

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