Fake Kernel Panic Is The Ultimate Prank

Posted in Apps on 01/04/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Ever wanted to prank your seeming un-prankable buddy or co-worker? As long as he or she uses a Mac, we’ve got a great way to get under their skin – a fake kernel panic! Watch closely and try to avoid laughing out loud as that mixed expression of horror and desperation crosses their face.

Note: This is only for the truly insidious pranksters among you. iPanic is a free app that perfectly imitates a kernel panic, complete with slow screen draw and loss of external controls. You can either launch the app on their computer directly, or set it to a timed release by editing a .plist file. You can even use this as a startup program!

Once you’ve had your fun, simply using Command+Q will exit the program and restore function.

iPanic is open source and a free download from the developer.

Via OSXDaily


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.