send Everyone on your machine some love

w | egrep -v '(load|FROM)' | awk '{print $2}' | sed 's/^/tty/' | awk '{print "echo \"The Matrix has you...\" >> /dev/" $1}' | bash
This works just like write or wall ... cept one thing the sender is anonymous ... if you really want to drive everyone insane replace echo \"The Matrix has you...\" with cat /dev/urandom nice one to do on April fool's day
Sample Output
The Matrix has you... (on all writable ttys)

-12
2009-04-29 22:04:56

What Others Think

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point_to_null · 498 weeks ago
WTF?
AmirWatad · 498 weeks ago
WTF and BTW, using 'w -h' (no headers) you can avoid the egrep. And you don't need to use 'sed' to add "tty". This one has the same (stupid) result as yours but slightly shorter: w -h | awk '{print "echo \"The Matrix has you...\" >> /dev/tty" $2}' | bash
roebek · 497 weeks and 6 days ago
nice optimization ...
copremesis · 497 weeks and 6 days ago
I guess you've never heard of "wall" ("write all"). Does same thing. Package "bsdutils" on Ubuntu.
amosshapira · 497 weeks and 5 days ago
amosshapira .... read the description. The point is to be anonymous.
copremesis · 497 weeks and 3 days ago

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