This is an old trick, but always fun. It's easy to change the status message on a networked HP printer; just telnet to the printer's IP address on port 9100, and type the following:


Press enter, and you're done; the new status message will stick around until you change it back, or someone restarts the printer.

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If you want to put some effort into it, maybe make an agent to change the message at a random interval, you can also write an application to accomplish the same thing. See here for an example in C#.