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Weird Microsoft Stuff

April 20, 2008

3 interesting idiosyncrasies re Microsoft that I found while surfing the net recently. 2 out of the 3 worked on my Windows Vista machine with Office 2003. See how they work for you.

1. CON is not allowed as a folder name

An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the computer which can be named as ‘CON’.

See if you can create a con folder on your PC.

This is not really a bug and Microsoft do know about this. It goes back to the DOS days and reserved filenames.

Below are other reserved names.

CON
PRN
AUX
CLOCK$
NUL
A:-Z:
COM1
LPT1
LPT2
LPT3
COM2
COM3
COM4

KEYBOARD AND DISPLAY
SYSTEM LIST DEVICE
Auxiliary device, usually a serial port
System real-time clock
Bit-bucket device
Drive letters
First serial communications port
First parallel printer port
Second parallel printer port
Third parallel printer port
Second serial communications port
Third serial communications port
Fourth serial communications port


2. Notepad Bug

1.) Open an empty notepad file
2.) Type “Bush hid the facts” (without the quotes)
3.) Save it as whatever you want.
4.) Close it, and re-open it.
is it just a really weird bug? :-??

3. =rand (200, 99) bug

This is a strange bug. At Microsoft the whole Team, including Bill Gates, couldn’t answer why this happened. It was discovered by a Brazilian. Try it out yourself.

Open Microsoft Word and type
=rand (200, 99)
And then press ENTER and see what happens.

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