Weird but Silly facts about Microsoft Windows
Here are some weired but silly facts, plus solutions about Windows, one of the most widely used OS, around the world.
1. Nobody can create a folder named “Con”.
Weired: Try creating a folder anywhere on your hard disk named “Con” (excluding quotes) and hit Enter. You’ll be surprised that the folder won’t be named “Con“, instead a “New Folder” will be displayed.
Reason: The word “CON” can not be created because it is used by the file system.
2. Some words won’t appear on Notepad, no matter how much you try.
Weired: Open Notepad and then type “Bush hid the facts” or . Write in Notepad the following text : “Bush hid the facts” or “goats are tards” (excluding quotes) then Save the file and exit Notepad. Try opening the same file that you have just saved. You’ll see that the text you just wrote won’t show.
Reason: Also called the “Notepad bug” is because Notepad sees the byte sequence and believes it is uni-code, and 3 is a feature (in Word; not Windows!) . You can get the original text back by going into notepad, open file, select the file and change encoding to ANSI, and the text will display properly.
3. Repetition of same sentence.
Open Microsoft Word (any version) and type this formula : “=rand(200,99)” (excluding quotes) and hit Enter. See it yourself!
I leave this solution for you to figure out. Let me know, what could be the possible reason for this?
The rand function in Word is a known function. If you feed it two numbers, it generates dummy text for you. The first number is the number of paragraphs, and the second is the number of sentences in that paragraph.
I tried these and just quite hilarious facts dude. thanks for sharing.
Your welcome! 😛
yea the ms word text generation thing isn’t a bug, and Bill Gates and the whole ms team is quite aware of it, as they coded it themselves -_-
the last one enters the sentence The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog . this sentence has all the letters of the alphabet . its just a ‘test’ command 😐
haha great post, thanks for the info!
i’m still surprised about the Con folder..
in excel 97, you can type x97,l97 into the “goto” panel and it’ll open a small flight simulator 🙂
however, here’s the scoop for all you less informed:
the file/folder named con:
this wouldn’t work with con, prn, aux, com, lpt, and nul… why? because these are reserved device names for system devices.
CON: indicates the “console”
PRN: indicates the “printer”
AUX: indicates the auxilery device
COM: indicates the “communications port” also known as the serial port (in fact you can put a number most of these like this: com1: com2: etc.)
LPT: indicate the “line printer”
The words that don’t appear in notepad is in actuality a unicode error, this means that when notepad saves the file it saves the data in ASCII mode, the old english standard with 255 characters including a-z and numbers, however, to include other languages they invented unicode, unicode instead uses pairs of bytes to indicate a language and character. The problem here is that the file is mistakenly identified as unicode, and is sent to the unicode parser, who then cannot parse it because it’s not in unicode – therefore generates an error.
as far as the rand name, someone else who commented was right, it’s a test function so that you can see how your formatting would look like without having to type a butt-load of garbage.
All this time and I never realised the Excel ‘Flight Sim’.
No, it is true that =rand is a function they know about, however it doesn’t do anything unless you input those 2 numbers listed above, all else won’t do a darn thing.
I am quite sure not only does the Gates team know about RAND but they coded it.
The Microsoft Knowledge Base article How to Insert Sample Text into a Document in Word  explains the use and syntax of the function:
Microsoft Word allows you to quickly insert sample text into a document. To do this, type =rand() in the document where you want the text to appear, and then press ENTER.
The inserted text is that hardy perennial: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” which contains every letter in the English alphabet.
By default, the sample text contains three paragraphs, each containing five sentences. You can control how many paragraphs and sentences appear by adding numbers inside the parentheses, for instance:
The first number is the number of paragraphs, and the second the number of sentences per paragraph. If you omit the second number, you get five sentences in each paragraph. So, for example:
inserts three, four-sentence paragraphs, while:
inserts ten, five-sentence paragraphs.
The maximum number for either parameter is 200 and may be lower depending on the number of paragraphs and sentences specified. For instance, if you specify 200 paragraphs, then the maximum number of sentences per paragraph you can specify is 99:
If you specify 200 sentences per paragraph, then the maximum number of paragraphs you can specify is 99.
Admittedly, this function serves a useful purpose for filling a page when you’re designing a template and want to see how it will look with text in it. It’s also easy to see how users can be alarmed and fear this is a virus when someone suggests they try “=rand(200,99),” which quickly blows up into a giant document! (Incidentally, part of the instructions in some versions is to “Make sure there is a space between = and rand and a space between rand and (200,99).” This actually makes no difference: the function works equally well with and without spaces.)
“The line The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. is repeated 10800 times if we type =rand(200,99)