Internet Hoax

I got a mail from my friend informing me about some bugs in Microsoft’s Windows XP. I decided to check it and found out that most of them were actually bugs.


Number 1

An Indian found that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on
the Computer which can be named as “CON”. This is
something funny and inexplicable? At Microsoft the whole
Team, couldn’t answer why this happened!

It is true that you cannot create a folder called CON but the reason is well documented. The “team” at Microsoft, and a great many others besides, know perfectly well why you cannot name a folder “CON”. Because “CON” and a number of other character strings are in fact reserved names that go back to the days of DOS and cannot be used to name folders or files.

The "CON" job

Detailed Analysis


Number 2

For those of you using Windows, do the following:

1.) Open an empty notepad file
2.) Type “bush hid the facts” (without the
3.) Save it as whatever you want.
4.) Close it, and re-open it.

Noticed the weird bug?
No one can explain!

Type the following

bush hid the facts

Reopen the file

bush hid the facts changes

This has nothing to do with former US Presidents George Bush Senior or George Bush Junior. This happens in Windows XP or Windows NT/2000 versions of Notepad. It seems probable that a certain combination and/or frequency of letters in the character string cause Notepad to misinterpret the encoding of the file when it is re-opened. If the file is originally saved as “Unicode” rather than “ANSI” the text displays correctly. Older versions of Notepad such as those that came with Windows 95, 98 or ME do not include Unicode support so the error does not occur.

There are other strings which slow similar behavior.

Detailed Analysis


Number 3

Again this is something funny and can’t be explained?
At Microsoft the whole Team, including Bill Gates,
couldn’t answer why this happened!

It was discovered by a Brazilian. Try it out

Open Microsoft Word and type

=rand (200, 99)

And then press ENTER
And see the

=rand (200, 99)

=rand (200, 99) changes to The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog


In Word 2003 and earlier versions, the rand() function adds several sentences and paragraphs that repeat the words, The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. These words are often used for testing because, together, they contain all the letters in the English alphabet in one concise and coherent sentence. Such a sentence is known as a pangram.

Detailed Analysis


Number 4

Did you know that a flight number from one of the planes that hit one of the two WTC towers on 9/11 was Q33N. In Notepad / WordPad or MS Word, type that flight number i.e. Q33N. Increase the font size to 72. Change the font to Wingdings. ….. u will be amazed by the findings!!!…………………..

Q33N changes to this

This is half-baked. There was no flight named Q33N involved in 9/11. Passenger flights involved in 9/11 were

Airline and Flight Number Tail Number
American Airlines Flight 11 N334AA
United Airlines Flight 175 N612UA
American Airlines Flight 77 N644AA
United Airlines Flight 93 N591UA

Microsoft has denied that this arrangement of symbols is anything more than an unfortunate coincidence.

Detailed Analysis

If you have clicked on the “Detailed Analysis” hyper-link. You would have realized that all the external links are to So all the hard work involved in investigating the issues were done by them.


Silly Me

There is something special about Monday mornings. For starters I don’t really feel like working and secondly I hardly remember any work I had done the previous week. Break of two days clears my mind.

Monday mornings are a new beginning forgetting the failures of the previous week and starting up new. I don’t like to keep any work pending over the weekend. But there are times when this can’t be done. The ghosts of my previous week come back to haunt me. What I am writing now was one of those experiences.

It was another lazy Monday morning and as usual I was late to office, I met my manager who assigned me work for the entire week and I came back to my cubicle to start-up with the assigned work.

I have two machines in my cubicle one is a Dell machine running Linux OS and the other a Mac mini running Macintosh(Snow Leopard). I know it sounds stupid “a Mac mini running Macintosh” but trust me when I say I have seen people using Windows XP on Mac book Pro and also I am sorry Apple fan boys, I don’t use my Macintosh machine a lot! I am currently hooked on to Linux(Ubuntu). I usually start my day by checking my mail on my Linux machine. So first think I did was to check my official mail and then I tried to open Gmail page and I got the following error.


A shocker


I saw the error code “sec_error_expired_certificate” which mean that the certificate has expired. This actually makes sense but I know you would agree with me when I say, it is very hard to believe that Google hasn’t renewed their certificate. Then I happen to read the description “The certificate will not be valid till until Friday 18 December 2009 05:30 AM”. Holy cow! that day was 23 August 2010! Add to that the error message and the error code were contradictory to each other. I have seen Windows XP display such contradictory messages but never expected Firefox to follow Microsoft’s lead.

Since I had worked a bit on internet security related stuff, the first thing I did was to check the certificate.


Tried to make some sense of the certificate


Firstly I have a confession to make, the private and the public keys don’t really make any sense to me! The only thing that made sense was the date which seemed alright. So my conclusion was that, there was no problem with the certificate and this entire issue had something to do with my system. Although I love using Linux I don’t trust the OS completely. After all it’s a software and all software’s have bugs!

And since I couldn’t think of anything, I switched on my mac mini and connected to the Gmail page using Firefox. The page loaded without any issues.

I stared at my monitor with my mouth open and it was at this moment I felt like being hit by a lightning. I checked my Linux machine and did a change and Gmail was up and running on my Linux machine.

Okay, now it’s time to unlock the mystery. The lightning was actually the moment I remembered that I had changed the time and date settings of my Linux machine last week for a silly reason.

The reason

My silly reason : I wanted to fake the modified time of a file, so that I could fool my colleague(I am not telling who it is.). As they say “I was impaled by my own sword”.

New Rupee Symbol of Indian – How to use it in Computers.

You can download the Rupee_Foradian font file from Rupee_Foradian.ttf

Installing and using on Linux

1. Copy Rupee_Foradian.ttf file to /home/Home_Name/ .fonts/ (create this directory, if not exists)
2. Open any word process applications (like open-office, Thunderbird etc), choose “Rupee Foradian” from the drop down box of fonts (If it was already open, restart the application).
3. Press the key just above the Tab button (with “~” symbol) to get the rupee symbol (`)

The button to press

Installing and using on Windows

1. Copy Rupee_Foradian.ttf file to OSDrive:/Windows/Fonts. Normally it would be “C:/Windows/Fonts”. When you paste the file to this location, OS would display say that it is installing the font.
2. Open your word processor and select the “Rupee_forindian” (If it was already open, restart the application).
3. Press the key just above the Tab button (with “~” symbol) to get the rupee symbol (`). Refer the previous image

Installing and using on Macintosh

1. Copy Rupee_Foradian.ttf file to /System/Library/Fonts if all the users need to use it and for a single user it should be /Users/Home_Name/Library/Fonts
2. Open your word processor and select the “Rupee_forindian” (If it was already open, restart the application).
3. Press the key just above the Tab button (with “~” symbol) to get the rupee symbol (`). Refer the previous image

NOTE: Since it is a true type font am not sure whether it will work on Tiger(10.4) version of Macintosh. There shouldn’t be any problems in Leopard(10.5) and Snow Leopard(10.6) version of Macintosh.

It's working!

The images and Windows OS installation is thanks to Joanne Debrass and Linux OS installation is thanks to Satheesh Prabu.

Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source

This might end up being my only post concerning Windows OS. I came across this problem few months back. I was trying to delete a file the OS(Windows XP SP3) had created on my OS drive and every time I tried to delete the file I got an error Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk.

The dialog that tortured me for weeks.

If I remember correctly I was downloading a file. As it is with Bangalore(Bengaluru), there was a power cut and I naively turned off my UPS without shutting down my machine. When I restarted my machine, the OS wanted to verify the file system. The verification went fine till, it reached the file I was downloading. It started to verify the file I was downloading before I switched off the power and hanged there for minutes. I got frustrated and restarted the machine again and also started my problem.

My system booted and I skipped disk verification. As I logged into my profile, I got a warning informing me that there wasn’t enough space on my OS drive. I was downloading the file to my Desktop. I was pretty sure that I had free space of at least 1.5 GB. I started checking and realized my Downloads folder has bloated by 1 GB. On checking I realized that there was a file with special characters like $ etc for file name. I can’t exactly remember the file name(It never occurred to me that I should save the file name somewhere). It was weird because it was completely made up of special characters.

I spent days trying to figure out ways to delete this file, tried everything. Manual deleting, deleting from command prompt, etc. Some genius had given an explanation and had asked people to use

del “\\?\$File_Path

I tried this too, but it didn’t work for me. I was one of the very few people for whom it didn’t work. May be my sins were greater. It was like “I threw the kitchen sink on the file and it threw the bath tub back on me”. No matter what I did, the OS didn’t clear this garbage file and kept throwing the same error “Cannot delete file: Cannot read from the source file or disk ” . With every passing day I was seriously considering formatting my OS drive and re-installing the OS. I desperately thought if Kareem were around, He would have given some solution. Finally I decided to put the issue on the back burner for a while. Then after few days I started thinking of deleting my profile, While trying different things I realized, while I couldn’t delete the file, I could move its parent folder around. I thought why not create a new profile and see if I could move the unreadable file to that profile’s Desktop/My Documents folder and delete the account with all it’s file. So I did the following.

1. Go to start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Create a new account and create a new non-admin account.
2. Restart your machine again and while the Machine is restarting press F8 to go to Safe mode.
3. Log in as administrator again
4. Open My Documents from the start menu and click the folders icon to open up the left hand panel of the explorer window.
5. Navigate to the parent folder of the file/folder you want to delete
6. Have it selected in the right hand pane of explorer. From the file menu at the top select edit then select “move to folder….”.
7. When the navigation widow opens, navigate to “C:\Documents and Settings\newProfile” of the new user id created and press the move button of the dialog
8. Now restart windows normally and log into your normal account and again start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> User Accounts -> change accounts -> and select the new user account you created.
9. select delete account -> select to delete all files, and delete account.

The moment I had waited for few weeks finally occurred the file was deleted with the new the Profile I had created. Thus solving my problem.

I know the solution is complicated but if nothing else works this solution would be the better and also less time-consuming than reinstalling the OS or for that matter deleting the user profile.