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!
TRY IT NOW, IT WILL NOT CREATE A “CON”
FOLDER

Analysis
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
quotes)
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

Analysis
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
yourself?

Open Microsoft Word and type

=rand (200, 99)

And then press ENTER
And see the
magic?..!

=rand (200, 99)

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

Analysis

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


Analysis
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 http://www.hoax-slayer.com. So all the hard work involved in investigating the issues were done by them.

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Ubuntu: Super Cow Powers

When I first thought of using Ubuntu I was warned by some of my friends that it would not be a pleasant experience but I decided to take the plunge. Now after few months of using Ubuntu. I can assure you there weren’t many hassles. On the contrary I found out that Ubuntu has a good sense of humor too. To illustrate it, consider the two commands

apt-get
aptitude

They are used for installing and uninstalling software on Ubunu. I was curious to find out the difference between these commands, Since they performed the same task.

First I typed “apt-get” and in the response I received the text “This APT has Super Cow Powers.” caught my eye.

Next I typed “aptitude“. It didn’t give the desired results. So I typed “aptitude -23“(You can type any wrong input) and this time I got another text “This aptitude does not have Super Cow Powers.“.

I dumped what I was looking for and decided to investigate the “Super Cow Powers” and I came across few Easter eggs in apt-get and aptitude. I have listed some of them down for you.

1. Type “apt-get moo

2. Type “aptitude moo

3. Type “aptitude -v moo

4. Type “aptitude -vv moo

5. Type “aptitude -vvv moo

6. Type “aptitude -vvvv moo

7. Type “aptitude -vvvvv moo

8. Type “aptitude -vvvvvv moo

If you want information on difference between apt-get and aptitude visit aptitude versus apt-get. I didn’t discover all the above Easter eggs on my own. I found it in the thread Super Cow Powers vs No Super Cow Powers. Lastly I would like to thank Bharat Pawar was convincing me to find out more about “Super Cow Powers”.