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Weird Notepad Bug

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I read this in another website, that Notepad (our favorite Windows text editor) has a bug! If you enter a series of letters and words, you will get a weird (and I mean weird) result. The result I got was a series of Chinese characters. I'm not sure if yours will differ. Anyway, here's how to do it:

1. Open Notepad
2. Type pats has the power (in small letters)
3. Save the document, and close notepad

4. Open the saved file

Here's the result I got (Click the image to enlarge):

Hehehe cool, ain't it?

Well the reason behind that, says JOECOOL (vulcanlogic7@yahoo.com), is that:
In notepad, any other 4-3-3-5 letter word combo will have the same results.
It is all to do with a limitation in Windows. Text files containing Unicode UTF-16-encoded Unicode are supposed to start with a "Byte-Order Mark" (BOM), which is a two-byte flag that tells a reader how the following UTF-16 data is encoded.

Sorry but I'm not an ultra-techie person and I absolutely don't know what that meant, so if anyone can care to explain that in layman's term, that would be great!

Sources: http://bink.nu/Article7429.bink; www.eeggs.com

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