Thursday, September 08, 2005

Try this

open a new word document, type in "= rand (20,99)", press enter.

aparantly even the microsoft ppl doesnt know why it happens.

PS> dont worry, it wont crash your computer or anything.

Disclaimer: i swear i'm not a geeky tech-y engineer type person! i was, however, informed of this by my friend - my link to the geeky techy engineering world. :-)


At 12:36 AM, Blogger V said...

I think what you get is either some scribbledly text or stuff that looks like Latin. If so,

It's a "macro"--a set of commands that some geek at Microsoft Word made up and built in as a useful tool for when you want to fill in a block with text (like for desktop publishing drafts or boilerplate contracts).

The macro is named rand (20,99) because the instructions are about randomly printing out strings of characters (which are probably related to the numberpad alt+ characters). It probably self-stops or can be stopped with the spacebar.

If it's not that, then I don't know what the hell you're dealing with, maybe a Da Vinci Code clue.

At 1:57 AM, Anonymous Stephen said...

23 pages of the quick brown fox on office 2003, interesting, I agree with V one of the developers probably needed a way to quickly fill in lots of pages with test content

At 10:27 AM, Blogger JumpingPuddles said...

a "macro" eh? i've always wondered what they are - i guess whilst this is an example of one, i still dont really understand wat they are...

and Stephen - the person who sent me the original put in (200,99) which means i got aout 254pages of quick brown fox!

At 5:38 PM, Blogger Lyndon said...

Lorem Ipsum

I think the numbers are

lines per paragraph, paragraphs

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Squiggle said...

The Microsoft people are more than aware of this. It's called an "Easter Egg" - toys such as this one, hidden inside an application, are much beloved of programmers. I seem to remember that one particular version of Excel had a flight simulator hidden inside it. And my copy of Photoshop has a duck looking into a fairground mirror :o)


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