OFF-TOPIC but ... you will laugh !!

Antony Mawer fbsd-questions at
Wed Nov 2 20:18:18 PST 2005

On 3/11/2005 2:31 PM, Aggelos wrote:
> An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere named as
> "con".
> This is something pretty cool...and unbelievable...
> At Microsoft the whole Team, including Bill Gates, couldn't answer why
> this happened!

I find it hard no one at Microsoft could answer why that was the case. 
That harks back to the DOS days, where "con" used to refer to the the 
console (ala STDIN). You'd be able to create a text file containing what 
you typed by doing:

     copy con file.txt

This still works today on Windows XP.

And yes, this was completely and utterly offtopic.


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