I held of this post for a few weeks, but now - I am sooo pissed off that I really need to yell.
I mean.. it's a bit too much, how come in every few months a new somebody can discover the same thing.
I did keep my cool for a few years - but yesterday when somebody whom I know very well (and he *is* a techie, moreover a VC++ guy) sent me this email, it was the end of my patience.
ok..I'll stop ranting. Here is the email I am talking about -
An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the
Computer which can be named as "CON". This is something pretty Cool...and
Unbelievable.... At Microsoft the whole Team, couldn't answer why this
TRY IT NOW ,IT WILL NOT CREATE " CON " FOLDER
NO guys, it's a pure unadulterated crap - I mean, well ..yes you can't create a folder with a name "con" (unless you really want to do something like "md \\?\C:\con" ), but just because they are reserved words (check the naming conventions http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Aa365247.aspx )- they are device names !
you can get a complete list here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/74496/en-us
hoax layer also mentions about this email hoax http://www.hoax-slayer.com/con-folder-name.shtml
Talking about devices - Here are a few things that you can experiment with (and tell me the results, this is a test for you!)
1) what *exactly* copy con abc.txt will do ? (hint: is it a command ?)
2) what *exactly* copy D:\*.* nul will do ?
3) what *exactly* copy abc.txt prn will do ?