June 27th, 2003, 03:46 AM
try this on your m$ word
open a blank word document...
type =rand(200,99) and press <enter>
even bill gates don't know bout this..
does anyone knows other func that react just like this?
June 27th, 2003, 03:55 AM
LOL.. That's pretty cool... "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Whoever knew that the programmers at Microsoft had a sense of humor?!
= Cheers, jag291 =
This got me so interested into Word that I actually did a search for this and found out that this function checks that all the letters show up from the English language (A-Z), otherwise I haven't found any other logical use for it.
For those who can't get this to work, you don't include the "type" before the "=".
June 27th, 2003, 03:57 AM
You may want to move this gcc, I don't see how this is security related.
June 27th, 2003, 04:17 AM
June 27th, 2003, 04:58 AM
guru@linux:~> who I grep -i blonde I talk; cd ~; wine; talk; touch; unzip; touch; strip; gasp; finger; mount; fsck; more; yes; gasp; umount; make clean; sleep;
June 27th, 2003, 05:11 AM
Hidden functions such as this are known as Easter Eggs. There is a site that is dedicated to these ( http://www.eeggs.com/ ) and there are easter eggs for many different things.
I have seen the egg that is the topic of this thread, but I don't remember where. Also, in Internet Explorer, try "about:mozilla" instead of "about:blank"... But I don't know too much how this deals with security, unless you could exploit these eggs...
June 27th, 2003, 05:18 AM
it seemed fun and i had anything to do so i started changing the numbers and this were my results. they aren't complete but you get the idea.
=rand(200,99) 151 pages
=rand(200,01) 4 pages but its in 1 column
=rand(200,02) 4 pages in 2 columns
=rand(200,03) 8 pages
=rand(200,10) 19 pages
you get the idea
June 27th, 2003, 06:01 AM
Yup....stuff like that is why the folks at M$ make "the big bucks".....
It isn't paranoia when you KNOW they're out to get you...
June 27th, 2003, 09:13 AM
Geez... I ran that on MS Office Word 2003 (Beta 2 Tech Refresh) and it output 235 pages. Kinda overboard, don't ya think?
June 27th, 2003, 01:42 PM
Like jokes, urban legends, and virus hoaxes, tips about Word’s little-used or undocumented features periodically makes their way around the Internet, occasioning a wave of postings in Word newsgroups. One of these is =rand(), which is sometimes represented as an Easter egg, sometimes feared as a possible virus. It is neither. It is a Word function (undocumented in the online Help but documented in the Microsoft Knowledge Base) that can be useful in certain circumstances.
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