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Having Fun With Windows …

no I am not joking.
I received this today:

1: You can’t create a folder named CON in windows
2: If you create a new file with notepad and write the text “Bush hid the facts” (without the quotes), save it and reopen it, the text is “hidden”.

Well … it might sound like something really bad but it’s just a bug and there is not much behind it. 

to 1. CON like LPT1, COM1 … are DOS devices and somehow windows gets confused and refuses to create the folder.

to 2. The text “Bush hid the facts” is not what causes notepad to hide anything. The problem is that the text is misinterpret as UTF-16, this bug can be reproduced with several sentences, see 

As you can see, these are just software bugs and there is nothing more behind it :)