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  • Saturday April 22nd 2000
    Win98’s Secret? 12:56 pm-
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    This has been done a few times that I have seen. The first place I saw it was in an issue of Knights Of The Dinner Table.

    Recently one of my friends, a computer wizard, paid me a visit. As we were talking I mentioned having recently installed Windows 98 on my PC and that I am very happy with this operating system. I also showed him the Windows 98 CD, to my surprise he threw it into my micro-wave oven and turned on the oven. Instantly I got very upset, because the CD had become precious to me, but he said: ‘Do not worry, it is unharmed.’ After a few minutes he took the CD out, gave it to me and said: ‘Take a close look at it.’ To my surprise the CD was quite cold to hold and it seemed to be heavier than before. At first I could not see anything, but then on the inner edge of the central hole I saw an inscription; an inscription finer than anything I have ever seen before. The inscription shone piercingly bright, and yet remote, as if out of a great depth:

    4F6E65204F5320746F2072756C65207468656D2
    0616C6C2C204F6E65204F5320746 F20666
    96E64207468656D2CDA4F6E65204F5320
    746F206272696E67207468656D20 616C6C20616E6420696E20746865206461726
    B6E6573732062696E64207468656D

    ‘I cannot understand the fiery letters,’ I said.
    ‘No,’ he said ‘but I can. The letters are Hex, of an ancient mode, but the language is that of Microsoft, which I shall not utter here. But in common English this is what it says:

    One OS to rule them all, One OS to find them,
    One OS to bring them all and in the darkness bind

    This is just one of those things I thought was damn clever and funny as hell.

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