> > > Hi to all Linux lovers and Trolls alike.
> > > Yesterday I was visiting a quasi_government business
> > > here in Western Australia, when the chap behind the pc
> > > behind the desk, asked " can I send you the doc in MsWord?
> > > I replied "sure, I'll just run "strings" on it and delete
> > > the 2 copies, and your password etc, then use the text ;-)"
> >- snip -
> > Thanks for the info on "strings". I've often wondered how to read MS
> > Word for Macintosh files in Linux and strings does it just fine.
> Plus there is the added bonus of sometimes finding parts of other
> documents, or previous parts of the same document, buried inside the
> strings output.
Yeah! Some kind soul here in this newsgroup told me about strings
before (I used to do it with a hex editor) and I was applying it to a
letter someone sent to a guy here in my office. (The reason I was
reading eMail addressed to me is that any eMail addressed to my
company's domain but not to a valid account - e.g. where someone
spoelled an eMail address wrong - gets forwarded to me, the postmaster,
whereupon I forward it to its intended recipient. This one was so badly
misaddressed that I thought I could have a look at the .DOC to see who I
was supposed to forward it to.) Anyway, smack in the middle of this
nice, conciliatory, polite letter I find a whole bunch of really *
insults (such as "you rip-off *s" and "you *ing
incompetents"). Well, deary me, wasn't I surprised! So I went over to
a PC with Word97 on it and looked at the document, and none of the
insulting stuff was visible.
I guess it's kind of similar to that old trick where some Usenet
jerk^H^H^H^Hreader writes and unwrites "embedded" insults with
ctrl-Hes. What a terrific feature that is! Why in God's name did
Microsoft decide to leave deleted text in Word documents, anyway?
Certainly they couldn't have done it on purpose.
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