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French is Fun

Permalink 07/20/07 at 07:47:38 am, by Ed, 171 words   English (US)
Categories: Games, Programming

We're releasing the product today or it's Willy the Mail Boy's head on a silver platter. So I'm doing some final testing on a foreign OS so that we can be sure it works.

It's odd navigating around in French Windows (Bah Dum Psh!) and to actually already know what I'm doing. Text? Who needs stinkin' text. I navigate by muscle memory of where that item was in the list the last eighty times I clicked on it.

But that's not what I came here to talk about. I came here to talk about a French keyboard layout. First of all, 2 in French is apparently é. Second, if you want to try typing my username ("martys") on a French keyboard, go ahead. You'll end up with ",qrtys". But my favorite is the French throwback to the old "Interactive Fiction" text adventures of yore when trying to enter the default workgroup. Because when I typed in Workgroup, it came out zorkgroup.

You can get some pretty amusing stuff if you're not paying attention.

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