Sunday, March 22, 2009

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or, painstakingly typed backwards--

my poor old computer is inverting words as i type them. this may be the death knell.

13 comments:

Katherine said...
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Katherine said...

I don't have a Windows machine handy to look this up on, but what's happened is that somehow the setting to type from the right has been turned on.

It's meant for languages that are read and written right to left (Arabic, for example).

It definitely sounds like a WinRot thing, rather than a computer hardware thing. Windows eventually eats itself if left to run without a major upgrade. It's yet another reason why people who use operating systems in the Unix family (that includes Linux and Mac OSX) prefer them over Windows.

If you backed up your data and downloaded the install image to burn to CD, you could be on Ubuntu for free tomorrow without having to buy a new computer. Alternatively, you could back off your data, reformat your hard drive, and reinstall Windows and all the applications you've installed. The latter option takes longer because Ubuntu installs all the major apps people use at the same time that it installs the OS, but it does mean getting used to a new environment.

Rick Daley said...

Rule number one in technical support: Reboot.

Final rule in technical support: Kick it.

What you do in between is your own discretion. Good luck.

JES said...

Damn. I was sure you were speaking Welsh.

I bet Katherine's got the problem nailed down. I'm not in Windows myself right now but maybe some kind soul will come along who can pinpoint the exact Control Panel or Accessibility dialog box you need to interact with. (Or I will myself, later.)

Have you been reading a lot of books in translation, by any chance? :)

Kurciski said...

This may sound kind of stupid, but try hooking up a different keyboard if you have one lying around.

moonrat said...

the reboot thing worked (for now)

alas, katherine, the term WinRot is very personally resonant. thank you for introducing me to it.

I_am_Tulsa said...

Wow that was very informative! WinRot makes me want to giggle for some reason...
The really funny thing tho, is at first I thought you were typing some sort of "editor's only" language!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Is it weird that my only reaction was to laugh until I almost fell off my chair? For some reason that problem struck me as hilarious.

I'm glad you got it fixed though...

moonrat said...

no, it's pretty funny.

not as funny as the mister softee man who followed me around two blocks today and waited for me outside the grocery store. and waved.

freddie said...

That happened to me with my laptop. Getting a new mouse solved the problem. Glad the rebooting thing worked!

JES said...

My favorite Windows glitch like this hit my sister-in-law's PC. Although everything started out fine when they got their new printer, suddenly all the menus and dialog boxes and printer-status messages were displaying their text in a Scandinavian language -- Norwegian, I think.

Which was entertaining enough. Even better: the printer software was set up by default to READ ALL MESSAGES ALOUD. So in this case, yes, the printer was suddenly alerting them in Norwegian (or whatever) that "Your black cartridge is empty" (or whatever) -- like "Orduvoorduvoor, jë!" (or whatever). It helped that the read-aloud voice was a woman's, so you could shut your eyes and imagine you were being scolded (or flattered) by, say, Liv Ullmann.

moonrat said...

HAHAHAHAHA jes, that's really good. heeheehee.

Beth said...

That happened to me this week too. Restarting the browser fixed it.