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Author: joelcorley Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 308881  
Subject: Re: Saving vs. Paying credit card debt Date: 5/1/2012 12:48 AM
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You wrote, When filtered through TMF's Servers, probably Dell, but who knows?, the special combination keystrokes do not always have predictable MF message board renderings. == Simple as that!!!

The <Alt>-<keypad> combinations are simple ASCII character codes. The symbols are non-standard (above 127). The feature has been part of the PC BIOS since at least the IBM PC XT. (I used to use it creating DOS apps.) While the BIOS doesn't handle the keyboard in Windows, the standard Windows keyboard drivers have always emulated this functionality for as long as I can recall.

So while the problem does make the TMF message board renderings pretty much useless, I'm pretty sure it's all TMF's fault. Probably some programmer or manager trying to save people from themselves...

- Joel
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