Here’s one for the windows cognoscenti. When I delete files from my win98, or winNT pc, if I only push delete, the files are moved to the recycling bin. That’s honky dory. However, if I hold shift while pressing delete, the file is suppossed to bypass recycling and move directly to the hard drive’s landfill or offshore dumping program.
The problem is that almost invariably, the first shift+del results in a prompt asking if I wish files to be moved to the confounded recycling bin. I say no, push shift+del again and usually (but not always) get a prompt asking if I’d like to permanently delete these files. Emphatically, I press enter and the files satisfyingly vanish.
Sometimes this typical pattern doesn’t hold. Occasionally (far too occasionally) shift+del results in a bin-bypassing delete the very first time. Yay! But somewhat more often, shift+del fails to produce the desired bin-bypass on the first, second, and third tries. Usually, it works eventually, but I recently had a file that no matter how many times I shift+deleted, it still insisted on being sent to the recycling bin. So I sent it there, immediately withdrew the funding for the recycling program, had the contents of the recycling bin incinerated, and then dumped the toxic ash into my PCs protected wetlands files.
Why does the first recycling bin bypassing shift+del command usually fail? It’s not some peculiarity of my keyboard since I observe this on other PCs. And it’s not a Win98 thing since it happens in WinNT as well.