PERMISSIONS:
You may link to my blog but if you want to copy my article to your own blog, please give the following credit: From "Ampers' Rants" at www.ampers.me.uk. Thank you.

APOLOGIES
I have been over zealous with political comment lately so have now accepted the offer to assemble and write for two blogs on the WatchingUK website. The "Good News" blog is for items where we have benefited from the Brexit referendum vote and the "Bad News" blog is where others have tried to damage our chances of leaving the EU.

SUBSCRIPTIONS:
If you like what you see, why not subscribe to the blog? You can follow Ampers' Rants by adding your email address in the box below (left) Notifications are also shown in my Twitter account: AmpersUK.

Monday, 23 January 2017

It's a funny life dealing with the USA

Many years ago, in the late seventies, I purchased Borland's PIM (Personal Information Manager to you).

Sitting in a pub with a few friends, we were complaining because, in the UK version, Borland had to remove the security for the UK version.

A foreign gentleman came over and in halting English said, come to pub tomorrow, same time, and I give you copy of American version.

Naturally, we all came back, and sure enough the guy came in, sat down and gave me an envelope with the copied disks in. He said he was from the Russian Embassy, I guessed KGB as he was allowed out - this was in the cold war period.

How did you get these, I asked? He said, Man in Washington Embassy went to computer shop around corner and bought the program over the counter.

So much for American efficiency and security I thought.

Ampers.

1 comment:

RAC said...

Software obtained from an unknown foreigner in a pub. What could go wrong with that?
To be fair I suppose there were fewer hackers about then, to be hoped anyway.