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Thursday, 25 August 2016

American Software Security, late seventies style!

Borlannd Sidekick was a Personal Information Manager [PIM} which I used on my Commodore PET back in 1977-1979.

We were discussing sidekick in a pub in Bayswater and complaining because Borland wasn't allowed to send the version with the ability to make the data secure with security outside the USA.

A rather large Russian came over to our table - remember, this was in the cold war, and we were naturally a little nervous!

But he was friendly and said if we came back tomorrow he would give us a copy of Sidekick with the security on it.

We returned the next night and sure enough, he came over and gave us the floppy disks. I asked how he managed to get them when we couldn't.

"Man in embassy in Washington crossed the road to computer shop and got program and copied to all embassies in world".

Made us question American government intelligence.


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