Geoff Chappell - Software Analyst
August and September turned in to months of tidying up old writing to prepare for new. There are plans, hatched in July, for substantial new notes on Security, especially on industry practices that would not be thought acceptable in analogous situations and might better not become accepted now. I might as well fight the tide!
While thinking this through, I was separately alerted to a generally well-made and entertaining video on Windows’ Hidden Self Destruct Code by Nostalgia Nerd. I’d have said I’m not much given to nostalgia (despite being still a fan of pop music from the 1960s), but the video did get me reflecting on my earliest work that ever got controversial. It’s no secret that I was never fully on-board with much that others wrote about what soon become known as the AARD code, but new pages tell more than ever of why.
This trip down memory lane had the happy side-effect of reminding me that I still possess a copy in print of my very first professional writing on computer programming. It’s old enough that it just possibly never did get put on the Internet. That I can’t find it on the Internet now seems like some sort of loss. I take the liberty of reproducing it here.
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