[Coco] Window Master
Boisy G. Pitre
boisy at tee-boy.com
Fri Jan 22 09:15:33 EST 2010
Heh, spoken like a true rogue!
Chet and I worked together for a time back in the mid 1990s at Microware. If anyone thinks that I can be a bit brash and abrasive at times, you really have to meet Chet!
He's one helluva programmer too...
On Jan 22, 2010, at 7:47 AM, Rogelio Perea wrote:
> That reminds me of a funny story as noted in a Chet Simpson interview by
> Nick Marentes, 12 years ago:
> <http://www.vavasour.ca/cfdm/issue65/article20.txt>And I quote:
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> Q: Can you tell us any interesting "stories" of your past development days?
> A: There are a few that stick out in my mind, but one single one more than
> Early in my programming days, somewhere around 1985/86, I was visiting with
> Bill Vergona (then owner of Cer-Comp in Las Vegas). I had been asking him
> questions about various programming techniques and he was being a little
> stiff on giving answers to everything I asked him. Then all of a sudden, he
> pops out with "nothing you write will ever be as good as my software" or at
> least something to that effect. What was even more interesting was that in
> almost the same breath he also said that "nobody will ever be able to crack
> the protection scheme I use."
> Well, I never quite forgot about that. So a little while after he had made
> those comments, I had a friend of mine back east mail me his disks of
> programs that Bill had written (CBasic, EDT/ASM 64) and pulled my stuff I had
> bought from him. I sat down for a few hours and after a while had removed the
> protection from every single one of his programs.
> So, being the obnoxious kid I was, I just had to call him up and tell him
> about it. Needless to say, he was fuming. What was more interesting was that
> a few months later, a letter from him appeared in Rainbow talking about
> pirated copies of his software, much of which was blown out of proportion.
> NOTE: The software was legally obtained and were purchased from Cer-Comp.
> They were returned to the original owner at a later date. No copies of the
> cracked software were ever distributed. Those copies which were 'cracked' by
> 'RamMan' were not obtained from me nor anyone else in this story].
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> -- Rogelio
> On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 8:24 AM, Robert Gault <robert.gault at worldnet.att.net
>> Andrew wrote:
>>> Several digests ago there was a poster asking about Window Master. I own
>>> an actual copy of it, but I can't remember if it was copy-protected in
>>> the same manner as CBASIC-3 (another Cer-Comp product, which I also own
>>> a copy of), or if it wasn't copy-protected at all?
>> The disk is copy protected with oddball track and sector numbers. The
>> program expects a track35 with sectors 98, 99, and 20. Sector 20 has WM for
>> the last two bytes. Sectors 99 have the logical sector number in the last
>> byte, 0-16.
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