The KGB, the Computer, and Me
shumaker at att.net
Mon Dec 28 20:10:05 CST 2015
On 12/28/2015 2:06 AM, jwsmobile wrote:
> On 12/28/2015 1:45 AM, Rod Smallwood wrote:
>> Anybody who has not seen this film (The KGB, the Computer, and Me)
>> its worth a look. 1980's DEC systems everywhere, LSI terminals, HP kit,
>> Tape drives in action and apart from the Mac no Windows anywhere.
>> I think LBL must have bought one of everything.
>> The story (true) is not bad either.
>> I now expect to get a long list of weveseenits.
> I have not seen that, but have the Stoll Book, Cuckoo's Egg. A friend
> of mine is central to this, and is in the book (though I've not seen
> him for 30 years...)
> Ron Vivier was a programmer @ Microdata for a couple of years before
> leaving and moving to the Bay area and resurfacing @ Tymnet. There
> was a lull for a bit then all of a sudden the story about Stoll
> trapping the guy made headlines, and there in the front of it was
> Ron. He did what I'd have expected him to do, but the people covering
> the story didn't get that was in his nature to help like that.
> I ended up with the desk cleanout droppings from his desk and kept
> most of it for years, and still owe him a chess clock (which is around
> here somewhere). Still has his name dymo'ed on the top.
> I found the video you posted about, will take a look tomorrow, late
> here tonight. thanks for the lead. Wonder what Stoll is up to these
among the other activities mentioned here, he still gets speaking
invitations to law enforcement functions. He has a habit of showing up
with a large envelope of viewgraph slides asking for an overhead projector.
(yes... I was there - the book is actually rather accurate)
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