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Glancing through the FREE book “Reverse Engineering for Beginners”, brought a lot of fun memories that I had with assembly language and doing Hex dump of executables. Sharing two examples below: 1. My first freeware (downloaded by thousands) around 1996-97 was EasyPass. It removed (!) the password from a #Microsoft #Access Jet 95 MDB database files. It helped those who had forgotten password, or, that’s what I naively believed then. Believe it or not – it was just a matter of flipping (XOR encryption) a few bytes of hex values, you needed to know which bytes, that’s all. A whole…

Venkatarangan in downtown Seattle in 2000

Over the years, I have attended many of the premium events of Microsoft like TechEd in the USA and I have myself spoken in quite a few of Microsoft Tech Ed’s that happened in India and Sri Lanka. The first…

Over the last two decades, I have travelled quite a few times to the USA. My first trip was in 1999 when I got invited by Microsoft Corporation, USA for one of their premier event that was happening in downtown Seattle and that was obviously the memorable one. I was excited to be travelling to the United States and that too to the headquarters of my idol Mr Bill Gates. Then, I never imagined I will be travelling in the next few years, many times to America, so I went around the country, coast to coast, visiting all the friends…

Rotary Dial Phone made by ITI, India

After like decades I saw this old rotary dial phone in an office here in Chennai, India. The one in the picture here is an updated (latter-day) version compared to the earlier ones which were black in colour and made…