A Very V-E-R-Y Long Day Without Software

Over the summer, some friends at Veracode approached me and asked if I would be willing to help them with an experiment. Could I, they wanted to know, spend an entire day neither using nor leveraging any software whatsoever. They bet me that I couldn’t. I love a challenge as much as any journalist so I said “Sure. How hard could it possibly be?” The point of this is to make business people better understand how devastating cyber thief and cyber terrorist attacks can be and how remarkably dependent we are today on software. Still, with a wee bit of creativity and ingenuity, why should the absence of a few executables slow me down? First off, no need to boot up the laptop. Won’t be using that today. No problem. My trusty old electric typewriter is in a closet somewhere and that should allow me to write as much as I need. For research, I have my iPhone, so I can call anyone I want and scour the Web. (Pause.) Uh-oh. The operating system and apps are clearly software. That sharply curtails my research efforts. For that matter, there also goes my plan for dictating what I...
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