Seriously the "security" measures were to remove the run box and the icon. That was it.
In fact, in any legit security policy, there has to be an explicit telling of users not to do certain things.
I'm not allowed to walk into the server room and plug in a cellular modem and start transferring things out to pastebin. There are just about zero technical countermeasures in place to stop such a thing.
The idea that because it's possible or easy, it's allowed, is ridiculous. Most crimes are easy to commit.
So indeed, not hacking, for technically able people, means that when faced with a security hole, you decide not to exploit it. I don't walk into people's homes that have the door unlocked either. You call that "putting your hands over your ears, shutting your eyes and going la la la la". Well, I hope you don't live near me.
EDIT: don't get me wrong, I did my share of high school hacking too. I don't condemn what you did. But own up to what it is. You were committing a (petty) crime, just like I was back in the days.
However, at least in this instance, let's not use the word "crime" to describe breaking school or corporate policies. Opening a harmless program that administrators took minimal steps to disable may have been breaking the school rules or policies, but it wasn't a crime.
We're already an over-criminalized society (at least here in the U.S.). We don't need any more "crimes", even if qualified as petty.
We used to do a similar thing, they quickly abandoned trying to lock down IE afterwards.
Also all ".exe" were disabled. The solution? Rename q2.exe to q2.com and it ran like a peach.
That's pretty accurate for many big companies.
Quite a few startups too.
I met my friend Alex by kicking his ass in UT.
(don't miss the "enter" button)
Years later, they finally showed up on a blog, and their first post addressed the exact question that I had about them, "Why did it take us so long to get a website?". The answer, loosely paraphrased, is that they'd spent years arguing over how many Ws to put in front of the domain. Bret wanted 7 Ws, while Jemaine wanted 8. Ultimately, they realized that they could only have 3, and finally got over that hurdle, and the website came together in rapid fashion with that hurdle cleared.
I'm not sure where many of the people went either. There was a huge online collective of these folks called the Swank Army and finding almost anything about it now is ridiculously hard. I only have one person in my contacts from that era.
I also think design has lost something major by losing these people. Much of the cutting edge site design today feels throwback compares to Jodi
It references Jodi as well.
Bah. Corporate censorship...