@PlasmaHH By the way, some time in the 2000s, two or three of the creatives behind the Sesame Street have admitted that the endeavor was fueled by cocaine. I can't seem to find that news blurb, where I have read that.
@ThePhoton The soviet era had formally ended in 1991. I started to tinker with electronics in 1992 in Moscow. The sourcing situation have not yet improved by then (at least on the hobbyist level it haven't). Salvage was easier to do, because security was softer overall.
@NickAlexeev When I was in China in 2006 or so, the price of any software (any) was something like $10 per CD. If the software came on 1 CD, $10. If it came on 2 CD's, $20, etc. (And I may be mis-remembering, maybe it was 10 kuai).