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"Halt and Catch Fire"... Anyone planning on watching?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Peter000, May 11, 2014.

  1. May 11, 2014 #1 of 383
    Peter000

    Peter000 Active Member TCF Club

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    This looks interesting. It's about a computer start-up at the beginnings of the PC boom.

    I can't get a sense of if it's supposed to be a real company or fictionalized history though.

     
  2. May 11, 2014 #2 of 383
    vertigo235

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    never heard of it, sure I'll watch, why not
     
  3. May 11, 2014 #3 of 383
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    I'm definitely planning to watch. I read a little about it and I'm pretty sure it's about a fictional company. Takes place in Texas, IIRC.
     
  4. May 12, 2014 #4 of 383
    redrouteone

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    From the previews it sounds like the idea is loosely based on Compaq.
     
  5. May 12, 2014 #5 of 383
    mr.unnatural

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    I believe it's based on the company that reverse-engineered the original IBM PC which opened the flood gates for IBM competitors. AMC has been advertising this show for months. I read about it a while back on one of my TV program sites, probably the Futon Critic.

    And yes, I plan on watching it.
     
  6. May 12, 2014 #6 of 383
    kaszeta

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    Yeah, they are definitely borrowing some elements from the Compaq story.

    Looks like it has some possibilities.
     
  7. May 12, 2014 #7 of 383
    smak

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    Looks good. Hope the ?? title doesn't cause people to skip it.

    -smak-
     
  8. May 12, 2014 #8 of 383
    vertigo235

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    This show sounds like what I thought Silicon Valley was going to be about
     
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    mattack

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    Peter000

    Peter000 Active Member TCF Club

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    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Malcontent

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    The premiere episode is also available via magical means for those that wish to download the episode to watch at their convenience.
     
  13. May 21, 2014 #13 of 383
    Steveknj

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    I saw the preview for this while watching Turn. I plan to watch this. I thought initially it was about Dell, since it takes place in Texas, but perhaps, Compaq.
     
  14. May 21, 2014 #14 of 383
    AeneaGames

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    I didn't know which company was the first to build an IBM PC compatible, so I searched for it and it turned out to be Columbia Data Products.

    See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Data_Products
     
  15. May 21, 2014 #15 of 383
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    That must be where I saw it. I set up an ARWL right away. I figure it's worth trying.
     
  16. May 21, 2014 #16 of 383
    cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    Wow. I had forgotten about the Columbia clones. I started programming pcs on the IBM PC with DOS 1.1. I worked with the early Compaq clones with their squishy keyboards too.
     
  17. May 21, 2014 #17 of 383
    milo99

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    yes, planning on watching. i read some preview somewhere that confirmed the company is fictional, but loosely based on generic companies that did this.
     
  18. May 21, 2014 #18 of 383
    AeneaGames

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    Honestly, I had never heard of them!
     
  19. May 21, 2014 #19 of 383
    wedgecon

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    Right out of the gate there was a huge amount of competition in the pc clone business and CDP kind of flamed out.
     
  20. May 21, 2014 #20 of 383
    toddvj

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    This thread answers the question I have been wondering - whether it is at least loosely based on a real company.

    And yes, I'll be watching.
     

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