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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. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    Yeah that's what I remembered after reading an ep synopsis...
  2. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

    Jun 18, 2002
    It was in minute 57 when John Bosworth was responding to Cameron's assertion that he lacked the technical prowess to hack into the bank.
  3. SeanC

    SeanC ECT

    Dec 30, 2003
    I think that was my favorite moment of the show so far actually. That the boss has come to believe in the project so much he is willing to break the law see it to fruition, and enlist the help of an underling, then when everything goes to ****, take the fall for the underling, and believably so. So it got dusty in here when she was hugging him... so what?
  4. Worf

    Worf Active Member

    Sep 15, 2000
  5. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    did Apple really demo the Macinstosh in a hotel suite at Comdex prior to Steve Jobs doing a large public demo?

    I just knew the young guy Cameron was talking to worked for Apple. And I was wondering when we would see something from them.
  6. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    The young guy Cameron was talking to worked for Xerox. He was just attending the Mac demo just like he'd attended the Cardiff demo the previous night.

    Interesting how Cameron had spent so much time trying to develop an OS with a "soul" and then Joe and Gordon had to strip it in order to sell the product. Meanwhile, the Mac is introduced and has a "soul" and a graphical interface. Joe suddenly realizes how right Cameron was.

    How stupid was Joe for telling the ComputerLand guy that he didn't want to negotiate until tomorrow? 70k units at $900 each is $63 million in revenue. And that's just from one customer and that's just his opening offer. For all we know, ComputerLand won't be interested in buying by tomorrow.
  7. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    Yeah shouldn't that Xerox guy have been all PO'd when he saw the Mac and the mouse? :D

    I like all of the hippies they had standing around at the Mac demo including some Andy Warhol look alike.
  8. desulliv

    desulliv Member

    Aug 22, 2003
    Watching the Mac demo made me want to fire up my Macintosh SE collecting dust the corner. I wonder where I put those system disks?

    Sent from my iPhone
  9. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    rip it off?? It did remind me of the imagewriter, but heck, weren't a ton of printers like that back then?

    I *highly* doubt that. Was there ANY info about the Mac publicly before the Jan 23, 1984 demo? Sure, the Lisa had already shipped..

    Even though that was kind of a "cool" scene, I think it jumps to the top of the annoying things about this show.

    Sure, it's fiction, but if you take out their company and the product they made, it _seemed_ to be trying to be really close to our real history.. Alternate history but only slightly tweaked from real history.

    Plus, I am pretty darn sure they were working on the ROMs pretty much down to the deadline, so a FALL 1983 demo with the fully bootable disk would have been WAY too early..

    Also, the scummy salesman guy (I still don't remember any names besides Cameron) didn't realize that was just digitized audio? Even though there were some kinds of speaking programs at least vaguely in that era (I remember 'parrot' on Apple ][s, from a couple of years later).. I suspect that was digitized audio. I haven't tried to find proof at folklore.org though.

    Yeah, that 'soul' stuff seemed so Jobs-ian.

    I don't remember what the retail price they quoted, but could they (in the context of the show) even make the computer that cheap to sell wholesale? That sounded WAY too cheap to me.

    Oh, I forgot one more thing -- I know I'm being far too practical, but I wish they had realized they could sell BOTH the stripped down/cheaper version and the higher end one with the amazing OS. That would even fit the "sports car" guy's comment about car sales.
  10. jautor

    jautor Also wants a pony

    Jul 1, 2001
    Houston, TX
    No, it wasn't digitized audio in the recorded-WAV sense... It was synthetic speech, which was available (Votrax) in the early 80's. A software version was part of the Macintosh launch demo (a cheat since it required more RAM than the first Mac could support):


    (since you mentioned folklore.org... :D )

    I think they said $900?!?! Yeah, way below cost...
  11. Worf

    Worf Active Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    No, the first demo of the Mac happened in January 1984, prior to that there was no demo. And it was held twice - the later one at a board meeting at a computer club. There's a video on YouTube where they go through the regular board agenda, then Jobs demos it for the second time followed by lots of other demos and other stuff that were part of the computer club meeting.

    Apple didn't show it off at Comdex, and certainly not at Comdex 83. In fact, it wasn't even ready then.

    It was digitized voice - Jobs nearly tossed the audio part out - they had a weekend to demonstrate something "cool" or Jobs to deep-six the DAC and amplifier.

    And yes, it was real generated speech - it actually ran on a 512k Mac just for the demo.

    Oh, and no way the Mac was that fast.
  12. AeneaGames

    AeneaGames Member

    May 2, 2009
    Ahh yes, I remember SAM on the Atari XL! Fun times...
  13. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    IBM introduced the Personal Computer on August 12, 1981. Pricing started at $1,565 for a configuration with 16K RAM, Color Graphics Adapter, and no disk drives.

    So a $900 wholesale price was probably reasonable for how they're portraying everything. (An aside... by inflation, that $900 in 1983 represents about $2,100 today... so the price difference is like we might today feel about saving $1,000 on a purchase.)
  14. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    This. When the crowd asked the question about that, my first thought was to say, we will have both versions available. Since they know both work, why not?
  15. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Of course it's possible to sell two different models, but I think they made the right call. As the slimy thief guy said, they're in the compatible business. So the only specs that matter are compatibility, speed, and price. That's what will get them orders and move units. Adding in a premium version with the custom OS would just complicate and confuse things, and might actually jeopardize sales of the basic model.
  16. tlc

    tlc Member

    May 29, 2002
    Too bad about the ratings, I'm enjoying it. Screw historical inaccuracies. The COMDEX episode was great. Everyone had a role and a trick up their sleeve. Gordon telling (Salesguy) to put on his blue suit then taking on the printer guys... (Salesguy) getting the demo delayed... It was a really good hour of TV.

    I can't guess where they'd take it with another season, though. The season finale should have the company revived and the boss reinstated with charges dropped. Then what?
  17. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Even crazier is that even this, what supposedly is the version that'll be manufactured (remember, it's a many, many moths thing to design and prototype a new system board based on what we were previously told), used a card for the additional memory -- and was apparently even completely removable. The whole thing screams to most anyone that it can be an option; it can even be an aftermarket add-on. And neither require most any sort of additional engineering work.
  18. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    But that's short term thinking... Yeah, you could argue it's taken a couple of decades for HUUUGE #s of people to agree, but people are finally wising up that "the clones" aren't where it's at. The OS and user interface were ways they were trying to go BEYOND just being a clone.

    Well, like I said, I call it slightly alternate history. So things can be somewhat fake in the story but still should hopefully *mostly* be true to the technology of the time.

    ...and even the wonderful OS really wasn't THAT advanced in some ways, since after they lobotomized the machine, it was "just" looking for a program with that name. (Also, there were programs, at least in the mid-late 1980s, BESIDES text adventures, that did try to use that kind of interface. My favorite was "Q&A", which I always called "The Infocom database program", since it would let you type whole sentences, and Infocom games was my point of reference.)
  19. weaver

    weaver Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    Alexandria, VA
    The machine wasn't just "lobotomized," it was running a borrowed copy of MS-DOS.
  20. Johncv

    Johncv Active Member

    Jun 11, 2002
    Chula Vista, CA
    I remember my Amiga 1000 and the 2000, too bad Commodore f**k it up. :mad:

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