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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 22, 2014 #21 of 383
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    It was better than I expected and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
     
  2. May 24, 2014 #22 of 383
    Bob Coxner

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    You mean the Compaq "portables" that weighed 28 pounds and cost $3000? With the 9" green screen monitor.

    Ah, memories.

    Anyone else here use the PC Jr? The biggest PC flop in IBM history.
     
  3. May 24, 2014 #23 of 383
    kaszeta

    kaszeta Ceci n'est pas une conserve TCF Club

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    I still have a PCjr someplace, a gift from my IBM uncle.
     
  4. May 24, 2014 #24 of 383
    Bob Coxner

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    Your uncle must really hate you. :)
     
  5. May 24, 2014 #25 of 383
    brianric

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    Yep, replaced my TI 99/4A.
     
  6. May 24, 2014 #26 of 383
    jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    Been seeing the commercials for this while watching Mad Men. Setting up the Season Pass night now.
     
  7. May 26, 2014 #27 of 383
    ellinj

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    Watched the first episode online. Good enough to grab a season pass.
     
  8. May 26, 2014 #28 of 383
    brianric

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    Ditto.
     
  9. May 26, 2014 #29 of 383
    Demandred

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    I worked at Compaq in the late 90s and we still had to support those things. We only got calls on them once a month or so though. We had a stash of system software on 5.25" floppy that we could send out! but no way to get more. I quit working in that department before we ran out. :)
     
  10. May 27, 2014 #30 of 383
    Jonathan_S

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    I briefly had one my high school was dumping.

    Turns out it had a boot sector virus and I couldn't find an anti-virus program at the time that was small enough to fit on a floppy it could read. (knew it had the virus because every floppy you put in it came back infected)

    Still played with it a little, but the video was too proprietary to do anything with, and the spare motherboard I had wouldn't work with that old video, so my plans to make it a more powerful luggable got dropped and eventually the luggable went off to electronic recycling.
     
  11. May 28, 2014 #31 of 383
    DeDondeEs

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    I watched the "sneak preview" last night. One observation on the time-line:

    How are they going to stretch them making an IBM clone out to a whole season or show? They already reverse engineered it and are dealing with IBM legal?
     
  12. May 28, 2014 #32 of 383
    Steveknj

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    My FIL had one of those and he gave it to me. The thing took forever to boot up. I always felt like I was carrying the codes to the nuclear arsenal when carrying that thing around.
     
  13. May 28, 2014 #33 of 383
    BeanMeScot

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    Part of the show was filmed in the building where I work. They changed the atrium to be a restaurant of a Vegas hotel for CES in the 80's.
     
  14. May 28, 2014 #34 of 383
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    The show is about the "war" not just the event that started the war
     
  15. Jun 2, 2014 #35 of 383
    vman41

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    I knew an intense guy like MacMillian in the mid 1980s. I met him when I worked a summer at General Dynamics. A couple years later offered me a job at a company he was starting, but I turned him down. I think that's the zeitgeist the show's trying to capture.

    BTW, binary 1101 is a hexadecimal 'D', not 'B'. He could have been reading it little-endian, but then 1110 would have been '7' instead of 'E'.
     
  16. Jun 2, 2014 #36 of 383
    markymark_ctown

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    Anyone watch yet? I have it tivo'd, but caught a lukewarm review of it yesterday in the paper:

    full review here:

    http://www.cleveland.com/tv-blog/in..._catch_fire_gets_off_to_a_lukewarm_start.html
     
  17. Jun 2, 2014 #37 of 383
    jsmeeker

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    I watched.

    It seems show is set in Dallas, but I saw the capitol building in an opening scene. Was the blonde girl a student in Austin? Did they drive all the way from Dallas to Austin to pick her up and hire her to keep IBM at bay?
     
  18. Jun 2, 2014 #38 of 383
    markymark_ctown

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    Well, how was it smeek? Don't reverse smeek... :)
     
  19. Jun 2, 2014 #39 of 383
    philw1776

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    AMC doing repeat cable showings 10PM tonight
     
  20. Jun 2, 2014 #40 of 383
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    I think that's exactly what happened. The opening scene was in Austin, but the rest of the episode was in Dallas.

    I enjoyed it. Looking forward to seeing how they legitimize what Joe and Gordon did.
     

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