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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. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I guess this is now a spoilers allowed thread? I am not sure why they beat up Joe. Was it just because he was an outsider? I didn't get that.

    Also, I've always called the File Allocation Table "FAT" as in not skinny. They kept calling it F A T. Do people actually call it that?

    I'm still in, but honestly, I don't know why.
  2. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    I spoilerized my comments. A couple of other people posted spoilers and I followed like a lemming.

    I always pronounced it as "FAT" also, not "F.A.T."
  3. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    This kind of thing I guess bugged me in the same way as the more technical here have been bugged by a lot of the other things. But, that's because I know the term. If I didn't I wouldn't have even noticed it.

    The show is still all over the place and we still really know very little about what makes these characters tick. They are all just mostly annoying. I keep coming back to Mad Men because I think that's what they are going for here, but by the end of the first episode or two in Mad Men, we already knew enough about the main characters to get a feel about them. Right now all we know is that they are pretty much all unlikable.
  4. Mr. Soze

    Mr. Soze GGMU!

    Nov 1, 2002
    La Cheeserie
    I think it was at the behest of his boss (the bald guy whose name I can't remember).
  5. danielhart

    danielhart Nerp Nerp

    Apr 27, 2004
    it was his boss showing him who is boss (iow he got his cop buddies to beat him up and arrest him - then he goes to the station and gets him released - an exercise in showing him who is really in charge)

    it was a very lame plot device imo

    Cooked a delicious breakfast for Nancy using Tapaskillet
  6. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Ok, I'll ask. Wtf?
  7. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Someone has a Tapatalk fetish.
  8. jautor

    jautor Also wants a pony

    Jul 1, 2001
    Houston, TX
    It's become standard operating procedure for most of the tech sequences... Conceptually correct, individual techniques also true, but actual execution not even in the realm of reality! :D

    But yes, you can take apart a drive and mount its platters into a functional motor unit (and its a valid technique for data recovery specialists to perform) - but yeah, don't want to do that in the open, and certainly not spinning it by hand.

    There's a number of Zenith Data Systems Z-100 scattered around the office. Those were really nice CP/M machines in the day...

    Yet another compromise for a modern audience is the sheer number of computers shown in this 'typical' office. The combination of the high cost and the narrow applications / uses for "PCs" at that time makes that unlikely - more like one unit set out on a desk by itself for people to use when they needed it... The accountant and the executive secretary might have one to themselves. And the chief executive might have one for "show" (unlikely to actually know how to type in those days!).

    And for every machine there would have been a hulking printer attached. If you were really lucky you'd have a daisy wheel printer waking the dead at ~16 characters per second. :D

    Now, I want to see some smoking in the office for realism! Especially from the mainframe operators smoking while working on the unit with the access panels open. My first job I watched in horror as the operator did this on more than one occasion! The smoke was so bad in the MIS (we'd call them IT now) department that the CRTs all had a yellow film on them - I could wipe the screens with a paper towel and make nicotine patches out of them if I so desired.

  9. Worf

    Worf Active Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Yeah, the technical content has taken a huge dive in the last episode.

    Though, a computer on every desk wasn't TOO uncommon - maybe really nice machines, but some companies did put a computer on everybody's desk. After all, we're looking around the early to mid 80's at this point, and I believe even an Apple II was fairly affordable for those who needed a computer (something like starting at $666, and yes, that price is real). Or a Commodore 64.

    IBM PCs would be REALLY rare - the basic model started around $5000 or so, and a fully tricked out one could cost $10,000 all said and done.

    Anyhow, oddly there's no mention of something the original IBM PC shipped with - ROM BASIC! (A really odd form of BASIC since you had to boot into DOS then run BASIC which jumped into the ROM.) I actually had a program from the ancient days that used it... when you ran it, it came back with "Unable to find ROM BASIC". (I don't know when IBM got rid of it, but I was, coincidentally, running it on an official IBM PC at the time!)
  10. ADent

    ADent Active Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    Denver, CO
    The Apple ][e (later //e) came out in 1983 for $1395, $1995 with floppy drive and monitor and the full 64KB.

    We didn't get computers on all the desks at work until 1995 - when PCs dropped under $1500 so they didn't have to be in the capital plan.
  11. Bob Coxner

    Bob Coxner Active Member

    Dec 1, 2004
    Unless I missed a post somewhere, no one has mentioned the (to me) 800 pound gorilla in the room. Joe is bi-curious, unless his manhandling of the money lady's boytoy was just a business maneuver.

    FWIW, *that* would get you beat by Dallas cops, even as late as the 1980's.
  12. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

    Jun 18, 2002
    Considering their business before Joe came was mainframe software, shouldn't you see some 3270 terminals?
  13. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

    Nov 27, 2006
    chicago, il
    I think I like the show so far. The alternate history is a bit off putting.
  14. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

    Nov 27, 2006
    chicago, il
    I thought it was pretty obvious that he's bisexual. I don't think it makes a difference.
  15. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Does Joe's boss know that Joe banged investment lady's boy toy?
  16. dianebrat

    dianebrat drastically off narrative TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    As of this weeks episode that was not apparent.
  17. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    The Apple I is what started at $666.
  18. Hunter Green

    Hunter Green Curmudgeon

    Feb 22, 2002
    I'd say VT100, VT52, VT320, etc. would be more apt since they weren't selling IBM gear, but competitors thereto.
  19. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    With so many people in this thread who claim they don't like the show, I'm amazed at the number of posts :rolleyes: ....I like it, and I'll keep watching. I like the characters and I have a tech crush on Donna...
  20. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    I finally got around to watching the 2nd episode and decided the show wasn't for me <shrug>. Ah well, plenty of other stuff I can do instead.

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