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Old 05-11-2014, 08:47 PM   #1
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"Halt and Catch Fire"... Anyone planning on watching?

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.

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Old 05-11-2014, 08:53 PM   #2
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never heard of it, sure I'll watch, why not
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:33 PM   #4
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From the previews it sounds like the idea is loosely based on Compaq.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:14 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 05-12-2014, 07:18 AM   #6
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From the previews it sounds like the idea is loosely based on Compaq.
Yeah, they are definitely borrowing some elements from the Compaq story.

Looks like it has some possibilities.
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Old 05-12-2014, 06:12 PM   #7
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Looks good. Hope the ?? title doesn't cause people to skip it.

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Old 05-12-2014, 07:46 PM   #8
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This show sounds like what I thought Silicon Valley was going to be about
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:04 PM   #9
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The title is presumably based on this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halt_and_Catch_Fire

(I like the show (and place!) Silicon Valley.. it's very entertaining.)
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Old 05-12-2014, 11:39 PM   #10
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The title is presumably based on this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halt_and_Catch_Fire
Thanks! That was interesting.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:39 PM   #11
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AMC has put the premiere episode online and it's available to view for the next 13 days:

http://www.amctv.com/full-episodes/h...-sneak-preview
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:40 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:37 AM   #13
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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.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:46 AM   #14
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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.
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
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:20 AM   #15
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I saw the preview for this while watching Turn.
That must be where I saw it. I set up an ARWL right away. I figure it's worth trying.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:32 PM   #16
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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
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.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:44 PM   #17
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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.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:28 PM   #18
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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.
Honestly, I had never heard of them!
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Honestly, I had never heard of them!
Right out of the gate there was a huge amount of competition in the pc clone business and CDP kind of flamed out.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:17 PM   #20
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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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Old 05-22-2014, 03:17 PM   #21
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It was better than I expected and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:58 PM   #22
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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.
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.
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Old 05-24-2014, 04:37 PM   #23
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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.
I still have a PCjr someplace, a gift from my IBM uncle.
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I still have a PCjr someplace, a gift from my IBM uncle.
Your uncle must really hate you. :-)
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:03 PM   #25
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Anyone else here use the PC Jr? The biggest PC flop in IBM history.
Yep, replaced my TI 99/4A.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:10 PM   #26
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Been seeing the commercials for this while watching Mad Men. Setting up the Season Pass night now.
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:05 PM   #27
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Watched the first episode online. Good enough to grab a season pass.
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Watched the first episode online. Good enough to grab a season pass.
Ditto.
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:43 PM   #29
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You mean the Compaq "portables" that weighed 28 pounds and cost $3000? With the 9" green screen monitor.
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.
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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.
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.
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