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(AMC TV)   Will it be "Mad Men" for the 80s, or a "Nerd Winter Sun" flop? Break out your Walkman, get your quarters for Galaga, and see computer technology before the Interwebs. "Halt and Catch Fire" Series Premiere, 10 PM EST on AMC   (amctv.com) divider line 45
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2014-06-01 02:26:00 PM  
It sorta looks interesting.
 
2014-06-01 03:25:48 PM  
My prediction is that it will either be vaguely watchable or boring as f*ck.
 
2014-06-01 03:50:44 PM  
is that Rev War show any good?

it's got a reversed letter in its title so I know it's edgy and hip, but with a heart.
 
2014-06-01 04:10:45 PM  
Not a fan of Mad Men, but this looks interesting

Never heard of it before this thread
 
2014-06-01 07:26:53 PM  
I deal with computer geeks every day, no thanks. Then again at least it's not yet another doctor/lawyer/cop show.
 
2014-06-01 09:32:05 PM  
The chick is cute as a button. I want to marry that girl.
 
2014-06-01 09:33:15 PM  
Having come of nerd age during the clone wars, I will be watching. i wonder if they are going to mention some of the really obscure early computers?
 
2014-06-01 09:38:05 PM  
If they keep it real and not "animated" like that "Silicon Valley" dog-vomit on HBO, then it might have some potential.
 
2014-06-01 09:40:26 PM  

DesertCoyote: If they keep it real and not "animated" like that "Silicon Valley" dog-vomit on HBO, then it might have some potential.


Glad I'm not the only person who hates that show.
 
2014-06-01 09:40:54 PM  
Watched the pilot  on AMC's website last week.  I liked it and will be watching hence forth.
 
2014-06-01 09:42:08 PM  

Trocadero: The chick is cute as a button. I want to marry that girl.


She kinda reminds me of Robin Wright.
 
2014-06-01 09:49:26 PM  
Im going out fot a coolatta
 
2014-06-01 09:49:34 PM  
ready

lonelymachines.org
 
2014-06-01 09:55:42 PM  
It's kind of too bad they had to fictionalize everything, but at the same time I'm sure the real story of Compaq doesn't make for as good TV.
 
2014-06-01 09:55:58 PM  
Let me know when they create a GUI in FORTRAN to trace nybles across Usenet.
 
2014-06-01 10:00:51 PM  
The saddest part of all this, is that there are actually people on this Earth who are nostalgic about the '80s.
 
2014-06-01 10:05:52 PM  
Butt sects right away.

The 80's were an awesome time indeed.
 
2014-06-01 10:06:42 PM  
Okay, first anachronism.

There was never any hot geeky sex in the 80s.
 
2014-06-01 10:08:23 PM  

Mad_Radhu: It's kind of too bad they had to fictionalize everything, but at the same time I'm sure the real story of Compaq doesn't make for as good TV.




Having gone to UT in the 80's, I cannot remember there being any hot blondes in the entire CSE Department, but there were some hot Korean girls.
 
2014-06-01 10:13:19 PM  
[Jim Dale voice]The facts were these: two hippies from Palo Alto created a personal computer in their garage that merely cost as much as a cheap car, causing IBM to throw a team together in a town named Rat Mouth to quickly create their own computer from off the shelf parts and an OS bought from a guy in Seattle who bought it from another guy in Seattle. This set in motion a series of events that would eventually lead the LA Clippers being bought for the Gross domestic product of a small country a little over 30 years later.[/Jim Dale Voice]
 
2014-06-01 10:16:17 PM  
I'm getting a kick out of listening to "Lodi".....
 
2014-06-01 10:29:28 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: I'm getting a kick out of listening to "Lodi".....




They get props for using XTC's "Complicated Game".
 
2014-06-01 10:39:27 PM  
Guesstimate: all that is now under $400 today.
 
2014-06-01 10:48:07 PM  
How is babby spelled?
 
2014-06-01 11:45:09 PM  
"Nerd Winter Sun"? Really? Subby deserves a swirly for that one.
 
2014-06-02 12:40:22 AM  

Mad_Radhu: [Jim Dale voice]The facts were these: two hippies from Palo Alto created a personal computer in their garage that merely cost as much as a cheap car, causing IBM to throw a team together in a town named Rat Mouth to quickly create their own computer from off the shelf parts and an OS bought from a guy in Seattle who bought it from another guy in Seattle. This set in motion a series of events that would eventually lead the LA Clippers being bought for the Gross domestic product of a small country a little over 30 years later.[/Jim Dale Voice]


Given that every other role Lee Pace has ever taken has been an amoral soulless minion on evil, I've always wondered how they convinced him to be in Pushing Daisies. I have to imagine they told him the character was someone who brought the dead back to life so that he could enjoy killing them again.
 
2014-06-02 02:29:18 AM  
So I've watched the first 20 minutes so far and it's not really grabbing me. Sarcastic nerd girl, sad sack cube dweller and stalker-y asshole just aren't doing it for me. Does it get better?
 
2014-06-02 02:50:05 AM  
I hate everybody on this show.
 
2014-06-02 06:32:12 AM  

DesertCoyote: If they keep it real and not "animated" like that "Silicon Valley" dog-vomit on HBO, then it might have some potential.


I love silicon valley. it's a comedy and the finale tonight was freaking hilarious.
 
2014-06-02 06:33:05 AM  

fusillade762: So I've watched the first 20 minutes so far and it's not really grabbing me. Sarcastic nerd girl, sad sack cube dweller and stalker-y asshole just aren't doing it for me. Does it get better?


yeah about halfway through it gets interesting. at the end of the pilot I'm wanting to see more.
 
2014-06-02 07:28:07 AM  
I'm still suprised they still have Small Town Security.
 
2014-06-02 07:30:51 AM  

DenisVengeance: I hate everybody on this show.


I even hate the Speak & Spell.
 
2014-06-02 09:14:21 AM  

Hobodeluxe: fusillade762: So I've watched the first 20 minutes so far and it's not really grabbing me. Sarcastic nerd girl, sad sack cube dweller and stalker-y asshole just aren't doing it for me. Does it get better?

yeah about halfway through it gets interesting. at the end of the pilot I'm wanting to see more.


Same reaction here, it wasn't grabbing me until about halfway through but I ended up liking it and will watch next week. Opening title was pretty sweet too.
 
2014-06-02 09:20:13 AM  

browntimmy: Hobodeluxe: fusillade762: So I've watched the first 20 minutes so far and it's not really grabbing me. Sarcastic nerd girl, sad sack cube dweller and stalker-y asshole just aren't doing it for me. Does it get better?

yeah about halfway through it gets interesting. at the end of the pilot I'm wanting to see more.

Same reaction here, it wasn't grabbing me until about halfway through but I ended up liking it and will watch next week. Opening title was pretty sweet too.


Yeah! I loved the opening and will be watching it next week. I want to see how this is going to play out.
 
2014-06-02 09:36:51 AM  

fusillade762: So I've watched the first 20 minutes so far and it's not really grabbing me. Sarcastic nerd girl, sad sack cube dweller and stalker-y asshole just aren't doing it for me. Does it get better?


The scheme is interesting and the final scene is pretty funny in the sense that young people probably don't understand why people once lived in fear of armies of IBM lawyers.
 
2014-06-02 10:02:42 AM  

fusillade762: So I've watched the first 20 minutes so far and it's not really grabbing me. Sarcastic nerd girl, sad sack cube dweller and stalker-y asshole just aren't doing it for me. Does it get better?


Yes

It picks up as it goes on
 
2014-06-02 10:11:05 AM  

Mentat: fusillade762: So I've watched the first 20 minutes so far and it's not really grabbing me. Sarcastic nerd girl, sad sack cube dweller and stalker-y asshole just aren't doing it for me. Does it get better?

The scheme is interesting and the final scene is pretty funny in the sense that young people probably don't understand why people once lived in fear of armies of IBM lawyers.


Armies of white shirted attorneys wearing sock garters is enough to instill fear in even the bravest of people.
 
2014-06-02 10:11:53 AM  
I saw an advanced preview last week. My first impression was "Suits" with computers. The hard-driving, ruthless dickhead teams up with the wonky nebbish and they engage in corporate politics and battling the world whilst potential disaster looms at every turn.
 
2014-06-02 10:29:14 AM  

TheSelphie: DesertCoyote: If they keep it real and not "animated" like that "Silicon Valley" dog-vomit on HBO, then it might have some potential.

Glad I'm not the only person who hates that show.


Amazon's "Betas" is very similar, but much funnier. Watched the whole first season and lived it. Went to watch "Silicon Valley" and was more entertained by my email for the first 10 minutes. Said f it shortly afterwards
 
2014-06-02 10:32:58 AM  

LectertheChef: The saddest part of all this, is that there are actually people on this Earth who are nostalgic about the '80s.


Careful...
 
2014-06-02 11:14:14 AM  

Mentat: fusillade762: So I've watched the first 20 minutes so far and it's not really grabbing me. Sarcastic nerd girl, sad sack cube dweller and stalker-y asshole just aren't doing it for me. Does it get better?

The scheme is interesting and the final scene is pretty funny in the sense that young people probably don't understand why people once lived in fear of armies of IBM lawyers.


If the Boston Marathon Bombings happened in 1985, there would have been swarms of suitcased lawyers all over Watertown.
 
2014-06-02 12:53:57 PM  
I also thought it started slow and was about to give up on it until it picked up in the second half. The intro sex scene was just stupid.

I did love the intro titles. I'm very curious as to how they'll make computers interesting as I'm a computer engineer and I wouldn't watch a show about my job.
 
2014-06-02 03:02:09 PM  

Charlie Crews' Zen Master: TheSelphie: DesertCoyote: If they keep it real and not "animated" like that "Silicon Valley" dog-vomit on HBO, then it might have some potential.

Glad I'm not the only person who hates that show.

Amazon's "Betas" is very similar, but much funnier. Watched the whole first season and lived it. Went to watch "Silicon Valley" and was more entertained by my email for the first 10 minutes. Said f it shortly afterwards


I watched the pilot of Betas.  I didn't like it much.  Still, I lasted the whole episode, unlike Silicon Valley, which I turned off around the same time as you.  Unfortunately for you Betas was canceled.
 
2014-06-02 04:43:24 PM  
Argghhh.... WTF? Couldn't they at least get - and listen to - a real electronic engineer who worked with PCs in the 80s?

1) You don't desolder a chip from a DIP socket. They pop right out, using a simple U-shaped tool.
2) Reverse engineering doesn't work that way. If you need the contents, read the memory. Write an ASM or C program to do it, or even just use BASIC's PEEK command. Even so, that just gives you a copy of the BIOS. NOT reverse engineering.
3) Reverse engineering means understanding what the BIOS does on initialization, and what services the BIOS provides through the various INT calls - what parms they take, what actions they perform, and what values they return. Literally, that is what you needed to know back then. Everything else is fluff. This is why you have two engineers figure out these specs, and hand over JUST THESE SPECS to a software team to build a new BIOS that matches those specs.

The whole nonsense of building a breadboard and copying out values was just dumb.

Other activities would have involved tracing the various lines and determining what where address lines, supply voltages, IRQ lines, etc... based on chip specs (easily available) to figure out what the ISA bus specs were, and to take timings of the signals.

Great... it's bad enough that I have to deal with inane depictions of military personnel by Hollywood, now they've decided to delve into nerd-dom  in a serious way and still screw it up.
 
2014-06-02 11:47:21 PM  
Meh another stylized period piece using cliched descriptions of said archetypes. We have the "Alec Baldwin" A-type personality salesman ala Glen Gary Glen Ross. We have the "Woz" engineer and now we have the counter culture cyper punk geek ala Angelina Jolie from Hackers crossed with the mutant Boom Boom (Tabitha Smith) who 1st appeared in Secret Wars II #5 in Nov 1985. Seriously all she was missing was her sunglasses and mutant powers.

Sorry AMC this is derivative crap with cliched character descriptions in place of characters. Their tech adviser must have just read an Omni magazine from the 80's.

Meh is meh
 
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