I started the week with George R.R. Martin’s Wordstar computer, continued with the Brother AX-15 typewriter, and I might as well continue with more nostalgia. However, this piece of nostalgia comes with a social media twist and a Hobbit connection. It’s time to talk about Halt and Catch Fire:
I actually had to look up what the title means. To ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ means a CPU ceases operation, or as Dictionary.com put it:
The 1983-set show follows the quest of three people as they reverse engineer an IBM computer. If you think Apple/Windows keeps an iron grip on its technology, from seeing the pilot IBM set the stage for legalities. Of course it wouldn’t be a drama if the visionary, the engineer, or the computer genius decided not to do it. If I have to choose between Silicon Valley, the new HBO series following a set of techno-geeks behind a start-up, and this one…I would take the retro series hands down. Why? I think this calls for headers.