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Anyone watching Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)? It's a period drama about a team developing what is, in essence, the first laptop computer (I have a feeling it's going to be that clunky brief-case sized box with the pop-up screen). It' no Mad Men, or The Americans, but it's drawn me in.

Maybe it's an '80's computer geek thing.


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May. 10th, 2015 12:45 am (UTC)
I can't even remember the first true lap tops. I have a mental picture more of an old Kaypro. A Z80 computer in a box bigger than a current desktop. One end folds down to reveal a keyboard on the hinged piece and a tiny black and green, text-only screen. The first IBM PCs were already out, and a lot of us already had primitive color graphics. The luggables seemed popular for about six months then faded into history before the laptops happened. ( After checking --- Wikipedia shows smaller versions of the Kaypro idea as the first laptops. They weren't something you'd want to use in your lap!)
May. 10th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
I started using Macintoshes in grad school and paid no attention to anything else, so I don't remember much about proto-laptops.

But all these 80's period pieces both fascinates me and makes me feel ancient.
May. 10th, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'd heard some good things about this, but I just don't have time to add something else to the queue.
May. 10th, 2015 02:05 pm (UTC)
Huh, I'm actually looking for new things now that the network TV season is wrapping up.
May. 10th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
I still behind on my network viewing. I have The Good Wife, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, The Flash, Person of Interest, Elementary all in various states of fallen behindness.

I recently added in Mad Men, Orphan Black and Game of Thrones.

Want to get back to The Americans (I'm a season behind.)

Want to add in Daredevil.
May. 10th, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
I obviously have too much TV time on my hands! Partly to blame is my inability to do a lot of projects the way I used to due to pain. But lying around watching TV is not the solution, either.
May. 12th, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)
I've been watching it. Not quite doing it for me - I like how it shows how hard it is to innovate and be creative, but the way the characters are written feels a off for me. A bit too one-note. I'll have an episode I love and then one that bores me, but overall it is interesting.
May. 12th, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
I find myself watching it as a writer. "How can they make this situation more fucked up than it already is? Oh, crap, that's how."

It's in a strange way like watching the Vampire Diaries. The characters are kind of flat, but the plot just doesn't stop.
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