Halt and Catch Fire Syllabus

Class 2 - History of the Personal Computer


RFC as koan

Emulator as koan




Episodes: - S1E1 “I/O”, S1E2 “FUD”, S1E3 “High Plains Hardware”

The first three episodes introduce the characters and the relationships they have with computers. In 1983, the personal computer is not a totally new concept. IBM is the dominant force with a lot of smaller companies seeking to be the cheaper alternative model. This allows the series to start off under the guise of the “two men in a garage” cliche of U.S. technology history while actually situating it in a common small and boring tech company, like many others across the country.

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