Halt and Catch Fire Syllabus

Class 3 - Interfaces / Human-Computer Interactions


RFC as koan

Emulator as koan




Episodes: - S1E4 “Close to the Metal”, S1E5 “Adventure”, S1E6 “Landfall”

This episode block starts with data loss, demagnetization, and data restoration. (And manipulation and press influence, too.) Where did memory used to be stored, and when did computers start storing data on detachable drives, like the 5 1/4” floppy disks featured in Episode 4?

S1E6 starts to move from worrying about a PC’s hardware to worrying about the software that comes packaged with the machine. This is building up to the reveal (a few episodes from now) of the Apple Macintosh and its focus on interface design and making the computer have a “personality”.