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abritdownunder
August 5th, 2012, 05:00 AM
Sat down tonight to watch Pirates of Silicone Valley. I saw it a long time ago, when it first came out, but forgot so much about it, especially how much fun the early days with these computers was. It was also fun to see Bill Gates was the kid from the National Lampoon's Vacation (Michael Anthony Hall).

barythrin
August 7th, 2012, 09:18 AM
Definitely love that movie. Makes me want to run into the garage and build something each time ;-) If you want more of a documentary check out Robert Cringely's Triumph of the Nerds. I'm not sure if it's legitimately available anywhere but you can find it scattered on various sources I'm sure.

sirwiggum
August 8th, 2012, 12:09 AM
Have seen a couple of good documentaries on BBC Four recently.

Micro Men details Sinclair in the 8 bit era - the ZX80, Spectrum, Curry spinning off Acorn which then won the BBC Micro project.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Men

Then the other night they showed a documentary on Tetris. I didn't realise that the creator got no royalties as it was developed in the Soviet computing research lab.

tezza
August 8th, 2012, 12:21 AM
Yes, I enjoyed both the movies mentioned. Gripping watching for those interested in computer history.

Tez

abritdownunder
August 8th, 2012, 05:41 AM
The Micro Men was a great movie. Not sure how long it will be up, but you can see the whole thing on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIcAyFVK0gE

For a real vintage hit, YouTube also has the BBCs Computer Programme and Making the Most of the Micro online, both central parts of the BBC computer literacy project, with the Acorn BBC Micro at the heart of things, much to Sir Clive's displeasure:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q8Fl1i7h6k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rirq-uFFKRc