Computer-Historical movies?

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I've seen Pirates of Silicon Valley, Triumph of the Nerds and Micro Men .. So I'm quite curious what other computer-historical movies there are that is worth watching. Esp if there are any regarding commodore history. Ideas?
 

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I can't think of any other movies as such but there is a wealth of interesting video documents at this link:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ComputerHistory

There used to be an anniversary celebration of Commodore and Jack on there which was quite interesting - I haven't looked for a while so it may still be up. :)

Just as a slight OT I would love to see a film made about Commodore what with the three views of Jack Michael Tomczyk and Chuck Peddle plus all the other crazies like Bil Herd and the like... It would be pretty cool to see these characters come to life on the screen rather than just through isolated interviews and books...
 

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I don't know of any C= specific movies, but my choice hacker movies are:

  • Hackers
  • War Games
  • The Net
  • Sneakers
All absolute classics :)
 

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I have been watching The Computer Chronicles. It's general news but there are some shows concentrating on Commodore products. :)

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I grew up watching CC, It was kind of the only computer show back in the '80's. PBS always had it on, then in the early '90's Dave Chalk had his show (more of commercial). Then when Tech TV hit Canada, The Screen Savers was the best.
 

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You know what is interesting is how they hare basically a PSA about not pirating software. The way software companies talk now days is that Piracy is something new and terrible! It has been around since computers have come out.

Nathan
 

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Yes, Computer History Museum puts together shows from time to time. The Commodore 25th Anniversary one is funny because they have Steve Wozniak on the panel along with Jack Tramiel. At one point a question comes out about Apple being so expensive (I think that was the topic) and Steve said it was because they wanted a company that would still be around later. :) There's a bunch of little jabs that go back and forth between the two.

Ciao!

Heather
 

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@Pedro: your posts where moderated as you are a new user. I approved them and so now they are visible.

That's a feature of the program (VBulletin): when a new user start to place links on posts those posts are automatically moderated to avoid spammers who passed through the registration process. I'm sure nobody here wants to see "generic" Viagra advertisement...;)
 

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@Pedro: your posts where moderated as you are a new user. I approved them and so now they are visible.

That's a feature of the program (VBulletin): when a new user start to place links on posts those posts are automatically moderated to avoid spammers who passed through the registration process. I'm sure nobody here wants to see "generic" Viagra advertisement...;)


but!!......... ooops, never mind :oops:
 

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Another great quote for our 2010 quote contest! Well done, Juzzer, keep going and you will be this year champion, too.(y)
 

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I do not know if I am allowed to post links here, but there are some very interesting Amiga related videos on Google Video. If you do a search for "History of the Amiga" you will find one which has most of the original Amiga team together in about 1992 discussing how the machine came together, and how they cheesed Atari out of the picture at the last minute.

The original crew seem like they were an incredibly fun bunch to work with. You can see where the spirit for the machine came from, especially with the likes of RJ Mical, who appears looking like the third member of 118 118, and Dale Luck, who looks more like a trucker than co-creator of one of the most advanced computers in history. The contrast between them and the Commodore staff seems massive. Commodore generally seem to be a bunch of miserable so and sos. Dave Haynie is a notable exceptions. He seemed to be one of the few guys from Commodore that would have fitted in with the original Amiga team, and that is probably why he ended up taking a lead role on the post-Amiga team machines. If Commodore had any sense and had retained the original Amiga team in Los Gatos, I suspect Dave Haynie would have made an ideal successor to Jay Miner.

There are excerpts from a RJ Mical presentation in there which can be found almost complete in audio only form on the web too. There is also a presentation by Jay Miner from 1989, and a rather boring one from Commodore, a couple of years before they collapsed.

Also, Dave Haynie produced a film of the last days of Commodore which is available from his site. You can find him on the net in a video recorded for a show as well, showing rare and prototype Commodore projects, such as an AAA board.
 

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...Also, Dave Haynie produced a film of the last days of Commodore which is available from his site. You can find him on the net in a video recorded for a show as well, showing rare and prototype Commodore projects, such as an AAA board.

That is one of the most depressing and soul destroying videos I have ever seen... It's heart breaking... :(
 

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Also a real treat is this from Commodore.ca. Its a video of Dave Haynie and Bil Herd, talking about working at Commodore in general, the TED, the C128, the Commodore LCD and a small bit on the Amiga. I have posted it here before, but it its just that cool.
 
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