Black screen. Green font. The sound of a typing keyboard.
“Halt and Catch Fire (HCF): An early computer command that sent the machine into a race condition, forcing all instructions to compete for superiority at once. Control of the computer could not be regained.”
Meet AMC’s new Sunday night drama.
As a computer command, HCF isn’t executed in the pilot for Halt and Catch Fire, a drama created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers. Rather, the tech-savvy title is indicative of the early ‘80s, when the ultra-competitive PC era began. After IBM released the IBM Personal Computer in 1981, tech savants noticed a flaw in the system that allowed for the computer to be reverse-engineered. Read more…