‘Halt and Capture Fireplace’ Episode 1 Recap: Preserve Your Tales Straight

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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.”

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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…

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