• Micro Men (2009)

    From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to All on Sunday, June 06, 2021 08:29:00
    Hello All!

    Micro Men (2009)

    I just learned of this docudrama from 2009. Micro Men, a story
    about the rivalry betwen Sinclair and Acorn computers in the UK
    during the PC goldrush of the 80's:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM

    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Ogg on Sunday, June 06, 2021 10:36:00
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    Hello All!

    Micro Men (2009)

    I just learned of this docudrama from 2009. Micro Men, a story
    about the rivalry betwen Sinclair and Acorn computers in the UK
    during the PC goldrush of the 80's:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM

    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.

    Thanks for the link. There's a lot of documentary subjects out there from
    the microcomputer days, I'd love to see more titles. The Compaq story is a good one, Michael Dell and PC Limited, the whole DOS, CP/M, Microsoft story, Novell, Sun, the rise of Oracle...


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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to poindexter FORTRAN on Tuesday, June 08, 2021 18:23:00
    Hello poindexter FORTRAN!

    ** On Sunday 06.06.21 - 10:36, poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Ogg:

    Micro Men (2009)
    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM

    Thanks for the link.

    I wasn't sure I was going to like Micro Men at first. The
    makeup (bald head of the Sinclair character) seemed pretty bad.
    But then the story held its own pretty good.

    I'm impressed with Sinclair and his inventiveness. Didn't his
    idea for a battery-powered car/bike inspire the golf-cart?

    The X-bike seems like a cool foldable bike design too.

    There's a lot of documentary subjects out there from the
    microcomputer days, I'd love to see more titles. The
    Compaq story is a good one, Michael Dell and PC Limited,
    the whole DOS, CP/M, Microsoft story, Novell, Sun, the
    rise of Oracle...

    If you track down anything else like that, let me know.

    I know of a Jobs/Wozniak docudrama, but I haven't seen that
    one.

    I saw the film about Facebook's beginnings. That was pretty
    good.

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  • From Andeddu@VERT/AMSTRAD to Ogg on Wednesday, June 09, 2021 19:15:20
    Re: Micro Men (2009)
    By: Ogg to All on Sun Jun 06 2021 08:29 am

    Hello All!

    Micro Men (2009)

    I just learned of this docudrama from 2009. Micro Men, a story
    about the rivalry betwen Sinclair and Acorn computers in the UK
    during the PC goldrush of the 80's:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM

    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.



    Thanks for reminding me about this. I saw a Nolstalgia Nerd video on YouTube and saw clips of this docudrama featured on it. He was obviously talking about the Clive Sinclair going up against the Cambridge University Acorn Computers set and the competitive rivalry they had. Both companies seemed to vanish by the late 80's.

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Andeddu on Wednesday, June 09, 2021 21:38:00
    Hello Andeddu!

    ** On Wednesday 09.06.21 - 19:15, Andeddu wrote to Ogg:

    https://youtu.be/XXBxV6-zamM

    For anyone familiar with the Halt and Catch Fire tv series,
    this is a worthy inclusion to consider.

    Thanks for reminding me about this.

    [...]
    ..Both companies seemed to vanish by the late 80's.

    Acorn happend to to be successful in producing the ARM
    architecture CPU which ended up in many cell phones and the
    Rasberry Pi.

    Not sure what lasting legacy Sinclair achieved.


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  • From Andeddu@VERT/AMSTRAD to Ogg on Saturday, June 12, 2021 02:35:46
    Re: Micro Men (2009)
    By: Ogg to Andeddu on Wed Jun 09 2021 09:38 pm

    ..Both companies seemed to vanish by the late 80's.

    Acorn happend to to be successful in producing the ARM
    architecture CPU which ended up in many cell phones and the
    Rasberry Pi.

    Not sure what lasting legacy Sinclair achieved.


    The Sinclair C5 battery powered pedal cycle pretty much bankrupted the company as I believe the computers were still selling reasonably well. Most micros were struggling up against early consoles such as the Famicom/NES and the Master System... obviously Amiga and Atari put up a fight but the other companies seemed to go under.

    Yes... I am glad Acorn came up with the ARM architecture. It's way more efficient than x86 -- shame the larger companies ditched it. I am glad that Apple has re-adopted it in their M1 chips for their iMac and MacBook lines.

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