Halt and Catch Fire

In computing, Halt and Catch Fire is a mnemonic for HCF, a code instruction to stop operation. The machine would then need a restart.

Halt and Catch Fire is also the name of a series that ran on AMC. It was a depiction of the how the World Wide Web grew in the 80s and 90s. A fictional series, it follows several characters and their struggles along the way trying to outpace others in development and ideas. Some of the struggles were with hardware and others were with software. It really is fun to see how far we’ve come when we see some of what happened and see some of the hardware that was used then.

It aired for 4 seasons. You can catch all four seasons on Netflix. Here is the trailer for the first season:

Jody Victor® finds out about Raspberry Pi

Yum – that sounds good! But it’s spelled wrong!

No, Jody, it isn’t – Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It can do many of the things your desktop computer can do … for as little as $25!

Currently there are 2 models: A and B. Model A has 256 MB memory, one USB port. Model B has 512 MB memory, 2 USB ports and an ethernet port with necessary networking chip.

It is just a circuit board – cases, power supplies etc are extra.

Raspberry Pi is a charity-based organization registered in the UK. The idea behind it was to put more computers in the hands of children for their education. This small computer has captured the interest of developing countries in areas where they can’t afford the power, hardware, and connections necessary to run desktop computers. Some people have even expressed interest in incorporating it into a robot.

Unfortunately, due to high demand, sales of the B Model have temporarily been suspended.

Jody Victor, we will have to get on the list to get one!