DVD REVIEW: HALT & CATCH FIRE SERIES 1

  Harder, better, faster, stronger. These may be Daft Punk lyrics but they’re also applicable to a TV show called Halt & Catch Fire (named after computer processes that overload the CPU and typically require a restart of the computer). This series is set in Texas in 1983 as a group of fictionalised individuals tried to…

DVD REVIEW: SILICON VALLEY SEASON 1

  Silicon Valley is a TV show that takes a byte out of life in that American, computer wonderland, showing various male geeks working at large technological companies. The series is by Mike Judge (Beavis & Butt-head, King of The Hill) who actually worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley in the 1980s. This TV…

ARTS REVIEW: INTERFACE: PEOPLE, MACHINES, DESIGN @ THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM SYDNEY

  Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum are no strangers to exhibiting information technology (IT) items and computers, as their permanent exhibition,Cyberworld proves. This collection has been joined by a temporary exhibition,Interface: People, Machines, Design. The latter looks at how computers and other IT products have been designed. It’s interesting to see how a handful of companies made…

FILM REVIEW: THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ

  The name Aaron Swartz may not mean an awful lot to some people. But if you’ve ever used Reddit, openlibrary.net or Creative Commons or if you can remember the real reason why there was an Internet black-out in 2012 then you’ve been touched by his work. Swartz was a gifted computer programmer and activist…