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Welcome to another "Weekly Concerns". This is a post-a-week series of interesting links, relevant to programming and programmers. You can check out previous Weekly Concerns posts in the archive.

  • Are you watching AMC's Halt and Catch Fire? So far, a decent show. Lots of nerd meat in there: topical 80s computer industry references, Mythical Man Month contributing to a plot point, and so on. It's mostly fictional, but what makes it unique to me is that it's not a story about all the gleaming genius visionaries in Silicon Valley like Microsoft, Apple, Xerox, etc., but about hackers everywhere, scratching out market share, challenging IBM, and grinding out results.
  • AMC posted a web version of Colossal Cave Adventure to promote the show. Why Colossal Cave Adventure? Because it's a plot point in the show. See? You should be watching.
  • I've said it before, but one of the best things about this show is the intro credit sequence. Though I think it stands on its own, the music, colors, graphics, everything, also fit the tone of the rest of the show well.
  • In a recent episode, Ada Lovelace (featured in a Brief Bio) was mentioned, as was Grace Hopper (subject of an upcoming Brief Bio).
  • There's lots of stories and urban legends about the "Halt and Catch Fire" phrase. I'm sure most of them are apocryphal, but it's entertaining apocrypha.

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Matthew D. Groves

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Matthew D. Groves lives in Central Ohio. He works remotely, loves to code, and is a Microsoft MVP.

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