Silicon Cowboys

Launched in 1982 by three friends in a Houston diner, Compaq Computer set out to build a portable PC to take on IBM, the world’s most powerful tech company. Many had tried cloning the industry leader’s code, only to be trounced by IBM and its high-priced lawyers. Explore the remarkable David vs. Goliath story, and eventual demise, of Compaq, an unlikely upstart who altered the future of computing and helped shape the world as we know it today.


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  • ★★★½ review by Gabriel Paes on Letterboxd

    Omg... PAQRAP!

  • ★★★★½ review by vm on Letterboxd

    great in-depth doc about the PC revolution. i'm obsessed with Halt & Catch Fire, so it's cool to see a detailed look at what the show is modelled after.

  • ★★★★★ review by Ben Howell on Letterboxd

    Always a sucker for a good tech docu. A fantastic look into the early days of computers and Silicon Valley wars. I absolutely recommend this to anyone interested in the history behind today’s tech.

  • ★★★½ review by kalimero on Letterboxd

    Documental que cuenta la historia de que como una pequeña empresa de Houston, Compaq, clonó el PC de IBM y cambió la historia de la informática y la tecnología (y convirtiéndose en un gigante tecnológico de camino, claro).

    Cortito, con mucho material de archivo muy chulo, se ve muy bien. Eso sí, si no te interesa la prehistoria de la informática de consumo, ni te acerques.

    Pd: sí, es lo mismo que cuenta la primera temporada de Halt & Catch Fire. El creador de la serie es uno de los entrevistados del docu y da muchas pistas sobre los eventos que le influenciaron.

    Pd2: lo que no he entendido ha sido el título del docu porque Compaq nunca se movió de Houston.

  • ★★★½ review by Nevetsg on Letterboxd

    I liked the part where they screwed over IBM

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