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Silicon Cowboys (2016)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 16 September 2016 (USA)
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Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

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Jason Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Canion ... Himself
Jim Harris ... Himself
Bill Murto ... Himself
Bill Fargo ... Himself
Alec Berg ... Himself
Christopher Cantwell ... Himself
Mitch Kapor ... Himself
John Markoff ... Himself
Chris Garcia ... Himself
Bill Aulet ... Himself
Bob Jackson ... Himself
Howard Anderson ... Himself
Ross Cooley ... Himself
Hugh Barnes ... Himself
Gary Stimac ... Himself
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Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

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They risked their future to create ours_


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Silicon Cowboys See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,724, 18 September 2016

Gross USA:

$8,239

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,239
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Houston The Action Town
Written & Performed by Weldon Bonner
Published by Tradition Music Co. (BMI)
All rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of Arhoolie Records
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1 June 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Three friends dream up the Compaq portable computer at a Texas diner in 1981, and soon find themselves battling mighty IBM, for PC supremacy. Their improbable journey altered the future of computing and shaped the world we now know.

I always love these documentaries about tech companies and the Internet and so forth. Having grown up in the 1980s, this feels like such an integral part of my life. I was more computer literate at 14 than I am now at 36... I could build computers, diagnose problems, and now I wouldn't try.

And Compaq is an important part of that story. Doors were opened for other companies (such as Dell) and really ended the way we think about PCs. I do not equate IBM and PC, and almost never have, due in part to Compaq. Whereas we have never seen this same thing happen to Apple... which strategy works best?


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