Silicon Cowboys

2016

Documentary / History

27
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 59%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1083

Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
Downloaded 158,570 times
April 19, 2017 at 08:09 AM

Director

Cast

720p 1080p
562.37 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 17 min
P/S 3 / 41
1.17 GB
1920*1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 17 min
P/S 1 / 50

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

Perhaps this could have been titled "The death of the IBM PC" or "The Rise and Fall of Compaq".

"Silicon Cowboys" is a new documentary from Jason Cohen and Steven Leckart and it's about some modern history that most of us just take for granted. It's all about the rise of the Compaq computer company as well as the death of IBM in the PC market…hardly the stuff to excite everyone. Most folks don't really care about the history of computers—they just want their iPhones and PCs to work. But if you are like me, a bit of a geek as well as a retired history teacher, then seeing this film is a must.

The film begins in 1981. Three friends are all working for a computer industry giant at the time, Texas Instruments. The three would love to start their own company but they aren't even sure what that company would sell! They'd talked about opening a Mexican restaurant but finally settled on going into the personal computer business. Little did they know that the world would drastically change based on this choice.

Up until this time, the IBM Corporation had near sole possession of the personal computer industry. While a few tiny companies sold computers for home use, all the computers used by companies were IBM mainframe, mini and microcomputers. So, the notion of this new company, Compaq, fighting to get into the microcomputer market must have seemed ludicrous. But somehow, these guys succeeded…even if their first 'portable' computer weighed as much and was larger than a sewing machine! How they then managed to eventually beat IBM is amazing and it's just something you'll have to learn when you see this engaging documentary.

Okay…I am a geeky history lover. But you, too, may well enjoy this film if you give it a chance—particularly if you are old enough to remember these old days of computing when many folks just thought the home PC would be a fad! The film is well made, always interesting but also works well because most of the people involved in creating Compaq were available to be interviewed and seemed to genuinely like talking about these times.

Reviewed by garyreg-80241 6 / 10

No Mention of DEC?

I was astonished that there was no mention of networking or the role it played in the proliferation of PCs. Digital Equipment Corporation was a leader in networks, power workstations and service in 1998, when Compaq acquired them for $9.6 Billion. Again no mention of this although they said "Compaq merged with HP in 2001" although Compaq's strengths in servers, business consulting and services acquired from Digital, where a major factor in the merger.

Reviewed by JustCuriosity 9 / 10

Silicon Cowboys: A Great History of the Role of Compaq in the Rise of PCs

Silicon Cowboys was very well-received at its world premiere at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. Whereas the narrative of the era is usually the competition between Apple and IBM, this film based on a book by Compaq's founder, refocuses the narrative on the competition between IBM and the PC clones led by Compaq. The film's David vs. Goliath narrative arc is absorbing and entertaining. It presents a highly entertaining history that avoids getting lost in technical detail that would overwhelm and confuse non-tech geeks. They focus on intriguing accessible concepts such as the Compaq's introduction of the concept of first portable PC – weighing at 28 pounds - as the predecessor to the modern laptop and eventually the tablet and the smartphone. The filmmakers were able to dig up tons of entertaining archival footage and conduct extensive interviews with most of the major players in the 1980s clone wars. The editing and the music are fabulous. The period music and look evokes the nostalgia for the 1980s. Highly recommended for those who want to try to understand a technological revolution that they may have lived through, but didn't fully understand at the time.

Read more IMDb reviews

125 Comments

Be the first to leave a comment