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* AmicableExes: [[spoiler:Gordon and Donna still seem to care for each other despite being divorced in the Season 3 finale.]]

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* AmicableExes: [[spoiler:Gordon and Donna still seem to care for each other despite being divorced in the Season 3 finale. Donna is devastasted bt Gordon's death in Season 4.]]


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Gordon is dead. Joe discovers that Yahoo! is the default search engine in the brand-new Netscape browser, and shuts down Comet while he and Cameron break up. Bosworth has a clean bill of health and many years ahead of him to spend with Diane. Donna becomes the head of the firm, and wants to work with Cameron again. Joanie is travelling the world on a break year before college and Haley is finally out as a lesbian to a supportive mother/surrogate family and is working towards going to college to be a computer scientist. Joe becomes a humanities professor and finally seems happy.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Gordon is dead. Joe discovers that Yahoo! is the default search engine in the brand-new Netscape browser, and shuts down Comet while he and Cameron break up. Bosworth has a clean bill of health and many years ahead of him to spend with Diane. Donna becomes the head of the firm, and wants to work with Cameron again. Joanie is travelling the world on a break year before college and Haley is finally out as a lesbian to a supportive mother/surrogate family and is working towards going to college to be a computer scientist.scientist while moving on from being rejected by her crush. Joe becomes a humanities professor and finally seems happy.]]


** The "Doherty Threshold", where a system response time less than 400 milliseconds was considered addicting to the end-user, seems to be a made-up concept; however, the concept is taken from [[http://jlelliotton.blogspot.com/p/the-economic-value-of-rapid-response.html "The Economic Value of Rapid Response Time"]], an IBM case study written by Walter J. Doherty and Ahrvind J. Thadani in November 1982.

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** The "Doherty Threshold", where a system response time less than 400 milliseconds was considered addicting to the end-user, seems to be a made-up concept; however, the concept is taken from [[http://jlelliotton.blogspot.com/p/the-economic-value-of-rapid-response.html "The Economic Value of Rapid Response Time"]], an IBM case study published in November 1982, written by Walter J. Doherty and Ahrvind J. Thadani in November 1982.Thadani.



** Gordon is seen working on a Commodore 64 in Season 2, but the real C64 does not use the "exe" file extension. He also codes in C on the machine[[note]]In fact at the time, programming purists advocated for (with good reasons) direct assembly-language coding for computers of the era. Gordon would have been aware of this.[[/note]]. While C compilers did exist for the C64, an experienced programmer like Gordon would have preferred a more powerful machine in order to get faster cross-compile times (e.g. a Unix workstation), especially since he's just come into a lot of money. But then again, Mutiny runs on the C64, and he explicitly designs the program to gauge the size of Mutiny's customer base.

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** Gordon is seen working on a Commodore 64 in Season 2, but the real C64 does not use the "exe" file extension; it uses the "prg" file extension. He also codes in C on the machine[[note]]In fact at the time, programming purists advocated for (with good reasons) direct assembly-language coding for computers of the era. Gordon would have been aware of this.[[/note]]. While C compilers did exist for the C64, an experienced programmer like Gordon would have preferred a more powerful machine in order to get faster cross-compile times (e.g. a Unix workstation), especially since he's just come into a lot of money. But then again, Mutiny runs on the C64, and he explicitly designs the program to gauge the size of Mutiny's customer base.



** Joe has a meeting with the head of General Atomics to apologize for his son getting doing cocaine at one of Joe's lavish parties before getting into a car wreck. The man eventually mentions that the San Francisco engineers have "soft handshakes" (ie. they're gay) and that he hopes the "special flu" (HIV) running around will "take care of them". Joe is less than pleased.

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** Joe has a meeting with the head of General Atomics to apologize for his son getting doing cocaine at one of Joe's lavish parties before getting into a car wreck. The man eventually mentions that the San Francisco engineers have "soft handshakes" (ie. (i.e., they're gay) and that he hopes the "special flu" (HIV) running around will "take care of them". Joe is less than pleased.



** After Cameron buys two Chinese counterfeit [=XTs=] from a fence, she pickpockets the keys to his van. At first, Cameron was going to take back her money; however, Donna discovers two genuine [=XTs=] still in their boxes. Hustling the hustler, Donna and Cameron steal the real [=XTs=] and dumps the knock-offs on the fence.

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** After Cameron buys two Chinese counterfeit [=XTs=] from a fence, she pickpockets the keys to his van. At first, Cameron was going to take back her money; however, Donna discovers two genuine [=XTs=] still in their boxes. Hustling the hustler, Donna and Cameron steal the real [=XTs=] and dumps dump the knock-offs on the fence.


* AnachronisticSoundtrack: While most of the soundtrack sticks to songs appropriate to the period, some modern songs are used, such as Suuns' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQgicu6G6n8 2020]]", which plays as Joe immolates the first shipment of Giants in the Season 1 finale.



** Gordon believes that the Macintosh is "all bells and whistles and zero utility".[[note]]Until the introduction of the 512K model, the original 128K Macintosh was indeed this, unless one had an external floppy drive[[/note]]

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** Gordon believes that the Macintosh with its graphical user interface is "all bells and whistles and zero utility".[[note]]Until the introduction of the 512K model, the original 128K Macintosh was indeed this, unless one had an external floppy drive[[/note]]


* CrazyPrepared: Ken Diebold, a major investor and senior executive at [=MacMillan=] Utility, knows about Joe's destructive past at IBM, Cardiff Electric, and Westgroup, and thus, he has a "Joe [=MacMillan=] clause" written into Joe's contract; if Joe commits any destructive act against [=MacMillan=] Utility, Joe loses ''everything'' in the company.

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* CrazyPrepared: Ken Diebold, a major investor and senior executive at [=MacMillan=] Utility, knows about Joe's destructive past at IBM, Cardiff Electric, and Westgroup, and thus, he has both a non-compete clause and a "Joe [=MacMillan=] clause" written into Joe's contract; in the case of the latter, if Joe commits any destructive act against [=MacMillan=] Utility, Joe loses ''everything'' in the company.


* AluminumChristmasTrees: The "Doherty Threshold", where a system response time less than 400 milliseconds was considered addicting to the end-user, seems to be a made-up concept; however, the concept is taken from [[http://jlelliotton.blogspot.com/p/the-economic-value-of-rapid-response.html "The Economic Value of Rapid Response Time"]], an IBM case study written by Walter J. Doherty and Ahrvind J. Thadani in November 1982.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: AluminumChristmasTrees:
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The "Doherty Threshold", where a system response time less than 400 milliseconds was considered addicting to the end-user, seems to be a made-up concept; however, the concept is taken from [[http://jlelliotton.blogspot.com/p/the-economic-value-of-rapid-response.html "The Economic Value of Rapid Response Time"]], an IBM case study written by Walter J. Doherty and Ahrvind J. Thadani in November 1982.



** Gordon and Joe use a bunch of equipment to access the IBM PC BIOS when a few simple commands would suffice.

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** Gordon and Joe use a bunch of equipment to access the IBM PC BIOS when a few simple commands would suffice. Also, Gordon desolders a socketed ROM chip.


* ShownTheirWork: As with many AMC shows, the creators went extensive lengths [[http://www.amctv.com/halt-and-catch-fire/videos/re-making-the-80s-halt-and-catch-fire to recreate the setting of the early 1980s]].

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* ShownTheirWork: As with many AMC shows, the creators went through extensive lengths [[http://www.amctv.com/halt-and-catch-fire/videos/re-making-the-80s-halt-and-catch-fire to recreate the setting of the early 1980s]].1980s]] as accurately as possible.


* [[invoked]]KillerApp: At Mutiny, Cameron originally believed that her episodic fantasy game ''Parallax'' was the service's killer app; however, Donna's Community chat rooms becomes this.



* ShapedLikeItself: When Joe asks Gordon what is the Giant's "[[KillerApp Lotus 1-2-3]]", Gordon responds with "it's 'Lotus 1-2-3'", reminding Joe that they built an IBM-compatible machine.

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* ShapedLikeItself: When Joe asks Gordon what is the Giant's "[[KillerApp "[[invoked]][[KillerApp Lotus 1-2-3]]", Gordon responds with "it's 'Lotus 1-2-3'", reminding Joe that they built an IBM-compatible machine.


** Mutiny is based on the real life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayNET PlayNET]] service, which also ran on the Commodore 64 and existed at the same time as Mutiny in-universe. When Cameron meets with Jacob, he compares Mutiny to [=PlayNET=]; however Cameron tries to deny the comparison. In real life, [=PlayNET=] evolved into AOL.

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** Mutiny is based on the real life [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayNET PlayNET]] service, which also ran on the Commodore 64 and existed at the same time as Mutiny in-universe. When Cameron meets with Jacob, he compares Mutiny to [=PlayNET=]; however Cameron tries to deny the comparison. In real life, [=PlayNET=] evolved was forked into AOL.Quantum Link, which was eventually succeeded by AOL.
** Mutiny would later evolve into an avatar-based virtual community similar to ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitat_(video_game) Habitat]]'' by Creator/LucasArts and Quantum Link.

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* SockPuppet: Lev falls victim to one on the Community forum; a gay user he was conversing with turned out to be fake, and Lev was beaten by a homophobic gang.


** In "Up Helly Aa", while the Giant was still malfunctioning during Cardiff's suite party, Joe distracts the drunken COMDEX attendees with booth babes from a neighboring porn convention.

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** In "Up Helly Aa", while the Giant was still malfunctioning during Cardiff's suite party, Joe distracts the drunken COMDEX attendees with booth babes from a the neighboring porn convention.PORNDEX convention, which is a real-life event focused on pornography related consumer products.


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** The above-mentioned PORNDEX.


** The [[VideoGame/ColossalCave Adventure game]] was popular among CS students in the late '70s. It strains credibility that the 'code monkeys', aside from Lev, Yo-Yo and possibly the Mutiny coders, weren't already familiar with it.

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** The [[VideoGame/ColossalCave Adventure game]] was popular among CS students in the late '70s. It strains credibility that the 'code monkeys', aside from Lev, Yo-Yo and possibly the rest of the Mutiny coders, weren't already familiar with it.



* {{Bookends}}: The first scene and the last scene in the series both have Joe addressing a college class with "Let me start by asking a question."

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* {{Bookends}}: {{Bookends}}:
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The first scene and the last scene in the series both have Joe addressing a college class with "Let me start by asking a question."



* ChekhovsGun: At the beginning of season 3, Gordon is examining a portion of the floor at the Mutiny offices, clearly worried that it is structurally unsafe. At the end of season 3 (four years later in-universe), the floor finally collapses during a fight between Joe and Tom and Joe falls into the basement.

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* ChekhovsGun: At the beginning of season 3, Gordon is examining a portion of the floor at the Mutiny offices, clearly worried that it is structurally unsafe. At the end of season 3 (four years later in-universe), the floor finally collapses during a fight between Joe and Tom Tom, and Joe falls into the basement.



** In ''[=NeXT=] Tom makes many valid points why starting a project centered on the World Wide Web (which during 1990 was an obscure technology used by a few European academics) is a bad idea. Anyone reading this wiki knows just how wrong he is.

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** In ''[=NeXT=] "[=NeXT=]", Tom makes many valid points why starting a project centered on the World Wide Web (which during 1990 was an obscure technology used by a few European academics) is a bad idea. Anyone reading this wiki knows just how wrong he is.



* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: One of Joe's gay ex-lovers reveals that he is sick. While the disease is not named, given Joe's reaction, it is clear that it is AIDS. In an aversion, [[spoiler:in San Francisco Joe gets a call about his HIV antibody test, but it's not made clear if the results were positive or negative, though his happy reaction suggests the latter.]]

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* TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed: TheDiseaseThatShallNotBeNamed:
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One of Joe's gay ex-lovers reveals that he is sick. While the disease is not named, given Joe's reaction, it is clear that it is AIDS. In an aversion, [[spoiler:in San Francisco Joe gets a call about his HIV antibody test, but it's not made clear if the results were positive or negative, though his happy reaction suggests the latter.]]



* InsufferableGenius: Ryan Ray is a brilliant new programmer for Mutiny and notices that some hackers have been reading private chats, but his abrasive manner means that most of his coworkers don't take him seriously. [[spoiler: In Episode 2 of Season 3, he goes to Joe's company.]]
** In season 3, Ryan releases the source code of a key program online to the masses. Joe freaks out that Ryan just broke federal law but Ryan scoffs the Feds will never find them, saying "I'm that good." The next episode opens to the feds pouring over Ryan's house with one guy using a special device to check his computer.

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* InsufferableGenius: Ryan Ray is a brilliant new programmer for Mutiny and notices that some hackers have been reading private chats, but his abrasive manner means that most of his coworkers don't take him seriously. [[spoiler: In Episode 2 of Season 3, he goes to Joe's company.]]
** In season 3,
]] Later, Ryan releases the source code of a key program online to the masses. Joe freaks out that Ryan just broke federal law but Ryan scoffs the Feds will never find them, saying "I'm that good." The next episode opens to the feds pouring over Ryan's house with one guy using a special device to check his computer.



** [[BrandX Ranger soda]] is a nod to the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency.

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** [[BrandX Ranger soda]] is a nod to the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency.agency and the UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball team of the same name.



** Tabula Rasa, Gordon's counterprogram for Sonaris, literally means "clean slate" in Latin.

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** Tabula Rasa, Gordon's counterprogram counter-program for Sonaris, literally means "clean slate" in Latin.



* NoHonorAmongThieves: Cameron and Donna have no problem stealing the fence's genuine [=XTs=] they happen to find in his van after he delivered them a couple of Chinese knock-offs.

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* NoHonorAmongThieves: Cameron and Donna have no problem stealing the a fence's genuine [=XTs=] they happen to find in his van after he delivered them a couple of Chinese knock-offs.



** Everyone in the room when Joe reveals that he was the one who informed IBM that they reverse engineered their proprietary BIOS chip.

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** Everyone in the room when Joe reveals that he was the one who informed IBM that they reverse engineered their proprietary BIOS chip.BIOS.



* PeriodPiece: The show is set in the personal computer boom of the early 1980s. Each episode has a specific time-frame in which it took place, with some episodes coinciding with UsefulNotes/RealLife events.

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* PeriodPiece: The show is set in the personal computer boom of the early 1980s.1980s and later the growth of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s. Each episode has a specific time-frame in which it took place, with some episodes coinciding with UsefulNotes/RealLife events.



** The ending of "Giant" appears to be this for [[spoiler: Gordon.]]

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** The ending of "Giant" appears to be this for [[spoiler: Gordon.]]



** The Giant for Cardiff Electric. This is [[JustifiedTrope justified]], especially considering that the machine will ruin Cardiff Electric if it fails.

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** The Giant for Cardiff Electric. This is [[JustifiedTrope justified]], {{justified|trope}}, especially considering that the machine will ruin Cardiff Electric if it fails.

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* NonResidentialResidence: In the first season, both Cameron and Bos are secretly living at the Cardiff Electric offices, the former because she's homeless and doesn't have the money for an apartment, and the latter because he's a workaholic who's avoiding his family.


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Gordon is dead. Joe discovers that Yahoo! is the default search engine in the brand-new Netscape browser, and shuts down Comet while he and Cameron break up. Bosworth has a clean bill of health and many years ahead of him to spend with Diane. Donna becomes the head of the firm, and wants to work with Cameron again. Joe becomes a humanities professor and finally seems happy.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Gordon is dead. Joe discovers that Yahoo! is the default search engine in the brand-new Netscape browser, and shuts down Comet while he and Cameron break up. Bosworth has a clean bill of health and many years ahead of him to spend with Diane. Donna becomes the head of the firm, and wants to work with Cameron again. Joanie is travelling the world on a break year before college and Haley is finally out as a lesbian to a supportive mother/surrogate family and is working towards going to college to be a computer scientist. Joe becomes a humanities professor and finally seems happy.]]

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