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Software Development Related Movies & Documentaries

Not just *strictly* related to s/w development, but those that are popular in hackerdom.


1. Pirates Of Silicon Valley
2. The Triumph Of The Nerds
3. Office Space
4. Startup.com
5. Hackers
6. Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy
7. Revolution OS
8. Biography - Bill Gates: Sultan of Software


Anything that you know of in this genre that you might want to recommend?

Thanks!
Permalink Warner Needs A Thorough Butt Spanking 
January 14th, 2006
There was a classic book long ago:

"The soul of a new machine"
1981
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 14th, 2006
That one with the kid who played tic-tac-toe to save the world from nuclear bombing...

and

Colossus, The Forbin Project
Permalink sharkfish 
January 14th, 2006
"That one with the kid who played tic-tac-toe to save the world from nuclear bombing..."

War Games.

Don't forget the Disney classics "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (Kurt Russell at his finest) and "D.A.R.Y.L.". :)
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 14th, 2006
No respected by geeks or film critics, but I still enjoy it: Antitrust
Permalink Phil 
January 14th, 2006
There's a series about to start called the IT Crowd which looks as if its going to be attrocious.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 15th, 2006
Tron. (That guy that keeps telling me that The Matrix is a cheap Tron ripoff will be very happy to see me mention it.)

Monty Python & The Holy Grail

Pr0n.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 15th, 2006
Also, Tic Tac Toe has been "solved". You can win every time if you make the first move. That little fact always bugged me (in a very minor way) about that movie.

Otherwise, Matthew Broderick uber-nerd with girlfriend Ally Sheedy hack into a government computer. What's not to like?
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 15th, 2006
"That little fact always bugged me (in a very minor way) about that movie."

Wasn't the climactic scene about the computer learning that fact? That once you understand the game, there's no way to win.

Couldn't have used chess the same way...

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 15th, 2006
Yes, tic-tac-toe has been solved, and the first player has an advantage but you can always force a draw if you know what you're doing.
Permalink Ross 
January 15th, 2006
Sneakers (it sucked)
Permalink ronk! 
January 15th, 2006
"Revenge of the Nerds"

"Short Circuit"
Permalink argon 
January 15th, 2006
"There's a series about to start called the IT Crowd which looks as if its going to be attrocious."

I'm suspending judgement on it -- it's got Chris Morris in it, and it's written by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and produced by Ash Atalla (The Office), so it's certainly worth giving it the benefit of the doubt.
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 15th, 2006
for the curious:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_I.T._Crowd
Permalink sharkfish 
January 15th, 2006
Stephen Falken: Did you ever play tic-tac-toe?
Jennifer: Yeah, of course.
Stephen Falken: But you don't anymore.
Jennifer: No.
Stephen Falken: Why?
Jennifer: Because it's a boring game. It's always a tie.
Stephen Falken: Exactly. There's no way to win. The game itself is pointless!
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 15th, 2006

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