"Damn you. Where's the disc?"
December 1, 2015 1:06 AM   Subscribe


 
pretty
posted by coolxcool=rad at 1:29 AM on December 1, 2015


Damn well done, particularly with the audio.

In the endless scenes of people typing, I was hoping they'd insert a shot of the exploding hands from Ghost in the Shell.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 1:32 AM on December 1, 2015 [6 favorites]


Sensitive ears could probably determine the era from the typing. One does not hear those IBM Model M's much these days.

(Of course, by now, all computers should sound like Mother.)
posted by rongorongo at 2:14 AM on December 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


23 GIGAHERTZ!!!
posted by awfurby at 2:23 AM on December 1, 2015


Stylish supercut of 70s and 80s hacking scenes.

Hold on to your butts, we're copying the garbage file as well!
posted by Artw at 3:07 AM on December 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


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VIRUS UPLOADED
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:23 AM on December 1, 2015 [7 favorites]


Oh but that modem sound still stirs up pure Pavlovian excitement in me. Before that, I had to plough through snow and sleet across town to the university computer facility to get to Internet.
(I was also wearing an onion on my belt, obviously.)
posted by sively at 4:00 AM on December 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


Is there a source list anywhere? I tried to compile every movie with a good silly computer/"hacking" scene at one point to have a multi day marathon with friends... And then some fun hating asshole robbed my house and stole the laptop that had the gigantic directory of movies on it :(

One does not hear those IBM Model M's much these days.

You'd be surprised. Go on any gaming/computer/nerd related activity messageboard or subreddit or whatever and search for "cherry" or "mechanical". Various brands are plopping out multiple new mechanical keyboards every month. Massdrop is full of weird brands i've never heard of all the time.(Seriously, noppoo lolita?). At basically any place where there's IT staff or devs, you'll hear some amount of clicking at this point. I even see a model M once in a while. Mine is retired and in storage, but i'm still rocking a rather popular little mini mechanical that clacks fairly loudly.

It definitely isn't just people who've used them before, either. There's a hell of a lot of first time buyers out there. I will admit the model M itself has a fairly recognizable sound, though. Other keyboards may click, but that ᴛɪɴɢ-ᴛᴡᴀɴɢ-ᴛɪɴɢ is unique.
posted by emptythought at 4:03 AM on December 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


That was very, very well done. Top notch editing. A clip compilation like that could very easily just veer into parody and mockery, but this shows that these scenes are actually good ones, that computers and "hacking" are in fact integral parts of life and, therefore, art.
posted by zardoz at 4:33 AM on December 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


emptythought: "Is there a source list anywhere?"

Right there at the end of the video. And this is mentioned in the YouTube comment.
posted by chavenet at 5:12 AM on December 1, 2015


Huh. I didn't remember that the computer terminal from Die Hard (ostensibly) ran BSD. That's kinda cute.
posted by schmod at 5:41 AM on December 1, 2015


Neat stuff!
But I didn't see any data being projected on anyone's face as it scrolled by, so obviously none of this was real hacking.
posted by Too-Ticky at 5:41 AM on December 1, 2015 [5 favorites]


C'mon, real hackers smoke, drink wine and clap their hands.
posted by valkane at 5:51 AM on December 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Did I miss it, or was there no Sneakers in that?
posted by Hactar at 7:07 AM on December 1, 2015


Did I miss it, or was there no Sneakers in that?

There was a number of Sneakers shots in that (and rightly so), but mostly at the very beginning.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 7:10 AM on December 1, 2015


Check 1:25 for a good sneakers shot.
posted by blurker at 7:12 AM on December 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Did I miss it, or was there no Sneakers in that?

It's when you recognize a shot of a computer screen coming from a specific film that you realise you must have watched it quite a bit. Also there's totally a shot of Whistler.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:25 AM on December 1, 2015 [4 favorites]


Other keyboards may click, but that ᴛɪɴɢ-ᴛᴡᴀɴɢ-ᴛɪɴɢ is unique.
IIRC there was actually at least one more company that used a buckling spring design. I remember reading about it on geekhack way back when... I think it was a Chinese or Taiwanese rip-off of the IBM design though. Seem to recall that the reviews said it wasn't very good. But yeah, all hail the Model M baby.

They're still manufactured too, you know. Unicomp bought the rights from Lexmark a while back (who in turn had them from when IBM spun them off) and yeah, they still make them. Mostly the same tooling too, as I recall. The company was started by ex-Lexmark employees who made, well, Model Ms... so it's about as direct a lineage as you can imagine. I've bought a couple of their boards in the past, and they're a real class company. The phrase "don't make 'em like that anymore" would apply, except... they do.

I can see why some movies had a nice shot of them. Model Ms make whatever you're typing seem like some Serious Business.
posted by -1 at 7:57 AM on December 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


I liked seeing Christopher Walken in one window while David Lightman pretended to be Professer Walken in another. These are the things that amuse me.

I recognized the rendered in-the-computer scene from Weird Science but didn't notice seeing Gary or Wyatt. Were they in there? I think the cut missed a chance at a lot of movie scanning scenes there too, though WS's scantily clad ladies would have changed the tone notably.

I do feel like the shots of people finding written-down passwords was a sad omission. I can see Lightman checking the taped-down sheet from Wargames in my head.

Love seeing the acoustic couplers. As a young man I learned to whistle at just the right tone to wake my 300 baud unit up and try to handshake.
posted by phearlez at 8:20 AM on December 1, 2015


The pedant in me says that (among other scenes) Pinback inserting his diary tape into the machine (Dark Star) and Meg Ryan legitimately logging in to AOL (You've Got Mail) don't really qualify as "hacking", but a very nice compilation.

Also, YAY ELECTRIC DREAMS.
posted by hanov3r at 8:43 AM on December 1, 2015


Nice! Plenty of nineties there too mind. One thing I noticed with the typing sequence was how typewritery they typed, everyone positioned above the home-keys, wrists raised, etc compared to out much more casual or individual typing style today.
posted by Iteki at 9:31 AM on December 1, 2015


Meg Ryan legitimately logging in to AOL (You've Got Mail)

That film did teach me that you are supposed to read your emails out loud as you type them whilst making little jerky movements with your head
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:37 AM on December 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's when you recognize a shot of a computer screen coming from a specific film that you realise you must have watched it quite a bit.

Also Robert Redford saying, "Turn it off. Turn it off!"
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 10:42 AM on December 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also, weren't some of these from the 90s?
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 10:43 AM on December 1, 2015


Yes, I probably could have been more accurate with the link text.
posted by Sebmojo at 12:25 PM on December 1, 2015


The nerve. I'm going to go draft a metatalk callout now.
posted by phearlez at 2:02 PM on December 1, 2015


I was shocked at how many scenes I could name, and also shocked at how many scenes I could recognize but couldn't name. Out of the films listed at the end, I have seen 33 (and I only count it if I've seen the entire thing).
posted by infinitewindow at 2:11 PM on December 1, 2015


One thing I noticed with the typing sequence was how typewritery they typed, everyone positioned above the home-keys, wrists raised, etc compared to out much more casual or individual typing style today.

Back then, I imagine a significant proportion of those entering a precarious profession like acting would have taken typing classes as a form of career insurance. I remember when being able to type at an impressive speed was pretty much the only skill required to walk into the kind of temporary office job that would be a godsend in a period of "resting".
posted by rongorongo at 11:50 PM on December 1, 2015


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