[Wired In raw #79: Mr. Computer #3]

Raw footage for "Wired In," a never completed series on the technological trends and innovations of the 1980s. In this video, we watch as computer enthusiast Jon, a.k.a. Mr. Computer, speaks with the Wired In crew about the computer industry and also demos a number of video games. Mr. Computer #3.

00:00Copy video clip URL This tape begins with color bars.

00:57Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of the intro screen for the computer game “Wizardry.”

02:13Copy video clip URL Jon talks about why people break protection of programs. He states that he fits as many programs as he can onto one disc due to the amount of room available.

03:02Copy video clip URL One of the videomakers asks Jon to clarify how he communicates via computer. He explains very clearly for the viewing audience so they do not get confused about the new technology. He also talks about program protection. This lasts for several minutes.

07:08Copy video clip URL When asked why software manufacturers can’t make a program that is impossible to copy, Jon states that the computer has to be able to unscramble the codes in order the program to run. Jon also explains that there are two options in pirating programs: one being to copy programs with their protection and the other being removing the protection off of the program and copying that onto a new disc. Jon then states that there is no ultimate protection for programs. He also talks about a current protection problem in the U.S. banking security system.

10:31Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of a number of Jon’s programs and computer. The program “Bag of Tricks” is currently loaded on his computer screen. The camera operator then gathers a few more shots of Jon’s equipment as the crew continues to converse with Jon.

13:05Copy video clip URL Jon runs through a computer video game called “Taxman.” He talks about his reformatting of the video game. We then watch as Jon plays the game. This lasts for the remainder of the tape.

20:29Copy video clip URL Tape ends.



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