When I was young I remember watching a great show by the name of ReBoot. I’m not sure if it was ever that popular, especially since it was a Canadian show, but it was ground breaking as it was the first ever computer animated television series. The show revolves around a group of “Sprites” living in a place they call “Mainframe”. The main character, Bob, has come to Mainframe to protect the people from the viruses amongst them and help them in their constant struggle to defeat the “User” in the various games that fall onto the city out of the sky. The show is rife with computer references to everything from binary to servers, the net and firewalls. While cleaning out my workspace at home, I stumbled across every episode of ReBoot which I happened to have on DVD (I gathered these after a friend and I convinced our high school band director that we should play the theme on our New York music tour, but I never got around to watching them). I have decided that it is a good plan to watch it all again through new eyes as a computer engineer instead of the eyes of an 8 year old. This should prove to be a highly nostalgic, humorous, and informative experience.

Note: in quickly skimming the Wikipedia article for the show, I noticed that there has been a new trilogy of films announced! I am definitely looking forward to those.

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  1. I totally remember reboot. I watched every now and then but couldn’t always get into the story.