DevOps Postmortem Series: 90’s Movies “Predicting” Tech Gone Wrong
Mitch Lillie | November 23, 2021

How well did 90s movies predict how technology should work and anticipate good DevOps practices? Here are some of our favorite movies, and whether we think they got it right or wrong.

How well did 90s movies predict how technology should work and anticipate good DevOps practices? Here are some of our favorite movies, and whether we think they got it right or wrong.

Hackers

  1. Telling your colleague to “type cookie you idiot” is not an appropriate response to a query for help.
  2. While we appreciate Eugene Belford’s timeless Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band style and extensive use of keyboard macros, they were not enough to keep the hackers at bay. Stop making EDM with your weird buttons and just get a standard keyboard.
  3. You hackers put a lot of time and effort into little bunny rabbit and Cookie Monster animations. Your time would be better spent writing integration tests for your viruses.

Blade Runner

  1. You can’t just “enhance” your way into seeing around corners. Period.

Independence Day

  1. If you can write a virus that shuts down the mothership’s shields, go for the stretch goal of writing a virus to blow the ship up without threatening your own life.
  2. There’s no way you managed to magically discover that all it takes is “flipping the 0s and 1s” to create a virus AND properly test your code.

The Net

  1. To report a federal crime, the FBI apparently required that you use separate mail servers to send them email evidence. This cost Angela Bennett precious time.
  2. Bennett, as an expert hacker, should be able to do much better than scrolling through menu items one at a time. Use your keyboard to navigate.
  3. Bennett is foiled by a protection that requires “mainframe access” to delete records. While perhaps impractical, this is solid security advice.

Smart House

  1. Is this where Elizabeth Holmes got the idea for Theranos? VCs: just because it was on the Disney Channel doesn’t mean it’s a viable product.
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