I recently found a fantastic podcast mini-series about the GDR and its attempt to advance computer technology in the second half of the 1980s. If you understand German and would like to hear more about the history of computing (1 megabit!), life in the GDR, mining towns and citizen protest just before the fall of the Berlin wall, I recommend Neuland - Von Halbleitern und Heimat. The series follows three groups of people over time that are loosely connected.
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