With his nose to the zeitgeist, the author of Generation X again examines the angst of the white-collar, under set in this entertaining tale of computer techies . They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day “coding” and eating “flat” foods (food which, like Kraft. Microserfs. Seven Days in the Life of Young Microsoft. Maybe the search for the next great compelling application is really the search for human.
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Dan was getting a life. But there is something undeniably compelling microsrrfs a writer who can absorb so much of contemporary culture, process it through the machine of his imagination, and fashion a document that accurately and poignantly captures the strangeness, rhythm, language, and condition of our special time and place.
You’re going to stop these things? It turns out they were forming a template of the way everyone else in the world works in and around information.
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
It’s an outstanding book. It’s science fictional without being science fiction – showing the way lives can come to be m I read several books in a row that made me cry, and xoupland was one of them.
Nevertheless, in the decade between “Microserfs” and “JPod,” a shift in the characters’ relationship with technology is evident.
In some ways, they detest their own lego-ization, they fear the duality that seems ,icroserfs divide their minds and their bodies, they struggle with what a prism identity is becoming, and fight to assert their true selves in tandem with technology. Maybe it was not the right moment to read, right then. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The future is like play-doh and our consciousness will be transferred into machines.
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That’s kind of sad when you think about it. So be it until there is no enemy, but peace.
Lists with This Book. Want to Read saving…. A fascinating snapshot of the ‘s tech industry from the POV of an early Gen X software tester and programmer. It blew me away, it was so fun and hilarious, from the pseudo-deification of Bill Gates referred to only as “Bill”said with the gravity of saying “God”to the Lego decorated office, to the pet hamsters named “Look” and “Feel,” to the typical 90’s Gen-X conversations–philosophizing over pop culture cereals, 70’s TV shows, childhood toys, etc.
A novel in journal form about a group of Microsoft employees who leave the company to found a Silicon valley startup. Being set in the early 90s in Silicon Valley, this novel takes place right on the precipice of monumental and world-altering change. See, so, at one point, Daniel A snapshot of a time not so long ago, these people are familiar, even if I was never one of them. Life at the campus feels like a feudalistic society, with Bill Gates as the lord, and the employees the serfs.
There are many like it, but this one is mine. I haven’t read it since at leastright after I picked up a paperback to replace the hardcover copy that I had read into tatters the only book I have ever done that for.
Jun 19, Stephan van der Linde rated it it was ok. He stitches his love of computers with the acquisition of his first real girlfriend and come to terms with the childhood death of an older brother.
Microserfs is written as the journal of Dan Underwood, which he keeps on his PowerBook. I enjoy reading references to places I’ve been, like the Westin Bayshore, because I know exactly what it looks llike! I can’t ever seem to attempt to write an approximation of some sort of “objective” review lulz so I’ll just leave you with my idiosyncratic impressions: So, good job, Douglas!
The whole ‘having a life’ trope ends being exquisite. Through novels such as “Microserfs,” which charts the progress of Microsoft employees during the mids, and “JPod,” which tells a parallel tale of computer game developers in thrall to Google a decade later, he has consistently associated the development of technology with the progress of society.
And the way tech firms won’t even call work ‘the office,’ but instead, ‘the campus.
Microserfs by Douglas Coupland
Swap 10 have, 64 want. Jul 14, Hristina rated it really liked it Shelves: Almost like an ethnography. Microsoft and Silicon Valley. Coupland’s research turned up links couplamd the themes of Life After God. Nice vignettes of a time long, long ago, when the internet was fresh and new and we all cared about what Bill Gates thought.
I can’t ever seem to attempt to write an approximation of some sort of “objective” review lulz so I’ll just leave you with my idi For Microserfs, I am straddling these two reader-type extremes: Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.