Microserfs reader ↠ Paperback À Douglas Coupland

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Microserfs reader ↠ Paperback À Douglas Coupland À Narrated in the form of a Powerbook entry by Dan Underwood a computer programmer for Microsoft this state of the art novel about life in the '90s follows the adventures of six code crunching computer whizzes Known as microserfs they spend upward of 16 hours a day codinNarrated in the form of a Powerbook entry by Dan Underwood a computer programmer for Microsoft this state of the art novel about life in the '90s follows the adventures of six code crunching computer whizzes Known as microserfs they spend upward of 16 hours a day coding writing software as they eat flat foods such as Kraft singles which can be Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland1 I sandpapered the roof of my mouth with three bowls of Cap'n Crunch had raw gobbets of mouth beef dangling onto my tongue all day Who hasn't had that happen to them? And yet nobody could have said it awesomer2 I learned 1410 C the melting point of silicon3 This book is totally the original Big Bang Theory4 Dated references to things like Doom and Myst5 I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things like which school is the nerdiest answer view spoilerCaltech hide spoiler

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Passed underneath closed doors and fearfully scan the company email to see what the great Bill might be thinking and whether he is going to flame one of them Seizing the chance to be innovators instead of cogs in the Microsoft machine this intrepid bunch strike out on their own to form a high tech start up company named Oop in Silicon Valley Li Fiction A little slice of the mid nineties Microsoft and Silicon Valley This was was my first Coupland book and it wasn't what I was expecting Apparently I was prepared for shallow postmodernism or something smugly impressed by its own cynicism I don't know where I got that idea but this is an optimistic book full of human moments love and friendship and the things that drive us to succeed I was surprised at how sweet it could be at timesIt's also got plenty of computer talk programming Microsoft vs Apple the Cult of Bill Also LEGO It did get a bit showy at times I didn't care enough to decipher the two pages of binary or pick through the page without vowels but the book is framed as a series of journal entries and it works on that kind of self indulgent level The sometimes short choppy entries reminded me a lot of Kurt Vonnegut's writing style; Coupland's narrator even has the same habit of ending sections with a single exclamationMicrosoftFive stars for making me feel like I was back in 1993 and for not turning this group of geeks into a joke This is as corny as it sounds a story with heart as well as hardware

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MicroserfsVing together in a sort of digital flophouse Our House of Wayward Mobility they desperately try to cultivate well rounded lives and find love amid the dislocated subhuman whir and buzz of their computer driven worldFunny illuminating and ultimately touching Microserfs is the story of one generation's very strange and claustrophobic coming of ag Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs reads like a time capsule crossed with a nerds only Breakfast Club Focused on the California geek population who powered the late eightiesearly nineties technology boom the novel focuses so much on time and place that it could arguably be classified as historical The CD ROM and early internet references seem like an AOL disc or heavy monitor both uaint and annoying Coupland transcends the period piece nature of Microserfs about 60% of the time especially when he focuses less on era only details and on the way people interact with technology in concert with the way they interact with other human beingsDan the narrator works at Microsoft with a stock ragtag set of programmers that if the book were filmed would consist of actors you had seen before but you weren’t sure where When the smartest of the group hits on the idea of creating a CD ROM with on screen Lego like capabilities the group collectively leave the womb of Gates’ company and leap into the venture capital funded 10 world of internet um I’m sorry CD ROM start ups Coupland’s staccato delivery propelled by short blogesue paragraphs works well within the frenetic nature and outsider uality Dan and his colleagues embody The characters are significantly meta; they know they’re geeks they’re unsure of what they want and they talk a lot about the pros and cons of nerd dom They bond over Star Trek references and analyze the fact they all buy their clothes at The Gap The creative and financial risks and rewards of the classic “one big idea that could make us all rich” leads the friends especially Dan to address their strengths shortcomings and whatever it was that carried them for better or for worse to programmingCoupland has mined this territory before He’s comfortable as in The Gum Thief framing anonymous corporate settings as canvases that in their bland structure both impede identity development and provide the opportunity for one to step back and respond to the lack of stimuli Dan’s hobbledehoy disposition is laced with strength and insecurity He stitches his love of computers with the acuisition of his first real girlfriend and come to terms with the childhood death of an older brother Does that make for an exciting book? No But Microserfs contains some compassionate passages especially when the nerds speak honestly Breakfast Club style both through email which was probably still novel then and face to face or when Dan’s mother uses technology don’t want to spoil it to communicate from a far away placeI don’t love Coupland but I count on him for breezy thoughtful novels when I’m in the mood for something between light and heavy Microserfs lives up to that expectation but doesn’t attempt to rise beyond the characters’ pursuit of uiet self acceptance in the anonymous Silicon Valley As I was reading I thought of getting lost near Seattle in what seemed like an endless landscape of strip malls and Olive Gardens The sterile clinical environment does not preclude a desire for identity Dan and his colleagues would understand that desire as they ventured from their innominate apartments into the suburban night probably stopping at a 7 11 grabbing something to eat and talking about where to go next