Microserfs #2020

Microserfs By Douglas Coupland Microserfs 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 s follows the adventures of six code crunching computer

  • Title: Microserfs
  • Author: Douglas Coupland
  • ISBN: 9780060987046
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Microserfs By Douglas Coupland 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 coding writing software as they eat flat foods such as Kraft singles, which can be passed underneaNarrated 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 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 Living 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 world.Funny, illuminating and ultimately touching, Microserfs is the story of one generation s very strange and claustrophobic coming of age.
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    About "Douglas Coupland"

    1. Douglas Coupland

      Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden Baden, Germany, on December 30, 1961 In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991 Since then he has published nine novels and several non fiction books in 35 languages and most countries on earth He has written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England, and in 2001 resumed his practice as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe and Asia 2006 marks the premiere of the feature film Everything s Gone Green, his first story written specifically for the screen and not adapted from any previous work A TV series 13 one hour episodes based on his novel, jPod premieres on the CBC in January, 2008 Retrieved 07 55, May 15, 2008, from coupland coupland_bio.

    426 thoughts on “Microserfs”

    1. I just chose this as my favorite book in the 30 Days Book Challenge on Facebook, so I might as well review it, even though favorite book is a nebulous distinction at best and what s your favorite book is a stupid fucking question and I am afraid this might be a sentimental favorite than anything else.So yeah, I read this when I was 14 or 15 I bought it because it had a neat mirror cover with a Lego man I didn t know Douglas Coupland was the voice of a generation, and anyway, it wasn t even MY g [...]


    2. Edited to include flat foods at the request of an obsessive nerdy friend.Highly amusing little book of coders all aged 32, mentally if not in years, being obsessed with programming and living their messy student type lives shaped by this consuming passion.The idea of flat foods that can be slipped under a door for their Asperger s type friend who cannot leave his room until all the code is written is funny Kraft cheese slicesFruit leatherMelted icecream does this count Melba toastSaltinesCucum [...]


    3. Reasons why I love both this book and Douglas Coupland 1 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 awesomer 2 I learned 1410 C the melting point of silicon.3 This book is totally the original Big Bang Theory.4 Dated references to things like Doom and Myst.5 I enjoy reading nerdy lists of things, like which school is the nerdiest answer view [...]


    4. 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 times.It s also got plenty of computer talk programming, [...]


    5. I was reading Microserfs, a novel about coders in the 1990 s, when I suddenly had a great idea What if I used technology to write down my thoughts and totally zany random observations while I was reading the book Then I could post my e thoughts onto a review board and get all of the likes and 1 s This struck me as very one point oh, so here it is Random thought Replace IBM with Microsoft, Microsoft with Apple, and Bill for Steve and you ve got Microserfs for the 2000s If Microserfs was a Jeopard [...]


    6. This book is one of my all time favorites, a bildungsroman of the techie world set between its two 1990s axes Microsoft and Silicon Valley My friends hear me make quips from this book far too often, perhaps my favorite being Microsoft hired 3000 people last year and you know not all of them were gems The quick summary is boy goes to work for Microsoft, boy leaves Microsoft for startup in Silicon Valley, and lives and learns as he and his friends his coworkers struggle to ship product But it s no [...]


    7. 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 eighties early 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 quaint and annoying Coupland transcends the period piece nature of Microserfs about 60% of the time, especially when [...]


    8. When I was in high school, I read Generation X and Life After God and was thrilled by these tales of wry, vibrant, lost characters who fought for real meaning when their culture caused them to shrug at tragedy and love and weep over reruns and advertising campaigns I was a pretty lonely teenager, obviously When Microserfs came out, I remember picking it up at the bookstore a few times maybe this was 95 or 96 and thinking, Oh, it s this story about the information superhighway with all these inve [...]


    9. For Microserfs, I am straddling these two reader type extremes those who know nothing about geektech culture, and those who 100% techie, geeky nerds I am in between I feel this is the right place to be, because the book evoked lots of Yeah really IS that way, isn t it and Oh those geeks Yet I m not so into the culture that I feel it was misrepresented 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 impressi [...]


    10. Even though he s not relevant any and hasn t been for a long time, I m done for good with Coupland second book read, second one I really disliked This book has been sitting in my bookshelf for too long, and since it has always been sort of a cult book about the tech industry, and since I needed some light reading not too deep, I decided to give it a try Douglas Coupland is a talented writer, he knows how to write a book, no doubt about it why he decided to use his talents to write these lame nov [...]


    11. A novel in journal form about a group of Microsoft employees who leave the company to found a Silicon valley startup.Douglas Coupland is what I think of as a zeitgeist writer He captures the spirit of the times we live in by setting his novels in those places that history will look back upon as trend setting, avant garde cultures Silicon Valley in the 1990 s is a prime candidate, if not the clear winner Though it hasn t lost any of its luster, Silicon Valley doesn t hold the same power over medi [...]


    12. I read several books in a row that made me cry, and this was one of them God knows why it s not like Coupland is attempting to write a great tragedy I think I just really liked the characters, liked the way they interacted and how much they cared about each other The book does a great job capturing the Silicon Valley nerd culture in the 90s, how it seemed to exist suspended in its own bubble world It s science fictional without being science fiction showing the way lives can come to be mediated [...]


    13. I was just sucked right into it The characters just talk and suddenly you are inside the story and you can t get out and you just watch them have lives I love every single one of them.Insightful This book is nerds and geeks thinking, talking about many things, out loud, and I am a nerd and a geek myself, and I don t have friends except one who listens to me when I am in my Philosophical Mode and I just crave having friends like Dan s, all of whom will tolerate no, join me in talking about existe [...]


    14. Such fun I especially loved the idea of someone locking himself in his office and only eating flat foods that can be inserted under the door I think of this book every time I open a slice of American cheese


    15. Reading Microserfs for the first time right now is a strange feeling Parts of it are so distinctly 90s dot com culture that I feel like I m watching people through a time warp It s as if I had gone into a time machine and emerged 20 years in the past.But despite the progress we ve made in technology, the ups and downs of Microsoft and Apple, and the age of the internet, some things never really do change One of these things are geeks The characters in Microserfs are multi dimensional, introspect [...]


    16. umm this book was disappointing it is boring and boring and boring i read it cause i wanted something light after all the heaviness of am homes there s a scene that i can t resist pointing out where somehow someone sends the main characters all an email about how every multiple of six minus one is a prime number and they all had to waste work time proving or disproving it but yeah it is dumb it takes about 2 seconds to disprove because it never should have been mentioned in the first place fucke [...]


    17. I kind of hated this book It was dull It was dull beyond anything I can put into words I can see somewhere in the mess of randomness that makes up the protagonists journal entries where you d find seeds of the supposed generation x cultural manifesto this thing is touted as But since I m not from that generation perhaps it s lost on me I m also not sure why it s still considered such a classic, given that everything in it is a dated time capsule almost entirely irrelevant to the world today I ha [...]


    18. Microserfs is one of Coupland s most populair books with a certain cult status.The thing which I not really liked, was that that this book contains too much software terms A typical Douglas with different kind of funny people and their singular qualities Typical Coupland s were as well the dialogue s and the way the characters go on with each other.When I read it a few years ago, I can remember it was just too sweet for me.Maybe it was not the right moment to read, right then I can remember I li [...]


    19. I just dropped the book on the table and I m thinking of rereading many of its parts It s amazing how much one can learn from a work of fiction so cleverly crafted and so loyal to the culture it intends to explore What Coupland achieved is a truly fascinating take on why the Valley ignites so much obsession, even decades before HBO s Silicon Valley came along.The way Dan and his friends are portrayed is worryingly relatable to many of us who in any level deal with technology and its culture The [...]


    20. I was left with the feeling that nothing actually happened until the last ten pages of this book, and I never connected with any of these characters.


    21. A snapshot of a time not so long ago, these people are familiar, even if I was never one of them They are filled, despite their constant craving for some life they insist they do not have, with optimism and joy I don t think I view the modern tech world with that kind of hope and so the whole story reads like one of a bunch of rosy faced kids who have the luxury of not knowing about the current hell world the Internet is today Oh, for that dream of the nineties See, so, at one point, Daniel the [...]


    22. This is a very chill read up until the last quarter, but that last quarter makes this book, without it it s meh I really enjoyed witnessing the build up from friendship to family between the characters, and that really shines in the finale which is why, I guess, I can t stop talking about it The characters are solid, and I really like the way Daniel, the narrator view spoiler it s his diary hide spoiler manages to casually capture descriptive details about everything that s going on.The afternoo [...]



    23. Los nerds consiguen lo que quieren cuando lo quieren y se ponen hist ricos si no lo logran en el acto.Son capaces de obsesionarse much simo Supongo que se es el problema Aunque precisamente esta capacidad de concentraci n la que hace que sean tan buenos programando una solo l nea cada vez, una l nea tras otra en una sucesi n de millones de l neas.Qu puedo decir de Microsiervos, adem s que es un libro gordo muy entretenido porque habla de nerds y geeks, peores que yo, que es una obra ubicada en S [...]


    24. The thought that I had as I came to the conclusion of this novel is that if this book were transported back in time 100 years readers from that time would barely recognize it as written in English I mean we read novels written 100, even 200 and 300 years ago with ease and pleasure Dickens, Jane Austen etc They are stories we can still recognize The language starts getting dicey for us about 500 years ago, Shakespeare s time The language requires deciphering, and the references some research and [...]


    25. This novel, written and set in the mid 1990s, is about a group of Microsoft employees who quit, move to Silicon Valley, and start a company of their own I first read and loved it in 1997, shortly after moving to Silicon Valley myself, so rereading it was strongly nostalgic of both the era and my younger self This time around, I wondered how many of the now familiar technical and cultural references were meaningless to me back then.MICROSERFS is great as a depiction of 90s geek culture and as a p [...]


    26. Mi risulta veramente difficile capire il perch Feltrinelli si rifiuti di ristampare questo libro che non si trova pi n economico n costoso Romanzo su una gerazione di geek i nerd pi cool che lascia la microsoft per seguire un loro amico che far un gioco virtuale sulla base del Lego, le loro paranoie e la visione dell a ai tempi in cui la rete era poco conosciuta frequentata e i cellulari ancora meno Imperdibile per alcune considerazioni, anche se a volte un po troppo difficile per tutti i riferi [...]


    27. All of the Douglas Coupland books I ve read describe a smooth chronologiocal curve of decline from bold, inventive beginnings to trite, heavy handed melodramatics This was early enough 1995, 3rd novel to be pretty tolerable, but it is the last by 1998 he d release the completely insufferable Girlfriend in a Coma.Oh well I d say that his post All Families Are Psychotic stuff might be better, except I ve heard that in JPod, he wrote himself into the story to deus ex machina straight up and show ev [...]


    28. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel centered around a group of brainy computer code writers in the early 90s Coupland infuses pop culture and philosophical musings into a tale that begins at Microsoft s Redmond, Wash campus and ends in Silicon Valley Parts near the end were genuinely moving, to my surprise The diary format made this a very fast read, and references to 1990s technology at the dawn of the oft referenced Information Superhighway seem like just another part of history at this point It s [...]


    29. About fads language is such technology This book is a fascinating look into early 90 s software culture When Microsoft and Bill ruled the world, and silicon valley was just gaining momentum Its amazing the changes the information superhighway brought us I think Social Networking is born from the lack of geeks those who make software having a life in the 90 s These geeks, bogged down in technology internet, cell phones, email, dvd s, movies, tv shows , found a way to socialize within the paramete [...]


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