Microserfs

Microserfs

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
A novel of life in the 1990s explores the world of Dan Underwood, a computer programmer at Microsoft, viewing the company as a microcosm of modern society. Reprint. $50,000 ad/promo.

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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 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.

Baker
& Taylor

A novel of life in the nineties explores the world of computer giant Microsoft, viewing it as a microcosm of modern society

Publisher: New York : Regan Books, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060987046
0060987049
9780060391485
0060391480
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

Coupland continues to explore the funny, frustrating, and confusing process of growing up in a world ruled by Bill Gates and Microsoft. As I turned the last page I didn't want to say good-bye to his latest cast of witty, annoying, and inevitably endearing characters.

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mackiecat
Oct 08, 2014

About a time which quickly passed - when coders were still naive enough to give free round-the-clock work for months, sleeping under the desk, eating snacks and drinking high-caffeine drinks,in exchange for plans of getting rich from shares they were given before the company's IPO (going public).

After the 2001 bust, nobody is that naive any more (hopefully). But it broke the back of fledgling unions. And resulted in a great Coupland story.

My favorite Coupland book - the interplay between the characters resembles jPod somewhat. The book's collection of recognizable anthropological tics is well worth the reading.

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Raiiner
Apr 07, 2011

I know Doug wrote this one before Jpod, but I definitely enjoyed the other better than this. Not that Microserfs was bad or anything, but I guess that's just not the timeline that we live in right now, and I'm a 2000 baby.
Still, a fantastic read, and much deeper and more meaningful than the aforesaid.
Read it. And Jpod.

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selenakarkash
May 26, 2010

In typical Coupland style, this book is funny in sarcastic ways and keeps me interested in the characters and their strange developing relationship with each other. The story is quirky and intelligent. Excellent read.

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