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....Continua
I really don't know why I've waited so many years before reading this book. An unmissable classic!
"Went into the office and played Doom for an hour. Deleted some e-mail.
Morris from Word is in Amsterdam so I asked him to try out the vegetarian burger at a McDonald's there."
"I think that Starbucks has patented a new configuration of the water molecule, like in a Kurt Vonnegut novel, or something. This molecule allows their coffee to remain liquid at temperatures over 212 Farenheit. How do they get their coffee so hot? It takes hours to cool off-it's so hot it's undrinkable-and by the time it's cool, you're sick of waiting for it to cool and that "coffee moment" has passed."
"I am really terrible at remembering three-letter acronyms. It's a real dead zone in my brain. I still barely can tell you what RAM is [...] I'm realizing that three-letters acronysms are actually words now, and no longer simply acronyms: ram, rom, scuzzy, gooey, see-pee you... Words have to start somewhere."
"Well, Windows is nonintuitive... counterintuitive, sometimes. But it's so MALE to just go buy a Windows PC system and waste a bunch of time learning bogus commands and reading a thousand dialog boxes every time you want to chenge a point size or whatever... MEN are just used to sitting there, taking orders, executing needless commands, and feeling like they got such a good deal because they saved $200. WOMEN crave efficiency, elegance... the Mac lets them move within their digital universe exactly as they'd like, without cluttering up their human memory banks. I think the reason why so many women used to feel like they didn't 'understand computers' was because PCs are so brain-dead... the Macintosh is responsible for upping not only the earning potential of women but also the feeling of mastering technology, which they get told is impossible for them. I was always told that."
"Narratives (stories) traditionally come to a definite end (unlike life); that's why we like movies and literature-for that sense of closure-because they end."...Continua
a milestone for the Nineties: the description of a dreamless generation, the quest for normal life, the empathy between nerds.