Precious silicon brain time
Similarly, a good novelist will not waste his brain time.
This is just a few pages from Po Bronson\'s absorbing keen new \"The top $20 million is always the hardest\" and he nailed his heart --
He wrote a group of engineers.
Bronson to create precision micro
Farce: when a team of photography arrives at the site of the legendary La Honda research center for advertising filming with a senior executive, they get the news from the mischievous staff, they sent them from one building to the other, through sylvan think-
Tank campus, eventually back to where they started.
Not just a joke, but a real one.
World illustration of the central image of the novel: infinite circulation.
The hapless visitors to Honda, Los Angeles, experience more than just the abuse of the unaccustomed savages in society.
As one of Bronson\'s characters thinks, this is a lesson about how these computer engineers see the world.
When the computer enters an infinite loop, it repeats the same sequence of loop instructions constantly and stops responding to commands ---it \"freezes.
\"For Bronson\'s engineers,\" people may fall into their own infinite loop, not knowing that they are in the loop.
\"Not only people, but also human society itself, and the political and economic stalemate,\" has entered an infinite cycle some time ago and stopped responding.
\"It turns out that the cynical appearance of these characters hides a secret idealism:\" They all know why they are constantly working every week: they want to awaken society from the infinite cycle!
Bronson\'s previous novel, the Bombardier family, records the greed and weakness of young bond traders during the days of the madness of saving --and-loan bailouts.
His new book, despite the promise of a startup prank, is less interested in Silicon Valley\'s money games than in mind games.
On the surface, \"the top 20 million dollars is the hardest \"(
Random House, $302)
Following what has now become a standard script for computers
Industry fiction: some arrogant young engineers broke away from the company\'s mother ship and set up a startup to try to change the world with their revolutionary products ---
Then find that things are not that simple and eventually burned or bought out.
But Bronson does not just use this narrative as an opportunity to remove the name or reposition the non-fiction report;
He turned it into an excuse to poke the head of his engineer role.
His subtitle, $20 million, is the Silicon Valley novel. -
This is the first book to give some real value to this label.
Popular media may greet all technology or \"geek\" things with extreme boredom, but this does not prevent the culture of the computer industry from becoming fashionable.
Money is always hot, and the great wealth created by this industry has a tempting taste.
But money alone does not mean a story;
No matter how it is made, it always looks the same.
Thriller trying to trade with high surface charm
The tech world can also be as easy as finance or fashion.
These novels usually tell us more about the worship of the publishing industry than about the technology itself and the people who created it.
Recently, the first novel to take Silicon Valley\'s thoughts more seriously was Douglas Coupland\'s \"mini-serfs\" (
Now in harperperenniya paperback, $371).
Copland followed his young character on a comedy trip from Gates\'s Beast belly to the promised land of the startup company, where he had the jargon and the right attitude.
But the \"micro-serfs\" were cut into small diaries --entry-
Style bit, weighing with pop-
The distribution of culture and short-lived trivia;
It\'s been sacrificed for a long time.
Nod in recognized terms.
Only 2 years old, feeling as outdated as the advertisement it quoted.
After the \"micro-serfs\", Pat Dillon\'s \"The Last Best Thing \"(
Simon & Schuster, page 350).
The subtitle is Silicon Valley\'s classic story of greed, deception and chaos, published in last October after the San Jose Mercury News serial.
Veteran reporter Dillon used the novel\'s installment payment as a convenient container to collect silly anecdotes removed from the news clippings and added only one notch: Laptop Explosion and anonymous network
Sexy siren, charming Asian FBI female agent, hunting not annoying people, Survival Research Lab robot battle and cellphone taps.
Aside from this topic, \"the best thing in the end\" is a simple Roman-`-
About Unlimited tips, once
A visionary computer companyLike an apple.
Now, the hope of its revival lies inyet-
A startup run by former executives.
The unlucky vice president of marketing and the savvy Latin executive assistant of the boss gradually discovered that their own company-surprise! --
A digital village of Potemkin
No products, only steam and hype.
The best thing of the end is a positive demonstration of the author\'s immersion in Silicon Valley life.
But it often reads like a newspaper column, not a novel it wants to be.
Dillon lacks the skill of a novelist to build a world that is acknowledged to be real but undoubtedly fictional;
The wine he named so precisely and the real location he described never condenses on the ground floor because of a credible story.
So far, the \"Silicon Valley novel\" may be very disappointing, as Silicon Valley is still in constant change as an economic entity and spiritual position ---
As the theme of the great non-fiction, it is very usable.
The implications quoted by Po Bronson in his interesting quiz on his website are non-fiction books like Tracy Kidder\'s soul of the new machine, which is not surprising, tom Wolfe\'s the right thing and Jerry Kaplan\'s start-up.
Kaplan\'s chronicle of the rise and fall of his illnessfated pen-
Go\'s computing risks are popular for catching DingTalkbiting start-up experience.
A novelist will also really have a hard time matching its paranoid IBM security details, gripping patches, and snapshots of fires --alarm-plagued demos.
At the beginning of Kaplan\'s book, one of his colleagues explained why he was willing to get rid of a fixed job and tie his carriage to a startup: the pen to develop Go
Computer-based is \"an opportunity to really make a difference.
\"This ideal, no matter how much damage or damage, will inspire the typical Silicon Valley --
The protagonist of the novel.
That\'s how Bronson\'s hero, Andy Casper, started.
Annoying office politics, Casper--
A former marketer tries to stand out from the \"Ironman\" software engineer in La Honda ---
Responsible for what seems to be dead.
Final Project: build a $300 computer for the general public, digital public or \"VWPC.
Like a sponsor of La Honda. -
Worried that the project may weaken their own profits from overpriced computers. -
Turning on the screws for the project, Casper thought he might be doing something and being independent with his team.
Bronson not only explains the economics of the computer business very well
Venture capital operates at risk, but so is the dynamics of software and hardware development.
When his character pursued their VWPC Holy Grail, one of them, an overweight coder named Tiny, who was easy to \"freeze\" during a seizure, came up with a drug called hypnosis-
A common system simulator, very much like a Java \"virtual machine\" that powers many real-time systems todaylife cross-
\"The first $20 million\" explains these innovations and their significance in clear and interesting language.
Sometimes the book provides a strong reminder of the technology
Never really become a business mistake in the pool of common knowledge--
As an arrogant chip expert angrily sees, his design for a processor like Pentium stalled, so it can still work with old software.
Using other materials, Bronson can lag slightly behind the curve.
VWPC sounds a lot like the \"network computer\" that Oracle and others have been trying to build \", but the dream soon changed from \"$500 PC for everyone\" to \"$1,000 PC to help businesses cut their budgets \".
At the same time, Internet TV and its competitors have entered the world of the same ordinary person.
With the appeal of the network, rather than the vision of a universal operating system, computers take a place.
But the timeliness of the \"top $20 million\" technology is almost irrelevant.
Long after the \"Internet computer\" disappeared from people\'s sight, other innovations also rotated through similar hype --and-
Garbage loops, readers can still enjoy the book\'s description of tech industry captains and infantry.
Puzzles and logic games haunt Bronson\'s characters.
Sometimes they seem to take their lives higher.
BET versions of Myst, seventh guest, or classic adventure.
When they don\'t play unlimited games
While visiting photographers, they are playing a game called \"Ten women\" to eliminate the loneliness of their workawayers: This game is not just an idle outlet for testosterone.
This is another lesson in their industry --eat-
Dog dynamics: one of the joys of reading the top $20 million is Bronson\'s clever translation of the engineer tribe\'s pastime into symbols that illuminate their world.
The young characters of the book are cute, stimulating, intelligent and intelligent --alecky.
When they adopt the nearby Burger King as a board member to discuss how to calculate the market valuation of their fledgling company, we have a good understanding of how it feels to be your own boss ---
Charging and stun.
Another pastime that La Honda engineers like is called Grids: large, randomly generated arrays of algebraic statements that need to be solved in a certain order to solve each variable.
The \"Iron Man\" competition solves these problems, competes with each other, and competes with their scary boss in a lively scene.
Like ten women, Bronson explains, the grid has a purpose.
They reflect the basic methods of engineering thinking ---
Break the problem down into smaller and smaller parts until each one is easy to solve.
\"This approach is ideal when you build a chip with millions of transistors or millions of lines of code.
When you try to run a business or bring an ideal to life, it is not necessarily translated.
The end of \"The first $20 million is always the hardest\" allows Casper and his colleagues to freely pursue their dreams of subverting the order of the existing industry while avoiding various bullets, and \"make real changes \".
\"Interestingly, even though their analytical thinking is very sharp, they still don\'t know how to judge whether they win or lose.
This is a problem that will not break down into small enough parts.
Remind some of the issues not to be addressed by the digital divide, which will never hurt --and-conquer --
No matter how quickly computers bring us information, they don\'t necessarily bring us closer to truth and understanding.
Nevertheless, as the machines we make become more and more like our own minds, it is difficult to get rid of the feeling that they must contain or hide some important meaning.
In terms of this, the characters in the \"micro-serfs\" and \"The Last Best Thing ---
The nature of the digital technology they created promises some amazing forms of revelation.
Thirty years ago, the promise was neatly framed in the 1966 by Thomas Pinchin, the originator of all Silicon Valley novels.
Pinjin\'s heroine, odipa Mas, stood on the hillside and looked out at a development called San Nesso.
It happens to be in Southern California, but it\'s easy to be Santa Clara)
: When she looks for clues to a conspiracy private mail system that may have existed for centuries, Pinchin\'s heroine will never be able to determine whether her hint of the Grand pattern is true or not, or just a metaphysical static.
Today\'s Silicon Valley writers are more convinced than ever that they can let our boards give up their secrets as long as they work hard enough.
But, like the Russian dipuz of Pinchin, they can never be sure that they are right ---or just loopy.