Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

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Macmillan, Feb 28, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 189 pages
17 Reviews
With a New Introduction by Jaron Lanier

A Salon Best Book of the Year

In 1997, the computer was still a relatively new tool---a sleek and unforgiving machine that was beyond the grasp of most users. With intimate and unflinching detail, software engineer Ellen Ullman examines the strange ecstasy of being at the forefront of the predominantly male technological revolution, and the difficulty of translating the inherent messiness of human life into artful and efficient code. Close to the Machine is an elegant and revelatory mediation on the dawn of the digital era.

  

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Review: Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

I was expecting something quite different from this book. Not knowing much about Ellen Ullman and going simply from the blurbs, I thought this would be the kind of optimistic corporate memoir that ... Read full review

Review: Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

User Review  - Isabella - Goodreads

Just excellent. Read full review

Contents

0 Space Is Numeric
1
1 Transactions
17
2 Sushi
39
3 Real Estate
53
4 Software and Suburbia
65
5 New Old and Middle Age
95
6 Virtuality
123
7 Money
149
8 The Passionate Engineer
175
9 Driving
185
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About the author (2012)

Ellen Ullman is an American computer programmer and author. She has written novels as well as articles for various publications, including Harper's Magazine, Wired, The New York Times, and Salon. Her essays and novels analyze the human side of the world of computer programming. Ullman earned a bachelorís degree †in English at Cornell University in the early 1970s. She then turned to business programming in the following years. She eventually began writing about her experiences as a programmer in 1995 when she wrote an essay titled "Out of Time: Reflections on the Programming Life." She lives in San Francisco.

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