Silicon Follies

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 22, 2001 - Fiction - 336 pages
Welcome to Silicon Valley -- where fortunes are fast, dating's dysfunctional, and computer geeks rule. Meet Paul Armstrong, a late-twenties computer "consultant" who sits in his cubicle at TeraMemory wondering where it all went horribly wrong.
"Well, I wasn't always a nerd. I started out as a liberal-arts type in college -- though I aggressively concealed this on my resume. Hiring managers don't like it. Non-technical outside interests. Bad sign."

Watch him order a latte from the ofŜce coffee cart and poke at his Chinese lunch special while his longtime pal Steve Hall, hacker extraordinaire, accuses him of selling out to The Man.
"When the money dries up, this place will be just like anywhere else. It was never the place, anyway -- that's what The Man will never understand."

Meet The Man himself: Barry Dominic, the ŝamboyant, lecherous, millionaire founder of TeraMemory. He insists they're poised to revolutionize networking with a cutting-edge technology, appropriately called WHIP.
"Nobody fucks with Barry Dominic."

That's where Liz Toulouse comes in. A Stanford English Lit grad and TeraMemory marketing associate, she accidentally cc's the entire company a snide e-mail about The Man's bad grammar on her very Ŝrst day....
"If only I'd had any idea. I'd have stayed in school. I'd have changed majors. Gotten a master's. Anything."

Welcome to Silicon Follies, a hilarious dot.comedy of ambition and disillusionment in a land of luck, loss, and sometimes even love.
 

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Subtitled "a dot.comedy," Scoville's formula-beset debut concerns romantic, social, and office politics in the boom economy of California's Silicon Valley.Paul is adrift. In college he dreamed of ... Read full review

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Contents

Adrift Among the Cubicles
1
The Disinhibition of Market Leaders
8
Hacked in Seattle
13
The Claw and the Classifieds
18
Addressed for Success
22
Large Number Eleven at the Tung Kee Noodle House
28
Death by a Thousand Emails
33
Psychrist The Semiotic Demolition Derby and Deathmatch 3000
38
Barry and the Big Red Bong
164
Steve Draws a Bead on the Man
170
Candys Comdex Freakout
174
Last ChanceSquatters Off Highway 17
179
Comdex BurlesqueBarry Preaches to the Choir as Paul DuctTapes the Demos
184
CauseAndEffect Breaks Down in the Lab
188
Liz and Pauls Dating Game
198
Teramemory Stock Catches Fire Productivity Plummets
202

Liz Faces the Wrath of the Nerd King
45
The WHIP comes Down on Paul
49
Liz Descends to the Engineers Level
55
Why Barry Carries a MIG Stick
61
Managing for Total Chaos
65
Programming in Vampire Mode
70
Where Elite Geeks Meet to Eatand Run
75
Looking for a Gal Whos Quick with a Vaporizer
80
Wizards with Harvard Degees and 4000 Suits
86
The Womens Locker Room GameDecathlon of the Flesh
91
No Boundaries for Barrys Libido
95
Liz Regroups at the Chateau
101
Stalking the Wild Frys Salesperson
105
Barrys Announces the Death of the Nerd Maverick
111
Zeb Cats Dragons Eyes and the Valleys Gertrude Stein
115
The Guru gives a Pep Talk
120
The Doom Server Atop the Throne of Infinite Logic
128
The Sysadmin vs the World
134
Afterglow of the Robotic Inferno
140
Fire off the Press Releases Sales Force Start your Engines
146
Marketing Mutiny and the Magic love Burrito
150
Kikis Salon Des RefuseesNo CyberTalk Please
154
Whats an NDA between Friends?
159
Hackers of the world UniteGeeks Plot Palace Coup
207
Kikis Cryptic ErrandShady Deals in the Apricot Orchard
213
IpoWhered Pauls Office Go?
219
Bidding for a Date with the Love CFO on the Ebay of Love
224
The Lowly Sysadmin moves One Step closer to Barry
230
Liz wins the tugofwar between heart and cubicle
237
Four days to ship and the bugs are everywhere
242
Hot words as Barry barbecues his board
247
The bad newswhip gets whipped by pundits
251
Barry dines on candy at fleur de lys
256
Barry loses billions over breakfast
262
The Contractors Contractormigrant labor on steroids
268
Layoffcandy gets taken out with the trash
273
Disappearing boxsters mistaken hot tubs and necrophilia in the footlights
279
Caterers become cable moguls Barry flies down under
285
the rich man and the sea
290
Paul flames outLiz and Laurel cash in
294
silence at 40minute
301
Barrys singularity ship without a captain
307
Mixed reactionsconflicting emotions in Barrys wake
312
Laurel moves out Paul moves in and a CEO goes UFO
319
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After more than a decade of making "sturdy but unnotable" contributions to a number of Silicon Valley companies - startups and behemoths - THOMAS SCOVILLE began a shadow career as a writer, pundit, and Internet provocateur. A number of Scoville's projects have become cult favorites among infotechies: "The Silicon Valley Tarrot" (produced by Steve Jackson Games), "The Elements of Style: Unix as Literature"(published by Performance Computing), and " An Undying Affection" and "Whence the Source" (both published by O'Reilly online, and adopted as manifestos for the Open Source/anti-Microsoft movement). His articles and essays have appeared in Salon.com, The Wall Street Journal, and The San Jose Mercury News. Articles about his work have appeared in Newsweek, The Associated Press, Information Week, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

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