by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Sep 29, 2012   ⋅   East Palo Alto, CA

Eh. Interesting, but don't feel bad about not reading this book.

I had a mixed feelings about this one. It described strange culture of Microsoft and their corporate environment. I can assume some stuff changed till now (2012), but I wonder how much is preserved.

My personal experiences shows that the most technically skilled people are just normal, not “freaky”, and they have normal life and families.

Of course there’s nothing wrong in spending 20 hours straight trying to figure out technical problem in your source code. However when it’s your job’s habit, it’s less fun

Descriptions made me think about “The Soul of a New Machine”, which was similar, and Apple environment described in “iCON” and several others, so it looks like very geeky behavior across all hi-tech companies in early computer age.

There’s a psychological element in the book, which I liked.

There’s a deep moral too.

You’re likely to enjoy it. If I were to recommend you the last book in your life, this wouldn’t be the one. Other than that however, it’s worth reading.

“The Lean Startup”
“Dreaming in code”

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me