Silicon Stories is a serious book about business and technology, but it should not be taken too seriously. Many of us in the technology industry have the self-destructive tendency to let the sound of our own wheels drive us crazy. The irreverent flights-of-fancy and the tongue-in-cheek style of Silicon Stories are intended as a governor, reducing the often mind-numbing blandness of techno-speak.
Plato wrote, "There is no such thing as teaching, only remembering. We have learned everything there is to learn, the more we seek to learn, the more we must realize that seeking and learning is all remembrance" (Meno, 79C-81A). Many authors appear to be converging on similar memories at the same time.
In that sense, Silicon Stories is not groundbreaking. However, it is often the angle at which light shines upon a thing that allows us to see something new in it. There are numerous angles in this book that hopefully contribute significantly to our collective memories.
The first three chapters are chock full of information and set the stage for the remainder of the text, therefore they should be read in their natural order. Subsequent chapters were written to stand-alone and can be perused in whatever order the reader’s interest dictates. For you techno-humor aficionados, please be sure to read chapter 5, “The Missing Factory”.
If this book makes you laugh, that is goodness. If it makes you laugh at the author, that is even better. I have had a damn good time laughing at myself. You may even have an epiphany or two. Enjoy.