Close to the Machine

In celebration of Ellen Ullman’s classic coding memoir


Ghost Interactions, Real Human Consequences

smoke and mirrors and LinkedIn


More time is spent by real humans trying to figure out why certain things happen on…


Old and New Thoughts on “Close to the Machine”


From Ftrain.com, my blog, January, 2003

I just finished Ellen Ullman's Close to the Machine (City…

Arrogance and Obsession


Early in Close to the Machine, Ellen Ullman meets a corporate vice president dressed in a smooth black suit. The two get to talking about software; as the conversation…


Screen Burn: Revisiting Close To The Machine


In 1986 a Russian programmer named Alexey Pajitnov released a simple, elegant, and demonically addictive computer game called Tetris…


Close to the city


I’m writing this using software made in San Francisco. Not Cupertino or Mountain View or Menlo Park, but San Francisco.

When it comes to technology, the city has always seemed to orbit Silicon Valley at a distance: a small bright moon lending grace to the proceedings, but never quite participating. The way I heard it when I first arrived in the Bay Area…


Close to the Machine 


by Ellen Ullman

In January 2013, Ellen Ullman’s acclaimed new novel, By Blood, will be published in paperback. In celebration of that, we present

Close to the Machine
Close to the Machine

In celebration of Ellen Ullman’s classic coding memoir

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