"I got bored a few times today and checked the WinQuote on my screen -- that's the extension that gives continuous updates on Microsoft's NASDAQ price. . . .
"Most staffers peek at WinQuote a few times a day. I mean, if you have 10,000 shares (and tons of staff members have way more), and the stock goes up a buck, you've just made ten grand! But then, if it goes down two dollars, you've just lost twenty grand. It's a real psychic yo-yo. Last April Fool's Day, someone fluctuated the price up and down by fifty dollars and half the staff had coronaries. . . .
"Susan's stock vests later this week, and she's going to have a vesting party. And then she's going to quit."
-- From "Microserfs," by Douglas Coupland, in the January edition of Wired magazine* * *