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The founder of Pinboard on why understanding fandom is good for business - The Verge
Maciej Cegłowski fields feature requests in a Google Doc
Subscription-based bookmarking site Pinboard is a one-man operation, founded and maintained by former Yahoo engineer and slightly eccentric Silicon Valley figure Maciej Cegłowski. Last week, it managed to acquire its longtime rival, Delicious, for a paltry $35,000, in what appeared on its surface to be a standard story of dog-eat-dog.
But behind every boring story is a smaller, more interesting story. Delicious may be largely lost to the internet, but it leaves behind a valuable lesson on understanding users — specifically those that belong to a massive online subculture.
pinboard  business  delicious 
yesterday by rgl7194
Meet the World’s Cheapest Venture Capitalist | WIRED
MACIEJ CEGŁOWSKI’S NEW startup fund was the toast of Silicon Valley on Friday, lighting up Twitter, winning top billing on the elite Hacker News forum, and drawing dozens of applications from would-be portfolio companies. The fund’s draw: Extreme stinginess.
The Pinboard Investment Co-Prosperity Cloud, as the fund is called, offers chosen startups all of $37 in venture capital. Not $37 million, like you might get from the uber-investors on Silicon Valley’s Sand Hill Road, or $37,000, like what YCombinator and other incubators offer. Thirty-seven crisp George Washingtons.
pinboard  startup  business  finances 
yesterday by rgl7194
Idle Words
On September 18, the British Channel 4 ran a news segment with the headline, 'Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon.'
The piece claims that “users searching for a common chemical compound used in food production are offered the ingredients to produce explosive black powder” on Amazon’s website, and that “steel ball bearings often used as shrapnel” are also promoted on the page, in some cases as items that other customers also bought.
The ‘common chemical compound’ in Channel 4’s report is potassium nitrate, an ingredient used in curing meat. If you go to Amazon’s page to order a half-kilo bag of the stuff, you’ll see the suggested items include sulfur and charcoal, the other two ingredients of gunpowder. (Unlike Channel 4, I am comfortable revealing the secrets of this 1000-year-old technology.)
google  facebook  algorithm  fake_news  news  pinboard 
yesterday by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: 'The Real Story in This Mess Is Not the Threat That Algorithms Pose to Amazon Shoppers, but the Threat That Algorithms Pose to Journalism'
Maciej Ceglowski, demolishing a “news” story that spread around the world claiming that Amazon’s suggestions were helping people make bombs, when in fact they were helping people conduct high school chemistry experiments:
The real story in this mess is not the threat that algorithms pose to Amazon shoppers, but the threat that algorithms pose to journalism. By forcing reporters to optimize every story for clicks, not giving them time to check or contextualize their reporting, and requiring them to race to publish follow-on articles on every topic, the clickbait economics of online media encourage carelessness and drama. This is particularly true for technical topics outside the reporter’s area of expertise.
google  facebook  algorithm  fake_news  news  pinboard  daring_fireball 
yesterday by rgl7194
Pinboard - antisocial bookmarking
Here's a userstyle to address some of the ugliness of the Markdown note display:
@namespace url(;

@-moz-document domain("") {
blockquote.note {
font-family: Menlo, Open Sans, Arial, helvetica;

blockquote.note a:hover {
text-decoration: underline !important;

code {
margin: inherit !important;
padding: 0 3px 2px;
color: #222;
background: #efefef;
font-family: Ubuntu Mono,Roboto,DejaVu Sans Mono,monaco,courier,monospace;
userstyle  annoyance  solution  pinboard 
3 days ago by kme
Anatomy of a Crushing (Pinboard Blog)
Much later we would learn that the problem was in the tags table. In the early days of Pinboard, I had set it up like this:

create table tags
tag char(255),
bookmark_id int,
unique index (tag, bookmark_id)
Notice the fixed-length char instead of the saner variable-length varchar. This meant MySQL had to use 765 bytes per tag just for that one field, no matter how short the actual tag was[***]. I'm sure what was going through my head was something like 'fixed-width rows will make it faster to query this table. Now how about another beer!'.

Having made this brilliant design decision, I so thoroughly forgot about it that in later days I was never able to figure out why our tags table took forever to load from backup. The indexes all seemed sane, and yet it took ages to re-generate the table. But of course what had happened was the table had swollen to monstruous size, sprawling over 80 GB of disk space. Adding to this table and updating its bloated index consumed three quarters of the write time for every bookmark.
3 days ago by HM0880
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3 days ago by HM0880
How to Quickly Access Your Pinboard Bookmarks Using LaunchBar, TextExpander and Related Apps – CogZest
How to Quickly Access Your Pinboard Bookmarks Using LaunchBar, TextExpander and Related Apps - Added December 20, 2016 at 11:00AM
app-textexpander  pinboard  productivity  read2of 
4 days ago by xenocid
Pinboard on Twitter: "Fantasies for when I get really rich: appliances that don’t beep, and a TV that can flip through channels quickly, like it did in 1991"
Favorite tweet:

Fantasies for when I get really rich: appliances that don’t beep, and a TV that can flip through channels quickly, like it did in 1991

— Pinboard (@Pinboard) September 21, 2017
IFTTT  Twitter  Pinboard 
4 days ago by booc0mtaco
Seit dem Enke-Tod beginnt in Sportredaktionen ein Nachdenken über die Vergabe von Spielernoten: Selbst Bild will sensibler werden. Bei diesem „Nachdenken“ gehe es auch um „den Umgang mit Tabus oder die Frage nach dem öffentlichen Druck auf einen Profispieler“. via Pocket
IFTTT  Pocket  pinboard  tobookmarks 
5 days ago by schmitz
This Product Prioritization System Nabbed Pandora 70 Million Monthly Users with Just 40 Engineers | First Round Review
When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, Pandora employed fewer than 40 engineers. via Pocket
pinboard  product 
6 days ago by lfcipriani

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