Why Instapaper Free is taking an extended vacation – good stuff from Marco here. Check out the commentary from Michael, “I would much rather pay (say) $10 for an app that I’ve tried and know that I like, than buy a bunch of similar apps for $1-5 each and then throw away the ones that turn out not to be as good. Paying for what you use, rather that what you can be induced to buy-to-try, sends better signals to developers about what’s good and also would lead to more meaningful top-10 charts in the store for users.” Amen!
Perl, MD5, and Unicode – “I have a much longer blog post brewing in my head about how they never tell you in Computer Science classes that 80-90% of your programming time in the real world it dealing with failures, exceptional cases, and general debugging.” It’s bits like this that has kept Jeremy’s blog in my feed list for years.
The book is dead – “Theres a case to be made that the site should be delisted because its f*cking useless, but its existence in search results does not bolster Davids argument that Google is ‘encouraging’ piracy.”