Seems hard to argue against this.
> The topic of picodollars has become something of an ongoing debate between us, with Patrick insisting that they communicate a fundamental lack of seriousness and sabotage Tarsnap's success as a business, and me insisting that using they communicate exactly what I want to communicate, and attract precisely the customer base I want to have.
This is the most important line from the post IMO. (Small typo btw.)
I admire and am envious of Colin. He's making a good living doing something he likes that he built himself, selling a service that has real value, and without sacrificing his integrity in some way.
I think wealth can be a sort of drug where people want more and more and will do anything to get it -- whether it's selling user data, manipulating people with dopamine rushes, lying, making money off of nazis, or whatever. It doesn't have to be that way.
Just to be clear, I don't think that pricing Tarsnap in picodollars is a matter of integrity. Nobody would suffer if I got rid of picodollars.
It's one part whimsy and about nine parts branding. Just like how Stripe launched with a curl command line on the front page of their website, the presence of the word "picodollars" is a shibboleth which says "we're geeks, just like you".
I'm a very happy customer, btw. Thanks for your work!
I can't remember if it was there at the very beginning; but the $/GB translation has been there for years.