"The site is reliable. Outages are rare and brief. The site has servers in San Jose and Sacramento, for better resiliency in case of a California earthquake."
Front page review:
“One dude in his underpants somewhere who has five windows open to terminal servers.”
"The site has a sane business model that would be familiar to your grandparents."
"As every year, I'd like to thank all Pinboard users, old and new, for their support and their custom. I know there are lots of rival bookmarking services out there.
I will consume them, one by one, like I consumed the pie."
Can't really overstate the coolness of this dude
Q: What happens if the guy who runs Pinboard gets hit by a bus?
A: The bus is likely to be fine. They don't go very fast and are designed with passenger safety in mind.
Love it. Also, I'm looking to quit my job and do small SaaS products for income, and this dude has really encouraged me to pursue it.
if he'd added a paragraph that said he'd put some $$ in escrow and some code/instructions with his will/lawyer the site will continue to run with a contractor while the business is auctioned off to one of it's users (or some such) I'd be much happier. as it stands - one guy in his underwear with a service that may or may not exist next year.
> Flounder, Pinboard.in
The reason I left was not so much the outage itself but the fact that I paid for the service, while the free ones were right there available for me (Delicious anyone?). I felt a bit silly paying for the vibe and not something more primary.
EDIT: This was years ago, hopefully it’s more reliable now though I haven’t been following them too closely.
Additionally, Pinboard bought Delicious. The free ones aren't very good about staying in business owing to the fact that they all have costs but no revenue. Thus his claim to eventually eat them all because he has a simple, profitable, business model.
I now have to pay him and ask for an invoice just to experience this :-)
But it's enough to just "talk" to the "Finanzamt" to already get a baseline €1000 tax-deductible expense, without even needing to show them anything. Which makes me wonder, why not just deduct this from all income taxes, if you're willing to grant it to everyone, without any proof.
Sorry for sounding cynical now, but "dumb" and "busy" people are naturally disadvantaged from this system. That's not exactly... helping anyone. Except those who profit from the motto "A sucker born every minute!". But even they'd have more advantages, if their "suckers" had more cash at their disposal...
For most people, the withhholdings match exactly the actual income tax or the December deductions are automatically adjusted so that they are (Lohnsteuerjahresausgleich) so there is no benefit in filing taxes.
Of course the system could be much better but I don't agree with the assessment that they keep money from the poor either purposefully or by negligence.
Furthermore, I did file my taxes as an employee once, and got some €80 back, so I considered it a waste of time.
My student friends at the time swore that I should do this, because of the 1k€ "Werbungskosten", and they also got about €80 out of it, but they were earning far less, so I don't know how the maths behind that is all supposed to work out.
I'm in an entirely different situation now, I run my own company, but no employees, and have yet to talk to a tax advisor. I'll know more by the end of the year, but trust me that there is some (in my subjective opinion, of course, objective) truth in the sentence, that "rich and poor are segregated by tax systems" and this is no coincidence.
If you have the same income each month (and there haven't been changes in law during the year) each monthly payment covers exactly 1/12 of your income tax. So in that case, the December payment is the same.
Do to different circumstances you might still get small sums back, as you noticed
I also like knowing that some of my $$$ is helping him do things like that.
It's the preferred means of communication for my utility company in the event of a blackout.
Some companies have contests for free swag; I've gotten an Atlassian hoodie and some hand tools from Digi-Key.
His blog is also filled with tasty bits like that.