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Meh, the problem and it's solution isn't that original so I wouldn't scream ripoff just yet. Also The other site want's you to install an extension. In my personal experience (a while back so don't know current situation) it was a bit buggy, and the offline reading thing didn't work very well. With this you can have sort of the same (minus offline reading). I still prefer delicious (tag: toread or towatch) though, have to admit I'm a bit of a fan of the delicious site, so I'm not that objective.

Edit: How do you plan to monetize this service? Or is this more for fun?

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There really aren't any plans to monetize it. If it manages to cover it's own costs via donations or possibly ad sense, then I'd be happy.

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So you need someone who has lots of ambition AND doesn't object to put in a lot of work AND get a low paycheck AND is SOL when your startup dies. Good luck in finding that person.

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True, or to be laid off if you're considered 'too greedy'. Let's not forget your employers had this great idea and you should be happy to be honoured to contribute to that great idea. After all, you're jut a code monkey.

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Or are poor.

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True, but only at the beginning. I think if you were a great programmer, you would likely build something that made money and you would no longer be poor. This does seem like a chicken-or-the-egg dilemma, though, by not being able to develop something without easy access to docs. Apple Developer Connection is free, however.

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Tivo takes software under a free licence, redistibutes it, and takes every step possible you can't do the same thing. We see the same thing with some android handsets. Open source is freedom and creativity, we need to protect that freedom, if not, open source will die. Stallman understands this.

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safe_mode... [shudder x 3]

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Well, they sort of build/manage stuff for you.

So when you ask for pricing information, you get a call from a account manager, who helps you find what you need and offers a price. For instance if you need a server to do your email there are a lot of options and solutions to choose from, managed server or exchange mailboxes.

Ofcourse at that moment they'll try to sell you some more, like file hosting, terminal services etc...

It's just not a plan A, B and C with options x y z company.

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> Well, they sort of build/manage stuff for you.

And I don't want that. I know how to build/manage stuff, so I want to know how much it costs to have a server there. The less they have to do, the better for both of us - the only thing I need them for is to kick the hardware if it has a problem.

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You can tell your customer rep that. I'm sure he will oblige.

They just want to talk to you to get everything set up like you want/need it.

How much memory does your server need? Need a backup solution? How bout an apc module? What are the bandwith requirements, do you need multi or single gigabit lines? Like I said, their business works more on a case by case basis instead of select a, b or c and proceed to checkout. I'm not saying you have to join them, but they're a good, solid serviceprovider.

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Yeah, I don't want that crap, and view it as being annoying. Other people might find it necessary, or worth their money, so I don't think it's bad, it's just not for me.

I was thinking of getting a slice with Slicehost, but now I'm not so sure. I guess it's too early to tell what will happen.

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"But don't Macs have a larger share of the 'technically-minded-user' / 'geek' (whatever) market than Wintel?" Not in my experience... do you have the data to back that statement up?

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I'm pretty sure that here on Hacker News there's a pretty even split between Linux and OSX. There's even a pg essay on this phenomenon written a few years back that I'd link for you if I weren't on an iPod touch.

Edit: this should be it:

http://www.paulgraham.com/mac.html

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If the jQuery people, who produce this great framework at no cost AND under an open source licence, want to put flashing yellow polka dots in a marquee tag on their site, then that's fine with me.

If this disturbs you so much, then you have two options: don't use it or fork it. They won't loose a penny by you doing so.

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Well, most people who live there know what it is. :-) Luxembourgeois: I met both of them, and they suck. Just kidding. It's true: our little brother is often forgotten..

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