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As a Picturelife customer with over 200gb of pictures backed up, and as an Everpix refugee, I really hope this turns out to be the case. If Picturelife disappears, I'm not going to start over somewhere else.


What are they removing? I find that they're constantly adding more and more. They're recommendations particularly just keep improving.


I am another very, very satisfied Everpix user who is sad to see them go. They did such a perfect job of increasing visibility on old photos and I've been sharing pictures like I never did with Facebook or any other social network. Such a shame.

I'm Currently looking at loom.com as a replacement, though they don't have the same cool Flashback feature that I loved.


If a company I worked at implemented this, and I knew about it, I'd quit. Despite the tagline about nobody liking micromanaging (not to mention being micromanaged), this is software that explicitly encourages micromanaging.

None of the metrics they track are directly tied to productivity, they're just ways for managers who don't trust their employees to be Big Brother with fewer uncomfortable personal interactions.


lbr 171 days ago | link

I agree. This product is mislabeled. It doesn't help you avoid micromanaging - it allows you to do so efficiently.

I think we can agree that this would be useful in low skill jobs. But would be perceived as insulting at most respectable companies who respect their employees.


pallandt 171 days ago | link

Concurred. "William has been coming in early this week." (first tooltip/person on homepage header), irrelevant and borderline creepy to actually log this into some monitoring software that someone is supposed to frequently use. I can almost hear Mr. Burns saying 'Excellent' while tenting his fingertips.


dwd 171 days ago | link

Insane, goes totally against the idea of less is more. The more inane coding for the sake of coding the better your numbers.

Where do you plug in the whiteboard or your notepad/sketchbook or is there a Theta/Alpha wave interface?


flippyhead 171 days ago | link

I never understood this pessimistic sentiment. It's just more data. Of course when evaluating the data you get, you have to consider the context -- people work on all kinds of things that may or may not be measured. Without it you don't have those metrics anyways.


nikatwork 171 days ago | link

Once upon a time, I was working lots of all-nighters and really busting my gut. Yet my boss was getting angry at me for no reason. Wtf? So eventually I sat him down and asked if there was a problem. Turns out he was tracking the wrong user when monitoring my after hours data, and he thought I was lying about my overtime. He was fuming and thinking about firing me.

Oh, you say. But he was just misusing the data! He should have collected more or different data! Look, the takeaway is that many managers will use this kind of data as a crutch, not a supplement. The employees will suffer and the biz will lose good staff. How about treating your staff like fucking adults, and if they are hitting the agreed delivery milestones, save your whip for the bedroom?

The most effective management system I have used was at Yahoo. You would fill in a daily and weekly TODO list on a wiki page, and the deltas were automatically emailed to your PM. Simple, respectful and effective.


flippyhead 170 days ago | link

> the takeaway is that many managers will use this kind of data as a crutch, not a supplement. The employees will suffer and the biz will lose good staff. How about treating your staff like fucking adults

I guess you have to ask yourself with what kind of people you want to work. Good/decent people (including managers) will use whatever data they've got to improve the lives of their co-workers and the prospects of the business. Where I work I have so much faith in the intentions and intellect of my co-workers I welcome sharing this kind of thing as I'm confident it will help me improve.

Not every workplace is filled with nefarious bosses out to spy on everything you do!


timdorr 171 days ago | link

Then you would absolute hate RescueTime: https://www.rescuetime.com/


RafiqM 171 days ago | link

I love RescueTime - for myself. I'd absolutely recommend that my employees use it, but with the caveat that I would never ask for the results. They can use it personally to improve their productivity, but it's just not right for someone else to be analysing their reports.


Just some background, this is by Mencius Moldbug, a.k.a. Curtis Yarvin, a.k.a. C. Guy Yarvin of Unqualified Reservations fame. It's been in the works for a long time and is certainly a serious project.




clarkm 205 days ago | link

Someone earlier in this thread mentioned his apparent disdain for PL research. If you want some background on his experiences, as well as some great musings on the current state of CS grad programs, I recommend these two articles:




mietek 205 days ago | link

I will not comment on the judgement passed upon the education system. The second article exhibits eristic tricks, obfuscatory language, and a plain confusion of ideas, especially when speaking about proof-carrying code and type theory.

It's interesting to see the author wishing for a Python of functional programming, and yet Hoon's syntax appears deliberately obscure.

However, there is one paragraph with which I wholeheartedly agree:

> I think the world could use a charity that funds creative programming. The software systems that people use today — don't even start me on "Web 2.0" — are awful and ancient, and hardly anyone has any reasonable plan to improve them. Free-software programmers are not at all bad at supporting themselves, but nothing like Xerox PARC exists today, and it should.

It should, and, hopefully, it will. Soon.


drewhk 204 days ago | link

Deliberately obscure, yes:

>We should note that in Nock and Hoon, 0 (pronounced “yes”) is true, and 1 (“no”) is false. Why? It’s fresh, it’s different, it’s new. And it’s annoying. And it keeps you on your toes. And it’s also just intuitively right.


clarkm 204 days ago | link

Well, it's no different than Unix:



samth 196 days ago | link

The fact that it's by a guy who's an unreconstructed racist and thinks the US is inevitably headed for anarcho-capitalist dystopia (except that he doesn't think it's dystopian) certainly reinforces my initial opinion that it's nuts.


It seems like the main complaints are that:

- It's iPhone only. This will, of course, change. They have to launch somewhere first.

- We already have public libraries and Overdrive. Sure, they are out there but they don't solve the problem that Oyster does. If you just want to flip through a bunch of books and see what you feel like reading, your current options are to go to a physical bookstore or library or hope Amazon or Google Books has enough to satisfy you in their limited previews. Imagine that as you're reading a book, you come across a reference another and being able to easily jump to the reference with no hassles like putting the book on hold (as is almost always the case on Overdrive) or reaching a check out limit or having to get in the car and go find a hard copy. Even the Kindle lenders library heavily restricts the number of books you can use at once. Having the full text of an ever-growing library at your fingertips is, if using Spotify is a close enough parallel, something that can't be fully appreciated until it's experienced.

- Price. If you usually buy at least one book a month and you can assume you'll probably do that indefinitely then it makes sense to instead start paying Oyster (or similar) indefinitely to get not one book a month, but all the books.

- Authors don't get paid. I think it's to early to say whether this will work out for authors or not. We don't know the business model. If it doesn't work for authors and publishers, they'll stop using it and Oyster will have to change their business model. In fact, this is the biggest risk as I see it. Netflix started with a good catalog and, for awhile, had a great catalog of movies. Now they're losing content and having to create their own, most of which I have no interest in. If publishers were to fall out of love with Oyster, Oyster's value would be severely diminished so they'll have to do what it takes to keep publishers (and hopefully by extension, authors) happy. One thing to consider, and maybe this is not as common as I'm guessing, but there are so many times where I've read a Kindle book and decided to buy a paper version to give the book a physical presence in my house. For certain authors, this could mean getting paid twice when people read their books.


epochwolf 224 days ago | link

I wish they had an iPad app or a way to send books to my kindle. Reading on my phone sucks. :(


zzzmarcus 298 days ago | link | parent | on: Do you really read?

Pot, kettle.


Checkout AeroFS, it's P2P, it can do versioning with the team server and has a pretty nice UI.


tobeportable 324 days ago | link

java signup magic ? i don't know man


Checkout Bitcasa [https://www.bitcasa.com/]. If I understand you correctly it does what you want. Their website is frustratingly scarce on technical details but I've tried it and it works as they describe it.


zachlatta 325 days ago | link

I've had nothing but frustrations with Bitcasa. They have good ideas, but I found their execution to be exceedingly buggy and unreliable.


Why would this be game over for AeroFS? Yes, BT Sync is direct competition, but I've used AeroFS for over two years now, since their early alphas and AeroFS works almost flawlessly for P2P sync. It also has S3 sync for their team server which works very well. AeroFS is free for everything BT Sync does, it's only when you get into features that BT Sync doesn't handle at all that you would need to pay for AeroFS. I think AeroFS could work on their marketing and software UX, but so could BT Sync.


bigiain 325 days ago | link

AeroFS's showstopper for me was no support for 32bit machines - my largest collection of storage is an old Mac Mini with half a dozen large usb drives plugged in, but AeroFS wont run on it. (and the single core Mac Mini can't be upgraded to a version of OS X that'll run 64bit java).


fakeer 324 days ago | link

Even AeroFS has Dropbox's handicap of 'you have to put everything in one folder' or mess around with symlinks. It ought to have been a little improvised at least.



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