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  1. Apr 2022
    1. The Hori key enters a Hori lock in such a way as to affirm your suspicion that every key you’ve ever inserted into every lock throughout your entire life was a sham. A false combination — jittery, sticky, imprecise. You realize how badly cut, forged by shoddy means, all the keys you own currently are. Using this Hori key and lock combination is similar to how you might have felt the first time you ever touched a masterfully finished piece of wood — shock at that glassy smoothness you didn’t think could be brought out from the material. The key enters. Within perfectly milled chambers, the driver pins — attenuated by precisely tensioned springs — push against the key pins as the key slides forward in the keyway. The driver pins align to a dead-straight shear line and you feel the key settle with a satisfaction of a meticulously-measured thing spooning its Platonic opposite. Then you twist. The movement of the bolt away from the frame is so smooth — the door having been hung by some god of carpentry with the accuracy of a proton collision path — that you gasp, actually gasp, at the mechanism.

      I love the visceral way Craig Mod describes these Hori key/lock mechanisms. Makes me want to go out and buy one.

  2. Jul 2021
    1. resist vendor locking

      This is a monumental reason for carefully choosing our suppliers. If I weren't able to export everything that I annotate from places like Readwise I would not be their customer.

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  6. Oct 2020
    1. manually specifying the order isn't really a great solution (as tempting as it sounds) because you'll probably have broken behaviour if you subsequently move away from Rollup.
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  9. Apr 2020
    1. They are proof that our openness about our data formats means that you do not have to fear data lock-in.
    2. It’s this third way that we avoid lock-in that is relevant to today’s topic. Our data format design is specified well enough so that people with no connection to AgileBits can write software to be able to handle it.
    1. If you don't—or can't—lock your users in, the best way to compete is to innovate at a breakneck pace. Let's use Google Search as an example. It's a product that cannot lock users in: users don't have to install software to use it; they don't have to upload data to use it; they don't have to sign two-year contracts; and if they decide to try another search engine, they merely type it into their browser's location bar, and they're off and running.
    2. it is far preferable to spend your engineering effort on innovation than it is to build bigger walls and stronger doors that prevent users from leaving
    3. Want to keep your users? Just make it easy for them to leave.
    4. Users are starting to realize, however, that as they store more and more of their personal data in services that are not physically accessible, they run the risk of losing vast swaths of their online legacy if they don't have a means of removing their data.
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  13. Nov 2017
    1. Publishers previously lost a lot of revenue from textbooks because many students bought secondhand, rented, pirated or just skipped buying textbooks altogether. Inclusive-access programs have changed that.