Whenever I lose confidence in my ideas, I think about how Jeff felt about the first iPhone

That time Dropbox was announced on Hackernews

Yes, Brandon. Those are things that all Linux users enjoy setting up and maintaining on a routine basis whenever they change a system

@cypnk This gives me a LOT of confidence, holy shit! I also find the quote from a Decca record executive who turned down the Beatles: "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out."

@calculsoberic Oh, that's a golden example. Talk about kicking out the golden egg laying goose

@cypnk I know, seriously!! There are probably countless examples, come to think of it.

@cypnk I remember friends at university in 2009/10 trying to convince me that early Android phones were better than my iPhone 3G 😂

"It's better because it has a keyboard, and I can copy & paste" they said while waving their chonky T-Mobile G1s & Motorola Milestones!

@TrechNex Oh, the nostalgia

I remember those Motos though. They were basically crime stopping bricks 😂

@TrechNex @cypnk tbf I still think keyboards are better than not having keyboards (and currently use a BlackBerry Key2)

and the Motorola Droid/Milestone is tiny compared to modern phones (a bit thick, but otherwise…)

@bhtooefr @TrechNex I really liked the slider models giving a full keyboard and a full touchscreen, but they never seemed to do either quite right

For my tiny hands, the Key2 still feel humongous

Even now, it's probably why the 9900 still feels just right for me. Even with a tiny screen, I could write a novel on that thing

@Lumeinshin At least the future will smell like pine trees and burning plastic

@ezrayun Haha! Also reminds me of the Dropbox launch

Hoo boy did that have a "quite" a few naysayers

@cypnk Ah i forgot to toot you this back then:

Basically Hacker News is not a reliable predictor of success.

Reasoning surpasses opinions.

@cypnk Also you'd have to constantly re-status your source control, which is fuck that shit. Dropbox is useful because it's "magic".

@mdhughes I honestly feel bad for that guy. Obviously, I can't read minds, but I doubt he stepped out of himself while writing that. Which is a shame, cause he turned out to be a smart dude

@cypnk have to admit, even tho i was never on hn [shudder], back at the time, i *did* think "isn't this just a poor implementation of cached nfs?"

@robey It seems so obvious in retrospect, but there really wasn't anything like Dropbox at the time

I think the biggest problem they solved was friction. May not have been large friction, but for someone not as tech savvy, it made all the difference in the world

@cypnk yeah! in retrospect, everyone hated NFS, nobody could get it to work well, and a lot of IT was reluctant to set it up...

i had a more nuanced view of dropbox's sync strategy, since i used to work at danger

"they solved the multi-way sync problem... by just... choosing not to solve it? ... they just pick an arbitrary version of the file?! and tell the user they should try not to do that?!?!" [walks deep into the forest to meditate]

but it's totally "good enough"

@robey @cypnk Credit where credit is due: Lotus Notes pioneered the "I can't merge your documents so here's a new copy of one of them with the attribute $CONFLICT set and done as a reply to the winner" algorithm.
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