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Marco Arment helped bring Tumblr into existence, founded Instapaper and The Magazine, co-hosted the podcast Build & Analyze, created the Neutral podcast with Casey Liss and John Siracsua and from that with those two also started the Accidental Tech Podcast. He has a lot going on, but less than when we recorded this two-part podcast weeks ago. (This is part 2.)
Marco and I spoke just a few days before he finalized a deal to sell
the majority interest in Instapaper, and, in fact, I had no idea it was
about to go down, as Marco was finalizing the sale. Go back and listen
to Episode #20: So Successful That He Fired Himself (part 1) for how Tumblr and Instapaper grew.
In part 2, we talk about Marco’s podcasts, The Magazine, blogging, advertising, and related topics.
We mentioned a number of audio tools. At the high end, you find Pro Tools (with which this show is edited) and Logic. Less expensive options include Garageband (included with Macs and purchasable as an update), Audacity (free, and available for many platforms), and Amadeus Pro ($60 for Mac OS X).
Instapaper has a regularly updated set of recommended articles to read called The Feature that was formerly called Give Me Something to Read. The Pulse app was pulled temporarily in 2010 from the App Store due to a complaint by the New York Times about use of trademarks.
We talked about the issue of viewing ads on a page before saving the
content to read later. Instapaper once had a bypass option. Pocket also
used to offer something like this, but its current browser extensions save the active, viewable page or all open tabs (that have already loaded the pages).
Both Marco and I are big fans of the Çingleton conference, at which we both spoke in its 2012 version; Guy English, one of its organizers; and Paul Kafasis, head of Rogue Amoeba, which makes great audio software.
Marco faces plagues of trolls, especially at Hacker News,
where there is a peculiar amount of anger at him for his blunt
statements about software and hardware that people seem to take awfully
personally. Marco’s essay on “Anti-Apple Anger” explains why people get mad when you make something great that they can’t get everything they want from. Jamelle Bouie’s “And Read All Over” appeared first in The Magazine, but generated the most interest a month later when he posted it on his own site.