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Someone Is Using My Instapaper

Do you recognize these articles? I don’t. And yet, imagine my surprise when yesterday morning this is what my Instapaper queue looked like. I emailed Marco but he’s on his way back from a conference right now and probably hasn’t seen it. But it begs the question, what’s happening?

It gets worse. I just logged in to try and start cleaning the feed up so I can start using Instapaper again, and there are even MORE articles:

This person is clearly a web developer. This person has similar interests to me, but skews much more into programming knowledge and resources that I don’t even understand. These are not my articles.

I don’t necessarily want to delete everything because I don’t know how this is going to get resolved. I don’t want this other person to lose their articles. And I have a local copy of all of my articles from the previous day, so my queue is safe no matter what. But I’d like my queue to be my queue again. And I’d like to know how someone is pasting to mine.

I just changed my password. So best I can figure, there’s either a horrible database problem, or someone is using my Instapaper email address by mistake. Maybe the hash that builds the random email addresses is messed up?

If you or someone you love is responsible for these articles, please let me know. I’m not mad, I just want us to go on about our separate lives again!

You can reach out directly to me on Twitter or via email at dserio /at/ gmail /dot/ com.

The difference between iPad and tablet buyers

Sound observation from Marco Arment. He created Instapaper and an increasingly influential voice in web tech a'la Daring Fireball: 

My theory is that there’s an iPad market, not a “tablet market” — that people want the iPad and specifically seek it out without comparing it to other tablets.

A “tablet market” suggests that people first decide they want a tablet, then they comparison-shop and choose the one that best fits their needs and budget, like buying a dishwasher.


Marco Arment (of Instapaper and Tumblr) talking about how you only need a few hours a week, a great idea, and a solid technical foundation to have a great product.

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Marco Arment talks about the early days of Tumblr, living on a farm, and why he only makes an iOS version of Instapaper