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Moving your Google +1s to Pinboard

2 min read

So the +1 button on the web is riding off into the sunset.  But you can still make good use of the data that you've collected over the years via Google Takeout!  I like to keep my bookmarks in Pinboard, so here's how I did it and you can too.

Export

1. Visit https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout in your browser.  You'll see something like this:

2. Click Select None, then click on the checkmark next to +1s.

3. Scroll to the bottom and click Next

4. The next screen has some choices for file format.  Change if you want, but the defaults should be fine and will email you a link to a zip file you can download.

5. You'll receive an email with a link to the zip file.  Expand the file and you'll find something like this:

 

Import to Pinboard

Now that you have the +1s.html file you can import it to Pinboard.  (Or other sites that support the Netscape Bookmark file format)

1. Pinboard 'tags' imports with the name of the file.  I wanted to use the tag 'plusone' so I renamed my file from +1s.html to plusones.html

2. Next visit the Pinboard settings page, then click import (or just click on this link)  You'll see something like this:

3. Click on the Choose File button, select your html file (in my case plusones.html) and click upload.

4. After a little bit of time Pinboard will have your imported bookmarks!  You can then view all of them based on the tag (plusones).  Click on the tag and you can browse/clean them up. Woohoo!

 

Other Places

Once you have the exported bookmark html file you can also import to other products.

Contact me if you have more.  I'll add them here!

 

 

Robots, not in disguise created by signwavingrobot.com

Robots, not in disguise created by signwavingrobot.com

Do you want robot taxes?  This is how you get robot taxes.

 

http://www.signwavingrobot.com/

 

Challenge: Redesign classic games for DAU and ARPU metrics. I'll start: Monopoly - do not pass go for 24 hours unless you buy these gems.

 

The Mail Must Go Through - Decentralized Customer Service

1 min read

Some kudos to the US Postal Service.  I sent Express Mail to a PO Box for Saturday delivery.  Saturday comes and  I realize that the post office is only open from 8 to 10:30, but delivery is only guaranteed by 3pm.  Oops.

So I look up the Post Office and notice that a local number is available.  With skepticism I called the local number.  3 rings later I'm talking to a small-town Postmaster.  She knows the recipient, takes the tracking number and promises to call back.  15 minutes later she has found out where it was and promised to receive it after hours and deliver it.

Shocked I ask her what can I do to thank you.  Her response is simple - "The mail must go through!".

 

Typo of the day -- MEATADATA

 
 

Telling the Guatemala based @UPS phone support reps that "Even Comcast gives you a 2 hour window" is a losing strategy

 

“Digital objects last forever—or five years, whichever comes first."

1 min read

“Digital objects last forever—or five years, whichever comes first."

You owe it to yourself to read "Through A Glass, Darkly: Technical, Policy, and Financial Actions to Avert the Coming Digital Dark Ages"  Saving the bits isn't enough.

 

A Christmas message from Björk.

A Christmas message from Björk.

Wishing everyone the curiosity, surreality and poetry of the season.

 

Paid for AF4 shipping, got BE1