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High Scalability: Scaling Pinterest

Using mature, reliable, widespread tools isn’t just about scaling more easily — it’s about being as low-needs as possible so you can spend more of your time and attention on things that matter more to you.

Marco Arment's conclusion here is a smart observation on dealing with problems of scalability in web services, but it could also apply to just about any area of tool use. I like fiddling with my tools, systems, and processes as much as the next guy, but at some point I just want to get stuff done. More and more I've been simplifying my toolsets so that I spend my energy on creating, not on infrastructure.

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