Episode 195: They’re Going The Right Direction Now

Daniel asks what it will take to get Manton back on Twitter, we discuss support for RSS as an emblem of being part of the “open web,” and we look at Apple’s new ATS requirements and what they mean for apps that must continue to access non-HTTPS and less secure HTTPS sites.

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  • Manton, MI – One of Manton’s geographic namesakes.
  • Manton, CA – And another!
  • Manton’s Return to Twitter – Well, his blog about about what it will take!
  • IFTTT – A popular site for orchestrating the interplay of data and events on the web.
  • Dave Winer – Internet legend whose contributions to RSS, XML-RPC, and more are wide-reaching.
  • App Transport Security – Tech note from Apple about the nuances of the new technology.
  • Shipping an App with ATS – Tim Ekl of Omni writes a good summary about the technology and how to approach it.

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August 29, 2015 at 10:00 am.

Episode 194: I Couldn’t Help Them If I Wanted To

Manton celebrates indie life by going on vacation on day two, the taboo against “working” on vacation, and the appeal of “work-cations” as an indie developer. Apphub.io and the limits of Apple’s review guidlines, is AppHub.io the best developer experience?

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  • Louvre Museum – A museum in Paris that Manton didn’t make it to.
  • Franklin Park Zoo – The free Chicago zoo that Daniel may have called Franklin Park on the show.
  • Vagabonding Europe – Michael Tyson’s blog about traveling Europe as an indie developer.
  • React Native – Facebook’s framework for native mobile apps based in JavaScript.
  • Reactive Cocoa – Not related to React Native.
  • Schwa Gets Popcorn – Jonathan Wight reacts to the AppHub.io announcement.
  • AppHub.io – Service promises to help React Native developers skip Apple’s App Store review.
  • Riverfold – Manton’s full-time job, where he’s worked a total of two days in the past two weeks ;)

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August 21, 2015 at 8:20 am.

Episode 193: Throw Money Randomly At Problems

Daniel and Manton discuss the temptation to conserve money when outsourcing could save precious time, the challenge of resisting the attraction of doing everything on one’s own, and the many advantages of running a dedicated build & release server.

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  • SpamSieve – Powerful Mac-based spam filtering app from C-Command Software.
  • MailRoute – Exceptional (so far!) server-side spam filtering service.
  • Marco on MailRoute – The sponsorship blurb that pushed me to try it.
  • BareMetrics – The $69/month service that Manton insists is worth the dough.
  • FastMail – A popular email hosting service that is not Google.
  • iOS Build Infrastucture – The engineers at Square share their dedicated build server approach.
  • Riverfold – Manton’s full-time self-employer.

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August 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm.

Episode 192: I Should Probably Celebrate

Daniel and Manton acknowledge celebration as a survival tactic, discuss the urgency of making ends meet as an indie, and examine changes underway at Twitter with interim CEO Jack Dorsey.

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July 31, 2015 at 11:55 am.

Episode 191: It’s The End Of An Era

Manton and Daniel discuss Manton’s big decision to quit his job and go full-time indie. They also discuss the challenges of freeing up one’s mind to focus on work, the freedom of indie development, and the psychological benefits of a dedicated workplace.

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  • The First Weekend – Manton breaks the news that he will be quitting his job and going full-time indie.
  • Full Time Indie – Daniel responds to Manton’s news.
  • Riverfold Software – Manton’s Mac, iOS and web software company.
  • VitalSource – Manton’s employer of 14 years.
  • We Work – Co-working space with offices available in Austin, TX, among other places.
  • Capitol Factory – Austin-based co-working space.

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July 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm.

Episode 190: They Become Lifelong Fans

Daniel and Manton talk about customer support attitudes & techniques, sustainable pricing as a pre-requisite to providing good support, and more generally to supporting the kind of company you want to run or work for.

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  • FogBugz – Email-based support and ticket-tracking system from Fog Creek.
  • Zendesk – Another popular email-based support and ticket-tracking system.
  • Great User Support – Daniel’s talk from NSConference about customer service.
  • Omni Support Lab – The Omni Group’s adventures in face-to-face support (and free usability testing!).

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July 18, 2015 at 11:55 am.

Episode 189: Welcome To The Club

Manton and Daniel consider the debate over whether Apple is impeding the advancement of web technologies, the company’s tendency to “drag their feet” in many arenas, and their higher priorities.

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July 11, 2015 at 10:20 am.

Episode 188: We All Learned Something Today

Daniel and Manton talk about the 10.10.4 release without discoveryd, Apple Music with Beats 1, and the efficacy of filing bugs with Apple.

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  • Jenkins – An ugly yet effective Java-based continuous integration solution.
  • (Mac) OS X 10.10.4 – Apple’s latest official OS X update “improves network reliability.”
  • Beats Music – The music streaming service which Apple has superseded with Apple Music
  • Apple Needs Beats Music – Before Apple acquired Beats, Manton argues for the value of doing so.
  • Apple Music – Music now has a top level directory URL position on Apple.com.
  • Beats 1 Radio – The custom Apple domain name that, intriguingly, redirects to Tumblr.

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July 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm.

Episode 187: You Suck at Marketing

Daniel and Manton talk more about WWDC, watchOS 2.0, and the value of being first to market with a product.

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  • watchOS 2 – Apple teaser site for the forthcoming Apple Watch OS upgrade.
  • Photoshop – The venerable image editing app with a huge installed base.
  • Acorn – Indie image editing app with a smaller, but passionate user base.
  • Pixelmator – Another popular image editing app for the Mac.
  • eBay – Come on, its eBay, you know what it is!
  • ello.co – Venture-backed, ad-free Twitter alternative.
  • Why Ello Isn’t Enough – Blog post by Manton about the inherent problems of centralized social networks.

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June 26, 2015 at 9:49 am.

Episode 186: I Don’t Wanna Brag Or Anything

Manton and Daniel discuss their impressions of the biggest news from WWDC, and answer related questions from the Core Intuition Slack team.

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  • OS X v10.11 – Developer documentation summarizing the key changes in 10.11.
  • iOS 9 Preview – Marketing preview of upcoming features in iOS 9
  • Xcode 7.0 Beta – Summary of new features for Apple’s IDE.
  • Swift 2.0 – Blog post from Apple highlighting changes in Swift.
  • CloudKit Web Services – Preliminary docs for Apple’s web-serving API for CloudKit.
  • Safari View Controller – WWDC session introducing the new view for embedding a complete Safari-like browsing experiencing in your app.

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June 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm.