Episode 160: The Guarantee Of Free Speech

Manton and Daniel are joined by very special guest Brent Simmons to talk about assorted topics including Brent’s podcast, Seattle, the Omni Group, and importantly, the promise of the internet as a guarantee of free speech.

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  • Inessential - Brent Simmons’s bastion of free speech on the internet.
  • What is Frontier? - Description of UserLand’s Frontier, courtesy of Dave Winer.
  • Scripting.com - Home page of Dave Winer.
  • The Record - Oral history podcast from Brent Simmons and Chris Parrish.
  • BusyMac - Seattle-area indie software shop founded by Dave Riggle and John Chaffee.
  • Roderick on the Line - Seattle-tinted podcast from John Roderick and Merlin Mann.
  • The Omni Group - Long-time Mac developers and new employers of Brent Simmons.
  • Vesper - iOS note-taking app from Brent Simmons, John Gruber, and Dave Wiskus.
  • Manila - An early blog publishing system.
  • Riverfold - Manton’s indie software business.
  • Twitpic shutting down - Announcement from the popular photo-hosting service.
  • Bitsplitting with Brent Simmons - Daniel’s interview with Brent.

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October 22, 2014 at 6:59 am.

Episode 159: A Moment In History And Time

Daniel and Manton observe the endings of Cingleton, Macworld Expo, and Glassboard, then revisit the issue of privacy policies in the wake of news from Apple that they’ll be more widely required.

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  • Çingleton – The Montréal based conference.
  • Macworld Expo Hiatus – Announcement from IDG that the venerable trade show would not go on.
  • Macworld Expo Is Over – Jason Snell’s less optimistic take on the Macworld “hiatus.”
  • Glassboard Closing Down – Official announcement that Glassboard will be shuttered November 1.
  • Moonshots – Justin Williams’s announcement from earlier this year that he was going all-in with Glassboard.
  • iubenda – Privacy policies as a service … with a weird name.
  • TermsFeed – Service offering more broadly-applicable legal boilerplate.

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October 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm.

Episode 158: The Timeline Experience

Manton and Daniel follow up on Apple’s delayed app approvals, TestFlight expectations, iCloud Drive compatibility, a long discussion on microblogging and the value of owning your own domain and content, and Manton teases a new project.

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October 8, 2014 at 6:56 am.

Episode 157: Not Quite Ready To Go

Daniel and Manton talk about Brent Simmons’s new job at the Omni Group, weigh the risks and rewards being indie vs. taking a full-time job, and despair about Apple’s current App Store review delays.

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October 2, 2014 at 8:11 am.

Episode 156: Too Small In A Good Way

Manton and Daniel react to the shipment of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, talk about the challenges of updating apps to look good on iPhone 6, and speculate about the future expectations for developers adapting to varying screen sizes and layouts.

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September 25, 2014 at 8:46 am.

Episode 155: A Microblog Shaped Hole In Your Heart

Daniel and Manton take stock of their off-the-cuff podcasting style, follow up on Apple Pay, discuss Tim Cook’s interview with Charlie Rose, celebrate the acquisition of Unread by Supertop, and get serious about the future of micro-blogging.

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September 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm.

Episode 154: The Apple Watch Event Special

Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s September, 2014 special event at the Flint Center in Cupertino. They work through questions surrounding the types of apps that Apple Watch may support, whether WatchKit may be Swift-only, and coming to terms with bigger iPhones.

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  • iPhone 6 – “Bigger than bigger” — ain’t that the truth?
  • Apple Watch – Apple’s massive new product category.
  • Nickel allergy – Condition that Daniel suffers from and hopefully does not affect Apple’s watch!
  • Swift Language – Apple’s newest programming language.
  • Location Services – Documentation from Apple about Location Services.
  • Apple vs. ITV – 2010 article about Apple’s thwarted plan to name the Apple TV iTV.
  • Stripe: Apple Pay – Documentation from Stripe about supporting Apple Pay purchases using their payment framework.

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September 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm.

Episode 153: Due For A Little Reality Distortion

Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s big event next week, the implications of holding it at a larger venue, what’s happening with the brand-new Apple campus, and the implications of Apple’s rumored payment solution on upstarts like Coin.

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September 3, 2014 at 7:12 am.

Episode 152: Stubborn About Great Things

Manton and Daniel speculate about iCloud Drive’s accessibility by non-Mac-App-Store apps, and talk about distributed version control systems and how Git emerged victorious among them.

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  • iCloud Drive – Apple’s public marketing for the upcoming cloud storage feature.
  • Dropbox – Widely-known and well-regarded cloud “drive” provider.
  • Document Provider Extensions – Apple solution that may allow e.g. Dropbox or another cloud storage solution to provide file browsers to any app.
  • Bazaar – Distributed version control system from Canonical.
  • Mercurial – Daniel’s preferred distributed version control system.
  • Git – You know, the distributed version control system that won.
  • GitHub – Value-adding Git hosting site widely credited with aiding Git’s success.
  • GitX – Recently maintained fork of an older, open source Git GUI client.
  • Tower – Popular Mac Git client which was recently updated.
  • Gitbox – Git client that Manton likes but which has not been updated often.
  • SourceTree – Git and Mercurial client for Mac.
  • Beanstalk – Git-hosting service that Manton preferred until giving into GitHub’s domination.
  • Bitbucket – Mercurial and Git hosting service run by Atlassian, the developers of SourceTree.
  • Kiln – Mercurial and Git hosting with a twist: access any repository from either technology.

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August 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm.

Episode 151: Enough Is Enough

Daniel and Manton speculate about Swift’s 1.0 release date, Manton visits NYC’s 5th Avenue Apple Store, and we follow up on Jared Sinclair and the challenge of succeeding on the app stores.

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  • Swift Blog – Apple’s casual source for news about the development of Swift.
  • Apple Store Fifth Avenue – The underground Manhattan store topped with a beautiful glass cube.
  • My New Job – Jared Sinclair announces his acceptance of a full-time job.
  • Unread – Jared Sinclair’s RSS app, which will be put into maintenance mode.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blogging app.
  • Sunlit – iOS photo-journaling app by Manton and Jonathan Hays.
  • App.net State of the Union – May announcement from App.net about the future of the service.
  • Ship Your App Weekly – Blog post by Klaas Pieter Annema encouraging frequent update releases.

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August 22, 2014 at 7:24 am.