Episode 296: I’m Almost Never Surfing

Manton and Daniel react to the announcement at Apple’s annual iPhone event, comparing notes on the allure of the iPhone X, Apple Watch 3, and new Apple TV. They talk about the impressiveness of all the significant product updates being made in parallel, and lament the slightly confusing state it leaves the high end iPhone market in.

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Links:

  • Say Hello to the Future – Apple’s marketing page for the iPhone X.
  • iPhone 8 – The best iPhone money can buy … for the next few weeks.
  • X Man – John Gruber’s arguments ahead of the event that iPhone X should be pronounced “Ex”.
  • Here’s What I Think… – Dan Counsell also predicted an “Ex” pronunciation.
  • iOS 11 – Coming September 19th.
  • Fall 2017 Videos – Substantial release of new instructional videos from Apple.
  • Apple Watch Series 3 – Now featuring an option for LTE connection direct to the watch.
  • Schlitterbahn – Texas-based water park and a good place to hunt for Manton’s wallet.
  • MSN TV – Wikipedia page about MSN TV, which was WebTV before Microsoft acquired it.
September 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm.

Episode 295: Turns Out I Have To Write The Code

Daniel and Manton follow up briefly on Manton’s backup strategy, and catch up with Daniel’s progress with MarsEdit. They talk about the merits of using cryptographic signing for software licenses, and balance the risks and rewards of combatting piracy. Daniel talks about the recurring lure of taking a salaried job, and how the privileges of staying indie continue to win out. Finally, they look forward to next week’s iPhone event and the expected hardware announcements from Apple.

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  • Dropbox – A major component of Manton’s backup strategy.
  • Drobo – Local hard drive backup option.
  • Arq – Mac and Windows desktop backup solution.
  • Amazon CloudDrive – Article about the end of Amazon’s unlimited cloud storage service.
  • Whole Foods – The American supermarket chain that Amazon recently acquired.
  • GitHub – Git hosting service that doubles as a redundant backup for Manton’s source code.
  • Motivation – Daniel’s tweet lamenting the impact of learning how much peers are paid.
  • Miss Being Indie – Bill Dudney replies to Daniel’s Twitter quip.
  • Teachers or Journalists – Jon Seff reminds Daniel that many others live differently from high paid tech workers.
  • Your Voice & Work – Anil Dash on the importance of indie software developers to society.
  • Making the Wrong Choices – Axel Schlueter offers a dissenting point of view.
  • Secret Workout Facility – Apple shares details about its extensive on-site research into employee workouts.
September 9, 2017 at 8:07 am.

Episode 294: I Remain Unconvinced

Manton and Daniel react to Chris Lattner’s move to Google Brain, and whether it affects his continued involvement with the Swift project. They also talk about news divulging Apple’s focus on self-driving technology research for project Titan. Finally, they follow up on the subscription software conversation, and discuss Crashplan’s announced shutdown of their consumer backup service.

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August 24, 2017 at 7:00 am.

Episode 293: This Might Make Sense To You

Daniel and Manton react to the Ulyssess text editor’s switch to subscription pricing, and debate whether users expect subscription software to require obvious ongoing developer investment. They also compare notes as they look toward finishing up on summer goals, and tacking all the “little things” that get in the way of completing a project.

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  • Digimarc: The best mobile scanning solution today. The only solution for tomorrow.
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Links:

  • Ulysses Switches to Subscription – Blog post from the developers announcing the change.
  • TextExpander – Mac based keyboard expansion tool that went subscription last year.
  • Sketch – Mac design app with an annual payment approach.
  • Scrivener – Mac and iOS writing app that is committed to remaining subscription-free.
  • Setapp – Mac subscription service providing access to many apps for a set price.
  • An Upwards Trend – Numbers from Dan Counsell reflecting his experience as a developer participating in Setapp.
  • Screens – Mac based screensharing app that is also part of Setapp.
  • help.micro.blog – Manton’s Jekyll-based FAQ for Micro.blog.
  • Micro.blog App – Now available in the iOS App Store.
August 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm.

Episode 292: People Arriving Slamming Doors

Daniel and Manton are finally both at home again. Well, sort of. They compare notes about time spent working on JavaScript-based text editors, and the challenge of supporting two high level modes in an app. They talk about the new “Freelance” channel on the Core Intuition Slack, and reflect on the allure of and challenges of balancing freelance work with full-time indie ambitions.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.

Links:

  • Markdown – Text-based HTML generator for the web.
  • TinyMCE – Open-source, rich text HTML editor.
  • Ulyssess – Popular Mac and iOS writing app.
  • Editorial – iOS editing app that Manton uses.
  • Scotty – Friend of the Mac and iOS community, and suggester of #freelance Slack channel.
  • Core Intuition Slack – Join the conversation.
  • WeWork – Manton’s coworking space.
August 11, 2017 at 12:01 pm.

Episode 291: Driving Home In One Day

Daniel catches up with Manton in Santa Fe, NM, on his way home from buying a used Volvo in Seattle. They chat about Micro.blog’s slowly expanding user base, the difficulty of working on the road, and options for crossposting from various services to and from Micro.blog.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

Links:

  • James Kim Family – Story of a family that was misrouted by navigation to a deadly fate.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s short-form blogging platform.
  • Wilco – A rock band with a diverse fan base.
  • Instagram API – Media endpoints for the API with notably lacking ability to upload new photos.
  • Micro.blog photos from MarsEdit – Manton’s post about the enhancment of Micro.blog to support the MetaWeblog API.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s blog-editing app for the Mac.
  • Micropub – An open API for publishing blog content.
  • OwnYourGram – Cross-posting service for content published to Instagram.
  • Connecting with Instagram – Micro.blog help article about autoposting Instagram content.
August 4, 2017 at 7:15 pm.

Episode 290: The Best Software That Doesn’t Sell

Manton catches up with Daniel, who is traveling in Santa Cruz. They talk about Daniel’s determination to push through on MarsEdit release plans in the face of enviable releases from other developers. They discuss Apple’s new Machine Learning blog, and fantasize about other technical “journals” emerging from other groups. Finally, they acknowledge the imminent shutdown of the Core Intuition job board, and relate it to the more general difficulty of killing off apps and other projects.

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  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.
  • Digimarc: The best mobile scanning solution today. The only solution for tomorrow.

Links:

  • Transmit 5 – Panic’s file transfer app for Mac.
  • Machine Learning Journal – Apple’s new semi-academic blog about machine learning technology.
  • Jekyll – Open source static site publishing tool.
  • Swift Blog – Another public-facing technical blog from Apple.
  • Develop Magazine – Article archives for Apple’s traditional MacOS developer magazine.
  • Guides and Sample Code – The closest we could get to a direct link to Sample Code.
  • Core Intuition Jobs Shutting Down – Manton writes about the rationale for shutting down the jobs board.
  • Clarion – Daniel’s beloved music interval training app for Mac.
  • Clipstart – Manton’s movie management app for Mac.
  • Tweet Library – Manton’s Twitter client for iOS that shouldn’t be updated for 64-bit support.
July 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

Episode 289: A Little More On The Drastic Side

Daniel and Manton reflect on the MarsEdit 4 beta, the bugs it’s revealed, and the impact on Daniel’s schedule urgency. They also react to Apple’s purported “sense of panic” about the iPhone 8: is it a true indicator of problems, or just the status quo for the company? Finally they respond to a listener question about the long-term viability of the Mac and other desktop platforms as the iPad continues to mature.

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  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.

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July 14, 2017 at 9:41 pm.

Episode 288: Blogging Is Quote-unquote Dead

Manton talks to Daniel about his just-released MarsEdit 4 beta. They discuss the anxiety caused by sitting on unreleased features, and other rationale in favor of a public beta. Daniel talks about the anticipated income boost from the new version, and how it might confirm or deny viability of indie Mac development. Finally, they remember 10 years of iPhone, and laugh about the phones they used previously.

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  • MarsEdit 4 Public Beta – Daniel’s blog post announcing the preview release of MarsEdit 4.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service, currently in private beta.
  • It Felt Impossible – Manton’s reminiscence of iPhone launch day, including links to several of his tweets on the day.
  • Perfect Ten – John Gruber’s reflections on ten years of iPhone.
  • Daniel’s First iPhone – Dan Moren’s picture of Daniel on August 10, 2007.
  • Kyocera Oystr – Daniel’s go-to cell phone before making the leap to iPhone.
  • Core Intuition Episode 1 – The first very episode, released on May 29, 2008
  • One Device – New book chronicling the early history of iPhone development.
  • Creating Magic – Interview event by the Computer History Museum with Scott Forstall and original iPhone team members.
July 8, 2017 at 2:22 pm.

Episode 287: All The Money In The World

Daniel and Manton react to Chris Lattner’s early departure from Tesla, and segue into speculation about his job prospects, and the challenges of effective technical interviews. They talk about the new frameworks announced at WWDC, and overcoming fear of incompetence when learning new things. Finally, they react to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation, and think about what’s next for the company.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.
  • Digimarc: The best mobile scanning solution today. The only solution for tomorrow.

Links:

  • Tesla Isn’t a Good Fit – Chris Lattner announces his departure from Tesla.
  • Core ML – Apple’s new machine learning framework.
  • AR Kit – Apple’s new augmented reality framework.
  • Magical Code – Daniel’s 2006 blog post about being undaunted by programming technologies.
  • Featured Videos – The six videos that Apple evidently thinks most developers should watch.
  • Uber’s Perpetual Second Chance – Manton’s blog post about Uber’s repeated failures to do right.
  • Kalanick Resigns – TechCrunch article on Uber’s CEO stepping down.
  • Bozoma St. John – Former Apple Music marketing lead who left for Uber.
  • The Holder Report – Eric Holder’s assessment of the systemic problems at Uber and what to do about them.
June 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm.