Episode 218: They Just Burned All The Goodwill

Manton and Daniel talk about Apple’s current and future stock price, and their potential to branch out into other technologies such as virtual reality. They discuss Facebook’s shuttering of Parse and the implications for iOS developers and Facebook’s PR. Finally, they respond to listener Q&A about getting up to speed on using and implementing your own web services.

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February 4, 2016 at 9:20 pm.

Episode 217: Surely I Can Get This Done

Daniel talks to Manton about his new podcast, Timetable. The two discuss unmet goals and the risk of perpetually failing to meet one’s own expectations. They affirm the merits of releasing software updates often, and minimizing friction for procedures that companies should do often in order to succeed. Manton discusses his App Store rejection for a forthcoming product, and Daniel tries to talk him into changing his approach to marketing the paid version of his upcoming microblogging service.

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  • Timetable – Manton’s new podcast featuring short thoughts about indie business.
  • Kickstarter – Crowd-funding site on which Manton plans to launch a campaign.
  • Done! – Advice from 37 Signals about decisions being temporary.
  • FlexTime 1.3 – Daniel ships an update with changes that were mostly done a year ago.
  • Panic 2015 Report – Year-end summary from one of the Mac’s most beloved indie software companies.
  • Wii Transfer – Mantons’ discontinued Mac app for managing Nintendo Wii content.
  • Purchasing and Currencies – Sections of Apple review guidelines pertinent to Manton’s app rejection.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac desktop blogging app.
  • WordPress for iOS – Open source iOS blog editing app from WordPress.org.

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January 29, 2016 at 11:45 am.

Episode 216: I Won The Bet

Manton talks to Daniel about re-releasing Shush as Swish and the value of trademarking an app’s name. They discuss comments on blogs, and pros and cons of mixing business and. personal blogging. Finally, they recognize Manton’s partial return to Twitter and whether it constitutes Daniel winning a 3-year-old bet.

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  • Swish on the App Store – Daniel’s white noise app for iOS.
  • TESS – The US Patent Office’s trademark searching system.
  • Like Watching Paint Dry – Release Notes episode #140 on splitting company and personal blogs.
  • Red Sweater Blog – Daniel’s company blog, which used to be more of a personal blog.
  • Leaving the Mac App Store – Bohemian Coding with an example of a company blog post that criticizes Apple.
  • Pieter Omvlee – Founder of Bohemian Software and speaker at the Release Notes Conference.
  • Panic Blog – A company blog done well.
  • Manton.org – Manton’s personal blog, which incorporates business oriented articles.
  • Bitsplitting – Daniel’s personal, technology-oriented blog.
  • Indie Stack – Daniel’s personal, programming-oriented blog.
  • Civil – Portland, OR startup dedicated to increasing civility of online discourse.
  • Webmention – IndieWebCamp’s proposal to modernize “pingback” style notifications of URL linkage.
  • Disqus – Popular plug-and-play commenting system.
  • @manton2 – Manton’s second personal account on Twitter.
  • Not Back On Twitter – Brent Simmons on his decision to remove Twitter from his daily life.
  • I’ll Leave You With This – Manton Reece’s last tweet from his first personal account.
January 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm.

Episode 215: It Hardly Has Any Features

Daniel and Manton reflect on their experience at the Apple TV tech talks, brainstorm app category ideas for Apple TV, and discuss the use of Twitter for customer support and how a 10K text limit might impact that. They also talk about Apple’s iOS 9.3 preview, rumors of a new iPhone 4-inch model, and speculate whether WWDC would ever move from Moscone in SF.

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January 15, 2016 at 10:01 am.

Episode 214: You Of All People Should Understand

Manton and Daniel react to Twitter’s rumored plan to support 10K of text in tweets, answer listener Q&A about product versioning and milestone strategies, and check with thoughts on Swift upon Daniel’s completion of “reading the fine manual.”

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  • Twitter is Public Messaging – Jack Dorsey defendes the 10,000 character text attachment concept for tweets.
  • Welcome to the Dark Side – Manton Reece reacts to the 10K text proposal with comparison to Facebook.
  • Six Colors – A repository of Jason Snell’s (and Dan Moren’s) writing that lives independent of Twitter.
  • Milestone Strategies – Listener question from Sander van Dragt, whose name we pronounce many ways.
  • Swift Language Guide – Apple’s primary, high-level documentation about the many features of Swift.

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January 7, 2016 at 12:50 pm.

Episode 213: Fired Up To Make Software

Manton and Daniel celebrate iTunes Connect reopening, discuss Twitter 4.0 and scrutiny it received, compare end of year goals, and consider the value of a personal code of conduct for directing business ambitions.

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December 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm.

Episode 212: The Week Of No Rejections

Daniel and Manton discuss Apple’s annual iTunes Connect shutdown, Manton’s application for Slack’s developer venture fund, the magic of financially successful companies who remain seemingly small, and the relative merits of public vs. private social networks.

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December 24, 2015 at 11:53 am.

Episode 211: A Microcosm Of Your Life

Manton and Daniel discuss Apple TV development challenges, Apple’s executive team shakeup and its impact on the App Stores, and keeping a good attitude about successes and shortcomings as an ambitious indie developer.

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December 18, 2015 at 9:00 am.

Episode 210: They Pushed It To GitHub

Daniel and Manton react to Swift’s open-sourcing, and the extent to which it adds momentum to the language and increases its appeal. They also discuss the open-sourcing of Microsoft’s MarsEdit-esque blog editor, Windows Live Writer.

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  • Swift.org – Apple’s new home-page for the Swift open-source project.
  • WebKit.org – Another example of a major open source project from Apple.
  • Swift-Evolution – Apple’s project dedicated to mapping the future of Swift.
  • IBM Swift Sandbox – Interactive Swift compiler web page from IBM.
  • Perfect – Swift-based web server project.
  • Lasso – Old-school software from Perfect developer Kyle Jessup.
  • Ecto – The once-powerful competitor to MarsEdit.
  • OpenLiveWriter – Open-source blog editor based on Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer.
  • WordPress 4.4 – The latest open-source version of WordPress, code-named “Clifford.”
  • WordPress.com REST API – Server-side API against which Calypso is built.
  • WP REST API – Open-source API being gradually introduced to WordPress.org project.

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December 12, 2015 at 3:20 pm.

Episode 209: We Need A Grand Gesture

Manton and Daniel lament the long-standing shortcomings of the Mac App Store, discuss Bohemian Coding’s recent decision to pull Sketch from the store, and Daniel shares his growing admiration for Swift.

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  • Leaving the Mac App Store – Bohemian Coding’s announcement of Sketch departing the store.
  • Pieter Omvlee – Founder of Bohemian Coding and speaker at Release Notes.
  • Too Late? – Manton’s blog post about the prospects for saving the Mac App Store.
  • 59 Days – Round-up of Mac App Store news from Michael Tsai, including remark about his long approval delay.
  • Swift Expert – Daniel’s do{iOS} post-talk interview.
  • Swift Blog – Apple’s public blog about Swift, long predating the open-source project.

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December 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm.