Episode 147: Back To Real Work

Daniel’s home repair distraction, finding time to explore new WWDC goodies, Yosemite public beta, Apple’s continued home runs, and a metaphor on success in the App Store and… gym memberships?

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July 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm.

Episode 146: A Swift Bias

Manton and Daniel respond to feedback from last week about Swift dividing the Mac and iOS developer community, and discuss the impending shutdown of App.io’s brilliant web-based iOS app demos.

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  • Kill Swift, Fix Xcode – Tim Burks’s bug report to Apple imploring them to abandon Swift development.
  • Renaissance – Tim Burks’s iOS app-development conference.
  • Nu – Tim Burks’s ambitious, Objective-C-based programming language.
  • Swift Blog – Apple’s official blog for the Swift Programming Language.
  • MobileMe Blog – Short-lived Apple blog dedicated to updating customers about the status of MobileMe (via Cabel Sasser)
  • Surfin’ Safari – The WebKit team’s official blog.
  • Farewell App.io – Announcement from App.io that their demo-page style product will be shut down.
  • Diet Coda – Panic’s demo-page style deployment of App.io’s innovative iOS app preview technology.

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July 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm.

Episode 145: An Element Of Academic-ness

Daniel and Manton talk about the iPhone 6′s allegedly improved glass, our continuing resolve to postpone Swift adoption, and raise the question of whether Swift will split the platform’s developers into two language camps.

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July 9, 2014 at 2:42 pm.

Episode 144: Hyper-Paranoid Seclusion Attitude

Manton and Daniel discuss July 4th, Kevin Hoctor and the indie dream, and the heart & soul of Apple and whether they can scale their engineering teams geographically across the world.

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  • Fulfilling a Dream – Kevin Hoctor’s post about leaving indie life to work for Apple.
  • MoneyWell – Kevin’s personal finance accounting software for Mac and iOS.
  • Connected Flow – Fraser Speirs’s defunct indie software company.
  • Cocoa Radio – Blake Burris’s original Cocoa interview podcast.
  • CocoaRadio – Justin Williams’s new Cocoa interview podcast.
  • Radio, Live Transmission – Archive.org mirror of Buzz’s original post about being on Cocoa Radio.
  • Silenced by Self – Daniel’s critique of Buzz’s refusal to be on Cocoa Radio.
  • From the Factory Floor – MacTech Magazine feature that sometimes included interviews with Apple employees.

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July 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm.

Episode 143: Artisanal PR Pitches

Google I/O Keynote, wearables, Material Design, and conference admissions policies.

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  • Google I/O 2014 – Official page for the Google developer conference.
  • 17 Important Things – The Verge’s round-up of the announcements in Google’s keynote.
  • Android Wear – Google’s new standard for watches and other wearable computers.
  • Material Design – Google’s new visual and UX guidelines.
  • Multiplane – Manton’s 2013 comparison of iOS 7 to Disney’s multiplane camera.
  • Polymer – Google’s open source web application framework.
  • Boston Dynamics – Robotics company whose acquisition by Google probably inspired one protestor during the keynote.
  • XOXO 2014 – Portland, OR arts and technology conference.
  • Kickstarter Rules – Not a free-for-all, but perhaps less stringent than they used to be.

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June 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm.

Episode 142: Well And Truly Worn Down

Manton and Daniel discuss Amazon’s new Fire phone, the amount of consumer faith we place in Apple and Amazon, and the state of Sandboxing on the Mac after WWDC.

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  • Amazon Fire Phone - Amazon’s new phone.
  • CDNow - Super early online retailer that started as a Telnet service.
  • Fire Phone Developer Portal - Amazon’s online resources for Fire Phone developers.
  • Amazon Dynamic Pricing - Article that alludes to customer-specific pricing and quotes Amazon denying they do it.
  • Camel Camel Camel - Amazon price-tracking site.
  • Amazon for iOS - The iOS version of the app that features nifty real-world product scanning.
  • Coda - Panic’s venerable web site editor.
  • Clipstart - Manton’s video-management app for Mac.
  • FastScripts - Daniel’s script-management and execution utility for Mac.

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June 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm.

Episode 141: Thinking Faster And Looser

Daniel and Manton reflect on the news from WWDC a week later, and weigh the advantages of diving into the wealth of new stuff vs. the pragmatism of sticking to the known to ship meaningful updates sooner.

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June 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm.

Episode 140: WWDC 2014 Special

Manton and Daniel react to the WWDC 2014 Keynote.

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  • Swift Programming Language – Apple’s documentation for the language slated to become the default for Cocoa development.
  • iOS 8 – Apple’s preview page for iOS 8.
  • One Continuous Experience – John Gruber’s tweet about Apple vs. Microsoft approach to platform integration.
  • OpenDoc – Apple’s ancient, botched attempt to integrate Mac apps with modular, reusable code modules.
  • iCloud Drive – New feature from Apple that aims to address the more Dropbox-like general filesystem-based cloud storage.
  • File a Bug – Marco Arment’s complaint about Apple’s treatment of bug filers.
  • File a Bug – Daniel’s response to Marco’s post, encouraging people to file anyway.
  • When You Were Young – The Killers.

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June 2, 2014 at 10:34 pm.

Episode 139: A Minor Diversion This Week

In anticipation of WWDC week, Manton and Daniel discuss predictions for the event, rumors of an Apple home automation bombshell, and their game plan for socializing and learning at AltConf and peripheral events.

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  • This is Healthbook – Mark Gurman’s scoop on Apple’s predicted health and fitness tracking software.
  • Apple’s Nest – Daniel’s post from earlier this year wishing for touchscreen, smarter Airport Expresses.
  • Accidental Tech Podcast – Good podcast from some guys we like.
  • Attendee List – Adam Swinden’s effort to catalog the various self-admitting attendees of WWDC or peripheral events.
  • WWDC Parties 2014 – GitHub project from Orta Therox dedicated to listing various WWDC-week parties.
  • WWDCParties.com – Another resource for folks looking for “something to do” … in case walking around meeting everybody isn’t enough ;)
  • AltConf – The preeminent alternative conference to WWDC. Free, and being held across the street.

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May 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm.

Episode 138: If It Doesn’t Work For Panic

Manton and Daniel acknowledge a birthday celebrated by working, discuss the perils of open source dependencies, react to Apple’s new WWDC App, and lament Panic’s Coda sandboxing saga.

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  • Mercurial – Daniel’s preferred version control system.
  • TinyMCE – Open-source JavaScript-based HTML rich editor.
  • Node.js – A popular JavaScript application framework.
  • Jake – A make-like build tool for, you guessed it, JavaScript and Node.js.
  • ant – Java-based build tool.
  • Duncan Davidson – Many-talented engineer and photographer who also significantly developed ant.
  • WWDC app – The updated official app from Apple for WWDC 2014.
  • Coda 2.5 – Panic’s post about giving up on sandboxing Coda for the time being.
  • Sandboxing and Clipstart – Manton’s 2012 post about the decision to pull Clipstart from the Mac App Store.

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May 21, 2014 at 2:01 pm.