Episode 166: I Should Be Making A Mac App

Manton and Daniel talk about the Hour of Code campaign, reflect upon talking to kids about code, and answer listener questions about selling directly to customers on the web, and managing source code for multiple platform and OS targets.

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  • Hour of Code – Global campaign to encourage non-coders to take a swing at coding.
  • Code.org – Organizers of Hour of Code.
  • iTunes Hour of Code – Feature from Apple listing apps, books, and podcasts pertinent to coding.
  • First Coding President – Wired claims Obama became the first President of the United States to write a computer program.
  • National Novel Writing Month – Organization for encouraging budding authors.
  • Aquatic Prime – Cryptographic license code software, originally by Lucas Newman.
  • Kagi – Venerable payment processing company.
  • Stripe – Modern, developer-friendly payment processing company.
  • FastSpring – Payment processing plus hosting infrastructure in one product.
  • PotionStore – Andy Kim’s Ruby-based web software sales package.

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December 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm.

Episode 165: Unflappable Xcode Bravado

Daniel and Manton talk about growing complexity of Apple’s various Xcode project targets, Daniel’s fledgling iOS share extension, Manton’s winding-down Twitter apps, and the ironies of Twitter’s great developer support for platforms other than Twitter.

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December 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm.

Episode 164: One Of Those Weird Self-Doubt Moods

Manton and Daniel discuss WatchKit, poor conference planning, podcasting anxiety, and the difference between a $0 Billion and $1 Billion web service.

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  • WatchKit – Apple’s new SDK enables 3rd party apps for the watch.
  • Wireless Markup Language – Wikipedia page describing WML and WAP mobile development tech.
  • Butts – Steve Streza’s first WatchKit app.
  • CocoaConf Boston 2014 – The conference that Daniel almost neglected to open for.
  • Raizlabs Tweet – The fateful tweet that reminded me I had the dates wrong.
  • Mac Power Users – Podcast that will soon be airing an interview with Manton.
  • Roderick on the Line – A super podcast featuring Merlin Mann and John Roderick.
  • Battledecks SxSW 2008 – Example of the ultimate contest of extemporaneous speaking.
  • $1B Slack – TechCrunch’s reporting on Slack’s purported $1B value.
  • Searchpath – Manton’s considerably less valuable web search service.
  • Campfire – Comparable product to Slack, from Basecamp née 37signals.
  • HipChat – Another group-chat solution, from Atlassian.
  • Set Your Priorities – Joel Spolsky on the problems with “consultingware”.

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November 20, 2014 at 7:11 am.

Episode 163: Just Send Me The Slides

Daniel and Manton discuss Apple’s growing engineering presence outside of Cupertino, weigh the merits of minimally and maximally viable products, and address Daniel’s persistent fear of public speaking.

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November 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm.

Episode 162: Double Down On That

Manton and Daniel talk about momentum in shipping software, and how arbitrary deadlines, lucky breaks, and the presence of new system features can all get the movement going again. They also revisit Apple’s app review stance in the wake of PCalc’s recent short-lived rejection.

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  • Black Ink – Daniel’s Mac-based crossword solving app.
  • Timed Releases – Facebook’s announcement that it would release an update every month.
  • “Just 1068 Days” – Gus Mueller’s classic post about going indie.
  • Long and Winding Road – Paul Kim of Noodlesoft on his route to indie success.
  • Luck Being Indie – Manton’s short post about taking advantage of opportunities.
  • FastScripts – Daniel’s relatively un-profitable script utility that nonetheless had a big windfall.
  • Tweet Library – Manton’s Twitter client for iOS.
  • Tweet Marker – Manton’s infrastructural place-saving service for Twitter.
  • PCalc – Long-lived, well regarded calculator app for iOS and Mac.
  • No Longer Rejecting – Good news from TechCrunch for James Thomson, developer of PCalc.

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November 8, 2014 at 7:18 am.

Episode 161: A Microwave Popcorn Genius

Daniel and Manton draw premature conclusions about celebrities in tech, take stock of our own product goals, and weigh the costs of adopting Apple’s latest SDKs vs. sticking with a tried-and-true build environment.

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  • Taylor Swift’s 1989 – Manton reflects upon challenging perceptions of Taylor Swift’s music.
  • Hollywood – Kim Kardashian’s iOS game.
  • Vector 61 – Christina Warren and the Vector crew talk about Kardashian’s game.
  • It started as a joke – The official creation myth for Paul Newman’s salad dressing.
  • Technical debt – Wikipedia article for anybody unfamiliar with the (valuable, IMHO) concept.
  • Clipstart – Manton’s video-management app for Mac.

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October 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm.

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.