Episode 200: A Subscription For Nothing

Special guest Marco Arment joins Manton and Daniel for a lively, longer conversation about his enthusiasm for keeping the podcasting market diverse, hints about progress towards Overcast 2.0, and his atypical approach to customer support. The three also talk about the value of non-monetary priorities in development, and the pros and cons of “scratching one’s itch” in software pursuits.

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October 1, 2015 at 8:18 pm.

Episode 199: It’s Going To Be Insanely Good

Manton buys a “new” iPhone and Daniel buys a modern one. They discuss the new U.S. phone-financing payment programs, Apple’s rumored new car coming in 2019, and Manton’s plea to listeners to understand his argument for web access on Apple TV.

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  • iPhone 5s – Manton gets a new phone but opts to stick with the smaller form factor.
  • iPhone 6s – Daniel goes for the top of the line, but stays away from plus.
  • Apple Car 2019 – The Wall Street Journal article suggests Apple has 2019 as its target for shipping a car.
  • Sony – A once-great electronics company that may have taken on too many industries.
  • Tesla Motors – A leader in the electric car business.
  • Quest for a Fantastic Future – Ashlee Vance book about Elon Musk.
  • The Talk Show #131 – John Gruber and Rene Ritchie talk up Apple’s interior construction abilities.
  • The Web Without HTML – Manton responds to feedback about his pro-web Apple TV stance.
  • Wrap-up Thoughts on the TV Web – Manton let’s Gruber have the last word … well, almost!

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September 25, 2015 at 9:00 am.

Episode 198: Let’s Assume It’s A Good Idea

Manton and Daniel discuss the Apple TV Developer Kit, speculate about the original plans Apple had for these devices, dig into the lack of web support and whether the TV could in fact feature a great web browser.

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September 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm.

Episode 197: Uncomfortably Similar

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s September 9 event, consider the iPad Pro’s potential impact on the future of the Mac, and remark on Apple’s unusual decision to provide early hardware to developers for the new Apple TV.

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September 10, 2015 at 9:50 am.

Episode 196: That Stupid Large Phone

Manton and Daniel talk about some of the expected products to be announced at Apple’s September 9 event, including an updated Apple TV, iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, and new iPad mini.

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  • New Apple TV – John Paczkowski from Buzzfeed has the scoop on new, $149 Apple TV.
  • iPad Pro – Mark Gurman from 9to5Mac says to expect a new iPad pro with a stylus!.
  • iPhone Comparison – Apple’s feature comparison for the current lineup of iPhone 6 and 5 models.
  • Craig Hockenberry – The only guy we know who could use an iPad mini as a phone.

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September 4, 2015 at 10:20 am.

Episode 195: They’re Going The Right Direction Now

Daniel asks what it will take to get Manton back on Twitter, we discuss support for RSS as an emblem of being part of the “open web,” and we look at Apple’s new ATS requirements and what they mean for apps that must continue to access non-HTTPS and less secure HTTPS sites.

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  • Manton, MI – One of Manton’s geographic namesakes.
  • Manton, CA – And another!
  • Manton’s Return to Twitter – Well, his blog about about what it will take!
  • IFTTT – A popular site for orchestrating the interplay of data and events on the web.
  • Dave Winer – Internet legend whose contributions to RSS, XML-RPC, and more are wide-reaching.
  • App Transport Security – Tech note from Apple about the nuances of the new technology.
  • Shipping an App with ATS – Tim Ekl of Omni writes a good summary about the technology and how to approach it.

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August 29, 2015 at 10:00 am.

Episode 194: I Couldn’t Help Them If I Wanted To

Manton celebrates indie life by going on vacation on day two, the taboo against “working” on vacation, and the appeal of “work-cations” as an indie developer. Apphub.io and the limits of Apple’s review guidlines, is AppHub.io the best developer experience?

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  • Louvre Museum – A museum in Paris that Manton didn’t make it to.
  • Franklin Park Zoo – The free Chicago zoo that Daniel may have called Franklin Park on the show.
  • Vagabonding Europe – Michael Tyson’s blog about traveling Europe as an indie developer.
  • React Native – Facebook’s framework for native mobile apps based in JavaScript.
  • Reactive Cocoa – Not related to React Native.
  • Schwa Gets Popcorn – Jonathan Wight reacts to the AppHub.io announcement.
  • AppHub.io – Service promises to help React Native developers skip Apple’s App Store review.
  • Riverfold – Manton’s full-time job, where he’s worked a total of two days in the past two weeks ;)

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August 21, 2015 at 8:20 am.

Episode 193: Throw Money Randomly At Problems

Daniel and Manton discuss the temptation to conserve money when outsourcing could save precious time, the challenge of resisting the attraction of doing everything on one’s own, and the many advantages of running a dedicated build & release server.

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  • SpamSieve – Powerful Mac-based spam filtering app from C-Command Software.
  • MailRoute – Exceptional (so far!) server-side spam filtering service.
  • Marco on MailRoute – The sponsorship blurb that pushed me to try it.
  • BareMetrics – The $69/month service that Manton insists is worth the dough.
  • FastMail – A popular email hosting service that is not Google.
  • iOS Build Infrastucture – The engineers at Square share their dedicated build server approach.
  • Riverfold – Manton’s full-time self-employer.

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August 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm.

Episode 192: I Should Probably Celebrate

Daniel and Manton acknowledge celebration as a survival tactic, discuss the urgency of making ends meet as an indie, and examine changes underway at Twitter with interim CEO Jack Dorsey.

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July 31, 2015 at 11:55 am.

Episode 191: It’s The End Of An Era

Manton and Daniel discuss Manton’s big decision to quit his job and go full-time indie. They also discuss the challenges of freeing up one’s mind to focus on work, the freedom of indie development, and the psychological benefits of a dedicated workplace.

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  • The First Weekend – Manton breaks the news that he will be quitting his job and going full-time indie.
  • Full Time Indie – Daniel responds to Manton’s news.
  • Riverfold Software – Manton’s Mac, iOS and web software company.
  • VitalSource – Manton’s employer of 14 years.
  • We Work – Co-working space with offices available in Austin, TX, among other places.
  • Capitol Factory – Austin-based co-working space.

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July 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm.