Episode 274: Actually The Business I Want To Run

Manton and Daniel discuss Apple’s short-lived restrictions on editing App Store descriptions, weighing the merits of adding more semantic fields to App Store pages, and supporting a separate review process for metadata-only updates. They talk about Apple’s rejection of apps using Rollout.io technologies, and larger risks of depending on any 3rd party binaries or open source. Finally they consider the power of assuming certain labels such as “entrepreneur,” and how it frames your business thinking moving forward.

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Links:

  • Editing App Store Descriptions – 9to5mac reports on the change of policy by Apple, and subsequent reversion to status quo.
  • Firewatch – macOS game from Campo Santo and Panic.
  • Rollout.io Statement – Rollout responds to Apple’s rejection of apps using their hot-patch technology.
  • CocoaPods – A popular package manager for iOS and Mac.
  • SXSW – Austin-based film, music, and technology conference.
  • Open Coffee Club – Worldwide directory of meetups aimed at uniting investors and entrepreneurs.
  • Open Coffee Austin – Manton’s local club.
  • 15 Years of Blogging – Manton celebrates his long blogging career, and looks back at some favorite entries.
March 18, 2017 at 11:37 am.

Episode 273: Unquestionably Viable

Daniel and Manton rethink WWDC’s Apple Bash location, and celebrate the recently announced scholarship program for the conference. They catch up with Daniel’s productivity challenges, and lament the discipline required to finish any major release. Daniel checks in with his blogging habits and how they may relate to passion for MarsEdit. Finally, the two look to Marco Arment as an example of repeatedly trying new ideas and iterating on the aspects that work.

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March 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm.

Episode 272: The Cheap Hotels Are Gone

Manton catches Daniel up on Micro.blog process, while Daniel bemoans a loss of motivation and focus in recent months. They discuss strategies for increasing productivity through personal rules and changes of habit. Finally, they reflect upon the news that WWDC will return to San Jose, compare notes on plans to attend, and wonder about US border policy’s potential impact on international attendance to the conference.

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Links:

  • New Schedule for Usernames – Manton’s latest Micro.blog campaign update.
  • OmniFocus – Personal productivity app from The Omni Group.
  • SelfControl – Open source time management utility for blocking access to distracting websites.
  • WWDC17 – Announcement from Apple about this year’s developer conference.
  • Moof Braü – Flickr photos of the Moof-branded beer that Apple may have offered to an underage Manton.
  • OS 9 Is Dead – Macworld coverage of WWDC 2002’s mock funeral for the classic Mac OS.
  • Jamba Juice – Popular California-based juice chain whose smoothies were once featured at WWDC.
  • C4 – Wolf Rentzsch’s developer conference, which famously revived the Jamba Juice tradition.
  • Erik’s DeliCafé – California sandwich chain that once operated a location at the 1 Infinite Loop campus.
February 28, 2017 at 9:43 am.

Episode 271: Not Trying To Pile On

Daniel and Manton react to the promo trailer for Planet of the Apps, and discuss whether it lives up to Apple’s name. They compare the show with other reality television such as the Great British Baking Show and Project Runway. Then they revisit the Siri/Alexa comparisons in response to Eddy Cue’s recent comments on the subject, and debate the wisdom or foolishness of Apple’s conservative approach with SiriKit intents.

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February 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm.

Episode 270: Life Is My Office

Manton and Daniel talk about MarsEdit’s selection by The Sweet Setup as the “Best Mac WordPress Client,” and reflect on the psychological boost of having one’s work appreciated. They talk about the potential upside to Mac development and the privilege of having a head-start as long-time Mac programmers. Finally they discuss rumors of Apple’s “Spaceship” office building and what the office layout is rumored to be.

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Links:

  • Best WordPress Client – Stephen Hackett writes about MarsEdit on The Sweet Setup.
  • @ismh – Stephen Hackett on Twitter.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s blog editing app for the Mac.
  • Inessential – Blog of Brent Simmons, original developer of MarsEdit.
  • Future of Computing – Marco’s piece from last week about Mac’s possibly bright future.
  • Channeling Steve Jobs – Julia Love writes about Apple’s forthcoming “Spaceship” campus.
  • Which Is It? – John Gruber contrasts claims from Julia Love’s article with earlier claims by Mark Gurman.
  • We Work Austin – Manton’s part-time co-working space.
  • University of Texas at Austin – Manton’s alma mater.
  • The Joel Test – Classic blog post from Joel Spolsky about optimizing work environments.
  • Presentable #17 – Episode of Jeff Veen’s product development and design podcast on Relay.
  • Typekit – Internet font service now owned by Adobe.
February 10, 2017 at 11:38 am.

Episode 269: Now I’m In For $20

Daniel and Manton reflect on Manton’s successful Kickstarter, and talk about how he’s planning to move forward. They also react to Apple’s earnings, and consider the implications for Mac, iPad, Services, etc. in the future.

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February 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm.

Episode 268: Hey, Look At All This Money

Manton closes in on the last week of his Kickstarter, and Daniel catches up on his progress. They discuss new beta updates from Apple for both Mac and iOS. They react to Apple’s forthcoming review prompting system for iOS, and the ability for developers to respond to reviews on both Mac and iOS. Finally, they debate the merits of Siri vs. Alexa on grounds of reliability and viability as an international, long-term success.

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Links:

  • iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 – Ars Technica runs down the list of changes in the forthcoming OS releases.
  • Indie Microblogging – Manton’s Kickstarter.
  • requestReview() API – Documentation added to iOS 10.3 SDK.
  • Apple Explains… – Jim Dalrymple summarizes his impressions of the new review behavior, after a briefing from Apple.
  • Additional Details… – John Gruber follows up with some additional tidbits gleaned from his own briefing.
  • appFigures – A service for easily searching and monitoring app reviews (among other things).
  • f.lux – Third-party screen color adjustment utility, similar to Apple’s Night Shift feature.
January 27, 2017 at 11:01 am.

Episode 267: On A Boat In The Middle Of The Ocean

Daniel asks Manton about his Kickstarter progress, two weeks in. Manton talks about marketing for the Kickstarter, how many people watch the video, and how to transition from marketing the passionate philosophical backers, to making a case for the sheer utility of the product. They talk about modern advertising technology that allows hyper-focused delivery, and follow up on Chris Lattner’s departure from Apple, and the exciting opportunities he will likely have at Tesla.

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January 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm.

Episode 266: Sayonara Sucker

Manton and Daniel react to Chris Lattner’s departure from Apple to Tesla. They ponder the consequences to Apple of having open-sourced Swift, and how important it was for Lattner to see it done before he left. They indulge in imagining what Apple might have offered to try to keep him, and how Elon Musk may have pitched him to leave. Finally, the two react to Medium’s layoff announcement, and hints of a new business model for the company.

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January 12, 2017 at 10:14 am.

Episode 265: Here’s A Step Forward

Daniel and Manton celebrate Manton’s successful Kickstarter debut, speculate as to whether he should have offered higher pledge levels, and consider the benefits and challenges of receiving feedback from potential customers who don’t understand your product yet. They close the show by discussing the value of taking time to promote your work and get to know people face to face in user groups and other social settings.

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Links:

  • Timetable – Manton’s short-format indie “microcast.”
  • Indie Microblogging – Manton’s successful Kickstarter campaign.
  • Micro.blog – The microblogging service Manton is launching soon.
  • I’ve Left Twitter – Lindy West’s article about leaving Twitter because of its low community standards.
  • The Crazy Ones – Jason Kottke pitches readers to support him at varying monetary ranges.
  • Typed.com Campaign – IndieGoGo pitch from Dan Counsell which yielded $120K.
  • 512 Pixels – Stephen Hackett blog on which Manton purchased a Micro.blog sponsorship.
  • Austin WordPress Meetup – Manton’s local opportunity to meet with other blogging nerds.
  • How I Built This – NPR podcast featuring an interview with children’s toy makers “Melissa & Doug.”
  • IndieWebCamp – People-powered campaign to promote individual-owned web content.
January 4, 2017 at 9:37 am.