Episode 368: Everybody Has A Story

Manton and Daniel catch up after Manton’s road trip to the Peers Conference in New Orleans, and his simultaneous launch of a major new video upload and hosting service for Micro.blog. Daniel talks about his efforts so far to balance the time demands of his indie software development with his new full-ish time job. The two motivate each other, and everybody listening to blog more, and finally they talk about the rumors of iTunes being broken up, and apparent impact Marzipan will have on Apple and 3rd party developers.

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April 11, 2019 at 11:39 am.

Episode 367: This Is Impossible

Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s cancellation of AirPower as a rare example of Apple failing to deliver on a high profile product. They compare with more fraudulent examples of vaporware such as the medical products promised by Theranos. Manton hints at a new feature coming to Micro.blog that will require simultaneous updates to all his apps at once.

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April 7, 2019 at 12:08 pm.

Episode 366: We Kind Of Weren’t Surprised

Manton and Daniel react to Apple’s March Special Event. They question the merit of Apple Card with it’s higher-than-expected interest rates. They weigh the benefits of a closed system like Apple News versus the completely free web. They talk about Apple Arcade, how it will impact existing game developers, and whether it will take precedence over the current Games category. Finally, they wonder whether Apple’s wide range of subscription offerings will finally push the company to offer something like “Amazon Prime” to unify everything.

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  • Apple Card – Apple’s forthcoming branded credit card.
  • Apple News+ – Expansion of Apple News with premium offerings for $10/month.
  • Apple Arcade – Subscription video games, coming later this year.
  • SetApp – Subscription software program for Mac apps.
  • AppleTV+ – Streaming service consisting of Apple’s own self-produced shows.
  • Disney+ – Disney’s own streaming service has a very similar name!
March 27, 2019 at 9:13 am.

Episode 365: A Pretty Big Update

Daniel talks to Manton about shipping a substantial MarsEdit update in the wake of being busy at his new job. They talk a little bit about one of the Micro.blog features MarsEdit now supports, and how MarsEdit still needs to support a jumble of loosely related blogging APIs. Manton talks about shipping Sunlit 2.4 with a redesigned posting interface. They reacted to Apple’s “week of product announcements”, and talk about the merit of remaining frugal even when you suddenly have some money coming in.

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March 21, 2019 at 4:21 pm.

Episode 364: The Normal Job Part Of It

Manton catches up on Daniel’s impressions after working the first few days at his new job, which is a “perfect fit” in many ways. They react to Spotify’s “Time to Play Fair” public challenge to Apple, and question how Apple might react to it. They touch on other public trends against Big Tech, including Elizabeth Warren’s suggestion that Apple and other companies should be broken up.

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  • Mixed in Key – The audio software company that Daniel is working for.
  • Clarion – Daniel’s Mac-based music interval quiz software.
  • Time to Play Fair – Spotify’s public challenge to Apple’s alleged anti-competitive behavior.
  • Break up Apple – The Verge reports on Eliabeth Warren’s view that Apple should be split up.
  • Where Warren’s Wrong – Ben Thompson’s anlaysis of Warren’s plan.
  • Spotify Standing up to Apple – Manton’s blog post reacting to Spotify’s actions.
  • Antitrust 3: Big Tech – NPR’s Planet Money reports on the power of Big Tech and whether the government should apply anti-trust measures to rein them in.
  • Amazon Marketplace – The service through which 3rd parties can sell their own products via Amazon.
March 13, 2019 at 10:00 pm.

Episode 363: An Edge Case On An Edge Case

Daniel reveals to Manton that he’s (on the verge of) taking a part-time job. They assess the likely impact on Red Sweater, and how it might affect Daniel’s self image as an “independent developer.” Manton talks about updates he’s making to Micro.blog’s billing infrastructure, and how small improvements can lead to recurring increases in revenues. Finally, Daniel reviews his plans for the upcoming 4.3 release, and questions whether having less time to work on Red Sweater might make the time he does spend on it more productive.

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March 8, 2019 at 9:32 pm.

Episode 362: Existential Business Crisis

Manton and Daniel talk about how IndieWebCamp Austin went, and reflect on the virtues of the diverse “open web” community. They react to a debate between Jeff Atwood & David Heinemeier Hansson about their purportedly different approaches to business. Finally, they talk about Daniel’s increasingly glum feelings about his business, Daniel makes some self-assessment of shortcomings, and the two of them talk about making small, productive tweaks to increase revenues.

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March 3, 2019 at 10:03 am.

Episode 361: This Is An Opportunity

Daniel and Manton talk about this weekend’s Austin IndieWebCamp, and new rumors about Apple’s plans to support a single binary format for apps to run on Mac, iPad, and iPhone. They explore the possible impact such plans would have on Micro.blog for Mac, and on Daniel’s iOS aspirations. Meanwhile, Daniel bemoans the ongoing challenge of figuring out what to focus on when nobody’s forcing him to focus on one thing.

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February 20, 2019 at 1:47 pm.

Episode 360: That’s Not Really The Business

Manton and Daniel react to MacRumors’s discovery that WWDC will likely be held on June 3. They talk about the increasing price of hotels in San Jose, some options for more affordable accommodations, and the impact of high cost on the diversity of attendance. Manton prepares for IndieWebCamp Austin, while Daniel comes to term with the possibility of dropping support for Blogger, and thinking about ways to expand the appeal of MarsEdit.

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  • WWDC 2019 Dates – MacRumors reports on the likely schedule for WWDC.
  • Affordable Lodging Fund – Jessie Char muses about a potential fund to offset housing costs for some attendees.
  • IndieWebCamp Austin – A gathering for independent web creators of all kinds.
  • The Future of Blogger and MarsEdit – Daniel’s post about the likelihood that Blogger will be dropped as a supported platform.
  • WordPress.com – A blogging service you might have heard about once or twice.
  • Wix – A blogging/publishing service that Daniel is considering supporting.
  • Hugo – Static web site generation tool that Micro.blog uses.
  • Jekyll – Static website generator behind GitHub Pages.
February 16, 2019 at 6:17 pm.

Episode 359: Quote-unquote Free

Daniel returns from Paris and Manton shares his plans for WWDC 2019 accommodations. They talk about Spotify’s acquisition of Gimlet and Anchor, and the possible implications for the diversity of podcasting ecosystem. Finally, they react to Angela Ahrendt’s departure from Apple, and what it means for the future of Apple Stores.

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February 10, 2019 at 12:42 pm.