Episode 340: Going Back To Blogging

Manton and Daniel react to sandboxes woes for RapidWeaver 8 on the Mac, and speculate about changes coming in Mojave that might have enticed Panic and Bare Bones to return to the Mac App Store. They talk about Twitter’s continued support for Alex Jones, and the resulting backlash that is driving some users to Micro.blog and to MarsEdit. Finally, they make a philosophical analysis of the state of social networks, and evaluate their feelings about Twitter’s struggle to maintain community standards.

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  • RapidWeaver 8 vs. Mac App Store – Dan Counsell laments the app review rejection of RapidWeaver 8’s sandboxing entitlements.
  • Clipstart – Manton’s Mac-based video organization app.
  • Transmit 5 in the Mac App Store – Tweet from Panic celebrating the return of Transmit to the App Store.
  • Don’t Have any Details – Panic responds to a request for public documentation about the changes that enticed them back to the App Store.
  • Big Red Button – Daniel’s 2012 blog post about the Sandbox Policy Language (SBPL) that supports low-level, specialized entitlements.
  • Apple Kicked Alex Jones Off – BuzzFeed reports on Apple’s decision to remove Alex Jones from Apple Podcasts, and the subsequent decision by other companies to do the same.
  • He Hasn’t Violated Our Rules – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends his decision to sustain Alex Jones.
  • Back to Blogging – Matt Haughie’s shell of a Twitter account has an inspiring bio.
  • Whole Lotta Nothing – Matt Haughie’s long-standing personal blog.
August 11, 2018 at 9:44 pm.

Episode 339: Now’s The Time To Do It

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s latest earnings announcement, on the eve of the company reaching a $1 trillion valuation. They assess the company’s rising services revenues, and how it relates to Apple’s 30% App Store cut, and stingy pricing for consumer-facing cloud services. Daniel reports on his resumption of iOS development and the feelings of being a relative newbie on the platform. Finally, they talk about the importance of focusing on a smaller number of features that you know you can follow through on well.

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August 3, 2018 at 9:45 am.

Episode 338: I’ll Try Not To Do That

Manton and Daniel talk about the new MacBook Pro, and how it affects Manton’s purchasing plans for his daughters’ college computers. Daniel talks about his experience with macOS Mojave, the increasing stability of the OS, and the improvements to dragging from Photos.app.

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July 28, 2018 at 11:00 am.

Episode 337: A Quote Unquote Blog

Daniel and Manton react to rumors that Apple has site-licensed 1Password to its entire workforce, and what such a move might mean for the future of Apple’s own Keychain features. They talk about the recent uptick in Lime and Bird-style scooter and bike sharing, and how bigger players like Lyft and Uber are starting to get involved. Finally they brainstorms ideas for Manton to market upcoming changes to Sunlit … on a budget.

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  • Apple to Deploy 1Password – BGR reports on rumors that Apple will provide all 100,000+ employees with 1Password.
  • Rumors of My Acquisition… – 1Password denies the rumor that Apple would also be acquiring it in the deal.
  • Lime – A scooter and bike sharing company.
  • Bird – A scooter sharing company.
  • Lyft Acquires Motivate – CNet reports on Lyft’s acquisition of a major provider of bike sharing infrastructure.
  • Uber Invests in Lime – The Verge reports on Uber’s investment in the scooter and bike sharing company.
  • car2go – A carsharing service that lets you leave the cars wherever you can park them legally.
  • Sunlit – Manton’s photo-sharing app for Micro.blog.
  • Medium – A quote-unquote blogging service.
  • Micro Monday – A microcast featuring members of the Micro.blog community.
July 19, 2018 at 1:38 pm.

Episode 336: Bringing Webrings Back

Manton and Daniel talk about migrating Manton.org to run on Micro.blog. They reflect on the nostalgia and inspiration of old web conventions like webrings and blogrolls. Finally, they talk about macOS Mojave’s forthcoming AppleEvent sandboxing and the effect it has on a wide variety of apps.

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July 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm.

Episode 335: Kind Of A Challenge For Newcomers

Daniel and Manton catch up after traveling to Chicago and Portland, respectively. Manton reflects on the IndieWeb Summit and the inspiration he took away from that event. They talk about learning to balance “business emergencies” with other obligations, and other indie business skills. Finally, they respond to Apple’s new Maps announcements, and whether Apple’s stance on privacy is an excuse for poor user experiences.

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July 6, 2018 at 3:15 pm.

Episode 334: Manton Reece Misses You

Manton and Daniel talk about the upcoming Dark Mode in macOS Mojave, and the challenges and joys of accommodating it as a developer. They bemoan Skype’s emotionally intrusive notifications, and reflect on other overly-touchy-feely interface designs. And Manton shares his experience booting up an older 2008 Mac Pro and taking it for a spin.

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June 29, 2018 at 5:47 pm.

Episode 333: I Will Be Speaking Briefly

Daniel and Manton talk about upcoming travel plans, and the challenge of carving out time for work during the summer. Daniel shares his experience hacking on macOS Mojave’s new “Marzipan” support for iOS apps. They both talk about the deprecation of WebView and their respective plans for migrating code to WebKit2’s WKWebView.

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  • IndieWeb Summit – Portland-based meetup that Manton will be attending.
  • Extra Intuition – Manton and Daniel’s members-only podcast.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service.
  • Steve Troughton-Smith – An avid hacker of Apple platforms.
  • marzipanify – Steve’s undocumented, unsupported tool for converting iOS simulator apps to Marzipan.
  • WebView Deprecated – Brady Eidson reminds folks that we should be moving to WKWebView
  • A Rough Transition – Michael Tsai comments on the WKWebView transition and links to several others’ takes on it.
June 22, 2018 at 7:25 am.

Episode 332: We Should Be Slapping Our Foreheads

Manton and Daniel talk about Daniel’s latest MarsEdit updates and the speed record of one’s App Store review. Daniel talks about a quick fix he made to a crashing bug, and whether using Swift would have prevented it. They reflect on Dominik Wagner’s criticism of Swift, but carefully avoid a full-on Swift debate. They follow up about the shortcuts of Siri Shortcuts and hope for similar, but slightly different long-term improvements. Finally, they talk about a new open source IAPKit from Black Pixel, supporting developers who want to provide App Store Trials, and talk about the improvements coming to the Mac App Store in Mojave.

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Links:

  • MarsEdit 4.1 – Daniel ships a significant update for image metadata location data protection.
  • Soroush Khanlou – The thoughtful blog of an iOS developer and Swift aficionado.
  • My Misalignment With Apple… – Dominik Wagner’s thoughts about Swift and how they fall short of his hopes for a language.
  • Custom Intents with SiriKit – Ben Dodson explains the shortcomings of Siri’s new Shortcuts.
  • A New Vision for Siri – Federico Viticci offers a comprehensive exposition of the new Siri Shortcuts and automation on iOS 12.
  • IAPKit – New open-source framework from Black Pixel supporting App Store Trials.
  • Ersatz Free Trials – Daniel’s blog post about the shortcomings of IAP-based free trials.
June 15, 2018 at 11:45 am.

Episode 331: No Complaints Really

Daniel and Manton catch up on WWDC announcements. They weigh the likely impact of UIKit on macOS, try to get a handle on the extent of SiriKit improvements, and appreciate Apple’s renewed emphasis on iOS automation. Next they talk about Apple’s purportedly new support for App Store trials. Finally, they wrap up with reflections on WWDC week so far, and Manton appreciates the enthusiastic attendance at his Micro.blog meet-up.

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  • San Jose Drainage Ditch – David Sinclair of Dejal Systems snaps a picture of the famous landmark.
  • Steve Troughton Smith – Twitter account of an engineer who often tweets about binary analysis of Apple software.
  • UXKitDemo – Example project taking advantage of Apple’s private UXKit framework.
  • Transmit 5 – Panic’s file transfer app which was cited in the WWDC Keynote.
  • BBEdit 12 – Bare Bones’s text editing app, also cited in the WWDC Keynote.
  • Ersatz Free Trials – Daniel’s blog post breaking down the shortcomings of Apple’s free trial support.
June 7, 2018 at 6:15 pm.