Episode 392: A Very Strange Rollout

Daniel and Manton talk about the public release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, question the wisdom of Apple doing it without any warning, and wonder about why they might have done so. They talk about Manton’s experience notarizing Micro.blog for Mac, and the importance of notarizing for all Mac developers. Finally, they react to the first crop of Catalyst apps on the Mac, and guess at whether the future of the Mac will be more like iOS, or something of a compromise.

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October 14, 2019 at 12:26 pm.

Episode 391: Stuff Just Looming Over You

Daniel and Manton talk about Microsoft’s special hardware event, and the new Surface tablets they announced. They compare Microsoft and Apple’s modern approach to multi-platform support. Manton considers adding Search Ads for Micro.blog in the App Store, in an attempt to overcome shortcomings of App Store search results. Finally, they talk about Daniel’s efforts to fix very long-standing bugs in FastScripts, and strategize a plan for getting Manton out of customer-support debt.

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  • Surface Neo & Duo – The Verge’s take on Microsoft’s newly announced hardware devices.
  • SwiftUI – Apple’s long-term strategy for multi-platform developer support.
  • Microsoft Edge – Microsoft’s latest web browser, based on the Chromium open-source project.
  • Apple Search Ads – Apple’s solution for getting aps to the top of search results lists.
  • Getting Real – Free PDF book from 37signals/Basecamp including advice about ignoring some bug reports.

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October 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm.

Episode 390: There’s A Communication Problem

Manton finds a workaround to his Sign in with Apple email problems! Daniel argues first that DTS should support pre-release software, and they discuss possible compromise approaches. Finally, they remark on Apple’s vigorous marketing push, and the thrill of promoting products we are proud of.

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September 27, 2019 at 9:47 am.

Episode 389: It Feels Like A Big Release

Daniel orders an iPhone 11, while Manton decides to wait for the dust to settle. They touch on strategies for handing down, recycling or selling old phones. Manton prepares to ship an update for iOS 13 to support Dark Mode and Sign in with Apple. Finally, they talk about Apple Arcade’s apparently successful launch, and the subsequent risk to our personal productivity.

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September 18, 2019 at 4:52 pm.

Episode 388: This One Dealbreaker Shortcoming

Manton and Daniel talk about Apple’s September event, and weigh the allure of new iPhones and Watches. They examine the impact of Apple Arcade on game developers, and whether it foretells a future where Apple creates subscription bundles for other types of apps. Manton shares his experience of adding Dark Mode and Sign in with Apple support to Micro.blog, while Daniel prepares for macOS 10.15 Catalina.

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September 14, 2019 at 12:48 pm.

Episode 387: Write The Code And Ship It

Daniel talks to Manton about his decision to open source some Mac software, and making a conscious choice to publish it under the Red Sweater name. They talk about the balance of promoting oneself vs. promoting one’s company brand. Manton talks about two new features he’s added to Micro.blog, and they discuss the fact that the size and impact of features are often unrelated to the amount of time and effort that goes into them.

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  • App Movement Monitoring – Daniel’s blog post announcing a new open source solution for Mac developers.
  • RSAppMovementMonitor – GitHub repository under the Red Sweater account.
  • Punk it Up! – Daniel’s rarely-updated personal blog.
  • Manton.org – Manton’s all-encompassing personal and business blog.
  • Micro.blog News – Manton’s microblog just for links to Micro.blog news.
  • CocoaPods – A fairly complicated method for distributing open-source packages.
  • Micro.blog Test Blogs – Manton’s blog post announcing a new feature for testing changes to Micro.blog.
  • Growl – A formerly very popular notifications framework for Mac.
  • Frank & Ollie – Website in memory of Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.

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September 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Episode 386: Just Say The Word Privacy

Manton and Daniel review Apple’s updated policies on Siri “grading”, how they reflect Apple’s values, and the extent to which Tim Cook’s personal reputation is on the line. They compare the policies to other companies including Amazon and Facebook. Daniel catches us up on his further impressions of Amazon’s Echo and laments the absence in Apple’s product lineup of a “just throw it in your bag” sized HomePod-style speaker.

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September 2, 2019 at 10:03 am.

Episode 385: Have Some Faith In Myself

Daniel talks to Manton about his reflections on the merit of seeking to “revolutionize” something with a software product, vs. simply trying to “make a nice thing.” They discuss the relatively revolutionary ambition of Micro.blog, and the sometimes non-revolutionary game of catch-up that Daniel plays with MarsEdit. Manton catches us up on his analysis of Tumblr in the wake of the Automattic acquisition, talks about some new features he’s building in the wake of that, and takes Daniel mildly to task for comments he made about Micro.blog’s viability as an Instagram alternative.

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  • MarsEdit — Daniel’s blog-editing app for the Mac.
  • Micro.blog — Manton’s microblogging service.
  • DaisyDisk – Mac app for calculating free disk space.
  • GrandPerspective – An open-source disk space app…
  • OmniDiskSweeper – …and a free one from The Omni Group.
  • Fantastical – Mac and iOS 3rd-party calendar app.
  • @macguitar – Michael Simmons, co-founder of Flexibits, maker of Fantastical.
  • Arq – Mac-based backup app.
  • Tumblr – Blogging service that was previously acquired by Automattic.
  • Automattic – Owners of WordPress.com and several other web-service companies.
  • Ketchup Momentum – Episode 339 of ATP, in which Marco opines about Tumlbr as an alternative to Instagram.
  • Snapchat – Example of a photo-sharing services that distinguishes itself from Instagram.
  • Micro.blog Photo Grid – New Micro.blog feature inspired by Manton’s consideration of Tumblr and Instagram.

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August 23, 2019 at 6:23 pm.

Episode 384: A Much Bigger Megaphone

Manton and Daniel react to news that Automattic is acquiring Tumblr. They talk about the potential pros and cons for Tumblr and Automattic, as well as for Micro.blog and MarsEdit. They talk about Matt Mullenweg’s optimism about the future of the open web, and the turning tide back towards blogging. Finally, they wonder whether Tumblr will have as much of an impact on Automattic as Automattic has on it.

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  • Automattic + Tumblr – Matt Mullenweg announces the acquisition on his Tumblr blog.
  • Vergecast: Matt Mullenweg – Interview with Matt about his plans for Tumblr after the acquisition.
  • Extremely Interested – In the wake of leaks that Verizon was seeking a buyer for Tumblr, PornHub was apparently one of the interested parties.
  • Tumblr and… App.net – Manton’s initial response to the Tumblr acquisition.
  • Distributed – A podcast about the “future of work” by Matt Mullenweg.
  • Webmention – A web standard for mentions and conversations across the web.

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August 15, 2019 at 10:59 am.

Episode 383: Working For The Weekend

Daniel catches Manton up on his ongoing VoiceOver challenges with Black Ink 2. Manton encourages him to balance perfectionism with the virtue of getting the update out and “showing his work.” They respond to more follow-up about Manton’s changes to Micro.blog’s onboarding process, and Manton reports on the impact of the chagnes on his business. Finally, they look forward to growing their businesses enough to meet financial goals, and perhaps more importantly, earning their ability to comfortably stop working on weekends.

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August 9, 2019 at 9:53 am.