Episode 430: A Little Bit Of Controversy

Manton and Daniel talk about Sunlit 3, and Manton’s decision to make it open source. They discuss the pros and cons of managing an open source project. Daniel talks about his efforts to convert his iOS app Swish from OpenGL to Metal, so it can run with Catalyst. Finally, they talk about Charlie Monroe’s developer credentials being disabled by Apple “erroneously.”

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  • Sunlit 3 Beta – Manton’s announcement of the forthcoming 3.0 version of the Micro.blog photo-blogging app.
  • Sunlit on GitHub – Source code for the iOS application.
  • WordPress for iOS – Open source repository for the iOS app by WordPress.org contributors.
  • Hello Everyone – Charlie Monroe’s tweet announcing the disabling of his developer account.
  • A Day Without Business – Charlie Monroe’s follow-up blog post.

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August 8, 2020 at 10:27 am.

Episode 429: You Have Shipped It

Daniel ships MarsEdit 4.4, and talks with Manton about taking stock of bugs and examining the anxiety around shipping updates. They look forward to MarsEdit 5, Black Ink for iOS, and the potential business models Daniel might adopt. They talk about learning to disregard unhelpful criticism, and prioritizing survival as an indie over trying to please everybody.

Links:

  • MarsEdit 4.4.2 – Daniel’s updated Mac blog editing app with enhanced Micro.blog support.
  • Bug Bytes: Daniel Jalkut – Daniel’s feature in the Mac App Store for a FastScripts bug.
  • Tot – Menu-bar based note taking app for Mac from the Iconfactory.
  • Tim Cook Goes to Congress – YouTube video of the long Congressional hearing including testimony by Tim Cook.
  • Sunlit 3.0 Beta – Manton announces the updated version of the app along with open sourcing it.

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July 31, 2020 at 7:33 am.

Episode 428: Nope, Nope, Nope

Manton and Daniel talk about Twitter’s massive security breach, and scrutinize CEO Jack Dorsey’s public image in the wake of it. Daniel wonders whether Twitter’s idealistic employees could be more empowered by another leader, while Manton points out that in any case they are not. Finally, they catch each other up with progress reports on MarsEdit and Micro.blog feature enhancements.

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July 18, 2020 at 2:43 pm.

Episode 427: Probably A Mistake

Daniel and Manton talk about Apple’s Developer Transition Kit… without really talking about it. They weigh the possibility of apps breaking on ARM-based Macs even if frameworks aren’t technically removed. Manton shares his renewed enthusiasm about developing for Big Sur, and Daniel tries to get back on track with releasing MarsEdit 4.4.

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July 4, 2020 at 10:03 am.

Episode 426: Sticking With The Mac

Manton and Daniel review some of their biggest takeaways from WWDC. They balance the excitement of all the attention on the Mac while coping with some of the old-timer concern about how things are changing. They discuss the ARM transition and how some developers will have an easier or harder time with the move. Finally they assess the quality of WWDC 2020’s online format, and what it might mean for WWDC going forward.

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June 25, 2020 at 2:32 pm.

Episode 425: Expect More And Demand More

On the brink of WWDC, Daniel and Manton take stock of various issues shining a light on Apple’s App Store review and in-app purchase policies. They talk about Basecamp’s new Hey email service and the high-profile rejection of its iOS app. They imagine the internal strife that must exist between departments at Apple, and speculate about a unifying core value for the company that could clarify their position on these and similar issues in the future.

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  • Hey.com – New email service from the makers of Basecamp.
  • Basecamp – Popular project managent software.
  • Where Apple Went Wrong – Manton’s 2011 blog post asking that Apple “give developers an out” from 30% cut.
  • Shakedown Tactics – Hey.com’s page summarizing @dhh’s tweets and response in the press.
  • Cold, Unempathetic Response – Daniel’s tweet rant in response to Hey.com rejection.
  • Everything in it is Backwards – Manton’s blog post responding to Apple’s statement about the EU antitrust case.
  • Actual Mistake – Article in Protocol citing Apple’s statement that Hey “shouldn’t have been approved in the first place.”
  • Full Stream Ahead – Updated WWDC page with schedule and more details about sessions and consultations.
  • New Developer Forums – Updated with some new features including upvoting and reputation points.
  • Safari Technology Preview – Example of Apple software that is updated out of band with annual OS releases.

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June 18, 2020 at 6:04 pm.

Episode 424: The Worst Transition

Manton and Daniel start to anticipate WWDC announcements, imagine the rumored ARM Macs, and think about opportunities to gain a competitive advantage by embracing whatever is new. They talk about the possible challenges of migrating to ARM as a developer, and what Apple might do to accommodate us. They also chat about other expectations for WWDC including updated developer tools, revisions to SwiftUI and Catalyst, and how Apple’s changes to those frameworks should project their priorities moving forward with the Mac.

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  • Three Years Ago – Jean MacDonald remembers the first Micro.blog meetup in 2017.
  • AIM Alliance – The Apple, IBM, Motorola alliance formed to developer PowerPC technologies.
  • Wait for ARM – John Gruber on the Mac ARM transition rumors.
  • Bitcode – LLVM documentation on the Bitcode format that accommodates some post-compilation targeting of CPU for code.

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June 12, 2020 at 10:37 am.

Episode 423: What Are You Going To Work On?

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s statement against racism, and also talk a bit about the Accidental Tech Podcast’s statements. They talk about trying to figure out what we can all do as individuals in the wake of this. Daniel talks about getting a Black Ink update out the door while continuing to struggle with finishing up MarsEdit 4.4. Manton shares an update on Micro.blog progress, and shares his new “stop keeping track of things” methodology for getting things done.

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  • Speaking Up on Racism – Tim Cook’s public statement.
  • Turning Point – Barack Obama’s call to action in response to George Floyd’s death.
  • Uncomfortable Truths – The Accidental Tech Podcast that opens with commentary about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.
  • Frustration and Focus – Manton’s blog post promoting the idea that small actions lead to long-term differences.
  • Black Ink 2.0.6 – Daniel’s blog post announcing the latest update.
  • OmniFocus – Task management software from The Omni Group.
  • Taskpaper – Jesse Grosjean’s innovative text-based to do list app.
  • Things – Another popular task app, from Cultured Code.
  • Basecamp – Project-management software that Manton uses.
  • Forget Feature Requests – An excerpt from 37signals’s “Getting Real” book.
  • The Theme System – A productivity/focus system by Myke Hurley and CGP Grey.

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June 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm.

Episode 422: It Wasn’t Perfect

Manton checks in with Daniel about progress with MarsEdit 4.4, and Daniel explains his lack of focus has led him down a new crossword obsession. Manton talks about shutting down Micro.blog’s Slack, and they discuss whether a comparable decision for Core Intuition would make sense. Finally, they talk more generally about the value of cutting out distractions and less important projects, in order to focus on the most important goals.

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May 29, 2020 at 3:49 pm.

Episode 421: Replacing It With Nothing

Daniel and Manton talk about Automattic’s investment in Vector.im, makers of an open approximation of Slack. Are there implications for Micro.blog? Daniel asks Manton to consider what he would do if a company like Automattic offered to acquire Micro.blog. Finally, Daniel pushes Manton to consider whether he should have an aggressive mission like “putting closed social networks out of business.”

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  • Welcoming Automattic to Matrix – Blog post from the open source technology powering some real-time communication tools.
  • Automattic – The company that owns WordPress.com and many other smaller services.
  • $4.6M in New Vector – Blog post from New Vector, who makes a Matrix-powered alternative to Slack.
  • Discord – Another Slack alternative.
  • Relay.fm – Membership gets you access to an exclusive Discord community.
  • Discourse – Open source forum hosting software.
  • How I Built This: Pat Brown – Guy Raz interviews the founder of Impossible Foods.

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May 24, 2020 at 7:17 pm.