Episode 305: Every Week I’m Adding Something

Daniel and Manton close in on committing to release dates for MarsEdit and Micro.blog. They weigh tough, last-minute decisions about keeping or cutting features. Manton admits to taking on new commitments as an event organizer. Finally, they talk about resources for teaching kids to code including App Camp, Hour of Code, and Swift Playgrounds.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.
  • Digimarc: The best mobile scanning solution today. The only solution for tomorrow.

Links:

  • StoreKit – Apple’s API for in-app purchases.
  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-blased blog editing app.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s Web, Mac, and iOS micro-blogging app.
  • IndieWebCamp Austin – Open web conference that Manton is co-organizing.
  • Release Notes – The gold standard for podcaster-organized developer conferences.
  • App Camp – App Camp for Girls fundraising campaign.
  • Hour of Code – Program devoted to giving kids a cursory introduction to programming.
  • Swift Playgrounds – Apple’s immersive, iPad-based programming education app.
  • Minecraft – The popular world-building game.
  • TinyMUD – Server-based world-building game from the 1990s.
  • Moos (object oriented MUDs) – Object-oriented variation on MUDs.
November 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm.

Episode 304: In Your Face, Literally

Manton got his iPhone X, while Daniel patiently awaits his. Daniel admits fault for having been dismissive about Face ID, and Manton concedes the iPhone 8 and X seem to be complementary hits. They talk about Daniel’s decision to migrate his web server, and weigh the merits of taking on too many tasks vs. outsourcing to experts. Finally, they talk about the fear of shipping and the consolation that only a subset of all possible customers is ever reached by the news of a major release.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

Links:

  • iPhone X – Apple’s newest new phone.
  • Verge Review – Video includes night-vision filming of Face ID’s IR projection.
  • Kinect – Microsoft’s 3D vision technology.
  • Wii Remote Sensor – Information from Wikipedia on the sensor’s 3D viewing abilities.
  • Face ID Skepticism – Daniel’s historically unfortunate malprediction.
  • Upgrade 166 – Including Jason Snell’s take on Apple’s recent earnings.
  • AAPL stock price – Yup. It’s past $900 Billion.
  • Red Sweater – Daniel’s main site, recently migrated to Linode.
  • Postfix – The venerable UNIX mail server.
  • Craig Hockenberry – Friend of the show who is not a friend of self-hosting.
  • Yellow Dog Linux – Manton’s 2003 web-hosting solution.
  • Ubuntu – Daniel’s 2017 web-hosting solution.
November 12, 2017 at 10:46 am.

Episode 303: Apparent Lack Of Judgment

Daniel and Manton recap their experience placing pre-orders for the iPhone X, discuss Apple’s unusual PR strategy for iPhone X reviews, and debate the appropriateness of Apple firing an engineer for letting his daughter film a YouTube video of his pre-release phone.

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November 3, 2017 at 3:57 pm.

Episode 302: I Don’t Actually Have A Boss

Manton and Daniel anticipate the night of iPhone X pre-orders, and the shame of waking in the middle of the night to order a phone. They catch up with their faltering ambitions to ship MarsEdit and Micro.blog, and acknowledge the merit of sharing ambitions with others to help motivate progress. Finally, they contemplate whether eliminating a feature altogether is preferable to shipping it with obvious deficiencies.

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October 26, 2017 at 10:35 am.

Episode 301: I Was A Little Exhausted

Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s switch from PayPal to Stripe and choosing which version of macOS to require for our apps. Manton catches us up on his time at the Release Notes conference, and the two reflect upon Twitter’s latest troubles.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.
  • Digimarc: The best mobile scanning solution today. The only solution for tomorrow.

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October 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm.

Episode 300: I Just Start Building It

🎉 Manton and Daniel celebrate the 300-episode milestone, and announce Core Intuition’s new Membership program. They talk about Manton’s trip to the Release Notes conference next week, and reflect on the benefits of indie conferences on the developer community. Finally, they feign competitiveness as Manton’s Mac Micro.blog app shapes up to be slightly more MarsEdit-like than he anticipated.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.

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October 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm.

Episode 299: On A Very Slow Track

Daniel and Manton talk about Daniel’s struggle to finish and release MarsEdit 4. They compare notes about using the WordPress API to import content, and Manton reveals he is working on a Mac app for Micro.blog. They check in about the impact that increasing competition, or perception of it, on their long-time friendship and collaboration.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

PDFpen Family: New PDFpen 3 for iOS!

Links:

  • MarsEdit – Daniel’s Mac-based blog editing app.
  • Vapor – A popular Swift-based web framework.
  • Timetable – Manton’s microcast.
  • WordCamp – Worldwide collection of WordPress-oriented conferences.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s, ahem, microblogging site and service.
  • WPEngine – Popular WordPress hosting service.
  • Release Notes – Indie development conference coming to Chicago on October 16.
October 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm.

Episode 298: Twitter Is Not A Sport

Manton and Daniel react to Twitter’s testing of longer, 280-character tweets. They discuss the merits of longer micro-posts, Twitter’s product evolution priorities, and the appropriateness of offering the functionality to only a subset of customers, and much, much more.

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September 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm.

Episode 297: They Probably Have A Plan

Daniel and Manton talk more about Apple’s new product lineup, and the difficulty of choosing which products to buy, if any. They speculate more about the merits of cellular usefulness on Apple Watch, and compare the iPhone X with the also-great iPhone 8. They also talk about new macOS and staying up to date with latest developer tools. Finally, they touch on the difficulty of making product decisions that even a small percentage of customers will be upset by.

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Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.
  • Digimarc: The best mobile scanning solution today. The only solution for tomorrow.

Links:

  • Don’t Make Me Think – Steve Krug’s classic book about preventing users from having to make choices.
  • Missed Connections – Video review of the Apple Watch Series 3 from The Verge.
  • Independence – John Gruber’s review of the Apple Watch Series 3.
  • Prepare for APFS – Apple’s support document about the new filesystem.
  • Tweet Library – The favorite Twitter app of some 100 active monthly users.
September 21, 2017 at 11:24 am.

Episode 296: I’m Almost Never Surfing

Manton and Daniel react to the announcement at Apple’s annual iPhone event, comparing notes on the allure of the iPhone X, Apple Watch 3, and new Apple TV. They talk about the impressiveness of all the significant product updates being made in parallel, and lament the slightly confusing state it leaves the high end iPhone market in.

Many thanks to our sponsors this week:

  • Carbon Copy Cloner: Don’t let disk failure be a showstopper – make your bootable backup today!
  • Linode: Cloud Hosting for You.

Links:

  • Say Hello to the Future – Apple’s marketing page for the iPhone X.
  • iPhone 8 – The best iPhone money can buy … for the next few weeks.
  • X Man – John Gruber’s arguments ahead of the event that iPhone X should be pronounced “Ex”.
  • Here’s What I Think… – Dan Counsell also predicted an “Ex” pronunciation.
  • iOS 11 – Coming September 19th.
  • Fall 2017 Videos – Substantial release of new instructional videos from Apple.
  • Apple Watch Series 3 – Now featuring an option for LTE connection direct to the watch.
  • Schlitterbahn – Texas-based water park and a good place to hunt for Manton’s wallet.
  • MSN TV – Wikipedia page about MSN TV, which was WebTV before Microsoft acquired it.
September 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm.